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A calm and reasoned discussion about politics in the city of Olympia. Hosted by Dani Madrone and Emmett O"Connell.

Latest Episodes

The Olympia Standard #49: Ballot Review and School Board

Your ballot is waiting in your mailbox today! In this episode, we review all the state and local measures you will vote on. We also interview Maria Flores, who is running for the only contested school board race. Her opponent declined to interview. Why should you care about schools if you don’t have a school-age child? Listen and learn.

47 MIN3 d ago
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The Olympia Standard #49: Ballot Review and School Board

The Olympia Standard #48: Port of Olympia Candidates

Dani has returned to the show as we continue our interview with candidates that will appear on the Olympia ballot. On this episode, we interview Joe Downing and Helen Wheatley, who are running for the Port of Olympia commission. We ask about the social, economic, and environmental issues associated with port politics, as well as a question about interpersonal skills.

47 MIN1 w ago
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The Olympia Standard #48: Port of Olympia Candidates

The Olympia Standard #47: Mayor of Olympia

Abby Spegman joins us one more time to interview Nathaniel Jones and Cheryl Selby, candidates for mayor of Olympia. We add a few more questions to the mix, asking about the structure of city government and the role of the mayor, in addition to our questions on how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

44 MIN3 w ago
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The Olympia Standard #47: Mayor of Olympia

The Olympia Standard #46: City Council, Position 3

Abby Spegman joins us again as a guest host to interview Matt Goldenberg and Dani Madrone, candidates for position 3 on the Olympia City Council. Our questions for Olympia City Council candidates focus not on specific policy proposals, but rather how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

46 MINSEP 16
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The Olympia Standard #46: City Council, Position 3

The Olympia Standard #45: City Council, Position 2

We have now officially entered election season on The Olympia Standard. Our first interview is for position 2 on the Olympia City Council. On this episode, Abby Spegman comes on the show as a guest host to interview Jessica Bateman, who is running for re-election for position 2 on the Olympia City Council. Phyllis Booth, who is also running for this position, did not respond to the invitation to participate. Our questions for Olympia City Council candidates focus not on specific policy proposals, but rather how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

32 MINSEP 2
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The Olympia Standard #45: City Council, Position 2

The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

One of our listeners asked us to cover the state of emergency healthcare in Olympia. We have heard about emergency rooms that are beyond capacity and ambulances being diverted to hospitals in other cities. To learn more about the state of emergency services, we interviewed Michelle James, the chief nursing officer at Providence who also oversees the Community Care Center downtown, and Chris Thomas, the senior manager of communications at Providence. We talked about the landscape of emergency medicine in the area, the challenges we are coming up against, and what is happening (and needs to happen) to address growing needs.

40 MINAUG 19
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The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

The Olympia Standard #43: An Update on Criminal Justice

With the public discourse that arose from last year’s election of the Thurston County Prosecutor, our listeners have asked us to keep tabs on issues of criminal justice in our area. We interviewed the recently re-elected prosecutor, Jon Tunheim, as well as the Director of Public Defense, Patrick O’Connor, to track some of the ongoing issues that have been in need of reform. We talked about case flow management, diversion, opioid response, bail reform, and how people can track the progress of a changing system.

46 MINAUG 6
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The Olympia Standard #43: An Update on Criminal Justice

The Olympia Standard #42: Vaccines and Public Health in Olympia

With measles outbreaks occurring in three counties in Washington state this year, we wondered: what would happen if we had an outbreak in Olympia? How vulnerable are we? How do new state laws impact school-age families, and what more needs to be done to support public health? To answer these questions, we interviewed Jeanie Knight, division director for Disease Control and Prevention for Thurston County, and Dr. Rachel Wood, the public health officer for Thurston and Lewis Counties. Tune in to learn more about the local landscape for vaccine preventable illnesses.

39 MINJUL 22
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The Olympia Standard #42: Vaccines and Public Health in Olympia

The Olympia Standard #41: Weak Mayor vs Strong Mayor

Why does Olympia have a council-manager system, with a "weak mayor" who doesn't have much more authority than the rest of council? What does it look like when a city has a "strong mayor" in a mayor-council system? We interviewed a former mayor of Olympia, Holly Gadbaw, and the current mayor of Tumwater, Pete Kmet, to learn more!

33 MINJUL 9
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The Olympia Standard #41: Weak Mayor vs Strong Mayor

#40: Port of Olympia Update

The Port of Olympia has new leadership and is undergoing a long-term visioning process. We spoke with Sam Gibboney, the new executive director, about the current status and future of the port. We talked about the nature of ports as local government institutions, what our local port does for the county, and what we can expect to see future. There is a critical seat up for election this year on the port commission, so we’d like our listeners to pay close attention to these issues!

33 MINJUL 2
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#40: Port of Olympia Update

Latest Episodes

The Olympia Standard #49: Ballot Review and School Board

Your ballot is waiting in your mailbox today! In this episode, we review all the state and local measures you will vote on. We also interview Maria Flores, who is running for the only contested school board race. Her opponent declined to interview. Why should you care about schools if you don’t have a school-age child? Listen and learn.

47 MIN3 d ago
Comments
The Olympia Standard #49: Ballot Review and School Board

The Olympia Standard #48: Port of Olympia Candidates

Dani has returned to the show as we continue our interview with candidates that will appear on the Olympia ballot. On this episode, we interview Joe Downing and Helen Wheatley, who are running for the Port of Olympia commission. We ask about the social, economic, and environmental issues associated with port politics, as well as a question about interpersonal skills.

47 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Olympia Standard #48: Port of Olympia Candidates

The Olympia Standard #47: Mayor of Olympia

Abby Spegman joins us one more time to interview Nathaniel Jones and Cheryl Selby, candidates for mayor of Olympia. We add a few more questions to the mix, asking about the structure of city government and the role of the mayor, in addition to our questions on how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Olympia Standard #47: Mayor of Olympia

The Olympia Standard #46: City Council, Position 3

Abby Spegman joins us again as a guest host to interview Matt Goldenberg and Dani Madrone, candidates for position 3 on the Olympia City Council. Our questions for Olympia City Council candidates focus not on specific policy proposals, but rather how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

46 MINSEP 16
Comments
The Olympia Standard #46: City Council, Position 3

The Olympia Standard #45: City Council, Position 2

We have now officially entered election season on The Olympia Standard. Our first interview is for position 2 on the Olympia City Council. On this episode, Abby Spegman comes on the show as a guest host to interview Jessica Bateman, who is running for re-election for position 2 on the Olympia City Council. Phyllis Booth, who is also running for this position, did not respond to the invitation to participate. Our questions for Olympia City Council candidates focus not on specific policy proposals, but rather how the candidates will craft policy as an elected official. We explore how they think, how they function as a member of a team, and how they work in the community.

32 MINSEP 2
Comments
The Olympia Standard #45: City Council, Position 2

The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

One of our listeners asked us to cover the state of emergency healthcare in Olympia. We have heard about emergency rooms that are beyond capacity and ambulances being diverted to hospitals in other cities. To learn more about the state of emergency services, we interviewed Michelle James, the chief nursing officer at Providence who also oversees the Community Care Center downtown, and Chris Thomas, the senior manager of communications at Providence. We talked about the landscape of emergency medicine in the area, the challenges we are coming up against, and what is happening (and needs to happen) to address growing needs.

40 MINAUG 19
Comments
The Olympia Standard #44: The State of Emergency Healthcare

The Olympia Standard #43: An Update on Criminal Justice

With the public discourse that arose from last year’s election of the Thurston County Prosecutor, our listeners have asked us to keep tabs on issues of criminal justice in our area. We interviewed the recently re-elected prosecutor, Jon Tunheim, as well as the Director of Public Defense, Patrick O’Connor, to track some of the ongoing issues that have been in need of reform. We talked about case flow management, diversion, opioid response, bail reform, and how people can track the progress of a changing system.

46 MINAUG 6
Comments
The Olympia Standard #43: An Update on Criminal Justice

The Olympia Standard #42: Vaccines and Public Health in Olympia

With measles outbreaks occurring in three counties in Washington state this year, we wondered: what would happen if we had an outbreak in Olympia? How vulnerable are we? How do new state laws impact school-age families, and what more needs to be done to support public health? To answer these questions, we interviewed Jeanie Knight, division director for Disease Control and Prevention for Thurston County, and Dr. Rachel Wood, the public health officer for Thurston and Lewis Counties. Tune in to learn more about the local landscape for vaccine preventable illnesses.

39 MINJUL 22
Comments
The Olympia Standard #42: Vaccines and Public Health in Olympia

The Olympia Standard #41: Weak Mayor vs Strong Mayor

Why does Olympia have a council-manager system, with a "weak mayor" who doesn't have much more authority than the rest of council? What does it look like when a city has a "strong mayor" in a mayor-council system? We interviewed a former mayor of Olympia, Holly Gadbaw, and the current mayor of Tumwater, Pete Kmet, to learn more!

33 MINJUL 9
Comments
The Olympia Standard #41: Weak Mayor vs Strong Mayor

#40: Port of Olympia Update

The Port of Olympia has new leadership and is undergoing a long-term visioning process. We spoke with Sam Gibboney, the new executive director, about the current status and future of the port. We talked about the nature of ports as local government institutions, what our local port does for the county, and what we can expect to see future. There is a critical seat up for election this year on the port commission, so we’d like our listeners to pay close attention to these issues!

33 MINJUL 2
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#40: Port of Olympia Update