Election 2013

Election 2013
9:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wash. State Voters Reject 'Initiative on Initiatives'

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman shakes hands with a supporter in Bellevue, Wash.
Stephen Brashear AP Photo

Voters in Washington state have overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have expanded the rights of initiative signature gatherers.

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Election 2013
9:55 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Angel Takes Early Lead in Senate Race

Republican Jan Angel jumped to an early lead in the race for the Senate's 26th District.

Angel held a 51-49 percent lead over Democrat Nathan Schlicher Tuesday night in preliminary returns from Kitsap and Pierce counties. Because Washington state votes by mail, counting will continue throughout the week as ballots continue to arrive.

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living wage initiative
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Passing So Far

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, wheelchair attendant Erick Conley, left, assists an elderly passenger heading overseas at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is winning.

An early vote count Tuesday showed the measure carrying 54 percent of the vote. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, more ballots are left to count.

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initiative 522
8:45 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Wash. State Voters Defeating GMO Labeling Initiative

Initiative 522 supporters listen to speeches after early vote returns showed the measuring trailing by nearly double-digits.
Austin Jenkins

 

A Washington state ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods is failing in early returns.

The campaign over Initiative 522 has been one of the costliest initiative fights in state history, drawing millions of dollars from out of state.

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Election 2013
8:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Seattle on its Way to Electing a New Mayor

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

 

Seattle may soon have a new mayor.

State Sen. Ed Murray carried 56 percent of the vote in the first round of ballot counting Tuesday night, building a lead over incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn. Because Washington state votes entirely by mail, many ballots were not counted Tuesday.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day SOS: Last-Minute Tips for Voters

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Happy Election Day! Here's a quick reference guide if you're still holding on to a ballot.

Your ballot must be postmarked today (Tuesday, Nov. 5). Before you drop your ballot into the nearest blue mailbox, look at the sticker on that mailbox to see what time mail is collected. If you've missed that deadline you'll need to head to the post office to make sure your ballot is accepted in time.

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seattle mayoral race
12:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Murray Got Free Meals from Comcast Lobbyists

In this photo taken Oct. 9, 2013, Sen. Ed Murray speaks during a debate in Seattle with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn in their race for mayor.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray accepted free meals from lobbying firms who work with Comcast on 12 occasions over the first four months of this year—with a total estimated benefit of $250.

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initiative 522
8:13 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Power of Messaging on Display in GMO Labeling Fight

Associated Press

Voters are about to decide whether Washington becomes the first state in the nation to label some genetically engineered foods.

A poll last month showed Initiative 522 with a 4-point lead and 12-percent of voters still undecided.

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Election 2013
1:19 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

With Week Left, Ballots Trickling in from 3 Largest Counties

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

With one week until Election Day, voters in Washington’s three largest counties have been slow to return their ballots. But officials also say it’s too early to tell what that means for Election Day.

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initiative 522
10:53 am
Tue October 29, 2013

More Money Pours into Wash. Food Labeling Fight

Associated Press

Biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. on Monday dumped another $540,000 to fight a Washington state ballot measure requiring genetically engineered foods be labeled.

The group opposing Initiative 522 has now raised nearly $22 million, setting a record for the most raised by an initiative campaign in state history. Food-labeling supporters have raised about $6.8 million.

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Politics
12:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Protips: 3 Things to Remember When Voting

Some advice from Sherril Huff, the director of King County's Department of Elections:

Protip No. 1: "Make sure you look at both sides because often, people think it’s all on the front side of the ballot.” In busy election years, some races and questions get printed on the back of the ballot. Use only black ink.

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Election 2013
12:32 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

New Wash. Voter? It's Not Too Late to Register

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

About half of the state’s nearly 4 million registered voters are predicted to cast ballots in this year’s election. In King County, officials say the number of registered voters keeps climbing. If you're a newcomer to Washington state, you have until Monday to get your name on the voter rolls.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

I-522: Looking to the European Union for a Real-Life Example

Spaniard Victoria Alonso searches for the "genetically modified" label on corn and soy products in a Barcelona supermarket.
Gerry Hadden

Should consumers have the right to know what’s in the food they eat?

That’s the question at the heart of Initiative 522, which would require labeling of genetically-engineered foods and seed sold in Washington. 

Most people want the choice, but whether the initiative would actually give shoppers useful information is up for debate. One place to look for answers is the European Union, where the world’s first GE labeling requirements took effect nearly two decades ago.                 

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Coal Exports
5:01 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Whatcom County Council Races Attracting Big Money Over Coal

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

An unprecedented amount of outside money has been pouring into local elections in Whatcom County to fund both sides of the fight stemming from the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point.

Four of the county council's seven seats are up for grabs. And two political action groups have formed to try and tip the balance in the Gateway Pacific project north of Bellingham. 

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