Joseph O'Sullivan, Crosscut

Joseph O'Sullivan


Olympia, WA, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

Some WA lawmakers are sidestepping the state's Public Records Act

Despite a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling, legislators are shielding documents by claiming a loophole of 'legislative privilege.' → Read More

Washington’s budget forecast grew $762M despite recession worries

When the state budget forecasters look at the economy, they see the uncertainty of the present moment: rising inflation and interest rates, global fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, tech compa → Read More

U.S. Congress: Kim Schrier defeats Matt Larkin in 8th District

The pediatrician from Sammamish defeated her Republican challenger Matt Larkin, 52% to 48%, The Associated Press declared on Thursday. → Read More

Hobbs defeats Anderson to remain Washington Secretary of State

After a tight race, Steve Hobbs will complete Kim Wyman's term and lead the state election office through 2024. → Read More

Secretary of State: Hobbs leads against challenger Anderson

Democratic incumbent Steve Hobbs is up 50% to 47% over nonpartisan challenger Julie Anderson after the first ballot drop Tuesday night. → Read More

Purple haze: The battle over WA state's political no-man's-lands

A handful of unassuming, ideologically split districts have become hotbeds of political power for both Washingtons. → Read More

Unlike other minimum wage fights, Tukwila's sees no opposition

If it passes, the city’s new $17-plus hourly wage would apply to businesses with 15 or more employees. → Read More

Democrats raising more than Republicans in Washington congressional races

As the midterm elections enter the final stretch, Democratic candidates in Washington’s two competitive U.S. House races are outraising their Republican rivals for the quarter. Meanwhile, Tiffany Smiley, the GOP candidate challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, outraised the five-term incumbent this quarter – although Murray maintains a cash advantage. → Read More

WA state Supreme Court rules against Edmonds gun storage law

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled against an Edmonds gun storage ordinance in a court order reaffirming state law that local governments can't impose their own firearms regulations. → Read More

WA lawmakers debate limits to governor’s emergency powers after 2 years of COVID

Washington lawmakers have given two public hearings on proposals to put some curbs on Gov. Jay Inslee's powers. Some key Democratic leaders, however, don't appear in favor of the idea. → Read More

Gov. Inslee orders National Guard to help at hospitals, testing sites amid COVID-19 surge

As he dispatched National Guard members across the state, the governor also ordered a four-week pause on nonemergency procedures at hospitals and encouraged retired health-care workers to consider stepping back in. → Read More

Services set for Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen

OLYMPIA — Services for Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen will be held Wednesday in Bellingham. → Read More

Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen dies after battle with COVID

Ericksen said last month that he tested positive for the coronavirus, although his cause of death was not immediately confirmed on Saturday. → Read More

Washington voters rejecting new 7% tax on capital gains in nonbinding advisory measure

OLYMPIA — Washington voters were rejecting a state advisory measure to adopt a new 7% tax on capital gains above $250,000 in Tuesday night’s election results. → Read More

With moratorium on utility shut-offs ending soon, Washington officials urge customers to make a plan

OLYMPIA — Washington officials are urging people who are behind on water and energy bills to check in with their utility companies before the state’s temporary moratorium on service shut-offs ends next month. → Read More

Inslee extends eviction ban in Washington through Sept. 30 to give more time for COVID-19 aid to help

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced an extension of the ban on evictions through Sept. 30 in an effort to help Washington tenants navigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Inslee: Washington has entered its fourth wave of COVID-19

OLYMPIA — Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases continue to rise, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. → Read More

Police in Washington who see fellow officer using excessive force must intervene, Legislature says

OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to require law enforcement officers to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force in an encounter. → Read More

Washington state suspends rollout of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as feds review clotting

Washington state on Tuesday paused the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses in Washington state. → Read More

Inslee signs bill restoring voting rights to Washingtonians with felonies upon release from prison

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill restoring the right to vote for Washingtonians convicted of felonies automatically upon their release from incarceration. → Read More