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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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    Inslee calls for 2nd special legislative session, orders budget negotiations be held in his office

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered state lawmakers to reconvene for a second special session at 9 a.m. Friday. The governor also told lawmakers he wants them to move their face-to-face budget negotiations to his office, starting at 10 a.m. Monday. Lawmakers completed their first special session Thursday afternoon without a state operating budget. Republican leaders from the Senate and Democratic leaders from the House say they are getting closer to a deal. The Senate made a […]

  • Olympia teachers rally at state Capitol as budget impasse continues

    OLYMPIA — Another big show of support for teachers took place in Olympia Tuesday. Hundreds of educators and their supporters from the Olympia School District rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to push for more spending on schools.  Just inside, lawmakers continue to be deadlocked over a new state budget. “The Legislature needs to act,” said Adam Brickell, president of the Olympia Education Association. The current special legislative session ends Thursday, and Gov. Jay Inslee plans to call […]

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    Seattle mayor pressures medical marijuana dispensaries

    SEATTLE – There’s a new crackdown on the medical pot dispensaries in Seattle. Mayor Ed Murray argues it’s time to rein in an industry that has grown enormously and that often violates the law. “For some of these places, medical marijuana is just a pretense,” Murray said at a news conference Tuesday. Murray said a number of these places are ignoring the state’s pot laws by selling to minors, selling to those without medical authorizations, and even packaging edibles in […]

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    No break in state budget impasse; 2nd special legislative session likely

    OLYMPIA — The clock is ticking on the 30-day special session of the Legislature.  Lawmakers have until next Thursday to agree on a new $38 billion budget. The months-long impasse has sparked recent walkouts by teachers and state employees. On Thursday, there were more words of blame for who is responsible for the gridlock, and more talk that the governor will have to order another 30-day special session to get the job done. “You can’t just shut down the conversation […]

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    Democratic state senators walk out of hearing on bill that would cut striking teachers’ pay

    OLYMPIA — There’s a new controversial effort to deny pay for any teachers who join the one-day walkouts that have been growing across the state. A handful of state legislators want to penalize educators for disrupting the lives of parents and students.  The move created a heated debate Tuesday in Olympia. “I just don’t think in America you can go on strike and still get paid by your employer,” said Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlach, sponsor of the bill. If successful, […]

  • How are Washington state lawmakers getting an 11% pay increase?

    OLYMPIA — Despite no progress on hammering out a new state budget, all lawmakers in Olympia will get a big pay hike starting in September. The raise will give state senators and state representatives 11% more in pay over the next two years. Many teachers and state workers argue this is unfair, given that their pay has stalled in recent years. The timing for these legislative pay hikes is bad, to say the least.  Lawmakers have been held in contempt […]

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    2 lawmakers seek impeachment process against State Auditor Troy Kelley

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — There’s a new effort to drive embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley out of office.  Today two House lawmakers started the process of impeachment, to forcibly remove Kelley from his position. Reps. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn) and Drew MacEwan (R-Union) argue that the Auditor should go given that he faces a 10-count federal indictment for fraud and tax evasion and has relinquished his duties to a deputy. Those charges relate to business activities before being elected in 2012. “Through his […]

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    SPD’s May Day commander addresses protests, tactics

    SEATTLE — The dust has finally settled on Friday’s May Day protests where police were credited with containing the violence and shutting things down early, before nightfall, and before things got out of hand. “This year there was a lot more individuals that were going to be confrontational, and they did it much earlier,” said Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler, the department’s May Day commander. Since 2012, when the violent protesters really had a vandalism heyday in downtown Seattle, the […]

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    Governor steps up pressure on indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday stepped up the pressure on indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley.  In his strongest language yet, Inslee called on Kelley to resign his office to restore public trust. Inslee also announced the state will stop paying Kelley’s $117,000 annual salary.  In a letter to Kelley, Inslee said he would withhold money “as long as you are not performing the duties you were elected to perform.” Two weeks ago, Kelley was the target of a […]

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    In state budget impasse, lawmakers spar over raising property taxes

    OLYMPIA — Part of the budget impasse in the Legislature is over whether property taxes should go up to fulfill the state Supreme Court mandate to fully fund schools.  But, surprisingly, it’s the GOP pushing this new tax plan. “What the Senate Republicans are proposing is unfair to Washingtonians,” Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. It’s a new twist in the budget standoff:  The governor attacking the Republicans for wanting to raise taxes, not the other way around. “It’s unfair in […]