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‘The pendulum is swinging back’: Democratic mayor hopeful police pursuit initiative will help with crime crisis

‘The pendulum is swinging back’: Democratic mayor hopeful police pursuit initiative will help with crime crisis

An initiative to restore reasonable police pursuits in Washington will take effect on June 6. Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell, a Democrat who advocated for the changes, said he thinks it will help reduce the number of stolen vehicles and put criminals on notice. He joined Brandi Kruse on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: Burien homeless battle illustrates government dysfunction

[un]Divided: Burien homeless battle illustrates government dysfunction

As homeless people continue to die of drug overdoses in Burien, King County is refusing to enforce the city’s ban on encampments. The resulting legal battle shows how government bureaucracy is standing in the way of saving lives. Brandi Kruse explains on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

[un]Divided: What is driving the youth crime crisis?

[un]Divided: What is driving the youth crime crisis?

The 18-year-old driver who plowed into a car in Renton, killing a woman and three children, had already totaled two other cars in less than 11 months. It’s the latest example of a juvenile crime crisis spiraling out of control. Brandi Kruse has more on the unDivided Podcast.

By Brandi Kruse

Politics unPacked: Week 9

Politics unPacked: Week 9

In the final week of the 2024 legislative session, three voter initiatives became the law of the land, Democrats narrowly passed a controversial natural gas bill, and refund checks were approved to help offset costs from the Climate Commitment Act.

By Brandi Kruse

Politics unPacked: Week 8

Politics unPacked: Week 8

Today is the final day to pass bills out of either chamber this legislative session. Brandi Kruse has everything you need to know about where critical proposals stand.

By Brandi Kruse

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

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

[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

[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