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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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  • State budget deal fails to fund voter-approved initiative to reduce class sizes

    OLYMPIA — State lawmakers averted a government shutdown with an 11th-hour budget deal earlier this week.  But one big issue still looms — the fate of the voter-approved measure to reduce class sizes. Initiative 1351 passed last fall, but  the new budget agreement that Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law just before midnight Tuesday lacks the money to implement it. Most legislators admit that Initiative 1351 is just too expensive to enact, a staggering $2 billion over just the next […]

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    Inslee signs $38 billion budget bill that will increase K-12 spending, cut college tuition

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday night signed a new $38 billion state budget. That averted Washington’s first-ever government shutdown that would have started at midnight without a deal. He waited until 11:39 p.m. to sign the bill. This 11th-hour budget comes after months of battle between Democrats and Republicans over whether new taxes were needed to fully fund public schools and other state obligations. “It makes the investments we need to move the state forward,” Inslee said of […]

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    Supreme Court upholds nationwide health care law subsidies, gives Obamacare big win

    WASHINGTON — Obamacare has survived — again. In a major win for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court held in a 6-3 decision that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal exchanges. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for himself, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the dissent, joined by Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. […]

  • Just one week left for state lawmakers to pass a budget … or government shuts down

    OLYMPIA — Just one week is left for state lawmakers to end their budget standoff before Washington’s first government shutdown. Furlough notices went out Tuesday to tens of thousands of state workers.  They will be temporarily furloughed starting Wednesday, July 1, if the budget impasse continues. Many Washington citizens will feel the effects of a shutdown as well, including the closing of all state parks starting July 1 for recreation and camping. While the possibility of a shutdown is as real […]

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    Governor’s office details plans as state prepares for possible government shutdown

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Tens of thousands of state workers are about to get temporary furlough notices.  They will be out of a job starting July 1 if state lawmakers fail to agree on a new budget. Democrats and Republicans have been at a standoff for months, but as we approach the end of the state’s fiscal year, the impasse is now threatening to turn into the first government shutdown in Washington history. If it comes to that, not only will […]

  • U.S. Open affecting state budget vote

    OLYMPIA — Is the U.S. Open getting in the way of a budget deal in the state Capitol? State lawmakers have until the end of the month to approve a $38 billion spending plan before a government shutdown takes effect on July 1, the beginning of the state’s new fiscal year. But because of the big golf championship, and the lack of available hotel rooms in the region, many lawmakers are having trouble getting to the state Capitol this week […]

  • State lawmakers tackle teacher pay reform; new plan would level playing field

    OLYMPIA — A new plan in the Legislature would dramatically change teacher pay in our state. Right now, educators in some districts make a lot more than those in other districts, even though they perform the same job. “We’ve got situations where the average teacher in Federal Way is paid $10,000 less than the average teacher in Auburn right next door,” said Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup.  “That doesn’t make a lot of sense.” The new proposal would help level the […]

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    Indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley faces new criminal probe

    SEATTLE — More trouble arose Tuesday for embattled State Auditor Troy Kelly.  He now faces a state criminal investigation into his hiring practices since he was elected in 2012. Kelley is already the subject of a 10-count federal indictment for fraud and tax evasion related to his work prior to being becoming state auditor. “This inquiry will serve the public interest, especially when there are questions about an agency charged with upholding public integrity,” said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, […]

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    State lawmakers debate pot tax revenue: How much marijuana will people buy over next few years?

    OLYMPIA — Just how much marijuana will Washingtonians smoke in the coming years now that it is legal? That’s a big question for lawmakers in Olympia, who are trying to predict pot tax revenue as they debate a new budget. It’s a significant part of the impasse that has led lawmakers into two special sessions. “They’re assuming 6.2 million ounces of marijuana is going to be smoked to fund education,” Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, said about the GOP budget.  “We […]

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    Seattle Mayor seeks almost $1 billion for transportation projects

    SEATTLE – Nearly $1 billion.  That’s how much Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is asking voters to approve in new money for roads, bridges and sidewalks throughout the city.  The property tax hike is being proposed for this fall’s ballot. At $930 million, it would be largest property tax levy in City history, by far, costing the average homeowner $277 a year for a whole decade. “We’ve got to get transportation right if we are going to deal with the growth that […]