Election 2012

Election 2012
12:12 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

With Ron Paul, GOP expects Wash. convention battle

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican leaders in Washington are bracing for a combative state convention as supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul look to seize more delegates.

Paul devotees have fared well in caucus states, recently taking control of state conventions in Maine and Nevada.

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Election 2012
11:08 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Inslee raises $550k, but now McKenna can fundraise

The Legislature's adjournment is good news for Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign coffers.

McKenna now can start fundraising again and try to close the gap between him and Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in the race for the governor's office.

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Election 2012, Governor’s race
4:10 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Inslee's seat to be filled; McKenna sides with GOP in budget talks

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling a special election to fill former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's seat for just one month.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is calling on lawmakers to pass several reform bills as part of their negotiated budget deal, and he strongly criticized House Speaker Frank Chopp, saying he is blocking a vote on those bills.

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Election 2012
2:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

McKenna challenges Inslee to 15 debates

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has challenged his Democratic opponent Jay Inslee to 15 debates in the coming months. Inslee's campaign says they had already confirmed three so far.

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Election 2012
12:45 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Following the cash in Washington elections is tough

Democratic contributor Martha Knox believes caps on individual contributions in Washington are too low, especially given the cost of running a statewide campaign.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – We’re hearing a lot these days about Super PACS and who’s funding them. At the state level, Washington gets high marks for requiring full disclosure of who’s bankrolling political campaigns. Even so, a new public radio study highlights weaknesses in Washington – especially when it comes to transparency.

It’s not always so easy to follow the money.

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Election 2012
1:08 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Inslee's House seat may go to voters to finish term

OLYMPIA, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's decision to resign from Congress to focus full time on his gubernatorial race has triggered questions that have state elections officials scrambling to determine if they need to hold a special election on the same day as the regular November election to fill the final month of his term.

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Election 2012
10:48 am
Sun March 11, 2012

Blur of same-sex marriage referendums confusing

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Over the next few months , someone may approach you with a petition. Opponents of same-sex marriage are trying to force a referendum vote on Washington’s new marriage equality law. There’s also a separate initiative to define marriage as between one man and one woman. Meanwhile, gay rights supporters are also collecting signatures for their own non-binding pledge. Confused?

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Election 2012
4:29 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Rep. Inslee to resign from Congress for Wash. governor's race

Inslee is running against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to replace current Governor Chris Gregoire, who is retiring.
The Associated Press

Rep. Jay Inslee is resigning from Congress to focus full time on running for governor of Washington state this fall.

The Democrat announced his decision Saturday at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee is in his eighth term representing a Seattle-area district in the House.

Less than two weeks ago, Inslee told KPLU that he would remain in Congress while running for the governor's seat.

Inslee said then: “Listen, that did not stop me from putting out my job creation agenda. … Yes, I've got some responsibilities in Washington D.C., but we are pursuing a very vigorous effort to [get] people back to work.”

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Election 2012
10:30 am
Fri March 9, 2012

McKenna can raise money for gov.'s race - briefly

Attorney General Rob McKenna is temporarily able to raise money again for his gubernatorial bid.

The Republican's campaign is asking people to donate money between Friday and midnight Sunday. The narrow window is between when the state Legislature adjourned and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session to deal with budget issues they failed to resolve the last time around.

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Election 2012
10:08 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

NPR's Planet Money: What Mormons can teach the IRS

The money Mormons tithe goes to church headquarters in Salt Lake City, and then is distributed to congregations around the world.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 8:10 am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that each Mormon in good standing should tithe 10 percent of his or her income.

"That's written in stone, and preached from the pulpit," says Gordon Dahl, an economist at the University of California, San Diego, who is Mormon.

But while the church is very precise about that figure — 10 percent of income — it does not tell its members what income means.

"Which is really interesting to us economists, because we want to know how people define income," says Dahl.

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Three seats for congress
2:10 pm
Sun March 4, 2012

With Norm Dicks out, 3 open seats put Wash. in national spotlight

With the loss of Norm Dicks, seen here in 2010 with President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Washington state lost an important power broker.
The Associated Press

Now that U.S. Representative Norm Dicks has announced he’s retiring, western Washington will have three open seats for Congress in this fall’s election. That’s unusual, and it could mean a lot of national attention for those elections.

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Election 2012
9:28 am
Sun March 4, 2012

Mitt Romney Tops Washington Caucuses

Originally published on Mon March 5, 2012 8:03 am

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pulled ahead of his rivals in Washington State's presidential straw poll on Saturday, with more than one-third of the votes. Romney finished well ahead of Ron Paul, who himself squeaked past Rick Santorum by just over 500 votes. Newt Gingrich had to settle for about one vote in 10.

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Election 2012
6:44 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Why we fight: The psychology of political differences


Originally published on Thu March 1, 2012 4:00 am

Americans, it seems, have never been more polarized about religion and politics. With minds made up and combat-ready, we have a hard time bridging the chasms that divide us.

In The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, explains why. A moral perspective, he argues, is a feature of our evolutionary design. Morality has made it possible for human beings — unlike any other creatures — to forge large, cohesive, cooperative groups. Morality also blinds as it binds, producing conflicts between groups, tribes and countries.

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Election 2012
3:37 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Santorum, Paul back in Wash. later this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican presidential contenders Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are returning to Washington state to hold rallies in the days leading up to Saturday's caucuses.

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Around the Nation
10:57 am
Tue February 28, 2012

A nation divided: Can we agree on anything?

Chris McDonough, a Republican (left), and Robert O'Brien, a Democrat, argue about political issues outside a caucus in Portland, Maine, in February.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 3:09 pm

Like baseballs in a batting cage, the controversies that divide us just keep on coming. Fast and unpredictable.

Last month it was the flap over the Susan G. Komen foundation and its move to cut financial support of Planned Parenthood. The resulting imbroglio dredged up deeply held convictions among Americans about women's health issues and "cause marketing" that, in this case, has resulted in profits for companies promoting breast cancer awareness and research through pink and omnipresent product tie-ins.

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