Election 2011

Election 2011
12:34 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Costco will interview Washington liquor workers

Costco says it will offer job interviews to any Washington state liquor worker who is displaced when stores close in June.

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Election 2011
6:45 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Despite vote, not everyone happy with shuttering state liquor stores

People shopping for alcohol will no longer see this sign on liquor stores. A lot of people have mixed feelings about that.
Charla Bear KPLU

Now that voters have kicked the state out of the liquor store business, some people are looking forward to changes in how they buy booze. Others, though, say the decision is not cause for celebration. 

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Election 2011
3:29 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Even in Seattle, voters say no to taxes

Perhaps it was the struggling economy. Perhaps it was the thought of paying triple figures for vehicle registration. But Seattle voters did something on Tuesday they don't often do: They said no to a tax increase.

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Election 2011
2:53 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Washington liquor employees brace for the unemployment line

Control Board clerk Lidia Giusti uses a metal bar to straighten rows of liquor on shelves in Oct. 31 at a new state liquor store in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mood in state liquor stores across Washington is subdued. More than nine-hundred state employees face lay-off with the passage of Costco-backed Initiative 1183 .

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Election 2011
10:16 am
Wed November 9, 2011

State control of liquor sales to end in Washington

Washington voters have ended nearly 80 years of state-controlled liquor sales. As of Tuesday night, Initiative 1183 was passing with 60 percent of the vote. The measure privatizes the sale of booze and closes state liquor stores.

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Election 2011
10:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Privatizing liquor in Washington will be the new norm

Seattle Times reports that the second try, plus more than $22 million, was the charm for Costco Wholesale in attempting to kick the state out of the liquor business and allow private retailers to sell liquor in Washington.

Initiative 1183 was passing with more than 60 percent of the early returns, including King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties. "We are very pleased and grateful to all of the coalition members across the state," said Joel Benoliel, Costco's chief legal officer.

Election 2011
9:36 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Pot initiative passing in Tacoma

Tacoma News Tribune reports that Tacoma voters are easily passing citywide ballot Initiative No. 1 – the measure seeking to make “marijuana or cannabis offenses … the lowest enforcement priority of the City of Tacoma.

After initial ballot counts posted as of 8:15 p.m., 65 percent of voters (16,888) were favoring the measure, compared to 35 percent of those casting “no votes” (9,240 total).

Election 2011
9:24 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Eyman's anti-tolling initiative too close to call

Early election returns show Tim Eyman's anti-tolling initiative is failing.

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Election 2011
9:13 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Wash. voters approve resolution on budget savings

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters have approved a constitutional amendment that requires the Legislature to set aside cash during boom years.

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Election 2011
9:09 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Seattle voters rejecting $60 car tab fee

Seattle voters are saying "no" to new taxes to help pay to patch potholes, improve bus service and plan for future transit needs.

Proposition 1 would've levied an extra $60 annual fee for vehicle registrations in the city. It was being defeated 60 percent to 40 percent, according to early returns Tuesday. The measure was a top priority of Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council. It would've raised about $200 million over 10 years.

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Election 2011
9:02 am
Tue November 8, 2011

3 initiatives in focus as Election Day arrives 

Election day signs on Queen Anne Hill.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This is the last chance for voters to have a say in this year's election. Washington ballots must be postmarked or returned to an official drop-off site on Tuesday.

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Voting problems
5:45 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

How 11,000 ballots went missing; statewide ballot problems emerge

An embarrassing computer glitch -- but one that anyone can relate to -- in King County explains why 11,000 voters didn’t receive their ballots until just over a week before Election Day. And, just as that problem was resolved, Washington's Secretary of State discovered that 21,000 voters around the state may not have received ballots.

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Election 2011
5:17 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

King County Elections Director invited to explain unmailed ballots

The county’s election director, Sherril Huff, has been invited to the Metropolitan King County Council’s Committee of the Whole on Monday to talk about 11,000 unmailed ballots, the council reports in a press release. 

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Election 2011
1:15 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

McKenna to vote for privatized liquor

Saying he's basing his decision in part on the fact that state government needs more money, Attorney General Rob McKenna says he'll vote for a measure that would privatize liquor sales in Washington.

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Election 2011
4:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

State poll: Liquor initiative passing; road toll too close to call

Statewide initiatives on the Washington ballot have many people here still studying up and wondering how to vote. Registered voters have about a week left to make up their minds. Two of the most talked about issues are whether to get rid of state-run liquor stores and on how highway tolls can be spent. A survey of voters, done by researchers at the University of Washington, offers some insight into what voters might decide after all the votes are tallied.

The statewide Washington Poll, put together by UW political science Professor Matt Barreto, says the liquor privatization measure, I-1183, will likely pass because it has the hit the crucial tipping point of 50 percent. Barreto's poll says only 43 percent of those surveyed opposed the measure.

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