2012 Elections

2012 elections
9:47 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Five takeaways from the last night of the Democratic Convention

President Obama accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena on Thursday.
Streeter Lecka Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:25 am

If you missed the last night of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., we live blogged it here.

But if you want a quick review, we've compiled five things that struck us about the night:

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2012 elections
10:15 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Candidate for Washington auditor once accused of theft

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Democratic candidate for state auditor was once accused in court files of stealing artwork from the offices of a company where he worked.

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2012 elections
10:45 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Wonky Clinton Wows Convention In Muscular Obama Sales Pitch

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:52 pm

President Obama still has a case to make for a second term, and specific people to whom he needs to make it.

But while it's two months too early to call former President Bill Clinton Obama's closer, he came about as close as it gets Wednesday night at the Democratic convention with a bravura defense of the current White House occupant.

"We are here to nominate a president," Clinton said after strolling onto the stage to tumultuous applause, "and I've got one in mind."

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2012 elections
5:34 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Secret Service investigates claim that Romney's tax returns were stolen

The Secret Service is looking into a claim that hackers stole several years' worth of tax returns filed by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 4:32 pm

Investigators are working to determine the legitimacy of a claim that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax records have been stolen from an accounting firm's records.

Naming a million-dollar price, an anonymous ransom note was sent to accounting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers. The letter, which was also posted online, gets right to the point: "Using your Office... we were able to gain access to your network file servers and copy over the tax documents for one Willard M Romney and Ann D Romney."

The note's author signs off with a perky "Cheers!"

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2012 elections
3:06 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Group: Seattle FAA bosses urged workers to vote Democrat

A government transparency group is urging an investigation into Federal Aviation Administration managers who allegedly urged workers in Seattle to vote Democrat in the upcoming elections.

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2012 elections
3:01 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

National group airs TV ad against Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Republican Governors Association has started airing its first television ad against Democrat Jay Inslee in Washington state, where the former U.S. representative is running for governor against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna.

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2012 elections
9:52 am
Wed September 5, 2012

One cute thing from the Dems convention: Julian Castro's 3-year-old's hair-flip

Carina Castro during the Democratic National Convention.
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Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:12 am

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2012 elections
7:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Can Partisanship Trump Education Level On Hot Button Issues?

Your understanding of a hot-button issue could depend on which of these men you support. (Campaign photos)

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:23 pm

As Democrats gather in North Carolina for their convention, there’s new research from the Northwest on the power of partisan rhetoric. Turns out, your core political beliefs can trump your education level when it comes to understanding the basic facts of a high contentious issue.

The Affordable Care Act. ObamaCare. Whatever you call it, it’s provided countless hours of fodder to the cable television networks.

From Glen Beck on Fox News:

“You don’t play ball with them now. If you don’t get into their government health care there will be jail time.

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Same-sex marriage
3:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Same-sex marriage foes grapple with Wash. campaign rules 


OLYMPIA, Wash. — The group seeking to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has changed its website instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign finance officials say that the language is still not in compliance with state law.

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Politics
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ex-lawmakers want to eliminate surplus campaign accounts

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Two former members of the state Legislature say it is time for lawmakers to eliminate campaign surplus accounts.

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2012 elections
4:19 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New age spiritual leader risks 'ridicule' to support Washington Dems

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Washington. Photo by Richard David Ramsey via Wikipedia

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 3:49 pm

She is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous new age spiritual leader. JZ Knight of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in Southwest Washington. Now Knight has a new role: major political donor. She recently wrote a $50,000 check to the state Democratic Party.

JZ Knight says she’s always been political. But she was reluctant to associate herself with the candidates she supports.

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2012 elections
5:16 am
Fri August 31, 2012

A Fine Night For Romney, But No Game Change

Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president at the party's convention Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 10:17 pm

It's been the political world's obsession for weeks leading into the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Would nominee Mitt Romney manage what would be miraculous for any candidate, and in a handful of days and one big speech wash away the problems of a modern candidacy?

Turns out Romney's moment Thursday night was a fine one, if not a great one.

His speech continued the campaign's concerted effort to reach out to skeptical female voters, reminding the audience that his strong mother ran for Senate.

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2012 elections
10:05 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Wash. Gov. Debate: Sparring Over Taxes, Tiff Over Tax Returns, Light Moments

Rob McKenna (L) and Jay Inslee sparred in their second official debate Wednesday night at WSU's Vancouver campus. Image via KATU.

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 7:53 am

The candidates for Washington governor sparred over taxes and personal tax returns in their second official debate Wednesday night. The face-off took place on the Vancouver campus of Washington State University.

On stage, Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna stood elbow-to-elbow at podiums. But on the issues they were far apart.

Early in the debate they were asked to critique each other’s plans for getting Washington’s economy going again. McKenna said business owners aren’t buying Inslee’s proposed Research and Development tax credit.

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2012 elections
11:51 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Five takeaways from Wednesday at the Republican convention

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and his wife, Janna (at right), along with two of their children and his mother, Betty, on stage Wednesday in Tampa.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:38 am

If you missed some of Wednesday's action at the Republican National Convention, when Rep. Paul Ryan accepted his party's vice presidential nomination, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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2012 elections
9:33 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Five takeaways from Tuesday at the Republican convention

Delegates showed their love for Ann Romney at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 3:38 am

If you missed some of Tuesday's action at the Republican National Convention, we were live blogging here and you can always read through it to see how the day and evening went.

But if you'd like to save some time, here are five things that struck us:

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