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Emotional Stories from Family Members of the Imprisoned Accentuate Forum

7/19/16
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Rosalind Brazel

A legislative forum in Tacoma Monday was highlighted by stories from mothers, spouses, and sisters of people in prison who spoke of the impact of mass incarceration on their families. Mass incarceration has severe impacts on Pierce County because it’s where 60% of the state’s convictions originate. One mother told of the financial and emotional burden that comes with supporting her imprisoned son.

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Treatment clinics could be targeted by new legislation

7/12/16
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Chris Ingalls, King 5

A Washington lawmaker is responding to concerns raised in KING 5’s investigative series “Sobriety for Sale.”

State Rep. Noel Frame (D-Seattle) says she’s worried that addicts sentenced to drug treatment as part of a court-ordered sentence may not be getting the help that they need.

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Update: Roadtripping all the way to Federal Way!

7/7/16
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Noel Frame

Without an opponent of my own, I'm out helping friends and colleagues win their races because electing folks who share my values helps me to advance a progressive policy agenda!

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Update: Help me help them

6/24/16
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Noel Frame

When I first sought the appointment to the legislature, I told my constituents-to-be that if they sent me to Olympia, I would help to rebuild the Democratic Majority. Well, friends, I’m living up to my commitment! And now I need your help to do it!

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Update: I'm unopposed!

5/26/16
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Noel Frame

I'm so excited to share with you that I did not draw a challenger for my 2016 campaign to retain my seat in the State House! Not going to lie, being unopposed feels pretty good.

So what does that mean for the year ahead? Well, I can certainly breathe easier, that's for sure. And I now I get to do my absolute favorite thing in the world: brag about other candidates!

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Update: Medical School & Fire Ops & Kick Off, oh my!

5/13/16
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Noel Frame

About two weeks ago I got to be a medical school student for a day! I participated in the University of Washington School of Medicine's Project Medical School, where local leaders experience four years of medical school in just one day (talk about serious cramming!).

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Update: Join me at my campaign kick-off!

5/4/16
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Noel Frame

It's about time we had a proper party! Come celebrate my appointment to the State House of Representatives, my ridiculously gimmicky birthday (I just turned 36, and I represent the 36th District - how can I NOT mention that?), and, of course, kick off my 2016 campaign.

And please sponsor or co-host this event! Raising funds is still critical to my campaign at this stage.

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Update: It's campaign go time (again)!

4/8/16
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Noel Frame

My first legislative session is complete, and now it is campaign go time!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to my campaign in the short few weeks I was allowed to raise money before session started! With the session now complete, we’re back at it again.

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Legislators make inroads in 2016, left with frustrations

4/5/16
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Joe Veyera

Meanwhile, Frame partnered with Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue) on a bill to reduce the barriers facing students with disabilities when transferring schools. She also believes progress is being made on tax reform and corporate tax accountability.

“I think the tide is really shifting, especially as we head into trying to fund McCleary next year,” she said. “I think the appetite for corporate tax reform and corporate tax accountability is there.”

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Before you caucus: What to know before you go

3/22/16
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Joe Veyera

Meanwhile, a group of state senators and representatives appeared at the Sanders rally on Sunday, March 20, including 37th District Sen. and 7th Congressional District contender Pramila Jayapal and 36th District Rep. Noel Frame.

Frame said she was on the fence for quite a while, but Sanders’ economic message resonated: “It really does feel like the system is rigged to benefit people that are already in power and the wealthy, and that is the message for my generation.… I think that millennials have been disproportionately affected by this economy not working for them. At the end of the day, that’s a part I could not ignore in my heart in making that decision.”

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Washington's Democratic Caucuses Are This Weekend

3/22/16
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Heidi Groover

As they were rallying the crowd before Sanders spoke on Sunday, state senator Pramila Jayapal—a socialist-leaning Democrat running for Jim McDermott's seat in Congress—and freshman state representative Noel Frame used their time to draw attention to progressive candidates running for state and local offices.

"Every single issue that's inspired you to be here today for Bernie Sanders is playing out right now in this city and in this state," Frame said, citing income inequality, regressive taxes, and the fight against transphobic bathroom bills. "We need you to elect Bernie Sanders president, but we really need you right here at home to help us take back our state legislature from the Republicans... the political revolution doesn't stop at the presidential level."

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Seattle ‘Feels the Bern’ at KeyArena rally

3/20/16
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Jim Brunner and Jessica Lee

State Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, stood with several pro-Sanders state legislators and urged the rally participants to turn some of their political energy to the Legislature, drawing boos when she told the crowd that Republicans, who control the state Senate, are close to taking a majority in the state House too.

“You know a political revolution doesn’t stop at the presidential level,” she said.

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Greenwood will recover, Inslee confidently tells firefighters

3/11/16
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Jessica Lee

Inslee made his remarks at the station while standing next to state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, and state Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle. The trio emphasized the neighborhood’s importance to the city and its tenacity so far.

“Our larger community dodged the bullet on this,” Inslee said.

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House Speaker Chopp stalls housing bill over aid to for-profit landlords

3/9/16
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Daniel Beekman

Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle, who co-sponsored the proposal, voted for the amended bill only in order to keep the legislation alive, she said. Frame and allies such as Murray say for-profit landlords must be involved if the legislation is going to make a large impact. “We need as many tools in our toolbox as we can get,” Frame said this week. “When you’re talking about as many as 3,000 units in Seattle, this would be a great tool.”

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Last Minute Tax Breaks in Olympia

3/8/16
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Josh Feit

Carlyle and Seattle’s state senate delegation unanimously approved the affordable housing bill—which was estimated to create 3,000 affordable units to a two-person household making up to $43,000— and it was sponsored in the house by Seattle state representative Noel Frame (D-36, Ballard).

The bill, which came with an auditing mandate to ensure landlords who got the break were indeed providing the housing, is a key part of the city’s housing affordability agenda; at its weekly briefing from the city lobbying team yesterday, council got the news that the bill didn’t make the legislative deadline to pass out of the house.

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House Speaker Frank Chopp Made Me Do It

3/1/16
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Josh Feit

“What you saw today were my colleagues and I coming together around a strategy to keep the bill moving forward,” Frame told me. Reykdal agreed, saying he and Frame simply want to keep the bill in play with the hope that it can still be amended back to its original version with 10 days to go in the session.

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Republicans Versus Republicans, Democrats Versus Democrats, and Herbold Versus Bike Share?

2/29/16
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Josh Feit

Seattle state representatives Jessyn Farrell (D-46, North Seattle) and Noel Frame (D-36, Ballard) are trying to save legislation that would make 25 percent of rental properties affordable to up 60 percent of the median income (what’s considered work force housing.)

The catch is that the legislation, a component of mayor Ed Murray’s affordable housing agenda, would give a property tax break to private developers in exchange for the affordable units—and Democratic house speaker representative Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford) doesn’t want any giveaways to for profit developers. He only wants the program to apply to nonprofit, low-income housing developers.

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Kohl-Welles officially moves from state Senate to County Council

1/19/16
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Joe Veyera

With Kohl-Welles vacating her seat in the Senate, the County Council voted on Jan. 7 on the pair of openings created by her departure. State Rep. Reuven Carlyle was the only candidate to formally seek the Senate opening, while six (later five) candidates competed for the recommendation of Democratic precinct committee officers in the 36th District for the House seat left open by Carlyle. In that vote, Noel Frame took the top spot on the three-person nominating list submitted to the council, ahead of Jeff Manson and Sarah Reyneveld. Both Carlyle and Frame were confirmed by a 9-0 vote of the council on Jan. 7 for their respective appointments. The Senate seat and both House seats will be up for election in November.

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King County Council Appoints Carlyle, Frame To Replace Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles

1/8/16
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AMY RADIL

State Representative Reuven Carlyle has been appointed to serve the remainder of Kohl-Welles’ term in the state Senate. And community organizer Noel Frame has been appointed to Carlyle’s seat in the state House of Representatives. Frame is a Democratic precinct committee officer and served previously on the staff of Senator Maria Cantwell.

Last spring she was also one of the finalists to replace Sally Clark on the Seattle City Council. In Frame's statement before that council, she disclosed the personal struggles that inspired her to enter politics.

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Kohl-Welles move to County Council means legislative musical chairs

11/17/15
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Joe Veyera

Among the five trying to replace Carlyle are a pair of past candidates for a 36th District legislative seat and three members of the 36th District Democrats executive board. In 2012, Gael Tarleton defeated Noel Frame in her first attempt to win a House seat, while Carlyle knocked off John Burbank in the 2008 election. Now, both are taking another shot at representing the district. Frame said that first race, in which she advanced from a seven-way primary, made her “extra resilient.”

“That process really forces you to truly articulate your vision and be able to explain to folks what your core values are and how that motivates you,” Frame said. “I think that collective experience is quite a good preparation and training ground for being a successful legislator in Olympia.”

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Blabbermouth: Our Week-in-Review Podcast Looks at How the Teachers Strike May End and Then Eats a Sunflower

9/19/15
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Eli Sanders

Remember that Seattle teachers strike we talked about last week? It seems to be nearing an end, with the 5,000 teachers who were walking the picket lines now back in public school classrooms and preparing to vote on a tentative agreement this Sunday. I check back in with teachers union vice president Phyllis Campano about the details of that tentative agreement. (Meanwhile, for the second week in a row a Seattle School District spokesperson declined to come on the show.)

After that, I talk with community organizer Noel Frame about what to do next to fix our statewide education mess.

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Guest Editorial: Want a Strategy for Getting More State Education Funding? Here's a Strategy.

9/16/15
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Noel Frame

I’ve waited nearly 20 years for Olympia to fix our regressive and inequitable tax structure, and I can’t wait any longer. You see, I’ve been a vocal proponent of fixing our state’s broken school funding system since its negative effects hit me personally as a student at Battle Ground High School in the southwest corner of our state. And I’m 35 years old now.

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