Politics

misuse of funds
10:20 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Sen. Dems: Misuse of Campaign Funds Might Have Cost Key Race

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Washington Senate Democrats say the misuse of campaign funds last year may have cost them a key race, and consequently, control of the state Senate. The acknowledgement on Wednesday came as prosecutors filed theft charges against a former top campaign committee staffer.

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lobbyists & legislators
1:15 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Lobbyist Meal Form to Distinguish ‘Chowder’ from ‘Steak’

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The staff at Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission has recommended changes to how lobbyists report their meals out with lawmakers. The move follows our investigation last spring with the Associated Press into lobbyist-paid entertainment.

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Affordable Care Act
5:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Defund Obamacare? Sen. Murray: 'It's Not Gonna Happen'

AP

Washington’s senior senator says she won’t let Republicans sacrifice the new health care law in order to pass a budget. The Republican-controlled House is pushing a plan that would do just that.

Sen. Patty Murray took to the Senate floor Wednesday to tell them, “It’s not gonna happen.”

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Getting Around Town
5:01 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Taxi vs. Rideshare Services: Taking a Test Drive

Jeff Chiu Associated Press

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It used to be if you wanted to get around town or to the airport and didn’t have a car, you’d take public transit or call a cab. But in the last six months, new options have popped up—rideshare services.

I decided to take these services for a test drive, with the help of KPLU news intern Simone Alicea.

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Politics
5:57 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Governor Boosts Salaries for Several Cabinet Positions

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Since taking office in January, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has raised the salaries for several cabinet level positions. In total, those raises add up to nearly $100,000 over the course of a year. The boost in salaries comes even as the state continues to recover financially.

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tracking progress
1:12 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Inslee Unveils Government Performance Plan

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Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee has unveiled an updated program for officials to track data on government performance and efficiency.

Inslee on Tuesday touted the plan, called "Results Washington," that he says will set goals for the state make it easier for state leaders to spot trends and make decisions based on data on issues ranging from education to the environment to the state's business climate.

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Undecided on Syria
4:12 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Wash. Lawmakers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

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citizen lobbyist
5:01 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Determined Father Learns the Ropes in Olympia, Advances Bill

Citizen lobbyist Jeff Schwartz with his wife Cathy and sons Jacob (on couch) and Sam at their home in Kirkland, Washington.

There are nearly 900 registered lobbyists in Washington state. These are the paid professionals who try to influence the outcome of the legislative process.

But this year, a determined dad proved even outsiders can play the legislative game with a bit of help.

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Watershed
5:00 am
Wed August 28, 2013

While Dr. King Dreamed, Seattleites Marched for Housing

A June 1963 march in Seattle against racial discrimination
seattlepi.com

Fifty years ago today, a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But the summer of 1963 marked a critical point in Seattle history as well, as young activists staged the city’s first sit-ins of the civil rights movement.

The issue that galvanized them was housing discrimination. And in a place that likes to think of itself as progressive, segregation was rampant. 

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Food Labeling Campaign
3:17 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

I-522 Supporters for GE Labels Outraising Opponents 4 to 1

Damian Dovarganes AP Photo

Washington voters will decide this fall whether foods that contain genetically-engineered ingredients must carry a special label.

Initiative 522 is similar to a California measure that failed last fall. But so far, the race for political contributions is shaping up quite differently. 

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bees and pesticides
4:26 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Controversial Insecticides to Carry Clearer Warnings to Protect Bees

Orlin Wagner AP Photo

Northwest beekeepers are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for requiring certain pesticides to carry a clearer warning label. The idea is to prevent home gardeners and farmers from inadvertently harming beneficial pollinators, like bees.

The EPA directive applies to widely used bug killers, rose and flower treatments, and grub controls. Future labels will have to carry specific warnings under a picture of a bee. 

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
4:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Round Two Begins in Seattle Mayoral Election Money Race

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Now that the Seattle mayoral race has been narrowed down, Ed Murray and Mike McGinn will begin their next wave of fundraising, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting money race.

State Sen. Ed Murray won the primary and has so far won the race for campaign dollars. According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, Murray’s raised about $140,000 more than McGinn. And as of the most recent filings, Murray still had five times as much money in his coffers than the mayor.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Fri August 2, 2013

A Leading Question: Staadecker and Textbooks on Vashon

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

As a fourth generation Seattleite with careers in hotels and real estate, as well as his penchant for the arts, Charlie Staadecker has been dubbed “traditional.”  But that doesn’t mean the bow tie-wearing candidate doesn’t enjoy a little bit of campaign fun.

The candidate’s series of YouTube ads parody a Dos Equis commercial.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
10:12 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

A Leading Question: McGinn on the Shape of Experience

Paula Wissel

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Of the nine candidates running for mayor of Seattle, only Mike McGinn has first-hand experience. Leading up to next Tuesday’s primary, KPLU has been asking all the candidates to talk about a time when their leadership was tested.

You could say Mayor Mike McGinn’s leadership skills have been put to the test every day for the past 4 years. How he’s dealt with it has a lot to do with a personal change he made shortly after taking office.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Wed July 31, 2013

A Leading Question: Peter Steinbruck and Smart Growth

Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.  

Peter Steinbrueck served on the Seattle City Council for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007.

“They called me the activist council member. I’m also an architect, so I brought my background, experience, training as a problem solver and designer to public policy,” Steinbrueck said.

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