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Washington National Guard soldiers walk through the Food Lifeline Covid Response Center on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, along East Marginal Way South in Seattle.

Inslee Deploying 100 National Guard To Help Hospitals, Orders Pause On Non-Emergency Procedures

Following the lead of Oregon and other states, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he will deploy 100 members of the National Guard to assist hospitals struggling to respond to a spike in COVID-19 patients due to the highly-contagious omicron variant. Continue Reading Inslee Deploying 100 National Guard To Help Hospitals, Orders Pause On Non-Emergency Procedures

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Many people say they hate the twice-yearly time change. But is settling on permanent standard time or year-round daylight time the better solution?

Washington State Lawmakers Propose Year-Round Standard Time To Get Around Congress

Washington state senators are trying a new gambit to stop the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks from standard time to daylight time and back again. A previous effort to move the whole West Coast onto permanent daylight saving time failed to win requisite congressional support. So now, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers is pushing for Pacific Standard Time to be observed year-round. Continue Reading Washington State Lawmakers Propose Year-Round Standard Time To Get Around Congress

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The Washington Legislature convenes Monday for a 60-day election year session. Unlike last year, the Capitol building is once again open to the public and there's no security fence or National Guard presence (both were put in place following the events of January 6). But, because of COVID-19, the Legislature will still meet mostly remotely, at least to start.

5 Things To Know About Washington’s 2022 Legislative Session

A year ago, a chain link fence, National Guard members and scores of state troopers surrounded the Capitol in an unprecedented show of defensive force. The temporary bulwark and troop deployment was a response to the January 6 pro-Trump mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, a major security breach that same day at the governor’s residence in Olympia and threats by far-right groups to occupy the state Capitol, which was closed to the public due to the pandemic. Continue Reading 5 Things To Know About Washington’s 2022 Legislative Session

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Black and white photo of three women putting up signs about Women's voting rights.

A Paid Holiday In March? It’d Be Women’s Suffrage Day If Washington State Lawmakers Vote Yea

Washington state workers and perhaps many others could get an extra day off in honor of women getting the right to vote. The idea for a Women’s Suffrage Day holiday got a friendly reception on the opening day of Washington’s 2022 legislative session. Continue Reading A Paid Holiday In March? It’d Be Women’s Suffrage Day If Washington State Lawmakers Vote Yea

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Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee with a mask on at a press conference

As Omicron Soars, Inslee Announces Expanded Testing And Mask Distribution To Keep Schools Open

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state is racing to expand access to testing, masks and vaccines, but has no immediate plans to impose new rollbacks, mandates or restrictions in the face of an unprecedented wave of new COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant. Continue Reading As Omicron Soars, Inslee Announces Expanded Testing And Mask Distribution To Keep Schools Open

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