Politics http://www.kplu.org en Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-ballot-measure-park-district-divides-parks-advocates <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160049636&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Voters in Seattle will decide whether to establish a special taxing district to help fund the city’s parks.</p><p>Proposition 1, which appears on the Aug. 5 ballot, has created a rift in the ranks of park advocates. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 17857 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Ballot Measure On Park District Divides Parks Advocates Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33 Million So Far http://www.kplu.org/post/washingtons-mid-term-elections-draw-more-nearly-33-million-so-far <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159670473&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe><p>Washington’s Aug. 5 primary is now less than a month away. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, nearly $33 million have already been contributed to campaigns.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:52:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17821 at http://www.kplu.org Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33 Million So Far House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking http://www.kplu.org/post/house-votes-allow-marijuana-related-banking <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The House voted Wednesday in support of making it easier for banks to do business with legal pot shops and providers of medical marijuana.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The 236-186 vote rejected a move by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., to block the Treasury Department from implementing guidance it issued in February telling banks how to report on their dealings with marijuana-related businesses without running afoul of federal money-laundering laws.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:11:24 +0000 The Associated Press 17761 at http://www.kplu.org House Votes To Allow Marijuana-Related Banking Seattle Joins 60 Other Cities, Holds Gay Blood Drive To Protest FDA Ban http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-joins-60-other-cities-holds-gay-blood-drive-protest-fda-ban <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Michael Wells was growing up in Normal, Illinois, his dad would frequently come home from work wearing a pin that had a little blood drop.</span></p><p>“I was always fascinated by it, because my dad never wore any kind of jewelry or anything,” Wells said.</p><p>When Wells asked about the pin, his father told him it signaled he'd given blood.</p><p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:04:49 +0000 Alison Marcotte & Malcolm Griffes 17701 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Joins 60 Other Cities, Holds Gay Blood Drive To Protest FDA Ban Grays Harbor County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Weyerhaeuser's Recreation Fees http://www.kplu.org/post/grays-harbor-county-tries-tax-gambit-stop-weyerhaeusers-recreation-fees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157835616&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A coastal Northwest county is the first to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The Grays Harbor County commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:59:58 +0000 Tom Banse 17613 at http://www.kplu.org Grays Harbor County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Weyerhaeuser's Recreation Fees Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-warn-states-possible-highway-cash-holdback <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157717702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington and Oregon may follow Idaho’s lead in temporarily suspending advertising for bids for some highway projects.</p><p>Idaho’s decision is the result of a standoff in Congress over how to replenish the money in the pot for highway construction. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:14:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17599 at http://www.kplu.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash http://www.kplu.org/post/oregon-marijuana-campaign-would-some-your-bitcoin-stash <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157696980&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:52:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 17595 at http://www.kplu.org Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash Supporters Of Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Submit Signatures http://www.kplu.org/post/supporters-oregons-food-labeling-measure-submit-signatures <p>Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.</p><p>Sponsors of an initiative to require labels turned in more than 150,000 signatures — nearly double the required minimum — Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November. Opponents have already denounced the measure.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:49:55 +0000 Chris Lehman 17550 at http://www.kplu.org Supporters Of Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Submit Signatures Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-city-light-ceo-wont-get-controversial-raise-after-all <p>Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco will not receive a six-figure raise after all, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday.</p><p>The Seattle City Council recently authorized a pay hike of up to $119,000 per year for Carrasco, who currently earns $245,000 annually as the highest paid city employee. The raise was slated to take effect on July 1.</p><p>However, Murray, who previously supported a higher salary for Carrasco, said he has reversed his decision in light of questions recently raised regarding the utility CEO’s judgment.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:35:32 +0000 Ed Ronco 17538 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor: City Light CEO Won't Get Controversial Raise After All O'Toole Confirmed As 1st Female Chief Of Seattle Police Department http://www.kplu.org/post/otoole-confirmed-1st-female-chief-seattle-police-department <p>The Seattle City Council has confirmed Kathleen O’Toole&nbsp;as the first female chief of the Seattle Police Department.</p><p>With an 8-to-1 vote Monday, the council approved Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s nomination. Council member Kshama Sawant cast the lone dissent vote.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:56:56 +0000 Martha Kang 17336 at http://www.kplu.org O'Toole Confirmed As 1st Female Chief Of Seattle Police Department Wash. State's Volunteer Drivers Collect Tens Of Thousands In Mileage Reimbursements http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-states-volunteer-drivers-collect-tens-thousands-mileage-reimbursements <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155713903&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.</p><p>But the person who got the check isn’t an employee, and she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. So far this fiscal year, the agency has reimbursed volunteer drivers more than $300,000.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:07:50 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17328 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. State's Volunteer Drivers Collect Tens Of Thousands In Mileage Reimbursements You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info http://www.kplu.org/post/you-could-win-gun-if-you-give-candidate-your-contact-info <p>One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to Second Amendment advocates and increase the names on his campaign mailing list: He’s offering voters a chance to win a gun.</p><p>People who give Clint Didier their name and email address will be entered to win one of three firearms. The Republican candidate for Doc Hastings’ seat is offering up two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Didier calls it the Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 03:05:37 +0000 Jessica Robinson 17247 at http://www.kplu.org You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-ethics-panel-gets-earful-lobbyist-paid-meals-lawmakers-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154845266&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">How often is “infrequent” when it comes to state lawmakers accepting free meals from lobbyists? Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board spent nearly two hours Tuesday taking testimony on that issue and then grappling with the answer.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 00:15:06 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17220 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. Ethics Panel Gets Earful On Lobbyist-Paid Meals For Lawmakers Gov. Inslee Directs State Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-directs-state-agencies-identify-15-percent-cuts <p>Gov. Jay Inslee is directing Washington state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast released Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery.</p><p>State budget director David Schumacher says the budget-cutting exercise does not mean all agencies will be cut by 15 percent.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 23:13:10 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17217 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee Directs State Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers http://www.kplu.org/post/school-funding-lawsuit-prompts-hearing-separation-powers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154783243&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The Washington Supreme Court could hold state lawmakers in contempt over school funding. But is the high court overstepping its bounds? A Republican-led legislative panel held a hearing Monday on separation of powers.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:31:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 17190 at http://www.kplu.org School Funding Lawsuit Prompts Hearing On Separation Of Powers