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In Seattle, voters for the first time in a century will pick City Council candidates by district. The top two candidates in each district are going on to the November election. Find out about your district here, and listen to the candidates here.

Election Resources

Will Seattle's Bus Prop 1 Solve Our Busing Problems?

Oct 28, 2014
A crowd of passengers makes their way on to a bus.
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Bus riders are used to competing for the few remaining spaces at the last stop before many West Seattle-bound buses enter the Viaduct. If Proposition 1 passes this November, King County would increase service at congested stops.

Find complete information in the Voters’ Guide here.

Marcie Sillman speaks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about five races that could determine the future of the Washington state Senate.

The shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School Friday comes as Washington voters are about to decide two competing gun-related ballot measures.

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Environmental groups are among the biggest spenders in this year’s state elections in Washington and Oregon, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns to ensure Democratic statehouse control.

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Within hours of the school shooting in Marysville that left two students dead – including the shooter – Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer posted a link to a story about the shooting with this caption: “We need more school shootings!!! Vote yes on Initiative 591.”

Why Do We Care About Guns So Much?

Oct 24, 2014
Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Robert Spitzer, author of  "The Politics of Gun Culture," about the place guns have in our culture. 

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Seattle voters will see two competing child care initiatives on their fall ballots.

A proposal from the mayor and City Council would create a subsidized preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Political campaigns and committees in Washington have spent nearly $70 million so far this year. That includes statewide initiatives and legislative races.

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Jeannie Yandel talks with UCLA law professor Adam Winkler, author of, "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right To Bear Arms in America," about privacy concerns with background check bills. Also, we hear from Alan Gottlieb with Protect Our Gun Rights.

How The Gun Debate Plays Out In Faith

Oct 22, 2014
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Charles Stephens performed opera in New York City for 20 years. He sang with the Seattle Symphony on opening night. But Stephens says that doesn’t compare to the concert he recently directed last month.

File photo of a gun show.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Stan Goldman, law professor at Loyola Law School, about how gun laws and gun culture compare in California and Washington state.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

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Zachary Werrell and Gray Delany are barely out of college, but they already enjoy a national reputation.

They were the masterminds behind Tea Party candidate David Brat's campaign against former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. Brat, an economics professor, ousted Cantor in a June primary, in what some called the biggest political upset in US history.

Last month, after a lackluster primary finish, Republican Pedro Celis hired Werrell and Delany to come to Washington state to salvage his struggling campaign against Democrat Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District.

In this extended interview, Werrell and Delany talk about Celis' politics, the importance of the ground game, and why they initially hated (and now love) the campaign's "Vote For Pedro" slogan.

For more KUOW elections coverage, visit the Election Connection page.  

Checking Your 'Intuition' At The Gun Show

Oct 21, 2014
KUOW Photo/Ryan Katz

George Brewholmes has been collecting firearms since he was eight years old. He worked in a pawnshop, where he would stock and sell several different types of guns. His boss bought him his first pistol, an old Iver Johnson from around the turn of the century.

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