government

Retirement
10:04 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Washington Senator Proposes End To Pensions For Elected Officials

Washington state Senator John Braun
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 4:55 pm

A Washington state senator says if 401(k)s are good enough for Boeing machinists, they should be good enough for those who hold elected office.

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Interim Chief
9:15 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mayor Murray: Seattle Police Shakeup Avoids 'Collision Course'

Retired Seattle Police Assistant Chief Harry Bailey will take the helm.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, sworn in on Monday, wasted no time hiring a new interim police chief: Former Assistant Chief Harry Bailey.

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Seattle Police
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

King County NAACP President Says New Interim Police Chief A Disappointment

Gerald Hankerson
From Gerald Hankerson's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with King County NAACP president Gerald Hankerson about Murray's new appointment of Harry Bailey as the interim police chief.

Seattle Police
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Mayor Murray Appoints New Seattle Interim Police Chief

Former interim Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.

Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW reporter Amy Radil about Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's appointment of former assistant chief Harry Bailey as the new interim police chief to replace Jim Pugel.

Education
3:23 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

New Federal Classroom Discipline Guidelines

Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW education reporter Ann Dornfeld about the federal government's new recommendations for classroom discipline.

News From Canada
10:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Another Crude Oil Freight Train Derails In Canada

Ross Reynolds talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer regarding the latest news from Canada.

Crime & Courts
10:13 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Investigated For Tampering, Rape Suspect’s Wife Hired As Magistrate

Seattle Municipal Court, where Jennifer Grant, the wife of an accused rapist, works as a magistrate. Grant had been investigated for tampering with her husband's investigation.
Credit City of Seattle Photo

A recently released report commissioned by the Seattle City Attorney’s office has found that one of its supervising prosecutors may have violated criminal law and professional rules for attorneys.

Three months after resigning, that prosecutor, Jennifer Grant, got a temporary job with Seattle Municipal Court as a magistrate.

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Park And Pay
7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Washington Wants More Disabled Drivers To Pay For Parking

Flickr Photo/Richard Cassan

A state work group is arguing that more people with disabilities should feed the parking meter. Currently, anyone with a disabilities placard can park for free.

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Labor & Unions
7:47 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Former SEIU President Andy Stern On Minimum Wage, Boeing

Ross Reynolds talks with Andy Stern, former president of the Service Employees International union, about the move for a $15 minimum wage, the Boeing machinists approval of a Boeing contract, and how he views his dramatic move to take the SEIU out of the AFL-CIO looks nine years later.

Labor
4:39 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Airport Workers To Port: 'It's Like Living Paycheck To Paycheck'

Mohammad Kadhim, a baggage handler at Sea-Tac Airport, appeals to Port of Seattle Commissioners for higher wages.
Liz Jones KUOW

Port of Seattle Commissioners said Tuesday they will consider higher wages for some airport workers, despite last week's court ruling that the Port is exempt from a new ordinance in SeaTac. That law would require a $15 hourly minimum wage for airport-related workers.

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Federal Reserve
3:30 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What Exactly Does The Head Of The Fed Do?

Flickr Photo/Tim Evanson

Ross Reynolds talks to Washington Post Economics columnist Neil Irwin about what the The Federal Reserve System is and what exactly the chair of the Fed does.

Gun Control
3:17 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

A Tale Of Two Gun Control Initiatives

Flickr Photo/geojanitor

Ross Reynolds hears about Initiative 591 from Philip Watson on behalf of the "Protect Our Gun Rights" campaign, and about Initiative 594 from Reverend Sandy Brown on behalf of the "Alliance for Gun Responsibility."

Campaign Finance
3:16 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How The Koch Brothers Raised $400 Million In Anonymous Campaign Funds

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington Post reporter Matea Gold about the Koch brothers involvement in a complex network of political donors to avoid campaign finance laws.

Books And Guns
10:02 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Why Seattle Public Library Surrendered Its Gun Ban

Seattle Public Library lifted its gun ban in November after a patron complained that the library rule was breaking the law.
Credit Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained.  

Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.

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2014 Ballot
9:37 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Washington Initiative Promoter Files Measure To Resurrect Anti-Tax Rule

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman has a plan to resurrect the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases in Washington
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 3:06 pm

Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman kicked off the New Year with a new ballot proposal.

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