elections

Voter Turnout
4:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Does It Matter If Few People Vote?

Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor of political science at Western Washington University, about whether low voter turnout can ruin an election. This is ahead of the election on August 5, in which Seattle voters will decide whether to create a permanent taxing district for city parks. Elections like this one tend to have very low turnout.

August Primary
7:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington's Mid-Term Elections Draw In More Than Nearly $33M So Far

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 4:53 pm

Washington’s August primary is less than a month away -- August 5. It’s a mid-term election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million have been contributed to campaigns.

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Seattle City Council
4:35 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Public Funding For Elections Could Be On Seattle's Fall Ballot

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KUOW's David Hyde discusses the politics of proposed public funding for elections in Seattle with Publicola's Erica C. Barnett.

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Campaign Season
3:27 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Midterm Elections: Will Democrats Take Control Of The State Senate?

Steve Scher talks to writer and political consultant Chris Vance about key races that might tip the scale in favor of Senate Democrats.

Seattle Transit
2:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Initiative Hopes To Save King County Metro

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David Hyde talks with Ben Schiendelman, co-founder of  Seattle Transit Blog, about the initiative that he and Friends of Transit have filed.

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Initial Votes Tallied
4:15 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

New Bus Initiative Filed For Seattle Only, Prop 1 Continues To Fail

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UPDATE: 4/25/14, 4:15 p.m. PT.

Votes are still being tallied, but King County voters so far are rejecting Proposition 1. That almost certainly means cuts to buses.

A new Seattle-only initiative will try to save buses inside city limits. A group called Friends of Transit said it filed the initiative with the Seattle City Clerk's Office Friday.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

The National Popular Vote Bill: Why Some States Want To Change The Electoral Process

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David Hyde sits down with Matt Barreto, political science professor at the University of Washington, to talk about a state-led movement to use popular vote for presidential elections in the U.S.

King County Elections
2:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lake Wash. School District Bonds Failing On Second Round

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Along with Proposition 1, another measure on some King County ballots appears to be failing. The construction bond measure for the Lake Washington School District needed 60 percent to pass.

Early returns had just 50 percent of voters approving it.

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Public Transit
10:05 am
Wed April 23, 2014

King County Voters Reject Prop. 1

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Ross Reynolds talks to Mark Hallenbeck, director of Washington State Transportation Center, about the impact of the vote on Proposition 1.

Washington State Legislature
8:04 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Senate Majority Leader Tom Won't Seek Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Washington Legislature

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:10 pm

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Transportation
3:06 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Kirkland City Council Endorses Prop 1 Despite Concerns

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Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Mayor Amy Walen about why the city voted to support the transportation funding measure despite reservations.

Democracy
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Washington Electoral Process Among The Best In The Nation

Credit King County's Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with Zachary Markovits, project manager of Pew Charitable Trusts' Election Performance Index, about how well Washington state is operating when it comes to election and voting.

Campaign Donations
2:42 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

SCOTUS Rules Against Some Campaign Finance Limits

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Ross Reynolds talks with Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reject funding limits in federal elections.

Politics
10:57 am
Mon March 31, 2014

What To Expect For The 2014 Midterm Elections

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David Hyde talks with Andrea Seabrook, founder and host of DecodeDC, about news from Washington, D.C. Pollster Nate Silver recently said the Democrats are expected to lose the Senate in the midterm elections this fall, and Representative Mike Rogers, R-Mich., announces retirement before the 2016 presidential campaign.

Membership Controversy
2:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election

A group gathered in downtown Seattle in September to protest what could potentially be the biggest tribal disenrollment in Wash. history.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Members of the Nooksack tribe near Bellingham will cast votes in a high-stakes election this Saturday. The outcome could change the fate for hundreds of members facing disenrollment from the tribe.

This membership controversy within the Nooksack Tribe surfaced about a year ago. The tribal council questioned the ancestry of 306 members, about 15 percent of the tribe, and moved to disenroll them.

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