O’Ban column published in national news magazine

Chad MinnickNews

Posted below, from Steve O’Ban’s guest piece in the Weekly Standard. In 2002 the Washington State Department of Corrections made a software programming error that wasn’t caught for a decade. Over this period, the error allowed thousands of prisoners to be released before their sentences were completed. In December 2012, the father of a stabbing victim learned his son’s assailant … Read More

This is what heroes look like

Chad MinnickNews

Please read this story. This is what heroes look like. I’ve had the chance to meet three medal of honor recipients after we recognized them on the Senate floor. This is what they all say about the men and women who were just as heroic, and some never came home. From Clint Romesha, MOH recipient, and author of the best … Read More

DOC Drops Contract Exposed by O’Ban/Senate Investigation

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The Washington Department of Corrections announced that it will not renew a contract with information technology vendor Assessments.com. The troubling history of Assessments.com was exposed during Senate hearings on the Department of Corrections’ early-release-of-prisoners scandal. Numerous witnesses testified in Senate hearings that the vendor favored by former Secretary Bernie Warner for his Advance Corrections initiative “wrote bad code” and delivered … Read More

Dysfunction at Western State Hospital

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A tough but accurate description of the current dysfunction at Western State Hospital: “Lawmakers poured in at least $120 million in the last two years by opening more than 150 new short-term psychiatric beds in community hospitals and paying for two new wards at Western State Hospital. Problem solved? Nope Meanwhile, the hospital has a toxic labor-management culture, with rapid … Read More

College tuition drops by $1,000

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“One of the great things we’ve been doing for students. While we have directed an additional $4.8 billion in new funds to K-12 education, we are reducing tuition for students. All without raising taxes. We need to make education affordable again for the middle class.” Check out this article from Bellingham about the tuition reduction for students at Western.

We released our first TV ad!

Chad MinnickNews, Results

“State government is broken,” says Senator O’Ban. “And if we work together, we can make a difference in people’s lives.” (watch TV ad below) Those aren’t just words to Steve O’Ban. Senator O’Ban has been a highly effective Senator on behalf of the people of the 28th District. Check out a few of the things he’s done in his first … Read More