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The legislative session is here – almost a month old – and it's unlike any I've ever been involved with. Face-to-face meetings with constituents, other lawmakers, staff, and stakeholders has been...

Feb. 3, 2021

The Spokesman-Review recently published an opinion piece against the state's increase in cougar hunting from a lawyer who works and lives in Seattle.  I'm happy to provide a counter perspective, that...

May 8, 2020

The new coronavirus has changed all our lives in ways we never imagined. Me, my friends and family, my neighbors – we're all ready for this to be over. But we...

May 8, 2020

Reps. Joel Kretz and Jacquelin Maycumber, along with Sen. Shelly Short, give an update on the 2020 legislative session.

May 6, 2020

'We can't keep going the direction we're going,' says Kretz In a letter to members of the Department of Fish and Wildlife commission today, Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, asked the commissioners...

March 10, 2020

I have over 5,000 emails in my inbox from parents, teachers and school officials around the state asking me to fight against the Democrat comprehensive sex education bill (Senate Bill 5395)....

March 5, 2020

'USA beef should mean something to consumers. It certainly means something to the cowboys and ranchers who are producing it,' says Kretz. Legislation to give consumers more information on where their...

Feb. 18, 2020

Democrats in the state House passed legislation this week that will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon and diesel by 63 cents. Their low-carbon fuel...

Jan. 31, 2020

'If we want nonlethal solutions to work, we have to know where the wolves are,' says Kretz Legislation introduced in Olympia this week seeks to maximize nonlethal methods of dealing with...

Jan. 31, 2020

'We need to bring truth in labeling back to the general public and make sure USA beef means something,' says Kretz Go to any grocery store in the state and you'll...

Jan. 20, 2020