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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Election Update: Whatcom, Spokane races

Excerpt: With a lit­tle more than 9,000 votes to count, it seems that What­com Coun­ty races have been decid­ed. The real inter­est­ing race in What­com Coun­ty is inside the 42nd dis­trict. Matt Krogh is chal­leng­ing fresh­man Vin­cent Buys and Natal­ie McClen­don is chal­leng­ing Jason Over­street. Buys doesn’t have much of a record and Rep. Over­street doesn’t […]
Written by:Patrick
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Greg Nickels, Craig Pridemore bow out of races for Secretary of State and Auditor

Excerpt: This morn­ing, a num­ber of Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates for statewide and fed­er­al office woke up to the real­i­ty that they are not run­ning close enough behind the top two-vote get­ters in their respec­tive races to hold out hope of being able to go on to the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion (which is in actu­al­i­ty just a runoff, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Voters reelect Susan Owens, retain Steve Gonzalez in state Supreme Court races

Excerpt: It’s been a good night for Supreme Court incum­bents so far. Jus­tices Susan Owens and Steve Gon­za­lez each appear to have won new six-year terms rep­re­sent­ing the peo­ple of Wash­ing­ton on the state’s high­est court, which is com­prised of nine jus­tices over­all. Under Wash­ing­ton State law, a can­di­date for Supreme Court or appel­late court in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Suzan DelBene wins big in WA-01, will face John Koster in November

Excerpt: Well, that was anti­cli­mac­tic. Con­trary to what many pun­dits and polit­i­cal com­men­ta­tors had pre­dict­ed, the five-way Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­test for U.S. House in Wash­ing­ton’s 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict is turn­ing out to be not close at all. As of 9:40 PM, with no more bal­lots expect­ed to be tab­u­lat­ed until tomor­row, for­mer Microsoft vice pres­i­dent Suzan Del­Bene […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kathleen Drew, Kim Wyman to compete for the office of Secretary of State in November

Excerpt: Wash­ing­to­ni­ans appear to have cho­sen two women as the final­ists in the crowd­ed race to suc­ceed Sam Reed as Sec­re­tary of State. As of a few min­utes ago, Wyman (Thurston Coun­ty’s incum­bent audi­tor) and Drew (a for­mer state sen­a­tor and advis­er to Gov­er­nor Gre­goire) were com­fort­ably ahead of the five oth­er can­di­dates who filed for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Haven’t voted yet? Get that ballot in!

Excerpt: Today is win­now­ing elec­tion day in Wash­ing­ton State. Have you vot­ed yet? If you have, con­grat­u­la­tions on ful­fill­ing your civic duty as a cit­i­zen of Wash­ing­ton. Haven’t vot­ed yet? It’s time to get that bal­lot in! You’ve only got a few hours left before time runs out to par­tic­i­pate. You should have received your bal­lot […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to keynote 2012 Democratic National Convention

Excerpt: Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion orga­niz­ers have announced that San Anto­nio May­or Julian Cas­tro will be the keynote speak­er open­ing night of the 2012 Con­ven­tion in Char­lotte (Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 4th). The announce­ment came as the Tea Par­ty’s Ted Cruz beat estab­lish­ment favorite Lt. Gov­er­nor David Dewherst for the Repub­li­can U.S. Sen­ate nom­i­na­tion in Texas. The tim­ing of […]
Written by:Lorrie Sullivan DeKay
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Another mass shooting: Gunman reportedly kills six at Sikh temple near Milwaukee

Excerpt: Tragedy has struck again, this time near Wis­con­sin’s largest city: At least sev­en peo­ple were killed, includ­ing one shoot­er, just after 10 a.m. Sun­day at the Sikh Tem­ple in Oak Creek, police said. Four of the dead were inside the tem­ple at 7512 S. How­ell Ave. and three of the dead, includ­ing a shoot­er, were […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Waste Management reaches agreement with Teamsters; truck drivers returning to work

Excerpt: A days-long, region­wide strike against Waste Man­age­ment by its recy­cling and garbage truck dri­vers will like­ly be over as of tomor­row, thanks to suc­cess­ful nego­ti­a­tions that result­ed in a new mul­ti-year con­tract, the com­pa­ny and Team­sters Local 117 announced this evening. The strike began last week when recy­cling truck dri­vers began pick­et­ing Waste Man­age­ment after […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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What does Rob McKenna have against family planning?

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Rob McKen­na post­ed on Cross­cut a vari­ety of state­ments on how to impair our state Med­ic­aid sys­tem, and chose to omit any sort of con­tent on how con­se­quences of those changes would affect our state. While blast­ing Med­ic­aid expansion(which, by the way, is in con­trast to how 67% of Amer­i­cans feel), Mr. […]
Written by:Patrick
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