Saturday, September 18, 2021


Hundreds of wealthy Americans back the Biden Build Back Better Act; Roger Stone is served with a warrant on live radio; and family caregivers are in need of assistance.


Virginia gubernatorial candidates debate; former federal prosecutor Michael Sussmann indicted for lying to FBI; lawmakers set to question oil industry over climate disinformation; and FDA scientists express skepticism over booster shots.


Lawsuits stall debt relief for America's Black farmers; Idaho hospitals using "critical care" protocols; grant money boosts rural towns in Utah and more conservation acreage could protect the iconic sage grouse.

Petitioners Gather Signatures for Wash. Version of 'Bathroom Bill'


Thursday, July 6, 2017   

SEATTLE -- Petitioners have one more day to collect signatures for an initiative that would allow people to use only bathrooms designated for the gender they were assigned at birth.

Initiative 1552 would repeal the Washington Human Rights Commission's 2015 rule that guaranteed people access to bathrooms and locker rooms for the gender with which they identify. Opponents say I-1552 would reinstate discrimination against transgender Washingtonians, and compare it to the "bathroom bill" passed in North Carolina in 2016.

The group Just Want Privacy, which introduced I-1552, said it aims to keep Washingtonians safe. Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for Washington Won't Discriminate, said she supports that goal.

"Unfortunately, rather than actually addressing things that would make people more safe in public restrooms, it instead singles out one group for discrimination and increases fear and misunderstanding about what it means to be transgender,” Weiner said.

Washington Won't Discriminate has started its own petition to oppose the initiative.

I-1552 needs about 260,000 signatures by Friday to be on the November ballot. According to Just Want Privacy's website, that petition had more than 180,000 signatures as of June 30.

Just Want Privacy gathered signatures for a similar initiative last year, but failed to gather enough.

The movement for transgender equality has taken two big hits nationally since President Trump took office. First, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case from a transgender high school student in Virginia who sued for the right to use the boys' bathroom. Trump also rolled back Obama-era rules protecting transgender students.

But Weiner said opponents of I-1552 recently got an unlikely ally.

"One of the things that's really interesting and exciting is the fact that a former state Republican party chair, Chris Vance, this weekend came out against 1552. I think that's just amazing,” she said. "So, I would definitely highlight that."

Weiner also praised the work of organizations such as Transform Washington, which offers stories from transgender Washingtonians in order to cut through some of the misconceptions about their community.

get more stories like this via email

A panel of House Democrats proposes raising $2.9 trillion in new taxes to pay for President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" plan through higher tax rates for wealthy Americans. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

RICHMOND, Va. - As U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., takes heat this week for attending a posh fundraiser in a dress that said "Tax the …


EAST TROY, Wis. - Wisconsin farmers are looking ahead to the fall harvest, and those who use cover crops face a deadline to sign up for a research …

Social Issues

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The pandemic is shining a new light on the burdens felt by family caregivers, and a bill in Congress would remove some of the …

Republican lawmakers across the country have proposed legislation to limit or forbid the teaching of such concepts as racial equity and white privilege. (Kelly Lacy/Pexels)

Social Issues

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - State Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay, is lashing out against the idea of Critical Race Theory, filing a bill to ban its use in all …

Social Issues

PORTLAND, Ore. - Wealthy Americans have a message for Congress: Tax us more. More than 200 high-income taxpayers and business owners have sent an …

Better flood resiliency is top of mind in New York, after scenes like the Long Island Expressway's partial shutdown in Tropical Storm Ida. But who will pay for it? (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

ALBANY, N.Y. - As a U.S. House committee debates the Biden administration's "Build Back Better" Act, a letter from more than 200 wealthy Americans …

Social Issues

By Sonali Kolhatkar for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Lily Bohlke for Commonwealth News Service reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service …


MANCHESTER, N.H. - Three New Hampshire professors are among those who've signed a letter urging the United Nations General Assembly to adopt what's …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021