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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber now has final revenue numbers to write his next two-year budget proposal. State economists Tuesday released their latest set of projections about Oregon tax and lottery income.

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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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You know all those fees and charges listed on your home or wireless phone bill? Well, rural telephone companies in Washington want to add one more: a state Universal Service Fee. Recently they co-sponsored a wine and beer reception for a key state regulator.

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Oregon, Washington and Idaho are part of a $90 million, 38 state settlement announced Thursday with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline. The lawsuit claims the drug company downplayed the cardiovascular risks of the diabetes drug Avandia, which has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks.

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In Olympia, a new revenue outlook shows a shortfall in the next state budget cycle. That is putting renewed attention on promises not to raise taxes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Nov 8, 2012
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.

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.

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.

Austin Jenkins

The two candidates for Washington governor are still awaiting more voting tallies in an election contest that remains to close to call. At this hour, with votes still being counted, Democrat Jay Inslee leads Republcan Rob McKenna 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent. The McKenna campaign is hoping for a turn-around in the numbers.

Gay Marriage Supporters Declare Victory

Nov 7, 2012

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington are celebrating victory today.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will have Democratic majorities in both chambers of the legislature next year. That’s the first time that’s happened during his three terms in office.

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Republicans in the Oregon House will be in the minority after this week’s election. A historic 30-30 split in the chamber has ended with Democratic wins Tuesday night in key districts. But Republicans say they hope the recent bipartisanship will carry over into the next legislative session.

Rosenblum Is Oregon's First Female Attorney General

Nov 7, 2012
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In Tuesday's election, Ellen Rosenblum became the first elected female Attorney General in Oregon. She defeated her Republican opponent James Buchal to win a four-year term in office.

Debra Wang

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington declared victory Tuesday. But opponents of gay marriage are not prepared to concede defeat on the statewide Referendum 74. They point out that there are more than a million ballots yet to be counted.

Washington state election officials want campaign workers and political parties to provide information about ballots they’ve collected on behalf of voters. King County Republicans have offered to shuttle ballots to official drop boxes by mini-van.

Hot-Button Initiatives, After the Vote

Nov 5, 2012

Marijuana legalization. Same-sex marriage. These are hot-button issues on the ballot for Washington voters. Even after the measures are decided, the debate will likely continue.

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An alleged case of ballot tampering in Oregon’s Clackamas County has implications for races statewide. Officials say a volunteer elections worker is suspected of marking votes for Republicans in races a voter had left blank.

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Democrats and Republicans in Oregon are locked in a fierce battle for control of the Oregon House. It's currently split right down the middle. Some of the biggest legislative money-raisers this year are two candidates who don't have serious opposition on the ballot.

Voter Enthusiasm In Wash. Higher Than In 2008

Nov 1, 2012
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In a new Washington Poll released Thursday, nearly 40 percent of voters surveyed say they are “more enthusiastic” to vote in this election than they were in 2008. Only 23 percent said they were more enthused in 2008, while the rest said they feel about the same.

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New polls show Washington’s open race for governor remains close. Already hundreds of thousands of Washington voters have returned their ballots. Many more will do so in the coming days. But county auditors have a warning to voters who wait until the last minute.

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The Washington Democratic Party says it will donate contributions from controversial spiritual leader JZ Knight to the Anti-Defamation League and the campaign to uphold gay marriage. The announcement late Friday follows the release of several video clips that show Knight making offensive and at times bizarre comments about gay people, Catholics and others.

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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.

Walking Protest Calls For Driver's License Access

Oct 26, 2012

About a dozen people started today on a protest walk from Portland to Salem. They're asking the state government to issue standard driver's licenses to undocumented Oregonians.

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.

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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