Game Changer: Aid to Families

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In Washington alone, it's estimated tax credits could provide help for 60,000 children, with checks averaging $423 per family each month.

Team Washington at the Olympics

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Looking for Washington 2020 Olympic team athletes to cheer?

Canada Announces US Border Reopening

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The United States has yet to announce a reciprocal policy.

Does Ranked-Choice Voting Boost Women and Minority Candidates?

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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.

In One Sale, Sixty Percent of Washington’s Wine Industry has Changed Hands

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While Ste. Michelle seems like a homegrown institution (which it is), it's actually been owned by big tobacco companies since 1974.

Repairing Italy: A Glorious Football Win

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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.

Study: Evangelicals in Decline, Mainline Protestantism Makes a Comeback

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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.

Under Abandonment: A Gripping Account of Last Summer’s East Precinct Debacle

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Raftery deftly captures the power dynamics and tensions roiling SPD leadership, and between the mayor's office and SPD command staff.

Meet Lisa Mennet, a Wealthy Local Who Writes Big Checks for Democratic Causes

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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.

Postcard from Wallowa: Heat in the Northwest Back Country

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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.

Gift of the Pandemic: Return of Beavers and Other Shy Wildlife

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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.

Weather Wimps get the Collywobbles over a Heat Wave

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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.

Present Tense Perfect — Focusing After COVID

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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.

Handicapping Early Challenges to the State’s New Capital Gains Tax

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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.

Has Hazard Pay for Grocery Workers Reached Its Pull Date?

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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.

Revolving Door: America’s Mayors are Quitting

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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.

Your Democracy Vouchers in Action: Seattle Mayor’s Race

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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.

New Threat: The Delta Variant

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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.

How to fight the Hackers? Subject ’em to Tech Support!

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“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."

What the latest Polls say about the Mayor’s Race

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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.

Post-Pandemic Pork Comes in Two Shades, Red and Blue

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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.

An Early Poll in the Seattle Mayor’s Race, with one Big Surprise

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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.

Warning Signs for Leftist Politics?

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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.

Governor Vetoes 2030 Electric Car Mandate (that wasn’t really a mandate anyway)

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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.”

Tossed Word Salad

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I’m fairly adept at languages, but this language has me struggling with my own mother tongue.

Why Congress Shows Lovin’ on America’s Most-Respected Institution

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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?"

Canada loses a Legal Giant who served the Cause of Indigenous People

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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.

Study: Cascade Glaciers May Be Gone by Mid-Century

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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.

The Gray Lady Grandly Opts Out of Op-Eds

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It still seems a shame to dump a lively sounding term like op-ed, substituting (drum roll, please) "Guest Essays."

British Columbia Locks Down — COVID Variants Surge

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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.