Stories tagged: reform
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 4 p.m.
Pence applauds U.N. resolution on peacekeeping reform
The Security Council backed reforms Wednesday to reduce inefficiencies, corruption and abuse in the U.N.’s far-flung peacekeeping operations, a key priority of the Trump administration at the U.N. General Assembly.
UPDATED: Sun., June 18, 2017, 8:46 p.m.
GOP senator warns against rushed vote on health care bill
A Republican senator on Sunday warned against rushing a vote on a GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law, saying both parties deserve a chance to …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 7:54 p.m.
Lawsuit seeks court oversight of Chicago police reforms
Several leading community groups, including a local Black Lives Matter organization, filed a class-action lawsuit against Chicago on Wednesday in a bid to bypass or even scuttle a draft agreement …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Fixing coverage mandates a good first step in reforming Obamacare
Consumer-driven, patient-focused health care is the goal as Republicans methodically work through the process of reforming the reform. But it’s hard to feel like the consumer is driving anything in …
Mon., Dec. 19, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Judge cancels review of Portland police reforms amid appeals
A U.S. District Court judge has canceled a January hearing about Portland police oversight reforms as the city pursues appeals on the matter.
Sat., Sept. 10, 2016
Froma Harrop: Trump a phony on immigration
Had the Republican House leadership allowed a vote on similar legislation, which would have been approved, America would now be well on its way to curbing illegal immigration..
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016
Outside View: It’s time to rethink bail
A key precept of the American justice system is that a defendant’s wealth or poverty has no bearing on his treatment or his ability to mount a defense. The bail …
Wed., April 13, 2016, 10:38 a.m.
Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding
Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive …
Thu., March 31, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
Street protests, strike in France to reject labor reform
Workers and students held street protests, some of them violent, across France on Thursday while train drivers, teachers and others went on strike to reject a government reform relaxing the …
Thu., Jan. 21, 2016, 11:18 p.m.
WSU Spokane professor picked to provide new criminal risk assessment tool
Zach Hamilton, a professor at WSU Spokane in criminology, will help develop a customized tool for the region to determine who should be in the overcrowded Spokane County Jail and …
Wed., May 27, 2015
MacArthur Foundation grant will reduce jail crowding
Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging …
Sat., Nov. 8, 2014
Symposium on tested, creative justice reform aims to maintain local momentum
Most communities would jump at a chance to reduce crime while keeping more people out of jail. Julian Adler is coming to Spokane to show them how it’s done. Adler …
Tue., March 18, 2014
Idaho wage garnishment bill doesn’t reach Senate floor
BOISE – Legislation to remove Idaho lawmakers’ special exemption from having their wages garnished has fallen victim to hostilities between the House and Senate. A Senate committee chairman refused to …
Thu., Aug. 25, 2011
Editorial: Otter wise to lead on health care exchanges
Score one for logical over ideological. Though he’s no fan of national health care reform, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is taking a pragmatic stance in telling legislators that the state …
Thu., March 3, 2011
Editorial: Idaho school reform plan starts talks for solutions
The reality is that Idaho needs to change its public school system after being hit last year with a $128.5 million budget cut. Gov. Butch Otter’s newest budget holds education …
Thu., Nov. 19, 2009, 2:41 p.m.
Washington on track for 1 million uninsured
Washington state will have more than 1 million uninsured residents by 2011, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in Spokane this afternoon.
Thu., Jan. 22, 1998
Ads Seek End To Political ‘Soft Money’ Financier Out To Abolish Influence-Seeking Donations To Parties
A $1 million ad campaign was launched Wednesday in an effort to have Congress ban “soft-money” political contributions. Campaign for America, founded by Wall Street financier Jerome Kohlberg, began running …
Thu., Nov. 20, 1997
Allow Campaign Gifts Of Any Size, State Group Says Donations Would Have To Be Reported Within 24 Hours
Washington state’s five-year-old campaign finance law makes it harder for the public to know who’s spending money on elections, says a nonpartisan group. The Washington Council for Fair Elections is …
Sun., July 27, 1997
Prisons Need A Plan, Says Expert Former Andrus Aide Urges Batt To Think Long-Range, Not Quick-Fix
Gov. Phil Batt’s plan to rein in spiraling prison costs is a good first step, says an expert on Idaho’s prisons. But Batt should go one step further and create …
Sun., June 29, 1997
Workers On Welfare Demand Union Wages
Anthony Brown hoses down a San Francisco city bus as part of the work he does to collect a general assistance check. He receives about $5 an hour, while unionized …
Sun., June 29, 1997
Catholic Groups Ask Bishops To Allow Divorce
Twenty-four Catholic dissident groups plan to release an open letter to the nation’s Catholic bishops today calling for the church to abandon the annulment process and allow divorced Catholics to …
Tue., June 17, 1997
Welfare Queries To Be Answered
State officials will hold a public meeting Thursday night to answer questions about WorkFirst, Washington’s new welfare policy. WorkFirst requires welfare recipients to find and retain a job. Public assistance …
Thu., Nov. 14, 1996
Craig Sees Chance To Alter Constitution Balanced Budget Amendment Tops Senator’s List Of Things To Do In 105th Congress
Newly re-elected Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, was a whirlwind of activity this week, bouncing between meetings with GOP congressional leaders as they prepare for the 105th Congress in January. But …
Tue., Dec. 12, 1995
Gop’s Welfare Bill Would Stop Health Coverage Little-Noticed Addition Severs Link Between Welfare, Medicaid
A little-noticed addition to the Republican welfare bill, now awaiting final action in Congress, would eliminate the longstanding guarantee of health insurance coverage for many welfare recipients. The versions of …
Sun., July 9, 1995
Clinton: Gop Wrong On Welfare Says Move To Deny Assistance To Teen Moms Holds All Reform Hostage
President Clinton accused conservative Republican senators Saturday of trying to hold welfare reform hostage to extreme political views in demanding that unwed teen mothers be denied assistance. “This approach would …
Sat., April 29, 1995
Weaver Case Alters Indictment System U.S. Attorney In Idaho Adds Reviews, Safeguards To Process
Idaho’s U.S. attorney’s office has made significant changes in the way it handles indictments since the Randy Weaver case. But Idaho U.S. Attorney Betty Richardson noted in a memo to …
Sun., March 26, 1995
Gingrich Concedes He Will Have To Deal On The Welfare Bill
President Clinton on Saturday denounced major elements of the welfare bill approved Friday by the House of Representatives, and Speaker Newt Gingrich acknowledged that he would have to negotiate with …
Sat., March 25, 1995
House Passes Sweeping Welfare Package Bill Would End New Deal Promise Of Benefits To Anyone In Need
The House passed a welfare bill Friday that the Congressional Budget Office says will wipe out all or part of the benefits for as many as 12.8 million families. The …
Wed., March 22, 1995
House Starts To Dismantle Welfare Demos Attack Gop Plan As Cruel To Children
The House of Representatives on Tuesday took up sweeping legislation that would dismantle many elements of the social welfare systems put in place by the federal government over the past …
Sun., March 5, 1995
Seattle Couple Wants To Revamp State School System Initiative 642 Would Put Parents, Teachers In Charge
Jim and Fawn Spady wrote an initiative that would revamp public schools.