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Ballot Initiatives
8:12 am
Tue November 6, 2012

What Happens After Vote On Gay Marriage, Pot And Charter Schools?

Credit Dey / Flickr

Marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage are hot-button issues on the Washington ballot. Even after the measures are decided, the debate will likely continue and changes won't happen overnight.

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Environment
4:00 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Octopus Killing Fuels Scuba Diver Activism

A giant Pacific octopus similar to the one that was killed recently at Cove 2 in Alki.
Credit Flickr/California Academy of Sciences

A scuba diving instructor recently encountered a diver who was in the process of killing an octopus at Cove 2, a popular West Seattle diving site. Photos of the incident spread online, prompting the local scuba dive community to seek marine protection status for Cove 2. 

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Election 2012
11:36 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Nate Silver: The Benefits And Limits Of Political Numbers Crunching

Political forecaster Nate Silver discusses why some predictions work and others don't.
Credit Robert Gauldin

Nate Silver is the statistician and New York Times polling whiz known for his accurate forecasts of the 2008 presidential election.  Four years ago Silver called the correct outcome in 49 out of 50 states and picked the winner in every senate race.  But he got his start in baseball, using statistics to project how well players would perform over the season. Marcie Sillman spoke with Silver about this year’s election and the benefits and limits of data-driven analysis.

Elections 2012
10:56 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Federal Election Law Hotlines Tend To Be Snoozers In NW

Voters can call an election law hotline to combat voter fraud and rights abuses. Photo by Big Dubya via Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 5:54 pm

This election day, the U.S. Department of Justice will have federal attorneys in every state, ready to take complaints. It's a long-standing program aimed at combating election fraud and voter rights abuses. But the hotlines tend to be pretty quiet in the Northwest.

The election day program has been around for decades. But attorneys in Oregon and eastern Washington say -– at least in recent memory -– they haven't gotten any complaints. Western Washington received a few calls in 2008 about voter registration issues.

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Health
9:34 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Washington Cheesemaker Banned From Interstate Sales

Estrella Family Creamery has been in legal battle with the FDA since October, 2010.
Credit pnwcheese.com

A federal court judge has barred local cheese maker Estrella Creamery of Montesano in Grays Harbor County from selling its products outside of Washington.

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Election 2012
9:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Republicans Chase Ballots With Minivans, Smart Phones

King County Republican Party Executive Director Lisa Shin shows off a Victory Van.
Credit Amy Radil

This year campaigns are able to make faster and more nimble use of ballot returns than ever before and target those voters who have yet to cast their ballots.

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Election 2012
8:08 am
Mon November 5, 2012

WA Democrats Make Final Push to Get Out The Vote

Sen. Maria Cantwell, gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee,US Rep. Jim McDermott, and Sen. Patty Murray at the Democratic Party's get-out- the-vote rally in South Seattle.
Credit KUOW/Deborah Wang

Democratic Party activists in the state of Washington were in high gear this weekend conducting a massive get-out-the-vote campaign. Hundreds of volunteers manned phone banks and fanned out across neighborhoods to encourage people who hadn’t voted to turn in their ballots.

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Elections 2012
11:14 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Charter Schools' Fiscal Impact Unknown

If Initiative 1240 passes, public school funding would finance each charter school created under the law.

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Election 2012
9:32 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Northwest Money Helps Pay For Swing State Ads

Many in the Northwest have contributed to Super PACS like Karl Rive's American Crossroads. Photo by Kevin Mooney

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 8:16 am

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barage of ads now hitting swing states.

Florida voters might thank some wealthy Washington residents for a recent ad blitz targeting President Obama. People working in the financial services sector around Seattle have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Karl Rove's American Crossroads. It's a super PAC that supports Republican candidates.

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Election 2012
9:30 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Wash. Ballots With Late Postmarks Won't Be Counted

Washington voters can return their ballots via an official drop box by 8pm on election day. Photo by eagle.dawg via Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 4:13 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – New polls show Washington’s open race for governor remains close. Already hundreds of thousands of Washington voters have returned their ballots. Many more will do so in the coming days. But county auditors have a warning to voters who wait until the last minute.

In Oregon you have to have your ballot in by 8pm on Election night. But in Washington you just have to have your ballot postmarked. That means for days after the election ballots keep on rolling in and they get counted -– unless the postmark is past the due date.

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Education
8:51 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Seattle Schools Not Meeting Five-Year Academic Goals

Four years into Seattle Schools' five-year strategic plan, all of the goals have yet to be met.
Credit Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools has not met any of the 23 student performance goals the district set for itself four years ago in its five-year plan called "Excellence for All."

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Government
6:52 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Latest Washington Poll Bodes Well For Ballot Measures

UW Professor Matt Barreto unveils the latest Washington Poll results.
Credit Photo / Amy Radil

A newly released poll of likely Washington voters indicates that the race for governor is virtually tied with Democrat Jay Inslee slightly ahead.

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Health
6:15 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Tacoma Public Housing To Become Smoke-Free

Beginning March 1, 2013, Tacoma public housing will be smoke-free.
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Tacoma’s public housing is becoming completely smoke-free.  Right now residents can’t smoke in common areas.  But beginning March 1, 2013 residents won’t be allowed to smoke in their apartments.  The ban also includes outdoor areas like patios and balconies. 

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Referendum 74
12:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Ad Against Gay Marriage Only Tells Part Of The Story

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The latest TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents in Washington focuses on school children, warning “schools could teach that boys could marry boys.”

The ad mirrors those that ran in other states when gay marriage came up for a vote, notably when Prop 8 was on California’s 2008 ballot. Campaign strategists on both sides agree the “schools ad" has been a game changer.

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Law
8:56 am
Thu November 1, 2012

O'Dea HS Principal Resigns Amid Sex Abuse Claims

A member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests outside Seattle’s O’Dea High School.
Credit Christine Beaderstadt

This story has been updated since it was first published.

A member of the Christian Brothers religious order who served as principal at Seattle’s O'Dea High School has resigned. Brother Karl Walczak is being accused of sexually abusing a minor in Chicago about 40 years ago.

The school is operated by the Christian Brothers but owned by the Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle.

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