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A statewide initiative to help pay for political campaigns with public money has failed in Washington. That’s despite supporters raising $4 million to pass it.  

More voters cast a ballot than ever before in this month's election in Oregon. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Thursday that 2,022,384 voters took part.

Oregonians could be voting in two years on whether they want to remain a part of the United States. Sponsors of an initiative petition called the Oregon Secession Act submitted the initial paperwork just after Tuesday's election results became known.

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The apple as we know it - crisp, sweet, and juicy - is a modern invention. 

Even though party control isn't shifting at the Oregon State Capitol, there will be a lot of new faces. Nearly a quarter of Oregon House members decided not to seek re-election this year. But very few seats in the Oregon Legislature changed party hands during Tuesday's election.

Washington voters gave an overwhelming thumbs down Tuesday to a citizen initiative to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions. But that doesn't look to be the end of the story on regulating global warming pollution at the state level.

One person who’s celebrating the election of Donald Trump is his Washington state director. And Republican state Sen. Don Benton said he was confident Trump would win.

But to those who are dismayed, Benton has a message.

If there was a “Trump effect” in Washington state, it showed up in four mostly rural western Washington counties. Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Cowlitz counties went for President Obama in 2012. But Donald Trump managed to flip them.

Two Legislators Mark Firsts In Washington's Elections

Nov 9, 2016
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Two Democratic legislators are marking firsts with wins in Washington’s elections. Pramila Jayapal seems likely to become the first Indian-American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Washington state voters said "yes" to a higher minimum wage, said "no" to what would have been a history-making state carbon tax and rendered a split decision on several campaign finance reform ideas in Tuesday's general election.

If the presidential race was a stunner, Washington state’s elections were not. Gov. Jay Inslee cruised to re-election as expected. And there were no upsets further down the ballot either.

Democrats now have a 30-year winning streak when it comes to the Oregon governor's office. Kate Brown easily held off Republican challenger Bud Pierce Tuesday night.

Three incumbent Washington Supreme Court justices appear headed to easy re-election.

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Oregon’s Democrats have a 30-year winning streak when it comes to the governor’s office.

Kate Brown held off Republican challenger Bud Pierce Tuesday night.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was cruising to re-election Tuesday night with 56 percent of the vote over Republican challenger Bill Bryant. But several other statewide races were still too close to call, including State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Opponents of a possible water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge are weighing their options now that a judge has approved a water rights transfer that's key to the plant's existence.

  Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

Oregon’s Secretary of State and federal investigators are looking into automated calls made by the Oregon Republican Party.  County clerks started hearing from Democratic and unaffiliated voters last week about calls raising doubts about their eligibility to vote.

Seven environmental groups want to prove coal being hauled by rail is polluting Washington’s waterways. If they are successful, the outcome could have huge implications for the way trains are regulated going forward.

The case is scheduled to go to trial in Seattle Monday.

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Federal prosecutors are opposing an effort by Malheur Refuge occupier Ryan Payne to rescind his guilty plea. The Montana resident worked closely with the Bundys to carry out the occupation. Attorneys for the government say Payne knowingly agreed to the conditions of his plea.

Washington Teams Dominating Fall Sports

Nov 7, 2016
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It’s been a divisive election and some are wondering how America will come together again? We don’t know, but Northwest sports teams are rocking it! The Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, University of Washington Huskies and Washington State University Cougars are having an exceptional year.

 

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Tomorrow, all the candidates' speeches, debates, ads, and spending are put to the test. But while the campaigns themselves are wrapped up, "Electionland," a major election day project, will be shifting into high gear.

Oregon elections officials are warning voters Friday about misleading robocalls that have been reported to the authorities. The robocall warns Oregonians that there might be something wrong with their voter status.

Libertarian Gary Johnson Visits Portland

Nov 4, 2016
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Libertarian Gary Johnson is in Oregon trying to portray himself as the safe choice for president.  Johnson told about 250 followers at a rally at Portland’s Benson Hotel that they’ve already brought much more visibility to the Libertarian movement. 

There’s a huge building with a massive pool of water at the Hanford nuclear site in southeast Washington state. The water glows an eerie neon blue from an effect known as the Cherenkov Glow. The light comes from the decay of the nearly 2,000 highly-radioactive cesium and strontium capsules held in the pool.

Five Northwest ski resorts have changed hands in about the past month in a series of unrelated deals. The ownership of Stevens Pass and The Summit at Snoqualmie in the Washington Cascades and Cypress Mountain by West Vancouver changed in a 15-mountain transaction announced late Wednesday between a trio of holding companies back East.

Washington prison inmates will no longer be called “offenders.” The Secretary of Corrections made that announcement in an all-staff message Tuesday.

Canadian residents generally can't vote in our election, but they can gamble on the outcome through several provincial lotteries. And the bets are piling up.

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Washington state officials are calling it the largest campaign-finance penalty in U.S. history. A judge in Olympia has ordered the Grocery Manufacturers Association  to pay an $18 million fine for deliberately hiding its donors.

An initiative proposed for next year’s ballot in Spokane, Washington, would restrict coal and oil transport through the city by train. But now a hearing examiner for the city of Spokane says the proposal cannot be enforced.

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