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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 Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

    State schools chief blasts Legislature for ‘failing’ education funding mandate

    OLYMPIA — State schools chief Randy Dorn has come out swinging against Olympia lawmakers for failing in their recent session to fully fund public schools. In a report filed this week with the Washington Supreme Court, Dorn argues that justices should continue to hold the Legislature in contempt, and says it’s time to resort to tough sanctions to get lawmakers to do their job. “I quit playing ‘kick the can’ when I was 12,” Dorn said.  “The Legislature is playing […]


    Legislature reports on school funding progress

    OLYMPIA – This week lawmakers in Olympia finished their final piece of business for the year, a report to the State Supreme Court highlighting progress on fully funding public schools. Last year the High Court’s Justices held the Legislature in contempt for failing the state’s students, and demanded the annual report to hold lawmakers accountable for reversing years of neglect.  The summary features the additional billions approved during this year’s long legislative session.  But many believe the Justices will want even […]

  • King County poised to put $400 million early childhood levy on ballot

    SEATTLE — Get ready for another tax measure on this fall’s ballot. King County Council leaders are putting the final touches on what is expected to be a nearly $400 million property tax measure.  The money is to help newborns and young infants who are at risk of developing big problems as they grow up. King County Executive Dow Constantine is leading the charge for this new plan, arguing that it’s the best way to ensure opportunity for all. “The […]

  • VIDEO: Mayor Ed Murray discusses plan to impose tax on guns, ammunition

  • Governor signs education bills affecting funding, testing and class sizes

    OLYMPIA — It’s been a big month for public schools in Washington. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee signed laws to expand all-day kindergarten and reduce some class sizes.  And earlier Tuesday, the governor signed another set of measures that pave the way for more money for districts across the state. Inslee said this year’s historic increase of nearly $1.5 billion for schools will help fulfill the state Supreme Court mandate to add more money to education. Tuesday’s action by Inslee, […]

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    Crackdown on medical pot dispensaries begins — and so, too, does the backlash

    SEATTLE — The long-expected crackdown on medical pot dispensaries has begun. This week King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg announced he’s giving these operations just one month to start winding down — or risk having their product seized and their stores closed. “The only legal way to sell marijuana is to have a state-issued license,” said Satterberg. The crackdown directly affects 15 dispensaries in unincorporated King County, but it’s the start of a yearlong squeeze on medical pot establishments across Washington.  […]

  • Despite voter approval of reduced class sizes, lawmakers say: Too bad

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington voters approved class size reductions last fall, but don’t expect to see them take effect anytime soon.  On Thursday, state lawmakers officially overturned that decision and put the measure on hold. The lawmakers argue it’s just too expensive to implement, and ignoring it was the only way to balance the budget. Thousands of Washingtonians will be angry with the decision, since they believe smaller class sizes are the best way to improve public schools. But Initiative […]

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    Sound Transit gets go-ahead for $15 billion light rail expansion

    SEATTLE — State lawmakers last week approved a 12-cent hike in the state gas tax for road projects across Washington.  But that’s just the start of new taxes for transportation. As part of the deal, Sound Transit was given the authority to raise $15 billion to extend light rail up and down the Puget Sound region. “As you build a light rail network, the ridership grows exponentially,” said Seattle City Council member Mike O’Brien, who also serves on the Sound […]

  • 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 […]