Mon, Feb 4, 2019

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan has a solution to the student loan crisis that is dooming today's college students to a lifetime of debt.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) was instrumental in solving the state's shortfall in basic-education funding, and now he's turned his attention to higher ed. In the 2019 session he's the force behind the Washington Student Loan Program, a low-cost, state-funded, self-sustaining program that could save generations of students from being indentured to high-interest creditors for much of their adult lives.

Tue, Jan 29, 2019

Rep. Dave Paul is a college vice president, a husband, a dad, an environmentalist, and an idealist: All good things for a newly minted representative from one of Washington's most beautiful districts, the 10th. You can get to know him better right here.

10th-district state Rep. Dave Paul showed up in Olympia with a long list of goals, and it's likely he'll accomplish a lot of them. In this brief conversation he touches on higher education, naturally, but also veterans' issues, tourism, the economy, the environment, electric cars and ferries, and more.

Mon, Jan 28, 2019

When My-Linh Thai took the oath of office in Olympia a couple of weeks ago, she became Rep. My-Linh Thai -- the first refugee to serve in the Washington state Legislature. It that piques your interest, give a listen.

Rep. My-Linh Thai is a lot of things: a pharmacist, a successful businesswoman, a former member of the Bellevue school board . . . and, incidentally, a refugee who fled Vietnam with her family at age 15 and found a home in the U.S. She's the first refugee to be elected to the Washington state Legislature since statehood -- in other words, ever -- and she's got a story to tell.

Thu, Jan 24, 2019

Before Lauren Davis became the new state representative from the 32nd district in King/Snohomish counties, she was almost single-handledly responsible for the passage of Ricky's Law, a life-saving change in the way Washington deals with victims of substance-abuse disorder, alcoholism, and behavioral illness. Listen to her story.

In this installment of "Capitol Ideas" we meet Rep. Lauren Davis, midway through her second week as a state representative. With a resume that begins with Head Start teacher and goes on to include international development work in West Africa, advanced studies in Ghana as a Fulbright fellow, several non-profit startups and a stint with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, it's hard to accept that she is one of the youngest members of the Washington state Legislature. For all that, her most personal and crucial work has involved helping people recover from alcoholism and drug addiction, and that's mostly what we talk about today. This is one you don't want to miss.

Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Rep. Debra Lekanoff is the first Native American woman elected to serve in the Washington state House of Representatives since the state's establishment 130 years ago. Today we'll find out who she is, and why we're lucky to have her.

Today's "Capitol Ideas" is a relatively brief but powerful introduction to Rep. Debra Lekanoff, who became the Washington's first Native American state representative after 40th-district constituents tapped her for the job last fall. The new lawmaker from Bow, a tiny community in Skagit County, is part of the most diverse Democratic majority in state history, and her story is a good one.

Wed, Jan 9, 2019

Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self is a school and mental health counselor, and she learns things about the lives of children every day that even their friends and family might not know. Today's "Capitol Ideas" is an eye-opener.

As a school and mental health counselor, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self knows more about the dark side of childhood than most of us, but on that job and as a state lawmaker, she's in a unique position to understand problems, and to solve them. That's what today's "Capitol Ideas" is all about.

Tue, Jan 8, 2019

Rep. Tana Senn has just been elected by her fellow legislators to chair the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee, and as you'll hear, it might just be a job she was destined for.

Few lawmakers can match Representative Tana Senn's passion and effectiveness as a voice for children and families in the Legislature. Today we're talking about how and why she came by that distinction, and we'll get a glimpse of her goals for the 2019 session as the new chair of the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee.

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

Rep. Mike Chapman dropped by today to talk about leading Washington's bipartisan, bicameral quest to make rural economic development a legislative success story.

Rep. Mike Chapman represents one of Washington's most rural districts, and he's leading an effort to create good jobs and increase access to higher education in his and other districts from Seattle, Tacoma, and the other cities along the I-5 corridor who have prospered as the state recovers from the Great Recession. He talks about that effort today on "Capitol Ideas."

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

Rep. Shelley Kloba makes a return visit to "Capitol Ideas" to talk about special education, cannabis, transportation, and more.

This is Rep. Shelley Kloba's second visit to "Capitol Ideas." She's that good. Today she'll talk about easing Washington's transportation crisis, improving special education in our K-12 schools, fine-tuning the rules surrounding recreational cannabis, and perhaps most interesting of all, how and why she got into public service.

Mon, Jan 7, 2019

Rep. Nicole Macri has devoted her life to, in her words, "ensuring that people have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy homes that they can afford." That's what we'll talk about in today's "Capitol Ideas."

Outside the Legislature, Rep. Nicole Macri has devoted her career to, in her words, "ensuring that people have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy homes that they can afford." It's not surprising that she brought that focus to Olympia when she was elected in 2016. Nicole is back for a new session, and today she talks about how she'll be approaching the issue, and others, in 2019.

Fri, Jan 4, 2019

State Rep. Gerry Pollet isn't shy about the need to upgrade special education in Washington's K-12 schools. In this fast-paced conversation he outlines the key problems and offers a set of legislative solutions.

State Rep. Gerry Pollet isn't shy about the need to upgrade special education in Washington's K-12 schools. In this fast-paced conversation he outlines the key problems and offers a set of legislative solutions.

Fri, May 4, 2018

Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick drops by to talk about education, school safety, transportation, jobs . . . and working in the public sphere for nearly five decades, including two separate stints in the state House.

We got to visit today with Rep. John Lovick, the 44th-district Democrat who serves as Speaker Pro Tem in the state House of Representatives. He was a state patrol office for more than 30 years, a state representative for nine, a county sheriff, a county executive, and then a state representative again. We talk about that and more in today's Capitol Ideas.

Mon, Jan 18, 2018

Rep. Jeff Morris on Moore's Law and the Internet speeds you've always dreamed of (part two of two).

Today’s guest is 40th-district State Representative Jeff Morris. In the conclusion of our two-part conversation, Jeff talks about some high-tech developments that have him interested, and how they're going to change life in Washington state.

Mon, Jan 18, 2018

Rep. Jeff Morris on Moore's Law and the Internet speeds you've always dreamed of (part one of two).

Today’s guest is 40th-district State Representative Jeff Morris. In this first of a two-part conversation, Jeff talks about some high-tech developments that have him interested, and how they're going to change life in Washington state.

Tue, Jan 9, 2018

Rep. Zack Hudgins on expanding and protecting access to the polls

Today’s guest is 11th-district State Representative Zack Hudgins, and the topic is voting. More to the point, we’ll talk about plans that Zack and others have to make it easier for qualified voters to cast their votes, and to make sure those votes count. As chair of the House Committee on State Government, Elections, and Information Technology, he’s in a pretty good position to achieve those goals.

Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Rep. Tina Orwall talks about how technology and science can help put rapists behind bars . . . if only we'll make use of them.

DNA evidence gathered from victims of sexual assault can be law enforcement's most effective tool in identifying rapists, solving cold cases, and preventing future attacks. But when Washington state rep. Tina Orwall toured a police evidence locker several years ago, she saw untested kits gathering dust and stacked high on shelves. Her subsequent research led to a disturbing discovery: Washington alone had more than 6000 untested kits, and nationwide nearly half a million kits had never been tested. In today's Capitol Ideas podcast, she'll talk about her successful efforts to have those kits tested and the results used to ID rapists, and to prevent the situation from repeating itself.

Fri, Aug 4, 2017

Rep. Christine Kilduff on the importance of civility, respect, and bipartisan cooperation and compromise in politics, and in life.

Today's Capitol Ideas features a talk with Rep. Christine Kilduff about what she calls "the glue" that holds our society, and our legislative bodies, together: plain, civil behavior. It's an endangered species in today's Washington, D.C., but, with some notable exceptions, seems to be holding its own in Olympia.

Wed, Jun 14, 2017

Rep. Monica Stonier works for the good people of Washington's 49th legislative district. A few years ago she was sent to Olympia by the 17th district, then took a two-year break. Today we talk about her experience as a two-time freshman.

The last time she was featured on Capitol Ideas, today's lawmaker was Representative Monica Stonier of the 17th legislative district. That was almost three years ago. Since then Monica lost her reelection bid, moved into the 49th, and resumed her public-education career as a middle-school instructional coach. Two years go by. A seat unexpectedly opens up for a 49th-district rep, Monica goes for it . . . and here we are, about to review her second time around as a freshman lawmaker.

Tue, Jun 6, 2017

Rep. Sharon Wylie talks about the efforts to replace the aging bridge on I-5 connecting Washington with Oregon.

This story started a long time ago, and it's looking like the end might possibly be coming into sight. The I-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River between Vancouver and Portland turned 100 years old this past Valentine's Day. Efforts to agree on and pay for a replacement have been going on for years, but as Washington state Representative Sharon Wylie explains, it's complicated. In this edition of "Capitol Ideas," she traces the past and points toward a promising future.

Wed, Mar 22, 2017

Rep. Noel Frame: Making college a little more humane, a little less expensive

Today we look at a pair of bills sponsored by Rep. Noel Frame (D-Seattle). One would shortcut the currently cumbersome route college students with disabilities have to take when transferring between schools. The other looks at a high-tech alternative to college textbooks that can cost hundreds of dollars for a single course. Rep. Frame is joined by Washington Student Association members Anna Nepomuceno (UW-Tacoma) and Maresa Miranda (WSU-Vancouver).

Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Curbing carbon emissions, with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Washington state pumps about 95 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. That's more than twice the targeted volume for the year 2050, and we're behind schedule to meet that goal. Burien Democrat Joe Fitzgibbon chairs the House Environment Committee in Olympia, and he's introduced a bill to speed up the process by taxing carbon polluters at a rate of $15 a ton. We'll talk about his bill, and why it matters, in this edition of "Capitol Ideas."

Tue, Mar 14, 2017

The Return of Saying No to Hate, with Rep. Derek Stanford and Aneelah Afzali

Violence against Muslims, Jews and people of color continues to increase, and one conversation about it doesn't seem to be enough. This week Rep. Derek Stanford and Aneelah Afzali, director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network, pick up where the last "Capitol Ideas" left off.

Tue, Mar 7, 2017

Saying no to hate, with Rep. Tana Senn and Rabbi Daniel Weiner

Overt acts of anti-Semitism are increasingly common around the U.S. and here in Washington state. Mosques are burned and vandalized. People who look vaguely Middle Eastern are targeted by violent xenophobes, and racist bullies do what racist bullies do. Is hate the new black? We hear today from a lawmaker and a rabbi to get their take on increasing threats to America's sustaining values, and what they're doing about it.

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Asking Rep. June Robinson: What, exactly, is public health?

We hear the term "public health" on the news now and then, but what does it refer to? Rep. June Robinson of Everett serves on the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and in her non-legislative life she works for Public Health of Seattle-King County. Today, she enlightens us.

Fri, Feb 3, 2017

A Democrat and a Republican walk into the state House of Representatives . . . and work together on bipartisan legislation to reform the Public Records Act. This is no joke.

Rep. Joan McBride, Democrat from Kirkland, has worked with GOP Rep. Terry Nealey (Dayton) since last year on an effort to bring Washington's Public Records Act into the 21st century. In this bipartisan Capitol Ideas conversation, they talk about how they managed to craft bills that so far have the support of stakeholders on all sides of the issue.

Thu, Jan 26, 2017

State Rep. Kristine Reeves talks about veterans' issues, jobs, foster care, veterans' issues, the American Dream, her first speech as a legislator, jobs and economic development, having a twin, and veterans' issues.

Rep. Kristine Reeves works for, as she says, "the 137,000 people of the 30th district." That’s mostly south King County with a little bit of Pierce, and it includes Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Algona and Pacific and part of Auburn. She was sworn in as a brand new lawmaker on January 9, 2017.

Mon, Jun 27, 2016

State Rep. Brian Blake on fishing, forestry, jobs, and why he's unhappy with the EPA.

Rep. Brian Blake works for the people of the 19th legislative district in southwest Washington. It’s a place where people fish not just for fun, but for a living, where the timber industry has employed generations of tough men and women, and where agriculture thrives. A former logger himself, Brian lives in Aberdeen, and in the Legislature he chairs the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Fri, Jun 17, 2016

State Rep. Zack Hudgins goes deep on cybersecurity in the latest "Capitol Ideas."

Today we’re going to hear Representative Zack Hudgins talk mostly about an issue that’s on a lot of minds lately: cybersecurity. Zack has a professional background in the tech industry, and long before the word “hack” entered the average person’s vocabulary, he was looking at ways to keep online data safe and private.

Wed, Jun 15, 2016

State Rep. JD Rossetti talks about being Washington's newest lawmaker.

JD Rossetti became Rep. JD Rossetti this year when then-Rep. Dean Takko moved across the rotunda to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. The Capitol isn't new territory for JD; he's a former member of the professional staff at the Legislature, and he knows his way around. Hailing from Longview, JD is a member of the Longview School Board with a long resume of community service. This is his first appearance on "Capitol Ideas.

Fri, Jun 10, 2016

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan takes a quick look at Washington's public schools.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) might be the most dedicated advocate for public schools in Olympia, and he's a leader on the state’s education-funding task force. But like every lawmaker, he’s also answerable to the constituents in his home district. In this case, that’s the 47th, and in today’s brief conversation he touches on both of these roles.

Wed, May 25, 2016

Rep. Roger Goodman: Working across the aisle.

Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland).

Mon, Feb 29, 2016

Rep. Christine Kilduff, a fighter for veterans, the disabled, and Washington students.

Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place.

Wed, Feb 10, 2016

Rep. Joan McBride: State lawmaker, mayor, civic leader.

Rep. Joan McBride, D-Kirkland).

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege: When music venues meet music rights, neither has to lose.

Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim).

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Rep. Laurie Jinkins talks about transgender rights.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma).

Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Rep. Tana Senn on paycheck equity

Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island).

Tue, Oct 6, 2015

Rep. Marcus Riccelli: From staff member to lawmaker

Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane).

Sun, Jun 29, 2014

Learning the Ropes: Rep. Monica Stonier returns to Capitol Ideas to talk about moving from the classroom to the Capitol.

Rep. Monica Stonier (D-Vancouver) talked with Capitol Ideas a few days before being sworn in as a brand-new state lawmaker, after more than a decade as a classroom teacher and teaching coach. What was that transition like, and what did she learn in her first two years? Listen in and find out.

Thu, Feb 20, 2014

Rep. Kristine Lytton talks about cut-off, collaboration, and cross-aisle communication in the Legislature.

Rep. Kristine Lytton (D-Anacortes) goes behind the scenes to explain some arcane legislative practices, and talks about what has and hasn't happened at this point in the short 2014 session.

Fri, Feb 7, 2014

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan assesses 2014 Legislature as it nears the session's midpoint.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) talks about House Democratic priorities, what's passed, and what hasn't, as the clock ticks down on the first half of the 2014 session.

Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Rep. Ruth Kagi on the Washington State Youth Opportunities Act

Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-Shoreline) talks about her efforts to have most juvenile arrest records sealed when the young offender has completed the terms of his or her sentence and turned 18.

Tue, Jan 21, 2014

Rep. Laurie Jinkins on the Washington State Reproductive Parity Act

Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) talks about the fight to ensure that reproductive parity continues to be a Washington tradition.

Fri, Jan 15, 2014

Rep. Christopher Hurst on reducing liquor-shoplifting from Washington stores

Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-Enumclaw) discusses the surprisingly large amount of liquor being stolen from retail stores since the industry was privatized.

Fri, Jan 9, 2014

Rep. Zack Hudgins on the Washington State DREAM Act

Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-Tukwila) explains the Washington State DREAM Act.

Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Mr. Speaker Pro Tem: Rep. Jim Moeller

Rep. Jim Moeller (D-Vancouver) is Speaker Pro Tem of the Washington State House of Representatives. In today's conversation, he takes listeners onto the podium in the House chamber for a behind the scenes look at the role debate plays in a modern representative democracy. He also tells how he balances his leadership role with his duties as a state representative from Washington's 49th district.

Thu, Mar 28, 2013

Being vice chair: Rep. Timm Ormsby

By most any measure, the House Appropriations Committee is one of the plum assignments, and one of the key decision-making groups, in the Washington State Legislature. Rep. Timm Ormsby is vice chair of the committee, and today he reflects on just what that means.

Wed, Jan 9, 2013

Starting from Scratch: Freshman Rep. Monica Stonier

The first Capitol Ideas interview of 2013 features Rep. Monica Stonier, newly elected by the voters of Clark County's 17th legislative district. A Vancouver Democrat, Monica spent a decade as a middle-school language arts and social studies teacher before becoming an instructional coach -- a career path we'll learn more about shortly. Her education background earned her the vice chair of the House Education Committee as a brand-new lawmaker, and she's also a member of the Capitol Budget Committee and the House panel responsible for technology and economic-development issues.

Fri, Mar 28, 2012

House Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew: Big Job, Big Gavel

We have a return visit today with state Representative Eric Pettigrew. Eric represents Washington’s 37th legislative district, which follows the southwestern shoreline of Lake Washington from south Seattle’s Capitol Hill down to Renton. The last time he was on “Capitol Ideas,” in the summer of 2010, Eric was chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee. His resume and job description have changed significantly since then, and that’s where we’ll start today.

Wed, Mar 26, 2012

Rep. Judy Clibborn: Building Bridges Across the Water . . . and Across the Aisle

Today we'll talk about transportation, healthcare, bipartisanship and whatever else comes up with state Representative Judy Clibborn. For the last decade she’s represented the state’s 41st legislative district, which includes Mercer Island, Newcastle, and parts of Bellevue, Renton and Issaquah. She graduated from the University of Washington with a nursing degree and worked at Harborview, but her resume also includes stints as executive director of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, a member of the island’s city council, and finally as its mayor. Today she chairs the House Transportation Committee, a full-time job in itself, and finds time to serve on the chamber’s Healthcare and Wellness Committee as well.

Sat, Feb 11, 2012

Rep. Tina Orwall: From New Kid to Seasoned Lawmaker

Our guest today is state Representative Tina Orwall. Tina represents Washington’s 33rd legislative district, a South King County district that includes Sea-Tac, Des Moines, Normandy Park and large parts of both Burien and Kent. Before running for office in 2008, Tina focused her energy on strategic planning in health care and workforce development, affordable-housing efforts, advocacy for military veterans, developing public-private partnerships. In Olympia, she serves as assistant speaker pro tem of the House of Representatives, presiding over much of the floor action in that chamber. As a member of House leadership she’s got a seat on the Rules Committee, which decides which bills will make it to the House floor, and her policy committees include Early Learning and Human Services, Education Appropriations and Oversight, and Judiciary. And to make sure she doesn’t find herself with any spare time, she co-chairs the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs. If you’ve listened to Capitol Ideas for a while, you may remember Tina’s first visit in the summer of 2010.

Fri, Jul 15, 2011

Rep. Laurie Jinkins: A Busy First Year

Our guest today is state Representative Laurie Jinkins. Laurie represents Washington’s 27th legislative district, a vaguely mushroom-shaped piece of northern Pierce County that includes most of Tacoma and all of Ruston, and stretches from Fife in the east to Highway 16 in the west. Representative Jinkins is midway through her first two-year term in the House. Before running for office in 2010, Laurie was – and still is -- deputy director of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, managing its daily operations. She’s served as Washington state’s assistant secretary of health, and as a young law-school graduate she worked as assistant state attorney general in Tacoma. She’s also a board member, director or member of far too many civic organizations to mention. In Olympia, Laurie is vice chair of the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and sits on the transportation, capital budget and environment committees as well.

Thu, Jul 8, 2011

Rep. Jamie Pedersen: Working a Bill

We’re speaking today with Washington state Representative Jamie Pedersen. Jamie represents Washington’s 43rd legislative district, which is about as urban as a district can get in Washington state. He’s got the world-famous Pike Street Market, First Hill, a huge part of downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill, Green Lake and Lake Union, the University of Washington campus, Fremont, Wallingford . . . in other words, he represents much of what people all over the world have in mind when they think of Seattle. A lawyer in his non-legislative career, Jamie was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2006 and currently chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He also serves on the House Business and Financial Services Committee and the budget-writing General Government Appropriations and Oversight Committee.

Tue, Jan 18, 2011

Rep. Cindy Ryu: A Freshman's Take

Welcome to the first Capitol Ideas podcast of 2011. It’s a new year, a new session, and we’re speaking today with a new member of the Legislature, Washington state Representative Cindy Ryu. Cindy was elected in November to represent the state’s 32nd legislative district, a north King and south Snohomish county district that stretches from Edmonds in the northwest all the way down to Kirkland in the southeast. In between, the district includes Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Shoreline, Cindy’s home. Representative Ryu is new to the statehouse, but this isn’t her first taste of public service. She’s a former president of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, and served on that city’s city council for two years before her election as mayor in 2008. Two months ago she became the first Korean-American woman elected to serve in the state House of Representatives.

Fri, Jun 25, 2010

A Conversation with Rep. Sherry Appleton

We’re speaking today with state Representative Sherry Appleton. Sherry represents Washington’s 23rd legislative district, which comprises the bulk of Kitsap County, including Poulsbo, where she lives, as well as Bainbridge Island, Silverdale, Kingston and East Bremerton. She was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives in 2004 and is currently vice-chair of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee, and is a member of the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Health Care and Human Services Appropriations committees.

Mon, Jun 21, 2010

A Conversation with Rep. Mike Sells

We’re speaking today with state Representative Mike Sells. Mike represents Washington’s 38th legislative district, a fast-growing Snohomish County district that includes Everett, Marysville and Tulalip. Mike is vice chair of the House Higher Education, and he’s also a member of the Transportation and General Government Appropriations committees. We spoke recently in his Everett office.

Thu, Jun 17, 2010

A Conversation with Rep. Tina Orwall

State Rep. Tina Orwall represents Washington's 33rd Legislative District, including the communities of Des Moines, SeaTac, and Normandy Park, as well as parts of Burien and the west half of the city of Kent. The Democratic freshman serves as vice chair of the House Human Services Committee and is a member of the chamber’s education and capital-budget panels as well.

Fri, Jun 4, 2010

A Conversation with Rep. Eric Pettigrew

Seattle State Rep. Eric Pettigrew is an eight-year veteran lawmaker representing Washington's 37th legislative district. It's a distinctly urban district and one of the state's most diverse, stretching from Seattle's busy waterfront seaport east to the shores of Lake Washington, and south to Renton, comprising nearly a dozen separate neighborhoods (Rainier Valley, Madrona, North Beacon Hill, Rainier Beach, Mt. Baker, Leschi, Columbia City, southern Capitol Hill, Skyway and Hillman City).

Thu, Jun 3, 2010

A Conversation with Rep. Zack Hudgins

Zack Hudgins of Tukwila represents Washington's 11th legislative district. He's floor leader for the majority Democrats in the Washington State House of Representatives, and in today's "Capitol Ideas," he reviews the 2010 session, looks forward to 2011, and talks about the diverse district he serves.

Wed, Oct 14, 2009

Building a Bridge: Rep. Larry Springer

One of the most pressing, most expensive, and most controversial projects in Washington state today is the proposed replacement of the State Route 520 floating bridge that spans Lake Washington. It’s a bridge that’s used by more than 150,000 people every day, connecting the city of Seattle with Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond and other cities on the east side of the lake. Replacing the bridge will be a massive project, and as a lawmaker whose district includes the eastern terminus of the bridge, Rep. Larry Springer is a key member of the Legislature’s 520 Work Group. That’s what we’re going to talk about today.

Thu, Jan 29, 2009

Rep. Timm Ormsby and Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter: Working Together

Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) and Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter give a behind-the-scenes look at how a legislative office works.