politics

Election 2012
8:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Growing Latino Electorate Reflected In Candidates

Pablo Gonzalez of Zillah, Wash., lost his bid for the Washington House. That's despite coming from a district in the Yakima Valley where Latinos are the majority. Photo by Jessica Robinson

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 7:18 am

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics on election day: That was the actual names on many ballots.

A public radio analysis done before the election found that just 2 percent of the Northwest's elected officials were Latino.

Oregon may have nudged that up. Voters in the Portland area elected Jessica Vega Pederson and Joseph Gallegos, both Democrats, to the state House.

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Elections 2012
9:00 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Election 2012: Recap, Reaction and Analysis

Washington gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna.
Credit Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna campaigns

The votes have been counted and another election day has come and gone. We recap the major races, reflect on the new reality of our political landscape and hear your reaction to last night's results at 206.543.KUOW (5869) or weekday@kuow.org.

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Election 2012
12:57 am
Wed November 7, 2012

DelBene Wins Race For U.S. House

Suzan DelBene talking to supporters at the Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland.
Credit Ruby de Luna

Democrat Suzan DelBene beat Republican John Koster in the congressional race for the newly drawn 1st District. Election returns show DelBene ahead in three of the four counties.  

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Campaign Finance
12:09 am
Wed November 7, 2012

2012 Election Breaks Campaign-Finance Records

Some of the results may not be known for weeks, but the most expensive election ever in Washington state wrapped up Tuesday night. 

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International News
10:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Week's Other Leadership Contest: China

President Barack Obama, right, meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the APEC Summit in Honolulu in 2011.
Credit AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

The US presidential election is not the only major leadership contest happening in the world this week. On Thursday, China's Communist Party convenes to pick a successor to President Hu Jintao. Vice President Xi Jinping is expected to succeed him as all but leader of the country's military. University of Washington China scholar David Bachman joins us to discuss the changing Chinese government.

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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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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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Politics
9:00 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Porterfield Challenges Reichert For Washington's 8th District Seat

We speak with Karen Porterfield, candidate for Congress in Washington's 8th District, and Priya Guha, Britain's top diplomat in the Northwest. Plus, we hear live music from members of the award-winning Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and get a weekend weather forecast from Nick Bond.

Election 2012
8:58 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Political Donations From 3 Big Washington Employers Favor GOP

60 percent of Boeing’s, 52 percent of Microsoft’s, and more than two-thirds of Amazon’s PAC money went to Republican campaigns.
Credit Flickr/401 (K) 2012 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Businesses have poured millions of dollars into political contributions this election season. But you may be surprised to learn that in Democratic-leaning Washington, the state’s three largest employers tend to favor Republican candidates.

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Election 2012
6:06 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

High Turnout For Last-Minute Voter Registration

A voter drops off his ballot in downtown Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Procrastinators. That’s how a lot people described themselves while waiting in line Monday for voter registration. It was the final deadline for Washington residents to register for the Nov. 6 election. Hopeful voters had to fill out the paperwork in person since the deadline had already passed to register by mail or online.

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Elections
10:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Elections 2012: How To Read The Polls

Credit Flickr photo/Martin Bamford

With just over a week to go, news outlets are inundated with polling results gaging voter sentiment in the presidential election — up to 20 state and national polls are coming out every day, often with different results. Which ones can you trust? How are they conducted? Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen helps us separate the signal from the noise.

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Elections 2012
6:03 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Suzan DelBene Brings Business Experience, Money To Congressional Race

Democratic Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene on primary night.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

On the campaign trail, Suzan DelBene tells the story of how her family struggled when she was a kid. Her father was laid off from his job when she was nine, and the family moved all over the country as her parents looked for work. “They never got back to a situation where they were financially stable,” she explains.

She recounts that despite her family's financial difficulties, she was able to go to college on student loans. “I was in a position to take care of my family,” she says. “I’m not sure I could tell that story today.”

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Elections 2012
9:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

McDermott, Bemis Contend For Washington's 7th Congressional District Seat

US Rep. Jim McDermott (left) and challenger Ron Bemis.
Courtesy of McDermott and Bemis campaigns

Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott has represented Seattle and its suburbs in Congress since 1989. He faces a Republican challenger, attorney Ron Bemis, at the polls in November. Both candidates join us in our studio for a discussion of the issues at hand in Washington's 7th District.

Election 2012
5:35 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Republican John Koster Focuses On Economy To Woo Moderates

John Koster in his Snohomish County Council office
(KUOW photo/Deborah Wang)

If Republican congressional candidate John Koster has a signature campaign issue, it’s the country’s ballooning national debt.

The website for his 1st Congressional District campaign features a national debt clock ticking away. The total now stands at more than $16 trillion.

“I think one of the greatest things that we could do for our constituents and our future generations is not hamstring them with huge debt and huge deficits that they will have to pay off,” he said.

In his two decades in politics, Koster has been a staunch advocate of limited government.

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Sports Arena
6:05 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

King County And Seattle City Councils Say Yes To Sodo Arena

Aerial photo of stadiums in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood.
(Flickr photo/SDOT)

The King County Council and Seattle City Council both gave the go-ahead for an agreement to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle.

The union that represents Longshore workers plans to file a lawsuit to stop it.

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