Washington's secretary of state pushes for earlier presidential primary
by: Zack Hale
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is redoubling her efforts to move the state’s May presidential primary to March, a move she says would give residents more say in electing
Meters for change: City launches program to discourage panhandling
Spokane has put two dozen bright orange parking meters around the city to encourage people to give money to fund programs for the homeless.
AP, other media sue for info from Washington state lawmakers
A coalition of news organizations led by The Associated Press is suing the Washington Legislature over its assertion that state lawmakers are not required to turn over daily schedules, emails, text messages and other materials related to their work.
Herrera Beutler bill aimed at stopping I-5 Bridge tolls
by: Jake Thomas The Columbian
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Battle Ground) has successfully sponsored an amendment to a federal spending bill that’s intended to stymie Oregon’s plans to pursue tolls on routes that many Clark
Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.
by: Mark Binelli
Free-market boosters, including Betsy DeVos, promised that a radical expansion of charter schools would fix the stark inequalities in the state’s education system. The results in the classrooms are far more complicated.
Houston Flooding: How to Help the Victims
by: Jennifer Dzikowski
After Hurricane Harvey slammed parts of Texas, the devastation is growing dire with continued rainfall causing massive flooding. Click here to help the victims.
Comedian John Oliver takes atomic swipe at Hanford
Oliver might not be a nuclear scientist, but that doesn’t stop him from radiating explosive commentary on the Hanford nuclear reservation near Richland, Washington.
Republicans have courted racists for years. Why are they cringing now?
Last week’s violent demonstration by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, culminating in the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, made for a carnival of obscenity as sickening as it was riveting. But the thing is, it did not spring from nowhere. In 1968, Richard Nixon employed the controversial “Southern Strategy” to draw whites to his presidential campaign.
Would moving state’s August primary date get more people to vote?
Fewer than 1 in 3 registered voters cast ballots in Washington state's August 1 primary election. Is the date — smack in the middle of summer vacation season — to blame?