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Category: Federal government
October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some…


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October 7, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Government closed leaves thousands without work

People hold signs at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. Republicans and Democrats remain gridlocked over funding the federal government. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Congress should take the hit Members of Congress who have caused the partial shutdown of the government should take the hit too. I would like to see their…


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October 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Government shutdown

JACK OHMAN / TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES Congress to blame So it is not terrorists who shut down our government, it is our own members of Congress. [“Government shutdown,” page one, Oct. 2.] Because they don’t like Obamacare, they don’t want people to have access to health care? Representatives in the House make $174,000 (that is the lowest pay)…


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August 6, 2013 at 6:28 AM

Food stamps eliminated from farm bill

Farm bill was a mega-bill The House of Representatives and House Republican leadership recently took a bold step to separate the farm bill into farm policy and feeding programs (food stamps). [“Budget plans imploding, Congress is heading home,” News, Aug. 2.] When asked for a reaction to the split, the most common answer in my farm…


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April 1, 2013 at 6:04 AM

Same-sex marriage as a state issue

Civil-rights issues should be resolved on federal level Bruce Ramsey is wrong [“Supreme Court should let each state decide same-sex marriage,” Opinion, March 27]. Marriage equality is very much a civil-rights issue, and one that needs to be resolved at the federal level. And it is perfectly reasonable to compare its history with that of slavery…


Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 30, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Gay marriage cases heard in Supreme Court

Marriage more sacred when not founded on discrimination Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. while supporters of gay marriage demonstrate alongside him. (CAROLYN KASTER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) Would you buy gas at a gas…


Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 29, 2013 at 7:05 AM

Let states decide on same-sex marriage

This artist rendering shows Paul Clement, standing second right, with Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. seated, right, addressing the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, as the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. Clement is defending DOMA on behalf of House Republicans. (DANA VERKOUTEREN / THE ASSOCIATED…


Comments | More in Federal government, Gay marriage, Gay rights, U.S. Supreme Court | Topics: DOMA, Proposition 8

March 29, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Victory for Duwamish in fight to be recognized as tribe

Long history of denial, disruption and devastation The recent article “Duwamish get new shot at recognition,” [NWTuesday, March 26] failed to cover the intense political shenanigans that led to their denial of recognition in the first place. The Department of Interior official who approved their recognition, after years of analysis, has disputed the allegation that…


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March 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

Local advocates from ‘Hutch,’ UW lobby on sequestration cuts in D.C.

Groups should be more creative So John Clark, chairman of biological structure department at the University of Washington School of Medicine, fears sequestration may force him to lay off just one researcher from his lab [“ ‘Hutch,’ UW descend on D.C. to lobby on sequestration cuts,” NWMonday, March 25]? I have two suggestions: Humbly submit a…


Comments | More in budget cuts, Federal government, Seattle, University of Washington | Topics: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Sequestration

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