Month: December 2013

New government transparency effort sparked in Olympia

  Since Washington state's Public Records Act was passed in the 1970s, state lawmakers have adopted more than 300 exemptions to those public disclosure rules. Legislator's official emails and calendars are […]

Cantwell asks Congress to extend the sales tax deduction used by many Washingtonians

  U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., asked her fellow members of Congress this month to extend the sales tax deduction option, which is used by many Washington residents. The deduction allows Washington […]

Clark County worker advocates for same-sex marriage in Oregon

  Paul Harris,┬árecording manager at the Clark County Auditor's Office, spent years watching straight couples file marriage applications, but it wasn't until last December that he could do the same with […]

Voters have fun with ballot write-ins, election officials aren’t impressed

  Mickey Mouse, former Vancouver mayor Royce Pollard, Ridgefield City Council candidate Tim Wilson and Donald Duck were all popular write-in choices for Clark County voters in the 2013 general election. Rather […]

College students seek tax breaks on text books, tuition relief for veterans, immigrants

  For many, December is a time for holiday cheer. For interest groups in Washington state, it's also a time for strategy. The Columbian┬áreported earlier this week on what Southwest Washington business […]

Interfaith group hosting gun-control themed marathon next month in Olympia

  The Faith Action Network, the same group that marched from Vancouver to Olympia last year in support of same-sex marriage, will host a "Running for Our Lives" marathon in Olympia […]

State House members reimbursed more than $27,000 for last month’s special session

  Lawmakers in the state House got a combined $17,903 in meal and lodging reimbursements and about $9,900 in vehicle mileage reimbursements for attending the┬áNov. 7-9 special session in Olympia. Lawmakers […]

Vansterdam, Spuds Buds, THC Brothers coming to your neighborhood soon?

Next Christmas, if all goes according to the Washington State Liquor Control Board's plan, shoppers will have a new and decidedly more green range of local products to choose from […]

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