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11:44 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Dear little girl: Sorry we made you cry about 'Bronco Bamma' and Mitt Romney

We can sympathize, Abigael. She's tired of hearing about "Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney."
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Originally published on Thu November 1, 2012 3:47 am

Oh my goodness, do we feel bad now:

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2012 elections
11:34 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Inslee short on cash in final campaign week

In fact, Inslee reported Monday his campaign was $50,000 in the red.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has burned through his cash as the campaign enters the final week.

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2012 Elections
7:33 am
Wed October 31, 2012

'Unbelievable' - Brad Pitt donates $100K for same-sex marriage effort

In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it's "unbelievable" that people's relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day.
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

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2012 Elections
7:11 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Sandy Underscores Debate Over Government's Role

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 10:09 am

President Obama offered thoughts and prayers Tuesday for all those who have been affected by Sandy. He also offered something more tangible: the full resources of the federal government.

"The most important message I have for them is that America's with you," he said. "We are standing behind you, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get back on your feet."

For Obama, the federal government is a critical vehicle for that kind of help. Republicans put more faith in local government, and even voluntary efforts.

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2012 elections
8:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

How To Read The Post-Sandy Polls

Air Force One arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Monday. President Obama returned from campaigning to monitor the storm.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 11:58 am

Hurricane Sandy's on-the-ground devastation has yet to be cataloged, and how the violent storm may affect the presidential campaign with just a week to Election Day is equally uncertain.

Will President Obama's response to the disaster help or hurt his re-election prospects? Or will the campaign's new trajectory — canceled appearances, postponed early voting — ultimately benefit Republican Mitt Romney?

Not really thinking much about that, are you?

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Pierce County bus riders face dramatic cuts if sales tax hike fails

Atomic Taco

Bus riders in Pierce County face dramatic cuts to service if voters reject a ballot proposition to hike the sales tax. Opponents are fighting hard against the measure, saying it would make Pierce County’s sales tax the highest on the West Coast.

If you ask people in downtown Tacoma how they feel about paying more in sales tax, you hear a common refrain.

"The sales tax is pretty high as it is, and I think it will be hard for people to swallow," said Michele Anderson.

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2012 Elections
5:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Both candidates for King County Sheriff pledge to reform department

In King County, both men vying to be sheriff say they'll reform a department found to do a poor job of investigating police misconduct complaints.

But neither Steve Strachan nor John Urquhart are what you'd call outside reformers. 

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marijuana legalization
4:12 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Idaho officers look askance at possible legal pot in Wash., Oregon

Busted in Idaho: A young man crossed into Idaho with marijuana and paid the price. According to Idaho State Police records, 40% of pot seizures in the state come from medical marijuana from Oregon.

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Idaho State Police Major Kevin Hudgens just learned about the two measures to the west of his state. He says they concern him.

“Common sense tells me that I’m sure we’d see some of our residents going over to Oregon and Washington to purchase marijuana. So, we would likely see an increase in that.”

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2012 elections
7:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Washington Democrats reverse course, shed JZ Knight contributions

Screen shot from the conservative Freedom Foundation. In Videos released by conservative groups, spiritual leader JZ Knight, channeling 'Ramtha' castigates catholics, gays and Mexicans.

Originally published on Fri October 26, 2012 10:13 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington Democratic Party says it will donate contributions from controversial spiritual leader JZ Knight to the Anti-Defamation League and the campaign to uphold gay marriage. That announcement late Friday follows the release of new video clips that show Knight making offensive and at times bizarre comments about gay people and people from Mexico.

The latest video clips were released by the conservative Freedom Foundation. In them Knight says gay men were once Catholic women. And attacks people from Mexico.

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Politics
11:09 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Maria Cantwell vs. Michael Baumgartner for U.S. Senate.

The race between Democratic U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell and her Republican challenger State Senator Michael Baumgartner is not getting a lot of national attention. Political watchers say Baumgartner is a respected, credible candidate. Despite this, polls are predicting Cantwell will have a very easy path to victory.

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2012 Elections
1:19 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

WWII veteran fought to cast his last vote

Frank Tanabe votes via absentee ballot with the help of his daughter, Barbara (left) and wife, Setsuko, in Honolulu on Oct. 17. He died the following week.
Irene Tanabe AP

Originally published on Sat October 27, 2012 6:26 pm

This is the time of a long election season when voters can begin to feel weary. You can't watch the World Series without seeing ads so scolding and snarling you may want to shoo away your children. The ads can make voting seem like a nasty chore.

When 93-year-old Frank Tanabe of Honolulu moved into the home of his daughter, Barbara, earlier this year, he had liver cancer and knew he was going to die. But his family said he was determined to hold on long enough to vote.

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2012 elections
4:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Deadline approaches for in-person voter registration

Less than two weeks to go until Election Day, and some people are still scrambling to register for the Oct. 29 in-person deadline.

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Marijuana legalization
3:22 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Marijuana Notes: If it passes, possession is legal on Dec. 6th

“... however you wound up coming into possession of marijuana, it is not a crime for you be in possession of marijuana," said an initiative backer.
Pedro Fp Flickr

If Initiative 502 passes, walking around with a bag of marijuana (up to an ounce) will be legal just in time for the holidays … so take note, gift-givers (and be aware those of you who might think the law takes effect right away). 

Even though the elaborate state-regulated apparatus for growing, processing and selling marijuana would take more than a year to come online, simple possession would be legal starting December 6.

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Politics
12:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Living Voters Guide – Just the facts

Sitting down to vote with the 2012 ballot.
Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips KPLU

With ballots and voters’ guides in-hand, it’s time to narrow in on the issues. For those who prefer an interactive way to exchange opinions on the ballot measures, there’s the Living Voters Guide, sponsored by Seattle CityClub and the University of Washington.

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2012 elections
8:13 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Gregoire to candidates: 'Sounds good, doesn't work'

Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says campaign rhetoric doesn’t match budget reality. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 4:03 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Outgoing Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has a message for the candidates to replace her: “sounds good, doesn’t work.” That’s Gregoire’s take on several of the budget-balancing ideas she’s hearing from fellow Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.

In response to reporter questions, Gregoire got to play the role of seasoned eight-year veteran of the governor’s office. Both candidates say they would look to close outdated tax loopholes.

“I said that eight years ago," the governor says. "I’ve learned a lot.”

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