politics

Education
12:10 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Are Republicans Washington's Mavericks In Education Reform?

Education mural at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle campus.
Gates Foundation

Former gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna supported charter schools, and some are arguing that his grand old party is leading the way on education reform while democrats in Olympia simply tout old policy. Ross Reynolds talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan.

Immigration
12:20 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Does Microsoft Need More Temporary Worker Visas?

Big changes to US immigration policy could mean more temporary work visas for people with skills like computer programming. Employers in the Northwest including Microsoft say there aren’t enough US workers to meet demand. Now, a bipartisan group of Senators wants to expand the number of temporary worker visas from 65,000 to 115,000. But critics say those jobs can and should be filled by qualified US workers. Ross Reynolds talks with public policy advocate and political strategist Maria Cardona and president of the Programmers Guild, Kim Berry about the ongoing issue of temporary worker visas.

Election Funding
12:20 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Should Seattle City Elections Be Publicly Funded?

What are your thoughts on publicly-funded election campaigns?
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The Seattle City Council is thinking about developing a publicly-funded approach to campaign finance. The Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission would develop a detailed plan and voters would decide whether to approve it later this year. The idea to use public money to fund city campaigns is meant to open up the political arena to candidates who might not otherwise run for office. On Thursday, city councilmembers will meet with representatives from Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles to see how publicly funded campaigns have played out in their cities.

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Presidential History
9:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What It Takes To Win The White House In 2016

Official portraits of presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What do these presidents have common?
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What do presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have in common? They were each re-elected to a second term. That may seem like the norm, but it isn’t — we haven’t seen so many reelections in a row since the 1800s. What does it mean for a person considering a presidential run in 2016? University of Washington professor David Domke joins us.

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Political Prose
8:00 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Politics In Verse With Calvin Trillin

Author Calvin Trillin poses in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York in 2006.
Credit AP Photo/Richard Drew

America's deadline poet Calvin Trillin presents this talk about the 2012 presidential election -- in verse. With wry humor, Trillin discusses politics, campaigns and poetry, including the frustrating difficulty of trying to rhyme words with presidential candidate names. He spoke at Seattle's Town Hall on December 10, 2012.

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Education Budget
5:01 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire Proposes New Fuel Tax For Education

School buses parked in a parking lot.
Credit Flickr / tncountryfan

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire proposed a new wholesale vehicle fuel tax Tuesday that you might notice at the gas pump. The governor said the move will help the state support education by helping cover the costs of getting kids to school.

Currently, school districts help pay for students' transportation needs, but a recent court ruling says state government is not doing enough to support education. That includes education-related transportation.

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Books
10:00 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Poet Calvin Trillin Puts Presidential Politics In Verse

Author Calvin Trillin sits in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York Dec. 11, 2006.
Richard Drew AP Photo

Journalist Calvin Trillin is a longtime writer for The New Yorker and The Nation magazine's "Deadline Poet." He has published more than 20 books, ranging from memoir ("About Alice") to humor ("Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff"). His latest book, "Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse," is a poetic recap of the memorable milestones along the campaign trail. Trillin joins us to reflect on the people, pitfalls and promises of the 2012 campaign.

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Politics
10:40 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Wash. State Senator Ed Murray Explores Run For Mayor

Sen. Ed Murray listens to debate on the Senate floor, March 1, 2007, in Olympia. The state Senate had just passed a measure, sponsored by Murray, that would create domestic partnerships for same-sex couples.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Another high-profile candidate says he’s interested in becoming the next Seattle mayor.  This time, it’s state Senator Ed Murray, a Democrat from Seattle.   

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Politics
12:20 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

New State Senate Majority Leader Ed Murray Faces Big Challenges

Sen. Ed Murray, left, waves with his partner Michael Shiosaki as Rep. Jaime Pedersen, right, stands with his partner Eric Cochran Pedersen at an election night party for proponents of Referendum 74 on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Senator Ed Murray is the new majority leader of the Washington state senate.  But he faces some tough challenges, including a $900 million budget hole, a Supreme Court ruling that requires full funding for basic K-12 education and a possible rebellion by conservative Democrats.  David Hyde sits down with State Senator Ed Murray and asks, What's next? 

Election 2012
9:10 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Philosophical Control Of Washington State Senate Hangs In Balance

Republican state Senator Don Benton (L) and Democratic challenger Tim Probst are separated by only 105 votes.

Originally published on Tue November 20, 2012 1:28 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.

One hundred and five votes. That’s all that separates incumbent Republican state Senator Don Benton from his trailing Democratic challenger Tim Probst. The two men are battling it out to represent the Vancouver area in the Washington legislature.

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Election 2012
7:40 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Inslee Says He Will Back Will Of Voters On Marijuana Legalization

Governor-elect Jay Inslee at a news conference in Seattle to announce his transition co-chairs. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 2:52 pm

SEATTLE, Wash. – Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.

Inslee didn’t support Washington’s marijuana legalization initiative. But now that it has passed he says, “The voters have spoken.”

Inslee says he will work in a “rational and mature” way to persuade the Obama administration to allow Washington to implement the law.

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Election 2012
8:51 am
Sat November 10, 2012

McKenna Calls Loss “Very Disappointing” In Concession Video

A Screenshot Of Republican Rob McKenna From His Facebook Video Announcing His Concession
Northwest News Network

Republican Rob McKenna was leading in 31 of 39 Washington counties. But it was not enough. Friday night he conceded defeat in the race for governor to Democrat Jay Inslee. McKenna called Inslee after the latest vote tally showed the race narrowing, but not fast enough to reverse the Democrat’s lead. Later, McKenna posted a video to Facebook.

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Election 2012
8:28 am
Sat November 10, 2012

McKenna Concedes Wash. Governor’s Race

A Screenshot Of Republican Rob McKenna From His Facebook Video Announcing His Concession.

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 8:39 pm

Former Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee has declared victory in Washington’s tight contest for governor. The announcement came Friday night shortly after Republican Rob McKenna conceded the race.

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Election 2012
8:01 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Look To Washington For Inspiration

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage. Photo by Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 4:36 pm

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. Washington did that this week. But to follow suit, Oregon voters would have to reverse themselves and repeal a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Voters passed that ban in 2004 after a campaign led by the conservative Oregon Family Council. Spokeswoman Teresa Harke says her group will oppose any efforts to overturn it.

"I think there are still a lot of people who support one man, one woman marriage. And we are ready to fight for that."

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Election 2012
8:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Pablo Gonzalez of Zillah, Wash., lost his bid for the Washington House. That's despite coming from a district in the Yakima Valley where Latinos are the majority. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 7:18 am

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics on election day: That was the actual names on many ballots.

A public radio analysis done before the election found that just 2 percent of the Northwest's elected officials were Latino.

Oregon may have nudged that up. Voters in the Portland area elected Jessica Vega Pederson and Joseph Gallegos, both Democrats, to the state House.

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