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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Education and Training
3:36 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Washington Supreme Court To Hold Contempt Hearing On Wednesday

Attorney Tom Ahearne represents the coalition that sued the state of Washington over school funding. He wants the Supreme Court to find the state in contempt.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington will go before the state Supreme Court Wednesday, September 3 to explain why it should not be held in contempt.

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Government and Politics
5:24 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
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This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.

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Government and Politics
4:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nearly $9 Million And Counting For Washington Fall Ballot Measures

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the aggregate amount of money raised by the campaigns.

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, nearly $9 million has flowed to these campaigns. And it’s still early.

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Health and Medicine
4:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Puts Hospital Boarding Decision On Hold

File photo of The Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington
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The state of Washington will not have to start discharging severely mentally ill patients starting this week. The Supreme Court Monday put a hold on a recent ruling that says it’s illegal for the state to “board” psychiatric patients in non-psychiatric hospital beds.

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Health and Medicine
8:01 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Washington Seeks Emergency Stay On Psychiatric Boarding Ruling

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The Washington Supreme Court recently ruled it’s illegal for the state to “board” mental health patients in emergency rooms and regular hospital beds.

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Government and Politics
7:33 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Federal Judge: Yakima Election System Disenfranchises Latino Voters

File photo. More than four in 10 residents in Yakima are Hispanic, but Sonia Rodriguez True still lost her race for city council in 2009.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A federal judge has ruled that the way city council members are elected in Yakima, Washington, disenfranchises Latino voters.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:25 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sets Standard For Post-Conviction DNA Testing

File of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.
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Washington’s Supreme Court may have just made it easier for prison inmates to try to get their convictions overturned through DNA testing.

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Government and Politics
5:20 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Washington Ethics Board Settles On 12 Lobbyist-Paid Meals Per Year

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Washington’s Legislative Ethics Board voted Tuesday to allow lawmakers to accept a dozen lobbyist-paid meals per year, but no more.

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Health and Medicine
2:53 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Outlaws Mental Health 'Boarding'

File photo of the Temple of Justice in Olympia, Washington.
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The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the practice of "boarding" mental health patients in hospital emergency rooms is unlawful.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:27 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Protest Over Closed-Door State Labor Negotiations

Tim Welch of the Washington Federation of State Employees tries to hand out cups of tea to protesters from the Freedom Foundation.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The state of Washington resumed bargaining sessions Wednesday with its unionized employees. Protesters showed up to criticize the secret nature of the meetings.

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