politics http://kuow.org en 'The Best Music Is A Blank Slate': Charles R. Cross On Knowing Too Much About Musicians http://kuow.org/post/best-music-blank-slate-charles-r-cross-knowing-too-much-about-musicians <p>Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle-based music writer and critic <a href="http://charlesrcross.com/">Charles R. Cross</a> about why it's almost always better to know less about a musician's personal life and political views. The Puyallup Tribe announced they're <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/07/24/3302220/tacoma-casino-bows-to-public-pressure.html?sp=/99/289/&amp;ihp=1">canceling rock musician Ted Nugent's shows </a>at the Emerald Queen Casino, saying comments Nugent recently made about President Obama helped push them to cancel the shows. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:32:10 +0000 Jeannie Yandel 38959 at http://kuow.org 'The Best Music Is A Blank Slate': Charles R. Cross On Knowing Too Much About Musicians Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative http://kuow.org/post/oregonians-will-vote-gmo-labeling-initiative <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314CL_kaushik_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients <a href="http://egov.sos.state.or.us/elec/web_irr_search.record_detail?p_reference=20140044..ASCYYY">qualified for the November ballot</a> Wednesday.<p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:50:38 +0000 Chris Lehman 38865 at http://kuow.org Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border http://kuow.org/post/texas-deploy-national-guard-mexico-border Governor Rick Perry <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19925/" target="_blank">has decided</a> to send the National Guard to Texas&#8217;s southern border with Mexico to deter criminals he and other Republican leaders say are exploiting children and families entering the U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:26:40 +0000 editor 38756 at http://kuow.org Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted http://kuow.org/post/half-texas-abortion-clinics-close-after-restrictions-enacted In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.<p>Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:01:00 +0000 editor 38505 at http://kuow.org Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union? http://kuow.org/post/it-time-washington-leave-union <p>David Hyde talks with anthropologist Chris Roth about Cascadia Now!, which advocates for British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to secede and form an independent nation. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:27:14 +0000 David Hyde & Matthew Streib 38386 at http://kuow.org Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union? Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize? http://kuow.org/post/government-doing-more-economy-we-realize <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.</span> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:28:50 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38280 at http://kuow.org Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling http://kuow.org/post/yakima-labor-dispute-led-presidential-powers-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062614TB_SCOTUS_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A noteworthy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday about presidential powers stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Washington. The court's ruling <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/26/325801235/in-narrow-ruling-supreme-court-invalidates-3-obama-appoinmtments">narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments</a> when the Senate is not in session.<p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:49:56 +0000 Tom Banse 37204 at http://kuow.org Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? http://kuow.org/post/will-mississippis-black-democrats-save-republican It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.<p>Then again, maybe they won't. A big unknown on the morning of the election is just how many African-American Democrats might actually visit polling places across party lines to vote for Sen. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Frank James 36947 at http://kuow.org Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican? Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot http://kuow.org/post/public-funding-elections-could-be-seattles-fall-ballot <div><p></p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">KUOW's David Hyde discusses the politics of proposed&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">public funding for elections in Seattle with&nbsp;Publicola's&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Erica C. Barnett. </span> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:35:07 +0000 David Hyde 36382 at http://kuow.org Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race? http://kuow.org/post/why-do-polls-show-dramatically-different-results-senate-race <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/two-polls2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race.&#160;<p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:32:58 +0000 Chris Lehman 36339 at http://kuow.org Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race? Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position http://kuow.org/post/northwest-lawmakers-likely-not-running-house-majority-position <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/cantor-replacement_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The surprising upset Tuesday for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.<p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:32:48 +0000 Chris Lehman 36338 at http://kuow.org Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington? http://kuow.org/post/what-does-house-majority-leader-cantors-defeat-mean-washington <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state political consultant Randy Pepple about his take on the impact that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat will have on Washington state and the Republican party at large. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:13:40 +0000 Marcie Sillman & Hannah Burn 36225 at http://kuow.org What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington? How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture http://kuow.org/post/how-soviet-kitchens-became-hotbeds-dissent-and-culture When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/20/314054405/how-russias-shared-kitchens-helped-shape-soviet-politics">sharing one kitchen</a> and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.<p>"People wanted to live in their own apartment," says Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:22:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 35241 at http://kuow.org How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges http://kuow.org/post/year-after-skagit-bridge-collapse-little-done-improve-bridges <p></p><p></p><p>On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed. Fri, 23 May 2014 17:05:26 +0000 Jason Alcorn & InvestigateWest 35081 at http://kuow.org Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges Carfax For Candidates? Nonprofit Offers Politician Background Checks http://kuow.org/post/carfax-candidates-non-profit-offers-politician-background-checks <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/051614AJ_PoliticianCarfax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.<p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:19:27 +0000 Austin Jenkins 34720 at http://kuow.org