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Music And Politics
2:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'The Best Music Is A Blank Slate': Charles R. Cross On Knowing Too Much About Musicians

Musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino were cancelled over remarks he made about President Obama.
Flickr Photo/Jan Kjellin (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle-based music writer and critic Charles R. Cross about why it's almost always better to know less about a musician's personal life and political views. The Puyallup Tribe announced they're canceling rock musician Ted Nugent's shows at the Emerald Queen Casino, saying comments Nugent recently made about President Obama helped push them to cancel the shows.

Food
8:50 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

File photo of supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:05 pm

An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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Immigration Control
2:26 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas To Deploy National Guard To Mexico Border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry announces he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally, July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 1:13 pm

Governor Rick Perry has decided to send the National Guard to Texas’s southern border with Mexico to deter criminals he and other Republican leaders say are exploiting children and families entering the U.S. illegally.

The Texas Army National Guard is gearing up to send up to one thousand troops over the next month to support the state’s existing law enforcement surge, amid an influx of Central Americans to the region.

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Women's Health
8:01 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Half Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close After Restrictions Enacted

Texas gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis came to prominence when she opposed legislation restricting abortions. The bill eventually became law and is now blamed for the closure of abortion clinics across the state.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Sun July 20, 2014 7:40 am

In a little over a year, the number of clinics that provide abortions in Texas fell to 20 from 41, and watchdogs say that as few as six may be left by September.

Many clinics closed because of a requirement that doctors at those clinics obtain hospital admitting privileges within a certain radius of the clinic, and many doctors couldn't comply. The requirement took effect last November. This week marks the first anniversary of the state law that started it all.

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Cascadia Now!
3:27 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union?

A poster for Cascadia Now! hung in Seattle.
Credit Flickr Photo/Neal Jennings (CC-BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with anthropologist Chris Roth about Cascadia Now!, which advocates for British Columbia, Washington and Oregon to secede and form an independent nation.

Economic Measurement
3:28 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Is The Government Doing More For The Economy Than We Realize?

Ross Reynolds talks with Lew Daly, director of policy and research at Demos, a public policy think tank in New York. In a report released this month, Daly said our method of measuring gross domestic product obscures public value in our economy.

Recess Appointments
7:49 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling

File photo of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:29 pm

A noteworthy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday about presidential powers stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Washington. The court's ruling narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments when the Senate is not in session.

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Politics
5:30 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Will Mississippi's Black Democrats Save A Republican?

Polls give Chris McDaniel the advantage going into Tuesday's runoff for Mississippi's GOP Senate nomination. His 2-year-old son helped rally supporters in Madison, Miss., on Thursday.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

It's a rich irony that on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders risking life and limb in Mississippi to help African-Americans register to vote, black Democrats may decide which Republican wins Tuesday's runoff for the GOP Senate nomination.

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Seattle City Council
4:35 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot

Flickr Photo/Doyle Wesley Walls

KUOW's David Hyde discusses the politics of proposed public funding for elections in Seattle with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett.

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Politics
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race?

Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:34 pm

Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race. 

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Politics
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:04 am

The surprising upset Tuesday for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in a primary election to a Tea Party candidate.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Washington state political consultant Randy Pepple about his take on the impact that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat will have on Washington state and the Republican party at large.

Hidden Kitchens
12:22 am
Tue May 27, 2014

How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture

A typical Russian kitchen inside an apartment built during the early 1960s, when Nikita Khrushchev led the Soviet Union — what later became known as Khrushchev apartments.
Courtesy of The Kitchen Sisters

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 11:45 am

When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, sharing one kitchen and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.

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Politics
10:05 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

It's been a year since the Skagit River bridge collapsed and little has been done to improve the infrastructure of faltering bridges elsewhere in the state.
Credit Harley Soltes

On the day that Jan Auman, a coffee shop owner in Skagit County, had planned to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her new business, the nearby I-5 bridge collapsed.

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Vetting
8:19 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Nonprofit Offers Politician Background Checks

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 9:21 am

Even though it is a mid-term election year, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone.

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