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Danbury High School sophomore Alanna Smith at the Connecticut State Capitol on Feb, 12, 2020. Smith is among three girls who sued to block a state policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports. CREDIT: Pat Eaton-Robb/AP

What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

This year, state legislators have introduced 35 bills restricting transgender girls and women — that is, girls and women who were not assigned as female at birth — from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans. That’s up from 29 bills last year and only 2 in 2019. Continue Reading What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports

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outside shot of Pullman Regional Hospital

Pullman Hospital Devises Strategy To Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Employees

Jeannie Eylar says Pullman Regional Hospital began vaccinating its more than 500 employees around Christmas. Eylar is the hospital’s chief nursing officer. By mid-January, she says about 50% had received their shots. She and her colleagues set a goal of inoculating 75% by March 1. Continue Reading Pullman Hospital Devises Strategy To Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Employees

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We’re Working On ‘Re:building Democracy’ In This Statewide Initiative. Here’s How To Watch And Join

Deepening polarization is eroding faith in the electoral and democratic process on which our democracy depends. What can we do to cultivate mutual respect, repair damaged relationships, and reweave a civic fabric frayed from years of growing division? Continue Reading We’re Working On ‘Re:building Democracy’ In This Statewide Initiative. Here’s How To Watch And Join

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Washington state Capitol building in Olympia, March 10, 2021. CREDIT: Austin Jenkins/N3

It’s Pedal To The Metal As Washington State Lawmakers Push Ahead With Pandemic-Era Agenda

Washington’s 105-day legislative session has crossed the halfway point and a key deadline for policy (non-budget) bills to clear their chamber of origin has passed. Majority Democrats are moving swiftly to enact a pandemic-era agenda focused on issues like tax reform, police accountability, racial equity and global climate change. Minority Republicans, meanwhile, are seeing a few of their bills advance while also objecting to much of what Democrats are pushing forward. So, what’s moving and what’s not? Continue Reading It’s Pedal To The Metal As Washington State Lawmakers Push Ahead With Pandemic-Era Agenda

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File photo. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden during a 2017 interview in Boise. GOP Idaho lawmakers frustrated with the Republican Idaho attorney general have put forward a series of bills that could significantly defund his office. Wasden irked lawmakers by not joining a Texas lawsuit to invalidate the presidential election. CREDIT: Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP

Idaho Lawmakers Look To Cancel Funding Of Their Fellow Republican: The State’s Attorney General

Lawrence Wasden, who was elected Idaho’s top lawyer in 2003, has called some legislation from conservative lawmakers unconstitutional. The state has paid over $3 million in legal fees since 1995 — some of it after ignoring his advice and losing court challenges. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Look To Cancel Funding Of Their Fellow Republican: The State’s Attorney General

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Kristin May, an EMT with the Seattle Fire Dept., gives the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a City of Seattle community COVID-19 testing and vaccination clinic in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood in February 2021. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

CDC Says It’s Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities, Should Continue Masking In Public

The new guidance is specific to freedoms that vaccinated people can resume in their own homes, but the agency warns that everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue to follow recommended guidelines in public settings, including masking. Continue Reading CDC Says It’s Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities, Should Continue Masking In Public

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