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Changes to write-in candidate laws considered in Legislature

OLYMPIA – Rob Chase wouldn’t have been elected Spokane County treasurer under changes the Legislature is considering to the state’s write-in candidate laws. Filing as a write-in candidate after the primary ballots were mailed in 2010, Republican Chase got about 2 percent of the votes against incumbent Democrat Skip Chilberg, who was running unopposed. But that 2 percent earned Chase a spot on the November ballot, and he beat Chilberg in the general election.

How many votes should a write-in candidate need to advance?

OLYMPIA – Rob Chase wouldn't have been elected Spokane County treasurer under changes the Legislature is considering to the state’s write-in candidate laws. He got about 2 percent of the vote as a write-in against Skip Chilberg; a new proposal would raise the threshold to 5 percent.

Eye on Boise: Seuss environmentalist falls short in House bid

BOISE – The Lorax, the “shortish and oldish and brownish and mossy” character with a “voice that was sharpish and bossy,” was created by Dr. Seuss in his 1971 environmentally themed children’s book by the same name, in which the Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” And it was the title of a quirky 2012 feature film starring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift.

Spin Control: Santa Claus has a platform, and it’s kids

The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim, it’s Santa Claus.” Being a reporter of many years, that did not throw me, because I knew it did not belong to the most famous resident of the North Pole, but to a resident of Incline Village, Nev., whose legal name is Santa Claus. A former police official, a monk, a child advocate. A candidate for president.

Write-in hopefuls eye White House

Voters who don’t like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney have other choices, and not just the four other candidates on Idaho’s presidential ballot or the six others on Washington’s. They also can – and hundreds do – write another name in a space provided. Those votes won’t be counted unless the race between Obama and Romney is so close they would make a difference. Even though that’s unlikely in either state, that didn’t keep 37 would-be White House occupants from filing as official presidential write-in candidates in Washington.

Hayden man to challenge Hart as write-in candidate

A Hayden businessman has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s tax woes prompted him to jump into the race against a fellow conservative. “We all pay our taxes, and my feeling is, what he did was wrong,” Howard Griffiths said of Hart. “There’s no justification for it. If we all took that attitude, and the way Washington’s printing money, this country wouldn’t last three minutes if none of us paid our taxes.”