January 24, 2024

Republican senators take aim at opioid crisis with ‘Recovery Washington’ drug-treatment package

See press conference on TVW at the following link: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?clientID=9375922947&eventID=2024011527   OLYMPIA – Senate Republicans are calling for a stronger response to Washington’s opioid crisis with a package of bills aimed at preventing overdoses, coordinating state efforts to promote treatment and recovery, and restoring funding for multijurisdictional law enforcement drug...
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January 15, 2024

Call to conserve power proves need for better energy policies

OLYMPIA…Millions of power customers in Washington received a notice over the weekend to lower their thermostats and limit their use of hot water to alleviate pressure on the power grid while Washington experienced winter weather. Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, released the following statement in response. “This weekend’s energy...
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December 15, 2023

Poor awareness, rise in antisemitism necessitates more education about Jewish Holocaust of WWII

Bipartisan bill would make K-12 curriculum Nazi genocide of Jews mandatory   OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, and Sen. Jesse Salomon, D-Shoreline, pre-filed a bill today (Senate Bill 5851) for the 2024 legislative session that would make it mandatory for Washington’s K-12 public schools to teach the Jewish Holocaust...
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October 14, 2023

Newsletter: How did school districts spend $1 billion in student aid? We’re not sure

An audit by the U.S. Department of Education found that Washington state school officials had little oversight in how school districts spent $1 billion in student funding, 20% of which was intended to help students catch up from learning loss as a result of COVID shutdowns. The Seattle Times reported...
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September 11, 2023

Braun: Legislature has duty to reconvene Redistricting Commission

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun shared the following comments on the heels of two recent court decisions saying Washington’s legislative district maps, which were created by the Washington State Redistricting Commission during the 2022 redistricting process and went into effect this year, must be redrawn for the 15th Legislative District....
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August 07, 2023

Newsletter: Long-term care tax hits everyone’s paychecks

Another example of how the government thinks it can spend your money more wisely than you can Did you notice recently that the state of Washington deducted an additional 0.58% of your paycheck? This is to fund what the Democrats are calling “Washington Cares,” which is a state-administered long-term care...
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July 20, 2023

Governor’s “Cap and Gouge” program responsible for highest gas prices nationwide, says Braun

OLYMPIA…Senate Republican Leader John Braun, R-Centralia, released the following comments today after the governor and legislative Democrats held a news conference to announce legislation aimed at limiting the profits of oil companies. Braun reinforced his previous statement about what is causing Washington’s gas prices to remain the highest in the...
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February 01, 2023

Leadership Video Update – Day 23

Sen. John Braun updates us on the progress of the 2023 Legislative Session. Unfortunately, the highlight is the lack of progress on police pursuit. Learn more:
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January 24, 2023

STATEMENT: Scarce storage for Seattle-King County’s dead shameful, preventable

Record increase in fentanyl overdoses due to lax Democrat approach to hard drugs OLYMPIA…Properly storing the dead is proving to be more than the Seattle-King County Morgue can handle. Public Health Director Dr. Faisal Khan attributes the shortage of morgue space to record increases in fentanyl overdoses across the county...
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