elections

Washington Home Builders
4:08 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Once Brash Washington Home Builders Now Behind The Scenes

Before the recession, the Building Industry Association of Washington had a reputation for not pulling any punches.
Steven Lee Flickr

The airwaves in Washington are chock-a-block with campaign ads. But one group’s missing from the fray despite its reputation for not pulling any punches. We’re talking about Washington home builders.

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Governor Candidates On Taxes
5:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates Vow No New Taxes -- With Caveats

Republican candidate for governor Rob McKenna speaks at an NFIB endorsement event near Olympia.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Ballots are about to go out in Washington. In the race for governor, both candidates are pledging to veto tax hikes. But Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee also leave themselves some wiggle room.

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Legalizing Marijuana
4:47 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Feds Silent So Far On Marijuana Ballot Measures

Marijuana activists rally in support of Measure 80 in front of the Oregon state capitol Monday.
Virginia Alvino

Two years ago, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opposed a California initiative to legalize marijuana. But this year, the Justice Department has been silent on similar measures before voters in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Monday, a group of former federal drug officials urged the Obama administration to weigh in.

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Voting Methods
4:13 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Early Voting Makes Vote-By-Mail States Look Like Late Comers

Early voters in Idaho still get “I voted” stickers, as shown by Kootenai County elections worker Marla Lewis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Voters in Oregon and Washington will start receiving ballots in the mail late this week. This is the first presidential election to be conducted entirely through the postal service in Washington.

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Oregon House Race
6:18 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Democrats, Republicans Vie For Control Of Oregon House

Republican Bruce Hanna and Democrat Tina Kotek are in contention to be the next Oregon House speaker.
Photos courtesy Oregon Legislature

Oregon is not considered a battleground in the Presidential election. President Obama is strongly favored to win the state’s seven electoral votes. What’s more, Democrats also hold every single statewide office in Oregon and far outnumber Republicans in terms of voter registration. But there’s an exception to the one-party dominance: The Oregon House is evenly divided. 30 Democrats to 30 Republicans. And both parties are hard at work in legislative battlegrounds to swing the majority in their direction. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Voter Registration Data
5:48 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Voter Registration Increase Lags Last Presidential Election

Registering to vote is easier than ever. But Northwest residents don’t appear as eager to vote as they were during the last presidential election. As the deadline to register draws near, state figures show a smaller uptick in voter registration than in 2008.

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Latino Voters
6:55 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Religion Not A Factor In Latino Politics

Pablo Monroy at home in Tacoma. In the background hangs a painting of The Last Supper, a housewarming gift from his mother. Monroy is a devout Catholic, a Republican and a supporter of same-sex marriage.
Photo by Florangela Davila

Religion is one of the most defining characteristics of Latino culture. But pollsters say it plays virtually no role in how they vote. This week, we've been looking at Latinos in Northwest politics. In our next story, Florangela Davila looks at how faith shapes the lives of two Mexican-American siblings. But not their politics.

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Front Page
6:17 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Front Page: National Debate, Northwest Issues

Spokesman-Review editor Gary Graham.
Photo courtesy Spokesman-Review

This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re visiting with the Spokesman Review. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Top-Two Primaries
6:30 am
Tue October 2, 2012

7 Years Of Top-Two Primary Litigation In Wash. Comes To An End

It took seven years and hundreds of court filings. Now the legal fight over Washington’s top-two primary is over. The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear an appeal brought by the state’s Democratic and Libertarian parties. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Wash. Gubernatorial Debate
4:53 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Wash. Governor Candidates To Meet For Third Debate

Rob McKenna (L) and Jay Inslee will square off in Yakima on Tuesday night for their third official debate.
KATU

The candidates for Washington governor will square off in Yakima Tuesday night for their third official debate. Polls give Democrat Jay Inslee a slight lead over Republican Rob McKenna.

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