Jay Manning skates away from transparency, thanks Public Disclosure Commission

Last week, the Public Disclosure Commission allowed Jay Manning to avoid transparency and scrutiny once again, but he was not able to entirely avoid...

Can political insiders violate campaign finance laws with no consequences?

Jay Manning is the consummate Washington State political insider.  He was the former Director of the Department of Ecology before he became Governor Gregoire’s...

End of the Looney Tunes Commission

At the regularly scheduled Thurston County Commissioner meeting last Tuesday afternoon, all appeared similar, yet different from the previous eight years of this Commission....

We the Governed’s top 10 stories from 2016

Every blog site must have it’s annual top 10 list.  Here is ours.  These are listed in order based on the highest viewed articles...

Mr Cooper goes to court

Jim Cooper always dreamed of going into the Thurston County Courthouse.  However, his original plan was to be the newly elected county commissioner, not...

The persecution and show trial of Representative Melanie Stambaugh

On Tuesday, December 13 - for the first time in 22 years the Washington State Legislative Ethics Board convened their full board to put...

How did the Democrats lose Thurston County?

The final election results are official in Thurston County, and it is clear that dramatic political change has arrived.  The Thurston County Commission, in...

Washington State county elections trend more conservative

Local political races often forecast wider statewide changes in the future Around Washington State much attention has been paid to a limited Republican showing in...

Thurston County goes Independent – first time in state history

Death threats, Robocalls, Ramtha Cash, and Lawsuits.  The Thurston County Commission race had something for everyone, and while there were lots of adjectives that...

Why the Public Disclosure Commission needs a new director

The mission of the Public Disclosure Commission is to provide public access to information about campaign financing, lobbyist expenditures, the financial affairs of public...