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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…


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…


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.


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 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.


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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