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Washington to Receive Nearly $8 Million to Upgrade Elections Systems

Politics Local
With the passage of the federal Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, Washington will receive an estimated $7.9 million to enhance cybersecurity controls and replace an aging voting infrastructure. ...
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SPJWash Opposes Washington Legislature Action Restricting Public Access

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The Washington State Legislature is attempting to pass an emergency bill that essentially renders it impossible for reporters to appeal secrecy by our elected officials. ...
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National Geographic Traveler Names Olympia One of ‘Best Small Cities’ in the U.S.

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Local Travel
Olympia has been named one of 29 Best Small Cities in the U.S. according to National Geographic Traveler, the most widely read travel magazine. The 29 cities are categorized by 10 features that factor into metrics that influence both visitors and locals. ...
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Coalition Announces Proposal for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington

Business owners Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream and Makini Howell of Plum Restaurants here with the coalition to announce our proposal for paid family and medical leave. "It's affordable, predictable, and great for everyone."
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Under the proposed bills, Washington workers would be able to use extended paid leave for events like the birth of a child, a personal health emergency, or to take care of an ill family member, like an aging parent. ...
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Bread Peddler, Chelsea Farms, Fleurae to Open at Olympia’s 222 Market

Bread Peddler/222 Market
Local Travel
Anchored by the renowned Bread Peddler - multiple winner of Washington’s Best French Bakery – 222 Market welcomes eight additional purveyors. ...
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New Self-Guided Tour Turns Thurston County Into Agritourism Destination

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Travel
Tasting trips throughout Washington’s Thurston County are now easier to navigate courtesy of the new Thurston Bountiful Byway self-guided tour. ...
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Food, Wine, Culture in Washington State’s Capital City

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Travel
Whether you’re planning for spring break or the summer sun, Washington’s Capital City announces a variety of happenings to fit the bill through June 2016. ...
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Transgender Rights Become Focus of Debate in Washington State Legislature

Some organizations already include gender-neutral bathrooms, like this one in a building at the University of Washington.
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Advocates from both sides of the debate attended the Senate Law and Justice Committee hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 6548, to express why it should or shouldn’t pass. ...
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Gender Identity ‘Bathroom Bill’ Under Attack in Washington State, 4-3 Vote

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With a 4-3 vote, a bill that would eliminate Washington’s new rule to allow transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their identity passed out of Senate. ...
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U.S. Rep Jim McDermott Announces Retirement from Congress, Another McDermott May Run

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott/Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
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U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, 79, announced Monday that he won't run for re-election in 2016. McDermott was a staunch supporter of LGBT rights in Washington state. ...
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