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Category Archives: Elections

Garbage in, garbage out: Here’s why KING5’s recent 2022 U.S. Senate polling is worthless

Excerpt: Republicans can dream, but history suggests that when the fall of 2022 rolls around, Washington voters will likely return Patty Murray to the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the 2021 Seattle mayoral candidates: Former Councilmember Bruce Harrell

Excerpt: In this installment of our series spotlighting the people running for mayor of Seattle, we get to know Bruce Harrell, a former Councilmember who served several terms as one of Seattle's lawmakers, and was mayor for five days in 2017.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Joe Manchin’s latest comments suggest his grasp of U.S. constitutional law is lacking

Excerpt: In a recent interview with a West Virginia radio station, Senator Joe Manchin spoke of letting the people of America vote on the question of D.C. statehood, which isn't possible because constitutional amendments don't get ratified by popular vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democratic State Senator Joe Nguyen launches campaign for King County Executive

Excerpt: Nguyen's entrance into the race had been expected: the first-term state senator, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has been reaching out to Democratic activists and progressive leaders for weeks to advise them of his intentions.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific Northwest congressional delegation to grow as Oregon gains sixth U.S. House seat

Excerpt: The United States Census Bureau has revealed that Oregon has experienced population growth sufficient to merit the allocation of a sixth congressional district, one more than the five it currently has.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the 2021 Seattle mayoral candidates: Councilmember Lorena González

Excerpt: In this installment of our series spotlighting the people running for mayor of Seattle, we get to know Lorena González, who has a record of activism going back to her childhood.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Mike McQuaid pulls the plug on challenge to Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Excerpt: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's sole challenger for Council Position 8 has dropped out after revelations of a criminal past.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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A reckoning for ticket-splitters: Can you vote for any Republican who sticks with Trump?

Excerpt: The Republican Party has become a cult that adores an unaccountable sociopath. Perhaps the time has come for a new center-right political party rooted in conservative values.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Sarah Augustine chosen as Chair of the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission

Excerpt: Meet the newest member of the body that will attempt to redraw Washington State's legislative and congressional district boundaries for the next ten years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Secretary of State Kim Wyman is thinking of quitting the Republican Party. Great idea!

Excerpt: "I don't know that I can continue being a Republican, because that's not what republicanism is about," Wyman told KUOW.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Loren Culp, Stephen Pidgeon scrap their absurd lawsuit against elections officials

Excerpt: In an attempt to explain their retreat, Culp and Pidgeon offered a plethora of excuses to their rabid right wing followers during a Facebook Live event, none of which were true.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump has become the first person holding the presidency to be impeached twice

Excerpt: Voting two hundred and thirty-two to one hundred and ninety-seven, the House agreed to transmit a single new article of impeachment to the Senate. Every Democrat who participated in the vote backed the article, along with ten Republicans who crossed over.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Scramble for the Senate: Democrats finally prevail in their quest to regain a majority

Excerpt: With the victories of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, the Democrats have secured tenuous control of the upper house of Congress.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ victory affirmed by Congress with all electoral votes counted

Excerpt: Thankfully, the lawsuits have failed, the Electoral College has voted, and its votes counted by Congress. Democracy has prevailed, and the candidates chosen by the people of the United States have been properly acknowledged as the winners of the election
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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