Skip to content
Please enable your javascript to have a better view of the website. Click here to learn more about it.

Election Coverage 2016

  • How Some Electors Aim To Block A Trump Presidency

    December 7, 2016 Bret Chiafalo is an Elector from Washington state’s second congressional district.  He has co-founded the Hamilton Electors, a movement intended to block a Trump Presidency through the US electoral college.  KBCS Producer and  Washington State Elector, Esther Little Dove John, spoke with Chiafalo in the KBCS studio recently.  He begins the segment by explaining how the ...
  • The 1876 Electoral College Controversy

    November 30, 2016 The electoral college is under scrutiny this election year, as they have the final say of who will be President of the United States. The state electors cast their votes on December 19th. Washington state elector, Esther Little Dove John shares another moment in US history when the controversy around an election brought about devastating ...
  • “Not My President” – Seattle’s Protest

    November 11, 2016 Since the results of Tuesday’s election, thousands took to the streets across the country. In Seattle, protesters walked from downtown Seattle to the University of Washington campus.  KBCS Producer Casey Martin captured some perspectives from Wednesday night’s gatherings. photos: courtesy of Casey Martin              
  • Post-Election Sentiments

    November 10, 2016 Here’s a sampling of post-election thoughts and emotions from yesterday. KBCS News Director, Yuko Kodama takes you out onto the campus of Bellevue College to hear from students, and staff.
  • Democracy Now – Post 2016 Election 2 Hour Special

    November 9, 2016 Democracy Now logoDemocracy Now! features a special  two-hour, post 2016 elections edition.
  • Vote Supression During the 2016 Elections – Greg Palast

    November 8, 2016 Investigative reporter, Greg Palast’s film The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, uncovers the many methods used to suppress votes across the United States. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama spoke with Palast. Click here to watch the film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy for free through election night and get a free comic book.
  • The Washington State Voter Rights

    November 7, 2016 We speak with Latino Progress, Director of Civic Engagement and Advocacy, Felipe Rodriguez Flores about voters rights in Washington, amidst the Pasco Washington voters rights lawsuit. He was in the KBCS studios with News Director, Yuko Kodama.
  • Van Jones – Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice – Washington State

    November 4, 2016 The author of The Green Collar Economy, CNN Crossfire Commentator, and former special advisor to the Obama administration on green jobs, Van Jones discusses environmental policy and social equity in Washington State with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
  • Reaching Out for the Asian Pacific Islander Vote

    November 2, 2016 When we think about voting this season – consider the work that some put in to ensure more have a seat at the table of democracy. The Asian Counseling Referral Services’ Civic Engagement Program Manager, Monica Ng shares her experience with advocating for Asian Pacific Islanders in our region to vote. She was interviewed by ...
  • EJ Juárez on How to Get Equal Representation in our Government

    November 1, 2016 Despite Washington’s progressive access to voting, we have some of the country’s worst levels of equal representation in local government–meaning the racial demographics of elected officials are disproportionate to the racial and cultural makeup of our communities. Amplify is a movement-building organization that seeks out people with a progressive vision and helps them run for office. They ...
  • King, Pierce & Kitsap County Ballot Drop Boxes

    October 27, 2016 You can return your voting ballot at 24-hour drop box locations in King County and Pierce County and Kitsap County.  A postage stamp is not required if you drop off your ballot at these locations.  
  • Audubon Supports Carbon Tax I-732, Urges Action on Climate Change to Save Bird Populations

    October 21, 2016 Birds exist everywhere we do, so it’s little wonder that they have been important to human culture from time immemorial. Their songs thrill along with their incredible display of speed and strength. Audubon has been dedicated to ensuring their survival since it was founded in 1905. From its work in stopping the sale of feathers ...
  • Puget Sound Energy Trades in Gas, Electricity, Political Clout

    October 20, 2016 If you live in western Washington, chances are you get your power or your natural gas or both from Puget Sound Energy. The state’s largest utility company serves more than a million customers in 10 counties. But it’s not just energy that PSE trades in. The company also helps power campaigns and elections in Washington ...
  • Candidates John Pass and Tana Senn: State House of Representatives, 41st District

    October 18, 2016 Representative Tana Senn is running to keep her seat in the State House, representing Washington’s 41st district. Listen to her take on some big issues—like funding schools, climate change, and minimum wage. Her challenger John Pass never responded to our requests for an interview.
  • Candidates Joan McBride and Benjamin Judah Phelps: State House of Representatives, 48th District

    October 18, 2016 Representative Joan McBride talks about transit, state-wide minimum wage and how to fund public schools. She’s running to keep her position representing the 48th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives. Her opponent, Republican candidate Benjamin Judah Phelps never responded to our requests for an interview.
  • Candidates Roger Goodman and Ramiro Valderrama: State House of Representatives, 45th District

    October 17, 2016 Deputy Mayor Ramiro Valderrama is challenging State Representative Roger Goodman for his position in the 45th district. Here’s KBCS News director Yuko Kodama with the coverage. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • The Campaign Contributions Ballot Initiative. I-735

    October 17, 2016 Supporters of Washington Ballot Initiative 735 are looking to overturn Citizens United— the 2010 Supreme Court decision that prohibited the government from restricting campaign contributions from corporations, under the ruling that those contributions are free speech. The ballot initiative itself pushes for the Washington state congressional delegation to propose a federal constitutional amendment that would say ...
  • Candidates Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal: Superintendent of Public Instruction

    October 17, 2016 Erin Jones and State Representative Chris Reykdal are running for the job of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position that oversees the state’s K-12 education. This office provides funding and resources for public schools, administers basic education programs, and implements education reform. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama has more. The KBCS 2016 Election Series was produced ...
  • Public Schools: the LGBTQ Community, and Communities of Color

    October 17, 2016 Next up on the KBCS 2016 Election series, we have a conversation brought to us by KBCS Guest Producer Ijeoma Oluo. She spoke with Jessie Hagopian, Garfield high school teacher-educator and blogger, and Sarah Mayes, a transgender parent who transitioned while her two children attended the public schools. They discussed the experiences of the ...
  • Candidates Bob Hasegawa and Dennis Price: State Senate, 11th District

    October 14, 2016 We continue our coverage of the 2016 local elections with segments of interviews with State Senator Bob Hasegawa and Dennis Price, who are running for State Senate, 11th District. Here’s KBCS News Director, Yuko Kodama. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Candidates Judy Clibborn and Michael Appleby: State House of Representatives, 41st District

    October 14, 2016 Next on our 2016 Election Series: candidates for the state House of Representatives, Judy Clibborn and Michael Appleby, share their viewpoints on key issues. Here’s KBCS News director Yuko Kodama. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Governor Jay Inslee and Bill Bryant: Washington State Governor

    October 13, 2016 Next in our 2016 Election Series: Governor Jay Inslee is being challenged for his position this year by Republican candidate Bill Bryant, who previously served as Seattle Port Commissioner. KBCS News Director Yuko Kodama has the coverage. This series was produced by Jennie Cecil Moore and Angie Voyles Askham.
  • Candidates Sharon Tomiko Santos and John Dickinson: State House of Representatives, 37th District

    October 13, 2016 Today in the KBCS 2016 Election Series– the race to represent the 37th legislative district, first position, in the State House. Democrat Sharon Tomiko Santos currently holds that position since being elected in 1998. This year, she’s being challenged for her position by non-partisan candidate John Dickinson. The 37th district extends along the southwestern border of Lake Washington, ...
  • The Carbon Tax Ballot Measure, I-732

    October 13, 2016 Washington State Initiative Measure 732 would establish a state-wide tax on carbon emissions to fight climate change. Revenue raised from that tax would then pay for a reduced state sales tax, a rebate for low-income working households, and the effective elimination of a manufacturing tax. The initiative was brought about by the group Carbon Washington. There ...
  • Candidates Eric Pettigrew and Tamra Smilanich: State House of Representatives, 37th District

    October 12, 2016 Democrat Eric Pettigrew currently represents the 37th district in the State House of Representatives, in the second position. Representative Pettigrew was first elected to the position in 2002. He’s being challenged by non-partisan candidate Tamra Smilanich. The 37th district extends along the southwestern border of Lake Washington, including Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Rainier Beach, and Renton. KBCS ...
  • Candidates Steve Litzow and Lisa Wellman: State Senate, 41st District

    October 12, 2016 Republican State Senator Steve Litzow has represented the 41st legislative district for the past six years. He is being challenged this year by Democrat Lisa Wellman. The 41st legislative district covers Mercer Island, and stretches east to Bellevue, Newcastle, and the south-east border of Lake Sammamish. KBCS interviewed both candidates about their position on some key issues ...
  • Candidates Zack Hudgins and Erin Smith Aboudara: State House of Representatives, 11th District

    October 11, 2016 Incumbent Zack Hudgins has represented the 11th district, first position, in the State House of Representatives since 2002. He is being challenged this year by Republican Erin Smith Aboudara. The 11th legislative district includes much of south Seattle, Tukwila, Renton, and Kent. KBCS News director Yuko Kodama has the coverage. Producers are Angie Voyles Askham and ...
  • Sound Transit 3 Ballot Measure

    October 11, 2016 With a national election approaching, voters are weighing some key issues. For Puget Sound area residents, a major transportation initiative will be decided. If approved, Sound Transit 3 will expand and improve local transit. Jennie Cecil Moore interviewed Abigail Doerr, Advocacy Director of Transportation Choices Coalition , Puget Sound Sage Program Manager, Uba Gaardherre and former ...
  • Candidates Michelle Darnell and Patty Kuderer: State House of Representatives, 48th District

    October 11, 2016 Libertarian candidate Michelle Darnell and Democratic incumbent Patty Kuderer are running to represent the 48th legislative district, first position, in the State House of Representatives. Kuderer was appointed to the position last year after the resignation of Representative Ross Hunter. The 48th district covers a portion of the Eastside, including Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. KBCS News director ...
  • Candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Pinero Walkinshaw: U.S. House of Representatives, 7th District

    October 10, 2016 Washington State Senator Pramila Jayapal and State Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw are running to represent our state’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 7th district includes most of Seattle, and extends north to Shoreline and Edmonds, and south to Burien, Normandy Park, and Vashon Island. Both candidates are running on the Democratic ...
  • Candidates Adam Smith and Doug Basler: U.S. House of Representatives, 9th District

    October 10, 2016 Doug Basler is challenging incumbent Adam Smith to represent Washington’s 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith has held this position since 1997. The 9th Congressional District includes Bellevue, Mercer Island, much of South Seattle, Renton, and extends to Tacoma. After the redistricting of 2010, it became the state’s first majority minority district. KBCS ...
  • Democracy Now presidential candidate debate coverage October 9 & 10

    October 10, 2016 Democracy Now logoDemocracy Now!’s features “Expanding the Debate” 2016 U.S. presidential debate coverage with a feed from the October 9th presidential debate. On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Democracy Now! offered 3.5 hour  coverage from the U.S. presidential debate in St. Louis, MO. On Monday, October 10, 2016, Democracy Now! offered a special extra hour, expanding the debate to include candidates that were ...
  • KBCS 2016 Elections Coverage

    October 7, 2016 KBCS brings you local elections coverage: unique and essential conversations about Washington ballot measures, and interviews with local candidates. Tune in to 91.3 starting at 7am Monday, and visit our Elections 2016 page to find audio and extra content.
  • Democracy Now! at the First Presidential Debate

    September 27, 2016 Democracy Now logoHillary Clinton and Donald Trump debated at Hofstra University last night, and Democracy Now! covered the event in a three hour special.  
  • Oregon Third Parties See Opportunities In 2016 Presidential Election

    September 16, 2016 Polls are showing that Oregon voters aren’t rallying around either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. While Clinton is expected to win the state, her campaign is struggling to attract Democrats who voted for Bernie Sanders in the May primary. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains, Clinton and Trump aren’t the only presidential candidates on ...
  • Our State Primary Ballot

    July 22, 2016 Washington voters have a political homework assignment this summer–and it’s due August 2nd. It’s all of the candidates to sift through for the primary election. Here’s what you need to know-