No surprises as election certified

WALLA WALLA — Final results for the Nov. 6 general election were certified Tuesday, producing no surprises in any local races.

Washington lags far behind the rest of the country in getting its ballots counted.

If there was any doubt, Election 2012 has confirmed it: Washington is the slowest vote-counting state in the country.

More states in sights of gay-marriage backers

Buoyed by unprecedented victories at the ballot box, an energized gay-rights movement is looking ahead — building a state-by-state strategy for winning marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples across the country.

More votes, no resolution on charter schools

SEATTLE — Thousands more votes were counted in Washington state on Thursday, but the decision on charter schools remains murky.

Current campaign system sets candidates up for failure

TACOMA -- Call this one: Why modern political campaigns are bad for good government.

Vote count goes on, but gay marriage backers declare victory

OLYMPIA (AP) — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state declared victory Wednesday, saying they don’t see a way for their opponents to prevail as votes continue to trickle in on Referendum 74.

Evergreen state goes dark blue

A political GPS is not necessary to realize Washington state took a hard left at the Cascades.

The Evergreen State was dark blue on Tuesday as voters heavily favored Democrats in most statewide offices while also approving gay marriage and legalizing marijuana.

Gay marriage, marijuana possession OK'd in historic votes

Altering the course of U.S social policy, Maine and Maryland became the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote, while Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana.

Cantwell, Hastings, McMorris Rodgers retain seats

SEATTLE — 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.

Late ballots to decide governor's race

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s race for governor hung on late ballots Wednesday, with election officials estimating hundreds of thousands of votes were left to count.

Gay marriage headed to approval

OLYMPIA — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state said they were in a “very strong position” Tuesday night, with early returns showing voters narrowly approving same-sex marriage in the state after residents gave similar measures the go-ahead in Maryland and Maine.

Democrats get firm control of Oregon Legislature

PORTLAND (AP) — Democrats were on track to pick up seats in the Oregon House and maintain their edge in the state Senate, taking firm control of the legislative agenda next year in tandem with the Democratic governor.

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