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Donald Trump marched through the Republican presidential primary field this year on the strength of a focused message: America used to be great. It isn't anymore. And that's mostly the fault of the Obama administration.

On Thursday, Trump applied that same thesis to American energy production. "America's incredible energy potential remains untapped," he told a North Dakota audience in what was billed as a major policy address. "It's totally self-inflicted. It's a wound, and it's a wound we have to heal."

Jonathan Tong talks to Nicole Barthel about signing a petition to put Initiative 1464 on the November ballot. She signed.
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If you want to get an initiative on the ballot in Washington state you need a lot of signatures: nearly a quarter million valid ones from registered voters.

And typically, that's going to cost you around a million bucks. If you want to do it cheaper you need people like Jonathan Tong.

Amy Radil

The campaign to replace retiring Congressman Jim McDermott is getting off the ground in Seattle. Most of the candidates for the seat held their first debate Wednesday at the University of Washington.


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running for president in 2016.
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Washington state’s presidential primary shows why Hillary Clinton is beating Bernie Sanders nationally, says one political analyst.

The reason can be found in a tale of two western Washingtons, said Reid Wilson, chief political correspondent with Morning Consult, a Washington D.C.-based publication.

Katja Delavar rode her American-made Victory motorcycle to Pasco from Vancouver, Wash., for the state Republican convention.
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Katja Delavar may not fit your image of a Washington-state Republican.

There’s the purple-and-black motorcycle and her helmet with the long, purple braid of fake hair flying out the back.

Fauzia Karmali  at the International School in Bellevue
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Back in 1996, the Soccer Mom was seen as a key swing vote. Charlie Rose, the TV host, got into it on PBS.

Rose: "This year pollsters and strategists think the working, suburban mother of school-age children is on the fence. How will the Soccer Moms vote and what do they expect from their candidate?"

A sign at the Occupy Philly protest.
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Author and journalist Chris Hedges is a radical by U.S. standards. He believes our system of government is so compromised by corporate influence that nothing short of revolution and corporate overthrow can fix it. His suggestions include nationalization of banks and utilities.

Facebook and a top Republican Senator have responded to allegations from the tech website Gizmodo that Facebook is suppressing ideologically conservative news or stories from conservative organizations from its "trending topics" column.

Washington state's delegates are split on Donald Trump's candidacy -- and his rhetoric.
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Residents of Lynden, Washington, were surprised that presidential candidate Donald Trump was coming to their small town near the Canadian border.

Now Trump’s campaign has offered an explanation -- and it has nothing to do with border security or any other issue Trump plans to talk about.

Debbi LerMond and other Trump supporters wave signs at an intersection in Duvall.  She says so many people flip them off that she calls this "bird-watching."
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Debbi LerMond calls it "bird-watching" – a reference to some of the hand signals she gets from drivers who pass by as she waves signs for Donald Trump near her home in Duvall, Washington.

But there's satisfaction -- and relief -- for LerMond and fellow Trump supporters in knowing that their candidate is the apparent Republican nominee, now that his remaining competitors have dropped out.

Found photo of an Indiana family.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with author Stephanie Coontz about her updated and revised book, "The Way We Never Were: American Families And The Nostalgia Trap." Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia.

Kerry French at American Lake in Lakewood. She's campaigning for Sen. Ted Cruz in Pierce County.
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Overnight, Washington Republicans have had to change gears.

Tuesday they were preparing to welcome candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich at presidential campaign rallies and events in the state. 

Now with those candidates out of the race, they’re deciding whether they want to support Donald Trump, the party's apparent nominee, or anyone at all.

Ted Cruz raised the most money of any Republican presiddential candidate in Washington state.
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Candidates who raise the most money tend to win elections.

But not always.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz was scheduled to speak at a rally in Spokane and a fundraiser in Redmond on Wednesday and at a rally in Bothell on Thursday.

But he dropped out of the presidential race Tuesday night after Donald Trump's big win in Indiana.

The groups facing off on the proposed ballot measure are Just Want Privacy and Washington Won't Discriminate.
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A group in Washington state wants to force transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to their biological sex.

Barbara Hagstrom of Duvall shows off her Trump t-shirt at the 5th Legislative District GOP Caucus.
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The Republican presidential contest is going to be heating up very quickly in Washington state.

All three GOP candidates have announced that they are coming here to campaign before the state's primary.

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