Local and State Elections 2012

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Stop preying on women's fears in race between McKenna and Inslee

The latest ads in the race for Washington state governor feature women who say Rob McKenna tried to restrict contraception and block access to birth control and cancer screening for women. The ads are false, and worse, the ads prey on the worst fears of women to gain political advantage.

Mike Hewitt is clear choice for state Senate

Hewitt has done an outstanding job for Washington state and the 16th Legislative District.

Mike Hewitt has done an outstanding job representing the 16th Legislative District and has earned another term in the state Senate.

Dozier is choice for commissioner

Dozier has earned another term as commissioner for District 2.

Dozier has earned another term as commissioner for District 2.

Should pot be legal?

In the waning days of a campaign to legalize marijuana in California two years ago, all nine ex-directors of the Drug Enforcement Administration simultaneously urged Obama officials to come out in strong opposition.

No, pot should not be legal

Many baby boomers and their children still believe the folklore of the 1960s and '70s that marijuana can't be addictive, because it's just an herb. But several decades of research clearly show that what we believed 40 years ago is wrong. Marijuana addiction is common.

Yes, pot should be legal

Passing Initiative 502, which legalizes small amounts of marijuana for use by adults 21 years and older, should be a priority for supporters of racial justice in Washington.

Sanders, McCloud face off for Washington state Supreme Court

SEATTLE (AP) — Two years ago, Richard Sanders lost his seat on the state Supreme Court in an extremely close election, probably due to comments he made late in the race that certain minority groups are overrepresented in the prison population “because they have a crime problem” rather than because of some institutional bias.

Conservative ties muddy McKenna's moderate appeal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Before casting himself as a moderate in the campaign for governor, Rob McKenna met last year with members of a conservative group that has been targeted by activists as being too extreme.

Election to decide control of Washington state Senate

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats want to win enough seats in the state Senate to shed the influence of conservatives in their ranks, which has made their control of the upper chamber shaky at best. The Republicans see an opportunity to seize the Senate for the first time in a decade.

Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday.

Inslee's green economy bets aren't a sure thing

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Jay Inslee once speculated that the solar company SunPower could be the Microsoft of its industry.

Three former Oregon governors oppose nontribal casino

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three former Oregon governors are joining the current chief executive in opposing a proposal to build the state’s first nontribal casino.

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