Posted by Ralph Schwartz on October 9, 2014
Schools routinely conduct checks on parent volunteers, seeking to flag sex offenders or serious criminals before allowing them to have contact with kids. Running for political office is not the same thing, but the act of putting your name on a ballot confers a certain message: Trust me, I want to be in the government.
Background checks are not routine for political candidates. Voters must rely on their own judgment, any initiative taken by their local media to expose criminal histories, or the investigations undertaken by a candidate’s opposition.
Entering the breach is a nonprofit called CandidateVerification, which has gotten dozens of Washington state candidates to submit to a check of their backgrounds, including past criminal and civil cases, and education and employment histories.
Posted by Samantha Wohlfeil on October 3, 2014
Election season is in full swing and local candidates will be getting in plenty of face time at forums and debates over the next month in anticipation of the Nov. 4 general election.
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on October 2, 2014
Oregon ruled on Wednesday, Oct. 1, that the nation’s biggest coal-producing state didn’t have standing in the permit decision.
Whatcom sheriff: Background-check initiative doesn’t go far enough; takes no position on gun proposals
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on September 26, 2014
Whatcom County’s sheriff has been telling constituents he doesn’t support I-594, which would expand background checks for gun purchases.
Posted by Samantha Wohlfeil on September 24, 2014
Political action group NextGen Climate, backed by billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer, announced today it would support at least two Democratic legislative candidates in Washington state, the Associated Press reports.
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on September 19, 2014
“I am very sorry we concerned folks in the area. ... In a dozen years of work, I don’t think we’ve ever alarmed anyone.”
Posted by Ralph Schwartz on September 15, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has pressed “pause” on its environmental review of an Oregon coal export terminal.