1. Are you on the edge of your seat, politically speaking? With just an hour or so to go before election results drop in the mayoral race, the GMO labeling measure, district elections, and the balance of power in the state senate, we certainly are.

NPR and the New York Times, of all people, are getting in on the local action, with stories, respectively, about the 26th District Washington state senate race and the Seattle mayor's race, which the Times characterizes as a battle between a bike-riding (perfect for Seattle), but combative mayor and a challenger who's benefiting from his record passing gay marriage and rallying a "team of rivals," including three of his primary-election challengers. 

2. Speaking of the election: The conservative Washington Policy Center gripes (again) about Washington state's vote-by-mail law, which allows voters to get their ballots in the mail up until 8:00 on election night, unlike Oregon, which requires ballots to be in to county election offices by the deadline.

Voter advocates generally support a longer timeline for people to mail in their ballots (because it's impossible to predict how long the postal service will take to deliver a ballot to the county elections office); conservative groups like the WPC generally support more strict deadlines.

3. And in non-election-related news: KUOW reports that every one of the six out-of-state charter organizations that hope to open schools here in Washington state (under 2012's voter-approved Initiative 1240) are "failing to consistently meet state standards where they operate."

One that operates in Oregon is currently ranked in the bottom 5 percent among Oregon schools; another has received an "F" rating in Ohio, where it runs a reading- and math-focused charter school. A third chain that wants to operate here "is falling so short of state standards at one of its three schools that its accreditation is at risk."


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