2012 Elections

same-sex marriage
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Money for use against same-sex marriage can’t go through church

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state's campaign finance watchdog says the state's Catholic churches can't collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage law.

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Election 2012
9:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

McKenna says he won't release tax returns

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he will not release any of his tax returns, calling the matter a distraction from important issues.

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It's All Politics
4:41 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Republican National Committee officials on Monday unveiled the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention.
Tim Boyles Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 5:47 pm

In Tampa, Fla., a week ahead of their national convention, Republicans are drawing up their party platform. There are muted disagreements over a few issues, such as immigration and same-sex marriage. But at least within the platform committee, one of the least controversial issues discussed this week is abortion.

With little discussion, the committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. It seeks passage of a constitutional amendment that would extend legal rights to the unborn, essentially banning abortion.

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election 2012
11:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

More 'red' books (conservative) bought than 'blue,' Amazon reports

Screen grab from Amazon's page showing the sales of "red" books verses the sale of "blue" books.

Based on book sales, Republicans are dominating Democrats in most of the country (including Washington state), according to a new “election heat map” created by book retailer Amazon.com.

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Politics
9:06 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Washington GOP wants Facebook picture removed 

Screen shot of Shea's controversial Facebook post.

SPOKANE, Wash. — A controversial photo of state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, standing in front of his Democratic challenger's house has become a political hot potato for Republicans.

The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party is trying to persuade Shea to remove the photo from his Facebook page. Amy Biviano, the Democrat challenging Shea, has accused Shea of trying to intimidate her by posting the photo of her home and refusing to take it down.

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Hot-button politics
3:01 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Did Washington almost elect a high court justice because of race?

Election results as published on the Washington Secretary of State website at 1:11 p.m. today.

The latest election results from Washington’s primary shows that more than 43 percent of Washington voters cast their ballots for a state supreme court justice candidate with no judicial experience, who raised no campaign funds and was a public no-show.

The biggest factor in the race appears to have been one candidate's last name - Gonzalez.

Election results published by the Washington Secretary of State’s office this afternoon showed Bruce O. Danielson pulled in 276,142 votes for, so far, 43.1 percent of voters.

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Election 2012
6:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:14 pm

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent.

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Election 2012
10:01 am
Wed August 1, 2012

McKenna Proposes Cap On Non-Education Spending To Fund Education

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna outlines his education funding plan in Tacoma. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 5:57 pm

TACOMA, Wash. – Washington Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna proposes to increase funding for public schools by capping all non-education state spending. That’s just one piece of an education funding plan he unveiled Tuesday.

McKenna says he’s been criticized for not being specific enough about how he’d come up with billions more for education. The Washington Supreme Court has said the state is underfunding public schools. So in a reporters’ roundtable, McKenna brought out the spreadsheets.

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protesting wall street
1:06 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Why King County nixed woman’s marriage to a corporation in Seattle

In this photo taken from Initiative 103's Facebook page, Angela Marie Vogel embraces her new "husband" or "Corporate Person."
Alex Garland www.alexgarlandphotography.com

A woman married a corporation in Seattle yesterday, and today King County says it was all a mistake.

“It was just an error,” a King County spokesperson said of why the woman was allowed to get a license and marry “Corporation Person." An error the county said it has fixed by voiding the license and returning the $64 fee.

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Election 2012
7:12 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Court rejects Montana's challenge to Citizens United, denies corporate campaign spending limits

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has reaffirmed its two-year-old decision relaxing limits on corporate campaign spending. The justices on Monday reversed a Montana court ruling upholding state restrictions.

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Election 2012
2:59 pm
Sat June 2, 2012

What's with Ron Paul's fans anyway? Romney takes 37 of Wash.'s 43 delegates

A man, in black with a Ron Paul shirt, leaves after interrupting Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., making a pitch for Mitt Romney, at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center last month in San Diego.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — They jeer at the idea of coalescing behind Mitt Romney. They're still scraping for every possible delegate. And they hold out hope that Ron Paul could win the presidency this year.

By just by watching Paul's loyal supporters, you'd never know that the Republican presidential contest is over.

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2012 Elections
9:43 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Poll: Latinos unhappy with both major parties

A national poll released Monday shows Latinos are unhappy with both major political parties. The poll posed several questions to Latino registered voters about their attitudes toward candidates and the 2012 election.

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Elections 2012
10:25 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Gov. Gregoire says she won't run for third term

"With the fullest heart and humblest head," Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire announced she is not running for re-election to a third term.

At her announcement Monday at the Capitol, Gregoire said she intends to work hard the next 18 months to pull the state out of the recession. "We're not stopping."

Gregoire said she had no plans after leaving office except to spend more time with her family. She said she will do everything she can to support the re-election of President Obama "but that doesn't mean I'm looking for a job."

Elections 2012
10:10 am
Fri June 10, 2011

McKenna supports parental consent for abortion

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington's first official candidate for governor in 2012 says he supports a parental consent requirement for abortion. Republican Rob McKenna weighed in on several hot button social issues in an interview Thursday.

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Elections 2012
1:32 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Rob McKenna to run for governor

Attorney General Rob McKenna is preparing to officially launch a campaign for governor.

A Republican familiar with the McKenna's plans said Tuesday that he will formally begin his 2012 campaign during an event Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt McKenna's announcement.

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