Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger resigned from the Legislature Thursday. It came several hours after the House Ethics Committee recommended suspension and possible expulsion of the Republican lawmaker from Lewiston amid an investigation into a rape accusation from a 19-year-old staffer. Continue Reading Idaho Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger Resigns After Ethics Committee Recommends Suspension
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to soon roll back the economic reopening of more counties because of rising coronavirus cases. Reverting to Phase 2 would force businesses, museums and churches to reduce indoor capacity. Continue Reading More Washington Counties – From Largest To Very Rural – At Risk Of Reverting Back To Phase 2
Just days after the Washington Legislature gave final approval to a new capital gains tax aimed at the state’s wealthiest residents, the conservative Freedom Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five individuals and one couple to overturn the tax. Continue Reading Lawsuit In Douglas County Seeks To Overturn Washington’s Newly Passed Capital Gains Tax
While some Washingtonians appear eager to get vaccinated and get on with their lives, a new poll reveals even some people who are fully vaccinated remain cautious about getting back to normal. Continue Reading Poll: Washingtonians Aren’t Quite Ready For A Post-Pandemic Normal
Known as “breakthrough infections,” cases in which people test positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated are extremely rare. Public health experts are anxious that these cases not be blown out of proportion and discourage people from getting vaccinated. Yet they also say it’s critical to track and study these cases, because scientists do not fully understand who is susceptible to vaccine failure. Continue Reading A Small Number Of People Will Be Hospitalized Despite Being Vaccinated. We Have to Learn Why
The investigation into Lewiston Republican Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger’s conduct began in March, when the intern told a supervisor that the 38-year-old lawmaker raped her at his apartment after the two had dinner at a restaurant. The Boise Police Department has a criminal investigation underway, and the Legislature’s Ethics Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday to determine if the lawmaker “engaged in conduct unbecoming a representative which is detrimental to the integrity of the House.” Continue Reading 19-Year-Old To Publicly Testify Against Idaho Lawmaker From Lewiston Accused Of Rape
The new budget bills still have to pass both houses — and House conservatives have killed three major education bills over social justice and critical race theory concerns. But on Monday, the Senate followed the House’s lead, passing a bill addressing “nondiscrimination” in schools and critical race theory. That nondiscrimination bill, now on its way to Gov. Brad Little’s desk, is seen as a linchpin to passing education spending budgets. Continue Reading New Education Budgets Emerge In Idaho Legislature After Previously Being Blocked
As the company weighs its options, two Washington state legislators sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Congress members in Western states, urging them to find a solution to continue the SuperTanker’s operations, which they described as the “biggest and one of the best weapons in battling the catastrophic fires.” Continue Reading World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up
The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when they’re outdoors, unless they’re in a crowd, such as attending a live performance, sporting event or parade. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson shot. Continue Reading CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)
The state’s new fuel standards will slowly lower the amount of heat-trapping greenhouse gasses coming out of vehicle tailpipes through 2035. That means cleaner technologies biodiesel or renewable natural gas will get a boost over gasoline and diesel. Continue Reading Washington Joins Oregon, California, British Columbia In Passing Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Washington public schools with Native American-themed team names or mascots have a decision to make now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on such symbols. The schools have until year’s end to find a new mascot or try to win the blessing of a nearby tribe for continued use under an exception. Continue Reading Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions
On Sunday, Democrats adjourned the session having accomplished much of what they set out to do, including passage of a number of sweeping bills that Gov. Jay Inslee, in a statement, called “historic” in nature. Continue Reading Taxes, Police Reform, Environment: Washington Lawmakers Wrap ‘Historic’ Session
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