Election 2012

Election 2012
3:51 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Inslee defends election strategy, says he'll stay in Congress and run for governor

Rep. Jay Inslee speaking at a manufacturing facility earlier this month in Seattle.
The Associated Press

Despite trailing Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna in several polls and grumbling from within the Democratic party that he focus on the governor’s race, U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.) says his campaign for the governor's mansion is on track. 

About remaining in Congress while the election for Washington state's top seat heats up in earnest, Inslee said: “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
10:52 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gingrich 'astonished' by Obama's apology; fans come out for Newt in Spokane

Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich shakes hands during a campaign stop at the Bing Crosby Theatre Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Spokane, Wash.
The Associated Press

Newt Gingrich told fans in Spokane yesterday that he’s astonished President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for the burning of Muslim Holy Books by U.S. soldiers. Obama expressed remorse that a military base burned copies of the Quran in a garbage pile.

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Election 2012
10:18 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Gingrich is latest GOP candidate to swing through Washington

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is making his way through Washington State this week.  He will meet with Republican state lawmakers in Olympia on Friday and speak at a news conference.  Gingrich will then hold rallies in Federal Way and Everett.  He is campaigning in Kennewick and Spokane today.

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Election 2012
7:00 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Rick Santorum faces off with Occupy movement in Tacoma

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to the media on Monday at the state capitol in Olympia, Washington.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 5:33 am

As has happened to many of the Republican presidential candidates before him, Rick Santorum was "mic checked" at a campaign rally in Washington, yesterday.

As the Bellingham Herald reports it, Santorum was speaking at a venue right next to the Occupy Tacoma encampment and was met with chants almost as soon as he started talking.

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Election 2012
6:57 am
Tue February 14, 2012

Santorum speaks out on same-sex marriage in Washington

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum speaking at a news conference at the Washington Capitol. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 5:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On a campaign swing through Washington, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said opponents of same-sex marriage should - in his words - "continue the fight."

"Fight for what they believe is the best, optimal situation for children to be raised in society and the optimal situation that government should support in terms of men and women coming together in marriage," Santorum said.

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Election 2012, Governor’s race
11:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Candidate for Gov. Inslee releases economic plan for Washington

Jay Inslee.
The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has released an economic development plan that focuses on six key industries.

Inslee told a news conference in Spokane on Monday that his plan focuses on aerospace, life sciences, the military, agriculture, information technology and clean energy.

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Election 2012
9:41 am
Sat January 28, 2012

Why new photo ID laws mean some won't vote

Stickers at a Nevada polling place on Election Day 2010.
Max Whittaker Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 28, 2012 9:55 am

The argument over whether voters should have to present photo identification at the polls usually splits along party lines. Republicans who favor the requirement say it prevents ballot fraud. Democrats and election rights groups who oppose it say it is meant to suppress turnout.

And people of all political stripes wonder what all the fuss is about.

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Monkey See
9:27 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Stephen Colbert Wants You To Know: That's Definitely Not His SuperPAC

Comedian Stephen Colbert appears before the Federal Election Commision in Washington, June 30, 2011. The FEC granted Colbert's request to form a political action committee.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:06 am

Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is running for president. He's parodying the process — including, now, superPACS — in the same way he has parodied cable news. He's getting plenty of attention, but to really look into his political practical joke, I needed to go upstairs and find Peter Overby, NPR's man on campaign finance. I warned him it would seem like a dumb question, but I needed his help. What, exactly, is a superPAC?

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Elections 2012
2:15 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

Seattle's Dan Savage back in the news for 'Santorum' hijinks

Dan Savage appears onstage at the 15th Annual Webby Awards in New York in June 2011.
Charles Sykes Associated Press

(Warning some of the links in this page, as well as performing the talked about Google search, could result in the display of a NSFW website page.)

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s showing in the Iowa caucus this week has put Seattle’s notorious sex blogger, political commentator and Stranger editorial director back in the news for political hijinks.

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Elections 2012
10:19 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Obama will be in Seattle … but don’t expect to see him

Unlike his previous visit to Seattle, President Obama will be here on Sunday stumping for his own reelection ... at $38,000 a plate.
Dennis Hamilton Flickr

President Barack Obama is coming to Seattle, but unless you’ve already forked over $38,000 or so, you’ll miss him.

However, you might be able to catch a free glimpse of Air Force One on Sunday morning as it makes its way to Boeing Field. Obama is expected to spend mere hours in and around Seattle, and while you may not see the President himself, you might feel the impact.  

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Elections 2012
1:15 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Gay marriage supporters court Latino community

SALEM, Ore. - Gay marriage supporters in Oregon are trying to win over support from the Latino community. They’re targeting Spanish speakers in a new radio ad campaign.

The ads mark the first concentrated effort to build support for gay marriage among the Hispanic community in Oregon.

Jeana Frazzini is executive director of Basic Rights Oregon. She says the effort comes as the organization considers whether to take a same-sex marriage initiative to the ballot next year.

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Elections 2012
9:53 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Inslee starts campaign for governor, says he'll create jobs

Democratic Rep. Jay Inslee says he is running for governor to build a new job-creating economy in the state.

Inslee officially launched his campaign Monday morning at a biotech firm in downtown Seattle. He says he understands the array of jobs in the state because he's done everything from driving bulldozers, to practicing law to teaching community college classes.

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Elections 2012
6:57 am
Fri June 24, 2011

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee to run for Washington governor

Advisers to U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee say he will launch his campaign for Washington governor next week.

Inslee's political team said in a statement late Thursday that he would officially announce his candidacy on Monday morning in Seattle, followed by a second event south of Yakima. He will make additional campaign stops in Tacoma, Vancouver and Spokane on Tuesday.

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12:46 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Update: Ron Sims leaving HUD, won't run for Wash. governor

Ron Sims
Joe Szilagyi Flickr

Former King County Executive Ron Sims has told his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development that he is leaving his D.C. post to return to Seattle. That move, announced one day after Gov. Chris Gregoire said she will not seek a third term, had some wondering if Sims is eyeing the governor’s mansion.

However, Sims told the Seattle Times that he will not run for the office and in fact hopes to volunteer to help Rep. Jay Inslee should he announce a bid for the governorship.

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10:40 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Ron Sims' announcement he is leaving HUD

Dear HUD Colleagues,

Today is one of the more difficult days of my time with you.  I want to let you know that at the end of July I am retiring from public service and heading back home to my family in Seattle.

As rewarding as my two years at HUD have been professionally, they have been equally challenging to my family. Living more than 2,000 miles from those I love most is a burden I no longer wish to endure. While there is joy and relief in my decision to go home, it is with a heavy heart I say goodbye to all of you.

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