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Category Archives: Open Government

Washington State House should investigate extremist Matt Shea’s disturbing conduct

Excerpt: The Guardian has obtained a copy of a chat in which militant Republican Matt Shea and his pals discussed surveilling and physically attacking political opponents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Winning in the era of #MeToo

Excerpt: To credibly denounce Trump’s vile and hypocritical history when it comes to sexual harassment, Democrats need to practice what they preach.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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U.S. Senate joins House in voting to terminate Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty-nine to forty-one, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate concurred that Donald Trump's fake national emergency declaration should be terminated.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bipartisan majority in U.S. House votes to terminate Trump’s fake national emergency

Excerpt: The Donald's abuse of power was too much for Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler to stomach. They put country ahead of party for a change.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kevin Ranker resigns from the Washington State Senate following misconduct allegations

Excerpt: Kevin Ranker has resigned from the Washington State Senate following recent allegations of misconduct, the Senate Democratic Caucus announced today.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Federal judge: Campaign finance enforcement lawsuits against Tim Eyman can proceed

Excerpt: The State of Washington has a green light to move ahead with its campaign finance enforcement suits against Tim Eyman despite his recent bankruptcy filing.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Individual Number One forces out Ryan Zinke as Secretary of the Interior

Excerpt: Ryan Zinke is leaving office, but the environmental destruction he's been the face of will sadly continue.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians For Ethical Government files bar complaint against Rob McKenna

Excerpt: The complaint stems from McKenna's participation in an ad urging a no vote on Initiative 1631. McKenna represents Chevron, one of the companies funding the no campaign, but he did not disclose his relationship in the ad.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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One less predator in public office? House Republicans ready to dump Matt Manweller

Excerpt: Matt Manweller might be on his way out of the Washington State House of Representatives after finally losing the confidence of his Republican colleagues.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Salish Sea threatened by Canada’s buyout of Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline

Excerpt: The expansion of the Trans-Mountain Pipeline is a threat to the Salish Sea that should not be allowed to become yesterday's news.
Written by:Brad Fenstermacher
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No surprise: NPI poll finds Washingtonians don’t like Donald Trump’s job performance

Excerpt: Washington State voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and has been a hotbed of resistance activity since Donald Trump's Electoral College victory a year and a half ago, so it's not too surprising that most Washingtonians don't have a favorable opinion of Trump's job performance.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Torturer Gina Haspel will be installed as new CIA head thanks to renegade Democrats

Excerpt: Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' international standing and handing Donald Trump another victory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Paul Ryan backs down; Patrick Conroy will remain in his post as U.S. House chaplain

Excerpt: The veteran United States House chaplain, a beloved Jesuit priest, will continue with his ministry to the chamber's four hundred and thirty five voting members after Speaker Paul Ryan backed down and assented to Conroy's wish to rescind the resignation he had unhappily offered last month at Ryan's behest.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee vetoes ESB 6617; media and legislators agree to public records ceasefire

Excerpt: In a victory for sense and sensibility, Governor Jay Inslee tonight vetoed an extremely unpopular bill passed by the Legislature last week that would have permanently shielded lawmakers from having to comply with Washington State's public records laws until after July 1st, 2018.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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