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A census supporter holds up a sign during a 2020 rally in New York City. CREDIT: Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa USA via Reuters

6-Month Delay In Census Redistricting Data Could Complicate 2022 Mid-Term Elections

Dogged by the coronavirus pandemic and the Trump administration’s interference with the census schedule, the latest expected release date — six months past the March 31 legal deadline — could throw upcoming elections into chaos in states facing tight redistricting deadlines for Congress, as well as state and local offices. Continue Reading 6-Month Delay In Census Redistricting Data Could Complicate 2022 Mid-Term Elections

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Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., the ranking member, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate health committee, introduced legislation to address health care issues such as surprise medical bills and high drug costs. CREDIT: J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray Recounts ‘Horrific’ Encounter With Capitol Insurrectionists

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a top Senate Democrat, revealed Friday that she came “inches away” from an encounter with violent rioters during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, speaking publicly about the experience for the first time as the Senate continued the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. Continue Reading Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray Recounts ‘Horrific’ Encounter With Capitol Insurrectionists

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Citing Inequalities, Washington Official Wants To End Use Of Credit Scores For Setting Insurance Rates

How much you pay for auto, home and renters insurance depends a lot on your credit score. If your credit is good, you tend to pay less. If it’s not so good, you likely pay more. Now, Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler wants to ban the use of credit-based insurance scoring to set rates. He says it’s a matter of racial justice. Continue Reading Citing Inequalities, Washington Official Wants To End Use Of Credit Scores For Setting Insurance Rates

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Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump - Senate floor - February 9, 2021

How To Watch, What To Know: Your Guide To The Impeachment Trial Of Donald Trump

We have a special place in history. Never have Americans been so experienced in presidential impeachment as we. Two impeachments in just more than a single year. Nonetheless, experience does not yield understanding. Impeachment is a rare and confusing process. This is just the fourth presidential impeachment in history. And each impeachment process and set of arguments is slightly or dramatically different from the last. Continue Reading How To Watch, What To Know: Your Guide To The Impeachment Trial Of Donald Trump

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Easterday's "North Lot" is one of the largest concentrated cattle feeding operations in Washington. It was sold Jan. 22 to AB Livestock, a Tyson competitor. Courtesy of Franklin County, Wash.

‘Cattlegate’ Moves Forward: What About Those Cows As Easterdays, Tyson Battle Over Herd Of 54,000

In southeast Washington, the welfare of more than 50,000 head of cattle is worrying Tyson Fresh Meats. Can the herd continue to be fed and cared for while the company set up to guard over them, Easterday Ranches, files for federal bankruptcy? Continue Reading ‘Cattlegate’ Moves Forward: What About Those Cows As Easterdays, Tyson Battle Over Herd Of 54,000

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Deception Pass State Park, on the north end of Whidbey Island. CREDIT: Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

During a special meeting Thursday, the commission voted to let the state parks director decide if daylight restrictions can be lifted or modified after the Navy’s nine-month trial period is up, as long as the Navy complies with limits on when and where it will conduct training operations. Continue Reading Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

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Senate Republican floor leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn. CREDIT: TED WARREN

Assault Survivor Groups Denounce Former State Senator On Washington Redistricting Commission

Groups representing women and sexual assault survivors are denouncing the appointment of former state Sen. Joe Fain to the state redistricting commission, a body that will shape Washington state politics for the next decade. Fain, 40, narrowly lost his reelection bid in November 2018, after being accused of raping a woman years earlier. The former Republican state senator represented south King County’s 47th Legislative District for two terms. Continue Reading Assault Survivor Groups Denounce Former State Senator On Washington Redistricting Commission

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Ellensburg High School coach Jeff Hashimoto, in orange, leads masked cross-country team members on a long training run on February 8. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

School Sports Make A Comeback In The Northwest, With Mask Rules Adding Level Of Difficulty

Rescheduled fall sports seasons for high school athletes are kicking off this month in large parts of Washington state and Oregon. The general happiness this brought came with a dose of consternation among some coaches and families over strict COVID-19 safety guidelines set down by state health authorities. Continue Reading School Sports Make A Comeback In The Northwest, With Mask Rules Adding Level Of Difficulty

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Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman spoke outside the Washington State Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Washington Initiative Promoter Tim Eyman Fined $2.6M, Barred From Political Committees In Lawsuit

Tim Eyman, the watch salesman-turned-antitax folk hero whose initiative campaigns have bedeviled state and local governments across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a judge’s ruling Wednesday that blasted him for using donor’s contributions to line his own pocket. Continue Reading Washington Initiative Promoter Tim Eyman Fined $2.6M, Barred From Political Committees In Lawsuit

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As new, more This illustration shows a woman wearing two facemasks, a cloth mask over a surgical mask, in Arlington, Virginia, on February 8, 2021. - As new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, experts say it's time to consider using a medical-grade respirator, or wearing a surgical and cloth mask together. Scientists have agreed for some time the main way the virus is spread is through the air, rather than surfaces, and there's growing evidence that small droplets from ordinary breathing and speech that can travel many meters (yards) are a common mode of transmission. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, the CDC says wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers increased protection against the virus. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks. Those findings prompted new guidance on how to improve mask fit at a time of concern over fast-spreading variants of the virus. Continue Reading CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

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