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Taliban Swap
7:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bowe Bergdahl at age 16.
Bergdahl family photo

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 3:32 pm

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW - except, that is, among Idaho's congressional delegation.

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Doritogate
10:48 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Pot Shots: How Marijuana Legalization Tore Apart The Seattle Police Media Unit

One of the bags of Doritos handed out at Hempfest in August.
Credit Photo SPD Blotter

In March 2012, the Seattle Police Department made an unorthodox hire: Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, a former cops reporter who had worked at The Stranger and was writing a blog, seattlecrime.com.

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Seattle City Council
4:35 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot

Flickr Photo/Doyle Wesley Walls

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

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Politics
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race?

Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 5:34 pm

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

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Politics
9:32 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 8:04 am

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

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Northern Iraq Violence
9:23 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Iraq In Crisis: Militant Group Gains Ground, U.S. Debates Response

Refugees fleeing from Mosul head to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq on Thursday, June 12.
AP Photo/STR

Marcie Sillman talks to Dan Murphy, national security correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, about the worsening situation in Iraq. Then, David Hyde talks to Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., a ranking member on the House Armed Service Committee, about the U.S. response to the violence.

The militant group Islamic State In Iraq and Al-Sham has been seizing cities in northern Iraq. Mosul, one of the largest city in northern Iraq, was seized Tuesday. Members of Congress are weighing in on the situation. Some Republicans have called for immediate military intervention there, but Smith thinks a military solution might not be the answer right now.

Immigration Reform
2:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Local Immigration Advocates Rethink Strategy After Cantor Defeat

Chances for immigration reform dimmed even more this week, following the defeat of House Republican leader Eric Cantor. His surprising loss in the Virginia primary to Tea Party candidate David Brat is causing ripple effects here in Washington state, too, as local immigration advocates are rethinking their strategy.

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Business & Technology
3:14 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

BP Can Now Use Drones, But What About Other Companies?

Flickr Photo/Nick Bonzey (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks to University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo about the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow BP to use drones in Alaska.

Politics
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

What Does House Majority Leader Cantor's Defeat Mean For Washington?

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in a primary election to a Tea Party candidate.
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

Skagit Bridge Collapse
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

NTSB Releases Documentation On Skagit Bridge Collapse

The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapsed a year ago after it was hit by a truck.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Marcie Sillman talks with Mike Lindblom, transportation reporter for the Seattle Times, about new findings concerning the Skagit River bridge collapse in May 2013.  The National Transportation Safety Board has released some 2,000 pages of documentation about the accident.

News From Canada
3:13 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington Lawmakers Push For Sewage Plant In Victoria

Marcie Sillman talks to Vancouver Sun correspondent Vaughn Palmer Washington Governor Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine petitioning the government of British Columbia to take action on the sewage plant in Victoria.

City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman speaks to KUOW's Deborah Wang about the story behind the $15/hour wage law.

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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