politics

Super PAC Spending
6:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Washington's Biggest Campaign Spenders Aim To Influence 2012 Elections

Private docks line the shore of Cozy Cove in Hunts Point, Wash., home to some of the state's priciest real estate -- and biggest political donors.
Credit Photo by John Ryan / KUOW

Hundreds of millions of dollars have poured into political campaigns in Washington state and nationwide this year. A rising share of those dollars are being funneled through super PACs and other outside groups. KUOW's John Ryan takes a look at just where all the campaign cash is coming from in Washington state.

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Marriage Referendum Mailer
5:58 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Mailers Raise Eyebrows

Some senior citizens in Washington recently got a flyer in the mail from supporters of same-sex marriage. It says approval of Referendum 74 will preserve domestic partnerships for seniors. Gay marriage opponents call the ad a misleading scare tactic. KUOW’s Liz Jones takes a closer look at that claim.

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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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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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Latino Voters
6:29 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Number Of Eligible Young Latino Voters Rising, But Will They Be Counted?

Altagracia Herrera, 25, shares information about a young professionals group with other young people at the recent Rock the Vote event in Richland. Herrera says she wishes more Latinos would vote and become political leaders for their community
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week we are looking at why Latinos have so little clout in Northwest politics, even though they’re the region’s largest minority group. One reason: Latinos are a younger demographic. And younger people -- no matter what their ethnicity -- are much less likely to vote than older people. But one issue that’s energized many young Latinos is the DREAM Act. It would create a path to citizenship for children of undocumented immigrants. Anna King has our story.

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Northwest Latinos
6:40 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Data Analysis: Most Northwest City Councils Have No Latinos

Sonia Rodriguez True lost her 2009 race for city council against a well known conservative talk radio host in Yakima.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Nearly nine out of 10 city councils across the Northwest have no Latino members. That estimate comes from a database we assembled of Hispanic officeholders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. One of the cities with no Latino representations is located in one of the most heavily Hispanic parts of our region. We’re talking about the city of Yakima. The ACLU is suing over the issue. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has our latest story on why the region's largest minority group has so little clout in the political arena.

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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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Tax Hike Initative
6:11 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Tim Eyman Initiative Once Again Before Washington High Court

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court after oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn his supermajority requirement for tax hikes.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court could decide by the end of this year whether a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is constitutional. But first, the justices must determine who has the right to challenge the law. That technical question was the focus of oral arguments Tuesday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Washington Auditor Race
6:22 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Wash. State Auditor Candidates Clash Over Character Issue

Republican James Watkins (L) and Democrat Troy Kelley are vying for Washington State Auditor.
Photos courtesy Watkins and Kelley campaigns

Character is quickly becoming a key issue in the race for Washington State Auditor. Republican James Watkins and Democrat Troy Kelley sparred Wednesday over the question of honesty as they debated before a business audience.

Watkins reiterated his attack from last week: that Kelley can’t be trusted because of past civil allegations that he misappropriated millions of dollars. Watkins told the debate audience about a deposition Kelley gave in a 2001 wrongful termination lawsuit in California.

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Paul Ryan Speech
6:12 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ryan Fundraiser Draws Protesters

Protesters greeted Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan on his fundraising visit to Portland Monday. Rob Manning of Oregon Public Broadcasting has more.

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