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11 01, 2019

The Everblue State: Farewell to Sen. Sharon Nelson

January 11th, 2019|Podcast|

Sen. Sharon Nelson served Washington state in the Legislature for more than a decade. She led the Senate Democratic Caucus for four years — including during the progressive and productive 2018 Legislative Session.

For this episode, we traveled to Vashon Island to speak with Nelson in her home district. She talked to us about her experience as majority leader and the highlights of her career.

She was a champion for equality, consumer protection measures and environmental issues in her district. In 2010, she was part of an effort that prevented gravel mining on her home Maury Island. This accomplishment protected orca habitat and preserved an area where 34th District residents can enjoy the island’s natural beauty.

Nelson announced her retirement following the 2018 Legislative Session, explaining that she wanted to spend more time with her family. She and her husband John plan to travel (their motto is sun, sand and surf) and explore Vashon and Maury islands on their e-bikes.

8 01, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Annette Cleveland talks health care

January 8th, 2019|Podcast|

For this first full episode of the Everblue State, we drove down to Vancouver, WA to catch up with Sen. Annette Cleveland.

Cleveland chairs the Senate’s Health & Long Term Care Committee, and is working to ensure that Washingtonians have access to affordable health care. She talked to us about the rising cost of care, efforts Senate Democrats are making to improve the system and what issues are likely to arise during the 2019 Legislative Session.

And as a bonus, she talked to us about what she’s doing to ensure health care for some of our favorite family members: our pets!