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States of the Union: Washington

Friday, July 11, 2008

Find out how Washington state, which is home to Boeing’s headquarters, has been affected by the troubled airline industry. Also: hear about the major issues in this year’s race for governor, and why the state has had three different primary election systems in the last ten years. Chris Grygiel is Politics Editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

States of the Union fact of the week: Named after George Washington, the Evergreen State is the only one to be named after a president.

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Chris Grygiel

Comments [4]

J.C. from Minneapolis

The "top 2" primary system is a really good idea. I don't see why the parties--both large and small--hate it. It gets rid of the worry of "throwing one's vote away" on a small party because you could, say, vote "Green" in round 1 and then go for the "D" or the "R" in round 2 (assuming the Green doesn't place 1st or 2nd). Sure, it probably adds another election day that you have to pay for, but since when should we be running democracy on the cheap?

Jul. 14 2008 01:56 PM
adfs

Interesting, thanks. Excellent takeaways for those living in other places, such as the primary controversy.

Jul. 11 2008 08:58 PM
sheeeeeeeela from east village

Why is this on? Why do we need to know how NAFTA is viewed in Washington State?

Jul. 11 2008 12:57 PM
hjs from 11211

eastern washington is near Arkansas

Jul. 11 2008 12:47 PM

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