We're delighted to welcome state Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-Auburn) to the podcast. As soon as we saw all the "Arrested Development" gifs populating his Twitter feed we knew he'd be the perfect guest. We sat down at the state Capitol in Olympia to chat about him being a younger member of the Legislature, how he got into politics and government, and his approach to working across the aisle. Other random topics of discussion: Kim Jon Un and Dick Cheney. Plus, Drew fits in a reference to "The Office" and we totally miss it.
The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, a joint effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, recently named Washington state a leader in evidence-based policymaking.
Several policies impacting Seattle’s business climate have been in the news recently.
San Bernardino, California has been in bankruptcy for four years now. According to a story in Governing Magazine, it's not because of debt or pensions (which tend to be the culprits in other city bankruptcies). Instead, the problem is
San Bernardino’s lengthy and convoluted charter, a document that gives so much authority to so many officials that it’s completely ineffective.
Last month we were pleased to have renowned political journalist and commentator Morton Kondracke speak at our 84th annual dinner in Bellevue. His topic was "This Perilous Election: How Did We Get Here?" He offered a rather scathing - yet entertaining - critique of all three presidential candidates.
Back in 2013, we wrote about a local initiative in Spokane that would have established a community bill of rights. Under the initiative (from Envision Spokane), zoning changes would have required neighborhood voter approval, the Spokane River would have a legal right to exist and flourish, employees would have the protections of the Bill of Rights against their employers, and legal rights of corporations would be taken away (a response to the U.S.
More details are emerging in the ongoing Benton-Franklin joint offices saga. At first, the break-up of some of the counties' joint efforts was attributed to growth and communications issues.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how Benton and Franklin counties were planning to split up their joint public defender office. Apparently there's a much larger divorce in the works.
City costs of administering the collective bargaining process remain unknown and the Council has placed the burden of significant rulemaking on City staff.