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Ban on safe injection sites won’t be on King County ballot after state Supreme Court ruling

King County voters will not be deciding whether to ban safe injection sites after the state Supreme Court ruled that such an initiative tramples on the legislative authority of King …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

A former congressional candidate wants President Donald Trump to keep Initiative 1639 from becoming law.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1634, a ban on local soda and grocery taxes, approved

Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Voters back changes to deadly force standards in I-940

Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1639, which creates restrictions on semiautomatic rifles, passes

Washington residents will face more scrutiny on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Florida passes initiative to restore felons’ voting rights

Potentially altering the election landscape in a key swing state, Florida voters Tuesday approved a ballot measure that will enable more than 1 million ex-felons to regain their voting rights.


I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.


I-1631 campaign pits environmental groups against oil companies

Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.


Other states watching I-1631, Inslee says

Other states are watching what Washington voters do on Initiative 1631, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Opponents and supporters of Washington Initiative 940 on deadly force were allies, and could be again

Initiative 940 will pit once and possibly future allies against each other this fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

Initiative 940, which changes the rules for reviewing cases of the police use of deadly force, must go on the November ballot, a divided Washington Supreme Court rules.


Initiatives on carbon fees, soda taxes qualify for ballot

Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gun control initiative passes signature check, gets new legal challenge

Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.


Spin Control: Is it true democracy if it takes millions to get an initiative on the ballot?

Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.


I-1634 backers warn soda tax could spread to food

Supporters of an anti-tax initiative say they fear a local tax on food would hurt working families, even though they concede that no city or county in Washington has such …


Spin Control: Dozens of initiatives won’t make the ballot

The initiatives likely to make the ballot are a small sample of those that won’t.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

State to check signatures on gun initiative despite concerns

Three initiatives submit far more signatures than they need to qualify for the ballot, but Secretary of State Kim Wyman says one proposal’s petitions raise legal concerns.


Voters to be asked to stop local soda and grocery taxes

Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 2:10 p.m.

Gun control campaign turns in signatures for I-1639

Supporters of gun control initiative turn in more than 267,000 signatures.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018, 2:45 p.m.

Court rejects bid to keep gun-control measure off ballot

An effort to get the Washington Supreme Court to block a proposed gun-control initiative was dismissed.


Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility plans to turn in about 360,000 signatures this week to get its proposed firearms-safety initiative on Washington’s November election ballot, a spokesman said Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Carbon fee initiative likely headed for Washington’s November ballot

Supporters of an initiative to impose a fee on fossil fuels turn in signatures.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …


4 initiative drives could turn in signatures next week

Four initiative petition drives may have enough signatures to make the ballot, secretary of state’s office says.


Bold California initiative to split state in 3 faces hurdles

Californians will face a choice this November of whether to divide the nation’s most populous state into three, an effort that would radically shake up not only the West Coast, …


Supreme Court to review deadly force initiative

The Washington Supreme Court sets hearing on whether voters should vote on an initiative that would change state laws on police use of deadly force.


Spin Control: Active initiative campaigns have to kick into high gear

Memorial Day weekend means its crunch time for efforts to get enough signatures on petitions for initiatives to the Legislature.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Idaho Rep. Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the …


Idaho Medicaid expansion initiative down to wire, just 5,000 signatures short of goal

An effort to expand Medicaid in Idaho through a citizens initiative is coming down to the wire, with about 5,000 qualified signatures still needed before the May 1 deadline.