Danni Askini is the Executive Director of the Gender Justice League, which is Washington states only Transgender rights organization.
Askini recently dropped her candidacy for the 43rd legislative district to work full-time on defeating Initiative No. 1515, which would among other things require that public schools restrict access to bathrooms based on an individual’s sex at birth.
She joined me in studio to tell her story and explain her opposition to I-1515.
As part of my election coverage, I'm speaking with the candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction, to replace Randy Dorn who is not seeking re-election.
This week's candidate is David Spring.
Mr. Spring is an a expert on taxes, member of Opt Out Washington (as well as a number of other education-related groups) and the leader for Washington for Bernie Sanders.
We spoke about his plan to fund public education, what he'd do about high stakes testing, how much he'd pay teachers, and he makes the boldest campaign promise of the season.
Technology is advancing at a rapid pace which shows no signs of slowing down. In his new book "The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster," author Robert Colvile explores how this rapid pace of growth might benefit us both physically and mentally.
The National Academy of Sciences released a comprehensive study that states GMO foods do not pose any human health risks to consume. Dr. Fred Gould discusses the methodology and implications of the study with Dave Ross.
DNA testing has been held up as a bulletproof evidential standard in court cases since the technology became widely available. As it turns out, there are many issues with DNA testing that have led to numerous false convictions. Writer Matthew Schaer discusses his latest article "The False Promise of DNA Testing" with Dave Ross.
In his new book, "The Big Picture" Sean Carroll explores the meaning of life, the possible existence of God, and whether anything exists beyond the natural world. Dave Ross enjoys a scintillating conversation with the renowned theoretical physicist.
Would Donald Trump's promise to rip up trade agreements protect jobs or kill them? Trump's critics say it would mean countries like China would retaliate and we'd actually have fewer jobs.
But State Senator Doug Ericksen hears a very different message from his constituents in Whatcom County, especially the ones who turned out for that Trump rally in Lynden last week.
Senator Ericksen helped organize that rally. We discuss Trump's appeal, his tax returns, and his controversial stances.
Harriet Ryan brings us the results of her Los Angeles Times investigation on how the failed promises of OxyContin feed our national opioid epidemic
Heather Weiner is with the group Washington Won't Discriminate, opposing WA Initiative-1515. They believe repealing Washington's law allowing people to choose a bathroom based on their gender identity would lead to further harassment of transgender people, and would economic consequences for the state.
The pro-I-1515 group, Just Want Privacy, is still in the signature-gathering phase.
Kaeley Triller with the group Just Want Privacy, currently gathering signatures for WA Initiative-1515. They believe Washington's law allowing people to choose a bathroom based on their gender identity is dangerous, and should be repealed.
The anti-1515 campaign is called Washington Won't Discriminate. They believe repealing the law would encourage harassment of transgender people, and would have economic consequences for Washington state.
Do you care about the job our schools are doing for your kids?
I'll bet you do, which is why I want you to meet the candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction to replace Randy Dorn, who is stepping down.
Today my guest is Chris Reykdal, who currently serves in the State Legislature and is Vice-chair of the House Education Committee.
I've previously spoken with Robin Fleming, who says what takes place outside the classroom affects what happens inside. You can find that in an early episode of the Ross Files.
In my quest, to solve the world’s problems I've been exploring the idea of a basic or guaranteed income.
GiveDirectly is a charity that gives cash directly to the extreme poor, people who live on less than a dollar a day.
GiveDirectly’s COO Ian Bassin says evidence shows programs like these work well - so well in fact that they’re going to provide a basic income to 6,000 households in Kenya for at least 10 years.
I wanted to know more, so I called him up.