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State Ranking on Health Care Access
By ROGER STARK  | 
Dec 1, 2016

Researchers at the Mercatus Center, affiliated with George Mason University, just released a study examining health care access on a state-by-state basis. The study is extensive and comprehensive. Most health care legislation arguably comes from the federal government, however, the Mercatus study looks specifically at differences in state laws that affect health care access. Washington state ranks 23rd overall.

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Why the choice of Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary is good news for public school families
By LIV FINNE  | 
Dec 1, 2016

The announcement of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary in the coming Administration is shaking up the education establishment across the country.

Editors at the once-vaunted New York Times say they are upset at the choice, so that alone may be a good sign.  Times editors announced months ago that they would oppose Trump on their news and opinion pages, so we wouldn’t expect them to support his choice for Education Secretary, no matter who she was.

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60 policy presents for lawmakers to open
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Dec 1, 2016

On December 2 at 6 p.m. the official "Holiday Kids' Tree" lighting ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda. Here is a short video of that massive tree being put in place. A tree that big is going to need lots of presents under it but lawmakers don't need nick-nacks to open but instead good policy recommendations. Before we open any policy presents though, here is a session-themed take on an old favorite: Twas the month before session, when all through the state . . .

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