Will the Supreme Court of Washington finally take on takings law?

July 30, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Today, Division III of the Washington Court of Appeals issued an “Order of Certification” in a case called Lemire v. Washington Department of Ecology.  An Order of Certification means the Court of Appeals believes that the legal issues in the case are so important that the Washington Supreme Court should decide the case, bypassing Cour ...


Op-ed : Washington bureaucrats fishing for reasons to make water regulations more restrictive

July 11, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

In a recent op-ed to The Spokesman-Review, Chris Cargill explains that the Washington Department of Ecology is working on revising the state’s estimate for average daily fish consumption.  The agency is proposing to increase the estimate from 6.5 grams of fish consumed per person per day to as much as 275 grams, a jump of … ...


The “poo”-lice state steps in it


Author: Brian T. Hodges Washington state is supposedly broke.  Lay offs, forced furloughs, shuttered libraries, and moth-balled parks.  But apparently, the state is not too broke.  The State’s Department of Ecology recently shelled out $27,000 for Puget Sound Partnership, an environmentalist organization, to produce a neo-so ...