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Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Voters reject carbon fee in I-1631

Washington isn’t likely to levying a fee on crude oil and other fossil fuels to help fight climate change.


Brace for an ad onslaught as big money pours into initiative campaigns

Millions of dollars pour into initiative campaigns, fueling ads on television, the internet and in the mailbox.


Paul Allen backed initiatives and candidates

Paul G. Allen backed gun control and animal protection measures and was a bipartisan supporter of candidates


Initiative 1491 of Washington would allow judges to order some people to surrender guns

Initiative 1491 would allow courts to order people judged to be a danger to themselves or others to surrender any firearms they own and ban them from buying new ones. …


Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464

Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.


I-735 seeks to limit corporate campaign money by urging constitutional amendment

Initiative 735 wants Washington’s congressional delegation to propose a constitutional amendment limiting the sources of money in political campaigns.


Seattle’s $11 minimum wage has mixed results, study says

Seattle’s minimum wage hike may have increased wages but reduced hours for workers, UW study concludes.


Washington voters get minimum wage initiative

I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.


Spin Control: Washington set a dubious record on initiatives

Washington’s general election ballot falls short of a record number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.


Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington

Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.


Court questions constitutionality of Eyman’s I-1366

The Supreme Court hears arguments on initiative that told Legislature to pass constitutional amendment on tax super-majorities or sales tax would be cut.


Legislation would bar county auditors’ names from ballot return envelopes

Senate sends election law changes to governor


Amendment on tax supermajorities fails in Senate

Senate rejects supermajority for taxes constitutional amendment.


Washington Supreme Court rules against Envision Spokane

The Washington state Supreme Court sided against Envision Spokane in a case related to its 2013 ballot initiative, which was taken off the ballot by the Superior Court. The state’s …


Spin Control: Fighting over initiatives is premature

New initiatives have interesting ideas, but aren’t serious yet.


Community Bill of Rights goes to Supreme Court

Supreme Court reviews whether voters should get a chance at the Community Bill of Rights.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Ballots are due Tuesday in Washington

General election ballots must be mailed or deposited in drop boxes by Tuesday in Washington. Voters go to the polls in Idaho.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, 10:50 p.m.

I-1401 would add state protection for some endangered animals

Initiative 1401 takes aim at poachers, but opponents say it’s a feel-good measure that will create problems for people who have legal ivory.


Initiative sponsor Eyman could face campaign finance law charges

OLYMPIA – Perennial initiative sponsor Tim Eyman could find himself in court over charges he broke campaign finance laws for the way he moved money back and forth in previous …


Washington Supreme Court OKs anti-tax I-1366 for ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will decide this fall whether they want to try to force the Legislature into passing a constitutional amendment that would require supermajorities for tax increases. The …


Tax-focused Eyman initiative qualifies for ballot

OLYMPIA – Tim Eyman’s latest effort to make it harder for the Legislature to raise taxes will be on the fall ballot. State election officials said Wednesday that Initiative 1366 …


Cost of ballot measures must be known prior to submittal

OLYMPIA – Supporters and opponents of state ballot measures will get the official estimate of the cost of proposed laws before writing their statements for the voter’s pamphlets. Under a …


Bill would require statement on initiatives’ funding on ballot

OLYMPIA – State initiatives would contain a ballot message that they could require the Legislature to cut programs or raise taxes if they pass under a bill passed overwhelmingly by …


Legislature asking voters for advice on tax rate changes

Washington voters are asked their “advice” this fall on decisions the Legislature made this spring to change tax rates for marijuana and for some tribal lands. But the Legislature isn’t …


Election 2014: I-591, I-594 differ over gun control

The duel between gun-control initiatives is not just a high-stakes clash between philosophies; it also pits a measure that’s short and sweet against one that features in-depth detail. Initiative 591, …


Gun control measure backing from Seattle region

The vast majority of money supporting the initiative to expand background checks on guns comes from just 10 ZIP codes in the Seattle area, much of it from people with …


GMO labeling initiative appears headed for failure; Eyman’s I-517 rejected

Washington voters signaled they are leery of requiring labels on genetically modified foods, satisfied with their century-old initiative process and have mixed advice for the Legislature on taxes. Initiative 522, …


Low voter turnout expected for today’s election

Records are being set for spending on a statewide initiative in Washington, but officials don’t expect a record number of ballots to be cast in the election that closes tonight. …


Washington voters on their own to decide ballot advisory measures

Voters seeking extensive information from the usual sources on five statewide advisory measures may be out of luck. There are no high-powered campaigns for or against the nonbinding Advisory Votes …