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Washington State Capitol Building
05 Feb
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KOMO News: Officials pushing for ‘no bail, no jail’ for non-violent offenders in King County

If you attend a first appearance or bail hearing at almost any court in King County, you are most likely will hear these words from the judge: ‘I’m going to release you on your promise to appear.” It means the ...

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Oh, no big deal, the entire city's just NAMED after a Duwamish tribal chief 400TMAX / GETTY IMAGES
26 Jan
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The Stranger: Duwamish Excluded from Bill Requiring WA Schools to Teach Tribal History

If you’ve been in Seattle for any length of time recently, you’ve probably seen a land acknowledgement on a building, at an event, or in artwork created here: “We are on the traditional land of the first people of Seattle, ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
14 Jan
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The Post Millennial: Composting of human remains begins in Washington state

Democrat Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation in 2019 making Washington the first state in the country to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. Though the new law took effect in 2020, it has been a ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
09 Jan
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The Olympian: How Washington residents can weigh in during the mostly remote legislative session

When Washington state’s part-time lawmakers kick off the 105-day 2021 legislative session in a mostly remote environment, it’ll be amid a storm of challenges. Some, such as the ongoing pandemic, are unique to the moment. Others — systemic inequity, overwhelming ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
05 Nov
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Washington State Wire: Senate Democratic Campaign Chair Jamie Pedersen reacts to election results.

Senator Jamie Pedersen, Chair of Washington Senate Democratic Campaign (WSDC) was optimistic on election night that his caucus would expand it’s majority. Speaking to Wire publisher DJ Wilson on election night, he said that the WSDC targeted five districts this ...

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Police hold a line on Pine Street and 11th Avenue in Capitol Hill last summer. A proposal being circulated by a key lawmaker would expand the criteria for police decertification to include the use of excessive force. (Amanda Snyder / The Seattle Times)
08 Oct
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The Seattle Times: Police reform bill could bring Washington to forefront of accountability movement

As police reform advocates look to sustain this summer’s public outrage, the state Legislature is taking a second look at overhauling Washington’s peace officer decertification system. That certification is required to be an officer in Washington, and revoking it can ...

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25 Jun
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Dismantling Racism in Policing

A colleague of mine recently quipped that in 2020, we have been living simultaneously through 1918, 1932, and 1968. It has indeed been an unsettled and unsettling year, causing me to reflect on the profound challenges we face and inspiring ...

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18 Jun
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Washington State Wire: Q&A: Sen. Jamie Pedersen discusses tax reform, a potential special session, and the 2020 elections

Sen. Jamie Pedersen represents the 43rd District in the Legislature and serves as the chair of the Law & Justice Committee. He also serves on the Ways & Means Committee, the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, and the Rules Committee. I called Sen. ...

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The police presence on Capitol Hill on June 7, 2020, which was not their finest hour. Jamie Pedersen and Joe Nguyen are Democratic state senators. PHOTO BY TRISTAN FAIRCHOK
10 Jun
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The Stranger: Our Police Are Civil Servants and Guardians, Not Warriors by Sen. Joe Nguyen and Jamie Pedersen

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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27 Mar
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State government responds to the pandemic

The last few weeks have been difficult and emotional for people here in Seattle and across the world. Our response to COVID-19 has required us all to alter our lives drastically for a common goal: to reduce the rate of ...

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