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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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  • 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 […]

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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 […]