Issaquah election results offer clues to November

September 18, 2012

King County is a hard-fought battleground in the race for governor, and the August primary election results for Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna confirm Issaquah is closely divided, too.

Only 150 votes separated McKenna from Inslee among Issaquah voters last month. In 2004, for comparison, 133 votes statewide decided the contest between Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi.

The information comes from a detailed analysis of precinct results in the Aug. 7 election. Elsewhere on the ballot, Issaquah voters endorsed incumbents, and rejected past and present state legislators’ bids for higher office.

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How did Issaquah vote?

September 18, 2012

Data from the Aug. 7 primary shows how Issaquah voters decided  — and offers clues to how the local electorate might vote in the November general election.

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Dispatchers demonstrate poise under pressure amid shootout

September 18, 2012

Dominique Hill, Felicia Moore and Janelle Knight (from left) were on duty as Issaquah Police Department communications specialists when gunman Ronald W. Ficker set off across downtown Issaquah on Sept. 24, 2011. By Greg Farrar

The callers punching 911 into cellphones on Sept. 24, 2011, a bright Saturday darkened as a gunman stalked across downtown Issaquah, heard a calm voice amid the chaos.

In the hours after the gunman set across from a downtown intersection to Clark Elementary School, communications specialists at the Issaquah Police Department fielded a tsunami of calls.

In the tumult, a trio of dispatchers — including a recent addition to the team — attempted to assuage panicked citizens and advise the officers at the scene.

The voices citizens and officers heard on the line came from Dominique Hill, Janelle Knight and Felicia Moore.

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Issaquah marks 9/11 anniversary

September 18, 2012

City leaders lowered flags to half-staff at Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings Sept. 11 to commemorate 11 years since the 9/11 attacks.

The federal government and local governments across the United States lowered flags at public buildings for the day — officially Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and other elected leaders marked the anniversary.

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City lowers flags to mark 9/11 anniversary

September 11, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 11, 2012

City leaders lowered flags to half-staff at Issaquah City Hall and other municipal buildings Tuesday to commemorate 11 years since the 9/11 attacks.

The federal government and local governments across the United States lowered flags at public buildings for the day, officially called Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The flags should remain at half-staff until late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

“More than a decade later, the world we live in is forever changed,” President Barack Obama said in a proclamation to commemorate the anniversary. “But as we mark the anniversary of Sept. 11, we remember what remains the same: our character as a nation, our faith in one another, and our legacy as a country strengthened by service and selflessness.”

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Lawmakers earn award for family legislation, performance as employers

September 4, 2012

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and other Evergreen State lawmakers earned recognition as family-friendly bosses on Capitol Hill.

Overall, 30 lawmakers — Democrats and Republicans alike — received the 2012 Best of Congress Award from Corporate Voices for Working Families and Working Mother Media. The award recognizes lawmakers’ legislative accomplishments and performance as employers.

“I recognize the constant struggle of so many people to make family life a priority while working to excel in a beloved career,” Reichert said in a statement.

Reichert represents Issaquah and the 8th Congressional District. The former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Murray, a Democrat and longtime advocate for issues related to working families, has represented Washington in the U.S. Senate since 1993.

Washington Democrat Adam Smith and Washington Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers also received the award. Smith represents Newcastle and the 9th Congressional District. McMorris Rodgers represents the 5th Congressional District in Eastern Washington.

Voters endorse property tax measure, incumbent candidates

August 14, 2012

King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility to replace the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The property tax measure, Proposition 1, appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests.

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Contest is set for Issaquah’s congressional district

August 14, 2012

Incumbent Republican Dave Reichert is poised to face Issaquah Democrat Karen Porterfield to represent Issaquah in Congress.

The candidates expressed gratitude to voters after the electorate trimmed the crowded primary field.

“Tonight’s results make crystal clear that residents of the new 8th want someone who will continue the fight to reduce spending, get people back to work and jumpstart our economy,” Reichert said in a statement.

Porterfield, a Seattle University adjunct faculty member, faces Reichert, a former King County sheriff and Auburn Republican, in a redrawn 8th Congressional District.

“I am excited that I have the amazing honor to go forward, talking to voters in all our communities across the district,” Porterfield said in a statement. “People are hungry for a change in D.C., and we can make that happen.”

Voters endorse property tax measure, incumbent candidates

August 7, 2012

NEW — 8:40 p.m. Aug. 7, 2012

King County voters endorsed a $200 million property tax measure to build a juvenile justice facility, as King County Elections released initial results Tuesday night.

Officials asked voters to fund a replacement for the aging Youth Services Center, a juvenile detention facility in Seattle.

The measure appeared on a crowded primary ballot alongside federal, judicial, legislative and statewide contests. Voters in Issaquah and throughout Washington returned ballots in recent days, as the calendar inched closer to the summer primary — and the Tuesday deadline to postmark or return ballots.

The electorate chose the top two candidates, regardless of party affiliation, in the all-mail primary election. The top vote recipients then advance to an all-mail general election Nov. 6.

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Voter education emphasized as deadline approaches

July 31, 2012

Elections administrators used the last days before the Aug. 7 primary to remind voters to follow proper ballot instructions.

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