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8th Congressional District: Q&A with the candidates

The Wenatchee World: The eastern voters of the new 8th District have no prior experience with either you or your opponent. Please introduce yourself. Karen Porterfield: I am a third generation Washingtonian and am proud of my deep family ties in the Northwest. My family is part of this community, and I believe that there is no higher calling than serving the people in the community in which you live.

Pollster: Wash. governor’s race is a “tossup”

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new poll released Thursday shows an exceptionally close race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna in the final stretch of a campaign that's considered to be one of the most competitive gubernatorial contests in the nation. The KCTS 9 Washington poll showed Inslee with a 47.9 percent to 44.7 percent lead over McKenna among registered voters, with 7.5 percent undecided. Among likely voters, Inslee and McKenna are nearly even, with Inslee holding just a 47.1 percent to 46.3 percent advantage over McKenna, with ...

Glance: Comparing McKenna, Inslee on the issues

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna are locked in one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the country. Here's a breakdown of how the two candidates stand on some of the major issues facing Washington state. ECONOMY: The economic strategies in the race for governor have showed clear differences. Inslee would like to target tax breaks and aid toward clusters of industries, such as clean energy and life sciences, seeking to spur another revolution like the state has helped lead in aerospace and computer software. McKenna is focused ...

Gay marriage opponents raised $1.3M over 6 weeks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The campaign fighting the state's gay marriage law raised nearly $1.3 million over the past six weeks, spending most of it on TV ads that started running last week. According to filings posted late Tuesday with the Public Disclosure Commission, Preserve Marriage Washington has raised more than $1.8 million in cash and in-kind donations for its overall campaign, far less than the more than $10 million raised by Washington United for Marriage, which supports the law.

Hastings faces challenger in Yakima

YAKIMA — U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings is seeking his 10th term in office; Yakima entrepreneur and community organizer Mary Baechler is all who stands in his way. The two faced off in an editorial board endorsement interview at the Yakima Herald-Republic.Hastings says the election has national implications and focused more on his desire to repeal policies implemented by President Barack Obama, such as the Affordable Care Act, and reforming tax codes and entitlement programs.

McKenna, Inslee face off in final debate tonight

SEATTLE — Washington’s candidates for governor are set to meet in their final debate, following the second televised presidential debate. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will discuss campaign issues during the one-hour debate tonight in Seattle. The event is co-sponsored by The Seattle Times and KING 5 TV.

Inslee, McKenna hold their ground

SEATTLE — Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna clashed Thursday night over same-sex marriage, Medicaid and the best way to get more money to the state’s public schools. Each accused the other of ignoring the “will of the voters” when it was convenient. Each claimed the ability to forge bipartisan consensus while contending the other was tainted by their recent government service.

Inslee, McKenna debate tonight

SEATTLE — Washington’s candidates for governor are preparing to meet in their highest-profile debate. Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will discuss the issues tonight night in Seattle.

Didier opens the gates on criticisms of Goldmark

YAKIMA — Much like the state’s natural resources, the differences between the candidates for state public lands commissioner are vast and scenic. Democratic commissioner Peter Goldmark is seeking a second term, citing his work to improve the health of the state’s forests and bodies of water in addition to lean fiscal management through the worst of the recession.

In their own words

WENATCHEE — The World asked 12th Legislative District Representative Mike Armstrong and challenger Brad Hawkins three questions each. Here's what they told us.

R-74 affirms our changing norms

Marriage is a right. The courts have ruled as much. But it is a right within the statutory limits set by the state. Those limitations can and do change with society’s shifting moral norms. Unions our ancestors forbid and considered immoral are now accepted, admired and encouraged and the prohibitions of the past seem odd or hurtful. Our standard of acceptance is constantly changing, and our tradition of marriage changes with it. It is time again to recognize that, and expand the right of marriage to include same-sex couples. Vote ...

Taxes hot topic of debate

YAKIMA — Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee accused one another of dishonesty about plans to raise taxes in a testy gubernatorial debate Tuesday night. McKenna, the two-term attorney general, criticized Inslee for opposing a requirement that two-thirds of the Legislature approve any tax increases — a measure repeatedly endorsed by state voters.

Skeptical of Inslee, McKenna education plans, school group endorses neither

Citing issues with the education platforms of both Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee, the League of Education Voters announced Thursday it will not endorse either candidate for governor. “While both candidates offer promising ideas for improving education in Washington, neither rises to the standard necessary to receive our endorsement,” Bob Roseth, chairman of the group’s board of directors, said in a news release. “In particular, neither candidate offers a credible plan for ample, sustainable funding of a world-class public education system.”

Fact check: Dems miss mark on McKenna schools claim

SEATTLE — The claim: Democrats contend Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna supported $74 million in proposed K-12 and higher-education cuts contained in a budget passed by state Senate Republicans earlier this year. What we found: Mostly false.

Primary favors incumbents in redrawn districts

OLYMPIA — This election was the first on-the-ground look at new congressional and legislative districts created in January by the bipartisan state Redistricting Commission. And it appears commissioners did their job very well, if their job was to protect the interests of the parties that appointed them. Of the 10 congressional districts, only one appears competitive — the 1st, which lacked an incumbent to protect. In return for letting the Democratic commissioners create a safe seat in the new 10th District, Republicans were allowed to make surrounding districts more Republican ...

A fall storm of campaign ads looms

OLYMPIA — Even as voters got some relief from ubiquitous election TV ads Wednesday, campaigns prepared for more of the same. Much, much more. The Republican Governors Association announced Wednesday it would spend $4 million for GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, much of it likely to buy airtime. Earlier this week, a campaign seeking to legalize marijuana put down $500,000, and an independent group supporting a gay marriage also bought time.

From here on, it’s McKenna-Inslee: Democrat seems to hold early edge for governor

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna easily advanced to the general election in Tuesday’s primary, setting up what promises to be one of the top gubernatorial contests in the country. Inslee led in the vote count as of Tuesday night, with about 47 percent to McKenna’s 43 percent. Both men easily outpaced seven lesser-known rivals.

Former Microsoft exec’s $2.3 million push works

OLYMPIA — Former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene emerged from a caustic and costly primary campaign Tuesday, vanquishing a slate of other Democrats with a flood of advertisements funded in part by her own wealth. DelBene’s victory allows her to transition to the November election, where she will face Republican John Koster, who easily won the top-two primary race as the only GOP candidate in the 1st District field. The four other candidates divided the remainder of the votes, with political activist Darcy Burner coming in third during returns Tuesday night.