Author: Lauren Ellenbecker

Efforts to improve city staff, volunteer safety moves forward

Vancouver City Council unanimously approved of minor changes to its city code Monday that would protect government officials, staff and volunteers from targeted noise-related incidences. A second reading and public hearing for the ordinance is scheduled for June 6. The alterations, originally brought to the council’s attention by council member Sarah Fox, outline what noise […]

State union group presents its support for candidates

The state’s “voice of labor” showed its support for a handful of Southwest Washington’s candidates vying for political office, including the highly contested seat in Congress. On Saturday, the Washington State Labor Council AFL-CIO, a representative body representing 600 labor groups, announced its endorsements for the 2022 election during its Political Education Endorsing Convention in […]

Herrera Beutler’s take on infant formula bills

As political officials attempt to tackle the U.S.’s infant formula scarcity, Southwest Washingtonians are closely watching Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s decisions to address the issue. Formula shortages ensued after product recalls and the factory closure of major producer Abbott Nutrition. In response, Congress proposed two bills to alleviate families’ anxieties and address supply chain concerns. […]

Will list of 3rd District candidates shrink or grow?

The race to represent Washington’s 3rd Congressional District is not lacking competitors, as there are nearly a dozen individuals who announced their candidacy in the past year. This roster, albeit overwhelmingly long, may not be completely representative of who will officially file to run for office between May 16-20. Many candidates have been immersed in […]

U.S. Senators comment on leaked draft opinion on abortion case

Senate Democrats gathered Tuesday at the Capitol to call for unity in upholding protections for reproductive rights. The political leaders, including Washington’s Sen. Patty Murray and Sen. Maria Cantwell, made their remarks in response to the leaked draft majority opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which would roll back on abortion care precedent […]

Kent campaign strife

Recently released screenshots of a text exchange between a 3rd Congressional District candidate’s campaign staffers shed light on conflict simmering behind the scenes. Red Voice Media, a right-wing blog, published messages on April 21 between former Kent campaign manager Byron Sanford and Ozzie Gonzalez, who currently holds the position. Following this release, The Dispatch published […]

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