January 6, 2020
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Alex Ramel chosen as new state representative for 40th Legislative District

Community activist Alex Ramel has been selected to serve as a state representative in the 40th Legislative District, The Bellingham Herald reports. Ramel was selected by commissioners from Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties on Monday.

Ramel replaces former state Rep. Jeff Morris, who retired after 22 years of service. Ramel must run in the primary election this August, the newspaper reports.

Other finalists included school employee Marco Morales and Bellingham City Councilor Michael Lilliquist.


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Forward into Space Investment

Federal space push is an opportunity for Washington

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

The new federal Space Force received just $40 million in the $738 billion defense budget that Congress recently approved.

That amount is as comical as the name Space Force, which sounds like something from a low-budget sci-fi movie.

But that belies serious effort and spending the federal government is now devoting to space activities. Snickering aside, this should renew Washington state efforts to be sure its universities, workers and growing cluster of space companies play substantial roles in these national investments.

As the nation increases space investment, legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee should nurture and grow space research, development and manufacturing in Washington, building on its historical leadership in aerospace and software.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times