Everything you need to know about the 2-week Alaskan Way Viaduct closure & its region-wide impact

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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    Presidential contests now move to the West

    SEATTLE — After Tuesday’s vote in five states, the race for the president is coming into clearer focus.  Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton each had commanding nights, winning at least four states each. But they are still short of clinching their respective nominations. Here’s where things stand on the GOP side: 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination Trump: 673 Cruz: 411 Kasich: 143 Despite his distant showing, Gov. John Kasich believes after his win in Ohio that he has […]

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    State schools chief Randy Dorn close to a third-party run for governor

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — As the  Legislature approaches Thursday’s deadline for a new budget, state Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn is speaking out about his frustration — and about his possible bombshell next move. Dorn now says he is likely to mount third-party run for governor, setting up an epic battle with incumbent Jay Inslee and the leading GOP candidate, Bill Bryant. “People go, ‘Well, how could you be a third party candidate?’” Dorn said.  “For the last two elections I’ve run […]

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    Showdown in Olympia as legislative session deadline looms

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican legislators on Tuesday pushed back against Gov. Jay Inslee’s veto threat of the nearly 40 bills that are currently sitting on his desk. “That would be a very poor decision,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville. Inslee’s veto threat of various non-budget bills, including declaring human trafficking day, represents his frustration that lawmakers have had 58 days to come up with a budget and are still deadlocked at the 11th hour. “How many times do […]

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    Mitt Romney: Donald Trump is a ‘phony, a fraud’; Trump fires back

    (CNN) — Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping broadside against Donald Trump on Thursday, laying into the Republican presidential front-runner with a sharper attack than any of the party’s 2016 contenders have made against the billionaire business mogul. “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and […]

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    Clinton, Trump win big on Super Tuesday, but Sanders, Cruz pick up some states

      WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tightened their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations while Ted Cruz won Super Tuesday’s biggest prize: Texas. Voters of each political party went to the polls in a dozen states Tuesday and CNN so far projects seven wins for Clinton and seven for Trump. Clinton will take Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee,  Arkansas and Massachusetts, while Trump will win Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia and Vermont. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s […]

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    Mayor says police shooting of Che Taylor appears justified, but will await probe before making judgment

    SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the police shooting that killed a black man in the Wedgwood neighborhood last Sunday appeared justified, based on the information he had received from the police chief. But, he added, “we have to wait before we make a judgment.” The family of Che Taylor and the NAACP on Tuesday called the shooting “cold-blooded murder.” The Seattle Police Department said Taylor was reaching toward a gun when officers opened fire. In an interview with […]

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    In State of City Address, Tacoma mayor calls for police reforms, extension of light rail north to Seattle

    TACOMA — Mayor Marilyn Strickland delivered her State of the City Address on Wednesday.  She praised Tacoma’s recent progress, including a hike in the minimum wage, but she said more needs to be done to keep up with the challenges of a fast-growing region. Strickland noted several political and cultural milestones of the last year, including: $12 minimum wage $175 million street repair tax U.S. Open at Chambers Bay China president’s visit last fall to Lincoln High School The Tacoma […]

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    Washington lawmakers debate teacher shortage crisis; 2 solutions being pushed

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — There’s a big debate in Olympia over combating the teacher shortage crisis throughout Washington.  Local districts have thousands of positions to fill over the next few years.  In many schools, principals are leading classrooms because of the vacancies. This week lawmakers are scrambling to respond … and arguing over different solutions. There are two answers being pushed:   Democrats are calling for a big boost in pay to attract teachers; Republicans would rather cut the red tape that […]

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    Apple pushes back against judge’s order to hack iPhone of dead terrorist

    SEATTLE — There was a huge fallout Wednesday from a federal judge’s order that Apple help unlock the IPhone of one of last December’s San Bernardino terrorists. Apple and many privacy advocates are pushing back hard, arguing that everyone’s sensitive information is at stake if the government gets its way. In a strongly worded statement Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said:  “The U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous […]

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    Mayor praises economic vitality of Seattle in State of the City address

    SEATTLE — Mayor Ed Murray  on Tuesday delivered his State of the City address in which he praised the economic vitality of Seattle, including an unemployment rate under 3.5%. But he reminded citizens that the city’s prosperity isn’t spread evenly. “We cannot allow it to become affordable only to the affluent and privileged,” Murray said. On the issues of homelessness in particular, Murray called for a new attitude. “Our citywide discussion has taken on a divisiveness that I believe only […]