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May is Food Allergy Action Month and May 10-16 is Allergen Awareness Week.

We work to ensure that consumers have accurate, complete, and informative labels on the food that they buy. Food allergies are a top concern for us from a food safety perspective because while some allergies are just irritating, approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year to get treated for allergic reactions to food. Read our latest blog on how to protect yourself from food allergies.  Also check out our posts this week for more on allergens and how to protect yourself…

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8 Common Allergens:Milk, Soy, Wheat, Eggs, Shellfish, Fish, Peanuts, and Tree Nuts

Republicans who will retire


by Jaxon

There’s no place for racism in this day and age — especially not in our State Capitol.

Yet on Februrary 26th, at a meeting of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, State Senator Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside said: “The poor are more likely to commit crimes, and colored most likely to be poor.”

Later he doubled down on his offensive language, clarifying “that’s not just the negro.”1

Can you believe it? Not only is this language incredibly offensive, it’s spreading the worst stereotypes about people of color.

And here’s the irony: People of color make up the majority of Jim Honeyford’s district. With attitudes like these, how can he truly understand and fight for the people he’s supposed to represent?

While voters across the state immediately demanded that Honeyford leave office, his Republican leadership remained silent. Not a peep.

Even worse, instead of proving that there is no room for the attitudes of Jim Honeyford in their party, Republicans turned and blocked a vote on the state Voting Rights Act THE VERY NEXT DAY. This simple bill is targeted to address unfair aspects of our elections system — breaking the stereotypes and ignorance perpetuated by people like Jim Honeyford.

Republicans need to understand that it’s 2015, not 1965, and they cannot condone this behavior within their party.

Join us in demanding Republican Majority Leader Mark Schoesler and State Senate leadership ask Senator Jim Honeyford to step down.

These students were in Olympia on Friday to call for Jim Honeyford to resign

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of the Selma march, where 600 brave souls risked their lives and marched for the right to vote.

While we celebrate how far we’ve come, we are reminded by Republican leaders how far we still have to go.

The Yakima Valley – and our state – deserve better. It’s time to open the door to a new generation of leadership.

Send a message to Senate Republicans. Add your name and tell them to call for Jim Honeyford to resign today.

In solidarity,


the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 5/11 ~~ the House


The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business with senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.

At 5:00pm, there will be up to 30 minutes of debate prior to a roll call vote on adoption of S.Con.Res.16, stating the policy of the U.S. regarding the release of U.S. citizens in Iran. If all time is used, the vote would occur at approximately 5:30pm.


Roll Call Votes

  1. Adoption of S.Con.Res.16 (policy on release of United States citizens in Iran); adopted: 90-0.

Legislative Business

Passed Calendar #67, S.136: Gold Star Fathers Act of 2015

Passed Calendar #69, S.179 and Calendar #70, S.994, en bloc: postal naming bills

Passed Calendar #71, H.R.651, postal naming

Adopted S.Res.177, National Police Week

Executive Business


Last Floor Action: 5/8
11:07:45 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 4(b) of H. Res. 223.

The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on May 12, 2015 for Morning-Hour Debate.