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4:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

A Peek Behind The Curtain At Suzan DelBene's Campaign

Viet Shelton and Sandeep Kaushik of Suzan DelBene's campaign
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Viet Shelton and Sandeep Kaushik were two of the key players in Suzan DelBene's successful run for Congress in Washington's 1st District in 2012. This year, they are back running DelBene's re-election campaign. 

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Background Checks
3:07 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

591 Or 594? Former Cops Differ On Gun Control

Ross Reynolds talks with two former law enforcement officials on opposite sides of this fall's gun ballot measures. 

Don Pierce is a former Bellingham police chief and the former executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He supports 594, which calls for stricter background checks. 

William Burris is a retired detective and spokesman for the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. He supports Initiative 591, which would limit the restrictions the state can place on gun ownership.

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Dueling Ballots
10:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Do Background Checks Prevent Gun Violence?

Alan Gottlieb is backing a measure to keep private gun sales unchanged in Washington.
KUOW Photo/Austin Jenkins

Washington’s upcoming vote on gun laws is being closely watched around the country.

It’s the first time a state has presented voters with two competing initiatives on gun regulations – one to require universal background checks and the other to prevent them. It’s also marked a new surge in campaign donations to regulate gun sales in Washington state. Advocates for background checks call the donations “a sea change” that could have ripple effects in other states.

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Election 2014
2:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Oregon Votes On New Primary System

Ross Reynolds talks to Chris Lehman, reporter for the Northwest News Network and OPB, about Measure 90, which would change Oregon's primary system. Similar to Washington, the two candidates with the most votes would move forward to the general election, regardless of their party affiliate.  

Week In Review
2:03 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Where Did The Week Go? (It Wasn't Nowhere)

The "ramps to nowhere" in Seattle's arboretum are being torn down this weekend as a part of the SR 520 construction.
Courtesy of Greg Plumis

Seattle’s "ramps to nowhere" are coming down this weekend. Where should they land? Also, a critical care nurse at Harborview is preparing to treat Ebola, and a Seattle woman turned her camera on an alleged groper and found out there was more to him. Plus, who gets to hassle the King County Executive via text?

All these topics and more get discussed with Bill Radke’s panel this week: Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and Republican consultant Chris Vance.

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Elections 2014
1:49 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

How Is Governor Inslee Voting?

Credit Flickr Photo/Vox Efx (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Governor Jay Inlsee about how he's voting in the upcoming election. 

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First District Race
8:05 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Microsoft Alums Compete In Congressional Battleground

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene calling voters at her campaign headquarters in Bothell, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Voters in Washington’s 1st Congressional District will decide whether to return their freshman member of Congress to Washington, D.C. or replace her with a political unknown.

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene is being challenged by Republican Pedro Celis. The two are facing off in the state’s only true partisan battleground.

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Ebola
7:44 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Appoints An Ebola 'Czar'

Ron Klain (left), then chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Capitol Hill in December 2009.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:59 am

Ron Klain, a former White House adviser, has been appointed to head U.S. efforts to combat Ebola.

A White House official says Klain "will report directly to the president's Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and ... National Security Adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa."

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Retirement
7:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Washington State's Exotic Investment Opens In Tahiti

The Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns a resort on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:35 pm

A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando and it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees.

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Ebola
7:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola Makes West Africa A No-Go Zone For Washington Investment Officers

Map of Ebola outbreak distribution. The director of the Washington State Investment Board says she will not authorize travel to West Africa.

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 4:02 pm

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa means Washington state investment officers won’t be traveling to that region anytime soon.

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Vulnerable Inmates
5:06 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

A Washington Prison Unit Where 'No One Picks On You For Being Slow'

An inmate walks along the housing tier in the DOC's Skill Building Unit.
Credit Amy Czerwinski

Prison is no place to be vulnerable. For inmates with intellectual disabilities, autism or traumatic brain injury, it can be dangerous.

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Radke In The Morning
9:34 am
Thu October 16, 2014

I-1351: Should Washington State Spend To Lower Class Sizes?

Credit Flickr Photo/ccarlstead (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about state Initiative 1351 to reduce class sizes.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

 

 

 

$10,000 Per Week
6:26 am
Thu October 16, 2014

EPA Fines Hanford For Stagnating Radioactive Waste Near Columbia River

The K-East and K-West reactors were shut down in 1970 and 1971.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:45 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency intends to fine the U.S. Department of Energy up to $10,000 per week if radioactive waste just a stone's throw from the Columbia River isn’t cleaned up.

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Death And Taxes
6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Three Effects Of Legalizing Gay Marriage In Idaho (Besides Gay Marriage)

File photo of the Idaho Capitol Building in Boise

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 5:45 pm

The Idaho attorney general has asked his legal staff to start looking at what implications gay marriage will have for the state.

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Wine And Dine
6:54 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Washington Ethics Board Adopts 12 Meals-Per-Year Cap For Lawmakers

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 3:38 pm

Starting in January, Washington lawmakers will be barred from accepting more than 12 lobbyist-paid meals per year.

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