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Spin Control 2012 Election archive

MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Spokane legalizes pot possession 

Following the lead of state voters, the Spokane City Council on Monday legalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and up. Councilman Jon Snyder, who has led the effort on the City Council to consider the impacts to the...

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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Electoral College, including Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center,  sign paperwork casting Washington's electoral votes for Barack Obama for president. Also in the picture, from left, are Grifynn Clay, Kathleen Lawrence and Maria Ehsam and Georgia Spencer.  (Jim Camden)

News flash: Obama wins Washington

Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center, and other members of Washington's Electoral College sign paperwork to cast the state's electoral votes for Barack Obama. OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago. Barack Obama was elected to his second term as...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

Gov race most expensive in WA history 

OLYMPIA -- Even without the final spending tallied, this year's governor's race was the most expensive in state history and outside independent groups spent a record amounts trying to convince residents to vote against Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

Gallup poll: Feds should back off in pot states 

The federal government should back off enforcement of federal marijuana laws in stateslike Washington that have legalized the drug, a solid majority of people told a recent Gallup poll. Nearly two-third -- 64 percent of all adults surveyed in late November -- told pollsters they...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

23 same-sex couples get licenses in Spokane

Spokane County officials issued 23 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday on the first day that became legal in Washington state. That was, not surprisingly, the most of any Eastern Washington county, but fairly low compared to the urban counties along the Puget Sound. King...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012


Bragging rights on same-sex marriage go to WA

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state apparently have something to hold over those other states that approved a similar law change at the ballot box last month. Not only did Washington have a bigger margin of victory than Maine and Maryland, says Andy Grow...

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More signatures needed for initiatives

OLYMPIA -- The turnout was down slightly in Washington state compared to the 2008 presidential election, but the number of ballots cast was up. That means the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referenda goes up next year. Huh? We explain inside the blog....

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This is a map of the final vote count for I-502 in Spokane County. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Final count on I-502

A funny thing happened on the way to Spokane County supporting Initiative 502, which legalizes marijuana for private use by adults. Some precincts, particularly those in the city of Spokane, really liked it. And by that we mean by big margins. Other precincts, as the...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

FAQs on changes to WA marijuana law 

When the clock ticks past midnight Wednesday, Washington state will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law isn’t a blanket license for anyone to smoke marijuana anywhere, any time. There are...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

Inslee names chief of staff

Mary Alice Heuschel, the Renton Schools superintendent, will be Governor-elect Jay Inslee's chief of staff. Inslee made the announcement this morning that Heuschel, who was among a trio picked to head his transition team, will go with him to Olympia next year. Education will be...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Map of the ballots cast, by precinct, in the 2012 general election (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Where the votes were

Turnout is an important statistic in any election, but it's not always the key statistic because precincts with small registration can have a high turnout but not produce many votes. Elections turn on ballots, and the precincts with the most ballots are the most important....

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Map of the final vote margins in Spokane County precincts in the 2012 presidential race (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Final presidential count 

Editor's note: when this story appeared in Wednesday's paper, one of the first comments was, where are the maps? Here's the first.) A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Senate Democrats propose leadership changes

OLYMPIA -- Facing one of the narrowest majorities in years, Senate Democrats proposed a new committee one one of the state's thorniest problems with shared leadership responsibilities and a veteran with a record of interparty skills for the budget-writing panel. They also suggested the "president...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2012

Sunday spin: Who is hurt by the late ballot counting? 

A post-election refrain, as predictable as swallows returning to Capistrano or Cougar fans pinning their Apple Cup hopes on bad weather in Pullman, sounded last week. The amount of time Washington takes to count its ballots and settle elections predictably irked several politicians. State Sen....

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Gregoire: Moving ahead on marijuana 

OLYMPIA – Washington will be “following the will of the voters and moving ahead” with setting up ways that adults can legally obtain marijuana for recreational use, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday after meeting with federal law enforcement officials. To read the rest of this...

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Today's weird video: Really upset Obama won 

An Arizona woman got so angry that President Obama won another term that she ran down her husband, who neglected to vote. Either she really took to heart the old saying that "Every Vote Counts" but skipped the class in Civics that explained the Electoral...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

McKenna concedes; Inslee next governor 

A Democrat will occupy the governor's office for another four years. Less than 24 hours after his campaign insisted that their data showed he would eventually win the governor's race, Republican Rob McKenna conceded defeat Friday evening as Washington's ongoing ballot count showed he couldn't...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012


Spokane County vote on Referendum 74 after Wednesday's ballot count (Jim Camden)

Same-sex marriage foes concede defeat 11 

Spokane County vote on Referendum 74 after Wednesday's ballot count. OLYMPIA -- Opponents of Referendum 74, this afternoon conceded that they will lose the fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. The latest vote count has Ref. 74 passing with about 52 percent of the vote,...

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McMorris Rodgers starts public campaign for promotion 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has begun her public campaign in her race to become the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth-highest ranking position in the U.S. House of Representatives. She sent a letter to her Republican colleagues this morning that outlines her...

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