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Morning Wire: Kalama methanol facility, Leanne Berge, Schools districts & COVID

Thank you to former Senator Bill Finkbeiner, soon to be former Senator Hans Zeiger, as well as Ruth Schubert, Antonio Ginatta, and Hallidie Haid. They’ve...Read More

AARP: Eliminating Long-Term Care Services Will Endanger Vulnerable Washingtonians

On Monday, September 14th, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new budget cut scenario that amounts to a drastic elimination of critical...Read More

Counties taking cautious approach to resuming in-person learning

School districts in several counties are sticking to full remote learning models despite meeting Department of Health (DOH) standards for partially resuming in-person instruction at...Read More

Q&A: Leanne Berge on working toward health equity in Washington State

Leanne Berge is the CEO of the Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), Washington’s local not-for-profit Medicaid (Apple Health) and Medicare managed care plan. CHPW...Read More

DNR extends recreation closure on eastern Washington lands due to fire danger

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is extending the closure of all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation...Read More

Washington Research Council: Spending cuts weren’t the only budgetary response to the Great Recession

“The Legislature actually increased spending in the 2008 supplemental budget—even after revenues began to decline,” wrote Emily Makings of the Washington Research Council (WRC) in...Read More

Morning Wire: Loren Culp, COVID & Wildfires, Washington exports

I’m sorry to have to say this, really for a host of reasons. But, I feel like I have to tell you that the Seattle...Read More

Loren Culp and Republican candidates pitch their campaigns to voters at Redmond rally

Republican gubernatorial nominee Loren Culp made an appearance in the city of Redmond recently for a campaign rally. The second stop in a series of...Read More

Inslee orders rework of wolf management policies

Wolf advocates celebrated today after Gov. Inslee issued a directive reversing a Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (DFW) ruling governing the killing of wolves involved...Read More

Sen. Joe Nguyen calls on Legislature to reject austerity measures

Senator Joe Nguyen of the 34th Legislative District (White Center) has launched a petition calling for the State Legislature and Governor’s office to reject an...Read More