Bryan Buckalew http://www.kplu.org en Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/opponents-liquor-privatization-bill-will-clash-initiative <p>This week, the state legislature took the first step toward privatizing liquor distribution. The new legislation allows private companies to submit bids to be the sole distributor of liquor in the state. In Olympia, Bryan Buckalew reports not all advocates of privatizing liquor are happy with the development. Fri, 27 May 2011 21:45:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1694 at http://www.kplu.org Opponents: Liquor privatization bill will clash with initiative Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/health-care-union-files-initiative-soften-budget-cuts <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970754.mp3</p><p>The Washington state budget plan released Tuesday will cut funding for in-home health care workers. In reaction, one health care workers&#39; union has already filed an initiative aiming to mitigate the effects of some of those reductions. Thu, 26 May 2011 21:53:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1683 at http://www.kplu.org Health care union files initiative to soften budget cuts Move to lease state liquor distribution alive again http://www.kplu.org/post/move-lease-state-liquor-distribution-alive-again <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970017.mp3</p><p>Washington would have the option to privatize the state&rsquo;s liquor distribution system under a measure that passed the state Senate Saturday. It&rsquo;s the latest compromise in a long-running debate over the future of Washington&rsquo;s liquor system.</p> Mon, 23 May 2011 15:24:11 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1644 at http://www.kplu.org Move to lease state liquor distribution alive again Cigar smokers push for space of their own http://www.kplu.org/post/cigar-smokers-push-space-their-own <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-969129.mp3</p><p>Cigar aficionados could light up at their favorite bar under <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5542&amp;year=2011">a bill up for a vote </a>in the Washington Senate this week. The measure would allow cigar lounges in some bars and tobacco stores. But opponents of the change say it would overturn the will of Washington voters. Tue, 17 May 2011 16:50:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1613 at http://www.kplu.org Cigar smokers push for space of their own Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot http://www.kplu.org/post/medical-marijuana-legislation-gets-another-shot <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968362.mp3</p><p>Governor Chris Gregoire says she wants all the states that allow medical marijuana to ask the federal government to reclassify the drug. She scheduled a conference call among those states Thursday. Meanwhile, a state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday on a last ditch effort to pass an overhaul of Washington&rsquo;s medical marijuana law. Thu, 12 May 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Bryan Buckalew 1584 at http://www.kplu.org Medical marijuana legislation gets another shot