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.

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.

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.

Is It Time For Washington To Leave The Union?

Jul 16, 2014
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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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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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.

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.

Year After Skagit Bridge Collapse, Little Done To Improve Bridges

May 23, 2014
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.

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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David Hyde talks to Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the latest news from Canada. Topics include Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau telling his party they better support pro-choice legislation, or else; the government in British Columbia encouraging people to get routine HIV testing; and an update on the Canadian rail crash of last July.