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Public Records Requests: How Big Is Too Big?

Feb 13, 2015

Ross Reynolds speaks with Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government, about the possible impact of a large public records request from local computer programmer Tim Cleman, who asked the email communication from every state agency. 

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has told Clemans his request was too broad and state agencies do not have to act on it.

File photo of the Port of Seattle.
Courtesy of the Port of Seattle

Ross Reynolds talks with Peter Tirschwell about how the ongoing labor dispute between longshoremen and west coast port operators could drive away business from the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Tirschwell is chief content officer for The Journal of Commerce.

A study says that iPhone's Siri program -- which can be used without hands or eyes -- is a huge distraction for drivers.
Flickr Photo/Elizabeth Press (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to Dr. Beth Ebel, physician at Harborview Medical Center and former director of the Harborview Injury Prevention Center. She explains why she supports the Washington Senate bill that would expand the current distracted driving laws to include a ban of all use of a handheld device while driving. 

Drain stencil, Broadview neighborhood in northwest Seattle.  Part of an effort by Seattle Public Utilities and creek advocates to protect water quality in the urban streams.
KUOW Photo/Alan Lande

Marcie Sillman talks with Jen McIntyre, a stormwater researcher at Washington State University, about how polluted stormwater is affecting our marine life. 

Demonstrators in Seattle form a human chain around City Hall in support of a $15 minimum wage in April 2014.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien about the potential impact of the $15 minimum wage on Seattle's manufacturing sector.

Charles Corey of the University of Washington plays the chromelodeon, one of 57 instruments that composer Harry Partch created for his music.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

The door to room 5 at the University of Washington School of Music is solid wood, nothing to distinguish it from other classrooms.

But inside this cramped space is a collection of unusual instruments, handcrafted to play one man’s music.

Marcie Sillman talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's Supreme Court ruling to allow the Death With Dignity law.

Barack Obama in Virginia, 8/2/2012
Flickr Photo/Barack Obama (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with U.S Congressman Jim McDermott about a new resolution from President Obama which seeks authorization to use military force against ISIS.

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, about his proposal to offer the federal minimum wage as opposed to the higher state minimum wage for newly employed teens working in the summer months.

File photo of Seattle Police at Greenwood Parade in 2008.
Flickr Photo/Natalie Wilkie (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Sue Rahr, executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about a  police training program called Blue Courage. Rahr hopes this program will be a step toward changing police culture.

law court crime
Flickr Photo/Joe Gratz (CC BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Judge Veronica Alicea Galvan about her Spanish-only traffic court in Des Moines, Washington.

Marcie Sillman talks to Bradley Staats, associate professor at the University of North Carolina and visiting associate professor at the Whatron School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, about his study on worker productivity during good and bad weather.

Marcie Sillman talks with food safety attorney Bill Marler about his lasting impact on food safety after he got his start in the E-coli outbreak of 1993.

Flickr Photo/Gexydaf (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Nancy Pearl about the beloved librarian's weekly reading recommendation: a science-fiction novel by Felix Gilman, "The Revolutions."

Flickr Photo/Still Burning (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, about bipartisan legislation being considered in Olympia this week. House Bill 1885 and its companion Senate Bill 5775 aim to reduce Washington state's high property crime rate by, in part, reducing jail time for burglars and thieves. The proposal is backed by extensive data and research from The Council of State Governments Justice Center

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