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1. b. Cotton was transferred to the Parks Department with a raise and the cover story that her expertise was needed for upcoming improvements to Riverfront Park.

2. b. Rodgers was the last mayor to be re-elected, in 1973. Fosseen was elected twice, but was Rodgers’ predecessor. Chase and McNeill didn’t seek re-election.

3. False. The string of one-term mayors predates the curse, which allegedly was cast by the Marx family after a 1986 police raid.

4. b. The last Republican elected governor was John Spellman in 1980.

5. c. Kelley, who faces federal criminal charges connected to the business he ran before his election, took an unpaid leave from the auditor’s job but returned this month as legislators were preparing an impeachment resolution.

6. b. The fine is $100,000 a day, although the money hasn’t been paid because the Legislature would have to appropriate the money and set up a special fund, and it hasn’t been in session since the fine was levied.

7. c. Rep. Matt Manweller accused Senate Democrats of being inebriated during an early morning budget debate near the end of the session. When a Facebook friend inquired why that wasn’t being reported, he said all reporters went home at 1 a.m. believing the budget deal had been struck. Reporters, who didn’t recall any inebriated legislators of either party, quickly produced reports they filed throughout the night and into the morning.

8. d. According to the American Petroleum industry, Washington is No. 1, all by itself, for gasoline taxes.

9. a. After legislators reported gun-rights activists displaying firearms in the gallery in January, the House and Senate updated rules and added guns to items not allowed in that area. Openly carried firearms are OK in the rest of the Capitol, though.

10. a. Inslee went to Japan and South Korea on a trade mission, and to France for the Paris climate summit.

11. b. After losing a seat in an interim election last month, Democrats will have only a two-seat majority in 2016.

12. d. Democrats will award presidential delegates through a process that starts with precinct caucuses in late March. Republicans will hold caucuses in early March, but they will award delegates to the candidates through the results of a special primary, currently scheduled for May.


0-4 right: You’re a normal person who doesn’t pay too much attention to politics.

5-8 right: You’ve got a vested interest in something politicians do.

9-12 right: You’re either in office, should run, or set yourself up with a blog.

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