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Women in Politics, Part 2 - April 19, 2017

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Women in Politics, Part 1 - April 12, 2017

Here is the challenge presented by a panel talking about increasing women in leadership held recently in Skagit as part of a series being presented by the Women's Funding Alliance. Are you happy about the state of government now at any level? If not, what are you planning to do about it? If you want change, you personally need to consider that you should be part of that change. Female candidates are needed at many levels, but support staff is also critical for running a successful campaign.

Moderated by Liz Vivian, President and CEO of the Women's Funding Alliance, listen in on a conversation between Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau and Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick about their experiences, including the trials, running for office. Joining the conversation is Debbie Walsh, Director of the Center for American Women and Politics.

This presentation took place at McIntyre Hall on the Skagit Valley College campus on March 28, 2017. It was presented by the Women's Funding Alliance in collaboration with the Center for American Women and Politics. The Women's Funding Alliance's mission is to advance leadership and economic opportunity for women and girls in Washington State.

Women's Funding Alliance - http://www.wfalliance.org/
Center for American Women and Politics - http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/

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Superior Court Candidates - September 21, 2016

Join host jim justice as she speaks separately with Superior Court Judge Laura Riquelme and her opponent District Court Judge David Svaren. What is their court experience and how do Skagit courts reflect the demographics of Skagit County?

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Fixing Democracy - August 24, 2016

Ginny Wolff interviews Kristin Eberhard, Senior Researcher for Sightline Institute, whose work focuses on climate change policy and democracy reform. In this interview, Kristin talks about how changes in the way we elect our government representatives would improve the quality of our democracy. She discusses how most of the democracies in the world use some version of "proportional representation" to elect representatives that more closely mirror their constituents. Such reforms also remove the incentives for "negative campaigning," reduce the influence of big money on elections, remove the "spoiler effect" of third party candidates, and could lessen the partisan gridlock that paralyzes our legislatures,.

Kristin Eberhard also describes the major provisions of the Washington Government Accountability Act, I-1464, which will be on the Washington state ballot in November.

Read Kristin's research at: http://sightline.org/democracy.

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Climate Change Policy in Washington State - July 27, 2016

Climate Change is happening, and two grassroots groups in Washington are taking initiative to develop framework and policy to guide our transition toward a clean energy future.
This week's show features two interviews. First, host Jodie Buller talks with Kyle Murphy from Carbon WA, about Initiative 732, on the ballot this November. I-732 is a four step proposal to promote cleaner energy and to restructure some of Washington's taxation policy.
http://yeson732.org/

During the second half of the program, Jodie talks with Rosalinda Guillen from Community to Community Development, and Rich Stolz from One America, about their work with the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and Front and Centered, to prioritize equity and justice in Climate Change policy development.
http://jobscleanenergywa.com/
http://frontandcentered.org/

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Skagit Citizens Ignited - December 11, 2013

The Supreme Court decision know as Citizens United, handed down in January of 2010, has resulted in massive amounts of money, some of it donated anonymously, from corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals to buy ads, which are influencing election outcomes and peddling influence at every level of government.

Today's guests on Speak Up! Speak Out! want to return a semblance of sanity to campaign financing. They are working locally in conjunction with a national push for constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Gail Nicolls of Guemes Island is a retired teacher committed to community action. Cookson Beecher o Sedro Woolley, is a journalist, small business partner, and community volunteer. They are heading a local effort to collect signatures on petitions, educate both the public and city council members, and advocate for our city and county councils to pass nonbinding resolutions calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. The resolutions will ultimately be sent to our state legislators.

For more information go to: http://www.wamend.org/

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Elections and Civics - July 17, 2013

This week jim talks with Linnea Hirst, past President of the Washington League of Women Voters, about their vote411 online voter information system and their high school civics text. In the second half of the program jim talks with David Cunningham, Election Supervisor for Skagit County, about the specifics of the items on the primary ballot in Skagit County. All voters in the county have the opportunity to vote on funding for a new jail.

http://www.lwvwa.org - Washington State League of Women Voters website. Civics text available as well as local LWV action and contact information
http://www.vote411.org - National League of Women Voters voter information website, type in your address and get information about your ballot
http://www.skagitcounty.net/elections - Skagit County Election website 360 336-9305 - Skagit County Election information phone number - call if you have not received your ballot by 20 July or have questions about your ballot

Join us next week when Jodie talks with Terry Belcoe, President and CEO of the North Coast Credit Union, about their upcoming Bite of Skagit (Sat., July 27) which provides funds to buy food directly from local farmers for distribution at food banks and local meal programs.

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Sedro Woolley Rural Library District - October 31, 2012

Voters living in the unincorporated areas of the Sedro Woolley School district are voting on a ballot proposition which asks if a "Rural-Partial County Library District" should be created. For this episode of Speak Up! Speak Out! Ginny is joined by Beverly Conn, the chairperson of the committee to approve this proposition, and Debra Peterson, librarian at the Sedro Woolley city library. We discuss the ballot proposition itself, as well as the advantages library access gives to people living in rural communities.

The Sedro Woolley Library is hosting an Open House on Thursday, Nov 1 from 4-7-pm at the SW library to let people know what the library can do for them.

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Politics in the USA and Progressive Voters' Guide - August 1, 2012

jim talks with David Cunningham, Skagit County Election Supervisor and Barbara Leander, Skagit's Chief Deputy Auditor, about basic voter information and ballot questions including what to do if your ballot hasn't arrived. We also talk about the glitch between the DOL website address update and it's connection (or lack thereof) with voter registration address changes. jim also talks with Green Party of Skagit's Scott Morgan and Deymian LeSar about politics in the USA today, the principles of the Green Party, and what they feel most people want.

Find election info via http://skagitcounty.net - follow links to election info
Or, http://sos.wa.gov - the Secretary of State's website has text of ballot measures for November election posted, along with other voter info.
Skagit County's election office - 360 336-9305, if you have questions

http://progressivevotersguide.com - FUSE and other progressive organizations provide this voters guide. NOTE: Not mentioned in the guide, but critical to many in Skagit - only one 1st CD candidate opposes the coal terminal and is very supportive of the need for comprehensive immigration reform - Darshan Rauniyar

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Larson/Koster Forum - October 20, 2010

Skagit Business Alliance hosted a candidate forum at the Skagit PUD
for the candidates for Congressperson from the 2nd District - Rick
Larson and John Koster. This is a slightly edited recording of the
forum.

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LWV Candidate Forum - Commissioners - October 20, 2010

This week we listen in on the League of Women Voters of Skagit candidate forum in Sedro-Woolley. We hear the segment with county commissioner candidates (Sharon Dillon and Mike Anderson). Other races will be posted here as they are edited for presentation.

League of Women Voters of Skagit - http://www.lwvwa.org -- click on local leagues for Skagit. They have LWVWA positions on the initiatives posted.

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LWV Candidate Forum - Coroner's race - October 12, 2010

Welcome to Speak up! Speak out! Today we air another segment of a KSVR recording from the League of Women Voters' candidate forum held in Sedro-Woolley on October 12. This segment is for Skagit County coroner - Ken Clark and Daniel Dempsey. Unfortunately candidate Ken Clark's microphone was off during his opening statement and answer to the first question so the sound is distorted.

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LWV Candidate Forum - Commissioners - October 12, 2010

This week we listen in on the League of Women Voters of Skagit candidate forum in Sedro-Woolley. We hear the segment with county commissioner candidates (Sharon Dillon and Mike Anderson). Other races will be posted here as they are edited for presentation.

League of Women Voters of Skagit http://www.lwvwa.org click on local leagues for Skagit. They have LWVWA positions on the initiatives posted.

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LWV Candidate Forum - 39 LD position 1 and 2 races - October 12, 2010

Speak up! Speak out! of KSVR brings you another segment of the League of Women Voters' candidate forum held in Sedro-Woolley on October 12. This is the races for state House Representatives in the 39 Legislative District. The empty chair rule is followed in this forum as well since position 1 candidate Dan Kristianson was present and was called away before this segment was presented. Eleanor Walters, running for position 1 is heard, along with Kirk Pearson who is the incumbent in position 2, running unopposed.

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A Public Utility District General Manager speaks for public ownership of Electric Utilities - October 23, 2008
Rick Lovely, General Manager of Grays Harbor PUD, which provides electric service in the Aberdeen area, discusses how public ownership and local control of a utility translate to better service with lower rates and higher customer satisfaction than private investor-owner utilities provide. He warns Skagit residents of the magnitude of debt we may be incurring if Macquarie assumes control of Puget Sound Energy.

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Skagit Transit Ballot Measure- A Good Deal - October 22, 2008
The interview described a current ballot measure which will allow Skagit Transit to preserve all its current service (some of which is funded by expiring grants) and also allow improvements to the service. For example, the very popular Everett service will likely have to be abandoned if the measure doesn't pass. The measure will also allow some Sunday service (there is currently none), more frequent service during the rush hour, and service in areas like East Mount Vernon, which currently have no service. Coupled with policies that favor walking and bicycling, these improvements will make our communities cleaner, safer, more attractive, quieter, more vibrant, and will help to combat the obesity epidemic.
For more information go to http://peopleforskagittransit.com, or call 428-7929

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Presidential Election 2008 in Skagit County - October 15, 2008
Jeanne Youngquist, Skagit County Auditor and David Cunningham, Skagit County Election Supervisor talk about the upcoming election. Ballots went out Oct. 15th, Last day to register in-person MONDAY, Oct. 20 (Skagit Election office open until 8 PM that night - 2nd and Kincaid, Second floor of Administration Building), ballots due back on Nov. 4th - in drop boxes by 8 PM, or postmarked Nov. 4th.

Check for active/inactive status for election - http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/OSOS/VoterVault/Pages/MyVote.aspx. If inactive, call Election office (360) 336-9305 by Monday, Oct. 20th to update address.
Skagit County Election website - http://www.skagitcounty.net, click on Elections.
Electronic version of voter guide online plus other information, including results election night after polls close. Information about election at national level - Election Assistance Commission (EAC) - http://www.eac.gov

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PUD Proposition 1 - October 08, 2008
John Smith and Mike Newman, members of Skagit Citizens for Electric Authority explain why a group of Skagitonians are working in support of Proposition 1, which would give Skagit Public Utility District the authority to provide electric service in Skagit County.

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Washington Public Campaigns Works for Voter Owned Elections - September 24, 2008
Craig Salins, the Director of Washington Public Campaigns, explains public campaign financing and how it has worked to elect candidates in Maine and Arizona who are more responsive to voters that to big moneyed interests. He describes current legislative efforts in Washington State and in the U.S. Senate to make public financing of campaigns a reality. Craig Salins is visiting Mt. Vernon to help start a chapter of Washington Public Campaigns in Skagit County. He will be at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 6 pm on Sat. Sept. 27. Visit http://www.washclean.org.

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Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce hosts Skagit PUD and PSE - July 02, 2008
The June 25 membership luncheon of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce featured presentations by Dave Johnson, General Manager of Skagit Public Utility District, and Jennifer O'Connor, senior vice president and attorney for Puget Sound Energy. Dave Johnson presents PUD's feasibility study and makes a case supporting consideration of the public assuming ownership of the electric utility. Jennifer O'Connor gives PSE's reasons why the utility should remain private, and defends the pending sale to Macquarie Consortium. This is the abbreviated version edited for our radio show. For more information goto Skagit Citizens for Electric Authority.

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Death with Dignity - May 28, 2008
Michael Bonacci, former executive director of Compassion and Choices of Washington, talks about Initiative 1000. If backers are successful in obtaining the necessary number of signature, I-1000 will place a Death with Dignity measure on the state ballot in November - a measure patterned after the Death with Dignity law in Oregon. For more information: Death with Dignity.

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WUTC Hearing - Public Testimony on Proposed Sale of PSE - May 20, 2008
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) heard testimony from the public about the pending sale of PSE to Macquarie Partners, and the proposed PSE rate increase. About 50 of the 150 people who attended the Bellingham hearing spoke. The comments recorded here have been edited to remove contact information for the people who spoke. Most speakers were from Skagit and Whatcom counties, but Island and Kitsap counties were represented as well.
The WUTC will continue to receive comments on the proposed merger until July 31, and on the proposed rate increase until the end of August. Contact them on line at http://wutc.wa.gov/; by mail at Box 47250, Olympia, 98504; by phone at 360 664 1160. Contact PSE directly about the merger by email: merger@pse.com
You may obtain more information about the proposed merger, as well as find easy links to take action, at http://www.savepse.org/ and Skagit Citizens for Electric Authority.

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Skagit Public Utility District - April 30, 2008
Dave Johnson, General Manager of Skagit Public Utility District talks about the possibility that the Skagit PUD could provide electric service to Skagit County in light of the increasing electric rates here - soon to be the highest in the state. For more information goto Skagit Citizens for Electric Authority.

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Pending Sale of PSE to Macquarie Partners - April 22, 2008
Ed Jenkins, a concerned citizen living in south Whidbey Island, relates some of his findings in researching the pending sale of Puget Sound Energy to Macquarie Infrastructures Partnership. He urges people to get involved, and inform themselves about what this sale may mean to our energy rates long term, and the ownership and health of our considerable energy resources in NW Washington.
For more information contact Ed at localpower@live.com. Contact the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission through their website. You can learn more about this case by entering the docket number (U-072375) in the search function. Visit PUD's website. For more information goto Skagit Citizens for Electric Authority.

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