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2014 Election Resources

Your ballot arriving in the mail means you’ll soon begin the election ritual of analyzing and deciding on numerous ballot measures. Before you vote, be sure to read our valuable Citizens’ Guides to this year’s major statewide measures, as well as important ballot propositions in Seattle and Spokane.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Yesterday The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding editorial pointing out the predictable response of businesses to a higher minimum wage—automation. After posting a grim quarterly earnings report of a 30% decline in profits on a 5% decrease in sales, McDonald’s plans to begin replacing workers with machines. 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
After years of strife with the Machinists union, Boeing is embracing a new approach to building the future 777X.   The new approach?  Robots.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
It’s widely assumed that Initiative 1351, the ballot measure that purports to reduce class sizes, will pass by a wide margin.  The initiative title has bumper-sticker attractiveness, it faces no organized opposition, and executives at the powerful WEA and other unions are putting $3.5 million of their members’ dues money behind it. (In Washington, teachers must pay the union as a condition of employment.)