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Spin Control 2014 Washington election archive

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

State gets grade adjustment of voter guide

OLYMPIA -- Like a college student keeping a watchful eye on the GPA, the Secretary of State's office successfully argued for a higher grade and got an A on its voter guide. The grader in question, Ballotpedia, had to admit it missed a feature worth...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014


SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 2014

Sunday Spin: Big majorities are temporary

OLYMPIA – The most ephemeral thing in politics might be big majorities. This should be particularly obvious to Democrats as they look to next year’s Legislature. Six years ago, Democrats approached the session with 31 of 49 seats in the Senate and 62 of 98...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

WA Elex: State races outside recount margin

All of the races for the state Legislature, as well as Initiative 1351 which requires smaller class sizes, are now far enough apart that they wouldn't trigger an automatic recount, the Secretary of State's office said this morning. The I-1351 campaign was claiming victory over...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Class-size initiative, I-1351, expands lead again

The state initiative aimed at lowering class sizes increased its lead on the fourth day of ballot counting. The Washington Secretary of State’s website says Initiative 1351 leads by 9,172 votes. After Tuesday’s count, the measure was behind by about 12,000 votes. By Thursday’s count,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

This is a map of the votes on the I-594 gun control measure after the Wednesday night count.  (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Tale of 2 gun initiatives 

Spokane County votes on the gun initiatives are almost, but not quite, a mirror image of each other. (Click on the "continue reading" function to see both maps on the same page.) That's not surprising, considering the two ballot measures essentially were competing with each...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014



This is a map of the turnout statistics in Spokane County after the votes were counted on election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn't very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn't consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,...

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this is a map of the election night totals for the Spokane County treasurer's race. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Spokane county treasurer

In a pattern that became familiar in Tuesday's election, Republican County Treasurer Rob Chase carried most of the precincts outside of the city of Spokane, while Democratic challenger Amy Biviano won much of the city. For a better view of the results, click on the...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

This is a map of the vote totals for the Spokane County commissioner's race on election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: County Commissioner race 

In the Spokane County commissioner's race, challenger Mary Lou Johnson is winning the city of Spokane, and incumbent Al French is winning almost everything else. As the map of the Tuesday vote totals shows, Johnson did well inside the city limits of Spokane and some...

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This is a map of the election night tallies for the Spokane city park bond issue. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: How the park bond won

The Spokane park bond issue was passing handily around the city Tuesday night, picking up the needed 60 percent approval rating or better in most of the 137 precincts. As the map shows, it was getting a majority, although not the needed supermajority, in most...

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One in 3 WA ballots in so far 

One in three ballots in Washington state have been returned to county elections offices statewide. Spokane County is slightly better, at 39 percent. If you still have yours and are looking for a little help to make your final picks, scroll down to the last...

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Last-minute voter help

Washington voters who still have their ballots sitting on the counter may be searching for that last bit of information to help them decide how to mark the ballot on one particular race or ballot measure. Idaho voters may be trying to bone up before...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Late endorsements just in 

Spokane Mayor David Condon endorsed Ozzie Knezovich for sheriff, which is not hugely surprising but interesting for a couple of wrinkles. First Knezovich's main law enforcing area is outside the Spokane city limits and Condon has his own police chief for things inside those lines....

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Mock election results in 

Given a chance to vote on some items on this year's ballot, Washington students supported wider background checks for gun sales and smaller classroom sizes for themselves. The Secretary of State's office traditionally holds a mock election for students from kindergarten through high school, with...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014


Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers have final debate today 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas have their third and final debate today at the Lincoln Center. The debate is sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, a lineup that...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 2014

Last call for voter registration

Washington residents who want to do something about the prospect of poor turnout for the November election but aren’t registered to vote have one last chance. If they are eligible – American citizens, state residents, over 18 and haven’t lost the right to vote by...

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