elections

Oregon Officials
4:54 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Four Oregon Statewide Officials Jointly Take Oath Of Office

Oregon.gov

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 1:13 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Four of Oregon's statewide elected officials jointly took the oath of office Friday. Secretary of State Kate Brown, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum were all re-elected in November.

Rosenblum noted that the event was a bit of déjà vu. That's because she first took the oath last June when she was appointed to fill out the remainder of John Kroger's term.

"Today, I am genuinely thrilled to be here, taking the oath for a second time, but for the first as your elected Attorney General."

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Ballot Initiative Signatures
4:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Latest Eyman Initiative Would Extend Washington Signature-Gathering Period

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloads boxes of petitions for his latest ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he wants to make it easier to put an initiative on the ballot. Eyman submitted nearly 350,000 signatures Thursday for his latest ballot measure. But critics are suspicious.

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Wash. Legislative Races
5:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Philosophical Control Of Washington State Senate Hangs In Balance

Republican state Senator Don Benton (L) and Democratic challenger Tim Probst are separated by only 105 votes.
Credit Northwest News Network

Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state Senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.

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Inslee Backing Marjiuana Law
4:05 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Inslee To Back Will Of Voters On Marijuana Legalization

Governor-elect Jay Inslee at a news conference in Seattle to announce his transition co-chairs.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says states are the incubators of new ideas – and that should extend to marijuana legalization. Inslee Wednesday said he’s hopeful Washington’s new recreational pot law can take effect without federal interference.

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Wash. Ballot Counting
3:58 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Vote Counting Slows As Wash. Counties Deal With Problem Ballots

Thurston County Election Manager Steve Homan monitors the ballot sorting machine.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Democrat Jay Inslee says he has a 95 percent chance of ultimately winning Washington’s race for governor. That’s based on an internal statistical analysis his campaign released Friday. But with hundreds of thousands of ballots still uncounted, Republican Rob McKenna is digging in for the long haul. Meanwhile, at county election offices the ballot counting is getting slower, not faster.

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Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon
5:21 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Look To Washington For Inspiration

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Gay rights groups are hoping Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. Washington did that this week. But to follow suit, Oregon voters would have to reverse themselves and repeal a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

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Wash. Governor's Race
5:08 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Ballot Counting Continues As Wash. Governor’s Race Remains Undecided

Democrat Jay Inslee retains a narrow lead over Republican Rob McKenna in the Washington governor's race.
Credit Deborah Wang

Washington’s race for governor still hasn’t been called. Hundreds of thousands of ballots remain uncounted. A disproportionate number of those votes are in heavily Democratic King County, with nearly a third of the state’s electorate.

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Latino Candidates
5:01 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Pablo Gonzalez of Zillah, Wash., lost his bid for the Washington House. That's despite coming from a district in the Yakima Valley where Latinos are the majority.
Credit Jessica Robinson

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics on election day: that was the actual names on many ballots.

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McKenna Not Conceding Yet
4:38 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

McKenna Has Time, But Not Statistics On His Side In Wash. Governor’s Race

Republican Rob McKenna needs to gain a significant advantage among voters who waited to cast their ballots.
Credit Austin Jenkins

There are still three-quarters of a million ballots to be counted in Washington’s too-close-to-call governor’s race. Democrat Jay Inslee holds a narrow lead over Republican Rob McKenna.

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Referendum 74's Passage
4:08 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Concede Referendum Loss

Opponents of Washington's Referendum 74 have conceded the election. Same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license starting December 6.
Credit Chantal Andrea

The campaign against same-sex marriage in Washington conceded defeat on Referendum 74. Its passage upholds the state legislature's law allowing gay marriage in Washington.

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