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Money starts to flow in for gun initiatives

OLYMPIA — While state voters won’t weigh in on competing gun-related ballot measures for months, money already is pouring into the campaigns in advance of the November election. Initiative 594, which proposes universal background checks for gun sales and transfers, has a significant fundraising advantage over its rival. Initiative 591 would prevent the state from adopting background-check laws that go beyond the national standard, which requires

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Group Health ends 20-year relationship with Virginia Mason, switches to Swedish

Group Health has signed an agreement with Swedish Health Services to provide Group Health’s Seattle-based hospital services, a decision that will end a 20-year-long acute-care relationship withVirginia Mason. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/health-care-inc/2014/08/group-health-ends-15-year-relationship-with.html

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Paul Allen chips in $500K for gun initiative

Standing out amongst the $25 and $50 individual donations to Initiative 594, or the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility initiative, is Paul Allen's name. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2014/08/paul-allen-chips-in-500k-for-gun-initiative.html

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End state law that criminalizes mental health patients

Washington is in a real mental-health crisis now, with the state scrambling to open hundreds of psychiatric hospital beds after a state Supreme Court ruling in August. That is a welcome shift, because in the absence of those resources, prisons and jails are the de facto psychiatric  http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2024363282_jonathanmartinmentalhealthcolumn22xml.html

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Where are Washington’s K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

In June, the Washington State Supreme Courtordered the Legislature to appear on September 3rd to explain why it hasn't found the revenue to fully fund the education reforms required by its McCleary ruling, reportedly as much as $7.83 billion through 2019. http://crosscut.com/2014/08/22/education/121586/where-money-k-12-washington-just-ask-microsoft/?page=single

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What a free dinner buys you

A generation ago, “legislative ethics” couldn't pass the straight-face test. Olympia lobbyists looked as if they fell out of a Thomas Nast cartoon of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall, roaming the veined-marble committee rooms of the Legislative Building, checkbooks in hand.   http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20140821/OPINION01/140829817/

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The “McCleary” of state’s transportation system

Imagine you are driving on the freeway, returning from a long trip, longing with all your heart just to be home. Suddenly you are forced to a complete stop because the freeway is broken and you are facing a 10-foot cliff. There’s no way forward, and as cars pile up behind you, no way back. Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/2014/08/20/3275061_the-mccleary-of-states-transportation.html?sp=/99/109/207/&rh=1

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Acidification Harms Oceans – The Columbian editorial

When it comes to ocean acidification, the state of Washington is in damage-control mode. There is little doubt such acidification has — and will — take a toll on the state's economy; the question is, at what cost?  Read more http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/aug/21/in-our-view-acidification-harms-oceans/

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What’s Troubling Mental Health?

These are the next steps for Washington state on mental-health challenges, found through months of conversations with mental-health professionals, policymakers, elected officials and the people who have been caught without the help they need — people with mental illness, and their families.  See the Seattle Times editorial conversation on mental-health challenges:  http://seattletimes.com/html/editorialsopinionpages/2024321014_whatstroublingmentalhealthcare.html

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Get Fit Your Way – Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness

SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults.  You may already have a SilverSneakers membership.  One out of five people 65 and older are eligible for this fitness benefit if they are a member of a group retiree plan or part of a Medicare health plan.   For more information and to find a location close to you, go to: http://www.silversneakers.com/  

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Washington is a political testing ground on gun safety

Seattle has become the first city in America to see simultaneous vigils for gun violence victims, a touchstone in a country where multiple shootings in tranquil places like coffee houses and college campuses have become a regular part of life. To read more, click here

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Medicare Should Cover Low-Dose CT Screening For Lung Cancer

LUNG-cancer screening with low-dose CT scans could save up to 18,000 lives annually among those at high risk for the disease.

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Washington is a political testing ground on gun safety

“Seattle is not unique, it is not immune: Our nation faces an epidemic of gun violence . . . We stand here at the end of a week where three good young men, who were excited about their futures, are now dead,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who was at SPU and later at the Leschi vigil. Read more, click here http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2014/06/06/seattle-is-a-city-of-gun-violence-vigils-washington-is-a-political-testing-ground-on-gun-safety/#21728101=0

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Special Guest Speaker – Congressman Denny Heck

Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby meeting - April 21, 2014 10:15 - 11:00 - 45 min The Senior Lobby is honored to have Congressman Denny Heck as our guest speaker at our Monday, April 21, 2014 meeting. He will speak on Federal Issues; Health Care, Social Security, Transportation, & Housing. We will start the meeting at 10:00, so please arrive promptly. We look forward to seeing you.

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Now is the time to do something about gun violence

The American people want action.  If even one child's life can be saved, then we need to act.  Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. Please click on Now is the time to do something about gun violence

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The New York Times Retirement, Special Section

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The Oldest old: Reaching 90 more likely than ever

For More, see The rolls of America's oldest are surging

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Aging in Place

Most Americans over 50 prefer the idea of remaining in their homes, but doing it well requires good fortune and support services.   For More, see Forgoing retirement homes

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Seattle Times’ adult-family-home investigation wins national award

Seattle Times staff reporter Michael J. Berens won a national award for health-care reporting Tuesday for "Seniors for Sale," a series about problems in the state's adult family homes. Berens was awarded first place in the large-newspaper category by the Association of Health Care Journalists. Finalists included The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Adult homes are private residences, licensed by the state, whose owners charge for room

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Delay in Suspending SEIU Training Program

OLYMPIA, March 4.--In one of the most astonishing survival stories ever, a plucky home-care training program backed by one of the state's most influential public-employee labor unions seems to be beating the odds in this year's brutal legislative session. The brand-new program, backed by the Service Employees International Union, is steaming full ahead. In the next two-year budget it will cost taxpayers $55 million. That's about the same cost as

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