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Women get help through Care Act

WASHINGTON – Starting today, nearly 1.1 million women in Washington state will no longer be charged a co-pay for birth control, HIV screening and several other health care services under …


Spin Control: Campaign emails cast wide net with little subtlety

Last week, like most weeks, among the hundreds of emails that made it through the spam filter were some cheery yet urgent missives from politicians. One was from Patty Murray, …


Air Force to rank tanker sites

Fairchild and about 60 other Air Force bases will be scored on criteria such as cost, capacity and environmental concerns to decide which will get the first batch of new …


Spin Control: War or no war, there’s plenty to fight about

Whether there’s a War on Women being waged by politicians around the country is open to debate. There is definitely a War over the War on Women, and Washington has …


Senate OKs Rice for federal bench

Spokane-based Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Rice’s appointment as a federal judge was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate. Rice, who teamed with Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington in the prosecution …


Murray presses for speedier VA care

The ranking members of a U.S. Senate committee are seeking an investigation into how long it takes veterans to be seen by mental health professionals at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. …


Budget, tax credits lead agendas of region’s lawmakers

WASHINGTON – With just under a month left in 2011, the federal budget and tax breaks top Inland Northwest lawmakers’ year-end to-do lists. Three of 12 appropriations bills are on …


Super fail: debt panel gives up

Congress’ supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over …


Disability payments may rise

WASHINGTON – Disabled veterans could receive up to $100 more per month under legislation headed for President Barack Obama’s desk. The Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act, sponsored by Sen. Patty …


Timber payments have local backing

U.S. senators from Washington and Idaho all say they support a plan to extend payments to counties and school districts that have significant amounts of federal land inside their boundaries. …


Northwest lawmakers adhere to party lines

Northwest Republicans criticized President Obama’s proposed jobs bill as too much that’s been tried before and not enough that will bring long-term changes. Washington Democrats, meanwhile, said the request to …


Protesters greet ‘supercommittee’

WASHINGTON – The 12 members of the congressional supercommittee charged with cutting the deficit faced challenges from protesters during their first meeting Thursday.


Congressional debt reduction panel kicks off work

Republicans and Democrats on the special supercommittee warned of a financial crisis threatening future generations as the congressional debt reduction panel kicked off its work today with an imperative to …


Odd couple chairs supercommittee, shares power

He’s a lanky Texas conservative who chose law school over chicken farming. She’s a liberal from Seattle with steel in the toes of her famous tennis shoes. They have almost …


Murray on deficit panel

WASHINGTON – Sen. Patty Murray will be the co-chairwoman of a powerful “supercommittee” charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. The Washington Democrat was one …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 9, 2011

Murray named debt panel co-chair

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid named Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful “super committee” charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall.


Locke confirmed as envoy to China

Gary Locke, the former two-term governor of Washington and current U.S. commerce secretary, was confirmed Wednesday as the new U.S. ambassador to China. The Senate unanimously approved the appointment of …


New HQ planned for Fairchild

Fairchild Air Force Base will get a new $13.6 million headquarters building under a military construction spending plan moving through the U.S. Senate. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the building …


Nomination near for federal judge

President Barack Obama is expected to make his nomination soon for the next federal judge for the Eastern District of Washington. The opening became available in mid-2009 when U.S. District …


Spin Control: Corks pop at Boeing, but keep appeal history in mind

Despite the celebrating that has taken place since Boeing was declared the winner in the Air Force’s New Tanker Sweepstakes, it may be wise not to start adding all those …


Murray holds first public meeting as VA chairwoman

Unlike active duty soldiers, National Guard and Reserve troops return from war to civilian lives without being able to decompress by sharing their military experiences with comrades on military bases. …


Murray to lead Veterans Affairs Committee

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Thursday was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. “This is a great honor, but an even bigger responsibility,” Murray said in …


Patty Murray will lead Senate veterans committee

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., today was named the new chairwoman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.


Local lawmakers’ reactions to State of the Union vary

While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the …


NW delegation finds reasons to cheer, jeer in Obama speech

While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. …


Murray feels conservation efforts could work across country

Energy conservation efforts by local governments and businesses could be an example for cities across the United States, Sen. Patty Murray said after a Wednesday briefing. Officials convened by Spokane …


Note to Democrats: Areas with high voter turnout hurt you

Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing. So it might be wise for …


Murray will head up party’s Senate races

Sen. Patty Murray will serve as the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign operation for the next two years.


GOP’s anti-Cantwell e-mail at odds with state’s reality

After regular missives for months from the folks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, things had been quiet for two whole weeks. The group in charge of getting Republicans elected …


Murray secures Senate victory

Democrat Patty Murray won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, building a lead of nearly 50,000 votes over Republican rival Dino Rossi as counting continued Thursday. Faced with a …