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The questions facing the Republican Party

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is the lone statewide elected Republican on the West Coast. She has survived two difficult reelection campaigns by staying...Read More

Morning Wire: Disparities in health outcomes, Guaranteed basic income, June hearings

I’m about to host a conversation with Rep. My-Linh Thai, CEO of CHPW Leanne Berge, and Ali Thomas, MD, of Kaiser Permanente. We’ll talk through...Read More

Judge orders halt to driver’s license suspensions for unpaid tickets

An estimated 100,000 Washington residents will have their driver’s licenses reinstated and people will no longer be penalized for driving while poor as a result...Read More

Biden budget includes funding for transit projects in Puget Sound

Funding for two Washington State transit projects was included in the $6 trillion budget proposal released by President Biden Friday. The funds are allocated in...Read More

Is a guaranteed basic income headed to King County?

On Thursday, King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove proposed a study of a King County Basic Income Program to analyze the benefits of a guaranteed monthly...Read More

AG Ferguson charges three officers in the killing of Manuel Ellis

Today the Washington Attorney General filed felony charges against three Tacoma Police Department officers involved in the homicide of Manuel Ellis. The Attorney General charged Christopher...Read More

Murray laying the groundwork for public option legislation

U.S Senator Patty Murray (D – WA) and U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. (D – NJ) are asking for input on how to structure legislation...Read More

Morning Wire: Legislative Republicans, Inslee vetoes, Equity statement

After 14 months of COVID, 5,754 residents have passed away from COVID. But, some number of our 7.6m residents have suffered from the trauma of...Read More

ICYMI: Recapping the 2021 session with legislative Republicans

Last week, the Wire hosted a virtual conversation with Republican caucus leaders Sen. John Braun and Rep. J.T. Wilcox and Republican floor leaders Sen. Shelly...Read More

Tribal leaders, legislators condemn Inslee’s surprise veto of tribal human rights provisions in Climate Commitment Act

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe joins the President of the National Congress of American Indians and allied Democratic Party legislators in condemning Governor Jay Inslee’s surprise...Read More