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Feb. 25—A divided Washington Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional a longstanding law that made it a felony to possess illegal drugs even if you didn't know you had them. The court used the 2016 arrest of a Spokane woman, Shannon Blake, to revisit Washington's "strict-liability" drug possession law, which the Legislature adopted in the 1950s. The court has reviewed and upheld that ...

Feb. 25—BOISE — Local governments were told no and industrial hemp was put on hold Wednesday, during a busy day at the Idaho Legislature. Some details from the day's activities: INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL PAUSED — The House Agricultural Affairs Committee postponed a decision on House Bill 126, which legalizes the production, processing and transportation of industrial hemp in Idaho. Committee ...

Feb. 25—BOISE — With all due respect to Ethel Annakin and her anonymous informant, facts fall victim to political interests more often than to military force. Annakin, the wife of British Labour Party politician Philip Snowden, is credited by quoteinvestigator.com with making the earliest direct reference to the phrase "truth is the first casualty of war." According to the website, the ...

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Feb. 25—First Seattle was an "anarchist jurisdiction." Now, we're not. All it took was a new president. Five months after former President Donald Trump's administration dubbed Seattle, New York and Portland as "anarchist jurisdictions" that permit "violence and destruction of property," President Joe Biden revoked the label on Wednesday. Trump's label, issued last September in the heat of the ...

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Feb. 24—A judge on Wednesday rejected a landlord group's challenge to three Seattle laws meant to protect renters from eviction once the pandemic moratorium expires. King County Superior Court Judge Johanna Bender found the laws, including Seattle's ban on winter evictions, largely constitutional. The Rental Housing Association of Washington sued to try to block the laws, arguing the ...

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Feb. 24—A bill to curb excessive force by law-enforcement officers got the approval of the Washington state Senate on Tuesday, becoming the first piece of police accountability legislation to pass out of a chamber this year. Supported by Democratic legislators and community advocates, SB 5066 would require officers to intervene and try to stop excessive force by their peers. The vote mostly ...

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Democrats on Monday advanced the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, teeing up a House vote to pass the massive package later this week, according to Massachusetts Rep. Richard Neal. The American Rescue Plan would result in $1,400 stimulus checks to many Americans and extended temporary unemployment benefits. "I fully anticipate that it will pass the House of Representatives in a ...

Feb. 21—HAGERMAN — Another municipality in Gooding County has declared itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary city." The Hagerman City Council unanimously approved a resolution making this declaration during its Feb. 3 meeting. This comes a few weeks after the Gooding City Council passed a similar one. Both resolutions include paragraphs stating the respective city councils "will not appropriate ...

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Citing last week's crash that claimed the lives of three Idaho National Guard pilots, a U.S. senator is calling for an investigation into the recent string of fatal crashes involving Black Hawk helicopters. In a letter dated Friday to newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, asked the new Pentagon chief to investigate.