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Seattle Public Schools
8:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Seattle Schools Will Ask Voters For $1.2 Billion

Seattle Public Schools will ask voters for property tax levies worth $1.2 billion in February. The school board unanimously approved renewals of the capital projects and operations levies Wednesday night. 

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Elections 2012
6:45 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington State GOP Searching Its Soul Over Losses

US Senator Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, in the final days of the campaign. Cantwell cruised to an easy victory against Republican Michael Baumgartner.
Credit KUOW/Deborah Wang

As the vote count continues, Washington Republicans are preparing for possible losses in several key state races.

Democratic attorney general hopeful Bob Ferguson leads Republican Reagan Dunn. The two are vying for the seat left open by Republican Rob McKenna, who stepped down to run for governor. McKenna has held the office since 2005.

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Elections 2012
3:20 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee Organizes Transition Team Despite Continued Vote Counting

Jay Inslee with wife Trudi at the Washington State Democratic Party's election night event at the Westin on Nov. 6, 2012.
Credit KUOW photo/Deb Wang

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

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Elections 2012
2:47 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Young Washington Republicans Enthused, But Not Always Party Line

Rob McKenna, Republican gubernatorial candidate, talks to supporters, while daughters, Madelin, Katie and wife Marilyn applaud, on election night in Bellevue.
Credit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

When you talk to Madeline Fakharzadeh, a high school senior in Kent, you wouldn’t necessarily think American politics are all that divisive right now.  At Tuesday's Republican election night party in Bellevue, she held a campaign sign for her local congressman, Republican Dave Reichert. But she has also volunteered for Democrats and for Washington United for Marriage, the group behind Referendum 74 to legalize same-sex marriage. And she didn’t think she was out of the ordinary in a Republican crowd on election night. “With times changing the way they are, it’s not a matter of, ‘I’m a conservative, I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.’ It’s changing,” she said.

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Elections 2012
9:54 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Wash. Ballots Continue To Be Counted, Some Races Will Be Called Friday

Revelers celebrate early election returns favoring Washington state Referendum 74, which would legalize gay marriage, during a large impromptu street gathering on Capitol Hill in the early hours of Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

This is Washington’s first presidential election after making the switch to all mail-in voting. Just over half of the ballots have been counted and many races are still undecided.  KUOW’s Sara Lerner speaks with Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed.

Elections 2012
9:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Many Races Still In Flux In Washington

Initiatives to legalize recreational use of marijuana passed in Washington and Colorado, November 6, 2012.
Credit Gubatron / Flickr

Many races in Washington state are yet to be decided. In the highly contested race for governor, Republican Rob McKenna is trailing Democrat Jay Inslee by about 2.5 percentage points. The same-sex marriage referendum and the charter schools initiative are also too close to call.  But the returns on the marijuana initiative are decisive: recreational use will soon be legal in Washington. 

KUOW’s Sara Lerner speaks with our political reporter Austin Jenkins.

Elections 2012
3:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Charter Schools Initiative Passing Narrowly

Charter schools could come to Washington if I-1240 holds its lead.
Credit Flickr Photo/ccarlstead

The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington is narrowly passing with 51 percent of the vote. This was the fourth time the state’s voters considered charter schools. Supporters said charters would expand students’ educational options because charters aren’t bound by district or union rules.

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Election 2012
1:58 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Ferguson Takes Lead Over Dunn For Attorney General

Democrat Bob Ferguson celebrates his lead in the race for Washington Attorney General.
Credit Deborah Wang

Two members of the King County Council waged an aggressive battle for the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Initial results show Democrat Bob Ferguson with a nearly six-point lead. His opponent, Republican Reagan Dunn, says he’s still “in the hunt.”

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Election 2012
1:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Washington Voters Approve Initiative to Legalize Pot

The recreational use of marijuana will soon be legal for adults in Washington, at least under state law.
Credit Flickr Photo/prensa4

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Correction:  In the original story Steve Sarich was referred to as an attorney.  He is not an attorney but a medical marijuana consultant and an opponent of I-502.

Hold off on that trip to Amsterdam. It appears recreational marijuana will soon be legal for adults in Washington, at least under state law.

The mood was jubilant at the official I-502 party at the Hotel Andra in downtown Seattle. In attendance was Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, a primary backer of the measure. He says this law change is about good government.

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Election 2012
12:57 am
Wed November 7, 2012

DelBene Wins Race For U.S. House

Suzan DelBene talking to supporters at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.
Credit Ruby de Luna

Democrat Suzan DelBene beat Republican John Koster in the congressional race for the newly drawn 1st District. Election returns show DelBene ahead in three of the four counties.  

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Campaign Finance
12:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

2012 Election Breaks Campaign-Finance Records

Some of the results may not be known for weeks, but the most expensive election ever in Washington state wrapped up Tuesday night. 

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Elections 2012
9:44 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Campaign Cash Maps Show Cracks In Washington's Cascade Curtain

ZIP code 98004, including much of Bellevue, Yarrow Point and this high-priced stretch of Hunts Point, spent more money trying to influence this year's federal election than anyplace else in Washington.
Credit John Ryan

You may have seen maps of the United States divided into red and blue, based on whether Republicans or Democrats got the most votes in each area. What would it look like to map how campaign contributors vote with their dollars?

The first map below does just that for Washington state. It follows the money to show how each ZIP code in the state has voted with its collective pocketbook in this year’s federal elections. Have people in that ZIP code contributed more money to Democratic (blue) or Republican (red) efforts?

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Environment
9:42 am
Tue November 6, 2012

New Report: Coal Terminal Means Traffic In Seattle

Government agencies have begun the environmental review process for the largest proposed coal export terminal in the Northwest. It would be located near Bellingham, Washington.

If it’s built, the Gateway Pacific Terminal would draw trains from across the region, carrying coal from Wyoming and Montana to be exported to Asia, and those trains would move through Seattle. That would lead to more traffic, according to a new report from the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Read the full story on KUOW's Earthfix

Impact of War
9:27 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Army Prosecutors: Sgt. Bales Exhibited 'Sheer Brutality'

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales. Photo courtesy of Maj. Brent Clemmer

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 3:53 pm

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Army prosecutors say Staff Sgt. Robert Bales murdered 16 Afghan civilians in two villages this past March in an act of “sheer brutality.” That was the opening argument at a pretrial hearing Monday to determine if Bales will face a full court martial and possibly the death penalty.

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Obituary
9:21 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Founder Of University District Needle Exchange Dead

Bob Quinn (right) and Shilo Murphy. Quinn founded the University District Needle Exchange. It is now operated By Murphy through the People's Harm Reduction Alliance.
Shilo Murphy/People's Harm Reduction Alliance

Bob Quinn, one of the founders of Seattle's needle exchange, died over the weekend. The King County Medical examiner says it was suicide.

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