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Category: 2014 elections
November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-594, Moms Demand Action, national rifle association

November 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

New gigs, lobbyists, immigration, anarchists: your political week in review

The elections are over, Thanksgiving looms, and politics persist. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move to protect millions of the undocumented from deportation. 2. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn gets new gig, says he has no plans to seek return to elected office. 3. As Didier finally concedes, Republican…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races | Topics: mike mcginn, week in review

November 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Didier concedes to Newhouse in 4th District Congressional race

Yakima Herald-Republic Republican Clint Didier has formally conceded the race to Dan Newhouse for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, also a Republican, was projected to win the race since Nov. 7, but Didier, a tea party ally, said early last week the campaign was still counting ballots and hoping for a recount. Since then, Newhouse has…

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Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: 4th District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: week in review

November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…

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November 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too. In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: 2014 elections, i-591, i-594

November 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Those three toss-up House races? All are now out of recount range

Last week, we wrote about gains the GOP was making in statehouse races this election cycle. At the time, three state House races were so close that it looked like they’d go to recount. It doesn’t look that way anymore. In votes counted as of late Monday afternoon, all three races have moved out of the recount…

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November 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Washington midterm turnout lowest since disco era

Washington voter turnout in the midterms looks like it will set its lowest mark since the Bee Gees ruled the charts and Jimmy Carter sat in the White House. Despite our state’s easy-peasy vote-by-mail setup, just 53 percent of registered voters bothered, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. That’s the latest…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, turnout

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

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