Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, delivering his State of the State address on Tuesday, has proposed jailing any local or state elected official or candidate who makes false statements about the Washington state election system or past local election results. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed jailing elected officials or candidates who make false statements about the state election system or past local election results that are “directed toward inciting or producing imminent lawless action.” (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
Danny Westneat

Washington state politicians are going on a censorship jag

From Gov. Jay Inslee's proposal to criminalize false claims about elections to GOP plans to ban teaching about structural racism, lawmakers in Olympia are joining a national trend toward trying to muzzle free speech, writes Danny Westneat. But when has muzzling like this worked? Updated