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Sign up to show your support for initiatives

Sign up to show your support for initiatives

Three of six Let’s Go Washington initiatives will get hearings in Olympia this week. As Brandi Kruse explains on the unDivided Podcast, there is a simple way to tell lawmakers how you feel about each of them. I-2111 (NO STATE INCOME TAX): Register your PRO or CON position here. 1-2081 (PARENTAL RIGHTS): Register your PRO or CON position here. I-2113 (RESTORE POLICE...

By Brandi Kruse

Three initiatives granted hearings and looming concerns about selective action

Three initiatives granted hearings and looming concerns about selective action

Washington lawmakers have heeded the calls from citizens and have scheduled hearings next week for three out of the six initiatives that are before the state legislature including: the prohibition of state and local income tax, rolling back restrictions on police pursuit, and instituting parental notification laws. If we convince our lawmakers to pass these...

Politics unPacked: Week 7

Politics unPacked: Week 7

With the legislative session entering the final stretch, some controversial bills still have a chance to become law. From benefits for striking workers, to a natural gas ban and more – Brandi Kruse has everything you need to know about where key proposals stand.

By Brandi Kruse

Olympia updates: Critical legislation on fentanyl, natural gas ban, rent control

Olympia updates: Critical legislation on fentanyl, natural gas ban, rent control

With such an action-packed legislative session heading into its final two weeks, it can be difficult to keep track of all the bills being considered. Besides the six initiatives before the legislature, here are 4 bills you should know about. 1. SB 5010: Includes fentanyl and synthetic opioids felony child endangerment statute. As the number...

[un]Divided: Senator caught posting lies about CCA funding

[un]Divided: Senator caught posting lies about CCA funding

State Senator Mark Liias used his government X account to share two easily fact-checked claims about what would happen if voters repeal the Climate Commitment Act. Brandi Kruse explains on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

Politics unPacked: Week 6

Politics unPacked: Week 6

With time running out in the session, Democrats in Olympia say they will NOT consider two of six voter initiatives but left open the possibility of scheduling hearings on the other four. Brandi Kruse has everything you need to know.

By Brandi Kruse

Your voices stopped a property tax hike in its tracks

Your voices stopped a property tax hike in its tracks

Over the past few weeks we’ve asked our audience to contact lawmakers about SB 5770, a bill that would’ve tripled the rate at which local governments around the state could increase property taxes without a public vote, and congratulations – you did it!  Thanks to the hundreds of people that reached out to their elected...

[un]Divided: Property tax bill is dead, but for how long?

[un]Divided: Property tax bill is dead, but for how long?

Democrats backed away from a controversial proposal to raise property taxes, but the bill’s prime sponsor said they simply need to do a better job “explaining” it to voters before trying again. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

Politics unPacked: Week 5

Politics unPacked: Week 5

Everything you need to know about what happened in Olympia this week, including possible property tax increases and state oversight of local school curriculum. Guests: Kent Mayor Dana Ralph and insight from Brett Davis of The Center Square.

By Brandi Kruse

Sefzik: Why aren’t we hearing more about record number of statewide initiatives?

Sefzik: Why aren’t we hearing more about record number of statewide initiatives?

This article originally appeared in Cascadia Daily News. In 1912, Washington state pioneered “direct democracy” as one of the first to formalize an initiative and referendum process, allowing citizens to organize and directly create and reform laws. This gave a voice to people beyond the halls of a distant capitol building. The Secretary of State’s...

Halfway through session: WA Lawmakers have curious priorities

Halfway through session: WA Lawmakers have curious priorities

Much of the attention during this legislative session has centered around the handling – or lack thereof – of the six citizen-led initiatives. Despite the state constitution’s requirement for them to take precedence over all matters aside from the state budget, none of them have been granted a hearing at the halfway point of the...

[un]Divided: Join us to defend the initiative process

[un]Divided: Join us to defend the initiative process

Future 42 will hold a rally this Wednesday in Olympia to demand lawmakers give hearings to six commonsense initiatives. On the unDivided Podcast, Brandi Kruse argues that a failure to stand up for the initiative process today will erode it tomorrow. 

By Brandi Kruse