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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 lawmakers divided over how to spend pot revenue; at least $40M since last July

    OLYMPIA — Marijuana users across the state will be happy to hear that the price of pot has dropped by over half since the first recreational stores opened last July.  Pot is now going for $12 per gram, which is down from $30 per gram last summer. The biggest reason is the simple law of supply and demand.  There were only a handful of state-approved stores ready last July when sales became legal. Now, almost a year later, there are […]

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    State legislators play blame game over budget impasse

    OLYMPIA — State lawmakers have less than two weeks to approve a two-year state budget before the regular legislative session ends. On Thursday, leaders from both parties traded sharps words over the latest budget impasse that threatens to take legislators into a special session. State Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, the GOP’s chief budget writer, accused the Democrats of purposely dragging things out. “When you refuse to pass your $1.5 billion in taxes, it seems like a delaying tactic to me,” […]

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

    State schools superintendent slams lawmakers for inadequate education budgets, unveils own plan

    OLYMPIA — State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn came out swinging at lawmakers Tuesday for underfunding education in the upcoming budget. A frustrated and fired-up Dorn argued that the current proposals from both parties fall hundreds of millions of dollars short of what is needed for students across the state. “They’re in contempt of court,” Dorn said.  “They have to do something that gets them off the hook, and I think it’s got to be bigger than what’s out there today.” […]

  • Local leaders say new program offering services instead of jail time is reducing crime

    SEATTLE — Leaders of both Seattle and King County heralded a program that has dramatically reduced the crime rate of low-level drug offenders.  It relies on social services, not jail. LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) was once seen as a soft-on-crime approach, but now serves as model for other major cities around the county. “Everyone agrees on one thing,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart, “arresting our way out of society’s problems hasn’t worked, and it will never work.” Four years […]

  • Flipped classrooms a new wave in teaching

    Students, teachers protest state’s standardized testing

    SEATTLE — The revolt against standardized testing has reached a boiling point in Seattle. On Tuesday, students, parents and teachers rallied against the new statewide assessment tests, arguing they create chaos in schools. “This is a civil rights movement to say our children are more than a score,” said Jesse Hagopian, a teacher at Garfield High School. Leaders of the “opt out” movement argue that the tests deny students of quality class time. “We should be teaching our kids critical […]

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    Washington state could get big economic boost from more international trade

    SEATTLE — The Obama Administration is on the verge of striking the largest trade deal in U.S. history.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership would drop all taxes and tariffs between 12 major countries around the Pacific Rim, including the U.S., Japan, Australia and Chile. Supporters argue the landmark agreement will help Washington businesses, by opening the floodgates for more exports, including airplanes, agriculture and software. “It’s all about selling American products to the rest of the world,” said U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert […]

  • State GOP unveils ‘no new taxes’ budget

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — No new taxes. That’s the big message from State Republican leaders. On Tuesday, they unveiled their long-awaited budget for the next two years. It puts them in sharp contrast with Democratic leaders, including the governor, who are calling for more taxes and more money for education. “We can make significant, positive investments without putting jobs or our economy at risk,” said Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, the Senate’s chief budget writer. “If you live in Seattle, the economy […]

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    Bill aimed at preventing gun violence clears hurdle in Legislature

    OLYMPIA — A push to help prevent gun violence in Washington moved a step forward in the Legislature Thursday. The “Sheena Henderson Act” cleared a key state House of Representatives committee that will notify family members when police return a gun to a person from whom it was previously confiscated. “This is an issue of community safety and peace of mind,” said Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane,  sponsor of the measure. Each year there are many cases where police temporarily seize […]

  • Protesters slam Port of Seattle over Shell Corp. lease

    SEATTLE — Protesters showed up at the Port of Seattle Commission hearing Tuesday to oppose the Port’s recent deal with the oil giant Shell. “There’s nothing good about this,” said Zarna Joshi, of the Coalition of Port Accountability.  “Except that a few people at the top in Shell make money.” The company intends to use Terminal 5 to base its Arctic drilling fleet.  During the summer months, those vessels will travel up to Alaska to drill for oil.  During the […]

  • Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley

    Feds subpoena state auditor’s documents, days after agents searched his Tacoma home

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The office of State Auditor Troy Kelley was turning over documents to the federal government Thursday in response to a subpoena from the Department of Justice, just days after federal agents searched his home. Auditor spokesman Thomas Shapley said the documents were in response to a March 6 subpoena, but that he had not seen the subpoena or the documents that were being handed over. The latest development comes after agents with the Treasury Department spent […]