Supporters of legal marijuana were up, up and away with hope as Washington voted two years ago, with pre-election polls showing pot would pass handily. It did, even piercing the “Cascade Curtain” for victories in Eastern Washington counties.
Gaffes become the stuff of memory and legend. Quiet, effective work goes unnoticed. Noisy candidates and stunts draw media attention. Class acts often play to small audiences. As the 2014 election campaign winds down, there seem to be as many big drips on the ballot as are coming out of the sky. But .
“Politics ain’t beanbag,” goes a famous axiom, but in this era of secretive “SuperPACS,” concealed contributors, hit mailings and all-limits-are-off spending, politics has become beanball. With no real rules anymore — thanks to the infamous 2010 Citizens United ruling by the U.S.
Conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, through front groups (e.g. “Americans for Prosperity”, “Freedom Partners”) are funneling as much as $300 million into campaigns to elect a right-wing Congress and conservative governors from Alaska to Florida.
Freshman State Rep. Roger Freeman, 48, D-Federal Way, died Wednesday following a lengthy struggle with colon cancer. Gov. Jay Inslee described Freeman as “professional, eloquent and kind hearted,” saying he was “fully committed to his work despite the battle he faced with cancer.” Freeman’s death comes less than a week before the November election. He has been in a competitive race with Republican Jack Dovey in the 30th District.
The lead pastor at the Shoreline campus of Mars Hill Church has written a confessional letter, telling members and those exiled from the troubled mega-church that he is “deeply sorry” that “so many people experienced profound hurt.” Mark Driscoll, resigned Senior Pastor at Mars Hill Church. A longtime deputy is apologizing for the “profound hurt” caused by “arrogance” of church leadership..
"Technology savvy student holds Timberline High School hostage." That was the bait for the teen who wouldn't stop threatening to bomb his Lacey high school – a fawning news report faked online by the FBI and attributed to The Associated Press.
Mars Hill announced its breakup of its church on its website Friday. The Mars Hill Church is dissolving itself, with 13 remaining campuses of the troubled mega-church becoming “autonomous self-governed entitles,” in dramatic news posted Friday on the church website by Lead Preaching Pstor Dave Bruskas.
Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Ex-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may run for office again, in order to “bug the crap out of” critics that she describes as “haters” directing vitriol at her and the Palin family.
Pope Francis has wholeheartedly embraced science, saying its theories on creation of the universe and evolution of the human species are fully compatible with the Christian faith. Pope Francis: God is not “a magician with a magic wand” The pope’s remarks Tuesday at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences would have ruled him off the Scopes trial jury and denied him religious right endorsements in some 21st century American school board races.
A South King County Medic One paramedic accused of swapping morphine with Benadryl and other drugs to feed his addiction now faces federal charges.
The 2014 election in Washington appears headed for a familiar pattern, low voter participation followed by last-minute voter turnout. Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant: She trailed on election night, won in the late count.
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Washington is a state that remains bullish about itself in troubled times, but its citizens worry that forces are changing America “for the worse” and don’t like gridlock in the “other” Washington, in findings of the new statewide KCTS-9 Washington Poll.
Cheryl Stumbo, a survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle shootings, speaks as the campaign for Initiative 594 is officially launched at First United Methodist Church in Seattle. Photographed on Thursday, March 20, 2014.
A collision between two semi trucks and a van on state Route 18 sent an 81-year-old man to the hospital with critical injuries Tuesday afternoon, according to State Patrol reports.