Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn won’t run for re-election

By | October 22, 2015 | Comments

Randy DornSuperintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Thursday he will not seek re-election next year.

Dorn said he’s made no secret of his “extreme frustration” with the state Legislature, governor and state Supreme Court to come up with a plan that reforms school levies and fully funds K-12 education.

“This decision doesn’t mean, though, that I am giving up the fight for our students and for a fully funded school system that is consistent with the paramount duty of our state constitution,” he said.

Dorn says he is keeping his options open and will be watching state officials closely.

Two candidates have previously declared their intent to run for the superintendent position: Tacoma Public Schools administrator Erin Jones and Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater.

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On ‘The Impact:’ A detailed look at Initiative 1401

By | October 22, 2015 | Comments

This week’s edition of “The Impact” looks at the details of Initiative 1401, which would make it illegal to sell, purchase or trade certain animal species threatened with extinction.

The initiative aims to fight poaching by outlawing products from ten endangered animals, including elephant ivory, shark fins and tiger products. The penalty for breaking the law ranges from $1,000 to $14,000 in fines and potentially up to five years in jail.

The initiative has exemptions for musical instruments, inheritances and educational donations if the item is at least 100 years old there is documentation to prove it.

Supporters say it will help reduce the slaughter of elephants by reducing the market for ivory products. Opponents say the exemptions are too narrow, and it will put legal antique dealers out of business.

Here’s a look at images from the show, which is posted online here.

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On TVW this week: School levy discussion in House Finance

By | October 19, 2015 | Comments

TVW has a reduced schedule as we undergo an equipment overhaul. See the full air schedule for the week of Oct. 19th here.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.: The House Finance committee is holding a work session to discuss how property tax levies are used to fund K-12 education in Washington.  TVW will tape the meeting to be posted later at this link.

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.: TVW will tape the Joint Transportation Committee as they get an update on several issues, including trooper retention. The meeting will be posted at this link.

TVW is live webcasting this week’s Washington Supreme Court hearings at the following times:

9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (Sandra C. Thornell v. Seattle Service Bureau, Inc.)

10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (Whatcom Co. v. Eric Hirst)

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (State of Washington v. Johnny Dale Fuller)

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U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will not run for governor

By | October 16, 2015 | Comments

Republican Congressman Dave Reichert announced on Friday he will not run for governor in 2016. Instead, he plans to seek re-election to Congress to work on “some of the most important issues facing this nation and Washington state, including tax reform and free trade.”

Reichert was seen as the primary potential challenger against Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking a second term.

In a written statement, Reichert said he was “extremely disappointed in the decisions coming out of the governor’s office,” but felt that he could better serve the state in “another Washington.” The former King County sheriff has served six terms in the 8th Congressional District.

Other potential GOP challengers state Senators Andy Hill and Steve Litzow both declined to run for governor earlier this year.

Republican Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant declared his candidacy in May. He released a statement on Friday saying his campaign “now moves into a new phase” focused on challenges in education, wages and salmon runs.

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On TVW this week: Energy and labor committees

By | October 14, 2015 | Comments

TVW has a reduced schedule as we undergo an equipment overhaul. See the full air schedule here.

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.: The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications committee is holding a work session in Ocean Shores to discuss broadband access in underserved areas. TVW will attempt to go live from the meeting if technology allows — if so, it will be at this link. (Update: We are not able to go live. The hearing will be posted at a later time.)

Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.: The House Labor committee is holding a work session in SeaTac to discuss commercial janitorial safety, worker rights and regulation of the construction trade. TVW will tape the meeting at post it at this link.


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On ‘The Impact:’ Hear from the 30th legislative district candidates

By | October 14, 2015 | Comments
Host Anita Kissee with Carol Gregory, top, and Teri Hickel, bottom.

Host Anita Kissee with Carol Gregory, top, and Teri Hickel, bottom.

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” host Anita Kissee interviews the two candidates vying for the 30th Legislative District seat in the state House. The seat became vacant last year following the death of Democratic Rep. Roger Freeman.

Former teacher Carol Gregory, a Democrat, was appointed to the seat following Freeman’s death and is campaigning to keep it. Her challenger is Republican Teri Hickel, the former executive director of a youth leadership program in Federal Way.

The race is drawing high interest because Democrats currently hold a slim two-seat majority in the House. The mostly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus holds the Senate.

Also on the show — catch up with members of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee on their multi-city “listening tour” as they hear ideas from the public about ways to fund basic education.

The committee is focusing on how to reduce the reliance on local school levies — see the background materials shown at the meeting here. TVW also produced a 16-minute short documentary showing how an overreliance on levies impacts schools and teachers.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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Inslee directs Ecology to rewrite clean water rules

By | October 9, 2015 | Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee is directing state Ecology officials to rewrite a proposed clean water rule that determines the level of pollutants allowed in the state’s waterways.

The new rule is designed to align with federal recommendations in an effort to maintain state control over the process. If the state doesn’t act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will issue its own rule.

“That has left us with a choice,” Inslee said Thursday at a press conference in Seattle. He said the state can either adopt a federal rule that is “extremely stringent and very inflexible,” or write its own rule that is “reasonable and works with our growing economy.”

“This is our state and it should be our clean water rule,” Inslee said.

The clean water rule is tied to a fish consumption rate that assumes residents can safely eat fish that is caught in the state’s rivers, lakes and streams. The state’s current rate is 6.5 grams of fish per day, or about one bite of fish per day.

The EPA recommended in September that Washington significantly increase the fish consumption rate to 175 grams a day, or about one small fish filet per day.

“This rate accounts for local data, reflects input from tribes in Washington and protects fish consumers downstream in Oregon,” which also uses 175 grams a day to determine safe levels of pollution, the EPA wrote in its September proposal.

Inslee’s proposal matches the federal recommendation of 175 grams a day. That comes with a theoretical cancer risk rate of one in a million chance of developing cancer if a person ate 175 grams of fish every day for 70 years.

Ecology officials say they plan to write a rule that will provide more flexibility to industries, municipalities and manufacturers than the federal version. Ecology director Maia Bellon said it would consider things like “intake credits,” which would adjust a company’s obligation if the water that the company draws is already contaminated.

EPA will halt its rulemaking process if Washington submits its own rule, Inslee said.

“During this process, I heard over and over that people in businesses and governments wanted to maintain control over this process,” Inslee said. “Not to turn our future over to the federal government.”

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TVW releases new short documentary about school levies, teacher compensation

By | October 7, 2015 | Comments

Over the past 30 years, school districts in Washington have become increasingly reliant on local levies to pay for costs that the Washington Supreme Court says should be covered by the state — including teacher salaries and basic education.

This 16-minute short documentary produced by TVW looks at how a school in the Highline school district is affected by an overreliance on local levies.

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On ‘The Impact:’ Details about the state’s first Alzheimer’s plan

By | October 7, 2015 | Comments

This week on “The Impact,” host Anita Kissee looks at details of the state’s first Alzheimer’s plan to address the growing needs related to the disease.

The Legislature passed a bill last year providing authorization to develop an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington. The state Department of Social and Health Services recently released a 153-page draft of the plan.

On the show, Kissee meets with a patient who is struggling with the disease. Kissee also interviews Bob LeRoy from the Alzheimer’s Association and Bea Rector of the Dept. of Social and Health Services.

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting 11 town hall meetings across the state in October and November to discuss the draft plan — dates and locations are available here. Anyone who suspects elder abuse can call the state’s hotline at 1-866-ENDHARM.

Also on the show — details about the upcoming Combined Fund Drive masquerade ball on Oct. 24 at the state Capitol, which is expected to draw up to 600 people. The Combined Fund Drive is a way for public employees to give to charity through payroll contributions and fundraising events.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 7 &10 p.m.

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On TVW this week: GET committee, education finance listening tour

By | October 5, 2015 | Comments

TVW’s schedule page is undergoing maintenance while we upgrade our equipment this fall. Here’s what TVW will cover the week of Oct. 5-10th.

A PDF of our weekly broadcast schedule is available here.

Monday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m.: TVW will live webcast the House Task Force on Washington Waters at this link. The meeting includes a discussion about water supply, stormwater and flood needs.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m.: The Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Committee is meeting at the Capitol to discuss the bill passed by the Legislature in 2015 lowering college tuition. Read the full agenda here. The committee will also take public comment and hear an update about GET customers. TVW will carry it live at this link.

Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m.: Members of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee are traveling across the state in October on a “listening tour” to hear from the public and elected officials about how the state can best fund basic education. The tour will stop in Bremerton at the Performing Arts Center, 1500 13th Street in Bremerton, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. TVW will live webcast the meeting if it is possible from that location. If not, we will tape it and air it at a later time (check back for details and a link).

Here is the list of all the times and dates of the tour:

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