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Why aren’t so many rape kits sent to the lab?

The numbers are staggering: out 0f 1,641 rape kits booked into evidence over a period of 10 years, why did the Seattle Police Department only test 365? Rep. Tina Orwall, a Des Moines Democrat, will introduce legislation this coming session to address the problem. Watch this KING 5 news segment for the story:  

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Washington revenues still below pre-recession level

Despite relatively good financial news over the past several years, Washington’s budget still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis. According to a new report released by the Pew Charitable Trust, revenues are still down 2.3 percent compared to what they were in 2008 when adjusted for inflation. It’s not that our economy is not doing well. We are consistently rated one of the best states for business and have the lowest unemployment rate since the start of the recession: … Continue reading

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Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

Statement by Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller on the state’s budget forecast: It’s good news that revenues are going up a bit more. It would be better news if politicians and interest groups stopped repeating the myth that economic growth alone is enough. Growth will not fully fund education, fix our crumbling bridges and take care of veterans and the disabled. We can do better, and must do better, for kids in public schools, for our seniors and disabled and … Continue reading

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House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

The House Democratic Caucus met in Olympia today and selected a number of leaders for the next Legislature. Frank Chopp (Seattle): House Speaker-designate Pat Sullivan (Covington): Majority Leader Eric Pettigrew (Seattle): Majority Caucus Chair Kevin Van De Wege (Sequim): Majority Whip Kris Lytton (Anacortes): Majority Floor Leader The remaining members of the HDC Leadership team, including the Speaker pro tem-designate, will be elected at a future date. The Speaker-designate and Speaker pro tem-designate must be elected by the entire House … Continue reading

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Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

Statement from House Speaker Frank Chopp and Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew on the passing of Representative Roger Freeman: “Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Rep. Roger Freeman today. We have lost a treasured colleague and friend, but they have lost their husband and father. “Roger was a deeply spiritual man who lived his faith every single day. As a legislator, he was passionate about social justice, strong families, and educational opportunities for all. “We will miss … Continue reading

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