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September 19, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Cantwell questions NOAA nominee about ocean acidification

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell on Thursday sought a commitment from the Obama administration’s nominee to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that she would make ocean acidification a significant priority. But the exchange briefly turned, albeit obliquely, to an issue at the heart of the debate about the U.S. response to ocean acidification: funding. In response…


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November 6, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Marijuana initiative shreds the Cascade Curtain

Washington state has found an issue that makes mincemeat of the famed Cascade Curtain: marijuana. Unlike many Northwest issues, the vote on Iniatitve-502 did not break along traditional east-west lines. Instead, weirdly, it broke along a north-south axis. Voters across the northern half of the state seemed supported the pot initiative, while counties to the south (with…


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November 6, 2012 at 9:09 PM

McCloud defeats Sanders in Supreme Court race

Update:  9:08 p.m. Longtime appellate attorney Sheryl Gordon McCloud defeated former state Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders for a six-year term on the state Supreme Court. McCloud was leading with 56 percent of the vote, including more than 64 percent in vote-heavy King County. Sanders served on the court for 15 years before losing his seat two years…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Dems take early lead for auditor, lt. gov; secretary of state a dead heat

In the race to replace retiring Washington Sate Auditor Brian Sonntag,  Democrat state Rep. Troy Kelley was leading Republican businessman James Watkins by 53 percdent to 47 percent in initial returns. Meanwhile, Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman were in a dead heat in the race to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed. With…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Democrats take early leads in 6th, 10th congressional districts

Both Democrats in the 6th and 10th congressional districts jumped out to comfortable leads in initial returns. Democratic state Sen. Derek Kilmer was leading Republican Bill Driscoll 59 percent to 41 percent in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks in Washington’s 6th Congressional District. Dicks said in March he would not run for a…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Ferguson leads Dunn in attorney general’s race

In the state’s most expensive and perhaps ugliest attorney general’s race, Democrat Bob Ferguson held a sizeable lead over Republican Reagan Dunn with 1.4 million votes cast. Ferguson was leading 54 percent to Dunn’s 46 percent in initial returns. The contest featured two rising political stars and showcased the importance of the open seat they’re seeking; outside…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Tim Eyman’s two-thirds vote initiative wins

An initiative that reimposes a law requiring a two-thirds vote in the state Legislature, or voter approval, to increase taxes passed Tuesday. Initiative 1185, sponsored by Tim Eyman, was leading 64 percent to 36 percent in initial statewide counts. The measure comes at a time when the state budget and the economy are still struggling and the…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Koster feels good, says “we’ll trust the voters”

Watching the results come in on Tuesday night with supporters at an Everett restaurant, 1st District Congressional candidate John Koster said he felt good about his chances of winning. “There were 13 self-funded candidates who ran in 2010 and three got elected,” he said. “We’ll trust the voters.” Before arriving at the Everett restaurant, Shawn O’Donnell’s, he…


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