Election 2012

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Listen to KBSX and NPR for ongoing coverage of Election 2012. We'll have stories from across Idaho and the rest of the country on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. We'll also have specials from NPR throughout this election year.

The New York Times

Writer and journalist Timothy Egan spent 18 years telling stories about the West for The New York Times.

The Spokane, Washington native now writes opinion pieces for the paper.  Egan speaks tonight, Wednesday, in Boise about the state of American politics.  

He's a guest of the Andrus Center For Public Policy.  Egan says President Obama's re-election reflects what he calls “huge and unalterable” shifts in American demographics.

Click 'Listen' to hear our interview. 

Chantal Andrea / Northwest News Network

Gay rights groups hope Oregon will be the next state to legalize same-sex marriage at the ballot. Washington did that this week. But to follow suit, Oregon voters would have to reverse themselves and repeal a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Voters passed that ban in 2004 after a campaign led by the conservative Oregon Family Council. Spokeswoman Teresa Harke says her group will oppose any efforts to overturn it.

"I think there are still a lot of people who support one man, one woman marriage. And we are ready to fight for that."

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Exit polls show Latino voters helped push President Obama to victory on Tuesday. But there was another sign of the growing influence of Hispanics in the Northwest on election day: That was the actual names on the ballot.

A public radio analysis done before the election found that just 2 percent of the Northwest's elected officials were Latino.

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Two thirds of Idaho voters Tuesday rejected a law to increase technology use in schools. Of the three propositions voted down, it was Proposition Three that failed by the widest margin. That one repeals the technology component of the Students Come First laws. But one of the most well-known parts of that law will remain in place.

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Idaho voters rejected the state’s teacher pay for performance plan when they said no to Proposition 2 this week. However, the schools and teachers that have earned bonuses for work in the last year have already been announced, but whether or not that money gets into teachers’ hands remains uncertain.

Boise State University

More than 20 seats changed hands in the Idaho Legislature  Tuesday. Some House members made the jump to the Senate.  And plenty of new faces will be in the legislature when the session starts in January. 

Boise State political science professor Gary Moncrief says, despite the changes, the makeup of the House and the Senate will be pretty much the same.

Catrena Hampton / KUOW

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington celebrated victory Wednesday. Zach Silk managed the campaign that's claiming a win on what’s called Referendum 74.

He addressed a crowded room of supporters Wednesday near downtown Seattle. "So, I have to ask, how’s it feel to make history?”

What a difference a day makes. When Silk addressed supporters on election night, he was cautious about the results. He said the race was too close to call with voter approval at just 52 percent. Now, Silk says they’ve crunched the numbers and are confident the lead will hold.

Props 1, 2, 3 Map
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Voters sent a clear message to Idaho lawmakers this week by rejecting all three education propositions by margins of 15 percent or more.

See how each county voted and compare that to support for Tom Luna's 2010 reelection bid.  Click here to explore the interactive map...

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

So what percentage of people in Idaho voted?  Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says that’s a hard number to pin down so soon after Election Day.

“It’s difficult to give a turnout figure based on registered voters because we register voters on Election Day, so that’s a moving target,” Ysursa said.  “History has shown in a Presidential year, there could be 100,000 to 112,000 who have registered on Election Day.”

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

After voters rejected the controversial Students Come First education laws last night, members of the Vote No campaign gathered outside of Boise High this morning.

Vote No campaign chairman Mike Lanza said that the results of the referenda are clear. He says that voters showed how much they care about local control in Idaho’s schools, and he characterized the election results as “glorious.”  

Tom Luna
Emilie Ritter Saunders / StateImpact

Here’s the statement from Tom Luna on the failure of Propositions 1, 2, and 3:

Boise State Public Radio

For the second time in Idaho's history, voters have overturned a law passed by state lawmakers. 

Residents rejected the 2011 education laws known as Students Come First.  They did so by a wide margin. 

As part of our analysis on Morning Edition, KBSX education reporter Adam Cotterell spoke with host Scott Graf about the result, reaction to it, and what comes next. 

Boise State University

We spoke with David Adler, Director of the Andrus Center for Public Policy at Boise State University, about the results of the Students Come First vote. 

The interview aired on KBSX's Morning Edition.  Click 'Listen' to hear Adler's analysis.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Idaho voters delivered a resounding defeat to three new education laws. Voters said no to limits on teacher bargaining rights, to creating a pay-for-performance system and to ramping up classroom technology.  Opponents were successful, in part, by billing the laws as an attack on teachers. 

When the first results came in, the Vote No campaign brought out the bagpipes.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio/ StateImpact Idaho

Idaho voters Tuesday sent two congressmen back to Washington D.C. They overwhelmingly supported an effort to protect hunting, fishing and trapping by adding an amendment to the state's constitution. 

Voters also cast support for state representatives and senators and at this hour, they appear to have overturned three education laws known as Students Come First. 

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Northwest voters have mixed views when it comes to legalizing marijuana. Oregon voters rejected an attempt to allow people to smoke and grow pot. But Washington voters approved a more limited legalization initiative.

The Washington vote means that starting in December, it will be legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. The drug will be sold through state-licensed stores. Pot remains illegal under federal law. But the measure's supporters say they hope the initiative will spark a national conversation about drug policy. Pete Holmes is Seattle's city attorney.

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A constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt, fish and trap has been approved by a wide margin by Idaho voters.

With nearly 50 percent of precincts reporting, HJR2 earned support from 74.4 percent of voters early Wednesday morning.

Idaho now joins 13 other states that have added similar language into their state constitutions.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho Republican U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador were on pace to beat their Democratic rivals and return to Congress.

In early results, Simpson tallied nearly 68 percent, to just 32 percent for his Democratic rival, Nicole LeFavour.

Labrador was trouncing ex-NFL player Jimmy Farris, 64 percent to 30 percent.

For Labrador, a win means his second term since sweeping into office in 2010 on a wave of tea party support.

Labrador says it was hard to take Farris seriously, given the Democrat voted for the first time in 2008.

Four More Years: Obama Wins Re-Election

Nov 6, 2012
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President Obama has won re-election in a sweep that ended the night before the count was completed in two key battleground states, Florida and Virginia. By holding the "Midwest firewall" — including Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan — the president handily defeated his challenger.

"This has been a topsy-turvy campaign from beginning to end," says Andrew Kohut, president of Pew Research Center. "And it ended in a topsy-turvy way."

Molly Messick / Boise State Public Radio/ StateImpact Idaho

Polls in Idaho have closed and ballots are being counted around the state.  Democrats and Republicans have been holding their election parties tonight. The Vote No campaign has held a party as well. That's the group that's pushed to try and overturn what's known as the Students Come First laws.

It's too early to call any of the Idaho races or ballot initiatives. But we have collected some of your tweets and photographs from throughout election night to share.

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