Election 2012

Business & Politics
8:28 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Is Putting Politics On Display Bad For Business?

A used-car lot displays a sign in support of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Manchester, N.H., in January.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 9:43 am

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. But it can just as easily turn clients away.

Jeff Reiter, who owns the Blue Plate Lunch Counter & Soda Fountain in Portland, Ore., proudly displays a 2008 Obama campaign sign inside his restaurant and says he has "never tried to hide" his support for the president.

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The Salt
3:08 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:27 am

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. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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Primary Election
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Seattle voters love libraries…would Prop 1 take advantage of them?

Seattle's Central Public Library was built with money from a 1998 voter-approved bond measure. Now the city is asking voters to fund a levy for operations as well.
janmikeuy photo Flickr

Seattle is renowned for its public libraries – and for people who love them.

Twelve years ago, the city's voters approved the “Libraries for All” 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.

Now, Seattle is going back to voters with Proposition 1 on the August ballot. And it might be the first time some library-lovers are saying ‘not so fast.’

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Primary election
6:13 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

King county voters will decide whether to replace juvenile detention facility

If voters approve King Co. Prop. 1, the Youth Services Center, at 12th and E. Alder, would be replaced.
Paula Wissel KPLU

King County Proposition 1 would replace what’s called the Youth Services Center at 12th Avenue and East Alder Street with a brand new facility.  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.

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Primary election
1:22 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

Could Hispanic name be a factor in outcome of 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.

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Election 2012
8:58 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Register to vote on Facebook? Soon, says Washington

'Like' the voting app and register to do it.

As early as next week, Washington residents will be able to register to vote on Facebook.

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.

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Election 2012
8:45 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Washington tries to get immigrant data for voter rolls

Screenshot from a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services video providing an overview of the SAVE program.

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 6:25 pm

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.

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Politics
6:34 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

McKenna campaign staffer apologizes for tweets belittling Asians

OLYMPIA, Wash. — 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.

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Election 2012
4:13 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Initiative deadline arrives in Washington, Oregon

Friday is the deadline in Washington and Oregon for initiative sponsors seeking to qualify for the November ballot. Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins via Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 5, 2012 3:08 pm

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.

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Election 2012
8:43 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Pierce County, Vancouver want taxes for transit

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.

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NPR Elections
1:23 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Ron Paul Says He Won't Have Enough Delegates To Win GOP Nomination

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul speaks in this February file photo during an event celebrating Filipino veterans at the Leatherneck Club in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 12:13 pm

Rep. Ron Paul, who is still technically in the hunt for the Republican presidential nomination, seems to have finally accepted his fate.

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.

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It's All Politics
7:09 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Live Blog: Wisconsin decides governor's fate in recall vote

Supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker watch returns as they await the governor's speech at an election night rally on Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis. Walker survived a recall election in the state, defeating his Democratic rival, Tom Barrett.
Brian Kersey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 4:40 am

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.

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Election 2012
4:27 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Union-backed PAC reserves $2 million in Washington ad time

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A union-backed political group has reserved some $2 million in ad time before the November election.

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Election 2012
12:24 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

McKenna faces 2 ethics complaints over county work

A lawyer and a citizen have each filed ethics complaints against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

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.

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Election 2012
6:25 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Obama cheered in Seattle on gay marriage

President Barack Obama greets supporters upon his arrival in Seattle, Thursday. Obama was in town for fund-raising events.
The Associated Press

President Barack witnessed support for his decision to support gay marriage first hand from his motorcade through Seattle Thursday.

He passed a woman holding an infant and a sign that said: "Thank you! Mr. President for standing up for my mommys!"

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