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A common sign hanging outside businesses in Point Roberts that yearn to have Canadian visitors back.

Ongoing Border Closure Makes Washington Enclave Of Point Roberts ‘Stir Crazy’

The United States and Canadian governments confirmed Thursday that pandemic border crossing restrictions will continue for at least another month to June 21. This is the fourteenth month-by-month extension of the closure of the northern border to nonessential crossings. The lengthy closure has been especially wearing on Point Roberts, a community in northwestern Washington state that is cut off from the U.S. mainland by the Canadian border. Continue Reading Ongoing Border Closure Makes Washington Enclave Of Point Roberts ‘Stir Crazy’

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The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia

2nd Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Overturn Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax

The lawsuit by the Opportunity for All Coalition (OFAC), which successfully fought Seattle’s high-earners income tax in 2017, was filed Thursday in Douglas County Superior Court. The plaintiffs include business owners and farmers who would potentially be subject to the new tax, as well as the Washington Farm Bureau. Continue Reading 2nd Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Overturn Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax

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Darren Ford (left) reacts to the new mask guideline while presenting his vaccine card at Liberty Theatre on May 14 in Camas, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced last Thursday that the statewide mask mandate would no longer apply to fully vaccinated adults. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Even With No-Mask Guidance, Some Places Like Washington’s King County Aren’t Ready To Let Go

As more states shed their universal mask mandates for those who are vaccinated, many Americans are weighing how much faith to put in the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in the integrity of their unvaccinated peers, who are supposed to follow the rules and keep wearing masks. Continue Reading Even With No-Mask Guidance, Some Places Like Washington’s King County Aren’t Ready To Let Go

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin speaks at a Boise rally on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, when she announced her run for Idaho Gov. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho EdNews

Janice McGeachin, Idaho’s 2nd In Command, Announces Bid For Governor, Setting Tight GOP Primary

Ending months of speculation, Republican Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin officially entered the governor’s race Wednesday. McGeachin’s entry into the gubernatorial race sets up a potential showdown, and clash of ideologies, in the May 2022 GOP primary. Continue Reading Janice McGeachin, Idaho’s 2nd In Command, Announces Bid For Governor, Setting Tight GOP Primary

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The cleanup of toxic debris has been slowed in Malden Wash. after former President Trump held up aid as part of a political dispute with the state's Democratic governor. Kirk Siegler/NPR

Federal Aid Arrived For Devastated Washington Town. It May Not Be Enough For This Fire Season

Last year, former President Trump refused to approve a routine disaster declaration for Malden because he was feuding with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat. So that federal aid didn’t start arriving until after President Biden took office and he finally signed the order. Continue Reading Federal Aid Arrived For Devastated Washington Town. It May Not Be Enough For This Fire Season

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