5:24 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Arrest made in threats against Rep. McDermott

The FBI says a Palm Springs, Calif., man accused of making threatening, obscene phone calls to the office of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott  last month told authorities he never intended to hurt anyone.

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9:30 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Despite ruling, political parties continue fight against top-two primary

Washington's major political parties are indicating they'll press on with their battle to overturn the state's top-two primary. This despite yet another court ruling Tuesday upholding the voter-approved primary system.

A federal district judge in Seattle ruled voters are not confused when they see the words "prefers Republican party" or "prefers Democratic party" next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. 

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State Government
6:16 am
Wed January 12, 2011

Gregoire urges lawmakers to bust status quo

State lawmakers must embrace change and "be bold." That was Governor Chris Gregoire's chief message Tuesday in her State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature. 

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8:47 am
Tue January 11, 2011

State senator sworn in amidst controversy

The first day of the Washington Legislature included an intra-party drama on the floor of the state senate. It happened during opening ceremonies Monday when an incumbent Democratic Senator tried to block a new senator from being sworn in. 

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News Roundup
6:00 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

University of Washington students are shown here on campus earlier this year. A new group seeks to harness the political power of UW alumni, in time for the state legislature's January buget-cutting session.

The UW boosts its political voice in Olympia; ferry rate increases get the AG's go-ahead; and Thurston County puts the brakes on wood energy projects.

UW Seeks to Raise Political Voice Ahead of Session

The University of Washington is hoping to flex more political muscle with state lawmakers. The school's alumni group is hiring top lobbyists from both parties to advocate for higher education when the legislative session begins next month. 

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5:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Cheers erupt in Olympia with news of new Congress seat

Washington picked up a new House seat as a result of the 2010 Census.
US Census

There were celebrations in Olympia when news broke Tuesday that Washington state will get an additional member of Congress as a result of the 2010 Census. 

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6:15 am
Mon December 20, 2010

Washington may gain Congressional seat with unveiling of census data

The state's current congressional district alignment of nine seats. Will Washington add a tenth? Census data coming Tuesday will tell.
Courtesy Washington Secretary of State's Office

On Tuesday, the U.S. Census releases the first numbers from the 2010 population count. The first round of data will be used to reallocate Congressional seats among the states.

Top line numbers will be released tomorrow for the nation as a whole and for individual states. That’s all the info you need to redistribute proportionally the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

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King County Government
5:04 am
Tue November 16, 2010

King County passes lean budget

Dawn Walker and her daughter, Jesse, tell the King County Council they've benefited from county social service programs. The Council approved a budget that slashes some services and cuts 300 county positions.
King County Television

The King County Council has voted for a lean 2011 budget that slashes 300 positions, many in law enforcement. Even some council members acknowledge it could hurt public safety.

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Election 2010
7:58 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Murray widens lead, Rossi concedes bid for US Senate

Dino Rossi (pictured here in an October debate in Seattle) conceded the US Senate race Thursday evening. Patty Murray's lead continues to grow as votes are counted.

Democrat Patty Murray has defeated Republican challenger Dino Rossi after a third day of vote tallying in their closely fought race for the U.S. Senate. In capturing her fourth term, Murray adds to the Democrats' slight cushion in the Senate after Republicans made gains there Tuesday while also seizing control of the House. 

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Election 2010
7:49 am
Thu November 4, 2010

Vote count increases Murray's lead

Patty Murray shakes hands with supporters on Monday at the Boeing machinists' union office in Everett, Wash.

Democrat Patty Murray has slightly expanded her lead over Republican Dino Rossi in Washington's too-close-to-call U-S Senate Race. Democrats remain confident she will ultimately prevail in her re-election bid.

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Election 2010
7:02 am
Tue November 2, 2010

Close Margin Expected in Washington Senate race

Supporters of Dino Rossi and Patty Murray, outside a Seattle TV studio on October 21, 2010, where the candidates held a debate.
AP photo

Election lawyers are on stand-by in Washington in the event of a super-close U-S Senate race. Polls show Republican challenger Dino Rossi neck-and-neck with incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.

Rossi knows a thing or two about close elections. He was the Republican candidate in 2004 when Washington’s gubernatorial race ended up in court. He ultimately lost by a mere 133-votes after an election contest trial. Rossi clearly hopes the lawyers aren’t needed like they were in 2004.

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Water Cooler
8:14 am
Fri October 29, 2010

Murray-Rossi race could be cliffhanger, local foreclosures surge: bring on the blues

Patty Murray and Dino Rossi are in a tight race. They're shown here at last week's debate in Seattle.
AP photo.

There'll be a lot of buzz today about the latest poll on the Senate race between Dino Rossi and incumbent Patty Murray.  The KCTS 9 - KPLU - Washington Poll shows a narrowing lead for Murray, from 8% two weeks ago to 4.3% this week. Still, among likely voters, Murray is up 6%. It all points to a race that might not be decided election night, and perhaps for weeks to come.

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Election 2010
7:25 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Despite Koster No-Show, The Show Goes On

John Koster is a Republican Snohomish County commissioner, seeking the 2nd Congressional District seat that Democrat Rick Larsen has held for 10 years. Koster narrowly lost to Larsen in 2000.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU photo.

The buzz from Everett to Bellingham is the snub John Koster delivered to the folks preparing for his debate with Congressman Rick Larsen.  Republican (and Tea Party endorsed) Koster pulled out of the KCTS 9 sponsored debate Wednesday, the day before the taping in Seattle. The reason? Koster claims panelist Jerry Cornfield of The Herald of Everett was biased against him.

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The Water Cooler
12:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Here Come the Heavyweights!

How's this for a guest list? President Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden, former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Election 2010
11:48 am
Tue October 12, 2010

KPLU's Election 2010: 2nd Congressional District Race

Incumbent Congressman Rick Larson (D, left) faces a strong challenge from Republican John Koster (right).
Courtesy Koster and Larsen campaigns.

Ten years ago, Democrat Rick Larsen and Republican John Koster battled for an open seat in Washington's Second Congressional District. Larsen won that election and since then he's represented the district that runs from about the King- Snohomish County line to the Canadian border. This year, Koster - a Snohomish County Councilmemeber - is back for another shot at the seat.

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