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In blue Washington state, demand for inauguration tickets is down

Washington state Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell has received more than 500 requests for tickets. “Compared to 2013, we’ve received half the amount of overall ticket requests, and it is just a third of the total amount of requests we received for Obama’s inauguration in 2009,” said Bryan Watt, Cantwell’s spokesman. More than half of the people who requested tickets before the election have canceled.

Business

IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact

The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump's policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump's protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be "quite destructive" for the global economy.

National Politics

DeVos to face questions over schools, conservative activism

Charter school advocate Betsy DeVos is widely expected to push for expanding school choice programs if confirmed as education secretary, prompting pushback from teachers unions. But Democrats and activists also are raising concerns about how her conservative Christian beliefs and advocacy for family values might impact minority and LGBT students.

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Preparations underway for the 2017 Inaugural Ball in Olympia

A work crew from the Fife-based Cort Party Rental raise the sea of tent awnings between the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice as preparations continue Jan. 8th for the 2017 Inaugural Ball to be held Jan. 11th on the Capitol campus in Olympia.
Steve Bloom sbloom@theolympian.com
Preparations underway for the 2017 Inaugural Ball in Olympia 1:16

Preparations underway for the 2017 Inaugural Ball in Olympia

Phil Fortunato appointed senator by King and Pierce councils 1:35

Phil Fortunato appointed senator by King and Pierce councils

Two new faces join Thurston County Commissioners office 2:45

Two new faces join Thurston County Commissioners office

Thurston County Commissioners take oath of office 2:08

Thurston County Commissioners take oath of office