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September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Former city housing director heads to King County

King County has hired another well-regarded city of Seattle staffer. County Executive Dow Constantine announced today he hired Adrienne Quinn, former director of Seattle’s Office of Housing, to lead the county Department of Community and Human Services. Quinn replaces longtime director Jackie MacLean, who is stepping down at the end of the year. While Quinn was director…


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February 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

King County seeks power to raise sales tax without voter approval

King County officials are pushing legislation in Olympia that would allow them to raise the local sales tax to pay for human services and public safety expenses — without asking for voter approval. Counties are currently allowed to ask voters for a public-safety tax increase of up  to 0.3 percent, and 10 counties have successfully won…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: King County, public safety, sales tax

December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Marijuana initiative wildly popular in Seattle & Eastside

Washington’s marijuana-legalization initiative proved overwhelmingly popular throughout most of King and Snohomish Counties. Click to view full-size map. Initiative 502 carried all but 5 percent of King County precincts and won a majority of votes in every city, according to a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns. (Click on the map image to the left…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest | Topics: initiative 502, King County, marijuana

November 8, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Inslee slightly expands lead over McKenna as more ballots counted

Democrat Jay Inslee slightly increased his lead in the governor’s race in updated vote tallies released Thursday afternoon, further complicating Republican Rob McKenna’s path to victory. Inslee led McKenna statewide by 56,849 votes out of nearly 2.3 million ballots counted as of 5:15 p.m. Thursday — a lead of 51.2 percent to 48.8 percent. Wednesday, Inslee More

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November 7, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Little change in governor’s race after more ballots released

Update, 7 p.m. Rob McKenna improved his standing in King County in updated vote tallies released Wednesday evening, but he still trailed Jay Inslee in the race for governor. McKenna took 40.6 percent of the 51,608 ballots counted Wednesday, an improvement on the 36.94 percent he had among the roughly 555,000 counted Tuesday. But Inslee still increased his…


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November 6, 2012 at 8:01 PM

King County planning to report results from 556,000 ballots tonight

Barbara Ramey,  a spokeswoman for King County Elections, says her office is planning to report results from 556,000 ballots tonight. That would be 48 percent of the 1.16 million registered voters in the county and about 55 percent of the expected overall turnout. Statewide, about 60 percent of ballots are expected to be counted tonight. Democrats at an…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor | Topics: ballot counting, Barbara Ramey, King County

November 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Maria Cantwell doesn’t think the mailman will lose your ballot. But she thinks you might.

An advertisement in Sunday’s Seattle Times for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., turned some heads, because it seemed to suggest doubt in the Postal Service. “Your vote is your right,” the full-page advertisement read. “Don’t let it get lost in the mail.” Does Cantwell, a two-term senator, think the mailman is losing ballots en…


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October 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Nearly 300,000 ballots already received by King County

More than a week remains before the deadline for Washington voters to send in ballots for the all-mail Nov. 6 election. But hundreds of thousands of people in King County have already put their ballots in the mail or drop boxes. Call them the “decided” voters. About 280,000 ballots had been received by King County Elections


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August 7, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Voters approving levy to rebuild Youth Services Center

By a slim margin, King County voters were saying yes to a $210 million, nine-year property tax levy to substantially rebuild the aging Youth Services Center. In early returns, the levy was leading by nearly  53 percent to 47 percent. The levy would modernize the center’s courtrooms, offices and detention center, some of which date to 1952….


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