Another Step for Coal: Anti-coal initiative will stay off the fall ballot in Whatcom County, where organizers have worked to prevent a coal train and port from coming to town.

Pleading Guilty: Loughner, who allegedly shot Gabrielle Giffords and others, is apparently mentally competent to stand trial.

Fairly Depressing: Fairs across the country have been disrupted by hot weather and drought. Maybe it's time we talk about climate change?

Susan DelBene, Take Note: The Washington Post reports that constant emails asking for money drive donors, voters away.

Puget Sound Traffic: There's a lot going on this weekend, and no reason to drive your car. Here's a helpful place to see roads that are especially screwed.

Mitt Romney Doesn't Know How Things Work: Just another example in an ongoing series expected to last until November.

And there's this: