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I’ve worked my entire TV career in Seattle area. Before joining Q13 full-time as a Political Analyst, I spent nine years as the Public Affairs Host for the Seattle Channel. Prior to that, I hosted a show on PBS-affiliate KBTC/TV. I’ve been honored to have won four Emmy Awards (NW Region).

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    Seattle City Council decides to put proposed $290 million housing levy before voters on Aug. 2

    SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to send Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed $290 million housing levy, which would raised through increased property taxes, to voters on the Aug. 2 ballot. “It’s probably the most important thing we can do this year, as Seattleites, on the issue of housing affordability,” Murray said in an earlier interview with Q13 News. The levy, a renewal of an existing program, is Murray’s latest effort to deal with the homeless and housing […]

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    Sound Transit’s $50 billion light-rail extension plan faces pushback

    EVERETT, Wash. — Big plans are being proposed for a major expansion of the region’s light rail system. Leaders are seeking $50 billion to extend the line north to Everett and south to Tacoma, as well as east to Redmond and Issaquah.  At that point the system will become a truly regional network. Voters will be asked to pony up in November, but there is pushback over the huge price tag, and about the decades-long timeline. Despite the $50 billion […]

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    Seattle mayor lays out traffic plan for Alaskan Way Viaduct closure

    SEATTLE — Get set for some traffic tie-ups starting at the end of the month.  That’s when the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be shut down for two weeks so that the Bertha boring machine can dig underneath the aging roadway. Officials aren’t taking any chances. “We’ll work with the state and the county,” Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday about provisions being made to deal with the expected traffic crunch when the closure begins April 29.  “Additional transit, different transit […]

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    Two-week viaduct closure coming as Bertha tunnels underneath

    SEATTLE — Get ready for a major, two-week closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct — and the traffic that’s sure to result. The Bertha tunneling machine is about to start boring under the aging roadway, and the Washington State Department of Transportation says the long closure is a precaution in case something goes wrong. No specific dates have been set for the shutdown, but the disruption is expected to happen within the next month. Ever since Bertha created that huge […]

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    $13.50 statewide minimum wage here? New initiative planned for fall ballot

    SEATTLE — Get ready for a big battle this fall over whether Washington should raise the state’s minimum wage. Supporters are pushing for a big hike, to $13.50 an hour.  They are collecting signatures now to put the measure before voters in November. “We fundamentally think if people work hard and play by the rules, they should be able to support their family,” said Sarah Cherin, spokesperson for I-1433.  “$9.47 is just absolutely inadequate,” she said of the current state […]

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    Opponents of Sodo sports arena starting initiative drive

    SEATTLE — There’s a new effort to stop the planned NBA arena in Seattle’s Sodo district.  Longshoremen and manufacturing leaders have unveiled a new initiative effort to stop the city from giving money to the deal without at least making a profit. “I’m frankly disgusted with what I’ve seen over the past four years relative to the development of this arena,” said Peter Goldman, an attorney who has worked with opponents.  “Secret backroom deals, phony land-use processes, manipulation of emotion […]

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    State schools chief Randy Dorn slams Legislature over education funding

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Now that the state legislative session is over, there’s lots of criticism that the lawmakers made no progress on fulfilling the state Supreme Court’s McCleary mandate to fully fund schools. Indeed, Randy Dorn, the state schools superintendent, argues it’s time for the court to come down hard on legislators. A few weeks back, when it was already clear that lawmakers were going to push their duty down the road yet again, Dorn sat down for an interview with […]

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    Frustrated Sanders supporters targeting Washington state’s ‘superdelegates’

    SEATTLE — After the big win for Bernie Sanders in Washington’s Democratic Caucus last Saturday, there is a growing movement to persuade the state’s superdelegates, who have a vote at the party convention, to back the Vermont senator. Right now, most of Washington’s superdelegates have pledged their support to Hillary Clinton. So, how is it that Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won Saturday’s caucuses, but doesn’t get an overwhelming number of superdelegates?   That’s the question that a lot of frustrated Sanders supporters are […]

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    Lawmakers pass state budget: A look at the details

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — After months of debate, including a special legislative session, lawmakers in Olympia finally settled on a new state budget.  It includes money for wildfires, higher education and mental health. “I would have liked to have seen it earlier, but they’ve got a budget,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “That’s what this state needs.” Inslee called the supplemental budget a “good compromise.” In a written statement released Tuesday night, Inslee said supplemental budgets are intended to make modest […]

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    Presidential contests under way in Arizona, Utah, Idaho on ‘Western Tuesday’

    SEATTLE — The presidential race came west Tuesday, as voting occurred in three states:  Arizona, Utah and Idaho.  It’s one of the last chances that the stop-Trump movement has of keeping the GOP front-runner from widening his lead enough to clinch the GOP nomination. Long lines of voters were keeping the ballot sites open beyond their planned closing time Tuesday night in Idaho, Utah and Arizona. The two states that are getting the most focus are Arizona and Utah, with the […]