Elections

minimum wage
4:25 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Money Pours in From Both Sides of SeaTac Minimum Wage Fight

Supporters of the initiative attended a recent SeaTac City Council meeting.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have poured into both sides of a heated controversy over a proposed minimum wage hike in the city of SeaTac. 

The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied an appeal by Alaska Airlines and other business groups seeking to keep the living-wage ordinance off the November ballot.

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Politics
4:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Plan to carve city council into districts likely headed for ballot

Supporters deliver their petition signatures to the Seattle city clerk's office.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Seattle voters will likely get a chance to consider a new way to elect the city council. Supporters of a district-elections amendment delivered 10 boxes of petitions to the city clerk, containing 46,633 signatures – more than enough to grab a place on the November ballot.

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USPS
10:22 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting

With Saturday mail delivery ending this summer, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says voters should think about getting their ballots in the mail sooner.

She says ballots should be mailed Friday before Election Day to make sure they are postmarked by the deadline.

The Postal Service plans to end Saturday service on Aug. 3, which will be the final weekend before Washington's Aug. 6 primary.

Voters also can return their ballots in drop boxes and many counties say more than half their ballots are dropped off.

The Two-Way
7:16 pm
Sun August 19, 2012

Missouri GOP Senate Candidate's Remarks On Rape Stir Controversy

Rep. Todd Akin, seen here in May 2011, said he "misspoke" when he said that pregnancy from rape is "really rare." The GOP congressman is challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in the race for the Senate seat.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Mon August 20, 2012 3:33 am

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican who's challenging Democrat Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat, said in a television interview Sunday that it's "rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," he said in an interview with KTVI, a St. Louis television station.

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Washington Redistricting
2:57 pm
Tue September 13, 2011

Majority-minority congressional district looking more likely

The four proposals from Washington’s bipartisan redistricting commission have been released.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – There’s new hope among minority groups in Washington that the state could soon have a majority-minority Congressional district. This fresh optimism follows Tuesday’s unveiling of four competing proposals to redraw the state’s political boundaries – and add a tenth Congressional seat.

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News Roundup
7:21 am
Wed April 6, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

A man votes in at a Tacoma polling location last November. Pierce County's polling places are to be eliminated under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. It moves the state to vote-by-mail only.
Ted S. Warren AP

Making headlines this morning around the Northwest:

  • Where's Spring? Snow Falls in Lowlands, Mountains
  • Farewell to State's Last Polling Places
  • Seattle Settlement Over Domestic Violence Cases

 

Hey, it's April 6th!

Brrr. It's chilly at sea level, and if you live in the Cascade or Olympic foothills there's a good chance you've seen some snow flakes fall, as Snohomish County has this morning. Mountain passes are getting a new dumping of snow, as April marches on.

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Replaces Gordon Campbell
9:47 am
Mon February 28, 2011

B.C. Gets New Premier

British Columbia is getting get a new Premier.  Over the weekend, the province elected a new leader. The new Premier, which is equivalent to a state governor, is pledging to maintain good relations with Washington State.

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Politics
12:59 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Former radio talk show host new state Republican Party chair

Kirby Wilbur is the new Republican Party chairman in Washington, unseating former state lawmaker Luke Esser over the weekend in a party's leadership vote. The former KVI talk radio host beat Esser by a vote of 69 to 36, with seven votes for Puyallup Republican Bill Rennie, according to The Seattle Times' Jim Bruener.

Despite GOP gains in the state, Wilbur told the Times the party's advances should have been bigger

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Elections
11:06 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Washington could become all vote-by-mail state

A voter drops an absentee ballot into a collection box
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington would become an all vote-by-mail state under a bill being considered by a State Senate committee.

Pierce County is the last in the state that still allows polling places and some of the county’s voters want to keep it that way.

Lakewood resident Erika Cranmer testified that she has not missed an election since she became an American citizen in 1951. The German native told lawmakers she does not trust vote-by-mail:

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Politics
5:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Cheers erupt in Olympia with news of new Congress seat

Washington picked up a new House seat as a result of the 2010 Census.
US Census

There were celebrations in Olympia when news broke Tuesday that Washington state will get an additional member of Congress as a result of the 2010 Census. 

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Water Cooler
8:41 am
Tue November 2, 2010

E-tools for Election Day; the state gets personal

Home page of the Secretary of State website, an election geek's playground
KPLU photo

Election geeks take note: we've reached a new level of high-tech politics in Washington.  Secretary of State Sam Reed is offering a palette of e-tools for your election day fun.

They include a new iPhone app created solely for getting the latest results on statewide votes. The free download will allow you to get results at the same time the candidates - and the press - receive them. 

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