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No Longer Silent: Sexual Assault Survivors Push Legislative Change

Seeking systematic reforms, victims spoke up this legislative session.

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Legislators Come to Agreement on Deadly Force Reform

An agreement between lawmakers, activists, and police alters and passes the I-940 ballot initiative.

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Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri

Making a Home for Spiritually-Minded LGBTQ Folks

Namasgay hosts local events for queer people seeking greater self-actualization.

Namasgay participants gather at a local meetup. Photo courtesy of Frank Macri

Legislature Lifts Outdated Restrictions on Food Trucks

How a Vashon Island food truck owner/operator helped end old brick-and-mortar limitations.

Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown

Youth Help Low-Income Seattlelites File Taxes

The AmeriCorps NCCC offers free tax preparations at 30 locations throughout King County until April.

Gold 6 is assisting United Way by preparing taxes for low to median income Seattleites. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Brown
Hosts Kim Sherman and Dan Tenenbaum stand in front of the pilot BLOCK home in Beacon Hill. Photo courtesy Facing Homelessness

An Old Flour Mill Finds New Life in Homeless Programs

The King County property’s nonprofit tenants include builders of backyard cottages for the homeless.

Hosts Kim Sherman and Dan Tenenbaum stand in front of the pilot BLOCK home in Beacon Hill. Photo courtesy Facing Homelessness
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Behind the Scenes of the Governor’s Veto of the Public Records Bill

How negotiations between Jay Inslee’s office, lawmakers, and media organizations led to the end of the controversial legislation.

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Northwest Detention Center Hunger Striker Released After 20 Days in Solitary

The ACLU-WA filed a lawsuit to uphold Jesus Chavez Flores’s First Amendment rights.

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Inslee Vetoes Public Records Bill; Lawmakers Get a Do-Over

Meantime, news organizations, including this one, have agreed to pause a lawsuit over access.

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In this October 2017 photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson described how his office had sued Trump 19 times that year. Photo by Nicole Jennings

Veterans Seeking Housing Turned Away

The State Attorney General discovered ten companies that refused vets with federal housing vouchers.

In this October 2017 photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson described how his office had sued Trump 19 times that year. Photo by Nicole Jennings
The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other gun rights activists packed the Senate Ways and Means hearing room on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to hear a new piece of gun legislation. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Washington Lawmakers Introduce New Gun Legislation

In the wake of the Parkland shooting, legislators look to pass minor gun control measures.

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility and other gun rights activists packed the Senate Ways and Means hearing room on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to hear a new piece of gun legislation. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to ‘x’ on their Washington birth certificate. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to “x” on their Washington birth certificate. 
                                Photo by Melissa Hellmann

An Official Third Option for the Gender Nonbinary

A new Washington Department of Health rule offers a birth certificate gender beyond male or female.

Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to ‘x’ on their Washington birth certificate. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
                                Adi Chen will soon begin the process of changing their gender designation to “x” on their Washington birth certificate. 
                                Photo by Melissa Hellmann
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Lawmakers Face Backlash Over Public Records Bill

Legislators frame the bill as a win for open government, while opponents hope for an Inslee veto.

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Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Rep. Tana Senn (D- Mercer Island) turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy

Washington State Legislature Moves Closer to Bump Stock Ban

The device that increases a gun’s rate of fire has been used in mass shootings.

Rep. Kristine Reeves (D-Federal Way) battled tears during the House floor debate on a bill to ban bump stocks, while her colleague Rep. Tana Senn (D- Mercer Island) turned to comfort her. Photo by Taylor McAvoy
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State Legislators Restrict Public Access to Their Records

Critics slam the move as a blow to government transparency.

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The Fair Chance Housing Law bars landlords from using criminal records to deny an applicant. Photo by Ken Ratcliff/Flickr

Fair Chance Housing Law Offers Renewed Hope to the Formerly Incarcerated

The new ordinance bars landlords from denying applicants with criminal records.

The Fair Chance Housing Law bars landlords from using criminal records to deny an applicant. Photo by Ken Ratcliff/Flickr
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Legislature Considers Domestic Violence Survivor Workplace Protections

A new bill could safeguard victims against on-the-job discrimination.

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Lokesh Marenayakanapalya, a software engineer at F5 Networks, is one of the roughly 30,000 high-skilled Indian green-card applicants throughout Washington. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Birds in a Cage: The Indian Green Card Backlog

Over 300,000 high-skilled workers are stuck in immigration limbo across the country.

Lokesh Marenayakanapalya, a software engineer at F5 Networks, is one of the roughly 30,000 high-skilled Indian green-card applicants throughout Washington. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Hash Gets Hacked

A change in tracking companies has left Washington’s cannabis industry exposed.

Charlie Shih’s interactive art installation ‘<em>They Did’</em> captured the spirit of #MeToo on UW’s campus. Photo by Lucas Boland

#MeToo U

The increased focus on sexual assault has local students and universities examining campus policies.

Charlie Shih’s interactive art installation ‘<em>They Did’</em> captured the spirit of #MeToo on UW’s campus. Photo by Lucas Boland