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November 8, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Class-size measure widens lead in weekend vote count

The statewide initiative to reduce K-12 class sizes widened its lead Saturday. As of Saturday evening, I-1351 was passing with 50.5 percent of the vote, a lead of 18,495 votes. The widening margin is due largely to the measure’s popularity in King County, where more votes were counted Saturday and I-1351 has now captured 54.5 percent of…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Initiative 1351; class size, McCleary

November 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AP: Voters reject measure to ban state background checks

The Associated Press and The Seattle Times OLYMPIA — A measure seeking to prevent Washington state from expanding gun-sale background checks beyond federal law has been rejected by voters. Votes counted Wednesday for Initiative 591 increased the No campaign’s lead by about 18,000. For the Yes side to catch up, it would need about 56 percent of…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiative 594

November 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Property tax levy for city-subsidized preschool wins big

A Seattle ballot measure enacting a $58 million property-tax levy for city-subsidized preschool won big in Tuesday returns. Seattle Proposition No. 1B will authorize a $58 million property-tax levy to fund a four-year pilot program of city-subsidized preschool on a sliding scale while raising academic standards and the pay of preschool teachers. The proposal, backed by…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: levy, pre-K, preschool

November 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Lovick far ahead in Snohomish County executive race

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick appeared headed to victory Tuesday, capturing a considerable lead over Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick. In Tuesday’s totals, Lovick had 56 percent of the vote to the 44 percent won by Eslick. The contest does not give the winner a full, four-year term. Instead, this race was about who will serve out the remaining…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Carolyn Eslick, John Lovick, Snohomish County

November 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seattle voters saying yes to increased Metro bus service

Metro Transit service in Seattle will get a boost, if Tuesday’s vote trend continues. In Tuesday night’s count, 59 percent of voters were saying yes to Proposition 1, while 41 percent were rejecting the measure. Voters are apparently seeing value in paying more in sales taxes and for car tabs. The measure calls for a 0.1 percent…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Metro Transit, Seattle Proposition 1

November 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Supreme Court justices headed to new terms

Two state Supreme Court justices won new terms Tuesday, while the other two up for election enjoyed big leads. Two had no opposition. Justice Mary Yu, a former King County Superior Court judge appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee in May to a vacant seat, will fill out the two years remaining in the term of Justice…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Charles Johnson, Debra Stephens, Mary Fairhurst

November 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Seattle’s Latest monorail proposal loses big

Seattleites overwhelmingly rejected a request to spend $2 million per year for yet another layer of transportation planning, this time to explore a monorail line. Citizen Proposition No. 1 attracted only 19.6 percent of the votes in counts released Tuesday night. Its defeat reinforces a voter decision nine years ago to bury the dream of a line…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Elizabeth Campbell, Monorail, seattle

November 4, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Class-size measure trailing narrowly in first-day returns

With all but four Eastern Washington counties reporting in first-day returns, Washington voters were narrowly rejecting an initiative that would require the state Legislature to find nearly $5 billion though 2019 to pay for lower class sizes and hire more of everyone else needed to operate a school, from principals to groundskeepers. The I-1351 campaign, backed primarily by the state teachers…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: class size, Initiative 1351

November 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Tougher gun-purchase background checks win handily

Voters in Washington state are approving Initiative 594, which would create  one of the nation’s toughest background checks for gun purchases. In Tuesday’s returns, I-594 was being supported by nearly 60 percent of voters, winning handily in eight of the 10 largest counties. The initiative would extend background checks to purchases made online and at gun…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, i-591, i-594

April 23, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Proposition 1 defeat still clear, despite tiny gain in votes today

New ballot counts Wednesday afternoon show tiny percentage gains and an insurmountable deficit for Proposition 1, the King County measure to increase sales tax and car-tab fee, to fund buses and roads. Proposition 1 now has 187,324 yes votes, 0r 45.49 percent; the no side has 224,441 votes, or 54.51 percent. That compares to 44.72 percent approval in…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: King County Metro Transit, Proposition 1

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