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Medical assistant Andreea Marian, right, gives a COVID-19 vaccine to Gabina Morales at a clinic at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Bellingham, Wash. Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee announcing a series of giveaways during the month of June that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and game systems. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

Washington Announces $1 Million Lottery, Hundreds Of Other Prizes For Vaccine Incentives

Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announcing a series of giveaways that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and game systems. Continue Reading Washington Announces $1 Million Lottery, Hundreds Of Other Prizes For Vaccine Incentives

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin speaks at an anti-mask protest on the steps of the Idaho Capitol Tuesday. Nik Streng/Idaho Education News

Analysis: Unmasking The Political Strategy Of Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

For anyone who somehow missed last week’s news, the lieutenant governor made the most of her brief stint as acting governor. With Gov. Brad Little in Nashville, Tenn., for a Republican Governors Association conference, McGeachin issued an executive order rescinding local mask mandates. McGeachin said she wanted to keep kids from being forced to wear a mask — at least in the schools that are still in session, in districts with mask requirements still in place. Continue Reading Analysis: Unmasking The Political Strategy Of Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin

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Contractors working for Cyber Ninjas, the company hired by the Republican-led Arizona state Senate, examine and recount ballots from the 2020 general election on May 3. Courtney Pedroza/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Experts Call It A ‘Clown Show’ But Arizona ‘Audit’ Is A Blueprint For Future Disinformation Campaigns

At a basic level, it’s a victory for those looking to sow doubt in the 2020 election results just to have them still being litigated six months after Election Day. To be clear, Maricopa County’s election results have already been audited multiple times by companies with experience in the field, with no problems being uncovered. Continue Reading Experts Call It A ‘Clown Show’ But Arizona ‘Audit’ Is A Blueprint For Future Disinformation Campaigns

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Seattle native Nevin Harrison will compete at the Tokyo Olympics in canoe sprint.

Seattle Athlete To Sprint At Tokyo Olympics, But In A Canoe Instead Of On The Track

Later this month, Olympic team trials and Team USA coaches will fill out the roster for the delayed Tokyo Olympics. Some familiar names in women’s soccer from Portland and Seattle, as well as the WNBA Seattle Storm’s biggest stars and a pack of Pacific Northwest-based distance runners are likely Tokyo bound. Continue Reading Seattle Athlete To Sprint At Tokyo Olympics, But In A Canoe Instead Of On The Track

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Washington state capitol in Olympia

Vehicle Checkpoints And Fencing Are Gone, But Security Concerns Remain At Washington’s Capitol

Gone are the State Patrol checkpoints and National Guard troops that were in place for the start of the session in January. A temporary chain-link fence surrounding the domed Legislative Building has also been removed. Yet, security in the seat of state government is still a top-of-mind issue. So is the safety of elected leaders in these polarized times. Continue Reading Vehicle Checkpoints And Fencing Are Gone, But Security Concerns Remain At Washington’s Capitol

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