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Category: Secretary of State
January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson has an

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December 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: Cheech and Chonged out, second-highest turnout, Colbert for Senate

Good morning. Happy Friday! Cheech and Chonged out: I don’t know about you, but the network anchors sounded a little silly as they joked and deployed bad puns about the big party out in Washington state because of our new marijuana law (which took effect Thursday). Anchors like CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield chortled about how many Washingtonians…

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November 26, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: abortion rate at new low, Sec State nails voter turnout, anti-tax pledge loses one

Good Morning. 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…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: abortion rate, centers for disease control, Sam Reed

November 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Drew concedes, Wyman prevails in race for secretary of state

Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded in the race for secretary of state to Republican candidate Kim Wyman. Wyman, former Thurston County auditor, had a narrow lead over Drew in the race to replace longtime incumbent Sam Reed, who is retiring as secretary of state. Reed had been in office since 2000. In a statement, Drew said, “Today, I called…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Secretary of State | Topics: Drew, Secretary of State, Wyman

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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September 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Republican bench; what’s middle class?; Occupy anniversary

Good Morning: Republican bench: It seems premature, but political analysts are looking at the latest, and, for the moment, Democratic-leaning polls, and wondering if Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna might lose to Democrat Jay Inslee in the governor’s race, if Reagan Dunn, another Republican, may come up short in November compared with Democrat Bob Ferguson, in…

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September 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Poll: Gov race stays tight, but Dems lead all down the ballot

A new Elway Poll finds Washington’s gubernatorial contest remains tight, but there is plenty of scary news for Republicans in down-ballot races. The poll of 405 registered voters, conducted Sept. 9-12, found Democrat Jay Inslee leading Republican Rob McKenna, 44 to 41 percent. With the poll’s 5 percentage point margin of error, the finding confirms the race’s…

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August 30, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Socialist candidate wins right to call herself that on the ballot

Kshama Sawant, a socialist candidate running for the state House of Representatives, won a suit in the King County Superior Court to state her party preference — the Socialist Alternative Party — on the ballot in November. The state Secretary of State’s Office had previously stated that Washington’s election rules prevented Sawant from identifying with her…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: frank chopp, King County Superior Court, kshama sawant