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Ep. 90: Education reporter Neal Morton on Washington state's teacher-contract chaos

9/13/2018
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Seattle Times education reporter Neal Morton schools The Overcast on Washington state's many teacher-contract battles, some of which are still raging.

Duration:00:19:08

Ep. 89: Pediatrician Kim Schrier on running against Dino Rossi in WA-08

8/30/2018
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Kim Schrier talks taxes, healthcare, Trump, and makes her case for becoming the first Democrat to be elected in Washington's 8th Congressional District.

Duration:00:35:44

Ep. 88: Could a blue wave leave GOP with just one House seat in Washington?

8/9/2018
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Seattle Times chief politics reporter Jim Brunner breaks down the results of Tuesday's primary elections for U.S. Senate, Congress and the state Legislature.

Duration:00:24:43

Ep. 87: Seattle Times whale tracker Lynda Mapes on grieving orca

8/2/2018
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Environmental reporter Lynda Mapes delves into the story of a mother orca carrying her dead calf through the water for more than a week and explains why Puget Sound's resident orcas are in danger.

Duration:00:28:51

Ep. 86: Burien Deputy Mayor Austin Bell on immigration politics in a Seattle suburb

7/26/2018
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In the wake of an alleged hate-crime attack on Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, Deputy Mayor Austin Bell discusses the tumultuous past year in the Seattle suburb's once-sleepy politics.

Duration:00:22:21

Ep. 85: Police-reform expert Lisa Daugaard on the pick for Seattle's next police chief, Carmen Best

7/19/2018
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated Carmen Best to serve as the city's police chief. So what does Public Defender Association director Lisa Daugaard think about the pick and the process that preceded it?

Duration:00:21:50

Ep. 84: Seattle Times data columnist Gene Balk talks "mean world syndrome," neighborhood crime rates

7/13/2018
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Gene Balk's recent columns on crime perceptions, realities and trends across Seattle neighborhoods got a lot of readers talking – and contacting him with their opinions.

Duration:00:22:58

Ep. 83: Billionaire Tom Steyer explains his $40 million campaign to impeach President Trump

6/12/2018
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Tom Steyer joins the podcast to argue the case for impeaching President Trump, and tangles with Democratic leaders who have shied away from that fight. Is he being realistic?

Duration:00:29:44

Ep. 82: Washington state Democratic Party chairwoman Tina Podlodowski on 2018's big races

6/7/2018
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Tina Podlodowski chairs the Washington Sate Democratic Party. She sits down with The Overcast to talk about races for Congress around Spokane and Issaquah, plus other topics.

Duration:00:29:20

Ep. 81: New Washington state GOP chairman Caleb Heimlich on 2018's upcoming elections

5/31/2018
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Caleb Heimlich is the Washington State Republican Party's new chairman and the youngest state GOP chair in the country. He talks to The Overcast about upcoming races for the U.S. Senate, Congress and state Legislature.

Duration:00:25:47

Ep. 80: the politics and repercussions of Seattle's new head tax

5/17/2018
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Now that Seattle has passed a controversial $275 per employee head tax on larger businesses to pay for homelessness services and housing, what's next for the city and its relationship with Amazon and other businesses? Political reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman break down what happened and what's next.

Duration:00:25:08

Ep. 79: Downtown Seattle Association's Jon Scholes on Amazon and the case against city 'head tax'

5/3/2018
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Amazon is threatening to scale back Seattle growth in response to City Hall's proposed "head tax" on larger employers to address homelessness. Downtown Seattle Association President Jon Scholes joins The Overcast this week to argue against the tax -- and say what businesses would prefer instead.

Duration:00:28:44

Ep. 78: Seattle Councilmember M. Lorena González on a proposal to tax large employers for housing

4/27/2018
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The Seattle City Council is considering a "head tax" on large employers that would raise $75 million per year for homeless housing and emergency services, and Councilmember M. Lorena González is a sponsor. She joins The Overcast to explain the plan and answer questions.

Duration:00:26:48

Ep. 77: Prison abolitionist Dean Spade explains King County's No New Youth Jail campaign

4/19/2018
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Seattle University law professor Dean Spade joins reporter Daniel Beekman of The Seattle Times and Simone Alicea of KNKX 88.5 to discuss the No New Youth Jail campaign, which has been trying to halt King County's construction of a new juvenile detention center in Seattle.

Duration:00:35:47

Ep. 76: Traffic Lab reporter David Gutman on Seattle's streetcar and congestion-pricing plans

4/12/2018
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Seattle Times reporter David Gutman brings The Overcast up to date on a traffic jam of transportation news at City Hall. Mayor Jenny Durkan has halted streetcar and bike-lane projects and announced a plan to pursue tolls on downtown streets, and the City Council has eased parking regulations for housing developers.

Duration:00:25:45

Ep. 75: Freedom Foundation's Maxford Nelsen on his organization's fight with public-sector unions

4/5/2018
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Maxford Nelsen is the labor-policy director for the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank that's been fighting with Washington state's public-sector unions. He sits down with The Overcast to talk about the state of play, and whether unions have benefits for workers.

Duration:00:34:42

Ep. 74: Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda on rent laws, a head tax and domestic workers

3/29/2018
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City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, elected in November to a citywide seat, joined The Overcast to discuss what she's working on, such as protections for domestic workers, and some headlines, such as a ruling against Seattle's first-come, first-served rental law.

Duration:00:32:49

Ep. 73: J.T. Wilcox, Washington's new House Republican leader, on Seattle and the rest of the state

3/22/2018
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J.T. Wilcox, a Yelm Republican, is the new minority leader in Washington's state house. He sat down with The Overcast this week to talk about the recent legislative session, relations with Seattle politicians and the upcoming midterm elections. Will a "blue wave" hit here as a rebuke of President Trump?

Duration:00:28:40

Ep. 72: Andrè Taylor on the Legislature’s agreement to change Washington's police deadly-force law

3/12/2018
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After Seattle police fatally shot his brother in 2016, Andrè Taylor began pushing to change a Washington law that's made it virtually impossible to prosecute law-enforcement officers for their use of deadly force. Last week, the state Legislature agreed to do just that.

Duration:00:32:30

Ep. 71: Washington Policy Center's Todd Myers on Washington's carbon-tax question

3/1/2018
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Todd Myers, an environmental-policy analyst with the free-market Washington Policy Center think tank, joins The Overcast to question the carbon-tax proposal under consideration by Washington lawmakers.

Duration:00:31:15