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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Council votes to hike pension rates for state employees, taxpayers

Amid growing health care costs for aging retirees, the Pension Funding Council voted Monday to increase pension contributions requirements for employees as well as state and local governments. 

OLYMPIAN (OLYMPIA)

Virginia's same sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

Virginia's same sex marriage ban ruled unconstituional today in a decision made by the federal appeals court. A decision that could overturn similar bans in West Virginia and the Carolinas.

SEATTLE TIMES

Tim Egan: Congressional suit against Obama does have a message. About Congress.

Congress is doing nothing. The public is unhappy with it. So, Boehner decides to go after Obama in a lawsuit that has legal experts rolling their eyes.

NEW YORK TIMES

Is GOP ready to be the anti-immigration party?

The politicians are turning up the rhetoric, when they are not mistaking YMCA campers for the dangerous hordes of children crossing the border.

THE NEW YORKER

David Horsey: Obama wants to get as far away from D.C. as possible

His family's ideas for a post-White House residence show how he prefers big ideas and brilliant people, not mixing with Congress.

LOS ANGELES TIMES

WA State Rep. Mike Hope was registered to vote in Ohio

According to the Seattle Times, he didn't "remember doing it." He has since resigned. 

SEATTLE TIMES

Republicans have strong U.S. Senate candidates

Fred Barnes: Primary choices helped the GOP immeasurably in the quest to regain control of the Senate. 

WEEKLY STANDARD

The lowdown on Prop. 1 and parks in Seattle

Even park advocates are divided over Proposition 1 -- a proposal to set up a "Metropolitan Parks District." KPLU's Paula Wissel explains. 

KPLU-FM

Nicholas Kristof: 5 things to know about inequality

One of the points: Progressives talk too little about opportunity.

NEW YORK TIMES

Health exchange glitch impacts 6,000 in Washington

Six thousand consumers in Washington state are struggling to access health insurance coverage because of computer glitches.

OLYMPIAN (OLYMPIA)
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