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WA Elex: State races outside recount margin

All of the races for the state Legislature, as well as Initiative 1351 which requires smaller class sizes, are now far enough apart that they wouldn’t trigger an automatic recount, the Secretary of State’s office said this morning. The I-1351 campaign was claiming victory over… Read more

Eye on Boise: Capitol seeks to meet disabilities act with upgrades

Idaho’s state Capitol is due for $400,000 in accessibility upgrades, to bring the renovated historic structure in line with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. They range from new wheelchair-accessible seating areas in the fourth-floor public galleries of the House and Senate, to improved ramps and handrails in various locations, to new signs. Read more

Spin Control: What was the 2014 election all about?

OLYMPIA – A paragraph in the political correspondents’ code requires us to tell voters “what it all means” on the Sunday after an election. Personally, I’ve always believed that by now you’ve all figured it out for yourselves, but to break the code means I could get assigned to some less attractive duty, such as monitoring the police scanner or covering WSU football. So rather than risk packing up the furniture and calling the moving truck, here’s what we learned from the late, great, and sometimes grating, 2014 election: Read more

Newhouse wins seat in 4th District

After the fourth day of ballot counting on Friday, it became certain that Republican Dan Newhouse would be Washington’s newest congressman. Newhouse beat fellow GOP candidate Clint Didier in Washington’s 4th Congressional District in a race that marked the first time in state history that two members of the same party appeared on the fall ballot for a U.S. House seat. Read more

Class-size initiative, I-1351, expands lead again

The state initiative aimed at lowering class sizes increased its lead on the fourth day of ballot counting. The Washington Secretary of State’s website says Initiative 1351 leads by 9,172 votes. After Tuesday’s count, the measure was behind by about 12,000 votes. By Thursday’s count,… Read more

Maurer expands lead over Brandt for county judge

Attorney Aimee Maurer almost certainly will be Spokane County’s newest judge. Read more

Washington lower-class-size initiative, I-1351, tips to Yes

Yes votes for the initiative to lower class sizes took the lead for the first time Thursday evening. Initiative 1351, which would require smaller class sizes and more teachers, was trailing statewide by about 12,000 votes on election night and has advanced since then. Election results posted on the Washington secretary of state’s website Thursday evening showed the measure ahead by 4,660 votes. Read more

Education initiative takes the lead, Mauer expands lead for judge in newest ballot counts

Ballots are still being counted across Washington State, but the yes votes for I-1351 took the lead for the first time Thursday evening. Read more

Election fallout includes big shakeups on some House, Senate committees…

Idaho Reports co-host Melissa Davlin reports that between retirements and incumbents losing in the primary and general elections, there are four committee chair positions up for grabs in the Idaho House and two in the Senate. Plus, some committees will see huge shake-ups: House Appropriations… Read more

Crunching the numbers in the superintendent’s race…

Democratic candidate for state schools superintendent Jana Jones carried nine counties on election night, reports Idaho Education News reporter Kevin Richert reports: Ada, Bannock, Blaine, Latah, Teton, Bonneville, Nez Perce, Power and Shoshone. Republican candidate Sherri Ybarra carried the other 35, in her narrow win…. Read more

Mapping the vote: Tale of 2 gun initiatives

Spokane County votes on the gun initiatives are almost, but not quite, a mirror image of each other. (Click on the “continue reading” function to see both maps on the same page.) That’s not surprising, considering the two ballot measures essentially were competing with each… Read more

Otter thanks supporters, says Balukoff ran a ‘solid race’ that brought up important issues

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a statement thanking his supporters for his re-election to a third term, and saying he’s “thrilled” with the outcome of the election, both in Idaho and across the nation. “I firmly believe that Idahoans have elected the entire slate… Read more

Incumbent Judge Randy Brandt looks likely to lose race

A District Court judge is on the verge of being the first Spokane County judge rejected for re-election in nearly 25 years. After Wednesday’s counting of ballots, Judge Randy Brandt trailed his opponent, attorney Aimee Maurer, by 1,833 votes, up from 1,704 votes after the first count on Tuesday. Read more

Analysis: Election results suggest redder future for Spokane County

There was a point Tuesday night when Spokane-area Democrats gathered to watch the election returns had little to cheer about except the likely passage of a statewide initiative requiring broader background checks on gun sales. Spokane County returns were showing that incumbents in the reliably Democratic 3rd Legislative District were coasting to re-election, and long-term County Auditor Vicky Dalton was headed for another four years. Read more

Doug Clark: Turn ‘County Crank’ sign prank into cash for food bank

I have a hundred – do I hear $200? Yes. That’s two hundred. Read more

Idaho Republican candidates sweep all statewide offices

BOISE – It took until Wednesday morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all statewide offices that echoed results in Idaho elections since 2006. Democrats picked up one seat in the state Legislature thanks to upsets in Moscow and Lewiston, but GOP dominance of the Idaho Statehouse remained otherwise unchanged: 80 percent of seats went to Republicans, down from 81 percent. Read more

Mapping the Vote: 6th District Senate race

Incumbent Sen. Mike Baumgartner topped Democratic challenger Rich Cowan in most precincts outside the city of Spokane. Inside the city, Cowan picked up votes in some South Hill and Northside precincts but Baumgartner showed strong in others. Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County votes for Congress

The pattern for the U.S. House candidates in Spokane County was similar to those for most county offices. Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas captured some precincts in the city of Spokane, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers won almost everywhere else. For a closer look at the… Read more

Republicans roll in Idaho - again

Here’s a link to my full day-after story at spokesman.com on Idaho’s election results. It took until this morning at 7, but GOP newcomer Sherri Ybarra eked out a slim win in the race for Idaho state schools chief, completing a Republican sweep of all… Read more

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn’t very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn’t consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,… Read more