The six leading candidates for Lieutenant Governor (left to right): Javier Figueroa, Karen Fraser, Cyrus Habib, Steve Hobbs, Jim Moeller and Phillip Yin. (Courtesy photos.)

The most diverse race in state history is for… Lieutenant Governor?

This year’s lieutenant governor race has attracted the most demographically diverse statewide pool of candidates in Washington.
May 18, 2016
The wall of old signs inside of Thompson Signs' warehouse serves as a visual reminder of the mostly white, male political candidates in the northwest. (Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

Candidates address startling dearth of diversity in State Legislature

Only 13 out of the total 147 state legislators in the state House and Senate are people of color. All 13 are democrats.
Aug 1, 2014
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Immigrant farm workers at center of GMO food-labeling debate

Some of the people with the most at stake in the I-522 debate won’t be able to vote on it either way.
Nov 3, 2013
A wheat farm in eastern China, where the government is making a big investment in genetically modified crops. (Photo by Imaginechina via AP Images)

What Washington should know about GMO’s

This fall we get to vote on an initiative that requires labeling of genetically modified foods. But it may not be an obvious choice.
Jul 3, 2013
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A Globalist guide to Election Day

They already did it this year in Egypt. And they did it in Burma, and in Mexico. Now it’s our turn. Yep, it’s finally election day (ewww, what did you think I was talking about?). If you didn’t vote yet…well, who am I kidding? Of course you did. If not you’re probably in a suburban […]
Nov 6, 2012
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You might be a socialist if… An interview with Kshama Sawant

Update: Sawant lost the below-mentioned election for State Legislature, but she just won a seat on the Seattle City Council. To the best of our knowledge, everything else she said in this interview from last year is still true. Kshama Sawant is a pretty cool lady. She’s a socialist who won the opportunity to challenge […]
Oct 30, 2012
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New OneAmerica director aims to boost immigrant voter participation

In the past six months alone, big things have started happening for the immigrant community is Seattle. President Obama announced a new deportation deferment policy for undocumented young adults. The Seattle City Council created the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and a new Washington State Voting Rights Act could significantly increase voting participation among immigrant […]
Oct 9, 2012
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Mood at Seattle debate hints that Washington will deliver world’s first pro-gay marriage vote

Washington State could be one of the first places in the world to legalize gay marriage by ballot this November. Currently there are only 10 countries that have legalized or recognized gay marriages, but all have done so through parliaments and governmental bodies. Maryland, Maine and Minnesota are also voting on the issue that would move […]
Oct 3, 2012