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Behind the Lens at the Nation’s Capitol: January 6 2021

Since 2015, local photographer, Nate Gowdy has been working on a personal project to document the Trump era’s political campaigns and culture.  On January 6, 2021, he was in Washington DC to document the atmosphere around the Congressional confirmation of electoral votes for Rolling Stone.  The day was interrupted by a mob attack on the country’s capitol building.  Gowdy shared his experiences with KBCS’s Yuko Kodama within a week after the event.

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Voting from Jail with a Disability

About 40% of jail inmates nationwide reported having at least one disability, according to a Department of Justice study.   Jordan Landry, a visually impaired inmate at King County jail, was able to vote from behind bars.  Darya Farivar is a Community and Legislative Liaison at Disability Rights Washington, who helped Landry with the accommodations he needed to do so.

Producer: Yuko Kodama and Jesse Callahan

Image: Disability Rights Washington

Hold The Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Hardy Merriman is President and CEO of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. For nearly two decades his work has focused on human rights and prodemocracy movements around the world that use non-violent tactics, strikes, boycotts, non-cooperation and other non-violent actions to fight authoritarianism. (more…)

Trek the Vote

Looking for a way to get involved in ensuring the integrity of the coming election?  Find out how Star Trek fans are rolling out a campaign that’s in line with the Starfleet’s prime directive.  (more…)

Election 2018 – Voices From The Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle

El Centro De La Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, hosted “BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!” on October 27th, 2018; a special gathering to help voters. The event provided assistants and interpreters to answer questions about this year’s election ballot, and celebrated the act of voting with live music. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi spoke with several people at the event.

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Election Coverage 2018

KBCS brings you local elections coverage: unique and essential interviews with local candidates.

  • Election 2018 – Voices From The Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle

    November 6, 2018Election 2018 - Voices From The Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle
    El Centro De La Raza, in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, hosted “BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!” on October 27th, 2018; a special gathering to help voters. The event provided assistants and interpreters to answer questions about this year’s election ballot, and celebrated the act of voting with live music. KBCS’s Gol Hoghooghi spoke with several people at ...
  • Election Coverage 2018

    October 31, 2018Election Coverage 2018
    KBCS brings you local elections coverage: unique and essential interviews with local candidates.
  • Election 2018 – False Election Mailers in Washington State

    October 31, 2018Election 2018 - False Election Mailers in Washington State
    You may have heard about the false campaign flyers mailed to voters in Pierce, Spokane, Kitsap and the Olympic Peninsula districts this election season. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Kent City Councilwoman, Brenda Fincher, whose identity was misused in a false election mailer.  Produced by Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama
  • Election 2018 – The Washington Bus: Encouraging Young People to Vote

    October 30, 2018Election 2018 - The Washington Bus: Encouraging Young People to Vote
    The Washington Bus is a youth driven organization that encourages young people across Washington State to vote and get politically involved. During this elections season, The Washington Bus is busy with campaigns to “Get Out the Vote!”. In addition to door-knocking, the organization hosts phone banking and text banking parties – with a twist.
  • Election 2018: Initiative 1631 on Pollution and Clean Energy

    October 26, 2018Election 2018: Initiative 1631 on Pollution and Clean Energy
    KBCS’s Elections 2018 coverage turns to Initiative 1631, focusing on pollution and clean energy. The measure would charge pollution fees on sources of green house gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts under oversight of a public board. KBCS’s Jim Cantú spoke with Dana Bieber, coalition ...
  • Election 2018 – BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle

    October 26, 2018Election 2018 - BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle
    In an effort to help get out the vote, El Centro de la Raza in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, is hosting the BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!; an event on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, to help voters understand their ballots. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Miguel Maestas, El Centro De La Raza’s Housing and Economic ...
  • Election 2018: Initiative 940 on Law Enforcement Training

    October 25, 2018Election 2018: Initiative 940 on Law Enforcement Training
    KBCS continues its Elections 2018 coverage, taking a look at Initiative 940 on law enforcement training and use of deadly force. The measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental health training, as well as change standards for use of deadly force and require independent investigations in the case that an officer’s ...
  • Election 2018: Initiative 1634 on Grocery Tax

    October 24, 2018Election 2018: Initiative 1634 on Grocery Tax
    The KBCS Elections 2018 coverage turns to Initiative 1634, determining if foods and beverages available for human consumption (except in the case of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and marijuana) should be exempt from a new local or privileged tax. KBCS’s Ruth Bly spoke with Victor Coleman, Campaign Manager for Washington Healthy Kids Coalition who is sponsoring ...
  • Election 2018: 28th Legislative District Position 1

    October 23, 2018Election 2018: 28th Legislative District Position 1
    The KBCS Elections 2018 coverage speaks with two candidates for the Washington State House of Representatives for the 28th Legislative District, Position 1. KBCS’s Gregg Selby spoke with Dick Muri, Republican candidate running for re-election to a 3rd two-year term, and Mari Leavitt, Democratic candidate. Produced by Gregg Selby, Ruth Bly, Jim Cantú and Yuko Kodama
  • Elections 2018 – State Senate 47th Legislative District

    October 23, 2018Elections 2018 - State Senate 47th Legislative District
    The KBCS Elections 2018 coverage continues, focusing on the Washington legislative race for the State Senate, 47th District. KBCS’s Gregg Selby spoke with Mona Das, Democratic candidate running for re-election to a 3rd four-year term. KBCS reached out to Joe Fain, Republican candidate for this contested State Senate seat, for an interview or a statement ...
  • Election 2018 – Ballots & Baristas 2018

    October 23, 2018Election 2018 - Ballots & Baristas 2018
    The League of Women Voters Seattle-King County is organizing Ballots & Baristas – a night out for democracy.  People are invited to go to designated coffee shops for discussions about ballot measures for this election season.  Ballots and Baristas events are held Tuesday, October 23rd  facilitated by the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, ...
  • Election 2018: State Senate 30th Legislative District

    October 19, 2018Election 2018: State Senate 30th Legislative District
    The KBCS Elections 2018 coverage takes a look at the State Senate race for Washington’s 30th legislative district which covers Federal Way and borders Pierce County. Current Republican Senator Mark Milosicia faces Democratic challenger Claire Wilson for the 30th legislative district seat. Miloscia previously served seven terms as a Democrat in the State House of Representatives ...
  • Election 2018: 47th Legislative District Position 1

    October 18, 2018Election 2018: 47th Legislative District Position 1
    The KBCS Elections 2018 coverage highlights two candidates for the Washington State House of Representatives for the 47th Legislative District, Position 1. KBCS’s Gregg Selby spoke with Mark Hargrove, Republican candidate running for re-election to a 5th two-year term, and Debra Entenman, Democratic candidate and Congressman Adam Smith’s District Director. Produced by Gregg Selby, Ruth Bly, ...
  • Election 2018 – Initiative 1639 on Gun Control

    October 17, 2018Election 2018 - Initiative 1639 on Gun Control
    We kick off the KBCS Elections 2018 coverage with a look at both sides of Initiative 1639 on gun control. KBCS’s Gregg Selby spoke with Tallman Trask, spokesperson from the Alliance for Gun Responsibility (the organization for who is supporting Initiative 1639) and Brett Bass, firearms instructor and spokesperson for the Save our Security – No ...

Election 2018 – False Election Mailers in Washington State

You may have heard about the false campaign flyers mailed to voters in Pierce, Spokane, Kitsap and the Olympic Peninsula districts this election season. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama speaks with Kent City Councilwoman, Brenda Fincher, whose identity was misused in a false election mailer.

Produced by Ruth Bly and Yuko Kodama

Election 2018 – The Washington Bus: Encouraging Young People to Vote

The Washington Bus is a youth driven organization that encourages young people across Washington State to vote and get politically involved. During this elections season, The Washington Bus is busy with campaigns to “Get Out the Vote!”. In addition to door-knocking, the organization hosts phone banking and text banking parties – with a twist.

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Election 2018: Initiative 1631 on Pollution and Clean Energy

KBCS’s Elections 2018 coverage turns to Initiative 1631, focusing on pollution and clean energy. The measure would charge pollution fees on sources of green house gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts under oversight of a public board. KBCS’s Jim Cantú spoke with Dana Bieber, coalition spokesperson for the No on 1631 campaign, and Mo McBroom, from The Nature Conservancy; an organization that is part of the coalition supporting Initiative 1631.

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Election 2018 – BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party in Seattle

In an effort to help get out the vote, El Centro de la Raza in Seattle’s Beacon Hill, is hosting the BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot Party!; an event on Saturday, October 27th, 2018, to help voters understand their ballots. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Miguel Maestas, El Centro De La Raza’s Housing and Economic Development Director, about the event.

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