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WA celebrates 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

WA celebrates 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act

We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the landmark federal Voting Rights Act, with Secretary Wyman and the state Elections Division, the state’s 39 county election offices and the National Association of Secretaries of State leading the praise for equal access for voters. “The work of assuring equal access to the ballot never ends. We in Washington are absolutely committed to eliminating barriers and encouraging voter participation of every eligible person in the state. “We encourage our children…

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State Library’s past, future celebrated

State Library’s past, future celebrated

Central Library Services Manager Steve Willis holds up the new booklet about the Washington Territorial Library during his talk at Tuesday’s celebration event. Political turf battles. Unsavory characters. Nepotism. You normally wouldn’t associate these terms with a library. But they help describe the turbulent, ever-changing  era of the Washington Territorial Library, which was established in 1853 in Olympia and remains Washington’s oldest cultural institution. The Washington State Library hosted a public celebration of the Library’s 160th anniversary at its Tumwater…

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Evelyn Arnold joins Secretary Wyman’s team

Evelyn Arnold joins Secretary Wyman’s team

Evelyn Arnold shares a story as Secretary Wyman (middle) and Elections Director Lori Augino (right) listen. Evelyn Arnold, former Chelan County Auditor and King County elections official, has joined the Office of Secretary of State as financial services manager. Monday was her first day on the job and it was “old home week” at a Capitol reception in her honor.  She and Secretary of State Kim Wyman are old friends, dating back to 1991, when Arnold was a new county…

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Wyman elected to national exec board

Wyman elected to national exec board

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, rounding out her first six months in office, was honored to be elected to the executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State. Wyman, second from right in photo, was unanimously elected vice president for the western region of the United States by her peers at the NASS summer conference in Anchorage over the weekend.  Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, to the left of Wyman in the photo, is the president-elect….

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Secretaries of State Club

Secretaries of State Club

They don’t have a secret handshake (as far as we know), their roll call is rather short, and they seldom meet.  So when the four people who serve or once served as Washington’s Secretary of State do gather, it’s cause for celebration, or at least a blog post. The new officeholder, Kim Wyman, met with her three predecessors for lunch Tuesday in Olympia. No word on how much they talked shop or discussed whether Gonzaga will reach the Final Four….

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Kim Wyman sworn in as 15th WA Secretary of State

Kim Wyman sworn in as 15th WA Secretary of State

Kim Wyman has been inaugurated as Washington’s 15th Secretary of State, following a line of Republicans stretching back a half-century. Wyman is the only woman and only Republican elected to statewide executive office in the last election, only the second woman Secretary of State in Washington history, and the first woman Republican Secretary in the Evergreen State. Wyman took the oath of office shortly after noon on Wednesday, drawing cheers at a joint session of the House and Senate when…

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WA lawmakers off to dramatic start

WA lawmakers off to dramatic start

Washington’s 63rd Legislature is off to a dramatic start, with a coalition of minority Republicans banding with two dissident Democrats to take over control of the state Senate. The debate was fairly low-key. Despite having an elected majority in the upper chamber, the Democrats were left with little option but to accept that 23 Republicans had lined up support of fiscally conservative Democratic Sens. Rodney  Tom and Tim Sheldon to form the 25-member coalition to run the 49-member Senate. Democratic…

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How Secretary Reed became an honorary UW alum

How Secretary Reed became an honorary UW alum

Secretary Reed began his presentation at the University of Washington this week as a loyal WSU Cougar walking into “enemy territory.” He ended his presentation as a UW graduate. Well, not exactly. The “graduate” status was bestowed on Reed after he spoke at an event for the University of Washington Combined Fund Drive, the university’s workplace giving program that encourages philanthropy through payroll contribution and campus-wide fundraising events. The UWCFD has been a key factor in the overall success of…

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College civics tour, Day 6: Spokane Community College

College civics tour, Day 6: Spokane Community College

  As part of Day 6 of his 2012 College Civics Tour, Secretary Reed visited Spokane Community College, speaking to students about the importance of active civic engagement and answering their questions. Secretary Reed also visited Spokane Falls Community College and WSU Pullman earlier today, and he will visit Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University in Bellingham later this evening.    Please follow and like us: