Washington Public Lands
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Congress Set to Pass Public Lands Bills

Hiker on Alpine Lake trail in Sawtooth Wilderness
Credit Miguel Vieira / Flickr

If you enjoy hiking in the pristine Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Cascade mountains, then a package of bills moving through Congress applies to you.

They'll make sure you can continue visiting for years and years to come. The Alpine Lakes area is actually one of dozens across the country affected by this package of bills. Senator Patty Murray says these lands are crucial.

"Designating these will make sure that they are managed and protected into the future and can't be sold of or used in ways that don't allow the public to use them," Murray said.

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Congressional Election
6:15 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Incumbent DelBene Wins Re-Election In Washington's Only Congressional Battleground

Representative Suzan K. DelBene
Credit U.S. Congress

All nine incumbent members of Congress in Washington state were easily re-elected last night.

That includes freshman Democrat Suzan DelBene in the state's only swing district.

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Congressional Race
6:35 am
Thu October 16, 2014

What Divides These Two Republican Farmers Running For Congress?

State legislator Dan Newhouse and Farmer Clint Didier, both Republicans, are running for the Fourth Congressional District seat.
Office of the Governor of Washington State Clint Didier campaign

You don’t have to study the 4th district congressional race for very long before hearing a familiar theme. “Meet Conservative Dan Newhouse, a Central Washington farmer,” begins one campaign ad. “Clint Didier’s not a career politician! He’s a farmer, and a businessman,” says another.

Washington’s top-two primary system has given voters the choice between two Republican farmers. Clint Didier raises alfalfa on the plains near Pasco; Dan Newhouse grows hops and tree fruit in the Yakima Valley.

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Congressional Race
5:56 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Didier and Newhouse Fight For 4th Congressional District Seat

State legislator Dan Newhouse and Farmer Clint Didier, both Republicans, are running for the Fourth Congressional District seat.
Credit Office of the Governor of Washington State - Clint Didier campaign

Washington States Fourth Congressional District race is, for the first time, between two Republicans, Dan Newhouse and Clint Didier.  They are vying to take the seat of retiring congressman Doc Hastings.  Northwest Public Radio’s Rowan Moore Gerety spoke with Here and Now’s Jeremy Hobson about the race.

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NWPR Books
9:07 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Congressman Clyburn Reflects On A Life Of 'Blessed Experiences'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 9:24 am



This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. If you follow politics at all, then you probably know that Congressman James Clyburn is one of the most powerful people on Capitol Hill. The South Carolina native first elected in 1992 is now the third-ranking Democrat serving in the House, known both for his Southern charm and for his willingness to fight hard when he thinks the occasion warrants.

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NWPR Books
9:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Rep. Keith Ellison Wonders Why 'People Care' About His Muslim Faith

Alex Brandon AP

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NWPR Books
9:02 am
Mon January 20, 2014

The Politics Of Passing 1964's Civil Rights Act

Demonstrators march down Constitution Avenue during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 3:35 pm

Martin Luther King may not have had a vote in Congress, but he and the movement he helped lead were integral to getting the civil rights bill introduced. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of that bill, now known as the Civil Rights Act.

Among other things, the act outlawed discrimination in public accommodations — including restaurants, hotels and motels — ending the era of legal segregation in those places.

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NWPR Books
2:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Don't Hate The Players, Learn The Rules Of The Game (Theory)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks with Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Nov. 13 at the start of a congressional budget conference.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:44 pm

This week, Congress has been pondering yet another deal with a deadline. Congressional leaders have agreed to a bipartisan budget that would set spending levels for the next two years, and if it passes, as expected, it would mark the first bipartisan budget deal since 2011. News of the deal comes again at the last minute, just as Congress begins packing its bags to adjourn for the holidays.

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Pot Legalization in Washington
6:07 am
Tue September 10, 2013

U.S. Senate To Hold Hearing On State Pot Legalization

Syria’s not the only issue on the agenda in Congress this week. So is marijuana. The Senate Judiciary committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on the conflict between federal law and pot legalization in Washington and Colorado.

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Washington Representative On Syria Action
5:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Representative Smith Undecided On Syria Action

Credit US House of Representatives / Wikimedia Commons

Members of Congress are hearing arguments today on whether military action should be taken against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad .

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