The Elephant in the Dome

Huge budget hole prompts Senate Republicans to repeat call for June session

Published on June 17, 2020
State Senate Republicans say a $9 billion chasm in the state budget requires a special legislative session now.       The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Republican Zoom media availability on special session proposal

Published on May 21, 2020
State Senate Republicans John Braun and Shelly Short were part of a Zoom media availability to announce a proposal for a special session to address impacts of the COVID-19 public health crisis.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Sen. Short on Importance of Census and Ways to Keep Census Workers from Coming to Your Home

Published on May 15, 2020
Washington State Senator Shelly Short wants you to know something about the 2020 Census.       The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Sen. Becker telemedicine push paying dividends right now

Published on March 31, 2020
The Leader of the Free World says it’s an important tool in the fight against COVID-19 and our state already has it. Republican State Senator Randi Becker championed several telemedicine bills that are now law.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Legislature approves controversial sex-ed bill

Published on March 07, 2020
An extremely controversial sex-ed bill is on its way to the Governor’s desk after Democrats in the state Legislature passed it, despite the deep concerns of many parents and grandparents. Republicans in the House and Senate fought hard to defeat or, at least change the legislation but could not overcome Democratic majorities in both chambers.... Read More

Sen. Randi Becker announces her retirement

Published on March 05, 2020
  A leader in the state Senate is ready for the next stage in life. Mikaela Hobson tells us about Sen. Randi Becker’s retirement.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Legislature passes bill to ban immigration arrests within mile of courthouses

Published on March 04, 2020
Is it the year of the criminal in the state Legislature? One Senator thinks so and says this bill proves it.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Intentional HIV Transmission Reduced to Misdemeanor

Published on March 03, 2020
A person who intentionally exposes a sexual partner to HIV could no longer be charged with a felony under a bill passed by the state Legislature.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Feb. 24 – Feb. 28

Published on February 28, 2020
Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senate Republican Caucus News Conference on Homelessness

Published on February 26, 2020
Members of the Senate Republican Caucus discuss homelessness funding in the 2020 Supplemental State Operating Budget during a news conference at the State Capitol.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Feb. 17 – Feb. 21

Published on February 21, 2020
Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Resolution celebrates Washington’s Chinese Americans

Published on February 18, 2020
The history and contributions of Chinese Americans in Washington were recognized on the state Senate floor.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Feb. 10 – Feb. 14

Published on February 14, 2020
Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator Mike Padden’s bill on teacher job-sharing

Published on February 13, 2020
Some teachers like to job-share, but commonsense bipartisan legislation to allow it to happen in our state appears dead. Senator Mike Padden’s bill in the legislature would let school districts split benefits of the job-sharing teachers.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senate Republicans meet with reporters to discuss progress on homelessness

Published on February 11, 2020
State Senate Republicans met with reporters to discuss the legislative session. Senators Shelly Short and Hans Zeiger say they are finding ways to work with Democrats, especially when it comes to homelessness. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Feb. 4 – Feb. 7

Published on February 07, 2020
Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Jan. 27 – Jan. 31

Published on February 01, 2020
Tracy Ellis takes a look back at this week in Olympia.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Emotional testimony on Sen. Steve O’Ban’s bill to help people with severe mental illness

Published on January 31, 2020
People with severe mental illness who are in and out of mental hospitals and jails because they refuse treatment could soon get some help. State Senator Steve O’Ban is sponsoring a bill that would allow courts to assign a special guardian to make care decisions for those who are incapable of recognizing their need for... Read More

A business tax increase balloons to one billion dollars under a bill sponsored by State Senate Democrats

Published on January 29, 2020
Senators started debate on the measure. The proposed legislation replaces a deeply flawed bill Democrats passed last year, but it hikes business taxes even more. Republicans attempted to exempt many businesses that can least afford the higher tax. Democrats didn’t accept any of the Republican amendments. We thought we’d do something a little bit different... Read More

Salmon Repopulation Act and Orca Recovery Media Briefing

Published on January 28, 2020
What do Puget Sound orcas need? They need salmon for food. Four Republican State Senators and a Representative held a  media briefing on salmon hatchery legislation aimed at saving the orcas. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator Tim Sheldon on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Published on January 27, 2020
It’s the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi concentration and death camp, Auschwitz. The State Senate passed a resolution in support of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Senator Tim Sheldon tells the story of Auschwitz survivor Arnold Zweig. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Two State Senate Republican Leaders on Centennial Anniversary of Women Being Allowed to Vote

Published on January 27, 2020
August 26th is the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. State Senate Republican Floor Leader Shelly Short and Senate Caucus Vice Chair Judy Warnick share their thoughts. Click here for more information on our state’s celebration.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily... Read More

This Week in Olympia Jan. 20 – Jan. 24

Published on January 24, 2020
Tracy Ellis and Mikaela Hobson take a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senate Republican’s comprehensive plan to address homelessness

Published on January 21, 2020
State Senate Republicans have a plan to address homelessness. They’re ready to fight for real solutions instead of throwing money at a broken system. Senators Hans Zeiger, Phil Fortunato, Steve O’Ban and John Braun held a homelessness crisis news conference.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

This Week in Olympia Jan. 13 – Jan. 17

Published on January 17, 2020
Tracy Ellis takes a look back at this week in Olympia.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator Mike Padden details problems at the scandal plagued state Department of Corrections

Published on January 15, 2020
The prison problems are prompting a trio of Senate Republicans to introduce a package of sweeping reforms. Senators Padden, Keith Wagoner and Steve O’Ban are sponsoring measures. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator John Braun responds to Governor Inslee’s State of the State

Published on January 14, 2020
The Republican Response to Governor Jay Inslee’s State of the State Address emphasized the need to get things done without taking more of your money or raiding the state’s savings account.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senators Schoesler and Zeiger Preview Upcoming Session

Published on January 10, 2020
State Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler and Republican Senator Hans Zeiger spoke at the annual Associated Press Legislative Preview for the 2020 session. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator Keith Wagoner Talks About Safety in Prisons

Published on January 10, 2020
State Senator Keith Wagoner wants to make prisons safer.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Senator Randi Becker announces the formation of the SRC Tax Watchdog Committee

Published on January 08, 2020
Sen. Becker says some people in Olympia may not be listening to the people, but the State Senate Republican Caucus is.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Elephant in the Dome Podcast – Sen. Steve O’Ban Reflects on 2nd Anniversary of Deadly Amtrak Crash

Published on December 18, 2019
The Amtrak train crash that killed three people near DuPont happened two years ago. What’s happened since then? And what still needs to be done?   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Elephant in the Dome Podcast – Sustainability was the underlying theme from Senate Republicans at the Re-Wire Policy Conference

Published on December 12, 2019
Sen. John Braun emphasized the importance of sustainability in budgeting and Sen. Phil Fortunato touted a plan for sustainable transportation funding.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Elephant in the Dome Podcast – O’Ban fights to repeal business tax increase on health-care providers

Published on December 06, 2019
A state legislator wants to help doctors by getting rid of the tax hike imposed on them during the last legislative session. Senator Steve O’Ban is sponsoring a bill in the upcoming session that would repeal the 20% business tax increase for health care providers.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily... Read More

Elephant in the Dome Podcast – A nursing home funding crisis a state legislator wants to fix

Published on November 08, 2019
Pierce County Republican Senator Steve O’Ban held a press conference at the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community to introduce his bill to increase the state reimbursement for Medicaid patients.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Elephant in the Dome Podcast – GOP Senators react to I-976 passage

Published on November 07, 2019
Sen. Steve O’Ban says I-976 passage should send a strong message to Sound Transit and to Democrats and Sen. Phil Fortunato says it should get people thinking about his bill to pay for roads.   The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus Read More

Washington has a new State Senator

Published on October 24, 2019
Oak Harbor Republican Ron Muzzall was selected to represent the 10th District as State Senator.     The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

The Majority Party increased the tax on businesses by 20%…

Published on October 08, 2019
…To better understand the impact on real people, Sen. Steve O’Ban interviewed doctors, and other small business owners. The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus. Read More

Trains are an important part of Eastern Washington’s economy. That’s why the top Republican on the State Senate Transportation Committee was named the keynote speaker at a rail summit

Published on September 13, 2019
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Some Puget Sound-area taxpayers say expensive car tabs to pay for Sound Transit are illegal and State Senator Steve O’Ban agrees with them and says the State Attorney General should also be on their side, but he isn’t.

Published on September 11, 2019
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This Week in Olympia 8/26-8/29: Legislature Sues Gov, Eastern WA Worries About Fire and Water, and Prison Problems

Published on August 29, 2019
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Fire and water are two things on the minds of Eastern Washington lawmakers, including the State Senator in the 13th District

Published on August 27, 2019
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Two Republican State Senators want you to get involved, while another prepares for a new phase in life

Published on August 22, 2019
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Seattle’s proposed income tax is unconstitutional, but the State Court of Appeals says that doesn’t mean the city can’t impose a different kind of tax on income and Sen. Steve O’Ban is concerned

Published on July 17, 2019
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Senate Republicans were hard at work for their constituents during the legislative session

Published on May 28, 2019
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Republican State Senator Steve O’Ban held a press conference near the site of the 2017 Amtrak train derailment in DuPont to present a plan aimed at avoiding future tragedies

Published on May 23, 2019
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Taxapalooza 2019 culminates with Governor Inslee signing the budget from Majority Democrats in the State Legislature

Published on May 21, 2019
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Taxapalooza 2019 – Majority Democrats in the State Legislature seemed determined to raise taxes from day one of the 2019 legislative session

Published on May 07, 2019
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Property tax-raising school levy increases wouldn’t be needed under a plan proposed by Republican State Senator John Braun

Published on April 26, 2019
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The State Senate passed a resolution honoring Class of 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jack Sikma.

Published on April 18, 2019
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Another Tax Day is a time for two state legislators to lament tax hikes proposed in Olympia

Published on April 15, 2019
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to pay union dues, but Republicans say a bill passed in the Senate attempts to circumvent that ruling.

Published on April 13, 2019
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Wolves are moving into Western Washington, worrying a state senator, and a state legislator is backing a different type of clean energy

Published on April 09, 2019
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He says the State Senate Democrats’ spending plan has unneeded tax hikes and unnecessary expenditures, but Republican Senate budget lead John Braun says it could be worse – it could be the one released by House Democrats.

Published on April 03, 2019
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Many people consider some bills at the State Capital this legislative session to be unfriendly to families. Senators Shelly Short and Ann Rivers talk about the legislation that should have parents concerned

Published on April 02, 2019
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One State Senator says it seems like Democrats in the legislature are trying to drive oil refineries out of our state. Senator Doug Ericksen says a new proposal could cost taxpayers upwards of a billion dollars.

Published on March 28, 2019
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Homelessness took center stage at the State Capital. With little more than a month left in the legislative session, Republican senators emphasized their continued commitment to addressing the crisis.

Published on March 22, 2019
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Senators Mark Schoesler, Randi Becker and John Braun talk about a big increase in projected state revenues and why it should lead to tax cuts instead of tax increases

Published on March 20, 2019
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Senator Ann Rivers on her bill that strongly encourages schools to teach the Holocaust

Published on March 12, 2019
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Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler and Senator Steve O’Ban talk about farmers accused of having slaves, ethics violations, Sound Transit, long term care, gun control, prisoners being let out early, vaccinations, and a carbon tax.

Published on March 01, 2019
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The New Green Manifesto for Washington State, Democrats who are unwilling to work with Republicans, the state budget, forced unionization, immunizations, and public records

Published on February 21, 2019
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Welcome to Washington Baby Act and Raising Tobacco Age to 21

Published on February 18, 2019
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Senator Mike Padden on longer “look-backs” for DUIs

Published on February 07, 2019
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Episode 5 – Affordable Housing & Homelessness Package

Published on November 15, 2018
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Episode 4 – Mental Health Package

Published on November 15, 2018
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Episode 3 – Seattle Jobs Tax

Published on November 15, 2018
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Episode 2 – Western State Hospital

Published on August 03, 2018
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Episode 1 – Sen. O’Ban discusses his jobs tax credit

Published on August 03, 2018
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