Politics

2012 elections
3:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

They know if you’ve voted or not, and that’s not all

You get information from the Washington Secretary of State about candidates ... and the candidates get information about you.
Secretary of State

OLYMPIA, Wash. – In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: He may know if you’ve been bad or good. But, they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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2012 elections
12:55 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Debates and debauchery: A history of drinking games and politics

Bar patrons watch the Oct. 3 presidential debate at Bullfeathers, a bar a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. Drinking and debate-watching often go hand in hand — to the point where drinking games have been developed around watching the debates.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 12:32 pm

Here's a new idea for a Presidential Debate Drinking Game: Every time someone says "Presidential Debate Drinking Game" today, take a drink. Just kidding.

But drinking games have become a familiar part of the American political landscape — like buttons, bunting and bumper stickers. Where there are political rallies, there are protesting groups. Where there are campaign speeches, there are fact checking teams. And where there are presidential candidates' debates, there are drinking games.

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2012 elections
12:42 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

McKenna, Inslee tied in new poll as ballots reach voters

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's race for governor is tied.

A survey conducted last week while ballots were going out to voters showed that Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both had the support of 46 percent of voters. Inslee was faring better among women while McKenna was getting the support of 19 percent of people who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

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2012 elections
12:32 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Bloomberg offers $250,000 match for same-sex marriage

The grant challenge New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (above) was announced Monday by Washington United for Marriage.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering to match up to $250,000 of donations made by the end of the week to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

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2012 elections
12:19 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

US attorneys monitor election complaints in Washington

The Justice Department's top officials in Washington state have appointed prosecutors to monitor complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses.

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presidential debate
7:01 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Tonight, Obama, Romney take on foreign policy in final Debate

Crew work to put finishing touches on the stage a day ahead of the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:55 am

We've reached an important landmark in the presidential campaign: President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face off tonight in the third and final presidential debate.

As was the case the last two times, the debate starts at 9 p.m. ET. This time, the venue is Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

If you believe the snap polls, the first debate went to Romney, the second went to Obama, which means we have a 1-1 tie with just minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That is to say, we're just two weeks away from Nov. 6.

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presidential debate
6:32 am
Mon October 22, 2012

5 debate-worthy facts about China

Workers scramble on a scaffold at a construction site in Hefei, central China's Anhui province, last month. China has approved a massive infrastructure package worth more than $158 billion, state media said in September, as the government seeks to boost the flagging economy.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 4:26 am

If the last presidential debate was any indication, you'll be hearing a lot about China in tonight's third and final face-off between President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Last week's debate was ostensibly about domestic issues, but that didn't stop China from being mentioned numerous times. Tonight's debate, focused on foreign policy, is sure to see relations with Beijing get a lot of airplay.

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2012 Elections
5:00 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Candidates spar over role of Attorney General

Watching television political ads, you might think the job of Washington Attorney General is to be the state's chief criminal prosecutor. It's not. Most of the work is civil, defending state agencies and laws.

Still, there's been a debate in the campaign between Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson over the importance of criminal prosecution experience.

(To hear the story, click on the Listen button above.)

Marijuana Legalization
5:15 am
Fri October 19, 2012

How should you talk to your kids about marijuana?

Talking about drugs and alcohol with kids is awkward. And now that there is an initiative on November’s ballot that would make marijuana legal for people 21 and older, families might want to figure out what their boundaries will be.  So far, 17 year old Mary Kupper, a junior at Lakeside School, hasn’t gotten that memo yet from her parents Bill and Jane Kupper.

“In recent memory, they’ve never told me ‘don’t do marijuana’. I consider myself a pretty good kid. We’ve had more alcohol talks than pot talks." 

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The Salt
4:51 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Out of the binder, into the kitchen: Working women and cooking

Fox Photos Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 19, 2012 1:48 pm

Mitt Romney is getting a lot of heat for his somewhat awkward comments about women in the workplace during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

The Internet's meme makers made merry with Romney's comment about the "binder full of women" that he sought out to work for him during his stint as Massachusetts governor. Cue the obligatory Ryan Gosling meme.

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2012 Elections
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latest poll: Charter schools, same-sex marriage lead; governor race in virtual tie

The KCTS Washington Poll results were released today. More than 3.85 million ballots began to be sent to voters Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Voters in Washington are likely to approve two ballot measures that have failed in the past. A new poll shows both charter schools and same-sex marriage are leading by healthy margins.

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll also shows a statistical tie in the Governor’s race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.  

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2012 Elections
1:34 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Seattle Times running ads in favor of McKenna and gay marriage

The Seattle Times Company is now actively working to support Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and gay marriage, part of a push to demonstrate the effectiveness of newspaper political advertising.

Washington state's largest newspaper began with a full-page ad Wednesday calling McKenna "a choice that will make us all proud." The newspaper's editorial board has endorsed McKenna.

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Gubernatorial Debate
10:23 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Personal attacks punctuate final McKenna, Inslee debate

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna meet in Seattle for the final gubernatorial debate before the election.
Bettina Hansen The Seattle Times

The fifth and final debate between Washington’s candidates for governor was punctuated by personal attacks. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna met in Seattle Tuesday night. The format encouraged them to engage each other.

One of the most personal exchanges came when the candidates had a chance to pose a question of each other. Republican McKenna asked Inslee to explain why the Democratic candidate has yet to pick up a single daily newspaper endorsement.

Inslee responded that he doesn’t work for the newspapers.

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Presidential debate spins 'Binders Full of Women' meme, fact checks

This photo of Playboy's Hugh Hefner was published on a Tumblr blog devoted to poking fun at the "women full of binders" meme.
Tumblr

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 1:34 pm

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Elections 2012
8:18 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Along with sparks, errors fly in second presidential debate

Originally published on Wed October 17, 2012 5:18 am

The "facts" came fast in Tuesday's presidential debate, and the checkers found many that didn't quite check out.

Here are some of the early words from the news outlets and independent organizations that were watching closely what President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said.

From PolitiFact.com's tweets:

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