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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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States Look To Ramp Up Wolf Kills Following Previous Administration’s Move To Ease Protections

The timing of the Wisconsin hunt was bumped up following a lawsuit that raised concerns President Joe Biden’s administration would intervene to restore gray wolf protections. The group behind the suit has close links to Republican political circles including influential donors the Koch brothers and notable Trump loyalists — Kris Kobach, a former U.S. Senate candidate from Kansas, and rock star and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent. Continue Reading States Look To Ramp Up Wolf Kills Following Previous Administration’s Move To Ease Protections

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Washington Senate Approves New Tax On Capital Gains; Bill Moves To State House

Profits on the sale of stocks and bonds in excess of $250,000 would be subject to a new tax on capital gains under a bill narrowly approved Saturday by the Washington Senate. The measure passed on a 25-24 vote after more than four hours of debate in the Democratic-led chamber. Three members of the Democratic caucus voted no: Sens. Annette Cleveland, Steve Hobbs and Mark Mullet. Continue Reading Washington Senate Approves New Tax On Capital Gains; Bill Moves To State House

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File photo. Joe Palisano and Tom Bry, shown here in 2012, on their farm near Sandpoint, Idaho. They told the public media Northwest News Network at the time that they preferred a more rural, relaxed way of life in North Idaho, despite the state not allowing same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships then. CREDIT: Jessica Robinson/N3

The Conversation: Why Some LGBTQ Americans Prefer Rural Life To Urban ‘Gayborhoods’

Pop portrayals of LGBTQ Americans tend to feature urban gay life, from Ru Paul’s “Drag Race” and “Queer Eye” and “Pose.” But not all gay people live in cities. Demographers estimate that 15% to 20% of the United States’ total LGBTQ population – between 2.9 million and 3.8 million people – live in rural areas. Continue Reading The Conversation: Why Some LGBTQ Americans Prefer Rural Life To Urban ‘Gayborhoods’

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