2012 Elections

2012 elections
4:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

FBI joins probe of bogus vote purge letters from Seattle

TAMPA, Fla. – The FBI is joining an investigation into bogus letters sent from Seattle to many Florida voters that raise questions about their eligibility to cast ballots.

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2012 elections
5:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Koster, DelBene vie for newly redrawn first Congressional district

Population growth triggered changes to Washington’s political map. This week, KPLU is looking at two districts with the most dramatic changes - the new 10th Congressional district, which takes in Joint Base Lewis-McChord and our state capitol, and the first Congressional district, a seat Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee used to hold.

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Elections
3:57 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Where is Washington’s newest seat in Congress?

If you’ve looked at your ballot, you may have noticed that you're in a new Congressional district.

If so, you're hardly alone. More than a million western Washington residents have been reassigned to new Congressional districts.

That's true for every resident of the new 10th district – which was added to the state because of population growth in the 2010 census.

As both the Democrat and Republican in the race explain, the dominant symbol for this area is Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Give me a reason
2:08 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Videos: What motivates young people to vote

Justin Steyer KPLU

In an election year when young people, 18 to 30, are disparaged for their apparent lack of interest (and here), KPLU has begun a video project to find out what would drive a young person to vote in this election.

We’ve started gathering our videos on the Tumblr page “Give Me a Reason” and will continue to add to it this week. We also hope you (young person) will add your video to our project by submitting it on our Tumblr page.

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Same-sex marriage
10:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage

Image of Bill & Melinda Gates at Davos 2010 pulled from humanosphere.org
Humanosphere

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.

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2012 elections
8:03 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Transcript: 3rd Obama-Romney presidential debate

Mitt Romney and President Obama debate Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., with moderator Bob Schieffer.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:47 pm

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Transcript of the third debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla., moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

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2012 elections
7:38 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

One-on-one with Washington's candidates for governor

Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Christina Salerno, TVW

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:31 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.

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2012 elections
7:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:14 pm

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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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Live 2012 debate
5:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Poll and video: Obama vs. Romney - third debate - live

Here's the third and final presidential debate live via YouTube's politics channel. And ... a poll (vote after the debate)!

2012 elections
3:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

They know if you’ve voted or not, and that’s not all

You get information from the Washington Secretary of State about candidates ... and the candidates get information about you.
Secretary of State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: He may know if you’ve been bad or good. But, they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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2012 elections
12:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Debates and debauchery: A history of drinking games and politics

Bar patrons watch the Oct. 3 presidential debate at Bullfeathers, a bar a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. Drinking and debate-watching often go hand in hand — to the point where drinking games have been developed around watching the debates.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 12:32 pm

Here's a new idea for a Presidential Debate Drinking Game: Every time someone says "Presidential Debate Drinking Game" today, take a drink. Just kidding.

But drinking games have become a familiar part of the American political landscape — like buttons, bunting and bumper stickers. Where there are political rallies, there are protesting groups. Where there are campaign speeches, there are fact checking teams. And where there are presidential candidates' debates, there are drinking games.

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2012 elections
12:42 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

McKenna, Inslee tied in new poll as ballots reach voters

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's race for governor is tied.

A survey conducted last week while ballots were going out to voters showed that Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both had the support of 46 percent of voters. Inslee was faring better among women while McKenna was getting the support of 19 percent of people who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

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2012 elections
12:32 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Bloomberg offers $250,000 match for same-sex marriage

The grant challenge New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (above) was announced Monday by Washington United for Marriage.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering to match up to $250,000 of donations made by the end of the week to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

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2012 elections
12:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

US attorneys monitor election complaints in Washington

The Justice Department's top officials in Washington state have appointed prosecutors to monitor complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

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presidential debate
7:01 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Tonight, Obama, Romney take on foreign policy in final Debate

Crew work to put finishing touches on the stage a day ahead of the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:55 am

We've reached an important landmark in the presidential campaign: President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face off tonight in the third and final presidential debate.

As was the case the last two times, the debate starts at 9 p.m. ET. This time, the venue is Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

If you believe the snap polls, the first debate went to Romney, the second went to Obama, which means we have a 1-1 tie with just minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That is to say, we're just two weeks away from Nov. 6.

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