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DADT Point of Confusion: Gays Can't Serve Just Yet

Repealing DADT brings us back to 1992 when gays were explicitly not allowed to serve. How does going back to 1992 allow gays to serve?

12/22/2010 By Josh Feit

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U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: In 2011, I Will...

PubliCola asked 2010 newsmakers to tell us what their 2011 resolutions were. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has some constitutional amendments in mind.

12/21/2010 By U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Maj. Margaret Witt Goes to Washington

Local Air Force nurse who successfully challenged Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy to attend signing of repeal.

12/21/2010 By Afternoon Jolt

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Senate Repeals "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." DREAM Act Fails to Win Cloture.

Sens. Cantwell and Murray release ebullient statements. Spokane's Maj. Margaret Witt (pictured), whose recent victory against DADT in federal court in Tacoma helped spark the senate effort to finally end the rule, gets a shout out from both senators.

12/18/2010 By Josh Feit

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U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen: "I Am Mad at the President."

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen says he'll support the Obama tax cut compromise. With angsty reservations.

12/15/2010 By Josh Feit

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Reichert Votes with Democrats to Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH A STATEMENT FROM U.S. REP. REICHERT. Republican Reichert breaks with party and supports DADT repeal.

12/15/2010 By Josh Feit

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Cantwell, Murray Add Renewable Energy Program to Tax Package at Last Minute

Some sunny news about the Obama deal: It comes with a solar and renewable energy program that was about to expire.

12/14/2010 By Josh Feit

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Rep. Larsen Co-Sponsors DADT Repeal

Armed Services Committee member U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen issues statement calling for DADT repeal.

12/14/2010 By Josh Feit

This Washington

Extra Fizz: U.S. Rep. WA-10?

2010 census data due next week.

12/13/2010 By Josh Feit

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On Other Blogs Today: VA District Court Says Health Care Law Unconstitutional

We'll go to the NYT for the blockbuster news.

12/13/2010 By Josh Feit

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On Other Blogs: Jay Inslee's Take On Tax Cuts

Daily Kos: U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's response to the tax-cut bill and last week's Democratic caucus.

12/13/2010 By Laura Hawkins

Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Murray and Cantwell Vote for Obama Tax Compromise

Both Murray and Cantwell go with Obama's deal. But only Murray admits it.

12/13/2010 By Afternoon Jolt

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U.S. Senate Republicans Two for Two Today: Block DADT Repeal and DREAM Act

Calling the DADT repeal and the DREAM Act "misplaced" "symbolic" votes, the GOP says the senate should be focusing on the economy. But Sen. Patty Murray calls GOP "shameful."

12/09/2010 By Josh Feit

Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: On His Way Out the Door, Brian Baird Continues to Flip Off Democrats

Rep. Brian Baird tells conservative radio host he's voting 'No' on the DREAM Act. Oh, and that thing in the 14th Amendment about automatic citizenship to people who are born here. No on that too.

12/07/2010 By Afternoon Jolt

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Is Rep. Rick Larsen Funny? You Decide.

Check out US Rep. Rick Larsen's standup comedy routine, which won him second place at last night's "Funniest Celebrity" competition in D.C. First place went to Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett. We've included video of both. With the exception of his TSA joke

12/03/2010 By Josh Feit

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More Extra Fizz: Is Rick Larsen Funny?

Rep. Larsen takes the stage tonight at D.C. comedy club.

12/02/2010 By Josh Feit

That Washington

Closing Act: Democratic Rep. Brian Baird Joins GOP and Rep. Dave Reichert, Supports Tax Breaks for the Rich

Democrats repeal tax cuts for the rich while extending the 2001 and 2003 breaks for the middle class. Local Dems single out Rep. Dave Reichert for voting against the measure. Meanwhile, retiring Democratic Rep. Brian Baird votes "no" along with the GOP.

12/02/2010 By Josh Feit