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

Officials from Whatcom, San Juan and Skagit counties chose Alex Ramel as the new state representative for the 40th Legislative District on Monday afternoon. Ramel replaces State Rep. Jeff Morris, who's retiring after 22 years.

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AWB Lobby Lunch begins Jan. 23 with officials from the governor's office

Olympia's "power lunch" returns Jan. 23 as AWB welcomes the governor's office for the first in the 2020 series of Lobby Lunches.

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Port of Kalama sues state over review of methanol plant

The Port of Kalama has sued the Washington State Department of Ecology over its review of a major methanol project proposed for Southwest Washington.

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U.S. population growth smallest in decades

The United States population is growing, but very slowly. Fewer births, a decline in new immigrants and an aging population have contributed to the decline. Washington, however, is experiencing much faster growth than the nation overall.

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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