Category Archives: In The News

09 Mar
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International Examiner: API Legislative Week rallies around Asian-American led Working Families Tax Credit

Every other year, The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) organizes the API Legislative Day. According to event organizer Shomya Tripathy, the coalition usually busses thousands of API community members to Olympia to meet with lawmakers, advocate for their interests, and ...

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06 Mar
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U.S. News: Washington Senate Approves New Tax on Capital Gains

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — 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 ...

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18 Feb
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AP News: Washington Senate passes police arbitration bill

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a panel of arbitrators to review police discipline decisions and to better track law enforcement arbitration cases statewide. The measure is part of an ambitious package ...

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09 Feb
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King 5: Washington state data breach prompts calls for new cybersecurity office

OLYMPIA, Wash. — After a data breach that may have compromised personal information of more than 1 million residents, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has called for the creation of a state “Office of Cybersecurity.” Last week, state Auditor Pat McCarthy ...

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A vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles, May 24, 2019. Voters in Oregon implemented a groundbreaking law in February 2021 to decriminalize most drug use in the state. Washington advocates for criminal justice reform and drug treatment unveiled a similar proposal on Feb. 4, 2021, to do the same thing on this side of the Columbia River. (Richard Vogel/AP)
04 Feb
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Crosscut: Washington could become the second state to decriminalize drugs

This week, Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other drugs. On Thursday, state lawmakers and advocacy groups in Washington state announced a plan to do the same thing on this ...

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03 Feb
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South Seattle Emerald: South End Legislators Discuss Their Priorities During the 2021 Legislative Session

Washington State’s 2021 legislative session kicked off on January 11 and it will go for 105 days, until April 25. Between now and then, State senators and representatives will introduce bills to the legislature, refer them to their applicable committees, ...

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05 Jan
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The Stranger: Our Police Are Civil Servants and Guardians, Not Warriors

Our community is reeling with anger and frustration following the killing of yet another unarmed, non-threatening black man by police officers, this time in Minneapolis. We are heartsick at the senseless killings of George Floyd, Manuel Ellis, Breonna Taylor, and ...

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03 Dec
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Seattle Met: Should Washington Embrace a Four-Day Workweek?

THE LAST Washington state legislative session, state senator Joe Nguyen and three others sponsored a bill that would trim the standard 40-hour workweek to 32. It didn’t gain traction. But with the coronavirus pandemic hastening remote office setups, imperiling our mental ...

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09 Nov
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Crosscut: Seattle seeks state’s help to reduce power of police unions

Seattle was on the cusp of finally ending federal oversight of its police department when an outside arbitrator demanded that the city rehire an officer who had punched a handcuffed woman in the eye. The arbitrator’s ruling was so upsetting to ...

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02 Sep
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Crosscut: Guaranteed income in Seattle? It’s been done before

I have a question for Mayor Durkan. When do we start getting our free money? On June 29, 11 U.S. mayors, led by Michael Tubbs of Stockton, California, announced the launch of a new network called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. The basic ...

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