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InvestigateWest InvestigateWest is a nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom located in Seattle, WA. Environment, Government, Watchdog, Public Health.

Award-winning investigative and explanatory journalism that uncovers society’s shortcomings and provides a road map for changes to public policy and practice in the Northwest.

Award-winning investigative and explanatory journalism that uncovers society’s shortcomings and provides a road map for changes to public policy and practice in the Northwest.

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The Idaho Republican Party’s State Central Committee will consider several changes to its rules at its 2023 winter meeti...
01/07/2023
Proposed rule: Elected officials who deviate from Idaho GOP platform could face consequences  - InvestigateWest

The Idaho Republican Party’s State Central Committee will consider several changes to its rules at its 2023 winter meeting, including a policy that would allow the party’s committee members to question the conduct of a Republican elected official and consider punishment for deviating from the party platform. https://bit.ly/3ZcPiJf

By Kelcie Moseley-Morris, Idaho Capital Sun, January 5, 2023 The Idaho Republican Party’s State Central...

With just one day to go in our NewsMatch campaign, we'll keep this message short. We are so close to meeting our goal of...
12/30/2022

With just one day to go in our NewsMatch campaign, we'll keep this message short. We are so close to meeting our goal of $35,000 by midnight tomorrow. But we need your help to get across the finish line.

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In October, InvestigateWest reported (and co-published with The Washington Post) an investigation about the hundreds of ...
12/30/2022
At least one juror refused to call them guilty. But they’re still in prison. - InvestigateWest

In October, InvestigateWest reported (and co-published with The Washington Post) an investigation about the hundreds of people languishing in Oregon’s prisons even after their convictions were ruled unconstitutional.

Today, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that they deserve another shot at justice. Background here:

In Oregon and Louisiana, hundreds remain behind bars two years after U.S. Supreme Court outlawed...

Idaho’s primary election is, essentially, the whole contest. With partisan divides that strongly favor Republican candid...
12/29/2022
Idaho’s Republican primary is already closed — but the party may close it off even more - InvestigateWest

Idaho’s primary election is, essentially, the whole contest. With partisan divides that strongly favor Republican candidates, the majority of campaign spending happens in the months leading up to primary elections, and Democrats do not even run for office in many districts. https://bit.ly/3YzTFOk

New rule would bar voters if they’ve been active with other parties in past two...

Many schools across Oregon are falling short of their duty to identify homeless students and c***ect them with food, she...
12/29/2022
Dozens of Oregon school districts likely undercounting homeless students - InvestigateWest

Many schools across Oregon are falling short of their duty to identify homeless students and c***ect them with food, shelter and academic support, an InvestigateWest analysis has found. https://www.invw.org/2022/12/01/dozens-of-oregon-school-districts-likely-undercounting-homeless-students/

Homeless students can get assistance from their schools, but unless they’re identified, they get none...

As a nonprofit news organization, InvestigateWest prides itself on independent, inclusive, and in-depth coverage of the ...
12/26/2022

As a nonprofit news organization, InvestigateWest prides itself on independent, inclusive, and in-depth coverage of the topics that matter to you. But this also means we rely on readers to support our people-first reporting.

And when you donate today, your investment goes even further. Any contribution you make, up to $1,000, will be matched by local funder and NewsMatch, and any recurring monthly donation will be multiplied by 12.

Donate here: https://www.invw.org/donate/

Gig Harbor, Washington, on Dec. 5 became the second city in the Pacific Northwest region to proclaim that Southern Resid...
12/22/2022
Two Towns in Washington Take Steps Toward Recognizing the Rights of Southern Resident Orcas - InvestigateWest

Gig Harbor, Washington, on Dec. 5 became the second city in the Pacific Northwest region to proclaim that Southern Resident Orca whales have legal rights. A week earlier, Port Townsend, Washington, made the same proclamation, marking the first time a U.S. city council has made such a recognition. https://bit.ly/3YuS7F4

The moves are the latest developments in the “rights of nature” movement gathering momentum in...

Citing an increase in misinformation, complaints and time-consuming public records requests from election deniers, Orego...
12/22/2022
Oregon’s top election official seeks more money to combat election misinformation - InvestigateWest

Citing an increase in misinformation, complaints and time-consuming public records requests from election deniers, Oregon’s Secretary of State is seeking $2 million over the next two years to hire more staff dedicated to election security and oversight. https://bit.ly/3HGppuZ

By Julia Shumway, Oregon Capital Chronicle, December 8, 2022 Citing an increase in misinformation, complaints...

Many people believe they’re benefiting charities when they buy used clothing from Value Village. But the leader of a non...
12/20/2022
WA Supreme Court to rule on Value Village lawsuit after 5 years - InvestigateWest

Many people believe they’re benefiting charities when they buy used clothing from Value Village. But the leader of a nonprofit formerly partnered with the Bellevue-based thrift store chain said that’s a mistaken impression. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson agrees. https://bit.ly/3WeUoT1

The attorney general’s office argued that the for-profit thrift store deceived customers by misrepresenting its...

In case you missed it: InvestigateWest is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America host ne...
12/16/2022
InvestigateWest to expand coverage of democracy and extremism, with help from Report for America - InvestigateWest

In case you missed it: InvestigateWest is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America host newsroom. Through this partnership, InvestigateWest will expand its coverage of democracy and extremism in the Northwest. https://www.invw.org/2022/12/07/investigatewest-to-expand-coverage-of-democracy-and-extremism-with-help-from-report-for-america/

InvestigateWest is thrilled to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America...

All but a handful of states make poor residents contribute a greater share of their income to taxes than wealthy people ...
12/08/2022
How state taxes make inequality worse - InvestigateWest

All but a handful of states make poor residents contribute a greater share of their income to taxes than wealthy people do. Economists call that upside-down approach “regressive.” Nationwide, the share the lowest-income earners pay to state and local taxes is 54% higher than what the top earners pay. And those policies hit communities of color the hardest. https://bit.ly/3Utbziw

All but a few states take a greater share of income from poor people than...

BIG NEWS: InvestigateWest is proud to announce we will join Report for America as a host newsroom in 2023! By teaming up...
12/07/2022

BIG NEWS: InvestigateWest is proud to announce we will join Report for America as a host newsroom in 2023! By teaming up with the national service program, we will expand our coverage of democracy and extremism in the Northwest.

Please consider supporting that effort by making a donation today! https://www.invw.org/donate/

Tribes have pushed the government to pay closer attention to contamination in the Columbia River Basin, but that hasn’t ...
11/30/2022
The U.S. Promised Tribes They Would Always Have Fish, but the Fish They Have Pose Toxic Risks - InvestigateWest

Tribes have pushed the government to pay closer attention to contamination in the Columbia River Basin, but that hasn’t happened. Regulators have done so little testing for toxic chemicals in fish that officials admit they don’t have enough information to prioritize cleanup efforts or to fully inform the public about risks to human health. http://bit.ly/3EI3hNW

For decades, the U.S. government has failed to test for chemicals and metals in fish....

The fight for truth is not one we can afford to lose. We need journalists. We need independent reporting that holds powe...
11/29/2022

The fight for truth is not one we can afford to lose. We need journalists. We need independent reporting that holds power accountable. We need news organizations like InvestigateWest.

In honor of , will you consider making a donation to InvestigateWest today?

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As a reader of InvestigateWest, you’ve come to depend on us for in-depth, investigative reporting that you can’t find an...
11/29/2022

As a reader of InvestigateWest, you’ve come to depend on us for in-depth, investigative reporting that you can’t find anywhere else. And, as a nonprofit, we depend on supporters like you to make this work possible. Will you consider making a donation to InvestigateWest today, in honor of ?

From now until December 31, NewsMatch and a generous local donor will match your new monthly donation 12 times or double your one-time gift, up to $1,000. Just think of the impact that could have — not just in our newsroom, but across the Pacific Northwest.

Donate here: https://www.invw.org/donate/

Oregon will be the first state in the nation to enshrine the right to affordable health care in its constitution. Suppor...
11/23/2022
Oregon will be the first state to make affordable health care a constitutional right - InvestigateWest

Oregon will be the first state in the nation to enshrine the right to affordable health care in its constitution. Supporters of the measure say Oregon is a national leader in health care and a constitutional amendment is a next logical step to protect and expand health care access. http://bit.ly/3TO3nci

By Ben Botkin, Oregon Capital Chronicle, November 15, 2022 Oregon will be the first state...

The need for food assistance is at a near-record high in Oregon, and food bank managers are sounding the alarms about ri...
11/22/2022
Oregon food banks forced to tighten belts as hunger swells across the state - InvestigateWest

The need for food assistance is at a near-record high in Oregon, and food bank managers are sounding the alarms about rising hunger across the state. Local and regional food managers said they see no signs of the demand abating in the coming months, and at least one said the food pantry she manages has been forced to shrink the amount of food they provide because of rising prices and soaring demand. https://www.invw.org/2022/11/21/oregon-food-banks-forced-to-tighten-belts-as-hunger-swells-across-the-state/

Rising prices and soaring demand show no sign of subsiding By Kaylee Tornay / InvestigateWest...

11/18/2022

Two more rural Oregon counties are in line to approve ballot measures showing their support for becoming a part of Idaho. http://bit.ly/3UMuKEs

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WATCH: Today we joined The Center for Public Integrity, Columbia Journalism Investigations, and InvestigateWest to discuss the making of Harm's Way, a multi-part climate investigation. We discussed:
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The collateral damage left behind is far more extensive than previously reported, InvestigateWest has found. The Mukilteo-based company owes an estimated $35 million to employees, consultants, governments, investors and partner companies.
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Reporting from InvestigateWest and new report from WA State Office of Developmental Disabilities Ombuds.
Officials from both large urban school districts and rural districts across the Pacific Northwest report ongoing challenges hiring a variety of essential staff, from bus drivers to teachers. http://ow.ly/hGRs50KuM1T Crosscut InvestigateWest
Officials from both large urban school districts and rural districts across the Pacific Northwest report ongoing challenges hiring a variety of essential staff, from bus drivers to teachers. http://ow.ly/hGRs50KuM1T Crosscut InvestigateWest
Thank you Grist.org and InvestigateWest for this thorough article on plastic pollution in the Northwest. We're excited to continue engaging in the Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol so our cleanups have a twofold purpose: Get trash out of our waterways right now, and research where plastic trash is coming from in the first place.

We have to know where to look if we're going to turn off the plastics tap!

(Photo by Dan DeLong / InvestigateWest)
An InvestigateWest investigation has found that once Washington students are sent to many nonpublic agencies, state school officials know little about how often these private facilities use physical force to restrain students or isolate them. http://ow.ly/Ltk850JG06N Crosscut
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For years, many foster kids in Washington with nowhere else to go have been put up in hotels, crammed into offices overnight, or sent out of the state. The practices have been lambasted by lawmakers and advocates, and they sparked a class-action lawsuit last year.

The state reached a settlement last week in that lawsuit — brought on by Disability Rights Washington and three young people who themselves were in . In the settlement, the state agreed to implement new programs or bolster existing ones in the hopes of ending hotel or office stays. http://ow.ly/3FL650JzuMp InvestigateWest Crosscut Treehouse
InvestigateWest: In contrast to nonprofits that operate their own thrift stores, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill, Value Village is a private equity company and, unlike those nonprofits, does not disclose revenue or the share of profits benefiting charity.
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