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An early draft of the democracy vouchers Seattle Elections will send to residents in January 2017.
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Seattle's Ethics and Elections Office is ramping up its alternative way for candidates to raise money. It's called the Democracy Voucher Program , and at least one candidate plans to participate.

The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition fired more than three dozen airstrikes at what it believed was an ISIS position outside the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour in September. But the strikes actually killed troops loyal to the Syrian government, and that prompted a military investigation into what went wrong. That investigation has now concluded that it was a series of human errors that caused the faulty targeting, as NPR's Tom Bowman tells our Newscast unit. "The Syrian government has said...

In 2014, Washington’s Medicaid program resumed covering dental care for adults. That was celebrated by advocates for the poor. But on Thursday, a panel of lawmakers will hear about ongoing challenges to that program.

Crosscut reporter David Kroman.
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Bill Radke speaks with Crosscut reporter David Kroman about why voters in Ritzville, Washington went for Donald Trump . Kroman says their reasons don't follow the post-election narrative about poor, white middle-class voters who are experiencing economic anxiety.

President-elect Donald Trump ran an insurgent, anti-establishment campaign, but the latest addition to his prospective Cabinet is about as establishment as it gets. Elaine Chao, whom Trump picked Tuesday to head the Department of Transportation, worked in both Bush administrations, has ties to the conservative Heritage Foundation, has sat on numerous corporate boards and spent several years running the United Way of America. She also happens to be married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch...

The day after Donald Trump swept to victory, the head of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, released a videotaped statement aimed at the President-elect and other political leaders in Washington. "Rural America turned out and made their voice heard in this election," he said. "Now it's time for our elected leaders to support rural America." In his statement, Duvall referred interchangeably to "rural Americans" and "America's farmers and ranchers," suggesting that those are the...

Most donors to this year's ballot measure gave at least this much money ($10,000).
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The winners and losers in Washington's elections become official once counties certify their results Tuesday, November 29. Then there are the unofficial winners – who won’t be publicized.

The former North Charleston, S.C., police officer charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man during a traffic stop took the stand Tuesday to testify in his own defense. Michael Slager is accused of gunning down Walter Scott after pulling him over for a broken taillight. If convicted, Slager could face life in prison. The April 2015 incident was captured on two videos — one from Slager's dashcam showing the traffic stop and a second recorded by a bystander using a cellphone that...

After Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Jan. 20, he will follow a time-honored tradition and make his way from the U.S. Capitol down Pennsylvania Avenue. Along the way, just a few blocks before he reaches the White House, he'll pass the Trump International Hotel. The 263-room luxury hotel is becoming the focus of a debate over conflict of interest between Trump and his business dealings. Trump doesn't actually own the landmark building, which was once the headquarters of the U.S. Post...

Initiative 1464 on the 2016 general election ballot.
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Two campaigns on the Washington ballot this year stood out for failing despite spending lots of money. Hillary Clinton’s campaign raised twice as much money nationally as Donald Trump’s and lost (though she did win the state). The other big-money defeat didn't make big headlines.

Wisconsin election recount a race against time

Nov 28, 2016
The Green Party's Jill Stein
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Bill Radke talks with Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Chuck Quirmbach about the state's scheduled recount for the presidential election. The Green Party's Jill Stein is fighting for a more thorough recount while the state scrambles to make sure its ballots are certified before the looming electoral college vote on December 19.

Consider it another Trump flip-flop: back in October, Donald Trump told a crowd, "I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election, if I win." Trump went on to decisively win the Electoral College, but now he is questioning the results anyway. In a tweet this weekend, the president-elect alleged — providing zero evidence — that "millions of people" voted illegally, and that that's the reason Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. On a Monday morning phone call...

traffic commute transportation car
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Light rail planners aren't wasting any time after voters approved the transportation package known as Sound Transit 3. The full project list will take up to 25 years to complete. R esidents in Ballard and Everett will get light rail service in about 20 years. It's a shorter timeline to West Seattle and Tacoma — about 15 years.

Bill Radke talks to Christopher Parker, University of Washington professor of political science, about the white nationalism movement called the "alt-right." Read more about how KUOW will be using this term in our coverage.

President-elect Donald Trump has picked billionaire Betsy DeVos, a Michigan Republican activist and philanthropist who is a strong supporter of school choice but has limited experience with public education, as his secretary of education. DeVos, 58, is a former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and helped push a failed 2000 ballot proposal to amend the Michigan state Constitution to create a voucher system for students to attend nonpublic schools. DeVos is chairman of The Windquest...

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