9 04, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Karen Keiser, one of the Legislature’s longest serving members

April 9th, 2019|Podcast|

Sen. Karen Keiser has served in the Washington State Legislature since 1996 — and she’s seen a lot of change. She watched as the number of women in the Senate grew, and then dropped again.

Keiser chairs the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, and frequently presides over the Senate as President Pro Tempore.

She shared some insights from her long career in this episode of the Everblue State.

1 04, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Manka Dhingra on diversity, behavioral health and more!

April 1st, 2019|Podcast|

For this episode of the Everblue State, Sen. Manka Dhingra tells us about her path to the state Senate, what it’s like to be deputy majority leader, and why improving Washington’s behavioral health system is one of her priorities.

Plus, she told us what it was like to make history as a woman of color in the King County Prosecutor’s Office and in the Senate.

1 03, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Jesse Salomon talks fracking and restorative justice

March 1st, 2019|Podcast|

For this episode of The Everblue State, we spoke with Sen. Jesse Salomon, the first-year senator from the 32nd District.

Salomon has spent his career in public service — working as a public defender, serving on the Shoreline City Council and more. In the Senate, he’s working hard on environmental and early childhood education issues.

21 02, 2019

The Everblue State: Transportation and nerd stuff with Sen. Steve Hobbs

February 21st, 2019|Podcast|

This week on The Everblue State, Sen. Steve Hobbs updated us on Washington’s transportation policy. He also went in-depth about his nerdy pursuits — including Dungeons and Dragons.

He even told us which members of the Legislature he would pick for a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Hobbs represents the 44th District, and is a combat veteran.

14 02, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Joe Nguyen on marijuana policy and opportunity

February 14th, 2019|Podcast|

For this episode of The Everblue State, we spoke with another one of our new legislators: Sen. Joe Nguyen.

Nguyen represents the district he grew up in (the 34th District) and is passionate about providing opportunities for Washingtonians regardless of their income level. He’s also working this session to vacate some marijuana convictions.

7 02, 2019

The Everblue State: Sen. Emily Randall on being a new senator

February 7th, 2019|Podcast|

In this week’s episode, we spoke with 26th District Senator Emily Randall about what it’s like to be one of the Senate’s newest members.

Her seat was previously held by a Republican, and she is working to make sure her constituents are fairly represented. She’s also one of the Legislature’s several new women of color, and is a LGBTQ leader.

She told us what it’s like to serve in a Legislature that is slowly becoming more diverse.

1 02, 2019

The Everblue State: Catching up with Sen. Andy Billig

February 1st, 2019|Podcast|

This week, we spoke with Sen. Andy Billig, the new Senate Majority Leader.

He told us why he first ran for office, what it’s like to lead the Senate Democratic Caucus (and how it compares to running a baseball team) and what we can expect from the Senate this year.

17 01, 2019

The Everblue State: Democratic Floor Leader Sen. Marko Liias

January 17th, 2019|Podcast|

Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) joined us to talk about his priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session and his accomplishments from sessions past.

He discussed the process of passing a conversion therapy ban, and what he’s doing to protect transgender students in public schools. He told us about his efforts to help people with student loans, and the benefits of paid family leave.

Liias is a lifelong resident of the 21st District. He plays a key role in setting the Senate’s agenda.

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!