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Welcome to Capitol Ideas. This is where we sit down with members of the majority Democratic caucus in the Washington State House of Representatives to give listeners an inside look at important aspects of how their citizen Legislature works, and who and what it's working for.

Welcome to Capitol Ideas. This is where we sit down with members of the majority Democratic caucus in the Washington State House of Representatives to give listeners an inside look at important aspects of how their citizen Legislature works, and who and what it's working for.
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Welcome to Capitol Ideas. This is where we sit down with members of the majority Democratic caucus in the Washington State House of Representatives to give listeners an inside look at important aspects of how their citizen Legislature works, and who and what it's working for.

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Speaker Pro Tem John Lovick drops by to talk about education, school safety, transportation, jobs . . . and working in the public sphere for nearly 50 years, including two separate stints in the state House.

5/4/2018
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We got to visit today with Rep. John Lovick, the 44th-district Democrat who serves as Speaker Pro Tem in the state House of Representatives. He was a state patrol office for more than 30 years, a state representative for nine, a county sheriff, a county executive, and then a state representative again. We talk about that and more in today's Capitol Ideas.

Duration:00:12:22

Rep. Shelley Kloba discusses her legislation that would lead to legal deliveries of medical cannabis products.

2/3/2018
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Today’s guest is 1st-district state Representative Shelley Kloba. She introduced a bill that would allow marijuana stores with medical-marijuana products to offer delivery services to qualified patients. It's been amended to direct the state Liquor and Cannabis Board to study the pros and cons and offer the Legislature a blueprint for delivery by December 2018.

Duration:00:17:50

Rep. Jeff Morris on Moore's Law and the Internet speeds you've always dreamed of (part one of two).

1/18/2018
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Today’s guest is 40th-district State Representative Jeff Morris. In this first of a two-part conversation, Jeff talks about some high-tech developments that have him interested, and how they're going to change life in Washington state.

Duration:00:08:27

Rep. Jeff Morris on Moore's Law and the Internet speeds you've always dreamed of (part two of two).

1/18/2018
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Today’s guest is 40th-district State Representative Jeff Morris. In the conclusion of our two-part conversation, Jeff talks about some high-tech developments that have him interested, and how they're going to change life in Washington state.

Duration:00:07:00

Rep. Zack Hudgins on expanding and protecting access to the polls

1/9/2018
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Today’s guest is 11th-district State Representative Zack Hudgins, and the topic is voting. More to the point, we’ll talk about plans that Zack and others have to make it easier for qualified voters to cast their votes, and to make sure those votes count. As chair of the House Committee on State Government, Elections, and Information Technology, he’s in a pretty good position to achieve those goals.

Duration:00:16:00

Rep. Tina Orwall talks about how technology and science can help put rapists behind bars . . . if only we'll make use of them.

10/11/2017
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DNA evidence gathered from victims of sexual assault can be law enforcement's most effective tool in identifying rapists, solving cold cases, and preventing future attacks. But when Washington state rep. Tina Orwall toured a police evidence locker several years ago, she saw untested kits gathering dust and stacked high on shelves. Her subsequent research led to a disturbing discovery: Washington alone had more than 6000 untested kits, and nationwide nearly half a million kits had never...

Duration:00:12:01

Rep. Christine Kilduff on the importance of civility, respect, and bipartisan cooperation and compromise in politics, and in life.

8/4/2017
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Today's Capitol Ideas features a talk with Rep. Christine Kilduff about what she calls "the glue" that holds our society, and our legislative bodies, together: plain, civil behavior. It's an endangered species in today's Washington, D.C., but, with some notable exceptions, seems to be holding its own in Olympia.

Duration:00:27:33

Rep. Monica Stonier works for the good people of Washington's 49th legislative district. A few years ago she was sent to Olympia by the 17th district, then took a two-year break. Today we talk about her experience as a two-time freshman.

6/14/2017
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The last time she was featured on Capitol Ideas, today's lawmaker was Representative Monica Stonier of the 17th legislative district. That was almost three years ago. Since then Monica lost her reelection bid, moved into the 49th, and resumed her public-education career as a middle-school instructional coach. Two years go by. A seat unexpectedly opens up for a 49th-district rep, Monica goes for it . . . and here we are, about to review her second time around as a freshman lawmaker.

Duration:00:13:12

Rep. Sharon Wylie talks about the efforts to replace the aging bridge on I-5 connecting Washington with Oregon.

6/6/2017
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This story started a long time ago, and it's looking like the end might possibly be coming into sight. The I-5 bridge spanning the Columbia River between Vancouver and Portland turned 100 years old this past Valentine's Day. Efforts to agree on and pay for a replacement have been going on for years, but as Washington state Representative Sharon Wylie explains, it's complicated. In this edition of "Capitol Ideas," she traces the past and points toward a promising future.

Duration:00:25:47

Rep. Noel Frame: Making college a little more humane, a little less expensive

3/22/2017
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Today we look at a pair of bills sponsored by Rep. Noel Frame (D-Seattle). One would shortcut the currently cumbersome route college students with disabilities have to take when transferring between schools. The other looks at a high-tech alternative to college textbooks that can cost hundreds of dollars for a single course. Rep. Frame is joined by Washington Student Association members Anna Nepomuceno (UW-Tacoma) and Maresa Miranda (WSU-Vancouver).

Duration:00:18:48

Curbing carbon emissions, with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

3/18/2017
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Washington state pumps about 95 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. That's more than twice the targeted volume for the year 2050, and we're behind schedule to meet that goal. Burien Democrat Joe Fitzgibbon chairs the House Environment Committee in Olympia, and he's introduced a bill to speed up the process by taxing carbon polluters at a rate of $15 a ton. We'll talk about his bill, and why it matters, in this edition of "Capitol Ideas."

Duration:00:13:51

The Return of Saying No to Hate, with Rep. Derek Stanford and Aneelah Afzali

3/15/2017
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Violence against Muslims, Jews and people of color continues to increase, and one conversation about it doesn't seem to be enough. This week Rep. Derek Stanford and Aneelah Afzali, director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network, pick up where the last "Capitol Ideas" left off.

Duration:00:15:24

Saying no to hate, with Rep. Tana Senn and Rabbi Daniel Weiner

3/7/2017
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Overt acts of anti-Semitism are increasingly common around the U.S. and here in Washington state. Mosques are burned and vandalized. People who look vaguely Middle Eastern are targeted by violent xenophobes, and racist bullies do what racist bullies do. Is hate the new black? We hear today from a lawmaker and a rabbi to get their take on increasing threats to America's sustaining values, and what they're doing about it.

Duration:00:10:54

Asking Rep. June Robinson: What, exactly, is public health?

2/17/2017
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We hear the term "public health" on the news now and then, but what does it refer to? Rep. June Robinson of Everett serves on the House Healthcare and Wellness Committee, and in her non-legislative life she works for Public Health of Seattle-King County. Today, she enlightens us.

Duration:00:10:34

A Democrat and a Republican walk into the state House of Representatives . . . and work together on bipartisan legislation to reform the Public Records Act. This is no joke.

2/3/2017
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Rep. Joan McBride, Democrat from Kirkland, has worked with GOP Rep. Terry Nealey (Dayton) since last year on an effort to bring Washington's Public Records Act into the 21st century. In this bipartisan Capitol Ideas conversation, they talk about how they managed to craft bills that so far have the support of stakeholders on all sides of the issue.

Duration:00:15:25

State Rep. Kristine Reeves talks about veterans' issues, jobs, foster care, veterans' issues, the American Dream, her first speech as a legislator, jobs and economic development, having a twin, and veterans' issues.

1/26/2017
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Rep. Kristine Reeves works for, as she says, "the 137,000 people of the 30th district." That’s mostly south King County with a little bit of Pierce, and it includes Federal Way, Des Moines, Milton, Algona and Pacific and part of Auburn. She was sworn in as a brand new lawmaker on January 9, 2017.

Duration:00:17:16

State Rep. Brian Blake on fishing, forestry, jobs, and why he's unhappy with the EPA.

6/27/2016
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Rep. Brian Blake works for the people of the 19th legislative district in southwest Washington. It’s a place where people fish not just for fun, but for a living, where the timber industry has employed generations of tough men and women, and where agriculture thrives. A former logger himself, Brian lives in Aberdeen, and in the Legislature he chairs the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Duration:00:15:49

State Rep. Zack Hudgins goes deep on cybersecurity in the latest "Capitol Ideas."

6/17/2016
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Today we’re going to hear Representative Zack Hudgins talk mostly about an issue that’s on a lot of minds lately: cybersecurity. Zack has a professional background in the tech industry, and long before the word “hack” entered the average person’s vocabulary, he was looking at ways to keep online data safe and private.

Duration:00:17:07

State Rep. JD Rossetti talks about being Washington's newest lawmaker.

6/15/2016
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JD Rossetti became Rep. JD Rossetti this year when then-Rep. Dean Takko moved across the rotunda to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. The Capitol isn't new territory for JD; he's a former member of the professional staff at the Legislature, and he knows his way around. Hailing from Longview, JD is a member of the Longview School Board with a long resume of community service. This is his first appearance on "Capitol Ideas.

Duration:00:10:12

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan takes a quick look at Washington's public schools.

6/10/2016
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House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington) might be the most dedicated advocate for public schools in Olympia, and he's a leader on the state’s education-funding task force. But like every lawmaker, he’s also answerable to the constituents in his home district. In this case, that’s the 47th, and in today’s brief conversation he touches on both of these roles.

Duration:00:06:35