March 4, 2012 The former Massachusetts governor pulled ahead of his rivals in Saturday's presidential straw poll, gaining more momentum just before Super Tuesday. Ron Paul, who edged Rick Santorum for second place, insisted he, too, had reason to celebrate.
February 28, 2012 Mandatory DNA collection is fast becoming routine in the American criminal justice system, with federal law enforcement and 26 states permitting various forms of pre-conviction DNA sampling. Now, lawmakers in Washington are trying to follow suit.
February 9, 2012 Washington may soon become the seventh state to legalize gay marriage. But first, it's likely to face a referendum challenge in November. Same-sex marriage will be on the ballot in a handful of states this year, and supporters have yet to win a statewide vote.
February 1, 2012 Weather and tree branches cause 40 percent of U.S. power outages, which get people talking about installing underground lines — but they balk at the price. But analysts say no one's paying attention to how much it really costs to keep repairing aboveground lines, and that should matter.
January 18, 2012 Oil from the Canadian north is already making its way into the U.S. market through existing pipelines and tanker shipments. Energy experts say even if President Obama blocks the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, it may already be too late to stop Americans from relying on this dirty source of fuel.
January 12, 2012 Canada's environmental organizations are working hard to block a proposed oil pipeline to its west coast. But the country's conservative-led government is pointing to American support and accusing those groups of being lackeys of nefarious foreign interests.
January 3, 2012 The new year brings an increase in the minimum wage in a number of places around the country, including Washington state, which now boasts the nation's highest statewide rate: $9.04 an hour. But the increase has rekindled an old debate over whether minimum wages make sense — especially at a time of high unemployment.