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November 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Godden confident, expects third term to be her last

Jean Godden Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden said she was confident of victory Tuesday night, though her opponent Bobby Forch refused to concede. Godden’s race was the closest of the five council contests, with four other incumbents leading by landslide margins in first-day returns. But Godden still held a comfortable 8-point lead. “There are still…

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November 8, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Gregoire: Liquor initiative poses 'public safety' risks

Gov. Chris Gregoire expressed heartburn on Tuesday about the two successful initiatives. On Initiative 1163, which mandates better training for long-term care workers, Gregoire said in a statement: “It’s critically important that our long-term care workers are among the finest in the field. However, the initiative had no way to fund the training. With our state facing…

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November 8, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Tolling supporters say Puget Sound voters want transit improvements

Opponents of Tim Eyman’s anti-tolling initiative were celebrating the vote Tuesday night that showed it trailing, sharply so in King County. Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable, said it made sense that the bulk of the no votes came from Central Puget Sound counties, which have the largest backlog of needed road…

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November 8, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Not a good day for Kemper Freeman

Kemper Freeman Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman can’t be too happy with tonight’s election results: Anti-tolling Initiative 1125: Losing. Freeman bankrolled the “yes” campaign. Bellevue City Council incumbents John Chelminiak and Claudia Balducci: Big winners. Freeman supported their challengers. Freeman-backed Bellevue City Council candidate Aaron Laing: in a neck-and-neck race with John Stokes, who leads by a…

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November 8, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Car-tab loss: Next time, a bigger 'transit component'

Seattle Councilwoman Sally Clark, fresh off an apparent re-election Tuesday, predicted that voters won’t see another car-tab fee for transportation in 2012. Proposition 1, which would set a $60 car-tab fee, was clearly defeated in the initial vote count. During the campaign, Clark says she heard people constantly criticize the regressive nature of the fee — someone with…

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November 8, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Tolling: Eyman says his side was outspent

“For us to get this close is nothing short of remarkable,” Tim Eyman said tonight, as his anti-tolling Initiative 1125 was trailing and likely to lose. “We spent nothing on this initiative, and the other side spent $2.5 million,” he said. “Because of this vote, I think Olympia’s plans to be tolling everywhere will only be…

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November 8, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Seattle School Board President Sundquist is trailing

Seattle School Board President Steve Sundquist trailed his challenger, Marty McLaren, by a slim margin in early returns, but voters appeared willing to retain a majority of the Seattle School Board in what was seen as a referendum on their management of a scandal. Three incumbents — Harium Martin-Morris, Peter Maier, Sherry Carr — led their challengers…

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November 8, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Liquor on private-store shelves by June

Bruce Beckett, head of government affairs for the Washington Restaurant Association, said the first bottles of liquor should be available for private sale by June. Reading from a statement, he said, “this is a clear victory for Washington taxpayers and consumers.” Beckett said voters were turned off by misleading ads by the initiative’s opponents that claimed privatization…

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