2012 Elections http://kplu.org en As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom' http://kplu.org/post/live-blog-obama-asks-americans-carry-light-freedom <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFOoqX8kJTs</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:33:05 +0000 Mark Memmott 7598 at http://kplu.org As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom' Update: Feds haven't made up their minds about legal pot http://kplu.org/post/update-feds-havent-made-their-minds-about-legal-pot <p></p><p>Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire says the federal government still hasn't decided whether to take action to block new laws legalizing marijuana in her state and Colorado.</p><p>Gregoire met Tuesday with Deputy Attorney General James Cole in Washington, D.C. Gregoire told Cole she would prefer to know "sooner rather than later," because Washington is in the process of getting ready to decriminalize pot, which is still illegal under federal law.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 23:43:27 +0000 The Associted Press 7100 at http://kplu.org Update: Feds haven't made up their minds about legal pot People from 20 states ask to secede on White House website http://kplu.org/post/people-20-states-ask-secede-white-house-website They're asking politely. Malcontents from 20 different states are petitioning the White House to allow them to secede from the union.<p><a href="https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/peacefully-grant-state-texas-withdraw-united-states-america-and-create-its-own-new-government/BmdWCP8B">Using the White House website's We the People function</a>, in which petitions garnering at least 25,000 signatures get a response from the president, people from the state of Texas are asking to "peacefully ... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 22:57:32 +0000 7090 at http://kplu.org People from 20 states ask to secede on White House website Report: Same-sex marriage foes redouble efforts against Starbucks http://kplu.org/post/report-same-sex-marriage-foes-redouble-efforts-against-starbucks <p>With the passage of laws approving same-sex marriages in several states including Washington, the National Organization for Marriage says it will keep up its efforts to make Starbucks suffer for its support of the laws.</p><p>The Colorado Independent, an online news organization, reported NOM’s efforts against Starbucks will be focused in the Middle East. The <a href="http://coloradoindependent.com/126270/audio-nom-pledges-to-make-starbucks-pay-for-support-of-marriage-equality" target="_blank">news org said it got the information</a> from a news conference.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:51:35 +0000 Jake Ellison 7087 at http://kplu.org Report: Same-sex marriage foes redouble efforts against Starbucks Latin American leaders call for review of US legal pot votes http://kplu.org/post/latin-american-leaders-call-review-us-legal-pot-votes <p></p><p>MEXICO CITY – Mexico and three Central American nations are calling for a review of international drug policies after two U.S. states voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.</p><p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:18:25 +0000 The Associated Press 7086 at http://kplu.org Latin American leaders call for review of US legal pot votes Will fact checks always be ignored by politicians? http://kplu.org/post/will-fact-checks-always-be-ignored-politicians Just because there's more fact checking, doesn't mean there's more truth telling.<p>Given this, David Carr of <em>The New York Times</em> declared that journalistic efforts to set the record straight during "the most fact-checked [presidential] election in history" <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/a-last-fact-check-it-didnt-work/">didn't work</a>.<p>"Both campaigns seemed to live a life beyond consequence, correctly discerning that it was worth getting a scolding from the journalistic church ladies if a stretch or an elide or an outright prevarication did damage to the Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:47:06 +0000 Dana Farrington 7080 at http://kplu.org Will fact checks always be ignored by politicians? Jay Inslee elected governor of Washington; McKenna concedes defeat http://kplu.org/post/jay-inslee-elected-governor-washington-mckenna-concedes-defeat <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. — Jay Inslee elected governor of Washington as Rob McKenna concedes.</p><p></p><p>Inslee secured victory in Washington's close race for governor Friday, vowing to focus his administration on jump-starting the state's economy. He thanked opponent Rob McKenna for what he described as a gracious conversation Friday night in which the Republican conceded the race.</p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:17:45 +0000 The Associated Press 7075 at http://kplu.org Jay Inslee elected governor of Washington; McKenna concedes defeat McKenna concedes defeat in Washington governor's race http://kplu.org/post/mckenna-concedes-defeat-washington-governors-race <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is conceding defeat.</p><p>Campaign manager Randy Pepple told reporters Friday night that McKenna called Democrat Jay Inslee to congratulate him. Inslee had steadily held a 51 percent advantage in the race as ballots were counted this week.</p><p>The decision brings to end one of the most watched, most expensive gubernatorial races in the country. The two candidates and outside political groups raised and spent some $40 million in the race.</p> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 02:10:27 +0000 The Associated Press 7074 at http://kplu.org McKenna concedes defeat in Washington governor's race King, Pierce county prosecutors dismiss more than 200 marijuana cases http://kplu.org/post/king-pierce-county-prosecutors-dismiss-more-200-marijuana-cases <p>Prosecutors for King and Pierce counties announced this afternoon that all misdemeanor marijuana cases in their counties have been dropped.</p><p>With legal possession of up to an ounce of pot just around the corner, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg said that dismissing these cases is the right thing to do.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:37:37 +0000 KPLU News Staff 7073 at http://kplu.org King, Pierce county prosecutors dismiss more than 200 marijuana cases VIDEO: Obama tears up as he thanks campaign staff http://kplu.org/post/video-obama-tears-he-thanks-campaign-staff <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBK2rfZt32g</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 16:53:51 +0000 Mark Memmott 7067 at http://kplu.org VIDEO: Obama tears up as he thanks campaign staff Same-sex marriage foes concede; marriage industry gearing up http://kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-foes-concede-marriage-industry-gearing <p>Foes of the same-sex marriage referendum in Washington have conceded the law will pass.&nbsp;The group that sponsored Referendum 74&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-backers-declare-victory-video-tells-couples-story" target="_blank">declared victory</a>&nbsp;yesterday.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 21:17:20 +0000 Ashley Gross & KPLU News Staff 7064 at http://kplu.org Same-sex marriage foes concede; marriage industry gearing up Federal government will likely try to block marijuana law, expert says http://kplu.org/post/federal-government-will-likely-try-block-marijuana-law-expert-says <p></p><p>Now that voters have legalized recreational marijuana in Washington state, the question is whether the federal government will sue to block it. One legal expert says he expects a court challenge.</p><p>Washington’s initiative 502 doesn’t just legalize possession of small quantities of marijuana. It sets up a system for licensing cultivation and sale of the drug and then imposes a tax system. Sam Kamin is a professor of law at the University of Denver. He says he thinks the federal government will determine that Washington’s law is going too far and will challenge it in court.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 18:03:41 +0000 Ashley Gross 7060 at http://kplu.org Same-sex marriage backers declare win; Feds expected to battle legal pot http://kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-backers-declare-win-feds-expected-battle-legal-pot <p>Washington joined Colorado in voting to become the first states to legalize and tax the sale of marijuana for recreational use, but people shouldn't expect to be able to buy a bag of legitimate weed any time soon.</p><p>Nor should they expect the law to go into effect with out a fight with federal law agencies, said&nbsp;Sam Kamin, professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.</p><blockquote><p>“My gut feeling is that the federal government won’t currently tolerate the commercial recreational sale of marijuana, that is they will not allow it to be regulated like alcohol. That just seems a bridge too far,” he said.</p></blockquote><ul><li><strong>New related story:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/partners-crime-new-state-laws-challenge-fed-s-marijuana-stance" target="_blank">Partners in crime? New state laws challenge fed’s marijuana stance</a></li></ul><p><strong><a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-expected-battle-washington-colorado-over-legal-marijuana" target="_blank">Complete I-502 story.</a></strong></p><p><strong>Same-sex marriage backers say they've won</strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 13px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; ">Washington United for Marriage has declared victory in the same-sex marriage referendum.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); ">“This is a clear win,” the group's campaign manager Zach Silk said in a press release.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); "> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:21:58 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 6945 at http://kplu.org Same-sex marriage backers declare win; Feds expected to battle legal pot Republicans Hope To Still Have Impact Despite Losing Oregon House http://kplu.org/post/republicans-hope-still-have-impact-despite-losing-oregon-house SALEM, Ore. – Republicans in the Oregon House will be in the minority after this week’s election. A historic 30-30 split in the chamber has ended with Democratic wins Tuesday night in key districts. But Republicans say they hope the recent bipartisanship will carry over into the next legislative session.<p>For Republicans, it's a familiar position. The GOP hasn't controlled either chamber of the Oregon legislature since 2005. They got a piece of the power pie when the Oregon House was split down the middle in the 2011 session. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:21:41 +0000 Chris Lehman 7059 at http://kplu.org Republicans Hope To Still Have Impact Despite Losing Oregon House Inslee readying transition team http://kplu.org/post/inslee-readying-transition-team <p>Democrat Jay Inslee is still ahead in the race for Washington governor. The tally now stands at<a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/11/07/v-printerfriendly/2358868/inslee-confident-his-wash-vote.html"> 51% for the former Congressman. </a></p><p>Inslee says he’s waiting for a call from his opponent, Attorney General Rob McKenna, before he’ll declare victory. But, that didn’t stop him from holding a press conference Wednesday to talk about his transition team.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 03:06:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7054 at http://kplu.org Inslee readying transition team