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
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
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
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
You can't challenge the constitutionality of a law that hasn't harmed you. Or in other words: No harm, no foul.That was the ruling of U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle in Tacoma, who last week threw out a...
Date: 05/11/2015 | Editorials
You know the quadrennial quandary in this state over how to make the presidential primary meaningful?There’s an answer for 2016: It won’t be, so it’s going to be canceled.
Date: 04/22/2015 | Local News
The state Senate wants to know if you'll reconsider Initiative 1351 and accept meeting just part of it.As House and Senate continue picking over each other's budgets, both are seeking room in the budget for I-1351, the mandate supported by 51 percent of the voters to reduce...
Date: 04/08/2015 | Editorials
No one but Troy Xavier Kelley knows how long he will be the state auditor of Washington.But for those who roam the corridors of power on the Capitol campus in Olympia, the first-term Democrat can’t leave soon enough.
Date: 03/26/2015 | Local News
YAKIMA — A federal judge has adopted a plan by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington for boosting the voice of Latinos in Yakima elections.
Date: 02/17/2015 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Rare is the year in Washington state when voters don't weigh in on a ballot measure. Same-sex marriage, the legalization of first medical, then recreational, marijuana and statewide minimum wage increases were all decided by a vote the people.Of the more than...
Date: 02/15/2015 | Northwest
What does our state have in common with Georgia? As of a couple of weeks ago, this: Both legislatures now have special limitations on guns at their personal places of work, while keeping them unrestricted pretty much everywhere else. Speaking of hypocritical, I saw a cartoon featuring a...
Date: 02/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists
In criticizing new legislation that would alert voters if an initiative on the ballot could result in either budget cuts or a tax increase, initiative promoter and Mukilteo resident Tim Eyman likened the proposal...
Date: 02/13/2015 | Editorials
The Legislature is considering a few pieces of legislation regarding elections, some more helpful than others.Senate Bill 5153 would bring some badly needed transparency to campaign donations, creating a new class of political action committee. As
Date: 01/27/2015 | Editorials
When is a law not a law? That seems to be the question taken up by The Herald's editorial board, education "reform" groups like Stand for Children, the Seattle Times, state legislators and now the governor. It is an odd question to ask, as it is directed at...
Date: 12/17/2014 | Opinion Columnists
Chris Erickson describes himself as "your typical gun owner who wants to be left alone."But state Initiative 594 "woke me up to the fact...
Date: 12/11/2014 | Local News
PORTLAND, Ore. — Backers of Oregon’s measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods have lost a court fight they hoped would help them garner enough votes to pass the measure in an ongoing recount of ballots.
Date: 12/09/2014 | Northwest
Snohomish County officials certified results Nov. 25, from the Nov. 4 general election.The secretary of State’s office certified statewide, congressional and legislative results Wednesday.
Date: 12/04/2014 | South County Politics
Initiative 594, which passed in November with 59 percent approval from Washington's voters, becomes law Thursday.Fears by opponents that the expansion of the background check law will turn lawful gun...
Date: 12/02/2014 | Editorials
There's a reason why it takes two-thirds majorities in both the state House and Senate to amend a voter-approved initiative: Initiatives, even those that pass by relatively slim margins, represent the will of the voters, and that direction is not something that lawmakers should take...
Date: 11/23/2014 | Editorials
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically engineered foods may be heading for an automatic recount.
Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest
The just-concluded elections helped to resolve nothing in our state. We will have a small Republican majority in the state Senate and a small Democratic majority in the state House. They won't agree on much of anything.Perhaps the Legislature can take a few hints...
Date: 11/19/2014 | Opinion Columnists
SUMNER, Wash. — Melanie Stambaugh’s campaign has ended, but her campaign enthusiasm has not.The 24-year-old Republican from Puyallup says she’s ready to prove herself when she’s sworn in as the state’s youngest legislator.
Date: 11/18/2014 | Northwest
PORTLAND, Ore. — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy.
Date: 11/17/2014 | Northwest
Every once in a while something good happens, something that restores one's faith in humanity. So put your hands together for the voters of Washington state.In the midst of the Republican midterm tsunami, 59 percent of them made history. They said "yes" to a...
Date: 11/12/2014 | Commentary
The midterm electorate delivered a sensible message last week. Inevitably, it's been cast in partisan terms. Republicans made historically significant gains, taking control of the U.S. Senate and increasing their margins in the U.S. House of Representatives. Across the nation they added...
Date: 11/12/2014 | Opinion Columnists
OLYMPIA — The last mail-in ballots to be counted in Washington should decide whether a class size initiative passes.They’ll also determine the extent of Republican gains in both the state Senate and House.
Date: 11/10/2014 | Northwest
The Republican takeover of the Senate majority really shouldn't matter much to progressives. Even when Democrats have the majority, precious little gets done in a body that lets a minority of members obstruct.But never mind. A modern, future-oriented agenda has been...
Date: 11/06/2014 | Opinion Columnists
PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon voters have narrowly rejected the labeling of genetically modified foods following the most expensive ballot-measure campaign in state history.Residents voted 49.5 to 50.5 against the measure, which would have required manufacturers, retailers...
Date: 11/05/2014 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Washington state voters have approved expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers and have rejected a measure that would have prevented any expansion beyond a federal standard.
Date: 11/05/2014 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Four incumbent state Supreme Court justices have been re-elected.
Date: 11/04/2014 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Early returns Tuesday showed no clear decision yet on an initiative that would limit class sizes in Washington state.
SPOKANE — Republican Dan Newhouse was narrowly leading fellow GOP candidate Clint Didier in Washington's 4th Congressional District, a race which marked the first time in state history that two members of the same party appeared on the fall ballot for a U.S. House seat.
Voters pass expanded background checks for sales, transfers
OLYMPIA — Two competing gun initiatives top this week’s election, when voters will also weigh in on congressional and legislative contests across Washington state.
Date: 11/02/2014 | Northwest
OLYMPIA — Back in 1997, those pushing a ballot measure that would have required handgun trigger locks got help from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and one of the company's rising execs,
Date: 11/02/2014 | Local News
OLYMPIA — The deadly shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School is unlikely to change the course of next week's vote on two gun-related initiatives, but it will spawn a renewed effort to enact a firearms-safety law next...
Date: 10/30/2014 | Local News
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Date: 10/26/2014 | Editorials
The idea for creating the National Instant Check System, was originated by the National Rifle Association to prevent institution of a national waiting period for firearm purchases. From a gun-rights perspective, it was perhaps the...
Date: 10/24/2014 | Commentary
It's election time and we all have received our ballots. Now we get to ponder our choices, look over the voter's pamphlet, read or just recycle the literature/propaganda/disinformation that comes in the mail, and fill in the ovals for the candidates and issues which we support.
Date: 10/23/2014 | Opinion Columnists
BOISE, Idaho — Mitt Romney swung by Idaho to campaign for Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, but first he attracted a herd of supporters as the three Republicans ordered hamburgers.
Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest
SEATTLE — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, spoke in Seattle Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.
Date: 10/22/2014 | Northwest
It's hard to argue against lower class sizes, which is what Initiative 1351 says it would provide.The latest figure finds Washington ranks 47th for classroom size in the U.S., a ranking disputed...
Date: 10/22/2014 | Editorials
Back in the mid-'70s, you could count on the Owl Party to at least provide some entertainment value in the state voter's guide.The Owl Party, born in an Olympia nightclub, ran a slate of tongue-in-cheek candidates for state offices, promising "Out With Logic, On With...
Date: 10/19/2014 | Editorials
OLYMPIA — A political action group formed by California billionaire Tom Steyer has given $750,000 to a Washington state environmental political action committee.
OLYMPIA — The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.
SEATTLE — A poll released Tuesday shows more than 60 percent of likely voters plan to vote for a class size initiative on the November ballot.
Gun measures with opposing aims present voters with a choice
Date: 10/12/2014 | Local News
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s top election official is predicting that 62 percent of eligible voters will participate in the November election.
Date: 09/19/2014 | Northwest
SEATTLE — A group pushing an initiative that would require background checks for private gun sales in Washington state released a study Friday finding that many of the police deaths here since 1980 have come at the hands of people legally prohibited from having firearms.
Date: 09/12/2014 | Northwest