Washington Ledge

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Washington Legislature.Austin Jenkins is the Olympia correspondent for the Northwest News Network. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) weekly public affairs program "Inside Olympia."

 

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Government and Politics
3:38 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Washington House Could Be Sleeper Election Of 2014

Credit Wikimedia

The battle for control of the Washington state Senate is getting a lot of attention. But all Washington House members are also up for re-election this year.

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Government and Politics
3:52 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Current And Former Washington AGs Exposed In NY Times Influence Investigation

Current and former Washington state attorneys general, Bob Ferguson (left) and Rob McKenna (right)
Credit Office of the Attorney General

The current and former attorneys general of Washington state are among the subjects of a New York Times special report. The story in Wednesday’s Times details how companies under investigation by state AGs try to influence those cases.

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Government and Politics
8:07 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Washington Republicans Allege Vote Suppression Campaign

This mailer praising Tim Sheldon as a champion for women's reproductive rights started arriving in voter mailboxes last week.
Credit American Values First campaign mailer

Republicans say an out-of-state Democratic group is trying to suppress the GOP vote in a hotly contested Washington state Senate race.

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Government and Politics
5:36 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Washington School Shooting Comes As Voters Decide Gun Measures

Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun-related ballot measures.

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Government and Politics
3:19 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

From Advertising To Nail Care, Washington Campaigns Spend Bucks

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Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case

Anti-human trafficking activists rally at the Washington Supreme Court before oral arguments in a case involving Backpage.com.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The fate of a human trafficking lawsuit against Backpage.com is now in the hands of the Washington Supreme Court.

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Government and Politics
7:54 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Washington State Ethics Ruling Could Lower Bar For Foreign Trips

Washington state Senator Pam Roach appears on Azerbaijani television during a trip in May to strengthen relations between the U.S. and Azerbaijan.
Credit Pam Roach

A Washington lawmaker’s trip to the Middle East in 2013 was legitimate legislative travel -- not an illegal junket.

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Government and Politics
4:51 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Some Lobbyists Play Key Role In Washington Campaign Finance

Former contract lobbyist Jim Boldt uses a sports analogy to explain why it's important for lobbyists and their clients to contribute to political campaigns. He says, 'What you're buying is a uniform.'
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Environmentalists, unions, trial lawyers and business interests may be among the top political spenders in Washington this election year, but there’s a group of influential players who don’t necessarily show up in the campaign finance reports.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
5:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Washington State's Exotic Investment Opens In Tahiti

The Washington State Investment Board is a majority owner of the company that owns a resort on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando.
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A new luxury resort has opened on a Tahitian island once owned by Marlon Brando and it could soon start to pay a dividend to Washington state’s retired public employees.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Ebola Makes West Africa A No-Go Zone For Washington Investment Officers

Map of Ebola outbreak distribution. The director of the Washington State Investment Board says she will not authorize travel to West Africa.
Credit CDC

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa means Washington state investment officers won’t be traveling to that region anytime soon.

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