Monday, August 06, 2018
Sarah Smith is challenging Democratic incumbent, Representative Adam Smith for Washington's 9th District.
Friday, August 03, 2018
I was born and raised in Ellensburg. My dad was a police chief and my mom started the Children’s Museum while raising my brother and me. I graduated from Ellensburg High School and am a proud Ellensburg Bulldog. Growing up in a small town, I learned the difference between right and wrong. I also learned the value of hard work. My first job was on a hay farm in the Kittitas Valley. I drove a swather and bucked hay to pay for college at the University of Washington and then law school in Chicago. I started my career as a prosecutor for King County, where I worked every day to protect our community and hold criminals accountable. Now, as a lawyer, I fight for employees who have been cheated by big corporations. I have represented grocery workers, hotel employees, nurses, factory workers
Seattle's active civic engagement has a downside -- a segregated city that self-perpetuates inequality and exacerbates the crisis of affordable housing. In her most recent research, Professor Jessica Trounstine details how everyday concerned citizens, along with restrictive land use policies act as systemic racial barriers. You can read more in her paper, "The Geography of Inequality: How Land Use Regulation Produces Segregation and Polarization." Trounstine's book, "Segregation by Design" is scheduled to be published this October.
I have spent my career listening to and helping solve problems with thousands of patients and their families across the 8th District, and I will bring that same dedication and understanding to my work as your representative in Congress. I am a pediatrician, a wife, and a mom with deep roots in the 8th District. I’ve built a pediatrics practice here over the past 16 years, taking care of thousands of children and their families from all over the region. Our son goes to our local public school, which we strongly support with our time, energy and advocacy. I love my job and my patients, and never thought I would do anything else. But the last election and the utter failure of this Congress to provide checks and balances, or to work together on just about anything has compelled me to ste
Shannon is the 5th generation in her family to call this region home. Born and raised locally, Shannon wanted the skills and opportunity to make a difference. She found them as a doctor combating deadly diseases. Now she’s ready to make a difference for the home that launched her success. Shannon grew up on her great grandfather’s farm land in Auburn. Her father is a Navy Veteran who served as an aircraft mechanic. Later, he spent his professional career as a Boeing employee. Her mother taught dance, fitness and arts at community and senior centers, where she still volunteers. Growing up, Shannon and her siblings learned to work hard, take care of the people around them and try to make the world a better place. Shannon graduated from Auburn High School and went on to Stanford U
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Daron Morris is an NYU Law School Graduate and career public defender, who has seen how the criminal justice system functions from the inside. He wants to take the helm at the King County Prosecutor's office to rectify a culture he believes is not serving justice -- or the community.
Friday, July 20, 2018
What should we make of the President's jaw-dropping interactions with President Putin in Helsinki? As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Denny Heck shares his views. Plus -- the New Democratic Coalition's Housing Task Force has released a report on the crisis of affordable housing in the US. Rep. Heck co-chairs that task force, and shares his diagnosis for solving housing affordability and homelessness.
The war on women's health care continues -- if enacted, new Title X regulations will radically alter the range, quality and effectiveness of services offered to support the reproductive health and childbearing decisions of low-income women, men and adolescents in the United States. Dr. Bronstein outlines the impact the regulations will have on women, their families and healthcare providers. Janet M. Bronstein, Ph.D. is a women’s health expert and a professor emeritus in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Friday, July 13, 2018
While Seattle faces the intertwined crises of homelessness and a lack of affordable housing, tensions have reached a boiling point. In an article in the Atlantic, Hawkins reports on "An App For Ejecting the Homeless" -- Seattle's Find It, Fix It app, which residents are using to initiate homeless sweeps. Hawkins discusses his article, and the inequitable way zoning is being used to transform the south end of Seattle, while leaving untouched single family home neighborhoods in the north end of the city.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Why are so many people in the United States suddenly fearful of refugees and asylum seekers? They wouldn't be, if they knew their stories, according to Beth Farmer. As the Director Refugees Northwest, Beth shares the true plight -- and promise of refugees and asylum seekers who have risked everything to seek a better life in the US. Heartfelt, informative, and genuine, Beth shares a must-listen perspective on a true crisis of conscience our nation is facing.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Amy Siskind is an American activist and President of The New Agenda. She has taken liberal social media by storm by documenting every action the Trump administration has taken that she believes break with the norms of American presidency.
Monday, June 18, 2018
Who can solve income inequality, homelessness, a crisis of affordable housing, a broken democratic system in the United States, and the never-ending Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the Middle East? It's not Jared Kushner. It's Glen Weyl, principal researcher for Microsoft's think-tank and author of "Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society."
Monday, June 11, 2018
John J. Lennon is a journalist who is tackling the tough topics of prison reform and the treatment of the 400,000 people incarcerated who are diagnosed with mental illness. John is also currently a prisoner at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York, serving time for murder. You can read his latest piece in Equire Magazine.
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff's new book is "Sh**show: The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great"
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Ken Langone is one of the co-founders of Home Depot, and author of the book "I Love Capitalism: An American Story"
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Homelessness has been an 'emergency' for over a decade in Seattle, and the problem is only getting worse. But, there are solutions that could be implemented in 5 years that would transform our region, and the lives of thousands of our neighbors living on the streets. That's according to Sara Rankin, Director of Homeless Rights Advocacy Project, Seattle University. This is a can't-miss conversation for anyone who wants to understand what Seattle isn't doing to solve homelessness and what it IS doing to contribute to the problem.
Wednesday, May 02, 2018
An avowed "lefty," CNN Commentator Sally Kohn is noted for her ability to host civil conversations with people of all political persuasions. As political and racial divisions deepen -- at least in a way many Americans are becoming more publicly vocal about -- Sally writes about how to understand those who are different and come to common ground.
Friday, April 13, 2018
There are ways to reduce gun violence in America, that we can all agree on. As an emergency room physician, an NRA member, and one of the nation's foremost gun researchers, Dr. Garen Wintemute has devoted much of his career to finding evidence based solutions. The Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, which Dr. Wintemute leads, has come up with guidance for doctors and legislators on how to take consensus action to reduce mass shootings, suicides, and all types of violence committed with firearms.
Go ahead: take a look at all the data companies like Google and Facebook have accumulated about your life. Your mind will be blown. Dylan Curran, the tech consultant whose expose of his own data became a viral sensation will show you how to find your own data, and more importantly, how to delete it.Â
As Director of the Centre for Social Media Analysis, Jamie Bartlett has observed a slow, dangerous decline in our both our adherence to the ideals of democracy, and our belief in the system's ability to work for everyone in our society. And he points to the internet and new technologies as the cause -- but it's not to late to change course. In his new book, "The People Vs. Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (And How We Can Save It)," Bartlett both diagnoses our ailing democracy and prescribes necessary for a society in danger.Â