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Election 2016 Podcasts: Breaking Down the Ballot Initiatives

In this series of election related podcasts, veteran journalist Enrique Cerna talks with KCTS 9 political analyst Joni Balter and’s managing editor Drew Atkins about the candidates, campaigns and critical election issues in Washington State.


Breaking Down the Ballot Initiatives

Recorded Thursday, July 7 at 9:30 a.m. 

This edition breaks down the statewide initiatives that will likely make it onto the general election ballot. Our state might find itself in the national spotlight, as it did in 2012, with high-profile initiatives on gun safety, the minimum wage, and a carbon tax.

We also look at the Trump presidential candidacy and the challenge it is posing for state Republicans. In addition, we size up the race in the 7th Congressional District, where Democrats Joe McDermott, Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw are vying to become one of the top two candidates in the August 2 primary.

Note: This episode was taped on July 7 at 9:30 a.m. During that day, Initiative 1515 did not reach the required signature and will not be included on the ballot. The hosts mention this initiative, but the segment in which the hosts talk in-depth about that initiative was edited out.


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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Joni Balter

Joni Balter is a multi-media journalist and lecturer at Seattle University and the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Policy and Governance. A KCTS 9 political analyst and advisor, she has contributed to KUOW and Bloomberg View, and was a columnist for The Seattle Times. More stories by Joni Balter

Drew Atkins

Drew Atkins is the managing editor of His work has appeared in publications throughout the country, as well as Seattle Magazine, Seattle Weekly, Geekwire, InvestigateWest, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Seattle Business Magazine

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