Blaine Stum

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Blaine Stum is a 30-something-year-old native of the Spokane area who was raised in Spokane Valley. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor's degree in political science. He works in the local political arena and has been involved in LGBT non-profit work for several years.

Why I Support a $15 Minimum Wage

All told, research indicates that increasing the minimum wage has no impact on employment or hours, does not lead to labor substitution (replacing "low skilled" workers with "high skilled" workers) and has a small impact on business operating costs and consumer prices while decreasing turnover, increasing productivity and lifting low wage workers out of poverty.

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The hate that never left

To many, these seem like "isolated incidents" from fringe groups that don't warrant our attention, but to the communities being targeted, they are another reminder that hate lurks everywhere, and violence is only a neighbor away.

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