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Patty Murray, Kim Schrier release new ads in wake of Alito court’s Dobbs decision

Excerpt: In the spots, Murray and Schrier speak directly to voters in a single take, emphasizing that they are unequivocally committed to reproductive rights, while noting that their opponents are not.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Elections, Healthcare
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Alito court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize reproductive rights

Excerpt: In an extreme decision, the United States Supreme Court has gutted almost fifty years of precedent and removed recognition of an important right supported by a majority of Americans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Healthcare
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After decades of inaction, U.S. Senate passes modest bipartisan gun safety package

Excerpt: "This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. The House of Representatives should promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk," said President Joe Biden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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Sound Transit Board unanimously hires Julie Timm as its new Chief Executive Officer

Excerpt: “I am profoundly grateful to join the Sound Transit team’s work to transform lives across the Puget Sound region for generations to come," Timm said in a prepared statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Public Planning
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Book Review: It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful relates how art helped combat AIDS

Excerpt: Lowery chronicles the art installations by the collective Gran Fury, including Kissing Doesn’t Kill and All People With Aids are Innocent, while also describing the tragic consequences AIDS was having on the members themselves.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Other Categories:Healthcare, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announces deal to advance modest gun safety package

Excerpt: Considering that the Senate has done pretty much nothing to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence for decades, this is indeed a breakthrough. It is far from enough, but it is a start... and we have to start somewhere.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy
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House Select Committee lays out definitive case that Trump incited January 6th attack

Excerpt: As summed up by Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming: “President Trump summoned the mob. President Trump assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Open Government
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Patty Murray urges Republicans to stop blocking gun safety bills in the U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Washington State has shown what can be accomplished even in the face of strident opposition from the gun lobby, but Congress has not, because Senate Republicans have sadly blocked any and all progress to date.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Most Washington voters strongly support a ban on military-style assault weapons

Excerpt: A majority of likely 2022 voters in Washington State support a ban on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle, with over fifty percent expressing strong support, NPI's most recent statewide survey has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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Sound Transit announces that search team’s pick for new CEO is Julie Timm of Virginia

Excerpt: Timm is currently CEO of Greater Richmond Transit Company, where her more than four hundred employees operate successful regional bus routes serving the Richmond, Virginia area.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offers new legislation to prevent gun violence

Excerpt: While the U.S. Senate once more strives to come up with a watered down gun safety bill, the government of Canada is preparing decisive action to cap gun culture and get military-style assault weapons out of Canadians’ hands.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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Proposed Pebble Mine looks kaput, this time for good, as EPA moves to protect Bristol Bay

Excerpt: The EPA’s action represents a win for the tenacity of Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, who began fighting the Pebble Mine project in 2011 and pushed the federal agency into a three-year study of the project’s impacts.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Our Environment
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Republicans lament slaughter of kids and teachers in Uvalde, but make it clear they’ll do nothing to stop it from happening again

Excerpt: Republicans cannot go against the NRA and the groups aligned with it, not even after the slaughter of schoolchildren and their teachers in a Republican-run state.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Fifteen slaughtered in Uvalde, Texas by gunman who targeted elementary school

Excerpt: The shooting is the country's deadliest so far this year, and horrifically similar to a shooting from almost ten years ago, in which a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Public Planning
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