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Judy Olson: Republican Farm Bill bad for region

These last few weeks Congress has been debating a renewal of the Farm Bill. You may not know about it, but literally everyone who eats has a stake in its outcome, and it has profound impacts on farmers like my husband and me. It rears its head every few years, and historically it’s been overwhelmingly bipartisan. This year, however, it’s facing partisan gridlock as congressional leaders try to use it to cut food assistance programs for families in need, including our current congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Hession applies for EPA position

A former Spokane mayor and a top Senate staffer are among applicants for Northwest jobs in the Obama administration. Former Mayor Dennis Hession has applied to be the top administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10, which covers Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska and has headquarters in Seattle.