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Wash. voters approve supermajority initiative

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters will continue to require the Legislature to get a two-thirds majority vote to raise taxes, but early vote counts showed they are divided on whether to allow charter schools in the state.

Wash. voters legalize recreational pot use

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters have made their state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition.

Washington voters narrowly approving gay marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters are narrowly approving gay marriage in the state, following the lead of voters in Maryland and Maine, where ballot measures on same-sex unions also are holding slim leads.

Wash. voters legalize recreational pot use

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters made their state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition. The outcomes of related measures in Colorado and Oregon were uncertain.

US Sen. Cantwell expected to win re-election

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is likely to clinch her third term in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while the race for one of Washington's redrawn congressional districts remains a toss-up. Cantwell, the state's Democratic junior senator, led from the start, amassing a money war chest worth more than $8 million that dwarfed Michael Baumgartner's effort of $1 million.

AdWatch: New ad against raises fear of lawsuits

Jim O'Reilly, owner of the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vt., with wife Mary seated beside him: "A lesbian couple sued us for not supporting their gay wedding because of our Christian beliefs. We had to pay $30,000 and can no longer host any weddings at our inn."

Burglary at Democrat Party HQ in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Police detectives are investigating an overnight burglary at the Seattle headquarters of the state Democrat Party. It was reported at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday by someone arriving for work who found a broken window and open door.
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Dems, GOP vying for control of state Senate

SEATTLE (AP) — Whether Republicans or Democrats take control of the state Senate next year will be up to voters in a handful of districts. Currently, Democrats hold a 27- to 22-seat lead. But the two parties and their allies have poured millions of dollars into just a few districts, mostly west of the Cascade Mountains.

Measure aims for legalized pot in Wash.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters will decide whether to possibly make the state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a potential showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition. Initiative 502 would establish a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.

Exit poll: Wash. state voters focus on economy

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at preliminary results from exit polling in Washington state conducted by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and television networks: Washington voters were focused on the economy with a majority calling it the top problem facing the country — though more voters say it's on the mend than think it's getting worse.

Measure aims for legalized pot in Wash.

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington voters will decide whether to possibly make the state the first in the nation to legalize recreational pot use, setting up a potential showdown with a federal government that backs the drug's prohibition. Initiative 502 would establish a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.

US Sen. Cantwell expected to win re-election

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is likely to clinch her third term in the U.S. Senate, while the race for one of Washington's redrawn congressional districts remains a toss-up. Cantwell, a Democrat, has led Republican newcomer Michael Baumgartner in the polls and in fundraising since the beginning of the campaign season.

Bloomberg offers $250,000 match on R-74 donations

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering to match up to $250,000 of donations made by the end of the week to the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. The grant challenge was announced Monday by Washington United for Marriage, which is fighting to uphold the state's gay marriage law that was passed earlier this year. That law is on hold pending November's vote on Referendum 74, which asks voters to either approve or reject the law allowing same-sex marriage in the state.

Poll: McKenna, Inslee tied as ballots reach voters

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's race for governor is tied. A survey conducted last week while ballots were going out to voters showed that Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna both had the support of 46 percent of voters. Inslee was faring better among women while McKenna was getting the support of 19 percent of people who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008.

Eyman seeks taxing restrictions for WA Legislature

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax crusader Tim Eyman's initiative to renew the two-thirds legislative majority requirement to create new taxes is on the ballot again this November. This time, however, Initiative 1185 is seeing little resistance.

Prohibition still fails; yes on I-502

There is little new in the Prohibition argument. This is it: The substance in question (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana) is so obviously harmful when abused, so destructive of family bonds, so detrimental to youthful potential, so disruptive to the fabric of sober society, that its possession and sale should be illegal. Preventing intoxication is a public good, so make criminals of the intoxicated. It’s partly true. Abuse of these substances is harmful. We have all seen it with our own eyes. But how can the law stop it? Did Prohibition reduce ...

Kim Wyman for secretary of state

Secretary of state is not a statewide office loaded with glamour. The state’s chief elections officer and keeper of records does not normally command much of our attention. Sporadically, however, the importance of the office becomes glaringly obvious. Remember 2004. So a vote for secretary of state is to be taken seriously. Incumbent Sam Reed, long known for evenhanded competence and integrity, is retiring. Vying to replace him are Democrat Kathleen Drew and Republican Kim Wyman. Both visited our offices twice during the campaign, and we found them to be ...

McIntire, again

In the fall of 2011, when default loomed on $42 million in bonds for Town Toyota Center, our state’s treasurer, Jim McIntire, was here. He urged action, emphasized the importance of meeting debts and maintaining the financial reputation and credit of our city, region and state. Financial responsibility brought its own rewards, he said, and worked for reconciliation and offered his assistance in finding a solution. He was right, and our region owes him its gratitude. While his solution was not adopted, McIntire spured us to action and we found ...

State’s voter rolls are bursting

OLYMPIA — Washington has a record 3.88 million voters registered for the Nov. 6 general election, and the number continues to grow by several hundred a day. The current total is nearly 150,000 voters higher than the number on the rolls for the state primary in August.