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Victory! Three voter initiatives to become law in Washington

Victory! Three voter initiatives to become law in Washington

A momentous achievement has been secured for the people of Washington. After tireless advocacy from everyday Washingtonians, three of the six initiatives before the state legislature have officially passed both chambers and will soon become law.   The Police Pursuit, Income Tax Prohibition, and Parental Notification initiatives cleared their final hurdles on March 4 when...

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

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...

Rally: Demand Democrat legislators stop delaying democracy on voter initiatives

Rally: Demand Democrat legislators stop delaying democracy on voter initiatives

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, January 31, 2024, at 3:30PM WHERE: CAPITOL STEPS, North/Supreme Court Side WHO:   Undivided Host Brandi Kruse and WA GOP Chair Jim Walsh will be featured speakers, joining Future 42 and grassroots activists from the Steelhead Alliance WHY: Our state’s Democratic lawmakers are failing to uphold constitutional mandates by obstructing the consideration of voter-backed...

Washington Democrats delaying democracy on voter initiatives

Washington Democrats delaying democracy on voter initiatives

The Washington Constitution is clear: State lawmakers must prioritize ballot initiatives championed by voters. But Democratic state lawmakers are refusing to play by the rules. Not one of the three certified initiatives before the legislature has been granted a hearing.

[un]Divided: Public-private effort to end homelessness implodes

[un]Divided: Public-private effort to end homelessness implodes

Some of Washington state’s wealthiest companies stepped up to help fund a new effort to end homelessness. The only problem? Unlike agencies that spend taxpayer funds, businesses weren’t willing to watch their money be mismanaged. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

State leaders are hiding the truth on climate policy

State leaders are hiding the truth on climate policy

Here in Washington, the are some major themes we see over and over again with our climate policy. One is that it’s extremely expensive. Another is that we keep failing to meet our goals. And, finally, there is a distinct lack of transparency and accountability among our state’s leaders like Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney...

[un]Divided: Washington falling short of key climate goals

[un]Divided: Washington falling short of key climate goals

Not only has Washington failed to meet some of Governor Jay Inslee’s key climate goals, but a government agency tasked with keeping track of progress seems to be hiding data. Brandi Kruse discusses a report from the King 5 Investigators on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: Watchdog group demands audit of juvenile diversion funds

[un]Divided: Watchdog group demands audit of juvenile diversion funds

The Citizen Action Defense Fund is asking the State Auditor’s Office to audit millions of dollars in taxpayer funds meant to help with juvenile diversion programs. CADF Executive Director Jackson Maynard joined Brandi Kruse on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: Washington voters are ready for a course-correct

[un]Divided: Washington voters are ready for a course-correct

New polling from Future 42 shows most Washington voters are unhappy with the direction of the state and want improved public safety, lower taxes, and new leadership. Brandi Kruse breaks down key results on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse