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    Secretary of State Wyman testifies before a House committee on her bill to move Washington’s Presidential Primary from May to March.  It’s time for Washington to move its Presidential Primary earlier in the year so the state has a more relevant role in choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees, Secretary of State Kim Wyman told a House panel. Wyman testified Wednesday afternoon before the House State Government, Elections and Information Technology Committee on Senate Bill 5333, a bipartisan proposal prime-sponsored…

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    U.S. Rep. Jennifer Dunn making an appearance on “Meet The Press” in 1998. (Photos courtesy Legacy Washington) They belonged to opposing political parties and represented different parts of our state. They served only two years together (1993-94) in the U.S. House of Representatives. But Jennifer Dunn and Jolene Unsoeld shared something in common. Each one, in her own way, influenced Washington’s political landscape before even taking office in Congress. In 1981, Dunn became the first female chair of the Washington…

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    Gov. Clarence Martin signs a bill into law in 1939 as Secretary of State Belle Reeves (seated on left) and female legislators watch. (Photo courtesy of Washington State Digital Archives) We’ve reached that point of the legislative session when Gov. Jay Inslee starts signing bills into law. In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re sharing a Washington State Digital Archives photograph from 1939 that depicts a bill-signing ceremony. This shot shows Gov. Clarence Martin signing into law House Bill 300,…

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    Civil rights pioneer Lillian Walker (Photos courtesy of Legacy Washington) March is Women’s History Month, and you don’t have to look far to find amazing and in-depth stories about notable Washington women who have left their mark. We’re proud that our Legacy Washington team has produced several outstanding biographies and oral histories on women who were trailblazers in one way or another. We’re remembering two pioneering women, one in civil rights, the other in space exploration. Long before Martin Luther…

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    You might think the Washington State Library primarily serves as a great place to access rare books or collections about our state or the Northwest that usually are unavailable elsewhere. But the State Library, located in Tumwater, also benefits many communities throughout Washington. It’s the only agency in Washington that is specifically designated by law to assist libraries and to ensure that Washington residents have access to library and information services. The State Library achieves these goals by using federal…

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