A look at major newspapers' endorsements around state

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Here are endorsements from The Columbian and major Washington state newspapers regarding president, governor and statewide initiatives. For complete editorials, visit the papers' websites. For The Columbian, go to http://www.columbian.com/opinion.

Governor

Rob McKenna: The Columbian, The Herald of Everett, The Daily News of Longview, Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman-Review, The News Tribune of Tacoma, Tri-City Herald, Yakima Herald-Republic.

Jay Inslee: The Olympian of Olympia.

U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell: The Columbian, Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima.

Michael Baumgartner: Tri-City.

President

Barack Obama: Everett, Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma.

Mitt Romney: The Columbian, Spokane.

Initiative 1185

Would restate existing state law requiring any tax increases imposed by the Legislature to be approved by two-thirds of each legislative chamber or approved by a majority of Washington voters. It also would require majority legislative approval for new or increased fees.

Approve: The Columbian, Longview, Seattle, Spokane, Tri-City, Yakima.

Reject: Everett, Tacoma.

Initiative 1240

Would create a public charter school system, authorizing up to 40 publicly funded charter schools open to all students, operated through approved, nonreligious, nonprofit organizations, with government oversight.

Approve: The Columbian, Everett, Longview, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-City, Yakima.

Reject: None of the nine newspapers reviewed.

Initiative 502

Would legalize marijuana. It would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution and possession for persons over 21; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Approve: The Columbian, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane.

Reject: Tacoma, Tri-City, Yakima.

Referendum 74

Asks voters whether they approve or reject the law passed this year allowing same-sex couples to legally marry.

Approve: The Columbian, Everett, Longview, Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Tri-City, Yakima.

Reject: None of the nine newspapers reviewed.

Newspapers reviewed: The Columbian, The Herald of Everett, Daily News of Longview, The Olympian of Olympia, The Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman-Review, The News Tribune of Tacoma, Tri-City Herald, Yakima Herald-Republic.