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Washington King County ballot election
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Everett Herald columnist Jerry Cornfield about the likely cancelation of the 2016 presidential primaries in Washington. 

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Marcie Sillman talks with Estevan Munoz-Howard of Honest Elections Seattle about Seattle Initiative 122. If it makes the November ballot, voters would be asked to approve a property tax hike to pay for an election reform package that includes giving voters vouchers worth $100 to donate to their favorite candidates.

Replacement parts for King County's emergency radio system won't be available after 2018, County Council member Joe McDermott says.
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King County's aging emergency radio system is facing crunch time: After 2018, replacement components won't be available.

So the county is proposing a replacement and asking voters to pay for it in a special election April 28. Boosting the existing property-tax levy would generate an estimated $273 million to pay for the upgrade, the county says.

Firefighters, police or paramedics responding to a crisis depend on reliable radios. Seattle’s new fire chief, Harold Scoggins, pointed to the communication problems that hampered first responders’ efforts during the 9-11 attacks.

It's not hard to reach presidential candidate Ryan Shepard; he doesn't have a media relations office or a slick-tongued press secretary.

Shepard, 40, is a bartender at Roc Brewing Co. in Rochester, N.Y., while also working toward a bachelor's degree in creative writing at nearby SUNY Brockport. He plans to enroll in an master of fine arts writing program after he graduates.

He is also just as much a candidate for U.S. president as Ted Cruz, who was billed by many as the first and only candidate to file so far.

Ross Reynolds talks with outgoing Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata, Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen about how district elections will change our city.

Also, Marcie Sillman hears from UCLA political scientist Chris Tausanovitch on the subject.

Political strategist David Axelrod
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Ross Reynolds speaks with David Axelrod, the political strategist who helped get Barack Obama elected to president twice. Axelrod speculates on what Barack Obama will do when he leaves in the White House and the early 2016 presidential campaigns of Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

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Opponents of the new measure that expands gun background checks in Washington have filed suit against it.

They're asking a federal judge to block parts of Initiative 594 that involve transfers of guns. That initiative was approved by voters in November.

Jeannie Yandel talks with Marc Solomon, the national campaign director for Freedom To Marry and the author of the book "Winning Marriage," about Washington voters' legalizing gay marriage in November 2012.

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election.

The first statewide recount in more than six years is underway in Oregon. Elections workers Tuesday started hand-counting the more than 1.5 million votes cast for and against Measure 92.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the fate of Initiative 1351, the class size measure passed by voters earlier this month.

The election is over, but not the political fundraising. Washington state lawmakers are racing the clock to replenish their coffers before the freeze.

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton about what the recent election results could mean for Washington state's economy.

Washington voters are narrowly passing a class-size measure that comes with a multi-billion dollar price tag.

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