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Sen. Murray issues statement about PTSD review


Washington Senator Patty Murray responded to Secretary of the Army John McHugh's completion of the army-wide PTSD examination by saying more still needs to be done for vet mental health.

“Murray pushed for the review after hundreds of service members at Joint Lewis-McChord had their PTSD diagnoses taken away then, in many cases, restored over the past two years,” read a news release.

Read the senator's full statement below:


“While I’m pleased that the Army has announced they have completed this study, it’s far more important that they take quick action to remedy the problem. The Pentagon should also follow through on their commitment to extend this review to all branches of the military so servicemembers aren’t slipping through the cracks. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with Secretary McHugh to get the specific recommendations that came out of the study.

Sen. Crapo asks for contituents' forgiveness

Sen. Crapo asks for contituents' forgiveness


In a lengthy statement released after his court appearance, Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo apologized to his constituents for his lapse of judgment that led to his Dec. 23 arrest for drunken driving in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C.

"I offer my apologies, ask for your forgiveness for my recent failings and I make a firm commitment that I will strive to regain the trust that I have lost,” the statement read.

The senator then explains his actions: "I have on occassion had alcoholic drinks in my apartment in Washington, D.C. It was a poor choice to use alcohol to relieve stress - and one at odds with my personally-held religious beliefs."


See the full statement below:

County jail commander charged with harassment


3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

About 3.3 million voters' pamphlets will arrive to households across the state this week.

According to the Assosicated Press, the secretary of state's office says the pamphlets are being delivered around the same time voters are receiving their ballots for next month's election.

There are 26 editions of the pamphlet to account for races in different counties, plus pamphlets in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. The biggest pamphlets are more than 240 pages.

The pamphlets include information on races for president, governor, Congress, the state Supreme Court and Legislature as well as ballot measures concerning legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage and authorizing charter schools.

Politwoops tracks deleted tweets from politicians

How many times have you tweeted something, noticed a typo, and went back to delete it? Or maybe you thought the tweet wasn’t worded quite as you liked. Maybe you tweeted from the wrong account. Most everyone has had that problem, including politicians.

You might have clicked delete, but the tweets remain. The Sunlight Foundation, a non-profit utilizing online technology to share government information, devised a website, Politwoops, to track tweets from politicians that were soon deleted.

We went through and searched for local Spokane-based politicians in their search engine to see who was included in the database, but it appears only Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is included. The database did not include any regional state senate, represenative, mayoral or city council individuals. 

Governor signs supplemental capital budget

The new supplemental capital budget signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire today creates thousands of jobs in Eastern Washington and $1 billion being budgeted into jobs across the state.

The Governor’s Office sent out a list of projects being funded by the budget categorized by county.

Here’s a list of Whitman County projects:

  • Malden New Water Reservoir - $975,000
  • Community Action Center, Marcus Place - $660,000

10 Washington Congressmen That Ended Term Early

The nice thing about public records, when kept long enough, you collect all sorts of interesting knowledge you never thought would come in handy until the 10th sitting member of the U.S House of Representatives leaves office before completing their term.

The Office of Secretary of State historian, Patrick McDonald, compiled a list of Washington congressmen who never finished their term. The latest is Jay Inslee who resigned on March 30th to focus on his campaign for Governor.

The 5th congressional district is kind of interesting if you’re a fan of patterns. For 24 years in a row, not a single congressman finished his term.

It started in 1919 when John Stanley Webster was elected to serve in that position. He resigned in 1923 to be a U.S. District Court Judge for Eastern Washington. Samuel Billingsley Hill took over during a special election, but he resigned too in 1937 to become a judge on the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals. The next man to hold the position was Charles Henry Leavy who resigned in 1943 to become a judge on the U.S. District Court for Western Washington.