Washington State

Washington State’s Special Session


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I drew this for The Seattle Times and it ran in their Sunday edition, last Sunday. I wanted to give them some time for the web hits before posting here.

The state’s legislature is going into their “second” special session to deal with school funding. I received a brand new T-Shirt from my friend and fellow cartoonist Jennifer Miller today that reads “Stop f#ckin’ Around.” That would be a good message for lawmakers in Washington.

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Gun Violence In Washington State


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This cartoon is on today’s opinion page of The Seattle Times. It accompanies their excellent editorial.

Twenty-one people have been killed and eleven injured in seven mass shootings in Western Washington just this year.

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Cartoon For Seattle Times: Bellevue Football


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Here’s the latest cartoon I drew for The Seattle Times, which ran today.

Bellevue is a high school football team and they’re a powerhouse. They’re constantly ranked among the best nationally in the USA Today poll. They have won the state championship 11 times between 2001 and 2013. An independent investigation has issued a report that the team has been violating rules for years.

They have been accused of having players who don’t live in their district and boosters paid tuition at a private school for players. In addition, the report says the coach “directed and encouraged” Bellevue football players to take classes at a private alternative school “to obtain minimum grade standards” needed to maintain their eligibility to play. One football player described the school as a “day care” for athletes.

As you can imagine, Tom Brady isn’t liked anywhere outside New England. It’ll be interesting to see what sort of response this cartoon receives.

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Washington Wrecking Ball


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How about that, regular readers of this site. I drew an exclusive cartoon this week and you’re just now hearing about it and getting to see it. I drew this last Thursday night, eh…Friday morning for The Seattle Times Sunday edition.

This is the routine for charter schools in Washington state. The legislature implements charter schools. The teachers unions sue. The court shuts the schools down. The legislature restructures how the schools are funded. Charter schools reopen. The teachers unions sue. The court shuts the schools down. The legislature…well you get the idea.

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Washington State Photo Bomb


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I drew this cartoon for The Seattle Times Sunday edition.

Washington’s retiring Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn, might throw his hat into the governors race as an independent.

Governor Jay Inslee isn’t very popular right now but he’s still running for reelection. He’ll probably win as the state is very blue. His opponent is moderate Republican Bill Bryant. Dorn wants to put the focus of the race on education.

He has a good argument. Dorn argues that neither Republicans or Democrats have fully funded education. The state supreme court held the state in contempt for failing to fund education. A later decision slammed the state, the governor and Republican led legislature with a $100,000-a-day fine.

Funding education in Washington is required by law. If the current leaders aren’t living up to that, Dorn will appeal to a lot of voters with his proposal that education has “first dibs” at the state budget.

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Washington Charter Schools


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To sum up, Washington state had charter schools. Nine across the state to be exact. Then the Supreme Court said they couldn’t be funded from the state education budget. This week the state legislature, the House and Senate, passed a funding bill that supports the charter schools. Democrats joined Republicans to push the bill through. It’s not a done deal yet as it now goes to governor Jay Inslee’s desk.

As you can imagine the teachers’ union in the state opposes state funded charter schools. I don’t always support charter schools or oppose teachers unions. I support teachers, but not just public teachers. I also support education, especially when it gives opportunity to the less fortunate which the charter schools in Washington do.

Friday morning my editor at The Seattle Times emailed wanting a cartoon on this. I sent her my first idea, which was on the schools being funded through the state lottery.

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Kate, my editor approved it. But as she approved it she wrote about the number of students from the charter schools who were in attendance for the hearings on the matter at the legislate in the state capitol in Olympia (yes, the capitol of Washington is in Olympia for those keeping score at home).

Even though she approved the idea I thought I could come up with something she would like better. And I did. She liked the first idea, loved the second. I like that. I thought we were going to publish early next week but Kate then said she wanted to run it tomorrow. Yowzah, I really had to get to work. I told her I’d have it to her in two hours and three hours later she got it.

I drew both roughs on my brand new tablet, which is the biggest reason I bought the tablet. This was the first time I drew a rough on it, sent it to an editor, and had it approved for publication.

Here’s the rough that rough.

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Head Cuts In Washington State


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Here is today’s cartoon for The Seattle Times.

Washington governor Jay Inslee is having difficulty retaining department heads. The head of the Department of Corrections resigned due to inmates being released too early and watching it happen for three years.

The DSHS Secretary resigned because the state has been under court orders to improve how it treats some people with mental-health problems and has struggled to add beds and staff to Western State Hospital, a state psychiatric facility.

Last week the Washington Senate, controlled by Republicans, basically fired the Transportation secretary by voting not to confirm her… three years after she was appointed to the job. Problem with appointments not being voted on by Republicans? I wonder how the president feels about that.

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