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."



Government and Politics
5:40 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization

Credit Wikimedia

As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.

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Government and Politics
2:55 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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6:12 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

After Fatalities Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

These days an old fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:59 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Goldmark Accuses Anti-Logging Interests Of Exploiting Oso Slide

File photo of the massive landslide that hit Snohomish County in March.
Office of the Governor Flickr

Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is speaking publicly for the first time since the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Government and Politics
3:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Washington Pot Store Lottery Announced; Grow Licenses Lagging


The timeline for when Washington’s first marijuana retail stores will open has slipped from June to early July, according to state Liquor Control Board staff.

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Government and Politics
4:55 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Washington Senate Panel Approves $30 Per Diem Increase

File photo of the Washington Senate chamber
Lincolnite Wikimedia

Washington state Senators are giving themselves a pay raise. They will get $120 a day in per diem when they are in session -- up from the current $90 a day.

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Government and Politics
7:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Washington Legislature Adjourns With No Action On Medical Marijuana, Gas Tax

The floor of the Washington Senate on the last night of the 60-day session
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The Washington legislature adjourned its 60-day session just before midnight Thursday night.

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Government and Politics
2:38 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Strikes Budget Deal

Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

In a new budget deal, Washington public schools will get nearly an additional $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year.

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