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Some WA legislators come to the Capitol armed with guns

Some state lawmakers chose to carry their own personal firearms for additional protection on the Legislature’s opening day.  While there’s no master list of how many lawmakers carry guns inside the state Capitol,...

WA Legislature to start 2021 session with heightened security

Armed protesters breached the gate of Washington’s Governor’s Mansion the same day, with some in the crowd urging protesters to return for the first day of the legislative session. State officials had already planned...

Washington state donors gave big in Georgia Senate races

On Wednesday, multiple news outlets named Warnock and Ossoff as the winners of the Georgia contests. Their defeat of Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler puts the Senate at a...

Poll: WA voters are divided on new taxes to address COVID-19

Pollster Stuart Elway said the poll results could indicate “it’s going to be tough sledding for the governor’s agenda” at the state Capitol this year.  “It takes a lot for people to support...

How Seattle's new payroll tax complicates efforts to enact one statewide

There’s a hitch, however: A statewide tax could be difficult to pass if it is layered on top of the one Seattle businesses already are paying. And, if the statewide payroll tax is...

Black-owned pot shops are rare in WA. Can a task force fix that?

So, when former basketball star Shawn Kemp opened a shop that was initially billed as Seattle’s first Black-owned cannabis dispensary, headlines followed. Except Kemp’s store didn’t do anything to budge those statewide numbers....

WA unemployment problems persist, with some going unpaid for months

Frey is one of the many self-employed people newly eligible for unemployment benefits under COVID-19 relief programs. Yet, as her experience shows, getting those benefits can still be a challenge, even nine...

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