Politics

same-sex marriage
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Money for use against same-sex marriage can’t go through church

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state's campaign finance watchdog says the state's Catholic churches can't collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage law.

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Election 2012
9:13 am
Tue August 28, 2012

McKenna says he won't release tax returns

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna says he will not release any of his tax returns, calling the matter a distraction from important issues.

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Libraries
9:10 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Ad hoc 'People's Library' picks up slack until libraries reopen

Seattle Public Libraries are closed this week, but some citizens have set up an outdoor guerrilla library to pick up the slack.
Great Beyond Flickr

Seattle public libraries are closed this week, in an effort to cope with budget cuts. That inspired some locals to take matters into their own hands, establishing a temporary, outdoor “People’s Library.”

This is the fourth year Seattle libraries have taken a furlough week to save money, stranding would-be readers, internet users and stir-crazy parents. Among the exasperated were University of Washington graduate student Yates Coley and her friends.

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Coming out gay
11:32 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Seattle councilwoman dying of cancer comes out at 66

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow said she feared the reaction of the Chinese community and her mother
The Associated Press

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow has brain cancer and says she has one more thing she wants to do before she dies.

She told KING-TV she is coming out and telling people she is gay after being secretive for more than 60 years. She wants to encourage others to not be afraid to tell their parents or children the truth.

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It's All Politics
4:41 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

GOP Platform Anti-Abortion Language Includes No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Republican National Committee officials on Monday unveiled the stage inside of the Tampa Bay Times Forum in preparation for the Republican National Convention.
Tim Boyles Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 5:47 pm

In Tampa, Fla., a week ahead of their national convention, Republicans are drawing up their party platform. There are muted disagreements over a few issues, such as immigration and same-sex marriage. But at least within the platform committee, one of the least controversial issues discussed this week is abortion.

With little discussion, the committee on Tuesday adopted the same anti-abortion language it included in GOP platforms in 2004 and 2008. It seeks passage of a constitutional amendment that would extend legal rights to the unborn, essentially banning abortion.

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election 2012
11:41 am
Tue August 21, 2012

More 'red' books (conservative) bought than 'blue,' Amazon reports

Screen grab from Amazon's page showing the sales of "red" books verses the sale of "blue" books.

Based on book sales, Republicans are dominating Democrats in most of the country (including Washington state), according to a new “election heat map” created by book retailer Amazon.com.

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Politics
9:06 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Washington GOP wants Facebook picture removed 

Screen shot of Shea's controversial Facebook post.

SPOKANE, Wash. — A controversial photo of state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane, standing in front of his Democratic challenger's house has become a political hot potato for Republicans.

The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party is trying to persuade Shea to remove the photo from his Facebook page. Amy Biviano, the Democrat challenging Shea, has accused Shea of trying to intimidate her by posting the photo of her home and refusing to take it down.

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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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legalizing marijuana
1:33 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Divisions emerge over pro-pot initiative at Seattle Hempfest

Above: The first of many thousands lined up early today to enter Hempfest, Seattle's mega pro-pot festival.

For more than 20 years, the Seattle Hempfest festival, rally and outdoor party has pushed for the decriminalization and mainstreaming of marijuana.

But as this year’s event gets underway today, with more than 300,000 expected over the weekend, regulations contained in an initiative that would legalize pot have split many advocates.

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The Salt
3:08 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:27 am

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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The Two-Way
7:18 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

VIDEO: Paul Ryan Is Interrupted By Hecklers During First Solo Appearance

Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a campagin stop at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the Iowa State Fair on Monday.
Steve Pope Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 1:29 pm

Two days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced him as his running mate, Paul Ryan made his first solo appearance at the Iowa State Fair, today.

It's a grand tradition in Des Moines where candidates stand on a "soapbox" and get a microphone and 20 minutes to say whatever they like.

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Hot-button politics
3:01 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Did Washington almost elect a high court justice because of race?

Election results as published on the Washington Secretary of State website at 1:11 p.m. today.

The latest election results from Washington’s primary shows that more than 43 percent of Washington voters cast their ballots for a state supreme court justice candidate with no judicial experience, who raised no campaign funds and was a public no-show.

The biggest factor in the race appears to have been one candidate's last name - Gonzalez.

Election results published by the Washington Secretary of State’s office this afternoon showed Bruce O. Danielson pulled in 276,142 votes for, so far, 43.1 percent of voters.

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Election 2012
6:19 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Advance To November Election

Democrat Jay Inslee (left) and Republican Rob McKenna (right) move on to the November election. Photos courtesy the candidates' campaigns.

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 10:14 pm

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will advance to the November election, after winning the top two spots in Tuesday's primary for Washington governor. At last count, Inslee won 47 percent of the vote to McKenna’s 43 percent.

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Legalizing marijuana
1:49 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

The ad for legalizing pot you'll be seeing a lot of in Washington

In this screen grab from New Approach Washington's ad, this 'Washington mom' says she doesn't go in for using it, but legalizing marijuana makes sense.

A new commercial featuring a regular-ol’-mom-type-person pitching the legalization of marijuana in Washington is about to kickoff a $1 million campaign.

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same-sex marriage
1:26 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Official Democratic Stance

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:45 am

Democrats are on the path to including an endorsement of same-sex marriage for the first time in their official party platform.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reported Monday that the proposal has made it through an important Democratic committee.

The 15 Democrats who serve on the party's platform drafting committee voted unanimously to endorse same-sex marriage in the party's official agenda, says Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who serves on the committee.

Frank recently married his partner.

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