On the second Monday of the month, at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters of Snohomish County produces a KSER 90.7 radio program about issues of importance to the voters of Snohomish County. (If you can't get good reception on KSER 90.7 FM, try KXIR 89.9 FM Freeland.)
The last six months of this "Magazine on the Air" are archived here, for your listening. If you want to hear an older LWVSC program, email us, email@example.com, attention Michelle Valentine. You can purchase a CD of the program for $2 (production, handling, and mailing).
We begin the 2019 election cycle programming with a two-part recording of the Snohomish County Council Districts 2 and 3 Primary Election Candidate Forum recorded on July 1, 2019, with League member Lynn Carpenter moderating. The forum was two hours long with questions from the League as well as from the audience. Hear District 2 candidates Megan Dunn, Anna Rohrbough, Jennifer Gregerson, Tyler Verda, Cecilia Wilson, Louis Harris, Sharita Burton, and Alex Lark, and District 3 candidates Willie Russell, Meier G. Lowenthal, and Stephanie Wright answer questions about homelessness in Snohomish County, the county budget, agriculture vs housing development, Paine Field, climate goals and more in this program. The candidates' challenges during the latter half of the second part make interesting listening!
This month we begin our year-long celebration of the 100th Birthday of the League of Women Voters with a program describing the decades-long efforts for women to win the right to vote in the United States on August 15, 1920. League member Phyllis Busch moderates panelists Vicki Roberts-Gassler, Rita Ireland, and Kay Dichter. Their stories focus on the period from 1848 to 1920, with suffragists moving Washington state along the road to the right to vote in 1910, only to lose it and regain it twice before final success.
As we begin the election cycle in Snohomish County and across the state, we open with two features to prepare ourselves. Brenda Belanos-Ivory interviews Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel about her department's responsibilities, focusing on the elections division. Filing week for candidates to declare their interest in an office happens every May. Lisa Utter then interviews Anne Murphy, lead librarian, information resources, at Sno-Isle libraries, who shares her lists of books on democracy, some reviewing the recent history of democracy in our country, others suggesting what the future holds for us.
Karen Crowley hears from four students and their advisors that youth democracy is alive and well in our county. Snohomish High School students juniors Mikayla Jardine and Riley Yeoman are two of the 10 students who serve on the Snohomish Youth Council for the City of Snohomish. They are joined by senior Ashley Lambert and junior Grace Lambert from Henry M. Jackson High School, leaders in the Social Activism Club and primary organizers of the Seattle, WA Climate Strike on March 15. Their respective advisors Kaci Cowan and Scott Dyer share their roles in supporting these students' efforts and in community education activities. Snohomish City Council Member Linda Redmon describes the strong impact youth have on the city's government.
Our "Centennial Minute" features the 1910 Edmonds newspaper publisher Mrs. T. B. "Missouri" Hanna. Then Lisa Utter interviews Professor Steven Horn, chair of the Political Science Department at Everett Community College, about the current climate of Constitutional issues and how students are thinking about their future in this hyper-partisan climate. We round out the program with League member Lynn Carpenter interviewing Alison McCaffree, producer of the one-woman play "Many Maps, One Voice.” The play is about Mary Ellen McCaffree, a Washington Legislator from Seattle in the 1960s, who took on the task of shepherding the legal changes in our state government to create a bipartisan, independent redistricting commission following the every ten-year census changes. The play will be performed in Everett on April 6th and 7th.
League member Lisa Utter moderates this month's program on mental health services for children and youth in Snohomish County. Meagan Boyle, Director of Children's Intensive Services, joins the round table discussion with Heather Thomas, spokesperson for the Snohomish Health District, which recently completed the Burden of Disease report on the opioid misuse and addiction program in Snohomsh County.
The League celebrates its 100th birthday in August, 1920, with the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Hear the first in a year-long series of “Centennial Minutes” highlighting women suffragists in Washington state who worked for decades to win the vote for women. LWV-SC member Rita Ireland leads off this series talking about Emma Smith DeVoe. Then Michelle Valentine interviews Ann Murphy, LWV-WA board president as she reviews past successes of the League of Women Voters in Washington and the challenges ahead in the 2019 Washington Legislature.