Birth control pills and other forms of contraceptive are only available to Washington women with a prescription.

Could Washington follow the world in easing access to birth control pills?

Oregon and California have joined most other countries in allowing women access to birth control pills without a doctor's prescription. Is Washington next?
Feb 11, 2016
Community members greeted Leschi Elementary students with high fives to congratulate them on completing the first week of the school year. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Parents tell lawmakers how school cultural gap can hurt kids

Parents went to Olympia to back bills for cultural competency training, recruitment of teachers of color and other measures meant to close opportunity gap.
Feb 2, 2016
Gabriel Ray Pierre (left) high fives a student at Leschi Elementary School on Friday, as part of #SeattleHigh5. The event aimed to show children of color positive images of black men and women in their community. (Photo by Jovelle Tamayo)

Proposed school policy overhaul meant to address opportunity gap

Among the proposed changes in the bill are cultural competence training for teachers and other staff and a change to school discipline.
Jan 18, 2016
Frank Turner of Olympia holds up a sign in support of Initiative 732, a carbon tax that will go before the state legislature starting in January. (Photo by John Stang)

I-732 group submits signatures; critics say measure fails to do enough

An alternative to I-732 that would raise carbon tax revenue to help poor communities and communities of color is being planned for the November ballot.
Dec 30, 2015
Refugees, immigrants, advocates and service providers rally on the Olympia capitol steps during the annual Refugee and Immigrant Legislative Day in 2015. (Photo by Venice Buhain.)

Racial equity report card gives Washington lawmakers a C+

The Washington Community Action Network followed 34 bills last legislative session in its racial equity report card.
Dec 23, 2015
The wall of old signs inside of Thompson Signs' warehouse serves as a visual reminder of the mostly white, male political candidates in the northwest. (Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

Candidates address startling dearth of diversity in State Legislature

Only 13 out of the total 147 state legislators in the state House and Senate are people of color. All 13 are democrats.
Aug 1, 2014
(Photo courtesy PramilaJayapal.com)

Pramila Jayapal racking up endorsements for State Senate run

Just months after Democrat Adam Kline announced his plans to leave the State Senate, Pramila Jayapal has emerged as the candidate to beat in an already crowded race for the 37th District seat. Jayapal — longtime resident of the Southend district — is most widely known as the founder and former executive director of OneAmerica, the […]
Apr 23, 2014
Immigrants and refugees gather on the steps of the State Capitol in February to lobby for education and other services. (Photo by Celina Kareiva)

How state budget cuts have hurt immigrants and refugees

Director of the Refugee Women's Alliance weighs in on how years of belt tightening has impacted her clients.
Mar 13, 2014
File photo of a woman talking on her mobile phone while passing mural on wall of former U.S. embassy in Tehran

Iranian-American candidates weigh in on foreign policy

This election season Washington has an unprecedented number of candidates who are of Iranian heritage. Sahar Fathi and Cyrus Habib for are running for State Representative (in the 36th and 48th districts respectively), and Shahram Hadian is running for Governor. Though Hadian isn’t likely to make it past the primary, Fathi and Habib both have decent chances […]
Jun 8, 2012