Elections http://www.kplu.org en Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight http://www.kplu.org/post/money-pours-both-sides-seatac-minimum-wage-fight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into both sides of a heated controversy over a proposed minimum wage hike in the city of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an appeal by Alaska Airlines and other business groups seeking to keep the living-wage ordinance off the November ballot.</span></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:25:24 +0000 Ashley Gross 9973 at http://www.kplu.org Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight Plan to carve city council into districts likely headed for ballot http://www.kplu.org/post/plan-carve-city-council-districts-likely-headed-ballot <p></p><p>Seattle voters will likely get a chance to consider a new way to elect the city council. Supporters of a <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CC0QFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fseattledistrictsnow.org%2F&amp;ei=Cbm3UcLpGOf0igL-6YGoCw&amp;usg=AFQjCNEPG2xkooFzgmQjm1Xq0S3KWLrBGQ&amp;bvm=bv.47810305,d.cGE">district-elections amendment </a>delivered 10 boxes of petitions to the city clerk, containing 46,633 signatures – more than enough to grab a place on the November ballot.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:58:46 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9047 at http://www.kplu.org Plan to carve city council into districts likely headed for ballot Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting http://www.kplu.org/post/ending-saturday-mail-affects-washington-balloting <p>With Saturday mail delivery ending this summer, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says voters should think about getting their ballots in the mail sooner.</p><p> She says ballots should be mailed Friday before Election Day to make sure they are postmarked by the deadline.</p><p> The Postal Service plans to end Saturday service on Aug. 3, which will be the final weekend before Washington's Aug. 6 primary.</p><p> Voters also can return their ballots in drop boxes and many counties say more than half their ballots are dropped off.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:22:24 +0000 The Associated Press 7754 at http://www.kplu.org Missouri GOP Senate Candidate's Remarks On Rape Stir Controversy http://www.kplu.org/post/missouri-gop-senate-candidates-remarks-rape-stir-controversy Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican who's challenging Democrat Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat, said in a television interview Sunday that it's "rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped.<p>"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he <a href="http://fox2now.com/2012/08/19/the-jaco-report-august-19-2012/" target="_blank">said in an interview</a> with KTVI, a St. Louis television station.<p>Akin was being interviewed on KTVI's <em>The Jaco Report</em> on a wide variety of issues. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 02:16:38 +0000 6016 at http://www.kplu.org Missouri GOP Senate Candidate's Remarks On Rape Stir Controversy Majority-minority congressional district looking more likely http://www.kplu.org/post/majority-minority-congressional-district-looking-more-likely <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; There&rsquo;s new hope among minority groups in Washington that the state could soon have a majority-minority Congressional district. This fresh optimism follows Tuesday&rsquo;s unveiling of four competing proposals to redraw the state&rsquo;s political boundaries &ndash; and add a tenth Congressional seat.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:57:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2616 at http://www.kplu.org Majority-minority congressional district looking more likely Wednesday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/wednesday-mornings-headlines-15 <p>Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:</p><ul><li><strong>Where&#39;s Spring? Snow Falls in Lowlands, Mountains</strong></li><li><strong><strong>Farewell to State&#39;s Last Polling Places</strong></strong></li><li><strong>Seattle Settlement Over Domestic Violence Cases</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Hey, it&#39;s April 6th!</strong></p><p>Brrr. It&#39;s chilly at sea level, and if you live in the Cascade or Olympic foothills there&#39;s a good chance you&#39;ve seen some snow flakes fall, as Snohomish County has this morning. Mountain passes are getting a new dumping of snow, as April marches on.</p><p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 14:21:56 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1144 at http://www.kplu.org Wednesday morning's headlines B.C. Gets New Premier http://www.kplu.org/post/bc-gets-new-premier <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954952.mp3</p><p>British Columbia is getting get a new Premier.&nbsp; Over the weekend, the province elected a new leader. The new Premier, which is equivalent to a state governor, is pledging to maintain good relations with Washington State.</p><p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:47:19 +0000 Craig McCulloch & KPLU News Staff 891 at http://www.kplu.org B.C. Gets New Premier Former radio talk show host new state Republican Party chair http://www.kplu.org/post/radio-talk-show-host-new-state-republican-party-chair <p>Kirby Wilbur is the new Republican Party chairman in Washington, unseating former state lawmaker Luke Esser&nbsp;over the weekend in a party's leadership vote. The former KVI talk radio host <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2014008711_wilbur_unseats_esser_as_wsrp_c.html">beat Esser by a vote of 69 to 36</a>, with seven votes for Puyallup Republican Bill Rennie, according to The Seattle Times' Jim Bruener.</p><p>Despite GOP gains in the state, Wilbur told the Times <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014009442_republicans23m.html">t</a><a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2014009442_republicans23m.html">he party's advances should have been bigger</a>:&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:59:38 +0000 KPLU News Staff 629 at http://www.kplu.org Washington could become all vote-by-mail state http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-could-become-all-vote-mail-state <p>Washington would become an all vote-by-mail state <a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2011-12/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/1002.pdf">under a bill being considered</a> by a State Senate committee.</p><p>Pierce County is the last in the state that still allows polling places and some of the county’s voters want to keep it that way.</p><p>Lakewood resident Erika Cranmer testified that she has not missed an election since she became an American citizen in 1951. The German native told lawmakers she does not trust vote-by-mail:</p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:06:40 +0000 Brianna Butterfield & KPLU News Staff 575 at http://www.kplu.org Washington could become all vote-by-mail state Cheers erupt in Olympia with news of new Congress seat http://www.kplu.org/post/cheers-erupt-olympia-news-new-congress-seat <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">There were celebrations in Olympia when news broke Tuesday that Washington state will get an additional member of Congress as a result of the 2010 Census.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-top: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1.5em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; border-top-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-weight: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-size: 12px; font-family: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; "> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 13:58:00 +0000 Tom Banse 414 at http://www.kplu.org Cheers erupt in Olympia with news of new Congress seat E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal http://www.kplu.org/post/e-tools-election-day-state-gets-personal <p>Election geeks take note: we've reached a new level of high-tech politics in Washington. Secretary of State Sam Reed is offering a palette of e-tools for your election day fun.</p> Tue, 02 Nov 2010 15:41:33 +0000 Gary Davis 91 at http://www.kplu.org E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal