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I've met and heard from many of you regarding wolves over the last decade.  As we've worked to restore balance and fairness to the wolf/livestock equation, I've asked you to stick...

June 8, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses battles over the budget, opposing new taxes, and concerns over the governor's emergency powers. Wash. House Republicans · 04-02-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with Rep. Kretz:...

April 2, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Waucounda, discusses the economy, his opposition to new taxes, and the budget. Wash. House Republicans · 03-26-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with Rep. Kretz: Economic recovery

March 26, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses a bi-partisan push to fund wildfire preparedness, and educating lawmakers on the necessity for wildfire support. Wash. House Republicans · 03-16-21 – RADIO: Capitol Report with...

March 16, 2021

I have been advocating, since last spring, for a local approach to reopening our economy.  I trust my local health departments and locally elected county officials to do the right thing...

March 11, 2021

'In the end, homes, land, and lives will be saved because of this legislation,” says Kretz Legislation passed the Washington State House of Representatives this week that would help prevent and...

March 11, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses the ESD data breach, the controversy surrounding House Bill 1368, and his thoughts on the governor's reopening plan. Wash. House Republicans · 02-12-21 – RADIO: Capitol...

Feb. 12, 2021

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

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joins John Sattgast on Capitol Report to discuss the challenges of the current session, opening the economy, and the governor's emergency powers. Wash. House Republicans · 01-19-21...

Jan. 19, 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