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On Other Blogs Today: The Aftermath

By Erica C. Barnett November 7, 2012

1. Republican Rob McKenna hasn't conceded the race for governor yet, but Democrat Jay Inslee is already putting together his transition team, the Seattle Times reports. Inslee ended last night's vote count 50,000 votes ahead with a commanding lead in King County.

2. Despite an advantage for Democrats in key state senate races, the Everett Herald is declaring several races "too close to call," including the 10th (currently held by conservative Democrat Mary Margaret Haugen), the 5th (currently leading: Democrat Mark Mullet); and the 17th (currently leading: Democrat Tim Probst).

3. The Pacific Northwest Inlander has an exit interview with outgoing state senate majority leader Lisa Brown, who outlines the challenges the legislature and new governor will face in the coming year. " 

“We have a very unique and unequal and frankly disastrous tax structure,” Brown told the alt-weekly. 

4. TechFlash takes a look at some of the lesser-known supporters of victorious 1st Congressional District candidate and ex-Microsoftie Suzan DelBene: Microsoft employees, who poured thousands into the Democrat's campaign. 

5. The state Liquor Control Board will need at least a year to set up rules for legal marijuana sales in the state after the passage of I-502, the marijuana legalization initiative, last night, the Seattle Times reports. 

6. And in some bad news for transit: In Pierce County, Proposition 1, which would help fund Pierce Transit's struggling bus system, is currently too close to call, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Failure of Prop. 1 would mean no bus service after 7 pm on weekdays, and no bus service at all on weekends. Community Transit, which serves Snohomish County, made a similarly painful series of cuts in 2011, eliminating service on Sundays, early mornings, and nights.  

Meanwhile, C-Tran, the proposal to build light rail across the new Columbia River Crossing bridge, failed overwhelmingly last night, the Columbian reports. 

7. And in some non-election-related transit news, boardings on Sound Transit's Link light rail trains continue to rise, Seattle Transit Blog reports.

The biggest increase was at Othello Station in the Rainier Valley, where daily boardings (northbound and southbound combined) increased 22 percent this year over 2011. The highest number of boardings continued to be at Westlake—18.9 percent.


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