Lawmakers Discuss Options for Removing, Replacing Indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley

If Kelley’s position becomes vacant before May 11, whomever the governor appoints to replace Kelley will serve until November 2015, when a special election will be held to decide who will serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the position becomes vacant on May 11 or afterward, Gov. Jay Inslee’s appointee will serve through November 2016, when the office would normally be up for re-election.

Yakima to Appeal Ruling in ACLU Voting Rights Case

Yakima will appeal a federal court ruling in a voting rights case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, but elections under a new system ordered by the court will proceed later this year. Because the City Council didn’t seek a stay of the federal judge’s order, all seven council seats will be up for election later this year

A Deep Dive Into Party Affiliation

Democrats hold advantages in party identification among blacks, Asians, Hispanics, well-educated adults and Millennials. Republicans have leads among whites – particularly white men, those with less education and evangelical Protestants – as well as members of the Silent Generation. The share of independents in the public, which long ago surpassed the percentages of either Democrats or Republicans, continues to increase.

Introducing: The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative

A coalition last week filed a citizens’ initiative 122 in Seattle that assembles into a single package some of the toughest corruption prevention and clean-election laws found anywhere in the United States and adds one startlingly original feature: a campaign funding system called Democracy Vouchers, which give every voter $100 of coupons to hand over to the candidates of their choice.

The Mobile Election: How Smartphones Will Change the 2016 Presidential Race

“Mobile is going to be the big thing in 2016,” Chris Lehane, the Democratic strategist and Clinton White House alum, told the On Media blog. “It is what any sophisticated campaign will be trying to figure out and then maximize in 2016 — and all the campaigns from both parties will be in a race to see who can figure out the tools to best lever the power of mobile.”?

FBI, IRS Focusing on State Auditor’s Unpaid Taxes, Says Attorney

Troy Kelley managed to shake off a questionable past to earn Washington voters’ trust. But now the feds are looking into a big-time tax dodge that could reveal deeper misdeeds. In his only statement about the federal probe, Kelley said the government won’t tell him why it’s snooping into his past.