November 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Monday politics: abortion rate at new low, Sec State nails voter turnout, anti-tax pledge loses one
Abortion talk meet abortion fact: All that election season chatter about abortion missed an important factoid that just emerged. Data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and reported by the Washington Post, show the abortion rate has hit an all-time low in America. Irony of ironies, more effective contraception, not the economy is cited as one possible explanation.
So you signed the Grover Norquist tax pledge? For the longest time, anti-tax crusade Grover Norquist has had a hold on most Republican lawmakers in Washington, D.C. That grip may be easing, as another lawmaker, a conservative one, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, tells Norquist, in essence, That was then and this is now.
Secretary of State revels: You can practically hear Secretary of State Sam Reed yelling from Olympia, “I got it right, I got it right.” The it is the 2012 general election turnout rate, now standing at 80.91 percent, which if you use your mathematical powers, rounds out to 81 percent turnout. Bingo. That’s the exact number Reed predicted well before the election.
- Gov. Jay Inslee named finance chair for Democratic Governors Association
- State climate panel melts down
- Anti-DUI work group: Yes to random checkpoints, no to alcohol bans
- Pedersen likely to fill Murray’s state Senate seat; Walkinshaw in line for House
- Murray heads off to mayor’s school
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