Capitol Ideas: The Washington State House Democratic Caucus Podcast
By Washington State House Democratic Caucus
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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 together for one Washington.
||Rep. Kristine Lytton talks about cut-off, collaboration, and cross-aisle communication in the Legislature.||State Rep. Kristine Lytton||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan assesses 2014 Legislature as it nears the session's midpoint.||House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan||2/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Ruth Kagi on the Washington State Youth Opportunities Act||Rep. Ruth Kagi||1/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Laurie Jinkins on the Washington State Reproductive Parity Act||Rep. Laurie Jinkins||1/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Christopher Hurst on reducing liquor-shoplifting from Washington stores||Rep. Christopher Hurst||1/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Zack Hudgins on the Washington State DREAM Act||Rep. Zack Hudgins||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mr. Speaker Pro Tem: Rep. Jim Moeller||Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller||4/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Being vice chair: Rep. Timm Ormsby||Rep. Timm Ormsby||3/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Talking about healthcare and education with Rep. Dawn Morrell||Rep. Dawn Morrell||1/25/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Starting from Scratch: Freshman Rep. Monica Stonier||Rep. Monica Stonier||1/9/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||House Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew: Big Job, Big Gavel||House Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew||3/28/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Judy Clibborn: Building Bridges Across the Water . . . and Across the Aisle||Rep. Judy Clibborn||3/26/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Tina Orwall: From New Kid to Seasoned Lawmaker||Rep. Tina Orwall||2/11/12||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Laurie Jinkins: A Busy First Year||Rep. Laurie Jinkins||7/15/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Jamie Pedersen: Working a Bill||Rep. Jamie Pedersen||7/8/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Cindy Ryu: A Freshman's Take||Rep. Cindy Ryu||1/18/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Mary Helen Roberts||Rep. Mary Helen Roberts||6/29/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Sherry Appleton||Rep. Sherry Appleton||6/25/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Mike Sells||Rep. Mike Sells||6/21/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Tina Orwall||Rep. Tina Orwall||6/17/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Eric Pettigrew||Rep. Eric Pettigrew||6/4/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Zack Hudgins||Rep. Zack Hudgins||6/3/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Conversation with Rep. Larry Seaquist||Rep. Larry Seaquist||6/2/10||Free||View In iTunes|
||Building a Bridge: Rep. Larry Springer||Rep. Larry Springer discusses the work of the State Route 520 Work Group.||10/14/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Christopher Hurst: Chairing a Legislative Committee||Rep. Christopher Hurst, chair of the House Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee, talks about what he does, and how he goes about it.||2/17/09||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rep. Timm Ormsby and Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter: Working Together||Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) and Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter give a behind-the-scenes look at how a legislative office works.||1/29/09||Free||View In iTunes|
Good show -- never heard anything like it before.
I stumbled across this podcast trying to find something else, and now I wish they'd make more. It's about politics but it's not political -- there's no Us vs. Them, no screaming, no name-calling or fireworks. It's just political-types talking calmly about their jobs. If there were more shows like this, maybe people would come to see how pointless and "show-biz" the screaming heads are. Interesting.
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This podcast does an excellent job discussing how the state House works and what some representatives feel about different issues facing the state. Great podcast. Wish you would post more.
I don't agree with everything said by the people intervied(or done by the legislature)...but these conversations restore my faith a little bit in our state legislature. At least we have reasonably bright, articulate and thoughtful people struggling in good faith with difficult issues. It seems all that is in the newspapers and blogs are controversies, scandal, and the "horserace" of campaigns, etc. It's interesting (for me at least) to hear my legislator and others talk more in depth about the things they're working on-- most of which is not sexy and ideological. These conversations also are a good reminder of how MANY issues the Legislature deals with...and how the legislators seem to have to be generalists to a huge degree...but also (from these interviews) seem to be specialists and very knowledgable in certain areas. Not an easy job-- not something I'd want to take on!