government

Lobbyist-Paid Meals
5:49 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Senators Want Ethics Boards To Define ‘Infrequent’ Meals

Washington law allows state lawmakers to accept free meals from lobbyists on an “infrequent” basis.
Credit Robert S. Donovan / Flickr

Washington’s ethics boards should define how often lawmakers can dine out at lobbyist expense. That’s the consensus of nearly a dozen state senators. They’ve signed onto a proposal that would direct legislative and executive ethics panels to clarify the rules for lobbyist-paid meals.

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Legislative Session
4:21 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.

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Oregon U.S. Senate Race
4:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Portland Doctor Enters Crowded U.S. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:12 pm

Republicans are lining up for the chance to take on Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Portland doctor Monica Wehby tossed her hat into the ring Tuesday.

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Furloughed Worker Payback
4:03 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Furloughed Federal Workers In Oregon Have To Repay Unemployment

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:53 pm

Federal workers in Oregon who were furloughed during the partial government shutdown won't get extra pay for that time off after all.

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Furloughed Worker Payback
5:40 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Payback Time: States Want Refunds From Furloughed Federal Workers

Washington and Idaho want recently furloughed federal workers to repay unemployment benefits. But a quirk in Oregon law means affected workers in Oregon will get to keep whatever they received.
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Government Shutdown & The Economy
4:53 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Visitors Return, But Economic Damage Done As Northwest National Parks Reopen

Cars line up at the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park on the first day the park reopened following a 16-day partial government shutdown.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:42 pm

From Crater Lake to Mt. Rainier, visitors wasted no time returning to the Northwest’s national parks and monuments.

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National Guard Training
4:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Northwest Guard Members Can Make Up Missed Training

File photo of personnel from the Army, Navy and Washington State National Guard conducting a weapons qualification exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Journalist 1st Class Dave Gordon US Navy

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:25 pm

National Guard members in the Northwest will get the chance to make up the training they missed during the partial government shutdown.

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Northwest News
9:32 am
Thu October 17, 2013

With Shutdown Over Northwest Fisherman Hope To Get Back To Work In Alaska

The partial government shut down may be over. But the impacts are still being felt. One casualty has been the start of the Alaska king crab season.

A lot of Northwest fishermen earn part of their living from that catch, and they're still sitting in port without pay Thursday .

Right now, the crew of the crab boat Handler would usually:

"Be making bait this morning, getting ready to set our gear. Getting ready to do fishing. That’s what we do. Now we’ve just come out here to sit?"

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Government Shutdown
5:01 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Furloughed Oregon Workers Feel Shutdown Pinch Despite Current Deal

Furloughed employees of the Oregon Military Department protest the government shutdown in front of the Oregon capitol building Wednesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:38 pm

Even if the federal government re-opens immediately, some people in the Northwest fear they’re still going to feel the effects of the partial shutdown.

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Northwest News
4:15 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Furloughed EPA Workers Anxious to Return to Work

A deal is in the works today for Congress to end the partial government shutdown. If it goes through, hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees could be back at work as early as tomorrow.

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