elections

Undecided Washington Voters
5:31 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Still Undecided Voters Could Decide Wash. Governor's Race

Around 8 percent of Washington voters are still undecided on who they will pick for governor.
Credit TVW

As they make up their minds over the next week-and-a-half, undecided voters could decide the outcome of Washington’s race for governor. Recent polls show 7 to 8 percent of the Washington electorate is still on the fence – at least when it comes to who should be the next governor.

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Marijuana Measures
5:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Pot Measures Would Widen Legal Chasm Between Northwest States

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use.
Credit DEA

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

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Northwest Voters
4:13 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Northwest Voters Taking Their Time To Cast Votes

Oregon voters look to be taking their time in returning their ballots.
Credit Kevin Mooney

Northwest voters are in study mode. A week and a half before Election Day just 14 percent of Oregon voters had returned their ballot. There don’t appear to be many undecided voters in the presidential race. Chris Lehman spoke to voters in Salem about what it took to decide races further down the ballot.

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Oregon Ballot Measures
5:41 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns Have Few Big Spenders

Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.
Credit Kevin Mooney

Oregon has a spirited history of legislating from the ballot. But this year looks pretty sleepy on the ballot measure front. Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.

But in an unusual twist, the groups behind three of the measures have stopped campaigning. And there's been relatively little spending by the backers of the four others.

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Referendum 74
4:55 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Urges 'Yes' on Wash. Referendum 74

President Obama has formally shown his support for Referendum 74.
Credit Pete Souza / Wikimedia Commons

President Obama is formally throwing his support to Referendum 74, which asks Washington voters to decide on same-sex marriage.

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Outgoing Governor's Advice
4:39 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Gregoire To Candidates: 'Sounds Good, Doesn't Work'

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says campaign rhetoric doesn’t match budget reality.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

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.

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Controversial Contribution
6:31 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Wash. Democrats Won't Return JZ Knight Contribution Despite Video, Pressure

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Washington.
Credit Photo by Richard David Ramsey / Wikipedia

The Washington State Democratic Party says it will not return $60-thousand [dollars] in contributions from a controversial spiritual leader from Yelm, Washington. This, despite the release of a video that shows JZ Knight delivering a profanity-laced attack on the Catholic Church and others. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Political Campaigns
4:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Campaigns Know If You’ve Voted -- And That’s Not All

Volunteers all over the country are working the phones to remind likely voters to support their candidates.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: he may know if you’ve been bad or good, but they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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Wash. Governor Candidates
5:03 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One-On-One With Washington's Candidates For Governor

Democrat Jay Inslee
Christina Salerno TVW

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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Write-In Candidates
6:28 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Despite Being Written Off, Write-Ins Remain In Race

African American Chamber of Commerce President Roy Jay watches as Republican Attorney General nominee James Buchal speaks.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

It’s been ten years since any Republican has won a statewide election in Oregon. In fact, the GOP failed to even get anyone on the ballot for two statewide offices in last May's primary. So at the last minute, the party recruited write-in candidates for Attorney General and Treasurer. Political observers have largely written off the two candidates. But that hasn’t stopped them from campaigning enthusiastically. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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