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Some Obamacare state exchanges doing well, but at least one is a disaster

Wednesday, the Seattle Times reported that the Washington Health Benefit Exchange had reported numbers that were even better than those released earlier in the day by Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of Health and Human Services. Between October 1 and November 7, Washington state’s website had enrolled 77,000 people in…

Washington state publishes how-to guide for pot growers and sellers

Washington State issues how-to regs on growing, selling marijuana (via The Christian Science Monitor) A T-shirt is displayed at ‘Hempfest’ in Seattle last month. Thousands attended the three-day marijuana festival – an event that was part party, part protest, and part victory celebration after the legalization of pot in Washington…

Washington state on alert after leaks found at power plant

Heightened radioactivity levels were found outside a nuclear waste tank in the US state of Washington, officials said Friday, in a new alert about a site used to make Cold War-era bombs. Governor Jay Inslee said there was no immediate public health threat, but urged federal authorities to accelerate action…

Suspected ricin-laced letter to CIA found at Spokane, Washington post office

(Reuters) – Postal workers in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday retrieved a wayward letter suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin that vanished for several weeks after it was sent from Washington state to a CIA address that does not receive mail, the FBI said. The envelope resembled four ricin-laced letters…

Colorado’s ’4/20′ party under increased scrutiny after Boston bombings

'4/20' marijuana celebration notes security lessons from Boston Marathon bombing (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Mike Steenhout, comptroller of Washington’s Liquor Control Board, takes photos as he tours a marijuana growing facility in Seattle. Washington State voted last fall to legalize marijuana for adults over 21…

Rep. Norm Dicks of Washington state will not seek reelection

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Norm Dicks, a Democrat from Washington state known for supporting airplane manufacturer Boeing and his region’s military bases, said on Friday he will not seek reelection. The 18-term Congressman said in a statement he and his wife, Suzie, have “made the decision to change gears…

Washington lawmakers introduce bill condemning NDAA

Five Republican lawmakers from Washington state have introduced legislation that condemns the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2012 for controversial measures regarding the detainment of terrorism suspects, according to the Tenth Amendment Center. The $662 billion defense spending bill contained a controversial section that required terrorism suspects to be…

Washington state to legalize same sex marriage

After obtaining the 25 votes required for passage, the state of Washington appears ready to legalize same sex marriage. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D) said she would be the final vote and released a statement. “I know this announcement makes me the so-called 25th vote, the vote that ensures…

Washington state gay marriage proposal gets strong support

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday introduced a bill to legalize same sex marriage in Washington state, which gay rights groups hope will be the next state to approve nuptials after two-term governor Christine Gregoire announced her support. The bill was introduced in the Democrat-controlled Senate…

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