In Washington alone, it's estimated tax credits could provide help for 60,000 children, with checks averaging $423 per family each month.
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The United States has yet to announce a reciprocal policy.
The preferential-voting method has long been used in Australia, Ireland and parts of the United Kingdom. Nationally, two states -- Maine and soon Alaska -- and numbers of cities and counties employ the method.
While Ste. Michelle seems like a homegrown institution (which it is), it's actually been owned by big tobacco companies since 1974.
Throughout the countryside in the valleys below our house, we could hear cars honking for hours and watch an inky sky lit up with random fireworks. It was also a celebration of being released from 18 months of confinement. With the removal of restrictions, finally we could enjoy this moment of collective spirit to the fullest.
Heralding a “rebirth” of mainline Protestantism would be premature. What does seem clear is that the Evangelical world is roiling. Chickens are coming home to roost, specifically, (mixed metaphor alert) the way that Evangelicals lashed themselves to the Trump mast.
Raftery deftly captures the power dynamics and tensions roiling SPD leadership, and between the mayor's office and SPD command staff.
Mennet gave the party $300,000 last month, according to the PDC, more than half of ithe party's 2021 haul thus far. That’s an unusually large donation, especially for an odd-numbered year.
I’m worrying about the unseasonable heat along with the heightened potential for wildfires. It seems like climate change is shouting at us, but our hearing isn’t very good.
You don’t have to live in the suburbs to spot native beavers building dams and raising kits inside the city. There are sightings along creeks and trailways in large parks, and this is the best time of the year to spot mothers and their young.
There are reasons that the weather wimps have collywobbles. We can't drive in snow (or plow it), and Seattle is the least air-conditioned big city in the nation.
The pandemic and aging have led me to question those not very wise, largely unexamined, assumptions. Things change. Sometimes radically. Things end, including lives. Things don’t always get better in the future. If they do, it’s a bonus not a certainty.
Imagine the now 30-something offspring of one of the original Microsoft executives selling $10 million of the stock daddy got for $10,000 back in the bad-hair days. That’s a capital gain of $9,990,000. Born-rich heir would owe $681,800 under the new tax.
Even if the hazard-pay measure is suspended, grocery stores will still be footing this bill until late August. The original bill, now under legal attack, stipulated that if pandemic cases dropped significantly, as they have, the bill would be reviewed.
As new mayors come in, often in defiance of their unpopular predecessor, they must learn on the job and unwind previous programs. The high turnover makes it likely that the new mayor will also depart before creating lasting change.
Democracy vouchers were supposed to democratize campaigns and blunt the power of the monied classes, who for many years dominated political fundraising in city races. But it’s possible they’ll help perpetuate the status-quo.
Delta has expert COVID-watchers pacing uneasily. Here’s why: it appears to have done the best job yet of stitching together higher transmissibility and greater vaccine evasiveness.
“Freezings, unexplained terminations and WI-FI disconnections enhance the enemy’s feeling of hopelessness and impotence. We then precipitate paroxysms of rage by randomly posting undecipherable screen messages."
It looks like Harrell will survive the August 3 primary election, and a real race is shaping up for the other slot (with Gonzalez the leading candidate). The non-council candidates are too tightly bunched.
The ARRA has showered resources on the country. On Thursday, Biden read off a list of Republican lawmakers who voted against the Recovery Act but have subsequently claimed credit for money bestowed on their states. A notable example was crusty Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska.
Echohawk is positioned as the most likeable of the candidates, but that adds blandness to her liabilities along with inexperience at city hall. Farrell may be the best campaigner (specific programs, candid answers, broadened appeal) of the group, and she is starting to draw differences from the council insiders (Gonzalez, Harrell, Sixkiller) who have failed to solve big problems.
Here in the Northwest, two liberal mayors, Jenny Durkan of Seattle and Ted Wheeler of Portland, are following the DeBlasio trajectory and reaping the backlash from all the protests and plywooded stores.
As often happens with super-aggressive legislation, HB 1204 got gutted on its way out of the House Transportation Committee, its mandate defanged into a milquetoast nonbinding “goal.”
I’m fairly adept at languages, but this language has me struggling with my own mother tongue.
Sample testimony: “General, the other party makes insinuations that our heroic military has won only one of the last five wars it fought. This is fake news!. Have they forgotten our glorious victory in Grenada?"
Why should we note Tom Berger’s passing on this side of the 49th Parallel? Because past mistreatment of Native peoples knew no boundaries, and redress in the form of empowerment and justice came in the 1970s on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border.
Our snow-cone mountains will still look snowy in winter, but plenty of people alive today will live to see Rainier, Adams, Baker, Hood, and, of course, Glacier Peak lose their whiteness completely during the summer, the way forcefully de-glaciered St. Helen's does now.
It still seems a shame to dump a lively sounding term like op-ed, substituting (drum roll, please) "Guest Essays."
The Great White North has experienced little of the protest and defiance against COVID-19 measures experienced in “the States.” But that is starting to change.