government

Department Of Meh
5:39 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Only 7 Percent Of Americans Are Big Fans Of Congress

Only 7 percent of Americans polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress as an American institution.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 10:30 am

The amount of confidence Americans have in Congress has hit a new low. Only 7 percent of the people polled by Gallup said they have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the legislature as an American institution.

The rock-bottom level of confidence in Congress "is not only the lowest on record," the polling company says, "but also the lowest Gallup has recorded for any institution in the 41-year trend. This is also the first time Gallup has ever measured confidence in a major U.S. institution in the single digits."

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News From Canada
2:51 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Canadian PM Harper Approves Northern Gateway Pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Flickr Photo/The Prime Minister's Office (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman gets an update on the latest news from Canada with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, including an update on the Northern Gateway Pipeline and a teacher strike in British Columbia.

Twists And Cornrows
9:46 am
Wed June 18, 2014

African Hair Braider Sues Washington Over License Dispute

Salamata Sylla demonstrates African hair braiding on her daughter while her son watches on.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

An African hair braider is suing the Washington State Department of Licensing after an investigator told her she needs a cosmetology license to stay in business.

The suit is one of several filed across the country on Tuesday by hair braiders protesting state regulations they say don’t apply to them.

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Budget
8:17 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington Governor Directs Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts

File photo of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 4:30 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast out Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery.

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Patent
7:43 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations Cancelled

Several of the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations have been canceled. The team will appeal the decision.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:25 pm

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has revoked the trademark of the NFL's Washington Redskins, after ruling in a case brought by five Native Americans who say the name disparages them. While the decision could have wide repercussions, it does not require the team to change its name. It is also subject to appeal, which the team has confirmed it will pursue.

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Investigative Report
3:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rural Americans Waiting On Police In Emergencies

Flickr Photo/John Russell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Les Zaitz, investigative reporter with The Oregonian, about his series on rural policing in Oregon.

Boring Bertha
12:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Officials: Bertha, World's Largest Tunnel Machine, Will Be More Robust

The guts of Bertha, the tunnel boring machine.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The builders of the tunnel machine stuck beneath the Seattle waterfront don’t just plan to repair the world’s largest tunnel machine.

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Insurance Commissioner Hearing
10:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Whistleblower In Children's Hospital Hearing Alleges Pressure In Ruling

If you have a dispute with a government agency, chances are, your complaint will go through a process called an administrative hearing. These hearings usually haven’t attracted public attention — until recently.

Last October, Seattle Children’s Hospital challenged the Office of Insurance Commissioner for allowing health plans to exclude providers like Children’s from their networks.

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Nuclear Waste
7:31 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Washington State, Energy Department Continue Talks Over Hanford Tank Cleanup

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 7:46 am

  Washington state and the U.S. Department of Energy just gave themselves a 40-day deadline. They need a clear cleanup plan for leaking tanks of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

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Education
2:58 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Are Teachers Unions On The Decline?

Teachers at a SEA meeting in Seattle.
Seattle Education Association's Facebook page.

Marcie Sillman talks with Politico's senior education reporter Stephanie Simon about the challenges facing teachers unions.

Violence in Iraq
2:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraqi-Americans Rally In Seattle To Protest ISIS Violence

Marcie Sillman talks with Majid al-Bahadli, a Seattleite who fled Iraq after the first Gulf War. He is among a group of Iraqi-Americans who organized a rally Monday to protest the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant's escalation of violence.

Health
2:02 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

City Of Seattle Ramps Up Efforts To Make Healthy Food Accessible To All

Marcie Sillman speaks with Sharon Lerman, food policy advisor for the City of Seattle, about efforts to get healthy, fresh and affordable food in reach of all Seatttleites.

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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