Politics

2012 elections
6:28 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Wash. Ballots With Late Postmarks Won't Be Counted

Washington voters can return their ballots via an official drop box by 8pm on election day. Photo by eagle.dawg via Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:13 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New polls show Washington’s open race for governor remains close. Already hundreds of thousands of Washington voters have returned their ballots. Many more will do so in the coming days. But county auditors have a warning to voters who wait until the last minute.

In Oregon you have to have your ballot in by 8pm on Election night. But in Washington you just have to have your ballot postmarked. That means for days after the election ballots keep on rolling in and they get counted -– unless the postmark is past the due date.

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2012 elections
6:17 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Obama And Romney Enter Crunch Time

The Marine One helicopter carrying President Obama returns to the White House on Friday after Obama spent the day campaigning in Ohio. Both the president and Mitt Romney were to be on the road all weekend, campaigning in a handful of swing states.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 10:50 am

With the arrival of the last weekend before Election Day, it's crunchtime for President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Heading into the last 72 hours of their fight for the White House, it's the moment in the campaign when the president and his challenger make their closing arguments, fine tuned to excite their committed supporters but not so partisan as to drive off the diminishing sliver of wavering voters still left to be won over.

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6:11 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Northwest money helps pay for swing state ads

Many in the Northwest have contributed to Super PACS like Karl Rive's American Crossroads. Photo by Kevin Mooney

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:16 am

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barage of ads now hitting swing states.

Florida voters might thank some wealthy Washington residents for a recent ad blitz targeting President Obama. People working in the financial services sector around Seattle have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Karl Rove's American Crossroads. It's a super PAC that supports Republican candidates.

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2012 elections
4:29 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

No, Romney's Son Is Not Gunning To Steal Ohio Vote By Rigging Voting Machines

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 3:34 pm

Have you heard the story that's swept the liberal blogosphere in recent days about how Mitt Romney's son Tagg is going to steal the election for his dad?

It's not true, but like all good conspiracy theories, it is based on kernels of truth.

This conspiracy centers on voting machines in Ohio, a key battleground in this election. A couple of Ohio counties use voting machines made by a company called Hart InterCivic. According to the rumor, Tagg Romney owns part of Hart. So, goes the story, Tagg Romney could fix the election.

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Politics
9:19 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Economist makes the case for lower taxes for the rich

John-Morgan

Taxes have loomed large this election season. Can we jumpstart the economy by changing the tax system? Should the rich pay more or less?

These are hotly debated issues and for perspective, we turned to two experts on opposite ends of the political spectrum. In an earlier interview, Robert Reich, who was President Clinton’s labor secretary, explained why he thinks the tax system needs to do more to redistribute wealth from the rich toward the poor and middle class.

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2012 elections
5:56 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

A campaign map, morphed by money

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 1:36 pm

Campaign reporters spend a lot of time pointing at color-coded electoral maps like the one below, showing which states voted for Republican John McCain (in red) and Democrat Barack Obama (in blue) in 2008.

But these maps lie — visually speaking.

Red appears to be the clear winner, dominating a vast swath from the South to the Rockies. It's all geographically accurate, but electorally skewed. For example, Montana (three electoral votes) dwarfs Massachusetts (which had 12 electoral votes in 2008).

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2:48 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Statistical models help modern day campaigns project outcomes

In vote-by-mail states, campaigns can find out on a daily basis whether or not you’ve returned your ballot. Photo by Kevin Mooney

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 5:01 pm

What if there was a crystal ball that could reveal the outcome of an election? Turns out modern day campaigns use forecast models to project the winner of a race long before a single vote is counted.

In vote-by-mail states like Washington or Oregon, political parties and campaigns have an advantage. They can find out on a daily basis if you’ve returned your ballot.

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2012 elections
2:13 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

President Obama is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie upon arriving in Atlantic City, N.J., on Wednesday to visit areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:02 pm

Amid the devastation caused by Sandy, there are signs the superstorm might have blown a fresh breeze into the nation's politics. Suddenly, everyone's talking about something that seemed impossible just days before — bipartisanship.

Nothing sums that attitude up better than the actions of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Republican Christie, who has worked closely with GOP hopeful Mitt Romney's campaign and has consistently proved one of President Obama's harshest critics, put that aside in the aftermath of Sandy.

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Breaking
11:31 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Legal marijuana and charter schools pulling away in latest poll

The initiative to legalize marijuana possession and set up a state-licensed distribution system appears headed to victory.

Initiatives to legalize marijuana and create charter schools in Washington are pulling away toward approval in the latest poll by The Washington Poll and KCTS9. The poll is a project of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Washington.

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10:52 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Update: 'Rape thing' not cause for abortion, says Wash. GOP hopeful

John Koster is seen in this screen grab from a video on his campaign website.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Washington state congressional candidate says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves "the rape thing."

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Politics
7:42 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Take from the rich, give to the poor (and middle class)? Robert Reich says so

401(K) 2012

The middle class is struggling. The rich are growing richer.

Is there anything we can do to stem rising income inequality? Would changes to our tax system help?

In the final days before the election, KPLU asked two experts – one liberal, one conservative – to weigh in on what to do about income inequality and how to fix our tax system.

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2012 Elections
4:47 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Mysterious anti-Obama spam texts linked to GOP group

A screenshot of an anti-Obama text message received Tuesday evening.
NPR

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 3:53 pm

If you're using social media to follow the presidential campaign or even if you're related to someone else who's doing that, there's a good chance your cellphone got spammed Tuesday night with an anti-Obama text message.

The messages went out between 7:30 and 10 p.m. They were anonymous but quickly traced to a Republican consulting firm in Northern Virginia.

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2012 elections
3:16 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Washington charter schools advocates raise $10.8M

The campaign to bring charter schools to Washington has now raised $10.8 million in cash contributions.

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Politics
12:12 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Federal Election Law Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In NW

Voters can call an election law hotline to combat voter fraud and rights abuses. Photo by Big Dubya via Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:54 pm

This election day, the U.S. Department of Justice will have federal attorneys in every state, ready to take complaints. It's a long-standing program aimed at combating election fraud and voter rights abuses. But the hotlines tend to be pretty quiet in the Northwest.

The election day program has been around for decades. But attorneys in Oregon and eastern Washington say -– at least in recent memory -– they haven't gotten any complaints. Western Washington received a few calls in 2008 about voter registration issues.

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Politics
11:44 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Dear little girl: Sorry we made you cry about 'Bronco Bamma' and Mitt Romney

We can sympathize, Abigael. She's tired of hearing about "Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."
YouTube

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 3:47 am

Oh my goodness, do we feel bad now:

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