Politics

Gun Initiatives
1:59 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Signatures Submitted for Dueling Gun Measures in Wash.

Alan Gottlieb of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms poses with boxes of petitions for Initiative 591, a gun rights initiative.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

Washington voters can expect dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot. Sponsors of a gun rights initiative submitted nearly 350,000 signatures Thursday. 

Thirteen boxes labeled “Save Your Gun: Yes on 591” were loaded onto a cart and trucked into the Washington Secretary of State’s Office. Initiative 591 would prohibit the state from confiscating a gun without due process. It would also bar state background checks that go beyond federal standards.

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Politics
7:46 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Former Gov. Gary Locke Stepping Down as Ambassador to China

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke speaks at a Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Andy Wong AP Photo

The American ambassador to China says he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle.

Gary Locke says he informed President Barack Obama of his decision when they met earlier this month.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Seattle Public Campaign Financing Gaining in Vote Tally

This image shows the tally as of Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

There’s the possibility of another election turnaround.

First there was Kshama Sawant’s dramatic post-election night come-from-behind win over Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin. Now, supporters of Seattle Proposition 1 hope it’s their turn.

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gas tax
9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Gas Tax Package Negotiations Continue in Olympia

Rachel La Corte Associated Press

State lawmakers are negotiating a proposed gas tax package, a top priority of Gov. Jay Inslee and the Boeing company as it decides where to site the 777X assembly line.

Now that Boeing machinists have rejected a company contract offer, Washington will have to compete with other states to land the 777X. Inslee says approval of a transportation funding measure is essential to positioning the state well.

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gas tax
6:12 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Senate Leaders Propose 11.5-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Fall foliage frames the Washington State Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Senate leaders are proposing a $12.3 billion transportation revenue package that includes a gas tax increase of 11.5 cents.

The proposal was put forth by Senate Transportation Committee co-chair Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and is part of ongoing negotiations between the House and the Senate. 

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Gun control initiative
4:03 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Bill And Melinda Gates Contribute to Wash. Gun Control Measure

FILE - Bill and Melinda Gates attend the Millennium Development Goals event, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013 at U.N. headquarters.
Mary Altaffer Associated Press

Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington. The couple’s personal contributions late last month helped push the Yes on Initiative 594 campaign over the $1 million mark.

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Election 2013
3:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2013, Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council Kshama Sawant, right, speaks outside City Council chambers in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Several races have swung wildly since the first vote count on Election Day, and it may be because campaigns are getting the hang of Washington’s all-mail elections.

University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto said it’s not uncommon for races to swing a percentage point or two in the days after election night, but not much more than that.

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Politics
11:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

McGinn Concedes Defeat in Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayor Mike McGinn prepares to concede his run for reelection.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded his run for re-election, and called his successor, Ed Murray.

McGinn’s tone was relaxed and candid at the press conference held at his campaign headquarters Thursday.He offered few regrets, but acknowledged he’d made missteps in office and on the campaign trail.

“I may have to question my tactics and how I played it,” said McGinn. “To use a basketball analogy I probably dribbled the ball off my foot a couple of times when I could have made a good pass instead.”

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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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memorial controversy
2:15 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Westboro Church Members Threaten to Attend Foley Funeral

The funeral for Former House Speaker Tom Foley in Spokane Friday may get disrupted by a well-known group of publicity seekers. 

The Westboro Baptist Church, long known for protesting military funerals, has posted information on its website that members plan to attend the service. 

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transportation package
5:10 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Governor, Lawmakers Meet on Transportation

Gov. Jay Inslee has said he wants a transportation funding package on his desk by the Apple Cup at the end of November. Key lawmakers met with the Democratic governor Wednesday on this topic.

Afterward, Sen. Tracey Eide, co-chair of the Senate Tranportation Committee, was noncommittal when asked whether there will be a special session of the Legislature in November.

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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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