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Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Stephanie McClintock of the 18th Legislative District discuss issues such as crime and housing affordability at a Saturday town hall in Battle Ground.

18th Legislative District lawmakers provide legislative update on crime, health care, guns, housing

Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Stephanie McClintock of the 18th Legislative District discuss issues such as crime and housing affordability at a Saturday town hall in Battle Ground.

February 19, 2024, 6:28pm Clark County News

Crime, health care, gun rights and housing affordability — that’s what constituents wanted to discuss at Battle Ground City Hall on Saturday morning when state Sen. Ann Rivers and Reps. Stephanie McClintock and Greg Cheney from the 18th Legislative District gathered for a town hall. Read story

Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez tours the woodshop at Washougal High School on Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, 2024. On Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, Perez co-introduced a bipartisan bill to address the southern U.S. border, as well as provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel.

3rd District Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez co-introduces border bill

Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez tours the woodshop at Washougal High School on Wednesday morning, Jan. 24, 2024. On Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, Perez co-introduced a bipartisan bill to address the southern U.S. border, as well as provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel.

February 16, 2024, 5:58pm Clark County News

U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, co-introduced legislation Thursday that, if passed, would automatically reject migrants who legally or illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border without proper paperwork for one year and would restrict asylum with humanitarian exceptions. Read story

FILE - The afternoon sun illuminates the Legislative Building, left, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash, Oct. 9, 2018. In a Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, vote, the Washington state Senate unanimously approved legislation that would ban police from hog-tying suspects, a restraint technique that has long drawn concern due to the risk of suffocation. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Impact on Southwest Washington: Clark County lawmakers have key bills still alive in Legislature

FILE - The afternoon sun illuminates the Legislative Building, left, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash, Oct. 9, 2018. In a Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, vote, the Washington state Senate unanimously approved legislation that would ban police from hog-tying suspects, a restraint technique that has long drawn concern due to the risk of suffocation. (AP Photo/Ted S.

February 15, 2024, 5:58pm Clark County News

Key bills introduced by local lawmakers — including ones that would shield people from surprise ambulance costs and launch a drug overdose prevention campaign — remain alive after this week’s legislative cutoff. Read story

Gregory Bull/Associated Press, Border Patrol agents ask asylum-seeking migrants to line up in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after the group crossed the border with Mexico Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. Immigration policies have become a big issue in 3rd Congressional District race., Gregory Bull/Associated Press, Asylum-seeking migrants wait to be processed in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after crossing the border with Mexico Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. Immigration policies have become a big issue in 3rd Congressional District race., Leslie Lewallen of Camas, Republican candidate, is seeking election to represent the 3rd Congressional District., Contributed photo, U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, Joe Kent of Yacolt, Republican candidate, is seeking election to represent the 3rd Congressional District., Associated Press files, gregory bull/Associated Press, A Border Patrol agent asks asylum-seeking migrants to line up in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after the group crossed the border from Mexico on Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif., eric gay/Associated Press, Concertina wire is stretched through Shelby Park along the Rio Grande on  Feb.

3rd Congressional District candidates Perez, Kent, Lewallen: Tighten border security

Gregory Bull/Associated Press, Border Patrol agents ask asylum-seeking migrants to line up in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after the group crossed the border with Mexico Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. Immigration policies have become a big issue in 3rd Congressional District race., Gregory Bull/Associated Press, Asylum-seeking migrants wait to be processed in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after crossing the border with Mexico Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif. Immigration policies have become a big issue in 3rd Congressional District race., Leslie Lewallen of Camas, Republican candidate, is seeking election to represent the 3rd Congressional District., Contributed photo, U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, D-Skamania, Joe Kent of Yacolt, Republican candidate, is seeking election to represent the 3rd Congressional District., Associated Press files, gregory bull/Associated Press, A Border Patrol agent asks asylum-seeking migrants to line up in a makeshift, mountainous campsite after the group crossed the border from Mexico on Feb. 2 near Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif., eric gay/Associated Press, Concertina wire is stretched through Shelby Park along the Rio Grande on  Feb.

February 15, 2024, 6:06am Clark County News

After the U.S. Senate’s border and foreign aid bill was shelved last week, candidates for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District are staking their positions on what is becoming a key issue in the 2024 election. Read story

Clark County’s 18th District lawmakers set town halls Saturday

February 14, 2024, 5:56am Clark County News

Lawmakers from the 18th Legislative District will host two town hall meetings Saturday. Read story

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez chat with construction students during a visit to Cascadia Tech Academy on Monday afternoon. The house the students were designing and building will be the 47th house in Clark County built by Cascadia Tech students, according to Joan Huston, Cascadia Tech director.

U.S. Rep. Perez, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visit Cascadia Tech Academy

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez chat with construction students during a visit to Cascadia Tech Academy on Monday afternoon. The house the students were designing and building will be the 47th house in Clark County built by Cascadia Tech students, according to Joan Huston, Cascadia Tech director.

February 12, 2024, 6:34pm Clark County News

Both U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg looked stunned when they saw the projects completed by students at Cascadia Tech Academy in Vancouver.  Read story

A Repair Clark County volunteer fixes a lamp during a 2022 event in Vancouver.

Repair Clark County returns after eight-month pause

A Repair Clark County volunteer fixes a lamp during a 2022 event in Vancouver.

February 9, 2024, 8:28pm Clark County News

Do you have household items that need fixing? A lamp that flickers, a torn garment or even a dull knife? Read story

Rob Moravec, from left, maintenance manager for United Grain Corp., takes in a view of the Port of Vancouver with U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, United Grain Corp. President and CEO Augusto Bassanini and U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small during a tour Thursday afternoon. They visited to highlight the Biden administration&rsquo;s stated commitment to increasing access to trade and creating new economic opportunities for producers and businesses in Washington and around the country.

Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, U.S. Agriculture deputy secretary tour United Grain Export Terminal

Rob Moravec, from left, maintenance manager for United Grain Corp., takes in a view of the Port of Vancouver with U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, United Grain Corp. President and CEO Augusto Bassanini and U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small during a tour Thursday afternoon. They visited to highlight the Biden administration&rsquo;s stated commitment to increasing access to trade and creating new economic opportunities for producers and businesses in Washington and around the country.

February 8, 2024, 7:07pm Business

U.S. Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez stood on top of the largest grain elevator on the West Coast, which is also the tallest structure in Vancouver, to survey the district she serves Thursday afternoon. The Interstate 5 Bridge, soon to be replaced, loomed over the water. Skyscrapers and condos, some new… Read story

Clark County Republican Party holds precinct caucuses

February 8, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

In a straw poll conducted Saturday at the Clark County Republican Party’s precinct caucuses, 91 percent of respondents said they will vote for former President Donald J. Trump in the primary election. Six percent said they will vote for Nikki Haley, and 3 percent said they are undecided. Read story

Incumbent 3rd District Rep.

Campaign cash pours into 3rd Congressional District race

Incumbent 3rd District Rep.

February 7, 2024, 6:08am Clark County News

Campaign cash is pouring into the race for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District as candidates and voters prepare for a contentious election year. Read story