Pragmatism defines Issaquah, Eastside voters

October 30, 2012

Local voters could choose a Democrat for the White House, a Republican for the Governor’s Mansion and split legislative seats between the parties.

Experts said voters in Issaquah and the Eastside prefer a brand of politics anchored in pragmatism, rather than party. The effort to appeal to moderate voters is intense as candidates scrounge for votes in the last days before Election Day.

“Democrats and Republicans both get elected there. I think of it as a pragmatic, rather than ideological, sort of politics, which is what Washington state used to be known for,” independent Seattle pollster Stuart Elway said. “I think the state as a whole has gotten more partisan, as the country has, and the party lines seem to have gotten harder.”

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Issaquah students cast ballots in mock elections

October 30, 2012

The minimum age to vote is 18, but the hurdle did not stop students throughout the Issaquah School District from casting ballots in the tight races for president and governor.

Educators on local campuses organized mock elections or joined the annual Student Mock Election overseen by the state elections office to educate students about the importance of participation in the political process.

Students at Issaquah and Tiger Mountain Community high schools, Issaquah Middle School, and Creekside, Endeavour and Sunny Hills elementary schools cast ballots in ersatz elections or plan to do so by the actual Election Day, Nov. 6.

Teachers involved in the mock elections said the exercise is about more than determining whether students support Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna for governor.

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Student Mock Election asks for future voters’ opinions

October 25, 2012

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The minimum age to vote is 18, but the hurdle did not stop students throughout the Issaquah School District from casting ballots in the tight races for president and governor.

Educators on local campuses organized mock elections or joined the annual Student Mock Election overseen by the state elections office to educate students about the importance of participation in the political process.

Students at Issaquah and Tiger Mountain Community high schools, Issaquah Middle School, and Creekside, Endeavour and Sunny Hills elementary schools cast ballots in ersatz elections or plan to do so by the actual Election Day, Nov. 6.

Teachers involved in the mock elections said the exercise is about more than determining whether students support Jay Inslee or Rob McKenna for governor.

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Strong turnout predicted as ballots reach voters

October 23, 2012

King County Elections mailed more than 1.16 million ballots to voters Oct. 17, as all-mail voting started in federal, state and local contests.

The election marks the first presidential contest since King County started conducting all-mail elections and since Washington transitioned to a vote-by-mail state.

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House candidates in 41st Legislative District focus on education, economy

October 9, 2012

The candidates in the 41st Legislative District race for a state House of Representatives seat cast the contest as a choice between experience in business or experience in government.

Tim Eaves

Marcie Maxwell

Voters elected the incumbent, Renton Democrat Marcie Maxwell, in 2008 and again in 2010. Republican Tim Eaves, a political newcomer and a longtime Issaquah resident, decided to challenge Maxwell days before the candidate-filing period closed in May.

Both candidates said education is the top priority among the 41st District electorate, and Maxwell and Eaves often field questions about education policy as they canvass the district.

Eaves, who owns a small business in Lynnwood, said he sees a link between education and the economy.

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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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Challenge nets $4.8 million for Medicaid

August 21, 2012

State Attorney General Rob McKenna said Washington is due to receive $4.8 million for Medicaid through a national settlement against drug wholesaler McKesson Corp.

Officials said the company violated the Federal False Claims Act and state false claims acts by reporting inflated pricing information for a large number of prescription drugs, overcharging the state Medicaid program.

The case revolved around the average wholesale price benchmark used by most states to set pharmacy reimbursement rates for drugs dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries.

State officials said McKesson Corp. reported inflated average wholesale price data to First Data Bank, a publisher of drug prices, thereby inflating many average wholesale prices used by the state to set reimbursement rates.

Through a national settlement, Washington recovered $10.3 million, including the $4.8 million for the state Medicaid program.

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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King County councilmen vie to serve as attorney general

August 14, 2012

Voters chose between a pair of King County councilmen in the race for state attorney general, Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson.

Voters chose Dunn and Ferguson, and eliminated conservative Republican Stephen Pidgeon in the primary.

Dunn represents Newcastle and rural areas south of Issaquah on the King County Council. Ferguson represents North King County from Shoreline to Woodinville.

The incumbent attorney general, Republican Rob McKenna, is running for governor against former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee, a Democrat.

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