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How Does the Census Work?

By Laudan | Published on September 04, 2019

How do you count nearly 330 million people?

By first sending them a postcard. In mid-March next year, the U.S. Census Bureau will send each household a postcard inviting residents to either call or go online. Residents may then inform the bureau how many people reside at that address. The questionnaire for the census will then ask for the name, gender, age, and race/ethnicity of each person who resides at that address. It will also ask whether residents own or rent, and request a good contact phone number in case there needs to be a follow-up.

Finally, only one person should fill out the census for each household.

Census 2020 Timeline

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Here’s a timeline for the census next year:

March 2020: Census Invites

April 1, 2020: Census 2020

April-May 2020: Reminders to residents to complete Census

December 31, 2020: Census results delivered to the president

Schoesler and Warnick welcome appointment of Ybarra to 13th District vacancy

By Laudan | Published on January 15, 2019

On the first day of the 2019 legislative session, commissioners from Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima counties appointed longtime Quincy resident Alex Ybarra to the state House of Representatives to fill a vacant seat in the delegation. Ybarra was immediately sworn in upon appointment and will join Sen. Judy Warnick and Rep. Tom Dent as part of the 13th District delegation in Olympia for the 105-day legislative session.

Ybarra is no stranger to Olympia, serving on several legislative task forces and state commissions, and will be a familiar face when he takes his seat in the Legislature.

Warnick, R-Moses Lake, who has worked with Ybarra on a variety of policy issues over the past several years, welcomed his appointment.

“I first met Alex at an education listening tour in the district and I knew then that he would make a dynamic public servant,” said Warnick. “His personal story and passion for serving the community are evident. Our district has an outstanding new Representative working for them in Olympia.”

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, has also worked with Ybarra in Olympia on energy and education issues, noting, “Alex is an extremely hard worker. He’s knowledgeable, insightful and able to get things done. The people of the 13th District have someone who is going to make sure their voice is heard in the Legislature.”

En el primer día de la sesión legislativa de 2019, los comisionados de los condados de Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln y Yakima nombraron al residente de Quincy, Alex Ybarra, a la Cámara de Representantes del estado para ocupar un puesto vacante en la delegación. Ybarra fue jurado inmediatamente después de su nombramiento y se unirá con la senadora Judy Warnick y con el representante Tom Dent como parte de la delegación del Distrito 13 en Olympia para la sesión legislativa de 105 días.

Ybarra no es desconocido a Olympia, él se desempeña en varios grupos de trabajo legislativos y comisiones estatales, y será una cara familiar cuando tome su asiento en la Legislatura. Warnick, R-Moses Lake, quien ha trabajado con Ybarra en una variedad de proyectos políticos durante los últimos años, dio la bienvenida a su nombramiento.

“Conocí a Alex en un tour educativo en el distrito y supe entonces que sería un servidor público dinámico,” dijo Warnick. “Su historia personal y su pasión por servir a la comunidad son evidentes. Nuestro distrito tiene un nuevo representante excepcional que trabaja para el en Olympia.”

El líder republicano del Senado, Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, también ha trabajado con Ybarra en Olympia en temas de energía y educación, y el nota, “Alex es extremadamente trabajador. Él está bien informado, perspicaz y capaz de hacer las cosas. La gente del Distrito 13 tiene a alguien que se asegurará de que su voz sea reconocida en la Legislatura.”


Episode 2 – Western State Hospital

By Laudan | Published on August 03, 2018

The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus.

Episode 1 – Sen. O’Ban discusses his jobs tax credit

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The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus.

Senate Republican leaders offer condolences amid Amtrak tragedy in Pierce County

By Laudan | Published on December 18, 2017

Sen. Randi Becker, R-Pierce County, who serves as the Senate Republican Caucus Chair, and Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler offered their condolences to victims of the Amtrak train derailment.

“We are praying for the victims, families and all those involved in this tragedy,” said Becker. “I am thankful for the fast, robust response from our community’s firefighters, police and EMTs. This incident is unprecedented for our Pierce County community and I urge patience as people work to alleviate traffic, provide needed medical care and reconnect loved ones.”

“I am in conversation with the Governor’s Office and other leaders to determine how the state will respond to this emergency,” said Schoesler, R-Ritzville. “I echo Senator Becker’s sentiments. The people affected by this tragedy are in our prayers throughout Washington. We will do all we can to help citizens impacted by this disaster.”

Our efforts to protect rural Washington’s future.

By Laudan | Published on July 05, 2017

Warnick urges action on Hirst in letter to governor


Where does the Hirst Fix stand as of March 31

Senate Bill 5239

Press release on passage of SB 5239

Sen. Judy Warnick’s testimony on the Hirst fix

Sen. Shelly Short discusses Hirst

What the sponsor of the Hirst-fix legislation has been saying

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Read more about the what the chair of the Senate’s water-related committee, Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, has been doing to help rural families suffering as a result of the flawed Hirst decision.

Since the regular session, Warnick who sponsored the Hirst-fix legislation, Senate Bill 5239, has been working to elevate the issue and keep rural families at the fore of discussions in Olympia.


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Press Coverage of Hirst

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Legislature must find water-well solution – Spokesman Editorial

The Impact

“Hirst decision debated between House and Senate” – KOZI

“Some home building halted as counties respond to water-rights case” – Seattle Times

“High stakes battle under way over limited water in Washington’s rural areas” – Seattle Times

“State Senate passes bill to address Hirst water-rights decision” – Seattle Times

“Senate passes bill to address Hirst water-rights decision” – KING TV

“Fixing the Hirst problem” – The Daily News

“War of the Wells: Hirst Decision Draws Stealthy Demonstration to Washington State Capitol” – KUOW

“Mason builders affected by Supreme Court water ruling” – Kitsap Sun

“Spokane adopts emergency ordinance to address controversial Hirst water rights decision” – Spokesman Review

“Balance Water Rights: House should OK bill addressing issues raised by ruling on wells, development” – Columbian Editorial

“Flawed water-rights ruling must be reversed” – Sen. Randi Becker Op-Ed in the Tacoma News Tribune

“Rural property owners find there’s no water at the pump” – Sen. Jan Angel Op-Ed in the Kitsap Daily News

“Hirst could be the tipping point for state’s endangered rural Democrats” – Sen. Tim Sheldon Op-Ed in the Washington State Wire

“Anti-growth interests obstruct new jobs, affordable housing” – Sen. Lynda Wilson Op-Ed in the Columbian

“Property owners need access to water again” – Yakima Herald Editorial

“State legislators fighting to overturn Hirst decision” – Longview Daily News

“Water Troubles” – Longview Daily News Editorial

“Lawmakers must strike deal on ‘Hirst’ water-rights ruling” – Seattle Times Editorial

“Rural water issue must be addressed” – Walla Walla Union Bulletin Editorial

“What’s taking so long?” – Longview Daily News Editorial

“House failed to solve water, capital budget issues” – Longview Daily News Op-Ed

Thurston Co. Commissioners Consider $600,00 Study in Hirst Decision Fallout