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Lauren Dake

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Herrera Beutler votes for measures House passes to curb sex trafficking

By Lauren Dake July 25, 2014 9:33 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday voting in favor of a package of measures aimed at curbing sex trafficking and helping the victims of such crimes.

Stonier, Wilson raking in campaign cash

By Lauren Dake July 23, 2014 9:08 p.m.

The two candidates vying to represent the people of the 17th Legislative District — incumbent Monica Stonier and former Clark County GOP Chairwoman Lynda Wilson — won't have to battle each other in the primary, but their war chests are already growing at a pace that will put them on course to have one of the most expensive local legislative races.

Herrera Beutler blasts health care law following ruling

By Lauren Dake July 22, 2014 8:24 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler wasted no time Tuesday in using a federal court's ruling striking down a key component of the Affordable Care Act to blast the health care law.

Republican, Democrat run against incumbent Herrera Beutler  

By Lauren Dake July 21, 2014 6 a.m.

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is facing a challenger on both the right, Michael Delavar, and the left, Bob Dingethal, in the race to represent the 3rd Congressional District.

Opponents agree: Herrera Beutler too aloof

By Lauren Dake July 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Michael Delavar says he's running against U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler because he's disappointed by his fellow Republican's voting record.

Tesoro gives to local GOP members

By Lauren Dake July 16, 2014 8:04 p.m.

A handful of local lawmakers recently received a deposit in their campaign bank account from Tesoro Corp., the company that would like to build the Northwest's largest oil-by-rail terminal in Vancouver.

18th candidates tout differing strengths

By Lauren Dake July 15, 2014 7:49 p.m.

When there's an impasse in Olympia, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, said he's often the guy called upon to act as a peacemaker.

Harris, two challengers bring diverse views to race

By Lauren Dake July 14, 2014 6:56 p.m.

Two political newcomers with very different ideas, one a Democrat and the other a Libertarian, both believe they have what it takes to unseat Republican incumbent Paul Harris and represent Vancouver's 17th District in Olympia.

School funding key issue for 49th House candidates

By Lauren Dake July 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Rep. Sharon Wylie's long political résumé — once a lobbyist, a former lawmaker in Oregon and now a Washington state representative — is the reason her opponents think it's time for a change.

Out & Proud, Standing Tall

By Lauren Dake July 12, 2014 11:06 p.m.

Since the inaugural gay pride celebration in Vancouver 20 years ago, there have been remarkable gains for the LGBT community.

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