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Nov. 6, 2012

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Obama re-election now constitutional

OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago: Barack Obama was elected to his second term as president Monday. His election was finalized through a process that the Founding Fathers dreamed up in 1787 and has confounded Americans pretty regularly since.

News flash: Obama wins Washington


Governor candidates shelled out record dough

OLYMPIA – Even without the final spending tallied, this year’s Washington governor’s race was the most expensive in state history, and outside independent groups spent record amounts trying to persuade residents to vote against Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with the state Public Disclosure Commission show the Inslee and McKenna campaigns spent a combined $25.7 million to be Washington’s next governor. Including other candidates that were eliminated in the primary and money spent by incumbent Chris Gregoire before she opted out of the race, spending hit nearly $26.2 million, passing the record set in 2008 by nearly $1 million.

Gov race most expensive in WA history


Spin Control: Fairchild votes red; except on green

One of the most predictably conservative parts of Spokane County might be Precinct 6500 on the West Plains. You may know its more familiar name, Fairchild Air Force Base, but when Spokane elections officials tally up the ballots, they divide the county into variously shaped polygons with four-digit numbers, and 6500 is the base, which is the home to Air Force families as well as air refueling tankers.

23 same-sex couples get licenses in Spokane


Gay marriage law takes effect today

OLYMPIA – Washington took the last step Wednesday in changing its laws to allow same-sex couples to marry. With about two dozen supporters looking on, Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed signed documents certifying that Referendum 74 passed in the Nov. 6 election. 

Bragging rights on same-sex marriage go to WA


More signatures needed for initiatives


Mapping the vote: Final count on I-502


Q&A: Marijuana law takes effect Thursday

When the clock ticks past midnight tonight, Washington will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law isn’t a blanket license for anyone to smoke marijuana anywhere, anytime. There are restrictions within the law, and some items that must still be settled, either by state agencies or the courts. Here are some answers to common questions about what changes in state marijuana laws Thursday.

FAQs on changes to WA marijuana law


Inslee names chief of staff


Mapping the vote: Where the votes were


Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout


Mapping the vote: Final presidential count


Deadline looms for marriage licenses

OLYMPIA – Voters changed state law earlier this month so same-sex couples can marry in Washington. The question now is whether the state can change its forms to reflect gender-neutral titles by the time the law takes effect Dec. 6. The state Department of Health, which keeps marriage and divorce statistics, holds a hearing this morning on a small but vital part of the marriage process: the paperwork.