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u 2012 Washington General Election

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Spokane County, Measure 1

44
OptionPct
Rejected 56.40%
Approved 43.60%

Initiative Measure 1125

39
OptionPct
No 52.44%
Yes 47.56%

Initiative Measure 1183

41
OptionPct
Yes 58.99%
No 41.01%


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Obama re-election now constitutional

OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago: Barack Obama was elected to his second term as president Monday. His election was finalized through a process that the Founding Fathers dreamed up in 1787 and has confounded Americans pretty regularly since.


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…


It’s presidential election day. No, really. It is

OLYMPIA — The next president of the United States will be elected today. Barring some real skullduggery so remote it can’t be mapped out here, that will be Barack Obama. What? You thought Obama was re-elected more than a month ago? It was in all…


Governor candidates shelled out record dough

OLYMPIA – Even without the final spending tallied, this year’s Washington governor’s race was the most expensive in state history, and outside independent groups spent record amounts trying to persuade residents to vote against Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with the state Public Disclosure Commission show the Inslee and McKenna campaigns spent a combined $25.7 million to be Washington’s next governor. Including other candidates that were eliminated in the primary and money spent by incumbent Chris Gregoire before she opted out of the race, spending hit nearly $26.2 million, passing the record set in 2008 by nearly $1 million.


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…


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…


Spin Control: Fairchild votes red; except on green

One of the most predictably conservative parts of Spokane County might be Precinct 6500 on the West Plains. You may know its more familiar name, Fairchild Air Force Base, but when Spokane elections officials tally up the ballots, they divide the county into variously shaped polygons with four-digit numbers, and 6500 is the base, which is the home to Air Force families as well as air refueling tankers.


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…


Gay marriage law takes effect today

OLYMPIA – Washington took the last step Wednesday in changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. With about two dozen supporters looking on, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed signed documents certifying that Referendum 74 passed in the Nov. 6 election. 


State election results, including same-sex marriage law, made official

Gov. Gregoire signs election results with Secretary of State Reed. OLYMPIA — Washington state took the last step Wednesday in changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. With about two dozen supporters looking on, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed…


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…


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….


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…


Q&A: Marijuana law takes effect Thursday

When the clock ticks past midnight tonight, Washington 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, anytime. There are restrictions within the law, and some items that must still be settled, either by state agencies or the courts. Here are some answers to common questions about what changes in state marijuana laws Thursday.


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…


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…


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….


Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County had a turnout of 80.5 percent in the general election, but as the map shows, turnout varied from precinct to precinct.


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…


Deadline looms for marriage licenses

OLYMPIA – Voters changed state law earlier this month so same-sex couples can marry in Washington. The question now is whether the state can change its forms to reflect gender-neutral titles by the time the law takes effect Dec. 6. The state Department of Health, which keeps marriage and divorce statistics, holds a hearing this morning on a small but vital part of the marriage process: the paperwork.


Races
President of the United States
Governor, State of Washington
Lt. Governor, State of Washington
County Commission, Dist. 1, Spokane County
County Commission, Dist. 2, Spokane County
District Court Judge, Pos. 8, Spokane County
Judge Position 1, Court of Appeals, Division 3, District 1
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Senator, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
Attorney General, State of Washington
Commissioner of Public Lands, State of Washington
Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington
Secretary of State, State of Washington
State Auditor, State of Washington
State Treasurer, State of Washington
Superintendant of Public Instruction, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 2, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 8, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 9, State of Washington
U.S. Representative
U.S. Senator
Measures
Initiative Measure 1185
Initiative Measure 1240
Referendum Measure 74
Initiative to the Legislature 502
Medical Lake, Proposition 1
Rosalia Parks District 5, Proposition 1
Spangle, Proposition 1
Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8221
Senate Joint Resolution 8223
Advisory Vote 1 / Senate Bill 6635
Advisory Vote 2 / House Bill 2590

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