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Learning the Ropes: Rep. Monica Stonier returns to Capitol Ideas to talk about moving from the classroom to the Capitol

Rep. Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver) talked with Capitol Ideas a few days before being sworn in as a brand-new state lawmaker, after more than a decade as a classroom teacher and teaching coach. What was that transition like, and what did she learn in her first two years? Listen in and find out. You can subscribe to “Capitol Ideas” here, or on iTunes.  

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2014 Session Recap

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American Dreams – a short documentary

One of the biggest stories of the 2014 legislative session was the passage of the DREAM Act. This quick documentary tells the story of how, year after year, college students from around the state traveled to Olympia and never gave up on the dream of earning a university degree and giving back to the community. Related posts: Univision tells the story of local Dreamers American Dreams Statement by Rep. Hudgins on Senate allowing a vote on Dream Act DREAM Act … Continue reading

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Montesano/Aberdeen train derailments highlight hazardous transport discussion

On May 14, a third train derailment in 16 days occurred near Montesano, Washington. That’s not a misprint. Three derailments, in the same area, in just 16 days. Luckily, these trains were not carrying any hazardous materials that posed threats to the surrounding community. However, the transportation of hazardous materials (specifically crude oil) over the railways has seen an exponential rise over the last few years. An estimated 434,000 tanker loads of crude oil were shipped by rail in the … Continue reading

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Farewell to a hero, a fighter, a friend

Billy Frank Jr. was arrested in 1945, at age 14, for fishing on the Nisqually River that he and his people knew and loved as theirs. And then he spent the next 30 years fighting for justice. Justice came in 1974 with the Boldt Decision, which restored to the federally recognized tribes the right to fish as they had been doing for more than a century. Since then, Frank continued advocating for tribal fishing rights and protection of natural resources, … Continue reading

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