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u 2015 Nov. 3 Washington General Election

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Spokane Proposition 1

Option Pct
No 62.01%
Yes 37.99%

Initiative 1366

Option Pct
Yes 54.02%
No 45.98%

Spokane County Proposition 1

Option Pct
No 54.10%
Yes 45.90%

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Washington Supreme Court OKs anti-tax I-1366 for ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will decide this fall whether they want to try to force the Legislature into passing a constitutional amendment that would require supermajorities for tax increases. The state Supreme Court agreed Friday with a lower court that Initiative 1366, the latest ballot measure from Tim Eyman and his Spokane partners Mike and Jack Fagan, can’t be kept off the ballot because some people think it’s unconstitutional.

Judge refuses to block anti-tax I-1366 from ballot

OLYMPIA – The latest initiative designed to make it harder for the Washington Legislature to raise taxes survived a court challenge Friday when a King County Superior Court judge refused to block it from the November ballot. Judge Dean Lum said he believes the measure is clearly beyond the scope of a ballot initiative set down in the state constitution, but that’s not enough to keep it off the ballot.

Today’s fun fact: It’s World Elephant Day

Happy World Elephant Day. If you have lunch with an elephant today, you should pick up the tab.

Library bond losing in rural areas

The Spokane Valley Library bond passed in the city, but failed badly in the outlying areas.

Spokane primary results: Condon, Fagan, Stratton on top

Spokane Mayor David Condon finished easily in first, and community activist Shar Lichty a comfortable second in the city primary. Incumbents Mike Fagan and Karen Stratton topped the field in their respective council races.

Ballots due by 8 p.m tonight

Tuesday evening is the deadline for casting ballots in the primary election. Chances are you still have yours, because only about 25 percent of Spokane County ballots have made their way to the elections office. Information on the election, and ballot drop boxes, are inside the blog.

Deadline for voting nears

Most Washington voters should take a few minutes, sort through their stacks of junk mail and find their primary ballots. Odds are you haven’t voted and sent them back.

Sunday Spin 2: This seems familiar

In what may be considered a mid-summer ritual, an initiative sponsored by Tim Eyman qualified last week for the November ballot and was denounced by his ardent detractors.

Spin Control: Wrongdoing, not offensive words, is basis for a recall

OLYMPIA – As Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing continues to suffer the slings and arrows from outrageous comment, it’s not uncommon for a supporter to call or write the paper and echo hizzoner’s challenge to his challengers. That is, if the voters don’t like what he wrote, they can recall him. Actually, no.

Tax-focused Eyman initiative qualifies for ballot

OLYMPIA – Tim Eyman’s latest effort to make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes will be on the fall ballot. State election officials said Wednesday that Initiative 1366 has more than enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot and will join Initiative 1401, which would give added protections to certain endangered species.

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