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State elections

Secretary of State could face tough re-election bid

OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Kim Wyman is the lone statewide elected Republican in Washington state, the latest in a line of GOP chief election officers who have held the office for the last 52 years.Wyman, who narrowly won her election four years ago, is facing...

Date: 05/23/2016 | Northwest

Liias enters race to become Washington state treasurer

OLYMPIA — State Sen. Marko Liias of Lynnwood wants a statewide job and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will have a Republican opponent this fall.Those are two of the bigger developments Thursday as

Date: 05/19/2016 | Local News

Schools superintendent Dorn decides not to run for governor

OLYMPIA — Turns out state schools chief Randy Dorn doesn't want to be governor after all.Dorn said Thursday he won't challenge...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

3rd party run for governor would force school funding debate

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington.Trump's effect would derive from his position as the Republican...

Date: 05/11/2016 | The Petri Dish

Michael Bloomberg donates $250K to Oregon candidate’s campaign

PORTLAND, Ore. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has dropped $250,000 into state Rep. Val Hoyle’s campaign for Oregon secretary of state, raising the stakes in what’s considered the hottest statewide race in Oregon’s May 17 primary.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Northwest

Republican Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

OLYMPIA — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state said Thursday that he does not support Donald Trump as his party’s presumed presidential nominee, and won’t vote for president in November unless a conservative third-party alternative comes...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest

Is a boycott your business's business?

Boycott North Carolina. It has a new law allowing businesses to deny civil rights to gays, lesbians and transgender people.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Web Monkey

State’s Republicans are mum on Trump

Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination and Washington is one of his next stops.

Date: 04/28/2016 | The Petri Dish

Poll: Inslee leading Republican challenger Bryant

SEATTLE — A new poll says Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has more statewide support than leading Republican challenger Bill Bryant in the gubernatorial election race.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest

At least two Democrats plan to run to replace Moscoso

At least two Democrats have announced plans to run for the position in the State House of Representatives that incumbent Democratic 1st Legislative District State Rep. Luis Moscoso is giving up to run for a position in the State Senate.

Date: 04/18/2016 | South County Politics

State lands commissioner won’t run for re-election

WENATCHEE — Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has reversed course and announced he won’t run for a third term in 2016.Goldmark said in a tweet and on Facebook on Tuesday he made the decision after talking with his family.

Date: 04/06/2016 | Northwest

A landslide victory

Bernie Sanders wins state Democratic caucuses

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Superintendent of schools, Randy Dorn, mulling run for governor

SEATTLE — Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn said Monday he will decide in the next month whether he’s going to run an independent campaign for Washington governor.

Date: 03/14/2016 | Northwest

Republican Allen Alley announces bid for Oregon governor

PORTLAND, Ore. — Former Oregon Republican Party Chairman Allen Alley has entered the governor’s race.

Date: 03/07/2016 | Northwest

Study effects of laws boosting minimum wage

The state of Oregon is the latest to join the march of states and municipalities that are raising their minimum wage rates in answer to calls to close the nationwide gap on income inequality and stagnant wages. Its governor on Wednesday signed legislation that over the next...

Date: 03/04/2016 | Editorials

Charter school fix temporary at best

Let's start here: Yes, Washington state's Legislature should find a solution that preserves the charter school system that voters approved in 2012.But the solution now under consideration by lawmakers places too much faith in the typical Olympic legislative legerdemain that...

Date: 03/02/2016 | Editorials

More women needed in office

Since 2014, Snohomish County has earned the dubious honor of having the worst turnout of voters in Washington state. Sadly, this isn't limited just to Snohomish County. Some of our state's most populous counties also shoulder shame. King, Pierce and Yakima finished in the bottom five...

Date: 02/28/2016 | Commentary

State seeks fines against grocery group in 2013 ballot fight

OLYMPIA — A lawyer for Washington state has asked a judge to penalize a food industry group, alleging it concealed the source of $11 million in campaign contributions to oppose a 2013 food labeling initiative.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest

Governor assails state Senate for firing transportation chief

OLYMPIA — An angry Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday blasted Republican senators for ousting Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, calling it a “scurrilous, underhanded and dishonest” political campaign of which they should be ashamed.

Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News

Inslee to discuss Senate actions on cabinet appointees

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will address the ousting of one cabinet member and the resigning of another at a news conference Monday morning.

Date: 02/08/2016 | The Petri Dish

Two-thirds tax hurdle unnecessary, unwise, ill-timed

Tim Eyman may be better at reading the will of the voters than he is at guessing the thinking of judges.Following oral arguments early last week before King County Superior Court Judge William Downing,

Date: 01/24/2016 | Editorials

Judge rules Eyman’s tax-cut ballot measure unconstitutional

SEATTLE — A judge struck down Tim Eyman’s latest tax-limiting measure Thursday, finding among other problems that it was a thinly disguised effort to propose a constitutional amendment — which can’t be done by initiative in Washington.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Local News

Judge to weigh legality of Eyman's tax-cut ballot measure

OLYMPIA – The legality of Tim Eyman's latest tax-cut ballot measure will be argued in a King County courtroom Tuesday, the first round in a battle the state Supreme Court might ultimately decide.

Date: 01/18/2016 | Local News

New initiative seeks $13.50 minimum wage in Washington

A coalition led by statewide labor groups filed an initiative Monday to push the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour and allow workers to earn paid sick leave.

Date: 01/11/2016 | The Petri Dish

Work to create future of better wages, benefits

Is the future something that will happen to us? No, because as citizens in a democracy, we can make choices and put forward ideas that actually shape that future. So in anticipation of 2016, here are some ideas about how we as a people can shape our own future:In 1998 the...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Expand gun tax across state

It hasn't been the best of years for opponents of even modest measures to address gun violence in Washington state.This spring, a U.S. District Court judge threw out a challenge to I-594, the initiative that passed in 2014 with 59 percent voter approval to extend the state's...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Editorials

Voting Rights Act would enshrine the diversity people seek

With the Nov. 3 General Election, Washington state acknowledged the emergence of a more diverse political reality. The election of eight Latinas to five City Councils (five in Eastern Washington and three in the Seattle Metro area) has clearly demonstrated that the Latino community is...

Date: 12/03/2015 | Commentary

Who left room for initiatives?

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman was dishing up ice cream in the state capitol earlier this month, a chiding reference to a statement by the governor about the passage of Eyman's...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Editorials

Eyman has one thing right: lower sales tax

The polls may tell us we're divided on who to vote for, but in our hearts I think we all want similar things: to ensure kids can get a strong start in life, to have a college degree or a professional trade to be within everyone's reach, to have clean and safe places to play; and to live...

Date: 11/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Eyman has a Plan B, and it's another ballot measure — for 2016

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman is preparing another tax-limiting ballot measure for 2016 in case Initiative 1366 is tossed out by judges or ignored by lawmakers.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Local News

What’s the message of recent initiative results?

Voters, you're a tough nut to crack.This isn't meant to discourage those relative few who did vote. Turnout appears to be even lower than the state's modest expectations for an off-year election. State election officials were hoping about 46 percent of registered voters...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Editorials

‘Absolutely elated’ Eyman celebrates initiative’s success

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman.

Date: 11/05/2015 | The Petri Dish

Lovick concedes to Somers in county executive race

Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers began making plans Wednesday to become the county's next leader after executive John Lovick conceded defeat in their hard-fought battle.Lovick phoned Somers...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Local News

Tim Eyman's statewide anti-tax measure passing

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman's latest effort to limit Washington lawmakers' ability to raise taxes was passing in early election returns.Initiative 1366 would decrease the 6.5-percent state sales tax to 5.5 percent unless the Legislature approves a constitutional amendment to...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Washington voters pass anti-wildlife-trafficking initiative

OLYMPIA — Voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that would outlaw sales related to wildlife trafficking of items from animals like lions and tigers in Washington state.

Date: 11/03/2015 | Northwest

Early results ticker for key races

Complete stories to come. Meantime, here's what we're seeing:Snohomish County executive

Date: 11/03/2015 | Local News

Vote for a better Washington

Regardless of the outsized attention that the presidential election draws, your vote matters as much if not more in local and state elections, this year determining who represents you on city councils, school boards, fire districts and more and next year as you elect legislators and...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Editorials

Herald editorial board endorsements

As of Friday afternoon, only 12.7 percent of Snohomish County voters had mailed or returned their ballots for Tuesday's general election.Many of us are used to waiting until Election Day to vote, but why wait? With that extra hour that the end of daylight saving time added...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Editorials

Speakers on state initiatives to appear at Sunday forum in Shoreline

Speakers for and against Initiatives 1355 and 1401 will appear at a Sunday forum in Shoreline.

Date: 10/23/2015 | South County Politics

State schools superintendent Dorn won't run for 3rd term

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced Thursday he will not be running for a third term in office.Dorn says his decision does not mean he is giving up the fight for a fully funded school system in Washington.Since he was...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Northwest

I-1366 would result in a mess

To put it simply, voters should reject Initiative 1366.Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, in his quest to require that the Legislature submit to a two-thirds majority in both houses for tax...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Editorials

As they have for 22 years, voters should back tax limits

This year's Initiative 1366 should look familiar: Voters have had a 22-year track record of overwhelmingly approving initiatives that make it tougher for Olympia to raise your taxes.Regardless of your political leanings — whether you are a Republican, Democrat or...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

I-1366 would force deep cuts that would hurt kids, others

The League of Women Voters of Snohomish County and The League of Women Voters of Washington oppose Initiative 1366 and we urge you to do the same. The League takes great care when making decisions on issues put before the electorate. We do our research and weigh the pro and cons. Upon...

Date: 10/17/2015 | Commentary

Eyman's I-1366 would force Legislature’s hand — or cut sales tax

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman's latest ballot offering will gauge how far voters are willing to go to restrict state lawmakers' ability to raise taxes.If it passes Nov. 3,

Date: 10/11/2015 | Local News

Reichert to announce decision on governor’s race next week

OLYMPIA — Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert will announce next week his decision on whether or not he’ll jump into the gubernatorial race in Washington state.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Northwest

Fight ivory, other species trafficking here

We've made the point before that Washington state's ports are responsible for a major portion of the export-import business in the U.S. The combined container ports of Seattle and Tacoma are the third busiest container ports after New York/New Jersey and the Los Angeles area.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Editorials

State Sen. Karen Fraser announces run for lieutenant governor

OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Karen Fraser says she’s running for lieutenant governor.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

More than thoughts, prayers

"Our thoughts and prayers are not enough."Too often, as he did Thursday following the mass shooting that claimed nine innocent lives in Roseburg, Oregon,...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Editorials

Get ready for November vote

Three minutes and you're done.That's the message the Secretary of State's office has sent out to 218,000 potential voters in Washington who appear eligible to vote but haven't registered yet, including 21,077 in Snohomish County and another 2,338 in Island County.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Editorials

A carbon cap, but what then?

Among those who are concerned about the effects of climate change and want to see steps taken to slow it, most are supportive of placing a cap on carbon emissions.Carbon dioxide, while only a small fraction of a percentage of our atmosphere, is increasing. That increase in...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Editorials

Republican jumps into race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray

OLYMPIA — Former Washington state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance announced Tuesday that he’s running against Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who is seeking a fifth term.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest

What public funding requires

Yes, the timing could have been better. The state Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling that found unconstitutional the citizen initiative that allowed for the establishment of charter schools came late Friday...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Editorials

State's top-two primary leaving many without a voice

If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don't bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump spices up thoughts of state primary

Whether The Donald gets a chance to make good on his campaign’s Make America Great Again motto won’t be known for a seeming eternity.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

Don’t pre-empt people’s voice

Washington state's initiative process isn't perfect. At their best, initiatives are as close as we come to direct democracy, resulting in state law that, whether you agree or disagree, represents the will of voters. Initiative 594, which required background checks for most...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Editorials

Eyman optimistic about getting initiative on November ballots

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman says he’s optimistic about getting enough signatures to qualify his latest measure for the Nov. 3 ballot.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

Washingtonians react

The same-sex marriage ruling resonates here

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

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