BOISE, Idaho --Idaho businessman and school board member Anthony Joseph "A.J." Balukoff announced Tuesday he’s running as a Democrat for governor, saying he wants to focus on education, the economy and ending "one-party...
Date: 12/03/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Tim Eyman may wind up losing more from this month's election than just an initiative.
Date: 11/24/2013 | Local News
OLYMPIA -- A food industry group that contributed heavily to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods concealed millions more dollars in campaign contributions than has previously been reported, the state attorney general said Wednesday.
Date: 11/20/2013 | Northwest
SEATTLE -- Statewide voter turnout in the November election was the lowest in a decade.The Seattle Times reported that so far statewide turnout was about 44.5 percent, less than the 51 percent officials predicted.
Date: 11/16/2013 | Northwest
Initiative 522 is failing to pass for more reasons than just the $22 million opponents shelled out to defeat it.All those bucks certainly made a difference; it was the most money ever spent against an initiative in state history, so far.Had those pushing the food...
Date: 11/14/2013 | Local News
Yes, that was my car parked Tuesday night near the ballot drop box outside the Snohomish County Courthouse. I voted in the last possible hour. Picking candidates wasn't hard, but I struggled with Initiative 522, which sought to label genetically modified foods.Washington
Date: 11/08/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.
Date: 11/06/2013 | Northwest
Lawmakers approved five tax increases this year and voters on Tuesday were saying they would like to see three of them repealed and two of them maintained.
Date: 11/05/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Voters in Washington state on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a measure that would have expanded the rights of initiative signature gatherers.With more than 950,000 ballots counted, about 60 percent of voters were rejecting Initiative 517...
Date: 11/05/2013 | Northwest
Food labeling activists who lost a ballot brawl in California last year are not faring much better in Washington.Voters on Tuesday were soundly rejecting Initiative 522, the measure requiring labels on processed and packaged food made with genetically engineered ingredients...
Date: 11/05/2013 | Local News
Tuesday's election features a series of races that could reshape politics locally.And some races around the state that could have national implications.In Snohomish County, three of the five seats on the County Council are in contention -- and at least two new...
Date: 11/04/2013 | Local News
Before you vote, check out our roundup of races and issues
Date: 11/04/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- A group fighting food labeling in Washington state has busted the record for the most money raised by an initiative campaign in state history.
Date: 10/29/2013 | Northwest
SEATTLE -- Washington state's attorney general said Tuesday he will still seek penalties against a food industry group that recently identified donors who contributed money to oppose a food labeling initiative.Attorney General Bob Ferguson will move ahead with a lawsuit...
Date: 10/23/2013 | Northwest
Is GMO labeling good for consumers or just a costly burden?
Date: 10/20/2013 | Local News
WASHINGTON -- Running for president in 2007, Barack Obama vowed to push for labels on genetically modified food, saying, "Americans should know what they're buying."But post-election, Obama didn't follow up on his promise, showing a reluctance that now appears to be shared...
Date: 10/20/2013 | Northwest
In the weeks before the November election, the claims and counterclaims have been flying in the fight over whether genetically engineered foods should be labeled.The campaigns on both sides of Initiative 522 have bombarded the airwaves in one of the most costly initiative...
Date: 10/20/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Lawmakers approved five tax increases this year and voters now get the chance to say if they agree or not.Measures on this year's ballot ask voters if they would...
Date: 10/19/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- A food industry group that has spent millions of dollars opposing a food labeling initiative in Washington state has agreed to disclose its contributors, Washington state's attorney general said Friday.
Date: 10/18/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- A national grocery store association is violating state campaign laws by failing to disclose the source of $7.2 million in contributions to the committee conducting the campaign against a food labeling initiative, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday.
Date: 10/16/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- Washington's attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing a food industry group of violating state campaign finance laws.
Date: 10/16/2013 | Northwest
Light for Life: Why I'm voting yes on Initiative 522
Date: 10/16/2013 | Light for Life
OLYMPIA -- The state Elections Division is mailing the voters' pamphlet this week to all 3.2 million households in Washington.The secretary of state's office said there are 18 regional editions, including the Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish versions.
Date: 10/15/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Washington state residents have plenty of experience voting on new law proposals, but next month they'll decide on an "initiative on initiatives" that would make it easier to get such measures on the ballot.
Date: 10/14/2013 | Northwest
Arguments for and against proposed changes to initiative process
Date: 10/13/2013 | Commentary
OLYMPIA -- Advocates of an initiative seeking to expand background checks for Washington state gun sales said they have submitted more than 250,000 signatures on their first batch of petitions delivered Wednesday to the secretary of state's office.
Date: 10/09/2013 | Northwest
If it passes, it will make process easier for future initiatives
Date: 10/09/2013 | Local News
OLYMPIA -- Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales in Washington state plan to submit their first batch of initiative petition signatures next week, the secretary of state’s office said Friday.David Ammons, a...
Date: 10/04/2013 | Northwest
SEATTLE -- The Grocery Manufacturers Association has given $5 million to the campaign to defeat a Washington state ballot measure requiring labeling of genetically modified foods.
Date: 10/01/2013 | Northwest
Chain is campaigning to support the food labeling initiative
Date: 09/20/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- Both sides are intensifying their fight over a statewide initiative that mandates the labeling of genetically engineered foods, rolling out the first television spots Monday in a campaign expected to cost millions of dollars.
Date: 09/16/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich will be in Washington state this week to speak in support of a statewide initiative that would mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Date: 09/16/2013 | Northwest
Opponents of a food labeling initiative are gearing up to air their first television commercials in an ad campaign expected to cost millions of dollars and run up to Election Day in November.
Date: 09/15/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- A new poll shows strong support for two statewide initiatives on the November ballot.
Date: 09/11/2013 | Northwest
This fall's clash on a food-labeling initiative will be Washington's latest mega-money campaign on a statewide ballot measure.Those dueling on Initiative 522 are building up their cash and will almost certainly eclipse $10 million in combined spending by November.
Date: 08/11/2013 | Local News
Washington can pretty much count on a multimillion-dollar battle on a statewide ballot measure every fall. This year is no exception. Supporters and opponents of Initiative 522, which deals with labeling of certain processed foods, already have pulled in around $4 million combined...
Date: 08/11/2013 | Need to Know
OLYMPIA -- Voters statewide will get the last word this fall on five tax measures passed by lawmakers earlier this year.But what they say won't change anything because their opinions will only be advisory.Voters, as a result of a
Date: 07/16/2013 | Local News
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman's latest anti-tax measure isn't going to the ballot this fall.
Date: 07/05/2013 | Local News
SEATTLE -- Facing a multimillion-dollar initiative campaign to expand background checks for gun sales, local Second Amendment activists are responding with their own ballot measure.
Date: 06/20/2013 | Northwest
Last year Washington voters approved same-sex marriage, and beginning on Dec. 6, 2012, the ceremonies began. Through March 31, 20.7 percent of ceremonies statewide involved same-sex couples. No doubt that high percentage reflects a backlog of relationships to be formalized. The data,...
Date: 06/16/2013 | Need to Know
If you're a Republican with thoughts of running for governor in 2016 know this: Rob McKenna will not stand in your way.He's told insiders of the Grand Old Party he's not interested in a rematch with Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee to whom he lost by a couple percentage points in...
Date: 06/06/2013 | Local News
Anti-tax promoter Tim Eyman has loaned $250,000 to his latest initiative campaign which would make tax hikes expire after a year unless tougher rules for raising taxes are written into the state constitution.Eyman obtained the money by taking out a...
Date: 05/08/2013 | The Petri Dish
OLYMPIA -- The top two vote getters in nonpartisan races will advance to the general election in future elections, under a measure signed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Date: 05/07/2013 | Northwest
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A man who worked for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna's campaign in Vancouver says it has taken six months to get his paycheck.
Date: 05/02/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- Supporters of gun control in Washington state are laying the groundwork for an initiative campaign to try and expand the use of background checks if a similar proposal fails to pass Congress.
Date: 04/15/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA -- The House has unanimously approved a measure that requires the top two vote getters in nonpartisan races to advance to the general election.
Date: 03/07/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Three paid signature gatherers apparently committed extensive fraud while collecting support for two Washington initiatives, elections officials said Wednesday.The secretary of state’s office said many of the 8,000 signatures...
Date: 02/13/2013 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Washington state lawmakers began exploring a proposal Tuesday designed to accelerate ballot counting and allow everyone to know the winners of elections a little earlier.A state Senate committee heard testimony on a bill that would...
Date: 01/29/2013 | Northwest
Initiative seeks labels on genetically modified food
Date: 01/04/2013 | Northwest
The kingpin of Washington initiatives is out to defend and expand the political realm he rules.And give residents help in unplugging red-light cameras as well.
Date: 01/03/2013 | Local News
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he will turn in signatures next week for Initiative 517, proposing to add six months to the time that initiative backers in Washington have to collect signatures and get on the ballot. I-517 also creates a harassment-free zone of 25 feet around signature gatherers...
Date: 12/28/2012 | Local News