Posted inEducation

Class size initiative too close to call

With 49.5% of the vote, it’s too soon to tell if Ini­tia­tive 1351 will pass. If approved by vot­ers, the ini­tia­tive would low­er pub­lic school class sizes in grades kinder­garten through 12. Washington’s pupil-teacher ratio ranks 47th nation­al­ly, and both the state and nation­al teach­ers unions were the pri­ma­ry sup­port­ers of the cam­paign. State Superintendent […]

Posted inElections

Initiative 594 leading–Washington just got safer

Own­ing a gun is a big respon­si­bil­i­ty, one which increas­es the risk of sui­cide or homi­cide for gun own­ers and their fam­i­lies. In Wash­ing­ton state, near­ly 6,000 peo­ple were killed with a gun in the last decade. Thank­ful­ly, today Wash­ing­ton vot­ers are mak­ing a deci­sion that will save lives, by pass­ing Ini­tia­tive 594 by a […]

Posted inElections

Bernie Talmas ahead in Woodinville despite anonymous attacks

A shad­owy group that tar­get­ed Wood­inville May­or Bernie Tal­mas with attack ads and robo­calls may have impact­ed his elec­tion returns, but Tal­mas is still mak­ing a good show­ing this evening, cap­tur­ing 54% of the vote for Wood­inville City Coun­cil. Tal­mas is the only Wood­inville City Coun­cil mem­ber out of four run­ning for office who attract­ed a […]

Posted inEducation

Education supporters agree: Restoration of majority rule is an opportunity

Peo­ple from who care about kids are cel­e­brat­ing Thursday’s Wash­ing­ton Supreme Court rul­ing strik­ing down the pro­vi­sion at the heart of Tim Eyman’s I‑601 clones. Par­ents, teach­ers and oth­er advo­cates for great pub­lic schools agree that sim­ply cut­ting fund­ing from oth­er vital pub­lic ser­vices and real­lo­cat­ing the mon­ey to edu­ca­tion — the only option on […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Gun control supporters rally in Seattle

A large crowd of gun con­trol sup­port­ers, mobi­lized by StandUP Wash­ing­ton, marched from Seattle’s West­lake Park to a ral­ly at the Seat­tle Cen­ter this Sun­day after­noon. The mood was somber, as vic­tims of the Sandy Hook school shoot­ing were remem­bered, but there was also a spir­it of resolve. The event had a dual pur­pose, to remem­ber, but […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

McAuliffe retains seat

State sen­a­tor Rose­mary McAu­li­ffe has retained her seat in Wash­ing­ton’s first leg­isla­tive dis­trict. Repub­li­cans need­ed to take her seat to gain the major­i­ty in the sen­ate. They ran an “edu­ca­tion” can­di­date, Dawn McCravey, who sup­port­ed char­ter schools which McAu­li­ffe blocked in her edu­ca­tion com­mit­tee. To off­set McCravey’s ed reform sup­port, teach­ers came out on force […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Mood buoyant at 45th LD party in Kirkland

State rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roger Good­man just gave a short, jubi­lant vic­to­ry speech to a room­ful of his sup­port­ers. Good­man has a wide lead of over 12 per­cent­age points over his Repub­li­can oppo­nent Joel Hussey. Good­man is proud to have ran “an hon­or­able” cam­paign ver­sus an oppo­nent who reached deep into his bag of dirty tricks. He […]

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics

Wolves’ comeback breeds tensions

A con­tro­ver­sial and divi­sive fig­ure is rear­ing its scruffy head in Wash­ing­ton. Absent from our state for at least sev­en­ty years, the wolf is mak­ing a vig­or­ous come­back. And while Native Amer­i­cans hon­or it in sto­ry, ani­mal lovers appre­ci­ate its eco­log­i­cal role (not to men­tion its fam­i­ly loy­al­ty and intel­li­gence), many ranch­ers dis­trust it because […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Elections, Healthcare, Policy Topics

Wanted: Women willing to run for office

At a time when women’s repro­duc­tive rights are under attack in state leg­is­la­tures across the coun­try, there might soon be no female Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nors to push back. The only two such gov­er­nors left in office — Washington’s Chris Gre­goire and North Carolina’s Bev Pur­due — are leav­ing office in 2013, and only one state, New […]

Posted inElections, Unscheduled Programming

Flynn and Carson have hefty lead in Redmond City Council race

In the first of  just two con­test­ed Red­mond City Coun­cil races, Tom Fly­nn has a sig­nif­i­cant lead over his oppo­nent Joel Wright: Tom Fly­nn  56.56% Joel L. Wright 42.89% For a first time can­di­date, Fly­nn ran a strong cam­paign, gar­ner­ing the endorse­ment of four of the sev­en cur­rent city coun­cil mem­bers. In the sec­ond race, […]

Posted inElections

Slimy Kemper Freeman mailer misleads voters

Kem­per Free­man must have a lot to lose on Elec­tion Day. A cam­paign mail piece that he sent to Belle­vue vot­ers this week, smear­ing pro­gres­sive city coun­cil can­di­date John Stokes, reeks of des­per­a­tion. Free­man had a dif­fi­cult time find­ing filth to throw at Stokes, who is run­ning against Freeman’s cho­sen can­di­date, Aaron Laing, so he […]

Posted inElections, Unscheduled Programming

A conversation with John Stokes, Part 3: The Belleuve community supports its schools by working together

This is the third and final seg­ment of a series of posts cov­er­ing my recent con­ver­sa­tion with Belle­vue City Coun­cil can­di­date John Stokes. John and I are con­nect­ed through our edu­ca­tion advo­ca­cy work and I know him to be a well-informed and ded­i­cat­ed advo­cate for chil­dren. In part one of our con­ver­sa­tion, post­ed last week, […]

Posted inElections, Unscheduled Programming

A conversation with John Stokes, Part 2: Let’s bring light rail and smart growth to Bellevue

Last week, I met up with  Belle­vue City Coun­cil can­di­date John Stokes in a Red­mond cof­fee shop.   John and I are con­nect­ed through our edu­ca­tion advo­ca­cy work and I know him to be a deep thinker and a ded­i­cat­ed advo­cate for chil­dren.  I want­ed to find out more about his deci­sion to run for office […]