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u 2012 Washington General Election

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President of the United States
Washington vote totals in the national election

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Barack Obama (D) 55.85%
Mitt Romney (R) 41.72%
Gary Johnson (L) 1.30%
Jill Stein (G) 0.63%
Virgil Goode (C) 0.28%
Rocky Anderson (J) 0.15%
Peta Lindsay (S) 0.04%
James Harris (S) 0.04%

Governor

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Jay Inslee (D) 51.22%
Rob McKenna (R) 48.78%


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Votes reveal political map

A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative Republican precinct. Part of Browne’s Addition, just west of downtown Spokane, can claim bragging rights as the county’s most liberal Democratic precinct.


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…


Spin Control: Secessionists miss mark wide right

After spending the Apple Cup as a Cougar fan in the midst of Huskies, it strikes me that would-be secessionists could learn a lot from the annual intrastate rivalry. That’s saying quite a bit about the position on the outer ring of craziness of those petitioning the White House to leave the Union, considering the passion that accompanies the game.  For those who have willingly tuned out from presidential politics since Nov. 6, an explanation: Folks disgruntled with the outcome of the election have filed petitions on the White House website to allow their state to secede from the country.


Minorities’ political power rising in statewide elections

SEATTLE – If pollster Matt Barreto is right, then Latino voters in Washington were one of the key factors in Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s win over Republican candidate Rob McKenna. Barreto estimates that about 140,000 Latinos voted in these past elections. While there were no wide-ranging exit polls conducted here, by pooling polls Barreto roughly projects that Latinos in Washington broke similarly – about 3 to 1 – for the Democrat Inslee as they did for President Barack Obama.


Pollster: Latino voters boosted Inslee

If pollster Matt Barreto is right, then Latino voters in Washington were one of the key factors in Gov.-elect Jay Inslee’s win over Republican candidate Rob McKenna.


Charter schools still face hurdles

SEATTLE – Now that voters have spoken about charter schools, will the new, independent public schools be an option at the beginning of the next academic year? It seems unlikely.


Spin Control: Waiting for election results doesn’t harm anyone

A familiar 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. The Secretary of State-elect Kim Wyman, Washington’s election chief in waiting, wants to require all ballots to be in elections officials’ hands by Election Day. State Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, said she’d introduce legislation to do just that.


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….


McMorris Rodgers makes conference chair

Eastern Washington’s clout in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives appears to be growing. U.S Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, was chosen by her colleagues Wednesday to serve as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth-highest-ranking position in the congressional chamber. The secret ballot vote was conducted in a closed meeting. The tally was not publicly disclosed.


Spokane County won’t take legal action on pot cases

Spokane County prosecutors are following colleagues from King, Pierce and Clark counties in saying they will no longer prosecute adults 21 and older for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. “We are not going to prosecute any new cases,” said Jack Driscoll, chief criminal deputy Spokane County prosecutor, following passage last week by Washington voters of a marijuana-legalization law. “After Dec. 6, it is legal to possess an ounce” if you are 21 or older, he said.


McMorris Rodgers steps up in House power

Eastern Washington’s clout in the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives appears to be growing. U.S Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, was chosen by her colleagues Wednesday to serve as chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, the fourth-highest-ranking position in the congressional chamber.


Today’s fun video: Making fun of secessionists

The Daily ShowGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart skewers folks talking secession and other dire consequences in the wake of Obama’s re-election.


State to plan pot licensing, taxing

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. Gregoire met with Deputy Attorney General James Cole in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to discuss how the state would implement Initiative 502, which voters passed in last week’s election.


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…


Ryan snubs McMorris Rodgers, but she may still have edge

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has missed a key endorsement in her quest to win the fourth-most powerful position in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, the recent Republican vice presidential nominee, has backed Tom Price, R-Ga., in the race between Price…


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…


Changing California a harbinger for GOP

LOS ANGELES – If the future happens first in California, the Republican Party has a problem. The nation’s most populous state – home to 1 in 8 Americans – has entered a period of Democratic political control so far-reaching that the dwindling number of Republicans in the Legislature are in danger of becoming mere spectators at the statehouse.


Law puts churches on varied paths about same-sex weddings

For some pastors, Washington’s new law allowing same-sex marriage only adds a piece of paperwork to the blessings they already give to gay couples making a lifelong commitment. For others, the new law has no bearing because their church rules already bar them from marrying people of the same sex.


Wyman will be next secretary of state

SEATTLE – The Democratic candidate for secretary of state conceded Saturday, making Kim Wyman Washington’s next top election officer and the only Republican to win a statewide election this year. In turn, Democrat Kathleen Drew came close to breaking a Republican grip on the secretary of state’s office. Democrats have not produced a secretary of state in nearly 50 years.


Spin Control: Murray was key in party recruiting

It might be easy to argue that the biggest winner in Tuesday’s election, outside of the folks who were actually on a ballot, was Patty Murray. She certainly sounded like it last week. “I’m really excited,” she said with greater-than-normal enthusiasm in a phone interview while on her way to catch a plane.


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 09
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 09
State Senator, Legislative District 09
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
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 7 (Northeast Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeast 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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