politics

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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Developing: Sports Arena
3:21 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

UPDATE: How The Sodo Arena Plan Would Work

A basketball signed by the 2007-2008 Sonics, the last NBA team to play in Seattle. Is another team in the offing for Seattle?
Justin Kraemer Photography

Story last updated by Patricia Murphy on October 15, 2012 at 3:13 p.m.

The Sodo arena plan has had a few twists and turns.  After first being unveiled in February, it was later altered by the Seattle City Council and more recently by the King County Council.

The latest iteration is scheduled to be voted on by the whole King County and Seattle City councils.

Here’s an outline of how it works:

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Books
8:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Presidential Popularity Contests With Robert Merry

Robert Merry's 'Where They Stand.'
(Credit/Simon & Schuster)

Who was the best US president? The worst? Biographer Robert Merry plays "rate the presidents" based on popularity and historical judgment. Here are some hints: Abraham Lincoln's at the top and James Buchanan ranks as one of the country's biggest failures.

Economy
5:54 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

Kent Mayor Proposes Layoffs, New Taxes In City Budget

Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke.
(Photo/City of Kent)

The Mayor of Kent, Washington is proposing another round of layoffs and new taxes to bridge a $2 million budget shortfall. Mayor Suzette Cooke presented her 2013-2014 budget to the City Council Tuesday. In her opening speech, Mayor Cooke called her budget “as ugly as the economic times we face.”

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