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Fraud seen in initiative petitions, again; Kim Wyman says tougher laws may be needed

UPDATED 4:35 p.m. with comments from the state elections director.

Elections officials said today they have found apparent fraud in petitions submitted by three paid signature gatherers working for two ballot-measure campaigns.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman ‘s office called it “the worst apparent initiative fraud anyone can remember” — even though this is the fourth straight year in which officials have detected signature fraud — and Wyman “pledged that the state’s continuing crackdown will continue, possibly with tougher regulations.”

She didn’t say what those would be but said her staff would meet with elections officials in Oregon. According to a

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Secretary of State-elect Kim Wyman names staff, including elections director

Wyman announced Lori Augino, chief deputy to Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, would take over as state elections director after Wyman takes office next month.

Augino replaces Katie Blinn and Shane Hamlin, who had been co-directors. Both will remain in the secretary of state’s office in lower-tier positions as assistant directors.

Wyman, a Republican, is the Thurston County auditor, and she is bringing some of her staff with her across town to the Capitol, including her chief deputy Ken Raske as assistant secretary of state. The current assistant, Steve Excell, takes over state archives from Jerry Handfield.

Here’s the news release from Dave

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Kim Wyman defeats Kathleen Drew as lone Republican to win statewide this year

Democrat Kathleen Drew has conceded the race, making Republican Kim Wyman the undisputed winner of the Washington secretary of state race and the lone Republican running statewide to win in the Evergreen State this fall.

“I always thought this race was about experience. I think that played a big role in it,” Wyman told me in a telephone interview. “You look at the rest of the ticket and I’m the only statewide Republican on the West Coast I found out today. There was clearly a blue wave that rolled over Washington.’’

Drew conceded the race in the last hour, and Wyman said Drew just called her to congratulate her on the 41,340-vote victory (as of this afternoon).

Drew’s full statement is here:


Murray, Cantwell and Dicks join Inslee, Kilmer, Heck for final rallies today in Tacoma and Olympia

Three days before the election Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee and congressional candidate Denny Heck are making another swing through South Sound this afternoon, joined by the state’s two U.S. senators in Tacoma near the end of a 26-stop state “Tour for Jobs.”

The Tacoma stop is at 12:15 p.m. at IBEW Local 76’s hall, 3049 South 36th Ave. State Democrats say the focus is on tax credits and training programs that have put veterans to work. Among speakers are Inslee, U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, retiring 6th district Congressman Norm Dicks and 6th district candidate Derek Kilmer. Kilmer is fending off a well-funded challenge from Republican Bill Driscoll.

The next stop is in Olympia at 2:30 at the Thurston County Democrats’ campaign headquarters, 423 W. Fourth Ave.

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WEA endorses lawmakers, GOP’s Kim Wyman

At the Washington Education Association’s weekend convention, Secretary of State candidate Kim Wyman became the first Republican statewide candidate to get the teacher’s union’s endorsement this year.

Though it’s among the biggest benefactors of Washington Democrats, the WEA has nonetheless endorsed Republicans, such as current Secretary of State Sam Reed. This year, by picking Thurston County auditor Wyman to be the state’s top elections officer, the union passed over Democratic candidates Kathleen Drew, Greg Nickels and, least surprisingly given his support this year for charter schools and school-employee benefits consolidation, Jim Kastama.

Two other Republicans likewise won the WEA’s backing, Rep. Bruce

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Thurston auditor Wyman runs for secretary of state

Lacey Republican Kim Wyman is launching her statewide campaign for secretary of state and intends to make a formal announcement Thursday morning in Olympia.

Wyman is Thurston County auditor and first Republican to say she will run in 2012 for the position after three-term GOP incumbent Sam Reed announced yesterday he is retiring.

Wyman is running on a record of competence as administrator of elections for the two decades including what she said were “over 80 accurate, open, and clean elections” and endorsements of 23 past or current countyauditors.

“Combined with the responsibility of managing public records, licensing, and

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Secretary of State Sam Reed won’t seek 4th term

Secretary of State Sam Reed, a state Republican mainstay who oversaw the controversial vote-count in the 2004 governor’s race, is going to retire in 2012 after his third term.

He called it “the right time.” Reed, an Olympia resident and former 23-year Thurston County auditor, announced his plans this morning in a meeting with statehouse reporters near the Capitol press corps buildings.

Reed has been mentioning Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman as a possible successor candidate but said he won’t be making an endorsement of a Republican candidate until later.

More immediately, state Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, officially jumped into

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