Joseph O'Sullivan, The Columbian

Joseph O'Sullivan

The Columbian

Olympia, WA, United States

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Past articles by Joe:

With moratorium on utility shut-offs ending soon, Washington officials urge customers to make a plan

OLYMPIA — Washington officials are urging people who are behind on water and energy bills to check in with their utility companies before the state’s temporary moratorium on service shut-offs ends next month. → Read More

Inslee extends eviction ban in Washington through Sept. 30 to give more time for COVID-19 aid to help

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced an extension of the ban on evictions through Sept. 30 in an effort to help Washington tenants navigate the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

Inslee: Washington has entered its fourth wave of COVID-19

OLYMPIA — Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases continue to rise, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. → Read More

Police in Washington who see fellow officer using excessive force must intervene, Legislature says

OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature on Tuesday passed a bill to require law enforcement officers to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force in an encounter. → Read More

Washington state suspends rollout of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine as feds review clotting

Washington state on Tuesday paused the administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine doses in Washington state. → Read More

Inslee signs bill restoring voting rights to Washingtonians with felonies upon release from prison

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a bill restoring the right to vote for Washingtonians convicted of felonies automatically upon their release from incarceration. → Read More

All Washingtonians 16 and up will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting April 15

In a striking change, Washington will switch from its staggered approach for COVID-19 vaccinations on April 15, when all 6.2 million residents over 16 will become eligible. The federal government has signaled that vaccine supply will keep increasing. → Read More

Washington state restaurant staff included in expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Washington state is changing its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility terms to allow for 2 million more people to receive doses. The state will also allow the resumption of indoors, in-person visits to long-term care facilities. → Read More

Washington Gov. Inslee to require K-12 schools to offer some in-person learning as part of COVID-19 recovery

Gov. Jay Inslee says he will issue an emergency proclamation that essentially requires schools to offer at least some form of in-school instruction. He has expressed increasing frustration that some Washington public schools remain online only. → Read More

Gov. Inslee: Law enforcement, firefighters, grocery workers to get COVID-19 vaccine in March

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced new timelines for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, with law enforcement, firefighters and grocery workers being eligible around March 22. → Read More

Organizer cancels planned protests over access to Washington state’s shuttered Capitol

The organizer of planned daily demonstrations at the Washington state Capitol to protest a lack of access to the upcoming remote legislative session has announced he is canceling the event. → Read More

Inslee: Washington state to receive 40% fewer COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Gov. Jay Inslee called the news from the CDC “disruptive and frustrating,” adding, "We need accurate, predictable numbers to plan and ensure on-the-ground success" for coronavirus vaccinations. → Read More

Here’s how King, Snohomish and Thurston counties plan to keep voting secure in the November election

King County is expecting record voter turnout, Elections Director Julie Wise said as her department sends out some 1.4 million ballots on Wednesday. She asked for voters to return their ballots early to help speed counting. → Read More

Hard decisions in Olympia amid COVID-19 crisis for winners of this year’s Legislature races

The new Legislature will have to tackle an $8.8-billion projected budget shortfall through 2023. → Read More

Inslee appoints task force on race, policing and use of force

OLYMPIA — Two dozen community leaders, law enforcement representatives and others will work together to draft recommendations on how to better conduct independent investigations of use of force by law enforcement. → Read More

First Washington prisoner dies of new coronavirus

As of Thursday, there have been 129 confirmed COVID-19 cases at the prison, according to DOC. → Read More

Inslee: As stockpile improves, more medical protective gear available to guard against coronavirus

Washington has gathered enough medical protective gear to guard against the new coronavirus to enable state officials to share the equipment more widely, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday. → Read More

Washington’s new comprehensive sex education law could go to the ballot box as a referendum

The law has drawn fierce opposition from conservatives, who raised questions about the content of sex education curriculum and called the measure a state mandate imposed upon local school districts. → Read More

Washington houses of worship allowed to hold services under Inslee’s coronavirus guidance plan

The guidelines will allow up to 100 people -- excluding religious staff -- to meet outdoors at the property of a faith group. → Read More

Live: Gov. Inslee extends Washington state’s coronavirus stay-home order through end of May 4

Since announcing the original stay-home order on March 23, Gov. Jay Inlsee has made a handful of clarifications that re-opened some activities. Still, the extending of the stay-home order until May 4 means thousands of businesses will remain closed as... → Read More