state legislature http://kuow.org en How State Senator Adam Kline's Life And Career Was Shaped By The Civil Rights Movement http://kuow.org/post/how-state-senator-adam-klines-life-and-career-was-shaped-civil-rights-movement <p>David Hyde talks with State Senator <a href="http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/kline/">Adam Kline</a> about how the civil rights movement shaped his life and political career. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:44:19 +0000 David Hyde & Andy Hurst 26803 at http://kuow.org How State Senator Adam Kline's Life And Career Was Shaped By The Civil Rights Movement Democrats Choose Rep. Jaime Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray http://kuow.org/post/democrats-choose-rep-jaime-pedersen-replace-sen-ed-murray <p><strong>UPDATE 12/03/13 10 p.m. PT:</strong></p><p>As expected, Democratic Party activists chose state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to replace Ed Murray in the state Senate.</p><p>Pedersen was the only candidate in the running. He vowed to work to regain the Democratic majority in the Senate and to find new revenue for essential programs.</p><p>Pedersen's move to the Senate put his House seat up for grabs.</p><p>Three candidates competed for Pedersen's position. Last night, party activists endorsed Brady Walkinshaw, a program manager at the Gates Foundation and a newcomer to electoral politics.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 23:11:06 +0000 Deborah Wang 24852 at http://kuow.org Democrats Choose Rep. Jaime Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray Proposed Bill Would Enhance Religous Freedom Protections http://kuow.org/post/proposed-bill-would-enhance-religous-freedom-protections <p></p><p>Are Washingtonians forced by state government to act against their religious beliefs?</p><p>Last year, a Richland florist refused to provide flowers for a gay customer’s wedding. As a result, that florist is currently being sued by the state of Washington. When some Washington pharmacists felt they shouldn’t have to provide the morning-after pill to customers, the state pharmacy board jumped in.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, Spokane Valley state Senator <a href="http://mikepadden.src.wastateleg.org/">Mike Padden</a> is drawing up a bill that would limit the state from compelling citizens to act against their religious beliefs. The senator talked with Ross Reynolds. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:11:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds 20233 at http://kuow.org Proposed Bill Would Enhance Religous Freedom Protections State Transportation Plan, And Junk Foods We've Loved http://kuow.org/post/state-transportation-plan-and-junk-foods-weve-loved <p><strong>State Lawmakers Move On Transportation Package</strong><br>When state lawmakers adjourned in June, they left a $10 billion transportation package on the table. Now, Senate leaders have announced they’ll hold public hearings in the fall on the state’s transportation priorities and how to pay for them. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield joins us with details.</p><p><strong>Junk Foods We Have Loved</strong><br>Admit it – as healthy as we may try to be, we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to food. Food writers and co-hosts of the <a href="http://www.spilledmilkpodcast.com/"><em>Spilled Milk </em></a>podcast, Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton, join us to talk favorite junk foods and fess up to their cravings. What are yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org">weekday@kuow.org</a>. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 18337 at http://kuow.org State Transportation Plan, And Junk Foods We've Loved Seattle Leaders Want Transportation Package Approved http://kuow.org/post/seattle-leaders-want-transportation-package-approved <p>Seattle area leaders gathered Friday to urge state lawmakers to pass the transportation budget before the end of the legislative session.</p><p>King County Executive Dow Constantine said a new transportation budget is long overdue. He added that the state’s transit health and economic vitality depends on it. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 23:54:27 +0000 Meghan Walker 15790 at http://kuow.org This Week In Olympia With Austin Jenkins http://kuow.org/post/week-olympia-austin-jenkins <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the latest legislative action on education, environment, guns and the death penalty.</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:53:54 +0000 Producer 9452 at http://kuow.org The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News http://kuow.org/post/state-state-politics-austin-jenkins-breaks-down-weeks-news <p></p><p>Drug-testing welfare recipients, Governor Inslee’s jobs package, the gun control debate, and extending the waiting period for divorce are just some of the topics that have been discussed by lawmakers in Olympia this week. Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent <a href="http://nwpr.org/people/austin-jenkins">Austin Jenkin</a>s about the state of things in the state capital. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:08:07 +0000 Producer 8296 at http://kuow.org The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News Battle Over K-12 Education In Washington State http://kuow.org/post/battle-over-k-12-education-washington-state <p>Yesterday Ross talked to the Republican Senate chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education committee. Today he follows up with Democratic State Senator Rosemary McAuliffe.&nbsp;How do Republicans and Democrats differ in their goals and strategies for improving state education?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 20:00:00 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7724 at http://kuow.org Battle Over K-12 Education In Washington State Will Olympia Figure Out How To Fund K-12 Education? http://kuow.org/post/will-olympia-figure-out-how-fund-k-12-education <p>Washington state is under a state Supreme Court mandate to adequately fund K-12 education. But Democrats and Republican disagree over increasing funding versus guaranteeing the money is used well. Ross Reynolds talks with Republican State Senator Steve Litzow who chairs the Early Learning and K-12 Education committee about what is being done to fund K-12 education.</p><p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:04:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds 7660 at http://kuow.org Will Olympia Figure Out How To Fund K-12 Education? Nancy Pearl Recommends Self-Help Books http://kuow.org/post/nancy-pearl-recommends-self-help-books <p></p><p></p><div>What makes a good self-help book? Book commentator and author <a href="http://nancypearl.com">Nancy Pearl</a> joins us to think about it. Her favorite is “The Dance of Anger” by Harriet Lerner. What's yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email <a href="http://weekday@kuow.org">weekday@kuow.or</a><a href="http://weekday@kuow.org">g</a>.<br> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6269 at http://kuow.org Nancy Pearl Recommends Self-Help Books Lack of Transparency In State Legislature http://kuow.org/post/does-olympia-lack-transparency <p></p><div>Last session, Washington state legislators introduced some "title only" bills into committee — essentially blank legislation with the details to be filled in later. They also held hearings on some bills with only two hours public notice, violating the intent of their own rules. Jason Mercier of the <a href="http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/research/open-government/new">Washington Policy Center</a> tells us why he wants to see more accountability in Olympia through greater legislative transparency.</div><div> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 6042 at http://kuow.org Your Take On The News http://kuow.org/post/your-take-news-8 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/politicsnorthwest/author/jbalter/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Joni Balter</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://elisanders.net/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Eli Sanders</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span><a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Knute Berger</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">. The state legislature doesn't convene until next month, but Olympia was the center of attention this week as a two Democrats joined with minority Republicans to take power in the senate. What stories caught your attention this week? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">weekday@kuow.org<strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 5037 at http://kuow.org Greendays Gardening: Gifts For Gardeners http://kuow.org/post/greendays-gardening-gifts-gardeners <p></p><p>Looking for a holiday gift for the green thumb in your life? Greg Rabourn and Marty Wingate join us with a few ideas for useful gifts sure to please any gardener.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 4935 at http://kuow.org GOP Coalition Takes Control In State Senate http://kuow.org/post/gop-coalition-takes-control-state-senate <p></p><p>Washington state Democrats won't have sole control of Olympia in the coming legislative session after all. Two Democratic senators announced on Monday that they will caucus with the GOP to give Republicans a 25-24 bipartisan majority in the state senate. We talk with incoming Senate majority leader Rodney Tom of Medina.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Marcie Sillman 4892 at http://kuow.org