Politics

2012 elections
7:06 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Results still unclear for Wash. charter initiative

More ballots have been counted, but the results are still unclear for Washington's charter schools initiative. The measure is narrowly passing, but hundreds of thousands of votes have yet to be counted.

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2012 Elections
7:06 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee readying transition team

Jay Inslee at a press conference on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. He says he wants to hit the ground running, so he is assembling staff before he officially wins the race to become Washington's next governor.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Democrat Jay Inslee is still ahead in the race for Washington governor. The tally now stands at 51% for the former Congressman.

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.

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2012 Elections
3:41 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee organizes transition Wash. governor team despite continued vote counting

Democrat Jay Inslee said he’s forming a transition team. Photo by Debra Wang

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:13 pm

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

In a Seattle press conference, Inslee acknowledged ballots are still being counted. But he said he’s confident enough to begin the transition process.

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2012 Elections
3:30 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

How to cope if your candidate lost

Beth Beene cries as Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., gives his concession speech after losing the 2004 presidential election.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:39 pm

You swore your allegiance. You voted. Perhaps you even volunteered your time. But your candidate just lost. What do you do now?

Some psychologists say you can look to the coping tactics of die-hard sports fans, who generally have to deal with defeat more than once every four years.

Play the blame game: You can blame the defeat on someone or something other than your candidate, says Tufts University associate professor of psychology Sam Sommers. In sports, you can blame factors like weather, an injury, or — most often — the referees.

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2012 Elections
3:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee optimistic after first returns

Democrat Jay Inslee has a slim lead over Republican Rob McKenna in the race for Governor of Washinton. The initial ballot count shows Inslee with 51 percent to McKenna’s 49 percent.  In Bellevue, McKenna told supporters he’s still optimistic he can win and will wait for more votes to be counted. But, Inslee told a packed election night room in Seattle he expects the trend to continue in his favor.

2012 Elections
3:04 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Partners in crime? New state laws challenge fed’s marijuana stance

Will new marijuana legalization laws in Washington and Colorado force the federal government to rethink its stance on the drug?
Paul Evans Flickr

First came marijuana as medicine. Now comes legal pot for the people.

Colorado and Washington have become the first states to allow pot for recreational use.

Those who have argued for decades that legalizing and taxing weed would be better than a costly, failed U.S. drug war now have their chance to prove it.

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2012 Elections
1:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

The scene outside the White House Wednesday after President Obama's re-election.
Mladen Antonov AFP/ Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:15 am

Supporters of President Obama partied outside the White House on Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" — and singing off-tune renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I knew I'd be coming here. I just didn't know whether I'd be coming to protest or to celebrate," said AnaLysa Sawyers, 38, a teacher from Maryland.

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NPR politics
1:03 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

America's big backyard pot business

A documentary project takes a peek behind the scenes of marijuana production.
H. Lee

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 8:49 am

"You're driving up from redwood country, in the most beautiful park in America ... and when it's not on your radar, you have no idea it exists," says photographer H. Lee — referring to the marijuana industry that has proliferated, though unofficially, in that region of Northern California.

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2012 Elections
12:32 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Same-sex marriage backers declare victory; video tells couple's story

Dan Coles & Steve Lelievre of seattle's Ballard neighborhood cheer on fellow Ref 74 supporters at the Westin Hotel on Tuesday night.
Gary Davis KPLU

"I just phoned our son up in Bellingham and said, get ready for the wedding."

Washington United for Marriage has declared victory in the same-sex marriage referendum. Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote last night.

“This is a clear win,” the group's campaign manager Zach Silk said in a press release.

“We have run the numbers every which way, and we can now confidently say that we have won. This is an historic day for Washington, an historic day for our country and, most of all, for families across the state who have dreamed of this day and the wedding celebrations to come.”

So far, official “Yes” votes have a slight advantage of 52 to 48 percent. Counties were expected to post additional vote results Wednesday afternoon.

However the group said in the press release:

With 60 percent of the vote counted, R74 already has the support of 65 percent of King County and is performing well in key Eastern Washington counties.  Simply put, it’s now impossible for opponents to overcome the 52-48 percent spread for R74.

Video: KPLU videographer David Kellogg captured the hopes and tensions of election night as one same-sex couple waited for elections results:

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Marijuana legalization
9:44 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Feds expected to battle Washington, Colorado over legal marijuana

"The Department of Justice's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged," read identical statements issued by the U.S. attorney's offices in Denver and Seattle.
The Associated Press

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.

Nor should they expect the law to go into effect with out a fight with federal law agencies, said Sam Kamin, professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

“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.

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2012 elections
9:34 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Seattle voters approve $290 million seawall

Seattle voters have approved a $290 million, 30-year bond measure to rebuild the seawall along the downtown waterfront on Elliott Bay.

And King County voters have approved a $119 million, six-year renewal of a levy to pay for fingerprint processing system for law enforcement. The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/RPHYiZ ) the two measures will increase property taxes on a $360,000 home in Seattle by $68 a year. The seawall is a necessary part of the project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with a tunnel and renovated Seattle waterfront. 

2012 elections
9:28 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Late ballots to decide Washington governor race

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Election officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of votes are left to count in the race for governor of Washington.

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2012 elections
8:26 am
Wed November 7, 2012

1.2M ballots remain to be counted in Washington

Secretary of State Sam Reed says about 1.2 million ballots remain to be counted in Washington.

He says that's about half the expected total.

Reed told KING-TV more results due from counties Wednesday afternoon will likely show trends in the tight race for governor and other close races.

He says the outcome of the governor's race between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna should be clear by Friday "unless it's a real nail-biter."

2012 elections
11:53 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio and transcript: Obama's victory speech

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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2012 Elections
10:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Inslee vs. McKenna - Gov. race too close to call; DelBene wins 1st District

Republican candidate for Washington Governor, Rob McKenna, and his wife Marilyn take the stage before speaking to supporters, Tuesday in Bellevue.
The Associated Press

Washington state's race for governor remains too close to call, with hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count.

Early results Tuesday night showed Democrat Jay Inslee with a slight lead over Republican Rob McKenna. The two candidates have been competing in one of the most watched and most expensive gubernatorial races in the country, with the campaigns and outside political groups raising and spending some $40 million in the race.

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