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Amy Radil

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Year started with KUOW: 2005

Amy Radil joined KUOW as a reporter covering politics and government in 2005. She got her start in radio as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio from 1997 to 2000. She then freelanced for four years from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, contributing primarily to two public radio programs, The World and Marketplace. Amy graduated from Williams College in 1994 and received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997.

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Tuesday’s primary results show state senator Pramila Jayapal  in the lead for the 7th Congressional District seat. That’s the seat being vacated by longtime representative Jim McDermott.

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Chris P. works full-time for Uber in Seattle, including long shifts on the weekends. The rest of the week, he’s a stay-at-home dad. He likes the job, but he hopes a union could get him more stability. 

From left to right, Pramila Jayapal, Joe McDermott and Brady Walkinshaw at 7th Congression District debate in July.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

National media have called it a race to see who can be the most liberal.

It’s the contest to replace longtime Congressman Jim McDermott in Washington’s 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Seattle and parts of Snohomish County.

The race is on the ballot in the Aug. 2 primary.


George Ahearn and Beau Richards both work in downtown Bothell and say the fire there has left them with many questions.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

The employees of Bothell’s many small businesses watched the firefighting efforts Friday, while waiting for access to their buildings or for power to be turned back on.

Marcelle Allen: “We’re on Main Street in Bothell and people love this area and it’s really sad.”

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Campaign finance reform. Climate action. And racial justice.

Those are the issues that Joe McDermott, Brady Walkinshaw and Pramila Jayapal say would lead them to stage their own sit-ins on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

They are the top contenders seeking to replace retiring congressman Jim McDermott in the 7th Congressional District, which includes part of Seattle.


King County elections director Julie Wise. There will be 43 drop boxes around the county by the November election.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

August primary ballots are in the mail. King County officials say they hope to increase participation by installing dozens of new ballot dropboxes for this election.


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray smiles as he addresses a news conference on a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Seattle.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he’s committed to creating more power and independence for the civilian oversight of the police department. He hopes to advance legislation in the next several weeks, pending approval from a federal judge.


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Last Friday the Seattle mayor’s office issued a statement saying that two key people serving as watchdogs over the city’s police force would not be reappointed. That’s the city’s investigator of police misconduct, Pierce Murphy, and his office’s independent auditor, Anne Levinson.

Mary Champine, left, adds her signature to a petition in Washington state (file photo).
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Signatures are due this Friday for November ballot measures in Washington state. But a shortage of signature gatherers has made this year’s efforts especially frantic.

Professional signature-gatherers often migrate here after California’s deadline is finished. But California extended its deadline this year, so the workforce showed up later.  

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray smiles as he addresses a news conference on a proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Seattle.
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The long holiday weekend was marked by uncertainty for Seattle’s police oversight officials. On Friday, Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement saying the city will be seeking new candidates to lead oversight of the Seattle Police Department. He thanked the city’s two lead officials “for their service.”

These officials say the turmoil shows precisely why their jobs need to be protected from political influence.


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Oh, boy. Some Washington state Republicans are not digging the Donald. 

Like Chris Vance, a Republican running for U.S. Senate. 

“At some point, you have to say, 'My party may not always be right,'" Vance said. "And I have to follow my conscience and my principles. There is no honor out there right now in this idea of, ‘No matter who we nominate we have to fall in line.’ I can’t do it and I won’t do it.”


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has condemned the leak of contract details between the city and the police officers' guild. Meanwhile Seattle’s Community Police Commission says it’s premature to judge that deal. 


A marijuana collective on Aurora Avenue North, where there are several medical marijuana dispensaries within a few blocks. The deadline for medical marijuana storefronts to meet state regulations is July 1.
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Along certain stretches of highway in Washington state are green crosses painted on a white background.

These crosses signal a medical marijuana dispensary nearby.

An artist's rendering of the proposed new North Precinct station for the Seattle Police Department.
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An expensive bunker for police. That’s the view of nearly a dozen people who criticized plans for Seattle’s new North Precinct building at a Seattle City Council meeting on Wednesday.

The proposed $160 million building includes a public plaza and space for community meetings, along with a gym, firing range and parking garage.

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A group hoping to buy the public radio station KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University announced Thursday that it’s raised the money to do so.

General manager Joey Cohn delivered the news on-air with supporters cheering in the background. Reaching the $7 million goal paves the way for the group Friends of 88.5 FM to enter negotiations with PLU. If they reach a sale agreement, the previous offer from KUOW will be terminated.

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The campaign to replace retiring Congressman Jim McDermott is getting off the ground in Seattle. Most of the candidates for the seat held their first debate Wednesday at the University of Washington.


Marijuana plants growing at Seattle's first legal pot farm, Sea of Green.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking steps to address high levels of pesticides found in some legal marijuana samples. But the agency does not currently require testing for pesticides. Growers say for now, it’s up to consumers to seek that information.

Donald Trump, gay icon?!

May 20, 2016
Supporters wearing Gays for Trump shirts at a rally for presidential frontronner Donald Trump rally in Lynden, Washington, on Saturday, May 7.
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Donald Trump, gay icon?

For Keian Dayani of Seattle, totally. Dayani is a 29-year-old pharmacist, a Christian of Iranian descent.

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The campaign finance records collected by Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission haven’t always been easy to access. But the agency’s new director, Evelyn Fielding Lopez, says citizens need that information, and she has some interesting ideas on how to get it to them.  

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Residents of Lynden, Washington, were surprised that presidential candidate Donald Trump was coming to their small town near the Canadian border.

Now Trump’s campaign has offered an explanation -- and it has nothing to do with border security or any other issue Trump plans to talk about.

Debbi LerMond and other Trump supporters wave signs at an intersection in Duvall.  She says so many people flip them off that she calls this "bird-watching."
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Debbi LerMond calls it "bird-watching" – a reference to some of the hand signals she gets from drivers who pass by as she waves signs for Donald Trump near her home in Duvall, Washington.

But there's satisfaction -- and relief -- for LerMond and fellow Trump supporters in knowing that their candidate is the apparent Republican nominee, now that his remaining competitors have dropped out.

Kerry French at American Lake in Lakewood. She's campaigning for Sen. Ted Cruz in Pierce County.
KUOW PHOTO/Amy Radil

Overnight, Washington Republicans have had to change gears.

Tuesday they were preparing to welcome candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich at presidential campaign rallies and events in the state. 

Now with those candidates out of the race, they’re deciding whether they want to support Donald Trump, the party's apparent nominee, or anyone at all.

The groups facing off on the proposed ballot measure are Just Want Privacy and Washington Won't Discriminate.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

A group in Washington state wants to force transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their biological sex.

A flyer from the Northwest Accountability Project carries this awkward photo of Tom McCabe, CEO of the Freedom Foundation, which does work to undermine unions.
Flyer from Northwest Accountablity Project

Late last year, some Washington residents received a flyer that looked leftover from election season.

It featured unflattering photos of someone named Tom McCabe and accused him of embracing “right-wing extremism.” But he wasn’t running for office.

BMW's all-electric i3 is one of the vehicles being offered by the company's new ReachNow car-sharing service.
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The carmaker BMW has made Seattle the launching pad for a new car-sharing service called ReachNow. It’s similar to Car2Go, and the city could allow still more companies to enter the market.

As KUOW’s Amy Radil reports, ReachNow says it plans other services as well. 

Kerry French at American Lake in Lakewood. She's campaigning for Sen. Ted Cruz in Pierce County.
KUOW PHOTO/Amy Radil

Kerry French, a Republican leader in Pierce County, campaigns for Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate, with a smart phone app.

Users earn “points” as they give information and get the word out. First comes a brief survey, which French demonstrated at a park in Lakewood, near her desk job at Camp Murray. 

“Would you describe yourself as evangelical? Yes. If I had to choose I’d probably say Tea Party-ish. Although Tea Party values are in our platform. So, Libertarian? Maybe a little.”

Susan Lee Rahr, executive director of the Wash. State Criminal Justice Training Commission and a member of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, being sworn in May 19, 2015, to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing.
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In 2014, Sue Rahr was plucked from her job running the state’s police training commission to serve on the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. It allowed her to bring her new approach to police training before a national audience.

She said she felt like a kid getting promoted to the grownups’ table.  

Officer Stephanie Schendel asks the Whole Foods employee what the shoplifters stole.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

We met Bellevue Officer Stephanie Schendel last year, as she made her way through the Washington state police academy

Precinct volunteers count caucus votes at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Seattle on Saturday, March 26. Democrats turned out across the state to support Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton by a wide margin Saturday in Washington state's Democratic caucuses, according to party results.

Niah, April and Jasmyne Sims pose outside Safeco Field before the Bernie Sanders rally Friday in Seattle.
KUOW photo/John O'Brien

Bernie Sanders hit familiar themes in his ballpark appearance in Seattle Friday.

The presidential candidate spoke to thousands of people at his second Seattle appearance in less than a week. People lined up outside Safeco Field hours ahead of the rally.

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