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Clark County business owners say bill to tax sweet drinks will cost jobs

February 26, 2021, 6:01am Clark County Business

A new tax on sweetened beverages introduced in a Washington Senate committee meeting this week is upsetting Clark County business owners who see it as a threat to their enterprises… Read story

Biden surveys weather harm, encourages virus shots in Texas

February 26, 2021, 10:50am Politics

President Joe Biden's public empathy is on display on his trip to a major disaster site since he took office a little over a month ago. The president and his… Read story

Conference attendees pose for a photo next to a statue of former president Donald Trump at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

Trump calls for GOP unity, says he won’t start another party

Conference attendees pose for a photo next to a statue of former president Donald Trump at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla.

February 28, 2021, 3:17pm Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for GOP unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions by attacking fellow Republicans and promoting lies about the election in a speech that made clear he intends to remain… Read story

U.S. still open to Iran nuclear talks after Iran’s rejection

February 28, 2021, 2:59pm Nation & World

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration said Sunday it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the U.S. and the other original participants in the agreement. Read story

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison thanks his supporters after conceding to his opponent, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on Nov. 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Graham won a fourth term in the senate with his reelection tonight.

New DNC chair promises greater midterm election involvement — to Democrats’ relief

Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison thanks his supporters after conceding to his opponent, incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), on Nov. 3, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina. Graham won a fourth term in the senate with his reelection tonight.

February 28, 2021, 2:45pm Politics

WASHINGTON — New Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison is pledging to play a larger role in next year’s midterm elections than the group has in more than a decade, hoping a more robust effort from the once-beleaguered party apparatus can help prevent the type of steep electoral losses traditionally… Read story

Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman, D- North Las Vegas, introduces then-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris at a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School on March 1, 2019, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. A record number of women have taken leadership roles in state legislatures, meaning they can not only add to the conversation, but in many cases control which conversation is being had.

Women gain record power in state legislatures

Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman, D- North Las Vegas, introduces then-U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris at a town hall meeting at Canyon Springs High School on March 1, 2019, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. A record number of women have taken leadership roles in state legislatures, meaning they can not only add to the conversation, but in many cases control which conversation is being had.

February 28, 2021, 1:45pm Politics

Nevada state Sen. Pat Spearman, a Democrat and chief majority whip, successfully shepherded legislation in 2020 requiring pharmacists to honor 12-month doctors’ prescriptions for birth control pills, over the objections of some male lawmakers. Read story

Gov. Jay Inslee meets with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
Washington 17th District Senate candidates meet with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
Washington Insurance Commissioner meets with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
Washington 49th District Senate candidates meet with The Columbian's Editorial Board Video
This Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 photo shows  Latoya Gipson's house on Perry County Road 1 in Uniontown, Ala.  Disadvantaged communities in America are disproportionately affected by pollution from industry or waste disposal, but their complaints have few outlets and often reach a dead end. Hundreds of discrimination claims sent to the Environmental Protection Agency's civil rights office since the mid-90s have only once resulted in a formal finding of discrimination.

Biden administration promises focus on environmental justice

This Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 photo shows  Latoya Gipson's house on Perry County Road 1 in Uniontown, Ala.  Disadvantaged communities in America are disproportionately affected by pollution from industry or waste disposal, but their complaints have few outlets and often reach a dead end. Hundreds of discrimination claims sent to the Environmental Protection Agency's civil rights office since the mid-90s have only once resulted in a formal finding of discrimination.

February 28, 2021, 1:43pm Nation & World

When President Joe Biden made environmental protection a key element of his campaign, he promised to overhaul the federal office that investigates complaints from people in minority communities who believe they have been unfairly harmed by industrial pollution or waste disposal. Read story

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct.

Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Phoenix. Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another policy that penalizes voters who cast ballots in the wrong precinct.

February 28, 2021, 1:40pm Politics

WASHINGTON — Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. Read story

Web pages used to show information for collecting unemployment insurance in Virginia, right, and reporting fraud and identity theft in Pennsylvania, are displayed on the respective state web pages, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Zelienople, Pa. Massive fraud in the nation's unemployment system is raising alarms even as President Joe Biden and Congress prepare to pour hundreds of billions more into expanded benefits for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.

Fraud overwhelms pandemic-related unemployment programs

Web pages used to show information for collecting unemployment insurance in Virginia, right, and reporting fraud and identity theft in Pennsylvania, are displayed on the respective state web pages, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Zelienople, Pa. Massive fraud in the nation's unemployment system is raising alarms even as President Joe Biden and Congress prepare to pour hundreds of billions more into expanded benefits for those left jobless by the coronavirus pandemic.

February 28, 2021, 1:10pm Nation & World

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the floodgates set to open on another round of unemployment aid, states are being hammered with a new wave of fraud as they scramble to update security systems and block scammers who already have siphoned billions of dollars from pandemic-related jobless programs. Read story

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, holds a copy of the Alaska Constitution during a committee hearing in Juneau, Alaska. Reinbold has been a vocal critic, along with other lawmakers, of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's disaster declarations while the Legislature was not in session. She has used her committee to amplify voices of those who question the effectiveness of masks and the usefulness of the government's emergency response. In a scathing letter that included references to her Facebook posts, Dunleavy accused Reinbold of misrepresenting the state's COVID-19 response and deceiving the public.

Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021 file photo, Alaska state Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, holds a copy of the Alaska Constitution during a committee hearing in Juneau, Alaska. Reinbold has been a vocal critic, along with other lawmakers, of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's disaster declarations while the Legislature was not in session. She has used her committee to amplify voices of those who question the effectiveness of masks and the usefulness of the government's emergency response. In a scathing letter that included references to her Facebook posts, Dunleavy accused Reinbold of misrepresenting the state's COVID-19 response and deceiving the public.

February 28, 2021, 1:09pm Nation & World

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors’ emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation. Read story