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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…


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…


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…


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

November 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Tougher gun-purchase background checks win handily

Eileen Bennhoff, front, with Moms Demand Action, cheers what I-594 supporters believe is a statewide victory for gun background checks. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) 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…


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…


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

April 4, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Inslee vetoes drone bill

The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee has vetoed a bill that would have placed new regulations on police use of drones in Washington state. The News Tribune reports the governor also announced Friday he will prevent state agencies from buying or using the technology for the next 15 months. Inslee says he chose to veto the bill…


Comments | More in Governor, State government, State Legislature | Topics: drones, gov. jay inslee, Washington State Legislature

January 9, 2014 at 10:54 AM

GOP lawmaker: Seattle should pay for any tunnel overruns

By CHRIS GRYGIEL The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The problems facing two state transportation “megaprojects” will loom large over discussions in the Legislature this year to raise the gas tax to pay for roads, bridges and transit throughout Washington. Leading lawmakers said at an Associated Press legislative forum Thursday that recent issues with the State Highway 520 bridge…


Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: Alaskan Way Viaduct, Highway 520 bridge, Highway 99 tunnel

November 16, 2013 at 8:29 PM

SeaTac minimum-wage measure leads by 46 votes

By The Associated Press A ballot measure that seeks to establish a $15-an-hour minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac is leading by 46 votes. After Saturday’s ballot drop, Proposition 1 was passing with 2,936 “yes” votes compared to 2,890 “no” votes. On election night, it was leading by a 261-vote margin — a decent gap in a…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: minimum wage, Proposition 1, Sea Tac

October 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Inslee says federal shutdown hurting state

By Phuong Le The Associated Press Gov. Jay Inslee said Sunday that the impacts from a partial federal government shutdown are already being felt across the state. Inslee, a Democrat, squarely blamed House Republicans and told reporters at a news conference Sunday that the problems could be easily fixed if House Speaker John Boehner would bring a clean…


Comments | More in Federal government, Governor, Politics Northwest, State government | Topics: Casey Ingels, federal government shutdown, gov. jay inslee

June 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Transportation tax proponents urge state Senate to pass bill

By Staff Reporter Colin Campbell The parking lot of the Bellevue Burgermaster was filled Friday morning with people hungry, not for burgers, but for state transportation funding. A coalition of local elected officials and businesspeople gathered at the fast food joint near I-520 to again urge the state Senate to pass a $10 billion transportation tax package…


Comments | More in State Legislature, Transportation | Topics: dow constantine, Maud Daudon, Washington Legislature

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