12:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Living Voters Guide – Just the facts

Sitting down to vote with the 2012 ballot.
Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips KPLU

With ballots and voters’ guides in-hand, it’s time to narrow in on the issues. For those who prefer an interactive way to exchange opinions on the ballot measures, there’s the Living Voters Guide, sponsored by Seattle CityClub and the University of Washington.

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2012 elections
8:13 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Gregoire to candidates: 'Sounds good, doesn't work'

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says campaign rhetoric doesn’t match budget reality. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:03 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has a message for the candidates to replace her: “sounds good, doesn’t work.” That’s Gregoire’s take on several of the budget-balancing ideas she’s hearing from fellow Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.

In response to reporter questions, Gregoire got to play the role of seasoned eight-year veteran of the governor’s office. Both candidates say they would look to close outdated tax loopholes.

“I said that eight years ago," the governor says. "I’ve learned a lot.”

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2012 elections
6:57 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Chimpanzee politics: Election-year lessons on power, reconciliation

Chimpanzees are political animals who understand shared power and the benefits that flow from reconciliation.
Peter Steffen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 7:17 am

Thirty years ago, the primatologist Frans de Waal published Chimpanzee Politics, a wonderful bombshell of a book that revealed the depth of chimpanzees' social complexity. Based on long-term observations at Arnhem Zoo in the Netherlands, many of de Waal's descriptions match comfortably with what chimpanzees in the wild have since been observed to do.

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2012 Elections
7:59 am
Thu October 25, 2012

West Coast millennials discuss why they'll vote, and why they won't

San Francisco State University student Dariel Maxwell discusses the election with KQED's Lillian Mongeau.
Ian Hill KQED

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 7:42 am

Reporters from four public media stations on the West Coast have been working on a project to find out what is — or isn't — motivating young voters to take part in the political process this year.

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2012 elections
4:57 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

FBI joins probe of bogus vote purge letters from Seattle

TAMPA, Fla. – The FBI is joining an investigation into bogus letters sent from Seattle to many Florida voters that raise questions about their eligibility to cast ballots.

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Marijuana legalization
3:45 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Washington has one of 3 ballot measures that would OK pot beyond medicine

A marijuana bud at a marijuana dispensary in Denver. Colorado, Oregon and Washington could become the first to legalize marijuana this fall.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 2:53 pm

Marijuana legalization is back on the ballot this year. California voters defeated a legalization proposal in 2010, but now similar measures have cropped up in three more Western states. This time around, some of the most intense opposition is coming from the earlier pioneers of legalization — the medical marijuana industry.

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10:19 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire appointed state senator to post despite staff concerns

Governor Chris Gregoire appointed Cheryl Pflug applied to fill a Republican vacancy on Washington’s Growth Management Hearings Board in May.

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 3:29 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Republicans have released documents that show Governor Chris Gregoire appointed a state senator to a $92,000 a year job –- despite concerns that the senator wasn’t qualified for the position. This is just the latest development in a political drama touched off by the appointment.

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2012 elections
5:00 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Koster, DelBene vie for newly redrawn first Congressional district

Population growth triggered changes to Washington’s political map. This week, KPLU is looking at two districts with the most dramatic changes - the new 10th Congressional district, which takes in Joint Base Lewis-McChord and our state capitol, and the first Congressional district, a seat Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee used to hold.

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3:57 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Where is Washington’s newest seat in Congress?

If you’ve looked at your ballot, you may have noticed that you're in a new Congressional district.

If so, you're hardly alone. More than a million western Washington residents have been reassigned to new Congressional districts.

That's true for every resident of the new 10th district – which was added to the state because of population growth in the 2010 census.

As both the Democrat and Republican in the race explain, the dominant symbol for this area is Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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Give me a reason
2:08 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Videos: What motivates young people to vote

Justin Steyer KPLU

In an election year when young people, 18 to 30, are disparaged for their apparent lack of interest (and here), KPLU has begun a video project to find out what would drive a young person to vote in this election.

We’ve started gathering our videos on the Tumblr page “Give Me a Reason” and will continue to add to it this week. We also hope you (young person) will add your video to our project by submitting it on our Tumblr page.

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Same-sex marriage
10:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage

Image of Bill & Melinda Gates at Davos 2010 pulled from humanosphere.org

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.

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2012 elections
8:03 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Transcript: 3rd Obama-Romney presidential debate

Mitt Romney and President Obama debate Monday in Boca Raton, Fla., with moderator Bob Schieffer.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:47 pm

  • Listen to NPRs Special Coverage
  • Listen to the Debate

Transcript of the third debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Oct. 22 in Boca Raton, Fla., moderated by Bob Schieffer of CBS. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

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2012 elections
7:38 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

One-on-one with Washington's candidates for governor

Democrat Jay Inslee. Photo by Christina Salerno, TVW

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 5:31 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ballots are arriving in the mail. And a new poll shows the race for Washington governor is a virtual dead heat. Whoever is elected will inherit a budget shortfall along with a court order to spend more on education.

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2012 elections
7:28 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:14 pm

  • Listen To The Debate
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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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Live 2012 debate
5:50 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Poll and video: Obama vs. Romney - third debate - live

Here's the third and final presidential debate live via YouTube's politics channel. And ... a poll (vote after the debate)!