Election 2012 http://www.kplu.org en Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business? http://www.kplu.org/post/putting-politics-display-bad-business Every election season, political signs sprout like dandelions from lawns across America. They also pop up at more than a few businesses. For some, expressing political preferences is a calculated move to attract customers. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:28:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 6419 at http://www.kplu.org Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business? President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew http://www.kplu.org/post/president-obamas-tour-bus-rolls-white-house-home-brew It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 22:08:49 +0000 Bill Chappell 5985 at http://www.kplu.org President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them? http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-voters-love-libraries-would-prop-1-take-advantage-them <p>Seattle is renowned for its public libraries &ndash; and for people who love them.</p><p>Twelve years ago, the city&#39;s voters approved the &ldquo;Libraries for All&rdquo; levy and pumped nearly $200-million dollars into the system, to upgrade branches and build a new central library downtown. At the time, it was the largest bond measure ever passed for a library levy, anywhere in the country.</p><p>Now, Seattle is going back to voters with <a href="http://your.kingcounty.gov/elections/contests/measureinfo.aspx?cid=45474&amp;eid=1252">Proposition 1</a> on the August ballot. And it might be the first time some library-lovers are saying &lsquo;not so fast.&rsquo;</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 12:00:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5857 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them? King county voters will decide whether to replace juvenile detention facility http://www.kplu.org/post/king-county-voters-will-decide-whether-replace-juvenile-detention-facility <p>King County Proposition 1 would replace what&rsquo;s called the Youth Services Center at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street with a brand new facility.&nbsp; The current buildings sit on 9 acres of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood near Seattle University. The proposal includes selling off 3 corners of the property to developers. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:13:49 +0000 Paula Wissel 5845 at http://www.kplu.org King county voters will decide whether to replace juvenile detention facility Could Hispanic name be a factor in outcome of state Supreme Court race? http://www.kplu.org/post/could-hispanic-name-be-factor-outcome-state-supreme-court-race As candidates go, Washington Supreme Court Justice Steve Gonzalez seems to have everything going for him. But his supporters worry his name may hurt him. Wed, 01 Aug 2012 20:22:59 +0000 Paula Wissel 5838 at http://www.kplu.org Register to vote on Facebook? Soon, says Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/register-vote-facebook-soon-says-washington <p>As early as next week, Washington residents will be able to register to vote on Facebook.</p><p>The idea started coming to life last fall: Create a web application for voter registration. Secretary of State Sam Reed worked with Facebook and Microsoft Corporation on the app.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:58:35 +0000 Paige Browning 5638 at http://www.kplu.org Register to vote on Facebook? Soon, says Washington Washington tries to get immigrant data for voter rolls http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-tries-get-immigrant-data-voter-rolls OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington’s Secretary of State has joined with Colorado and several other states to request access to a federal database that checks immigration status. That information could be used to remove illegal immigrants from the voter rolls. But it probably won’t happen before the 2012 election.<p>It’s called The Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program or SAVE. Typically SAVE is used to check the immigration status of applicants for government benefits. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 03:45:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5637 at http://www.kplu.org Washington tries to get immigrant data for voter rolls McKenna campaign staffer apologizes for tweets belittling Asians http://www.kplu.org/post/mckenna-campaign-staffer-apologizes-tweets-belittling-asians <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; A campaign staffer for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has apologized for two tweets she sent months ago making fun of Asians and the elderly.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:34:14 +0000 The Associated Press 5610 at http://www.kplu.org Initiative deadline arrives in Washington, Oregon http://www.kplu.org/post/initiative-deadline-arrives-washington-oregon OLYMPIA, Wash. – “Groundhog Day.” That’s what Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says it going to feel like Friday. This will be the third time Eyman has submitted signatures for a ballot measure to require a supermajority vote of the legislature to raise taxes. Friday is the deadline in Washington and Oregon for initiative sponsors seeking to qualify for the November ballot.<p>Of the more than 50 proposed initiatives in Washington, only two are likely to make the fall ballot. Both used paid signature gatherers. One is a well-funded charter school measure. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:13:24 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5517 at http://www.kplu.org Initiative deadline arrives in Washington, Oregon Pierce County, Vancouver want taxes for transit http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-vancouver-want-taxes-transit <p>Pierce County voters will decide this fall whether to raise the sales tax so that Pierce Transit can restore some of the bus service that was cut last year.</p><p> Tue, 12 Jun 2012 15:43:10 +0000 The Associated Press 5253 at http://www.kplu.org Ron Paul Says He Won't Have Enough Delegates To Win GOP Nomination http://www.kplu.org/post/ron-paul-says-he-wont-have-enough-delegates-win-gop-nomination Rep. Ron Paul, who is still technically in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, seems to have finally accepted his fate.<p>In an email sent to supporters late last night, the Texas congressman said by the time the Republican National Convention comes around, he won't have sufficient delegates to secure the nomination.<p>"When it is all said and done, we will likely have as many as 500 supporters as delegates on the Convention floor," Paul wrote, <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/07/ron-paul-admits-he-wont-be-nominee/">according to CNN</a>. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:23:08 +0000 5219 at http://www.kplu.org Ron Paul Says He Won't Have Enough Delegates To Win GOP Nomination Live Blog: Wisconsin decides governor's fate in recall vote http://www.kplu.org/post/live-blog-wisconsin-decides-governors-fate-recall-vote Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, just the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall effort, is now the first to successfully defeat such an attempt. The Associated Press projected that Walker would defeat Milwaukee's Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett in what was a rematch of the 2010 gubernatorial election.<p>The race was closely watched nationwide because it became a proxy of sorts for national politics. At the macro level, it was about different visions for the role of government. Wed, 06 Jun 2012 02:09:16 +0000 5204 at http://www.kplu.org Live Blog: Wisconsin decides governor's fate in recall vote Union-backed PAC reserves $2 million in Washington ad time http://www.kplu.org/post/union-backed-pac-reserves-2-million-washington-ad-time <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; A union-backed political group has reserved some $2 million in ad time before the November election.</p><p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 23:27:11 +0000 The Associated Press 5202 at http://www.kplu.org McKenna faces 2 ethics complaints over county work http://www.kplu.org/post/mckenna-faces-2-ethics-complaints-over-county-work <p>A lawyer and a citizen have each filed ethics complaints against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.</p><div><p>Kyle Olive and Kimberly Christensen said Thursday they submitted concerns this week to the King County ombudsman, arguing that McKenna violated various parts of the county ethics law during his time on the King County Council.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 19:24:37 +0000 The Associated Press 5093 at http://www.kplu.org Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-cheered-seattle-gay-marriage <p>President Barack witnessed support for his decision to support gay marriage first hand from his motorcade through Seattle Thursday.</p><p>He passed a woman holding an infant and a sign that said: &quot;Thank you! Mr. President for standing up for my mommys!&quot;</p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 01:25:47 +0000 The Associated Press 4987 at http://www.kplu.org Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage