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City Budget
7:57 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Seattle City Council Expects To Approve Budget After Clash On Youth Programs

Alrick Hollingsworth picks cover art for his upcoming book as part of a Seattle-funded program..
Amy Radil

Members of the Young Urban Authors program meet twice a week in a small storefront near 23rd and Jackson in Seattle. The program is one of many funded by Seattle’s Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. In this program, the teenagers spend months writing and editing their own books — fiction or non-fiction — which are then printed in paperback form.

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Military
7:38 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Army's I Corps Role Will Shift To Pacific Rim

Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, I Corps commander
Photo courtesy of I Corps

This month Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta laid out plans for the future of the US military. And as troops return from Afghanistan, that strategy includes shifting security operations to the Pacific Rim. Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) will play a major role in that plan.

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Politics
3:54 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Gerrymandering: The Political Impact Of Drawing New Lines

Republicans will hold a 38-seat lead in the US House of Representatives. But Democrats lead by 0.6 percent in the popular vote. What is the deal? Some experts say the gap can be explained by partisan gerrymandering – the  strategic redrawing of congressional district lines to benefit one political party.

Ross Reynolds talks with researcher Nicholas Goedert from Washington University in St. Louis.

Politics
2:56 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Mayor McGinn Talks City Budget

Mayor Mike McGinn

The Seattle City Council is voting on the city budget next Monday. They’ve made some changes in  Mayor McGinn’s original proposal.  Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn about the upcoming budget vote.

Taxes
11:59 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Are The Rich Taxed Enough? The Rich Say Yes ... And No.

The only things certain in life.
Flickr Photo/Paul Stumpr

President Barack Obama is meeting today with members of Congress to try to avoid the fiscal cliff.  The president says he’ll let Bush-era tax cuts for families earning over $250,000 a year expire.  House Republicans are opposed.

Seattle ​entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer would pay more if the tax cuts expire and he thinks he should. Ross Reynolds speaks with Hanauer, business owner Mark Peterson, and policy analysts Mark Guppy and Marilyn Watkins, and he asks listeners to weigh in with their opinion: Are the rich taxed enough?

Government
5:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

At Stroke Of Midnight, Gay Couples To Get Marriage Licenses

Darcyandkat Flickr

King County plans to pull an all-nighter on the first day marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples under Washington state law. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:01 a.m., the county is scheduled to open its licensing office in downtown Seattle.

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Marijuana
2:18 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

What's Next For Legalized Marijuana In Washington State?

Flickr Photo/prensa4 (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Washington voters just passed an initiative legalizing marijuana that will be certified December 6.  But state Representative Roger Goodman thinks it already needs tweaking.

Plus, we talk to Muraco Kyashna-tocha, director of the Evergreen State Cannabis Trade Association. The association is expanding beyond medical marijuana now that recreational use is being legalized.

South Korea
11:35 am
Thu November 15, 2012

South Korean Elections Happen Without Super PACs

A bird's eye view of Seoul, capital of South Korea with a population of over 10 million.
Trey Ratcliff Flickr

South Korea is electing a new president next month. In their elections, corporate money is banned and the campaign season is limited. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington Professor Yong-Chool Ha about the ins and outs of election season in South Korea.

Federal Vs. State Law
8:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Inslee Promises To Advocate State Pot Law In Federal Domain

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks out the window of his plane as it flies over the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, Wednesday, March 6, 2013, on the way to Richland, Wash. Inslee toured the facility and met with Dept. of Energy officials.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor-elect Jay Inslee announced three members of his transition team yesterday, just as the state revenue council announced their prediction of a $900 million budget shortfall over the next two years. Inslee spoke with KUOW’s Steve Scher about his approach to closing that gap and his role in supporting the initiative that passed recreational use of marijuana.

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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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Fire Safety
1:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Making Sure You Don't Get A House Fire For Christmas: Fire Safety This Holiday Season

Deep-fried turkey: delicious, but is it safe?
James McCauley Flickr

What are the most common causes of house fires in Seattle and what can be done to avoid fire? Ross Reynolds sits down with Captain Shata Stephenson from the Seattle Fire Marshal’s office and talks about staying fire-free over the holidays.

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.
Credit CASA Latina / Facebook

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.
Eric Parker Flickr

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.

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