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  • Minutes after Filing Week ends May 20, State Elections Director Lori Augino (left) and Elections Division staff do a lot draw to determine the order candidates will appear on the ballot.  (Photo courtesy of Patrick McDonald) Washington’s 2016 election cycle is officially under way, with Filing Week completed and Secretary of State Kim Wyman certifying candidate lists to the 39 counties this week. Candidates also are preparing Voters’ Pamphlet statements, including photo, bio, statement and campaign contact information. Online deadline...

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  • Letters About Literature state champions (from left) Emily Maxfield, Joe Jacobsen and Grace Rivkis with Deputy Secretary of State Greg Lane after receiving their certificates during the awards ceremony at the Capitol.  Three Washington students showed how inspiration can be passed forward. The three state champions in this year’s Letters About Literature contest inspired a large audience at the Capitol Friday as they shared life lessons that they learned from authors who inspired them. The Office of Secretary of State...

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  • Students at Mount Erie Elementary School in Anacortes point to their “I Voted” stickers after voting in the Presidential Primary Mock Election. (Photos courtesy of Mount Erie) We won’t know until next week which candidates Washington’s adult voters like in the state’s Presidential Primary. But judging by results from this week’s Presidential Primary Mock Election, the state’s K-12 students clearly are “feeling the Bern.” Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders gathered 70.6 percent of the students’ votes to easily defeat fellow Democrat...

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  • As Washington’s Presidential Primary enters the final days of its voting period, nearly 1 million ballots already have been returned to counties. “I’m very encouraged by the large number of ballots returned,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “It’s a clear indication that many Washington voters are interested in our Presidential Primary and want their voices heard during the presidential nominating season. There is a lot of interest and excitement among  voters.” As of late Thursday afternoon, more than 981,000...

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  • Nowadays, visitors to Mount Rainier National Park in Washington’s Cascades are discouraged from feeding the animals there. But that wasn’t always the case. This photo, taken sometime between 1920 and 1960, shows a young couple feeding a raccoon outside a building in the popular park. The sign on the steps says, “No dog or cats allowed in this building.” Apparently, the raccoon knew this. Or maybe it just knew that looking cute would score it a snack. The photo is...

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