Bombing Syria Isn't Warranted, Won't Fix Congress's Partisan Stalemate

In a guest op/ed, former state representative and current deputy insurance commissioner Brendan Williams argues that military action in Syria isn't warranted.

09/06/2013 By Brendan Williams


Transportation Funding: It Gets Worse

Washington state's transportation funding picture has only become bleaker since 2005, says guest editorialist Brendan Williams.

06/07/2013 By Brendan Williams


The Incredible, Shrinking Environmental Movement

The transactional politics of faux environmentalism.

04/26/2013 By Brendan Williams


The Ball Is in the Legislature's Court

The Democrats have to make the case for raising taxes.

02/28/2013 By Brendan Williams


Be Careful What You Wish For

Editorial boards that leapt for joy when Republicans took over the state senate aren't getting exactly what they bargained for.

02/26/2013 By Brendan Williams


The Metaphysics of Rodney Tom

Tom was for taxes before he was against them.

02/20/2013 By Brendan Williams


The Myth of Democratic Resistance to K-12 Accountability

Guest columnist Brendan Williams, a former state representative from the 22nd District, argues that Democrats, not Republicans, are the real advocates for education reform.

02/12/2013 By Brendan Williams


The State Senate Is Waging a War On Workers. Is a War on Women Next?

Former state representative Brendan Williams asks: With the state senate already waging a war on workers, is the war on women next?

01/28/2013 By Brendan Williams


This Week in Rodney Tom's Olympia

A former Democratic state representative looks at Rodney Tom's "bipartisan" senate.

01/21/2013 By Brendan Williams


Don't Talk Like an Elephant

Democrats should stop affirming the GOP message.

01/08/2013 By Brendan Williams


Make Less Than $450,000? Surprise: You’re Middle Class!

Former state Rep. Brendan Williams on the "Fiscal Cliff"

01/02/2013 By Brendan Williams


The NRA and the McCleary Decision

McCleary's latest ally? Evidently, the NRA.

12/21/2012 By Brendan Williams


The Inevitable Republican Coup and Its Inevitable Silver Lining

In a guest PubliCola op/ed, former lefty state Rep. Brendan Williams says the GOP coup was inevitable, but notes that there's a silver lining.

12/12/2012 By Brendan Williams

This Washington

Legislature Should Suspend Unfunded Charter Schools Initiative

Former state legislator Brendan Williams argues that—following the Seattle Times' logic that unfunded initiatives should be suspended—the legislature should overturn the unfunded charter-school measure passed this month.

11/28/2012 By Brendan Williams


Our Public School Kids Deserve Better than I-1240

In a guest op/ed, former state senator Brendan Williams (D-22) calls the charter-school initiative "a social science experiment funded by the 1% that the 99% will ultimately pay for,"

10/03/2012 By Brendan Williams


Glimmers of Hope

Looking to find something to be happy about in a year that offered little more than grim political choices, Cola readers point to developments from 2011 that give them hope.

11/24/2011 By Brendan Williams


Ignoring the Lessons of I-1082

Despite the fact that 60 percent of voters rejected Initiative 1082—a proposal to allow private workers’ compensation insurance—century-old worker protections are under assault from 1082 proponents proposing "reforms" that are more objectively harmful tha

04/22/2011 By Brendan Williams

PubliCola Adds Life

Brendan Williams: In 2011, I Will...

PubliCola asked 2010 newsmakers to tell us what their 2011 resolutions were. Dissident state house Democrat Rep. Brendan Williams resigned in 2010. What's up for 2011?

12/24/2010 By Brendan Williams