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Displacement in the name of safety

After a long pause in enforcement against camping, the City of Olympia is resuming the practice of sweeping encampments on public property, particularly those which are most visible and near downtown. The city originally halted its practice of sweeps in September, after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that…

They’re all life sentences

What it means to send drug addicts to prison in Washington Of the 18,000 people in Washington state prisons, maybe as many as 30-35 percent are there because of drug addiction. They could have been arrested for possession of a “controlled substance,” convicted of buying, selling or even sharing drugs;…

Outdated tenant laws

Promoting homelessness one eviction at a time: Even if you’ve never been evicted, we can all agree that three days is not enough time to access housing assistance resources or find a new place to live. None of us want to see another family or individual in the traumatic situation of housing instability....

Ranked choice voting: where every vote can count

By the time you read this, you will know which film won Best Picture of the year from the Academy of Motion Pictures. Personally, I have my fingers crossed for Black Panther. But while I don’t yet know the winner (I’m typing this with 14 inches of February snow on…

You must request a ballot to vote! Here’s how*

Conservation Districts have their own special election. All registered voters in Thurston County that live within Conservation District Boundaries are eligible. Parts of Yelm, Rainier and Tenino do not qualify. Those eligible may vote in person at TCD’s poll-site election on March 26. The poll-site will be open between 8…