politics

Seattle Mayoral Race
10:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ron Sims And The Seattle Mayoral Race

Ron Sims in his former role as King County executive at the press conference that announced that President Obama nominated him to be deputy secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2009.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Former King County Executive Ron Sims has retired from his position as deputy secretary for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Will he join the race to be Seattle’s next mayor? He joins us to answer that question.  

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Seattle Politics
9:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn
Credit Courtesy/City of Seattle

Last week, court-appointed monitor Merrick Bobb submitted his first-year plan for reforming the Seattle Police Department. On Friday, Mayor Mike McGinn accepted the plan, saying there's a mutual understanding that it's a living document that can be amended. Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department is rolling out software that it claims will help predict where crimes are likely to occur. What's the proof that it works? Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Politics
9:00 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Winning The White House In 2016

White House.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ivan Makarov

In an interview with Fox News earlier this week, Mitt Romney said that failing to reach minority voters was his biggest mistake of the 2012 campaign. What will it take to win the next election? UW Professor David Domke says winning over voters in so-called "carve-out states" — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will be one key to victory. He joins us with rules of the road for winning the White House in 2016.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Gavin Newsom: Taking The Town Square Digital

Gavin Newsom at the Web 2.0 Summit in 2008.
Credit Flickr Photo/JD Lasica

It’s not news that government can get bogged down by layers of bureaucracy. The solution to cutting the red tape, says California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, is technology. He joins us to talk about his new book "Citizenville," and how to put technology to use to take citizens from observers to collaborators.

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Sports & Politics
11:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Have Politics Ruined Professional Sports?

Cover of 'Game Over' by Dave Zirin.

What do politics have to do with professional sports? More now than ever according to Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation. Ross Reynolds talks to Zirin about the impact of politics in professional sports and what he learned while researching his new book "Game Over."

Politcal Infighting
12:34 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

It's Not Me, It's You: The Politics Of Sequestration

As the date of the sequestration nears, fingers continue to get pointed, but what if political infighting is really the fault of the constituents? Ross Reynolds talks with New York Times Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt about why he thinks it is the constituents that are to blame for the looming across-the-board budget cuts.

Politics & Government
9:40 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Along Party Lines, Senate Confirms Chuck Hagel As The Next Secretary Of Defense

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
Ron Sachs DPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 2:17 pm

Update at 5:10 p.m. ET. Hagel Confirmed:

After an unprecedented filibuster by Republicans, the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense prevailed, Tuesday afternoon.

With a vote of 58 to 41, the Senate acted mostly along party lines to confirm Hagel.

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Reaction To Resignation
6:58 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Snohomish County Official Relieved At Aaron Reardon's Resignation

Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe has a note on his computer reminding him not to delete any emails subject to a public records request from Reardon's staffers.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Snohomish County officials are preparing for a change in leadership. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon says he’ll resign at the end of May. Reardon announced his pending resignation at a 7:00 a.m. meeting at the Everett Golf and Country Club Thursday.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon To Resign

Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon at the Boeing 787 assembly facility in Everett, Feb. 17, 2012. The Daily Herald reported he announced his resignation during his "state of the county" speech, Feb. 21, 2013. His last day will be May 31.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

The Everett Herald reports Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon will resign, effective May 31. Reardon has been dogged by allegation he misused county funds and  had his staff anonymously harass critics. Ross Reynolds talks with Everett Herald reporter Scott North about Reardon's announcement.

Energy & Environment
9:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

The Price Of North Dakota's Oil Boom

A winter sunrise across an oil field in North Dakota.
Credit Flickr photo/Adam Schreiner

North Dakota is booming. The state's unemployment rate is just 3.2 percent — well below the national average of 7.9 percent. Officials are trying to keep pace with a population surge brought on by oil industry jobs that have made North Dakota the country's number two oil-producing state. But what will extracting millions of barrels from the Bakken oil field mean for the region's environmental and economic future? Writer and reporter Richard Manning joins us with the story of North Dakota's oil boom.

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State Of The City Address
6:44 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Seattle Mayor Launches Preschool Teacher Training Program

Seattle’s mayor is launching a new program aimed at improving instruction in the city’s preschools. Mayor Mike McGinn announced the initiative in his State of the City address Tuesday.

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News Roundup
11:08 am
Fri February 15, 2013

The State Of State Politics: Austin Jenkins Breaks Down This Week's News

Austin Jenkins
N3 Photo/Chantal Andrea

Drug-testing welfare recipients, Governor Inslee’s jobs package, the gun control debate, and extending the waiting period for divorce are just some of the topics that have been discussed by lawmakers in Olympia this week. Ross Reynolds talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the state of things in the state capital.

Education
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?

Is higher education financially possible for Washington students?
Credit Flickr illustration/Curtis Cronn

Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William Zumeta heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has written about the costs of college. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.

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Gun Control
12:04 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Rep. Mike Hope For Background Checks

Rep. Mike Hope represents Washington's 44th Legislative District.

Despite recent disagreements over gun control proposals in the state legislature, a few Democrats and Republicans are coming together to support one bill that would require background checks for all firearms transactions in Washington.

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Science of Politics
12:15 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Is Social Anxiety Impacting Your Political Views?

What shapes your political views?
marsmet481 Flickr

Both state and federal lawmakers have been debating over how to approach immigration reform. Immigrants themselves tend to favor paths to citizenship and educational opportunities for their children. But how do non-immigrants formulate their opinions on the subject? A recent academic study says that maybe our genes play a key role in shaping our political views. According to the research, people with a predisposition to social anxiety and fear are more likely to be critical of the unfamiliar and therefore more likely to support things like anti-immigration policy. David Hyde talks to lead author and political science professor Pete Hatemi to get the details.

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