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As Goes Colorado, So Goes the Nation?

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, formerly opposed, now reportedly backs loosening some restrictions on marijuana use by medical patients, as support for legalizing pot grows like, well, a weed.

Posted on Jan 5, 2014 READ MORE



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The Complex Causes of a Student ‘Riot’

I believe the riot occurred because the basic components that create one are those we in the United States, wittingly or not, teach our youth: confrontation, belligerence, hyper-masculinity and the misuse of alcohol.

Posted on Dec 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Coal Terminal Averted in Washington State?

Four progressives won seats this month on the council in Whatcom County, where coal interests have ambitions to put a $600 million international terminal whose exports would add 86.7 million tons of CO2 to the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Kshama Sawant

By winning a seat on Seattle’s City Council this month, the socialist has given her fellow citizens one of the best opportunities in living memory to determine their individual and collective futures. Will city residents make good on it?

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Freedom of Speech a Casualty of Official Response to Student Drinking

(Updated) Professors at my hometown university are silent as city and college officials seek blood after a beer-fueled clash between students and police.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Homeland Security Looks at Installing Tollbooths at Border Crossings

The Department of Homeland Security wants to study the benefits of collecting a fee from anyone who enters or leaves the country at landed border crossings, as opposed to funding operations by collecting taxes from earners who can afford to pay.

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Errors May Have Delayed Warning About Washington’s Leaky Nuclear Tanks

Five more tanks are leaking at a shuttered nuclear facility in Washington state.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE


Pity the Bamboozled and Confused

“Every problem that the editorialists fret about today will get worse,” Harper’s Magazine columnist and author Thomas Frank told an audience in November. “Inequality, global warming, financial bubbles, one after another. But it won’t matter. On America will go, chasing the only ideology that our country has left, down into the seething Arcadia of all against all.”

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage and Pot for Fun Now Legal in Washington

The Evergreen State began granting same-sex marriage licenses Thursday morning while crowds lit joints at a celebration beneath the Space Needle in Seattle.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Big Money Is Behind Charter Schools in Washington State

Voters in Washington state will have a chance to direct public funds toward private bank accounts if they adopt an initiative to create charter schools this November. Who are the bajillionaires behind the campaign?

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Amazon CEO Pledges $2.5 Million for Washington Same-Sex Marriage Effort

Jeff Bezos and his wife, responding to an email from an Amazon employee, have made what is the largest single donation to the cause of same-sex marriage in the United States to support passage of a referendum in Washington state.

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Jobless Go Begging in Washington State

Thousands of jobless workers in Washington state will lose their unemployment checks starting later this month when the federal government begins withdrawing emergency benefits because overall state unemployment has dropped below 8.5 percent.

Posted on Apr 7, 2012 READ MORE



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A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

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A ‘Queer History’ of Rick Santorum and Proposition 8

Last week on Truthdig Radio: Robert Scheer on the mortgage settlement, MLK in his own words, and “A Queer History of the United States” author Michael Bronski on Rick Santorum, Proposition 8, Ellen DeGeneres and gay marriage in Washington state. (This is a pledge show.)

Posted on Feb 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage Is Legal in Washington State

Washington became the seventh state to enter into the distinguished company of those that recognize the right of gays and lesbians to marry when the House passed Gov. Chris Gregoire’s same-sex marriage bill with a 55-43 vote Wednesday. Gregoire is expected to sign the bill into law within the next five days.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Washington State Poised to Pass Gay-Marriage Bill

She’s thought it over, and now Washington state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen has made up her mind in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage, which should give the gay-marriage measure currently under consideration in the Evergreen State enough legislative oomph to push it over the line and become law. Stay tuned.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Outs Gay Marriage Opponents

It seems obvious, but if you publicly sign a petition seeking to ban gay marriage, your name can be made public. The 138,000 Washington state cowards who thought they could meddle in the relationships of their gay neighbors from the comfort of anonymity got a reality check from the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Posted on Jun 24, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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