Northwest Politics
5:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Poll Has Mixed Results For Merkley

A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought.
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A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought. The survey commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting found that heading into this year's election, less than half of voters have a favorable opinion of the first-term Democrat.

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Northwest Politics
5:39 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Republicans Hope To Gain Seats In State Legislatures

The Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore.
Credit Cacophany / Wikimedia

Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process. But political analysts don't expect major changes in northwest statehouses.

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Legislative Session
4:21 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Washington Legislature Convenes With Election Year Issues On Agenda

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:00 pm

The political divide is already on display in the Washington state capitol as lawmakers convened for their 60-day election year session.

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2014 Elections
7:27 am
Mon January 13, 2014

2014 Elections Will Loom Over Washington Legislative Session

Art Boruck with Boruck Printing and Screening in Seattle has been making political signs for more than 40 years. He looks forward to the end of the legislative session when campaign season starts and business picks up
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington lawmakers convene Monday for what could prove to be the most partisan session in a decade. Control of the Washington Senate is up for grabs this fall. Currently, a coalition of 24 Republicans and two breakaway Democrats hold a three seat advantage. Democrats think they have shot at winning back the majority in November. Both sides will be looking for political advantage over the next 60 days.

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NW Initiatives
4:07 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Washington Initiative Promoter Files Measure To Resurrect Anti-Tax Rule

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman has a plan to resurrect the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases in Washington
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 3:06 pm

Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman kicked off the New Year with a new ballot proposal.

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Oregon Elections
5:10 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Kitzhaber Kicks Off Bid For Record Fourth Term

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his re-election bid at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland. He was joined by Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes.
Credit Michael Clapp

No governor of Oregon has ever served four terms. John Kitzhaber says he wants to be the first. The Democrat kicked his campaign Monday pledging to make progress on health care, the environment and the economy.

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Re-election Bid
6:36 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Kitzhaber Expected To Announce Re-Election Bid

The invitation to the governor's event leaves little doubt as to the Democrat's future plans.
Credit Media Advisory For Planning Purposes

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to announce a re-election bid Monday. The Democrat has scheduled an announcement Monday morning at a Portland elementary school where he says he'll discuss his plans for the coming year.

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Healthcare Controversy
6:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Congressional Incumbents Face Re-Election Heat Over Health Care Law

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Credit U.S. Senate

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law. It's the latest example of how the Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic in next year’s election.

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Nonpartisan Races
5:59 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Nonpartisan Group Wins Big Against Republicans In North Idaho

Balance North Idaho-backed candidates in Coeur d’Alene (from left to right) Amy Evans, Woody McEvers, Steve Widmyer and Kiki Miller.
Credit Duane Rasmussen

A group in north Idaho says they’re tired of the Democrat versus Republican national drama. For the last few years, Republicans have been trying to make local races more partisan. Now, a group called Balance North Idaho is fighting back. Its slate of candidates won big in Tuesday’s election.

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GMO Labeling
4:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Results Of Washington's GMO Labeling Vote To Reverberate Nationwide

Neighborhood Centers Flickr

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:08 pm

Results of a ballot measure in Tuesday’s election in Washington to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients will reverberate throughout the nation’s food industry.

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