It’s Friday—time to talk over the week’s news with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Knute Berger. The Seattle mayor's race got real after Mayor Mike McGinn blocks a proposed Whole Foods Market in West Seattle over worker pay. The City of SeaTac put paid sick leave and a $15.00 hourly minimum wage on the fall ballot. President Obama tried to pump up the country's economic hopes. And of course, Britain's royal baby arrived. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with us by sending an email to Weekday.
Washington state is the number one producer of luxury superyachts in the United States. But the marine industry says state tax policy discourages luxury superyacht owners from spending more time and money in Washington state. What is a superyacht? Ross Reynolds finds out that and more when he talks with Peter Schrappen, director of government affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association.
For soldiers who are injured or wounded, the process for determining whether they’re eligible for medical retirement is long.
Many, including the Government Accountability Office, say too long.
In a 2012 report to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the GAO found that soldiers at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other military installations were waiting nearly 400 days to get through the system.
The city of Seattle wants to help clear the way for some unauthorized immigrants to get a work visa. Today city officials reminded young immigrants that they can use a Seattle City Light bill to help prove their residency.
The inability of the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package this session means King County Metro Transit needs to prepare for service cuts. Metro general manager Kevin Desmond said the agency has time-sensitive funding needs; in part because an expiring $20.00 car tab fee for transit wasn’t renewed.
Washington’s new DUI law borrows an idea from South Dakota. Starting in January, as many as three Washington counties and two cities will pilot a 24/7 alcohol monitoring program. That could mean offenders wearing high-tech bracelets.
Ignition interlock devices are standard these days for drunk drivers. But there are ways around them. So technology to the rescue.
Very soon, a massive piece of machinery will start to burrow two miles out from Seattle. It’s building the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan way viaduct.
Tomorrow, WSDOT is hosting a big sendoff for the biggest tunneling machine in the world, affectionately named Bertha. The public is invited to check it out Saturday between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., provided closed-toed shoes are worn.
There are plans in the works to build a huge convention hotel on the site of Seattle’s Greyhound bus station. But the developer behind the hotel is threatening to cancel the project unless a union trying to block the project at city hall relents.
The union says the hotel would bring too many low-wage jobs to downtown Seattle. Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Stiles, a reporter at the Puget Sound Business Journal, who has been covering the story.
This week on KUOW, Weekday and The Conversation heard from all of the nine mayoral candidates. A new KING 5 poll was also released this week that has state senator Ed Murray pulling ahead in the race. Mayor of Seattle isn't the only position on the August ballot; Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas and Joni Balter give analysis on the other city and county issues on the 2013 ballot.
Also this Saturday is Bertha's last day on the waterfront, and Texas passes its controversial abortion bill. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with the panel by emailing Weekday.
The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.
Correction 7/24/13: In the original broadcast of this interview we misstated that Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant advocates a minimum wage of $21.72 an hour. According to her campaign representative Devin Matthews, Sawant is calling for a $15.00 dollar minimum wage.
A recent economic survey showed it costs over $52,000 for a one parent and one child family to live a modest lifestyle in Seattle. Would raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour bring more people closer to earning a living wage? Or would a $15.00 minimum wage just discourage employers from hiring? Ross Reynolds talks to Felix Salmon, financial reporter for Reuters, about the case for each side, and callers share their opinions on if we should raise the minimum wage.
Seattle Mayoral Candidate Charlie Staadecker Seattle mayoral candidate Charlie Staadecker joins us to talk about his run ahead of the August 6 primary election.
"Stand Your Ground" Gets New Scrutiny After Zimmerman Verdict While George Zimmerman didn’t end up using Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law in his defense in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the statute loomed large over his case. In an interview with CNN, one juror said that the jury had the state's "Stand Your Ground" law in mind when deciding Zimmerman’s fate. We talk with John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation, about a new push to repeal similar laws and the organization that has worked hard to get it on the books.
Seattle Mayoral Candidate Bruce Harrell Our series of interviews with each of Seattle's mayoral candidates continues with City Councilmember Bruce Harrell.