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Elections

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

Massive transportation levy grows bigger

Mayor Ed Murray introduced a revised version of his Move Seattle transportation levy Wednesday morning, attaching a new price tag of $930 million. That's up just…

Change, the voters said. And they are getting it on the City Council

The switch to city council district elections is already working like a charm, shaking up the status quo. This week, two council stalwarts, Nick Licata…

Will Seattle tax itself into trouble?

Seattle is in a slow-motion tax crisis. The problem is multifold. Our appetite to do and be good — a progressive model for the nation to…

Class size initiative pulls ahead in latest vote count

Initiative 1351, which would shrink K-12 class sizes at public schools across the state, has crept from a tiny deficit to a small lead, tallying…

Election: The changes may be just starting

In the wake of Tuesday's Republican successes in congressional and state-level elections, analysts have leapt to immediate conclusions regarding the last two years of the…

Inslee expresses optimism about Legislature as vote count continues

Gov. Jay Inslee is cautiously optimistic about a 2015 legislative session in which the Republicans have received a boost of adrenaline. That adrenaline is from…

Olympia: A bit more red in the color of the Legislature

Sometimes the polls aren’t wrong and elections turn out just as predicted. All the trends indicated that Republicans, benefitting from President Obama’s low approval rating,…

Video: The meaning of Washington’s election results

As the results rolled in, Knute Berger of Crosscut and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center sat down to talk about the meaning of…

Didier, Newhouse in close congressional race. DelBene wins her second term.

Clint Didier is in a tight race for a congressional seat but he remained in danger of going 0-and-3 in running for public office as…

Dashed hopes for Democrats: State Senate stays Republican

It looks like the Republicans will keep control of the Washington Senate by the same 26-23 margin that the GOP had going into Tuesday's ballot…

Seattle voters trade higher taxes for better bus service

Seattle voters demonstrated their willingness to pay more taxes and fees for improved bus service on Tuesday night, as early ballot counts showed the city's…

The eternal sunshine of Seattle progressivism

If Seattle liberals felt gloomy about Republicans taking control of the U.S. Senate, they could at least bask in the glow of the progressive sunshine…

Pam Roach is surviving a tough challenge from a fellow Republican

Sen. Pam Roach appears to have survived her toughest electoral challenge. Roach, R-Auburn, led Cathy Dahlquist 12,060 to 10,833 Tuesday evening — a 53 percent to…

City-sponsored Prop. 1B wins pre-K battle

What started as a quiet night for the Proposition 1B campaign gathering on Capitol Hill turned into a packed and raucous party. Proposition 1A and…

Voters back new controls on gun sales

Washington voters gave overwhelming support Tuesday to a measure to signficantly expand requirements for background checks before guns are sold. Initiative 594 was winning nearly…

Live Blog: Tracking the votes on the Legislature, guns, schools and buses.

Republicans control state Senate Update 10:40 p.m. State voters have given Republicans control of the state Senate for the next two years. The party will…

Election 2014: Ready for what comes next?

OK, the 2014 election is at hand, time to skip ahead to 2016. Too soon, you say? Yes, it's premature-eleculation, I suppose. But we have…

Election 2014: What to expect when the smoke clears

Politics is part art, and part science. Those of us who like to think we can analyze this process look for signs wherever we can…

Transportation Prop 1 will let Seattle add bus service for first time since ’07

Right now, Seattle voters have a tremendous opportunity to expand the bus service that so many of us rely on.  Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition…

E. Washington’s 15th District: Where Hispanic voters may make a difference — someday

This is the state Senate contest where race might have been a factor. But it probably won't be. The Senate face-off is in eastern Yakima County's…

Election 2014: Guns, buses, kids and control of Olympia

Editor's note: Crosscut will bring you all the election results beginning with the first release of counts shortly after 8 p.m. on Tuesday. It's an…

A different voters guide: Reading is just the start

As elections matter more, voters seem to become more frustrated and overwhelmed with the process. Voter turnout for the primary election earlier this year was…

Democrats’ best hope for picking up a Senate seat is on Eastside

This is the biggest money race. The biggest nail-biter. Probably the best bellwether on who will control the Washington Senate in 2015. In the race…

Pierce County voters could set state direction with Senate choice in 28th District

On paper, Republican Steve O'Ban has a legitimate upper hand over Democrat Tami Green as he tries to keep his 28th District's Senate seat in…