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Gregoire's Legacy
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Legacy: Children’s Health, Navigating Recession, Gay Marriage

Gov. Gregoire announces she won’t seek a third term.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will leave office January 16th. During her eight years as governor, the Democrat often referred to herself as a “recovering lawyer.” Polls showed the former attorney general struggled to connect with voters. She could come off as a fierce technocrat. But her two-terms in office were marked by challenges that affected her on a deeply personal level. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s legacy.

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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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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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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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Wash. Governor Race
6:35 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Candidates For Wash. Governor Await More Vote Tallies

Republican Rob McKenna
Credit 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.

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Get Out The Vote
6:20 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Wash. Democrats Make Final Push to Get Out The Vote

Democratic candidates Maria Cantwell, Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott and Sen. Patty Murray at Sunday's get-out- the-vote rally in South Seattle.
Credit Photo by Deborah Wang / Northwest News Network

In the final hours of the election, the state’s main political parties are engaged in massive get out the vote campaigns. They are especially critical this year, with several close statewide races and ballot initiatives. Deborah Wang has more on what the Democrats are up to.

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Get Out The Vote
6:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Chase Ballots With Minivans, Smart Phones

King County Executive Director Lisa Shin shows off a GOP Victory Van.
Credit Photo by Amy Radil / KUOW

If you haven’t returned your ballot yet, you’re probably hearing a lot from political parties and candidates. If you HAVE voted, those calls and mailings might be dying down.

This year campaigns are able to make faster and more nimble use of ballot returns than ever before. Republicans say Democrats had a stronger ‘get-out-the-vote’ effort in Washington in 2010, but this year they’re determined to learn from that example.

Some of their efforts, however, haven’t been well-received by elections officials. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Education Tax
4:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Gregoire Will Propose Education Tax Before Leaving Office

Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.
Northwest News Network

Both candidates for Washington governor have said “no” to higher taxes. But, outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire says she will propose a new source of funding for public schools before she leaves office in January.

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Washington Governor Strategy
6:22 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Even With No Electoral College, Statewide Races Have Math To Victory

Photo of Washington State Seal.
Photo Credit: U.S. Government/Wikimedia Commons

In the presidential race, we hear a lot about the electoral map and the math to winning the presidency. It’s all about swing states like Ohio and Florida. At the state level, there’s no electoral college. The candidate with the most votes wins. But there’s still a formula for victory.

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