SML Podcasts

Saturday Morning Live for June 25, 2016

In the first segment of the show, Host Kris Halterman will interview Herb Meyer, author and of many books such as; The Cure for Poverty, Real World Intelligence, and Hard Thinking.  Herb will discuss his most recent book, Why is the World So Dangerous. Herb Meyer gives speeches all around the world and in our small community, about the greatness of the United States, and how much we have to be grateful for. The remaining segments, Host Kris Halterman will talk to Eric Minor, regarding the Convention of States, a movement to convene and restore our state’s ability to reign-in an out of control Federal Government.    

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Saturday Morning Live for June 18, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview retiring Executive Director, Ron Buchinski, on his past accomplishments and future plans, as he prepares to pass the torch of his successful leadership for the Lighthouse Mission Ministries.  

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Saturday Morning Live for June 11, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Jami Lund, the Freedom Foundation’s Senior Policy Analyst on public education issues. Jami’s focus at the Freedom Foundation is on teachers’ rights, student curriculum, education costs, unionization cost vs. benefit analysis, and many, many, education related actions that form the future of Washington’s public education.

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Saturday Morning Live June 4, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Ed Kilduff about the pending lawsuit to restore property rights and uphold the Supreme Courts recent decision that the government cannot require action by a property owner that affects the value of the property and their ability to use it, without a direct nexus between the action being required and its relation to the property. This week Pacific Legal Foundation filed this petition in the Supreme Court of the United States, asking it to decide whether the government can make shoreline property owners give up part of their land to serve as water quality buffers for the surrounding community. This case,Common Sense Alliance v. San Juan County, deals with a perennial problem that property owners face. Government jurisdictions require permits to develop property, and use that authority as leverage to take property which they would otherwise have to pay for. The Supreme Court has aptly described this as an “out-and-out plan of extortion.“ Previously, in limited circumstances where an adjudicative land use permitting decision required a dedication of property to offset impacts on the public from a particular project, reviewing courts would apply the Nollan/Dolan standard to ensure that the requisite property dedication had a reasonable nexus …

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Saturday Morning Live for May 28, 2016

Host Kris Halterman first talks to Tom Westergreen about the upcoming, 2016 Whatcom Woods Tour. Next up is Gerald Baron, speaking about the organization, Save Family Farming and their work to educate the public about the reality of farms, family farms, and the bad science and lies that threaten local farming. Gerald Baron will update the listeners about how the What’s Up Stream political media campaign was illegal, and what’s being done to prevent this from happening in the future.

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Saturday Morning Live for May 21, 2016

Host Kris Halterman discusses the proposed changes to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan update of 2016, with the Petree’s of Public Policy Perspectives, LLC.   

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Saturday Morning Live May 14, 2016

Host Kris Halterman will interview Whatcom County’s Auditor, Debbie Adelstein on the process and differences between initiatives and referendums, and why it matters to the voters.  

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Saturday Morning Live for May 7, 2016

Hosts Kris Halterman and Lorraine Newman discuss the new Agricultural Research arm of the Washington Policy Center, with Chris Cargill, of WPC’s Eastern Washington Office. The discussion revolves on the results of this study, a report of the Future of Farming, and a focus on food security. State must ensure Ag is priority & considered equally with other key industries when setting policy  

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Saturday Morning Live for Apr. 30, 2016

It’s property tax time for everyone. High on that list is every property owner’s 1st Half Property Taxes due April 30th, 2016. Hosts Kris Halterman continue the discussion with Whatcom County’s Assessor, Keith Willnauer. As your property taxes go up, learn how they’re being shifted and fewer people are paying the tax bill. What is a tax shift and how has it caused (and continues to cause) your property tax bill to rise?

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Whatcom County Blows the Whistle on the EPA’s Illegal Funding for Lobbyist’s Lies

A few weeks ago, local radio host Dillon Honcoop, assisted in posing the question, Why does our local Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) have billboard advertising on them that falsely accuses farmers and farming, for polluting the land? By exposing the actions of the WTA, local people and a local farming organization, Save Family Farming, dug deeper into the issue and discovered that our tax dollars were being granted to an organization named What’s Upstream. The actions of the EPA, the lies spread by the non-profit organizations who comprise What’s Upstream, who falsely claim that farmers and farming have not been regulated enough and are currently polluting our waters, has caught the attention of numerous federal congressional representatives. The Federal Government frowns upon any agency, like the EPA, to grant tax payer dollars that will then be used for political lobbying purposes. The What’s Upstream propaganda not only lied about farmers and farmers, but asked people to pressure their federal congress people to support farm killing legislation. The EPA has publicly announced that they should not have granted funds for this purpose.. The Environmental Protection Agency today reversed course and said EPA funds should not have been used to finance What’s Upstream, a media …

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