Mayor Mike McGinn has a press conference at 12:30 p.m. If he announces a run for a second term would you want him reelected? Ross Reynolds talks to KUOW listeners about how the mayor has done so far and if they would want him back.
Former Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, former Astronaut Mark Kelly, are launching a new gun control group. Their specific proposals to combat gun violence include comprehensive background checks for private sales and stricter controls on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
When Barack Obama became president he announced a ban on torture and an end to the CIA’s secret prison network. But how exactly is the Obama administration handling terrorism suspects detained abroad? And what’s the difference from the Bush administration?
On Sunday nights, you can find Graham Pruss under the Ballard Bridge, serving up a hot meal. A recent menu included ham and potato soup, locally baked bread and apple cobbler. He calls this weekly dinner a bridge to connect with people who live in their cars. They’re often referred to as car campers or mobile homeless, but Pruss prefers the term, vehicle residents.
Pruss is one of many homeless advocates who’s pushed Seattle to provide more services to this group of people. In response, last year the city launched the “safe parking” program, which opens up church lots where people can park and connect to housing services. The pilot program is modestly increasing this year, in a step toward what advocates hope will be a citywide expansion.
In 2012 the Washington state Legislature passed a law that sponsors called the “driving while poor” bill. The law aims to help people who end up with suspended licenses because they failed to pay traffic tickets.
The next cliff looms in Washington, DC, as the US Treasury runs out of borrowing authority at the end of February. There may be a decision about across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration," as well as a debate over the social safety net.
Will Democrats agree to cuts to Social Security and Medicare? We talk with economics writer James Kwak about the political support for smaller government and less revenue.
By 2030, seniors will make up more than 20 percent of Washington state’s population. Are we ready to care for the elderly? What’s it going to mean for federal programs like Medicare? Ross interviews economist Dean Baker and labor activist Ai’jen Poo.
The Liquor Control Board is currently drafting the rules for how to apply for a license to grow marijuana in Washington state. Several groups made up of lawyers, lobbyists and farmers have formed, and they’re looking to influence the board’s decisions.
One of these organizations is the Cannabis Business Group. Ross Reynolds talks with their board member, Hilary Bricken, a cannabis business lawyer.
The Affordable Care Act is enacting big changes in the nation’s health care system. Here in Washington state, a health care exchange called HealthPlanFinder is scheduled to open in October. It’s supposed to guarantee everyone can get health insurance. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talks with Ross Reynolds about the new facets of health insurance reform arriving in 2013.
NPR coverage of the Hagel/Brennan nomination announcements
President Obama this afternoon nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.
In those two, the president said, he has chosen men with experience in the field and who "understand the consequences of decisions we make in this town" on the men and women who serve America around the world,
Many Seattle residents are grateful for the new year because it means that their garbage will be picked up every week. At least for now.
For the past six months, 800 Seattle households participated in a pilot program that experimented with picking up the trash every other week. The affected neighborhoods were roughly in the four corners of the city and included Wedgewood.
Outgoing governor Chris Gregoire, the state transportation commission, and the state’s biggest business lobby are calling for an increase in the gas tax to pay for the massive backlog in road repair. Will that deal with the funding problem?
Ross talks with Steve Mullin from the Washington Roundtable, Dan O’Neil of the Washington State Transportation Commission, Rob Johnson of the Transportation Choices Coalition, and Mark Hallenbeck from the Washington State Transportation Center.
Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 3:59 pm
RICHLAND, Wash. – Many Northwest growers are left out of the partial extension of the U.S. Farm Bill included in this week’s fiscal cliff legislation. The new law largely covers conventional agriculture and not the organics, specialty crops and conservation programs that our region’s farmers are known for.