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It’s official: Washington gives its 12 Electoral College votes to Obama in Olympia ceremony

Washington state’s 12 Electoral College electors did their work over the lunch hour in Olympia today, awarding their votes to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed presided over the ceremony in the Capitol’s ornate reception room in the once-every-four-years ritual that follows the presidential election.

Nationwide, Obama received 332 votes and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s ticket received 206. Electors across the country were formalizing that result today.

Even as Reed was still handing out embossed certificates of participation to the electors, his press office was announcing the vote was done – see details here, including statements from Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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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:


Gov. Gregoire leaves Sunday on trade mission to India, Korea

Gov. Chris Gregoire is leaving the state Sunday for a 10-day trade mission to South Korea and India. Secretary of State Sam Reed has made a few trips to India over the past decade but Gregoire says she is Washington’s first governor to visit.

Her office put out a news release outlining her agenda overseas.

Her staffers list Korea as the state’s No. 4 top export market and India as the state’s 24th largest export market in 2011 – a bit of a shift from 2009 when this state Department of Commerce report listed Korea

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Details from today’s political dust-up over “costs” of special election to replace Jay Inslee

Why would it cost $1 million to have a special election to fill the final six weeks of Jay Inslee‘s term in Congress?

The answer may be that it doesn’t.

But that wasn’t the first question asked today. That designation went to Washington State Republicans who held a press event at the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s Seattle campaign headquarters. In an event titled “Send Inslee the Invoice,” state GOP chairman Kirby Wilbur wants to know why Inslee won’t pay for the election he caused. Wilbur is trying to help the governor campaign of Republican Rob McKenna.

Inslee triggered the issue

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Reed predicts 47% turnout for Nov. 8 election

Washington’s secretary of state Sam Reed said today that voter turnout for the Nov. 8 general election should hit 47 percent, despite it being the first vote-by-mail November election in state history.

Reed, who is the state elections chief, explained in a news release his forecasted turnout, if accurate, would be “a little lower than the past two off-year elections, reflecting a lack of major races or hotly contested and controversial ballot measures that would spur heavy interest.”

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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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Two views by Secretary of State Sam Reed on vote by mail, 10 years apart.

Here’s what then-Thurston County auditor Sam Reed said about vote by mail and poll voting when he was a candidate for Secretary of State in 2000:

“I do think that many people want the ceremony, the interaction, the flags, the election board workers, and such, in order to feel like they are truly participating in our American political system,” Reed wrote. “We need to continue to provide that ‘election day fix’ for those people.

“But as times change and our American society changes, the way we shop, the way we bank, the way we telecommunicate, and the way we vote

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History museums in less danger from budget writers

Just how they’ll do it is far from certain. But it’s becoming clear that budget writers are moving closer to keeping the state history museums open.

House budget vice-chairwoman Jeannie Darneille said she expects the spending plan being developed by House Democrats to incorporate her proposal to preserve the museums, which would merge them with other cultural programs and pay for them by raiding money for a planned construction project.

A vote planned for Friday will give a first reading of how much support that idea enjoys.

But even if it falters, Republican Secretary of State Sam Reed, an

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