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The Spokane County Republican Party is backing the challenger of a Republican incumbent for county prosecutor this year. The Republicans of Spokane County, however, endorsed both the GOP incumbent and a separate challenger in that same race in the upcoming primary. This confusing alignment of support in the prosecutor’s race is just one example of a schism within the local GOP that in some respects parallels splits all over the country. Some see it as a rift between the Ron Paul supporters and the John McCain supporters in the 2008 presidential race. Or a split between the tea party and the mainstream, or between upstart libertarians and old-guard establishment.
OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely have six initiatives on the November ballot dealing with taxes, booze and workers’ comp. They could repeal some of the recent consumer taxes on soda, bottled water and candy; levy an income tax on people who make more than $200,000 a year; and restore a supermajority requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes.
An initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in Washington state will not qualify for the fall ballot, an organizer said Thursday.
The Republicans of Spokane County came to a split decision following an election forum earlier this week: The group endorsed both incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and challenger Chris Bugbee. That left out Republican challenger Dave Stevens, who earlier earned the endorsement of the Spokane County Republican Party.
Another initiative campaign expects to have enough signatures to likely make the fall ballot.
OLYMPIA – Washington state’s continued control of liquor sales may be in doubt. Sponsors of one ballot measure to turn the sale of all liquor over to private stores, Initiative 1100, say they will turn in nearly 350,000 signatures today, a number that practically guarantees the proposal will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.