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Orion Donovan-Smith

Stories by Orion Donovan-Smith

Current Position: reporter

Orion joined The Spokesman-Review as a Report for America legislative reporter in our Washington, DC Bureau in June 2020.


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News >  Nation/World

‘A series of broken promises’: How the Spokane VA became testing ground for new health record system

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 5, 2021

More than a year after that test began in October 2020, a Spokesman-Review investigation found problems with the system continue to threaten patient safety and have left employees at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane exhausted and demoralized, with nearly two-thirds saying in a recent internal survey it has made them consider quitting.

News >  Nation

‘No one got everything they wanted’: Northwest lawmakers stay on message despite Biden’s scaled-back agenda

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 29, 2021

WASHINGTON – After President Joe Biden on Thursday presented a “framework” intended to bring his fragmented party together around his signature “Build Back Better” agenda, Northwest lawmakers stayed on message despite the legislation getting dramatically scaled back from what most Democrats have wanted and Republicans have feared.
News >  Washington

Cantwell, McMorris Rodgers in key roles as Congress looks to crack down on Facebook

WASHINGTON – Last week was a decidedly bad one for Facebook, as the social media giant faced the dual crises of a server outage on Monday and a whistleblower detailing to senators a day later how the company has knowingly chosen profits over protecting children and curbing misinformation and hate, a charge she also made Sunday during a “60 Minutes” interview on CBS.
News >  Nation

Infrastructure bill would let Bonneville Power Administration borrow $10 billion to modernize Northwest power grid, but critics say it props up ‘failed status quo’

WASHINGTON – As progressive and centrist Democrats edged closer to a deal this week on a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill, Congress is poised to pass a bill with big implications for the Northwest, letting the cash-strapped Bonneville Power Administration borrow an extra $10 billion to shore up an agency that provides more than a quarter of the region’s electricity.