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Rejected amendments reveal lawmakers’ true priority on natural gas ban

Rejected amendments reveal lawmakers’ true priority on natural gas ban

The driving force behind Washington’s effective ban on natural gas was the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), passed in 2021. That bill set benchmarks for reductions in natural gas emissions so urgent and so onerous that it forced the state’s largest utility company, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), to effectively tell lawmakers, “Either let us shut down...

[un]Divided: State audit flags $1.17B in mishandled spending

[un]Divided: State audit flags $1.17B in mishandled spending

The Washington State Auditor’s Office found that 11 different state agencies failed to properly account for at least $1.17 billion in federal funds administered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch unDivided with Brandi Kruse five days a week and subscribe to support the show at unDividedPod.com.

By Brandi Kruse

Craig Lee

Craig Lee

“By forcing us to change from gas to electric, we will have to sell our house. And if we sell our house, we’re gonna move out of state, pure and simple.  We have natural gas installed in our home. It’s clean and cheap. We run our furnaces, hot water tanks, dryer, and kitchen range all...

[un]Divided: Black-owned coffee shop says taxes are crushing them

[un]Divided: Black-owned coffee shop says taxes are crushing them

The owners of a Seattle coffee shop said in a Facebook post that taxes and regulations are leaving them in a “huge hole.” Brandi Kruse breaks down how the business environment in Washington state got so bad. Watch unDivided four days a week and subscribe to support the show at unDividedPod.com.

By Brandi Kruse

Police pursuit finally restored in Washington

Police pursuit finally restored in Washington

Last year, millions of signatures were collected on six, citizen-led initiatives, forcing lawmakers to consider these issues during their legislative session earlier this year.  Despite being required to make them a top priority, they wanted nothing more than to pretend they didn’t exist. They went weeks without giving any of them so much as a...

[un]Divided: Thanks to voters, police officers can pursue criminals again

[un]Divided: Thanks to voters, police officers can pursue criminals again

An initiative to restore reasonable police pursuits became law on Thursday, thanks to more than 400,000 Washington voters – from across the political spectrum – who demanded a change. As Brandi Kruse reports on the unDivided Podcast, some of the state’s largest law enforcement agencies say they are expecting the new law to help reduce crime.

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: Asylum seekers strain already dismal homeless response

[un]Divided: Asylum seekers strain already dismal homeless response

Cities around Seattle are being hit with an influx of asylum seekers, but no one seems quite sure where they are supposed to go. The ordeal has placed a strain on an already faltering homelessness response in King County and beyond. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

Speak Out on the Whatcom County Natural Gas Ban!

Speak Out on the Whatcom County Natural Gas Ban!

Do you use natural gas? Do you support energy choice? Could you afford the $40,000 to $50,000 to retrofit your entire home or business to a more expensive energy source? If this subject is important to you, we need your help. As we have written previously, Governor Inslee signed the Legislature’s bill, HB 1589, effectively allowing Puget Sound...

[un]Divided: Pierce County must avoid King County’s mistakes on homelessness

[un]Divided: Pierce County must avoid King County’s mistakes on homelessness

Despite crafting a regional response to address the homeless crisis, 23% more people are living on the streets of King County today than in 2022. As Pierce County works to set up its own regional response, leaders would be wise to look to Seattle for a lesson on what not to do.

By Brandi Kruse

2023 Whatcom County Scorecard: How your local leaders voted on key issues

2023 Whatcom County Scorecard: How your local leaders voted on key issues

Do you ever feel like it’s difficult to keep track of local politics? With the busyness of life, it’s hard to volunteer hours in the evening to attend council meetings. Or perhaps you’ve wanted something simple that gives you an overview of what your local leaders voted for to can show to a neighbor. To...

Introducing the “Real Solutions to Homelessness” Pledge

Introducing the “Real Solutions to Homelessness” Pledge

The progressive approaches of “housing first” and “harm reduction” are failing our communities. While taxes increase and hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on these ineffective programs, homelessness, overdose deaths, and drug-associated crime have been on the rise. To counter these harmful progressive approaches, 50+ local elected officials throughout Washington State have signed on...

[un]Divided: Are soft-on-crime policies leading to vigilantism?

[un]Divided: Are soft-on-crime policies leading to vigilantism?

Aaron Babcock owns a small car dealership in Eatonville, WA. He faces criminal charges for chasing a suspect who stole a truck off his lot – after police told him the law prevented them from pursuing. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse