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Kim Wyman, Washington state's Secretary of State, poses for a photo on Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Wyman, a Republican, is facing a challenge in the upcoming election from Democratic state Rep. Gael Tarleton of Seattle, who is leaving the Legislature in December after serving four terms. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Secretary of state: GOP incumbent vs. Democratic lawmaker

Sep. 24, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters have elected a Republican secretary of state for more than five decades in a state mostly run by Democrats. Two-term Secretary of State Kim Wyman — the fifth Republican to hold the office since 1965 — is one of only three statewide elected Republicans...

Court to decide if electronic signatures OK for initiatives

Sep. 20, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is asking a court to declare that electronic signatures are not acceptable of initiative petitions. Wyman filed the request in Thurston County Superior Court last week. She has previously said she believes the Legislature should weigh in before...

Police: Portland killing suspect pointed gun at officers

Sep. 17, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A man suspected of killing a right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon, pointed a handgun at officers before he was shot to death by members of a federal task force trying to arrest him, authorities said Thursday. Michael Forest Reinoehl had a .380-caliber handgun when he was killed on...

Inslee broke law by bringing apples to fire-ravaged areas

Sep. 17, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee thought it would be a nice gesture to bring some apples from his own tree when he visited communities ravaged by wildfire last week. Instead he was breaking the law. By bringing apples from trees growing at the governor’s mansion in Olympia, Inslee...

Inslee, Culp agree to televised gubernatorial debate Oct. 7

Sep. 16, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp have agreed to a televised debate on Oct. 7. The Washington State Debate Coalition said the debate will be broadcast live from 8 to 9 p.m., just after that evening’s Vice Presidential debate, The Seattle Times reported....

Officials work at the area late Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Lacey Wash., where a man suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Ore., the week before was killed as investigators moved in to arrest him. Michael Reinoehl, 48, was killed as a federal task force attempted to apprehend him in Lacey, a senior Justice Department official said. Reinoehl was the prime suspect in the killing of 39-year-old Aaron “Jay” Danielson, who was shot in the chest Saturday night, the official said. (AP Photo/Ted Warren)

Portland killing suspect and victim had guns, documents say

Sep. 4, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — ‎Both the suspect in the slaying of the right-wing protester in Portland, Oregon last weekend and the victim had handguns when their confrontation started after dueling street demonstrations, according to court documents made public Friday. The documents said victim Aaron...

State Rep. Beth Doglio secures second place in 10th CD race

Aug. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two women, both Democrats, have advanced to the general election in the the race for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Democratic state Rep. Beth Doglio secured the second spot on the November ballot Friday, with more than 14% of the vote. Former Tacoma mayor Marilyn...

Sydney Freenas wears a mask as she works to process ballots from Tuesday's primary election that were mailed out to voters and then deposited in drop boxes or mailed back in, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Washington state has offered voting by mail since 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Two women, both Democrats, will face off in 10th CD

Aug. 6, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The race for Washington's 10th Congressional District is certain to be between two female Democrats, but one of the two is still undetermined as ballots continue to arrive in elections offices and be counted in the state's vote-by-mail primary. With the announcement of Democratic U.S....

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Top-two primary narrows candidates for governor, other races

Aug. 5, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The governor’s race in November is set, and Democrats appear to be the top two candidates in both the lieutenant governor’s race and the 10th Congressional District following Washington’s top-two primary. Tuesday night, incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who...

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, Culp advance to November ballot in governor's race

Aug. 5, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington's top-two primary to the November ballot. In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest...