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3:20 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Mayor McGinn’s Biggest Regret: 'I Didn’t Learn Fast Enough'

Exiting Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Marcie Sillman talks with Mayor Mike McGinn about the person he is today after an eventful four-year term, a recession and his failed reelection bid.

Bipartisan Budget
1:46 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Explains The Budget Deal

Washington state Senator Patty Murray.

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Patty Murray about the new bipartisan budget deal she constructed with Rep. Paul Ryan.

Mexico
10:02 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Daughter Of Jailed Renton Woman: Mom Is Political Prisoner In Mexico

Nestora Salgado's daughter Griselda Rodriguez wipes away tears as she talks to the crowd in Seattle Tuesday.
Alex Garland

Community activist Nestora Salgado lives in Renton, normally.

She grew up in Olinala, Mexico, and over the last few years she’s been returning frequently and getting involved in the community – so involved that she ended up running a legal community police force. Mexican law allows indigenous communities to form such groups.

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Ethics
7:56 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Washington Lawmakers To Get Clearer Guidance On Lobbyist-Paid Meals

Robert S. Donovan Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 2:14 pm

Washington lawmakers will soon get clearer guidance on when it’s okay to accept free meals from lobbyists.

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Veterans Affairs
2:07 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper'

Michael Hartnett was a Marine during the Gulf War and served in Somalia. He received a bad conduct discharge for abusing drugs and alcohol. His wife, Molly, helped him turn his life around.
Quil Lawrence NPR

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:19 am

When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.

"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.

The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. The kick happened at Hartnett's court-martial, and finally woke him up out of the haze.

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Public Land Sale
4:13 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Top Officials OK Sale Of Oregon State Forestland To Private Buyers

The marbled murrelet is at the center of a controversy over the sale of state forestland on the south Oregon coast.

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 3:02 pm

Oregon's top elected officials got behind a controversial plan Tuesday to sell off pieces of the south coast's Elliott State Forest to private interests.

Gov. John Kitzhaber described the move as testing the water for a future deal to move the rest of the Elliott into private ownership, potentially in the hands of a conservation group.

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SR 99 Tunnel
2:50 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

What's In Bertha's Way?

Bertha, the drilling machine digging out the SR 99 tunnel, has run up against an unknown impediment.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom about what may have halted Bertha, the huge tunneling machine in charge of digging the new SR 99 tunnel.

Referendum 74 Anniversary
2:24 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Anniversary An Economic Boost For Washington

Kevin Fullen and Myke Smith, of Renton, were customers of wedding planner Jenny Harding. In the last year she has seen a boom in same-sex marriages.
New Chapter Weddings/Malcolm Smith

Before gay marriage was legalized in Washington state, wedding planner Jenny Harding organized about two same-sex weddings a year.

Last year? Sixteen. Three were out of state, from California, Oregon and Vermont (where same-sex marriage is also legal).

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Seattle City Council
1:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

The Woman Behind City Council Districts: “Everything In The World Is A Business”

In this last round of elections, Seattle voters approved Charter Amendment 19, creating districting for Seattle City Council members.
Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Ross Reynolds talks with Faye Garneau, the woman who started working on a reform to elect Seattle City Council members by neighborhood districts in 1995 and didn’t give up until voters approved it this year.

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Olympia
7:23 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Frosty Politics On Display At Washington Capitol

This sign at the steps to the Washington statehouse captures more than just the weather conditions.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 4:31 pm

It’s not just the weather that’s been frosty. So are political relations in the Washington state Capitol.

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Veterans Affairs
2:12 am
Tue December 10, 2013

For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:20 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In many ways, military veterans hold a privileged place in American society, but not all vets have access to what goes along with that privilege. In the past decade of war, more than 100,000 men and women left the military with less than honorable discharges, many due to bad conduct related to post traumatic stress disorder. Once they're kicked out of the military, they lose access to benefits like treatment for PTSD.

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Labor Dispute Fallout
4:32 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Ranking The States Competing For The Boeing 777X

Inside Everett's Boeing factory.
Flickr Photo/Jetstar Airways

Marcie Sillman discusses the states bidding for the Boeing 777x with the Daily Herald reporter Dan Catchpole.

Government Surveillance
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Tech Giants Say Enough Spying, Rep. DelBene Agrees

US Rep. Suzan DelBene

Ross Reynolds talks with US Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about a bill called the USA Freedom Act that would reign in government surveillance capabilities.

Wage Debate
4:27 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Seattle Politics: How Likely Is A $15 Minimum Wage Hike?

A fast-food worker participates in a one-day strike to encourage a $15 minimum wage in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

David Hyde spoke with Publicola news editor Erica C. Barnett about Seattle politics and the movement to hike the minimum wage.

Trade Agreement Anniversary
4:26 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

How Washington State Ended Up A NAFTA Winner

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about the impact of NAFTA on Washington state's economy.

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