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u 2016 Washington General Election, Nov. 8

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Top measures to watch

Initiative 1433, minimum wage and labor rules

152
Option Pct
Yes 57.66%
No 42.34%

Initiative 732, carbon emission tax

155
Option Pct
No 59.26%
Yes 40.74%

Spokane Transit Authority Proposition 1

158
Option Pct
Approved 55.54%
Rejected 44.46%


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Democrat in 6th Legislative race calls for Republican opponent to denounce Trump

The national debate about whether down-ticket Republicans should stand by Donald Trump following comments he made 11 years ago about groping women has trickled into the race for a House seat in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District.


Unhappy with presidential choices? Here are some more

Washington has a long list of write-in presidential candidates, for voters who don’t like their options on the ballot.


Vance town hall on Saturday, Senate debate Sunday

Republican Senate candidate Chris Vance will hold a town hall meeting in Spokane on Saturday afternoon.


Wyman for secretary of state

Wyman has received a raft of endorsements from election directors and county auditors from both parties. This bipartisan support from those who know the job best is a powerful testimonial to her reputation.


O’Quinn deserves second term

O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts


Retain Judges Tompkins and Sypolt

In the Superior Court races, only two of the 12 sitting judges are facing challenges. Position 10: Challenger Ward Andrews is a Gonzaga Law School graduate. He’s worked as a trial attorney in civil litigation for more than 25 years. He says he would add that expertise to the court.


Madsen, Yu, Larson for Washington Supreme Court

Looming large in the three Washington Supreme Court races are two rulings: One on basic education funding; the other on charter schools. Two of the incumbents, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen and Justice Charles Wiggins, sided with the majority in the 2012 McCleary ruling, which said the state was not meeting its constitutional obligation to provide ample funding for basic education. Justice Mary Yu was appointed in 2014 and was elected to a two-year term later that year. Position 1: Retired Gonzaga Law Professor David DeWolf is challenging Justice Yu. He says the court ruled incorrectly on McCleary and in the charter school case. He claims the state constitution doesn’t offer a “positive right” on education funding, calling the “ample funding” provision a preamble not a mandate. He says the entire issue should be left to legislators.


Attorney, ex-Navy officer seek state public lands post

Washington’s next public lands commissioner will be expected to preserve forests, water and habitat in the face of more intense wildfires and a changing climate, while also ensuring revenues from logging, land leases and other operations for school construction and other projects.


Initiative 1433: Pro: Wage increase means more customers for businesses

I opened my coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Spokane almost two years ago. From the beginning, I knew that the most important assets of my businesses are my employees. Caring for their well-being and treating them with respect have been the best decisions I have made. As a result, they love their jobs, take great care of my businesses and continue to contribute beyond my expectations.


Initiative 1433: Con: Heed warnings on Seattle wage hike before changing law

This fall, voters will decide whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $13.50, and if employers should provide paid sick leave for every worker. Before casting their ballot on Initiative 1433, voters should heed the warning of the University of Washington researchers who have studied the impact of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law.


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