Elections 2013

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Elections 2013
7:18 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Will GMO Labels Alter Consumers' Perception Of Specialty Foods?

Litehouse Foods, based in Sandpoint, Idaho, produces more than 400 salad dressings and dips found in grocery stores and delis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 7:19 am

In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That’s why food producers have a big interest in Washington’s Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.

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Elections 2013
12:56 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Top Donors Fighting GMO Labeling Revealed: Pepsi, Coke, Nestlé

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has gotten his wish: A list of donors to a political action committee created to fight Initiative 522, which, if passed, would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified products.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association established its PAC on Thursday, the day after Ferguson filed suit against the association for failing to release its donor list. 

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Elections 2013
11:59 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Role GMOs Play In Our Food System And Environment

Flickr Photo/Lady_Fox

Washington could become the first state to require mandatory GMO labels if voters approve Initiative 522.  But some voters are still confused about the role GMOs play in our food system and in the environment. The Record's Steve Scher gets the facts from Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton.

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Elections 2013
10:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Washington's GMO Labeling Initiative Fires Up Global Food Industry

ericksonkee Flickr

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 5:28 pm

Agribusiness and the food industry have pumped a record $17 million into Washington state so far to defeat Initiative 522.

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Elections 2013
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

What's The Future Of The King County Council?

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Seattle Times political reporter Emily Hefter tells The Record's Steve Scher what's hot (and what's not) in this year's three contested races for King County Council. 

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Seattle Mayor's Race Poll
4:04 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Two New Polls Tell Differing Stories About Seattle Mayor’s Race

Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray debating at a Ballard Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Two new polls in the Seattle mayor’s race show State Senator Ed Murray leading incumbent mayor Mike McGinn.

But the polls,which came out Monday, differ on the extent of Murray’s lead.

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GMO Primer (In Brief)
7:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

10 Questions About GMOs You've Been Too Embarrassed To Ask

Protesters hold a sign in front of the White House advocating for GMO labeling, October 19, 2011.
Flickr Photo/Alex Baden-Meyer

This election, the labeling of GMOs, or genetically modified foods, is one of the most hotly contested initiatives on the ballot. Big industries, led by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, have poured millions of dollars into fighting against a labeling requirement. Proponents have mounted vigorous and emotional debates in favor.

So what’s the root of the debate?

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Elections 2013
7:22 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Washington's Initiative 522: A Tale Of Two Northwest Farms

Eric Maier farms 7,000 acres of wheat and cattle near Ritzville, Washington. He says labeling GMO foods would possibly curtail an option that would keep his farm competitive globally in the future.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:27 am

The state of Washington grows about 300 types of crops -- from the lush valleys north of Seattle, to the orchards of the Columbia Basin, to the rolling fields between Spokane and Walla Walla. And if you ask any of those farmers about Washington’s Initiative 522 and you’ll get every kind of answer.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Looking Past The Shutdown, A Local Elections Check-In, And Remembering Tom Foley

President Ronald Reagan with Tom Foley, who passed today at age 84.
Courtesy of Washington State University

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Crosscut's Knute BergerEli Sanders of The Stranger and KIRO 7's Essex Porter.

Congress reached a deal to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on the national debt. Have we turned the page or will things be right back where they started come January?

Also, we remember Eastern Washington Congressman and former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, who passed away today at 84. 

The panel checks in on Seattle's mayoral race and one state legislative contest that's drawing big money, and Live Wire host Luke Burbank joins us from Los Angeles.

Week In Review Web Extra

We look at a new study that finds Washington state is doing better than most when it comes to the cost of doing business.

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Elections 2013
9:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Could A Wealthy Few Decide Seattle's School Board Races?

Suzanne Dale Estey and Sue Peters.
Candidate Websites

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey and her supporters are poised to raise more money than any other school board candidate in state history – even though a Washington state law passed last year put a cap on campaign contributions in school board races.

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Elections 2013
9:04 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Interest Groups Pour Money Into Whatcom Races Ahead Of Coal Terminal Decision

Predictions are for an even race in the Whatcom County Council races, despite the outspending of environmental groups to coal supporters.
Credit Flickr Photo/Ryan Sitzman

UPDATE: 10/18/13, 2:30 p.m. PT.

This story does not reflect recent donations of approximately $150,000 made to a political action committee that supports Whatcom County Council candidates believed to be sympathetic to the proposed coal terminal in Bellingham, Wash. Donations were made to Save Whatcom, a conservative PAC.

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A relatively small county council election in Washington state’s far northwest corner could play a major role in the future of the US coal industry.

The Whatcom County council could end up casting the deciding votes to permit the controversial dock for the Gateway Pacific Terminal, which would transfer coal from trains onto ships bound for Asia. It would be the largest coal export terminal on the West Coast.

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Elections 2013
8:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Ed Murray Supporters Launch TV Ad Wars In Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayor McGinn and women's advocates spoke out on Thursday against the "deceptive" TV ads.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The TV ad wars have begun in the Seattle mayor’s race.

This week, supporters of state Senator Ed Murray are running an ad that has some women’s advocates up in arms.

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Elections 2013
5:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Kitsap Senate Race Brings In $2M, Breaks State Record

Republican Jan Angel and Democrat Nathan Schlicher are vying for a state senate seat in a race that has brought in a record $2.1 million.
Credit Photo courtesy of Jan Angel and Nathan Schlicher

A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well.

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GMO Labeling
12:20 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

So What Happens If The Movement To Label GMOs Succeeds?

Labels on bags of snack foods indicate they are non-GMO food products.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 5:09 pm

I have a story on All Things Considered Wednesday (click on the audio link above to hear it) about the campaign to put labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The idea is gaining ground in the Northeast — Maine and Connecticut passed labeling laws this summer, though they won't take effect unless more states do the same. And GMO labeling is on the ballot this November in Washington state.

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