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  • 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 …

  • 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.

  • Washington voters legalize recreational pot use

    SEATTLE — Washington voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, but people shouldn’t expect to see marijuana legitimately for sale anytime soon.

  • WSU, UW could expand investments if bill passes

    A constitutional amendment on this year’s ballot could help Washington State University earn a little more investment income in the future. If approved, Senate Joint Resolution 8223 would allow WSU …

  • Final faceoff

    WASHINGTON – They are two of the largest parts of the federal government. They’re growing. And they’re heading toward financial problems that will touch tens of millions of Americans unless …

  • Measures weigh on Idaho

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  • Heated issues carry ballot

    Charter schools Supporters of Initiative 1240 think charter schools, which would be free of some of the rules governing standard public schools, will help the state meet its “paramount” duty …

  • Election resources

    Brochures, advertising and campaign appearances can give voters a broad overview of candidate positions on the issues of the day. But politicians increasingly are relying on the Internet to lay …

  • State awaits new governor

    U.S. Senate Democratic incumbent Maria Cantwell coasted to the pole position in Washington’s top-two primary, but Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, a state legislator from Spokane who captured the second-most votes …

  • Washington voters will decide fate of same-sex marriages

    OLYMPIA – Three years ago, Washington voters approved an “everything but marriage” law, giving same-sex couples all the state-granted rights and benefits that married couples have. Now voters will decide …

  • Spin Control: McKenna’s dance moves could wrap up the nerd vote

    The first rule of campaigning in 2012 should be: Think twice before you do something. There’s always a video camera around. This might be something the staff of gubernatorial candidate …

  • Anti-gay marriage group airs TV advertisements

    OLYMPIA – The group fighting to overturn Washington’s gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. The 30-second ad from Preserve Marriage Washington is …

  • Cowan targets McMorris Rodgers in ads

    Democratic challenger Rich Cowan is attempting to take U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to task for her work trying to elect or re-elect other Republicans to Congress. His latest ads, …

  • Romney, Obama come out swinging

    DENVER – In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps …

  • Debate claims a bit sketchy

    WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney rhetorically sparred in Wednesday night’s televised debate, both candidates exhibited a propensity toward misstatements, falsehoods and exaggerations. From the …

  • Voter registration drives adopting new methods

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Some organizations are turning to sophisticated data mining, direct mail, the Internet and other strategies to register voters typically underrepresented on the rolls, including young people and …

  • Candidate for Wash. auditor once accused of theft

    OLYMPIA — The Democratic candidate for state auditor was once accused in court files of stealing artwork from the offices of a company where he worked.

  • Spin Control: Once-in-a-lifetime vote is a quadrennial event

    If you haven’t heard this yet, you will soon. A politician will proclaim this the Most Important Election in your lifetime. Or in a generation. Or since World War II. …

  • McKenna lays out schools plan

    Washington could spend more money on its public schools and colleges by limiting the growth in other state expenses and changing the way some property taxes are collected, a gubernatorial …

  • WA secretary of state predicts 46 percent turnout

    OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Sam Reed is predicting that 46 percent of voters will turn in their ballots for the Aug. 7 primary.

  • Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

    Spokane will be in the political limelight Tuesday as Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the season takes the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Association of Washington Business and …

  • For candidates, it’s time to be official

    Everyone thinking about running for political office this year, take note: You have less than a week to make up your mind. Everyone talking about running and acting like they’re …

  • Three Idaho Republicans challenging Hart in race

    Tax-protesting state Rep. Phil Hart may be the most controversial lawmaker in North Idaho, and his re-election bid for a fifth term in the state House has drawn a bevy …

  • Riverside reduces local levy amount

    After failing once this year, some school districts will ask voters again to approve levies to support programs, staff and materials not covered by state funding. At Riverside School District, …

  • County commissioner candidate eliminated from ballot

    One of the seven candidates in a Kootenai County commissioner race has been eliminated from the ballot due to residency requirements, county Clerk Cliff Hayes said in a news release.



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