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December 6, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Marriage Equality Day

Same-sex couples gathered in downtown Seattle today to get their marriage licenses. King County Executive Dow Constantine was on hand to sign marriage certificates, while syndicated columnist Dan Savage and others celebrated the landmark day in Washington State history. Here are some highlights.

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November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Voter Turnout Approaches 80 Percent in Washington State

Some Washingtonians miss the satisfaction of visiting polling stations on election day. Some Washingtonians prefer the ease of voting from home on their own schedule. But no matter where your opinion falls on mail-in ballots, the correlation between them and increased voting rates is striking. SEATTLE — Mail-in balloting has caused an increase of…

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October 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Washington Initiative 502: both sides of the debate

Washington Initiative 502 has supporters and opponents. University of Washington Election Eye researched each and brings you both sides of the debate. SEATTLE — If you want to know where your chicken fillet comes from, you definitely want to know where your marijuana comes from. Chances are, your dinner wasn’t smuggled under the US-Canada border…

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October 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Elephant in the election room: cost of higher education

With the cost of higher education rising along with the level of student debt upon graduation, politicians at the national and state level need to address the issue frankly and provide real solutions. SEATTLE — As a master’s student at the University of Washington with a small mountain of student loans, I find myself paying…

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0 Comments | More in Local, State | Topics: student debt, student loans, Tuition

September 27, 2012 at 7:00 AM

WA governor candidate forum going social with a Google+ Hangout

SEATTLE — The YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish (YWCA) and their advocacy network, Firesteel, are hosting two round table discussions with the 2012 candidates for Washington state governor, Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Each one will answer questions about women’s socio-economic issues, domestic violence, and homelessness.

A roundtable with gubernatorial candidates is not a new thing, but this roundtable will be unique because of where it will take place: over Google+ Hangout.

So what makes this Google+ Hangout so exciting? Over the past four years, social media have been hyped for their ability to allow presidential campaigns to reach out and have two-way conversations with citizens. The reality is, with a constituency as large as the United States, it’s challenging to have legitimate conversations with potential voters. In fact, according to a recent Pew Research study, the current presidential campaigns rarely interact on Twitter. President Obama’s campaign retweets about 16% of the time, while Romney’s campaign only retweeted once in a two week span.

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September 15, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Same-sex marriage a local issue at national conference

Washington, D.C. — Though a bit few and far between, there are a few people here who are from the Northwest. Speaking  this morning on a panel of local leaders who oppose same-sex marriage atthe state level, Joseph Backholm, the director of the Family Policy Institute of Washington and the chair of the anti-R74 group, Preserve…

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0 Comments | More in Culture, National, State | Topics: Family Policy Institute of Washington, Joe Backholm, Same-sex marriage

June 6, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I-1183: from ballot to bottle service

Washingtonians began June with a new opportunity to purchase hard liquor in non–state retail outlets. The UW Election Eye team was out that first Friday looking for clues as to what the new drinking landscape looked like from the bar stool perspective.

SEATTLE — Last week marked the end of a 78-year old system and a multi-year battle to get liquor on the shelves of private retailers. During the 2010 election cycle, two initiatives were

"Dark and Stormy" craft cocktail prepared at Hazelwood in Ballard. (Photo by Dan Thornton / UW Election Eye)

put forth to the people — I-1100 and I-1105 — both aiming to get liquor out of the state-run stores and both failed. Last year, only one initiative was on the ballot concerning liquor distribution and it was backed by more than $20 million from Costco. And it passed.

Since last November, the state, retailers and new distributors have been moving quickly to transition from the 78-year old system. Friday, June 1st marked the first day that state liquor stores were out and private distributors and retailers were in.

Costco was not the only store to provide liquor to its customers on June 1. From Safeway to Fred Meyer, from QFC to Bartell Drugs, retailers made room for the new products on their shelves. The impacts of the new distribution system reach beyond the newly stocked shelves of grocers and the empty ones of the now defunct state stores. A privatized distribution system means new prices (for now, higher prices), new products and potentially new menus at local bars.

At Hazlewood, a craft cocktail bar in Ballard, the staff on hand on Friday had mixed feelings about the change. Tending the bar during the first happy hour of the new era, Hazelwood co-owner Keith Bartoloni described the new system as a challenge for bar owners and managers to be more resourceful. After the two main distributors, Southern Spirits and Young’s Market, bar owners are still waiting to see what products get picked up and where they will need to go to stock their bars. “Craft cocktailers will need to do a little more shopping.”

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May 23, 2012 at 7:33 AM

What can we learn from the nine candidates for Washington governor?

McKenna Inslee Candidates Third-Party

(Graphic by Almeera Anwar / UW Election Eye)

With nine candidates running for Washington State governor, and the primary still months away, why is all the attention  focused on McKenna and Inslee? 

SEATTLE — In a free and fair election, should all candidates be given equal consideration? This question recently came up in the Washington State governor’s race. Nine candidates filed for the position, but only two have been invited to the Association of Washington Business debate, to be held in Spokane in June.

“The debate hosts set their own rules and they invite people based on the criteria they establish,” said Sterling Clifford, Jay Inslee’s communications director, “While Jay is open to a broader conversation, but also there is good reason to acknowledge the realities of the election and political climate. Rob McKenna or Jay Inslee will be the next governor of Washington. That is just a cold hard fact.”

Some might say that since these candidates are relatively unknown and not the primary contenders for governor, in the way that Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are, they should not get equal attention.

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April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Pennsylvania parallels with Washington State politics obvious to PA Governor

When UW Election Eye was invited to the residence of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, we discovered a remarkable number of similarities between Pennsylvania’s political climate and that of Washington State.

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Gov. Tom Corbett was glued to his son’s big-screen TV on Sunday, April 22, settling in to his rec room’s easy chair for a Stanley Cup playoff game between his two largest constituent cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. That’s just about the time our UW Election Eye team got waved past the plain-clothed state patrolman on the mansion’s front steps and greeted by the Commonwealth’s First Lady, Susan Corbett.

UWEE's Corbett interview site

Mellon Parlor is around the corner from the site of our exclusive interview with Gov. Corbett on April 22, 2012. It was completed in December 1968. (Photo by Derek Walker/UW Election Eye)

“Call me Sue,” she said, reaching for our jackets and hanging them up in the closet of the Grand Hall entrance. The tone was set for our afternoon.

Minutes later, Gov. Corbett strolled across the wooden floor into a spacious, brightly lit Erie Room — wearing a light blue shirt and holding a soft drink in his left hand. If he is losing sleep over his current 39% approval rating, he sure doesn’t look like it. Even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating is higher than Corbett’s, despite Walker facing a rare recall election in early June.

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April 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Light turnout at Seattle-area Democratic caucuses may signal apathy, overconfidence, or a sunny day

With reporting by Alicia Halberg and Stephanie Kim

Democrats held their legislative caucuses on Sunday to help decide the party’s platform and select the presidential nominee. With Obama guaranteed the nomination, many simply didn’t see any point in attending.

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

Ballard

Only 24 people showed up for the meeting of Washington’s 36th legislative district caucuses at Whittier Elementary in Ballard, where 15 precincts met to caucus.

Alice Woldt, former chairwoman of the King County Democratic Party and former chair of the 36th district Democrats, convened the caucuses at Whittier. She said the district had tried to reach out to potential caucus-goers using local media, calling those who came out in 2008, robocalls in the area, and having caucus officers talk to their neighbors.

“With all of the media attention on the other party, we need to build up energy and enthusiasm, otherwise people won’t think that we’ve got anything going on,” Woldt said.

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0 Comments | More in Local | Topics: Ballard, Barack Obama, Beacon Hill

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