Welcome to Capitol Ideas. This is where members of the majority Democratic caucus in the Washington State House of Representatives sit down at the Capitol and talk about ideas. Ideas like strong schools, enduring values, equity, affordable and accessible healthcare, tax fairness, thriving small businesses, inclusion, a clean environment. You know: good ideas.
Democratic State Rep. Timm Ormsby of Spokane chairs the House Appropriations Committee in Olympia. Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter has kept Timm's office running smoothly for 15 years. Today, they visit Capitol Ideas to talk about their respectiv
Back in 2009, Washington State Rep. Timm Ormsby and Legislative Assistant Shannon Waechter were featured on the third-ever episode of a brand-new podcast called Capitol Ideas, talking about the teamwork necessary in a legislative office. We circle back today to find out what's changed, and what hasn't, now that 13 years have passed and, as chair of the House Appropriations Committee, Timm is the chamber's head budget writer.
Rep. Jesse Johnson is vice chair of the House Public Safety Committee and has been a central figure in several major legislative initiatives during the current biennium. The Federal Way Democrat's recent announcement that he'd be leaving the House at th
Despite a tenure of just three years in the House, Rep. Jesse Johnson has been one of the Legislature's busiest and most respected members almost from the day he was first sworn in to fill a vacancy in the 30th district in January 2020. He's leaving the House at the end of his current term to play a bigger role in the life of his newborn son. In this special Capitol Ideas, Jesse reflects on his brief time as a lawmaker, the accomplishments he's most proud of, and work yet to be done.
Today we're spending some time with Rep. Lisa Callan. She's from Issaquah, in the 5th district, and is a fighter for children, youth, and families, among many other things. We'll focus on those three very important priorities in today's Capitol Ideas.
Rep. Lisa Callan co-chairs the Legislature's Children and Youth Behavioral Health Work Group. She sits on the House Children, Youth, and Families Committee. Are you seeing a pattern here? If you're a child, a youth, or a member of a family, chances are excellent Lisa has sponsored successful legislation during her time in the House that makes your life better. Stick around for a half hour and get acquainted with someone who plays an important role in your life, whether you know it or not.
We're joined today by Speaker Pro Tem Tina Orwall. In that role, Tina presides over most floor sessions of the Washington Stte House of Representatives. As Rep. Tina Orwall, she sponsors some of the most impactful bills of any of the 147 members of the
Rep. Tina Orwall, today's guest, is a powerhouse of a legislator. She has a tendency to sponsor successful bills, and a look at those bills reveals where her priorities lie: justice for those who have suffered sexual assault or trafficking, veterans' issues, suicide prevention, jobs and economic development, safety for persons experiencing behavioral health crises, foster youth, and adoptee rights, to name just a few. Tina is also Speaker Pro Tem of the Washington State House, handling the gavel and guiding debate during most floor sessions. She makes a return visit to Capitol Ideas today.
Rep. Mike Chapman hails from up in Port Angeles at the top of the Olympia Peninsula. He chairs the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee. He's a busy guy, but we snagged him for today's episode of Capitol Ideas. Stay tune
For this week's Capitol Ideas we're heading up to the Olympic Peninsula to hear from Rep. Mike Chapman, the six-year veteran of the House who chairs the House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Committee. Mike is a former law-enforcement professional, served four terms as a Clallam County commissioner, and lives in Port Angeles when he's not in Olympia. Today's topics range from the college-loan crisis to the origins of Washington's short legislative sessions to getting things by forging bipartisan alliances.
Today's special episode of Capitol Ideas features a behind-the-scenes conversation with Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins. You don't want to miss this one.
What's it like to occupy the highest office in the Washington state House of Representatives? Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins knows. What's that job entail? And how is she committed to making Washington a better, healthier, safer, and more equitable home for everyone in the state? You'll find out in today's special Capitol Ideas.
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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!
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.