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SEATTLE — Former President Bill Clinton has helped raise more than $500,000 for Washington’s Democratic candidate for governor, Jay Inslee.
For years, statewide elected officials have proclaimed the Cascade Curtain a thing of the past and insisted Washington is one state. Tuesday’s primary election for governor and some other statewide offices suggests that while the curtain may be opening, it’s still there.
A Republican surge of late votes gave a big boost to a Republican running for a central Spokane House seat. After the first round of vote-counting in the state’s primary election on Tuesday, Democrat Marcus Riccelli was the clear winner, but three candidates, Republican Tim Benn and Democrats Jon Snyder and Bob Apple, were within fewer than 100 votes of each other vying for the right to advance to the November election.
Dozens of candidates seeking everything from congressional and legislative seats to judicial and county commission posts are vying for the chance to advance to the Nov. 5 general election. Which candidates make the cut in the Aug. 7 primary and which don’t is up to voters.
It’s been a few weeks since Lisa Brown set off the most intense political scramble in years, when she unexpectedly announced that she would leave the state Senate. Since then, between the farewell parties, a trip to Zambia with her Gonzaga students, and some off-session legislative tasks, she hasn’t had lots of time for second thoughts.
TACOMA – Washington Republicans gave Mitt Romney a boost Saturday, just two days before he’s expected in the state for a fundraising visit. Romney supporters at the state convention captured all the delegates and alternates to the national convention up for election, naming several prominent politicians and longtime party members to those spots.
OLYMPIA – An initiative that would allow the state to form as many as 40 charter schools over the next five years was filed Tuesday with the secretary of state in an effort to get the proposal on the November ballot. They would be “public charters,” meaning they’d be operated as nonprofits with the same academic standards as other public schools but exempt from some regulations on curriculum and budget.