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Seattle's Waterfront
12:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen Responds To Seawall Construction Schedule Critics

Last week Seattle voters approved funding for rebuilding Seattle's waterfront seawall. But some waterfront businesses say the construction schedule will hurt the tourist trade. Ross talks to Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who chairs the transportation committee.

Public Utilities
11:05 am
Wed November 14, 2012

A City Grows Up: Shoreline Votes To Found Own Water Utility

Last Tuesday's general election marked a decisive moment for the city of Shoreline. 70% of voters there agreed to buy water services back from the city of Seattle and create their own water utility.
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Last Tuesday's general election marked a decisive moment for the city of Shoreline: 70 percent of voters there agreed to buy water services back from the city of Seattle and create their own water utility. 

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Immigrant Rights
9:29 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Magdaleno Rose-Avila On Immigration And Refugee Affairs In Seattle

Magdaleno Rose-Avila (left) and Enrique Cerna at CASA Latina's La Fiesta del Sol, October 2012.
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Magdaleno Rose-Avila is the first director of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs. He was selected by Mayor Mike McGinn for his decades of experience working with diverse communities in pursuit of human rights.

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51st State
11:14 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Puerto Rico Votes For Statehood

A little girl carries the Puerto Rican flag at the Puerto Rico Parade, New York City, June 2012.
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Last Tuesday Puerto Ricans cast a public opinion vote to become the 51st state. But what does that mean for those voters and for the rest of the US?

Christina Duffy Ponsa is a law professor at Columbia University and the co-editor of "Foreign in a Domestic Sense: Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution." She joins us to talk about Puerto Rico's current status and how things might change with this vote.

State Budget
11:05 am
Tue November 13, 2012

State Representatives On Funding Public Education

How will the state fund basic education?
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In January the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington has not met its constitutional duty to fund K-12 education. Representatives Gary Alexander and Ross Hunter serve on the Ways and Means Committee, and they discuss what steps the House is taking to fund basic education.

Military
11:46 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Reporter Update: Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Accused Of Massacre

Pre-trial hearings continue this evening at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. He’s accused of massacring 16 civilians in Afghanistan, including nine children. Prosecutors say he left his base last March and went on an overnight five-hour killing spree.

The hearings will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has said it plans to seek the death penalty. KUOW’s Sara Lerner spoke with Patricia Murphy, who’s covering the hearings.

Military
10:50 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Afghan Witnesses Testimony Next Step In Bales Hearings

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.

Pretrial hearings for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales continue tonight when Afghan villagers and soldiers are expected to testify by video. The hearings are expected to run into the early morning hours US time.

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Interview
10:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Glenn Greenwald On Liberty And Justice

Glenn Greenwald speaking at the Young Americans for Liberty's Civil Liberties tour at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, October 18, 2012.
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Glenn Greenwald is a columnist on civil liberties and US national security issues for the Guardian. A former constitutional lawyer, he has written for Salon and is the author of three books, "How Would a Patriot Act?" a critique of the Bush administration's use of executive power; "A Tragic Legacy," which examines the Bush legacy; and "With Liberty and Justice For Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful."

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Elections 2012
12:19 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington's Results: Red Vs. Blue

The results are in! Well, almost. We discuss how the races played out for each side of the isle. Joining us are Chris Vance, former chair of the Republican Party in Washington, and Christian Sinderman, a Democratic political consultant and the founder of Northwest Passage.

Elections 2012
12:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington Election Roundup

We take a deeper look at last night’s elections with polling expert Matt Barreto to see what strategies led to success.

Elections 2012
9:54 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wash. Ballots Continue To Be Counted, Some Races Will Be Called Friday

Revelers celebrate early election returns favoring Washington state Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, during a large impromptu street gathering on Capitol Hill in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
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This is Washington’s first presidential election after making the switch to all mail-in voting. Just over half of the ballots have been counted and many races are still undecided.  KUOW’s Sara Lerner speaks with Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Elections 2012
9:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Many Races Still In Flux In Washington

Initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana passed in Washington and Colorado, November 6, 2012.
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Many races in Washington state are yet to be decided. In the highly contested race for governor, Republican Rob McKenna is trailing Democrat Jay Inslee by about 2.5 percentage points. The same-sex marriage referendum and the charter schools initiative are also too close to call.  But the returns on the marijuana initiative are decisive: recreational use will soon be legal in Washington. 

KUOW’s Sara Lerner speaks with our political reporter Austin Jenkins.

Election 2012
1:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ferguson Takes Lead Over Dunn For Attorney General

Democrat Bob Ferguson celebrates his lead in the race for Washington Attorney General.
Credit Deborah Wang

Two members of the King County Council waged an aggressive battle for the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Initial results show Democrat Bob Ferguson with a nearly six-point lead. His opponent, Republican Reagan Dunn, says he’s still “in the hunt.”

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Election 2012
1:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington Voters Approve Initiative to Legalize Pot

The recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal for adults in Washington, at least under state law.
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Correction:  In the original story Steve Sarich was referred to as an attorney.  He is not an attorney but a medical marijuana consultant and an opponent of I-502.

Hold off on that trip to Amsterdam. It appears recreational marijuana will soon be legal for adults in Washington, at least under state law.

The mood was jubilant at the official I-502 party at the Hotel Andra in downtown Seattle. In attendance was Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, a primary backer of the measure. He says this law change is about good government.

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Election 2012
12:57 am
Wed November 7, 2012

DelBene Wins Race For U.S. House

Suzan DelBene talking to supporters at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.
Credit Ruby de Luna

Democrat Suzan DelBene beat Republican John Koster in the congressional race for the newly drawn 1st District. Election returns show DelBene ahead in three of the four counties.  

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