State's only blind lawmaker champions kids' health care

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In this Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 photo, Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, holds his folded cane as he takes the arm of a legislative assistant as they leave a committee hearing in Olympia, Wash. While Habib sometimes uses his walking cane around the Capitol, he often shuttles from hearings to the House floor hooked to the arm of a staff member or colleague - sometimes a Republican. He said it was one of the misunderstood benefits of his blindness, allowing people of different perspectives to come together and discuss issues. "I take the opportunity to walk with them," Habib said. "That creates a bond and reminds us that we're really all going to the same place." (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)