Olympia http://kuow.org en 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 Not Enough Green For Washington State Parks http://kuow.org/post/not-enough-green-washington-state-parks <p>Marcie Sillman talks with Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield about <a href="http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20131130/NEWS01/711309944/Report-Parks-system-cant-survive-without-taxpayers">a new warning</a> over the financial future of Washington's 100-year-old State Parks system. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 23:44:39 +0000 Marcie Sillman 24781 at http://kuow.org Not Enough Green For Washington State Parks Murder Reveals 'Lord Of The Flies' Street Culture In Washington's Capital http://kuow.org/post/murder-reveals-lord-flies-street-culture-washingtons-capital <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/10/101413AJ_HomelessYouth_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Just a few blocks away from Washington&#8217;s Capitol campus in Olympia you can find a street culture where young adults and teenagers live by their own rules &#8211; sometimes with tragic consequences.<p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 14:52:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 22076 at http://kuow.org Murder Reveals 'Lord Of The Flies' Street Culture In Washington's Capital Olympia Wages Food Fight, Bans Group From Feeding Homeless http://kuow.org/post/olympia-wages-food-fight-bans-group-feeding-homeless <p>Olympia resident Ben Charles, of Crazy Faith Outreach, has been serving food to the homeless in an Olympia parking lot for nearly three years. Now the city has banned the group, citing public safety concerns. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:32 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Christine Streich 21671 at http://kuow.org A Battle Is Brewing In Olympia Over Feeding The Homeless http://kuow.org/post/battle-brewing-olympia-over-feeding-homeless <p>Ben Charles and the Crazy Faith Outreach group have been &nbsp;feeding homeless people in a parking lot in Olympia every Thursday evening. But now city official want them to shut it down. Ross Reynolds talks to Tom Hill, Olympia&rsquo;s building official. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:54:51 +0000 Ross Reynolds 21546 at http://kuow.org Senate Democrats: Embezzlement Of Campaign Funds Might Have Cost Key Race http://kuow.org/post/senate-democrats-embezzlement-campaign-funds-might-have-cost-key-race <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/09/092513AJ_Embezzlement_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington Senate Democrats say the misuse of campaign funds last year may have cost them a key race – and therefore control of the state Senate.<p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:56:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21031 at http://kuow.org Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals http://kuow.org/post/washington-ethics-board-tackles-lobbyist-paid-meals <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/090513AJ_LobbyistMeals_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board is tackling the issue of how often lawmakers can accept meals from lobbyists. The Board spent nearly two hours behind closed doors Thursday discussing a complaint against several lawmakers who dined out regularly with lobbyists last session.<p>The complaint was triggered by our investigation with the Associated Press into lawmakers who accept free meals from lobbyists. Fri, 06 Sep 2013 16:29:13 +0000 Austin Jenkins 19865 at http://kuow.org Washington Ethics Board Tackles Lobbyist-Paid Meals Determined Father Learns The Ropes In Olympia, Gets A Bill Passed http://kuow.org/post/determined-father-learns-ropes-olympia-gets-bill-passed <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/083013AJ_CitizenLobbyist_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process. But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game – with a bit of help.<p>So how does a Microsoft test manager become a citizen lobbyist? Tue, 03 Sep 2013 18:42:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 19634 at http://kuow.org Determined Father Learns The Ropes In Olympia, Gets A Bill Passed Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP http://kuow.org/post/susan-hutchison-named-new-chairwoman-wash-state-gop <p>Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur&nbsp;surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:43:30 +0000 Jamala Henderson 19206 at http://kuow.org Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP The Transportation Package, Letters Written In Wartime And Gardening http://kuow.org/post/transportation-package-letters-written-wartime-and-gardening <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p><strong>Olympia And The 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 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.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Letters Written In Wartime</strong><br>Wartime letters capture a uniquely vivid history not found in text books. They place us in the author’s shoes. Take this quote from a letter written in 1941: “A man just brought us our gas masks. I don’t know why I’m writing this, because if we’re hit with a bomb they won’t find enough of me — let alone this letter. I imagine it’s to show myself that I can be calm under fire.”&nbsp; We experience history by reading the letters of those who lived it.</p><p><br><strong>Greendays Gardening Panel</strong><br>Our gardening panel includes a flower expert, native plant expert and vegetable gardening expert.&nbsp; They’re on hand to answer your gardening questions.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Weekday 18457 at http://kuow.org The Transportation Package, Letters Written In Wartime And Gardening 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 Future Of Wash. State GOP After Kirby Wilbur http://kuow.org/post/future-wash-state-gop-after-kirby-wilbur <p>Kirby Wilbur, the&nbsp;head of the Washington state GOP, resigned on Monday and has left the party struggling to find a new leader. As chair he led the&nbsp;Republicans to take greater control of the state Legislature but lost key races for governor and attorney general. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:07:57 +0000 Lisa Brooks & the conversation with ross reynolds 17633 at http://kuow.org Future Of Wash. State GOP After Kirby Wilbur Olympia Update, Frank Buxton, And What Motivates The Tea Party? http://kuow.org/post/olympia-update-frank-buxton-and-what-motivates-tea-party <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><strong>This (Last) Week In Olympia&nbsp;</strong><br>The 2013 Washington state legislative session draws to a close. Everett Herald reporter and columnist Jerry Cornfield gives us a roundup of what lawmakers did – and did not – achieve in Olympia.</p><p><strong>Working In Television: Frank Buxton Did It All</strong><br>Frank Buxton spent much of his career working in television as an actor, director, writer and producer before moving to Bainbridge Island. He hosted a game show, wrote for “The Odd Couple” and appeared in countless TV commercials. He talks with Katy Sewall about what it was like to work with Woody Allen and travel the world for ABC.</p><p><strong>“Change They Can’t Believe In”</strong><br>The Tea Party has risen in politics over the past few years, bringing conservatism on social issues and economic policy to Washington, DC. They've impacted local and national politics, so what’s their message that’s bringing people together? University of Washington professor Christopher Parker joins us to talk about his new book examining what motivates the Tea Party.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15766 at http://kuow.org Olympia Update, Frank Buxton, And What Motivates The Tea Party? Conversation News Quiz http://kuow.org/post/conversation-news-quiz-14 <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong>Once again, it is the ever popular <em>The </em><em>Conversation </em>news quiz — where one lucky listener gets the chance to demonstrate his or her news knowledge of what we talked about this week on the show. Our winner gets&nbsp;to wear <em>The Conversation</em> Crown for a week on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KUOWconversation?fref=ts">Facebook </a>page.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:59:21 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15767 at http://kuow.org A Budget Deal, Immigration, Understanding Cancer, And Pet Questions Answered http://kuow.org/post/budget-deal-immigration-understanding-cancer-and-pet-questions-answered <p></p><p><strong>Budget Deal In Olympia</strong><br>Everett Herald columnist and Weekday’s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers.<br>&nbsp;<br><strong>Immigration Deal In DC</strong><br>Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.</p><p><strong>Rethinking How We Study Cancer</strong><br>A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter <a href="http://carlzimmer.com/">Carl Zimmer</a> explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.</p><p><strong>Pet Questions Answered</strong><br>Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).&nbsp; Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?&nbsp;&nbsp; Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday 15709 at http://kuow.org A Budget Deal, Immigration, Understanding Cancer, And Pet Questions Answered