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October 28th, 2008

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11:46 pm - Election Recommendations (King Co. WA)
Swiping GrubbStreet's template with my commentary (thanks, Jeff!).

Elected Officials
President: Barack Obama
US Rep, 1st District: Jay Inslee (but would vote for Darcy Burner if I were in the 8th like Jeff)
Governor: Christine Gregoire
Lt Governor: Brad Owen (disagree with Jeff's pick here)
Secretary of State: Sam Reed (a Republican with integrity--shocking!)
State Treasurer: Jim McIntire
State Auditor: Brian Sontagg
Attorney General: John Ladenburg
Commissioner of Public Lands: Peter J. Goldmark
Superintendent of Public Instruction: Teresa Bergeson
Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler

Legislative District 45 (Pos 1): Roger Goodman
Legislative District 45 (Pos 2): Larry Springer

State Supreme Court Justices: Mary Fairhurst, Charles Johnson, Debra Stephens (as Jeff says, if you wanted a choice on most judges, you needed to vote in the primary)
King County Superior Court, Pos 1 – Tim Bradshaw (not "Bradstreet", Jeff, though that would be funny)
King County Superior Court, Pos 22 – Holly Hill (another disagreement with Jeff here)
King County Superior Court, Pos 37 – Jean Rietschel

Initiatives & Amendments
Sound Transit Propositions 1: Yes (Though I suspect it won't pass given the economic climate.)

Washington State Initiative 985: No (As Jeff says, "Magic Ponies")
Washington State Initiative 1000 (Allow terminally ill access to lethal drugs): Yes
Washington State Initiative 1029 (Certify long-term care workers): Yes

King County Amendment 1 (Elected Director of Elections): No
King County Amendment 2 (Expand definitions of discrimination): Yes
King County Amendment 3 (Restructure regional committees): Yes
King County Amendment 4 (Set requirements for some offices): No
King County Amendment 5 (Create forecast office): Yes
King County Amendment 6 (Move up budget deadlines): Yes
King County Amendment 7 (Increase requirements for Initiatives): Yes
King County Amendment 8 (Make executive, assessor, and county council nonpartisan offices): No

* If you want some more of my commentary, you can check out my primary election entry on Aug 16th.
* Jeff has some more commentary on his site, too.
* And, now my voting is done. Will be sending in the absentee ballot tomorrow.

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Date:October 29th, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)

a dissenting vote for one Republican

I'm voting like Shelly on everything except Attorney General. I'm voting for the Republican, Rob McKenna. Here's why.

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to every council member and the parks department requesting that they turn one of their newly mothballed parks into a memorial and burial site for Kurt Cobain. Courtney Love had said that she couldn’t get Cobain buried in the county, because cemeteries feared similar problems to that of Jimi Hendrix’s often-vandalized gravesite. With the county forced to close 44 parks due to budgetary issues, I proposed that a park become Cobain’s shrine and home to Cobain’s ashes.

I got a very positive response from both councilmembers and the parks department, and the concept was brought up in county parks task force meetings. It stalled out, but it was an idea with real economic and legal challenges, so I’m not too bummed out. I got serious, thoughtful, and positive responses from Councilmembers Carolyn Edmonds, Dwight Pelz, Larry Phillips, Rob McKenna, and Dow Constantine (who shared my proposal with Nirvana bassist Krist Novaselic—neat!). They bought my analysis of state cemetery law, and saw an opportunity to at least spark some minds.

McKenna was the one Republican on the council who cared enough about an unorthodox idea to test the waters with it. So barring any proof that he's not a good Attorney General, he gets my re-election vote. Otherwise, straight ticket.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)

Re: a dissenting vote for one Republican

Krist Novaslic has been really involved in politics as his post-Nirvana career, so I'm not too surprised that they'd think of sharing this with him.

There are some of the Republicans who are okay, as your example points out. But for me, unless they're outstanding, I try to vote them out of office as a general rule because their party positions and actions are often so bad I want them as weak as possible.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
i don't think we're in the same district (i have to check, but Ms Chase is one of my choices) but for everything else i'm pleased to report i'm voting the same way as you.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear we're in agreement!
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Date:October 29th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Only comment I'd make: I went to law school with Tim Bradshaw. His nickname was "the Glidester" for good reason. I'm sure he's done yeoman work with the cold case unit in the prosecutor's office, but he is a little too slick to be a good judge. IMO Sue Parisien (sp?) is a better choice.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info!

I find the judge races very, very hard to call. Even when I was working with ultra-politcally connected folks in the Sierra Club (like the politcal committee which included lawyers) it was hard to get all of them as vetted as I would like. I even asked my cousin who worked for a Seattle City councilman for many years about judge races and he feels the same way about them.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
My wife Victoria used to work as a bailiff in King County Superior Court and would provide cheat sheets for the judicial races. Now that she works for a Federal judge, she is prohibited by law from advocating or campaigning for any candidates. I still get to hear the inside scoop. She's had direct experience with Tim in the court; let's just say that Victoria agrees with my opinion on the matter. :D
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Date:October 29th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the trouble to do this. I had a few County amendments I wasn't sure about and I have taken your advice on those.

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Date:October 29th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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Date:October 29th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned how much I appreciate it when you do this? I don't always agree with all your choices (though I do with most of them), but it makes the whole thing so much more concrete for me. Thank you.

Oh, and isn't 985 the latest Eyman thing? Good grief.
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Date:October 29th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks for letting me know that this is helpful!

Yes, down with Eyman! You'll note that one of the amendments will make signature gathering a bit more difficult for everyone and may help keep Eyman initiatives off the ballot in the future. At the very least it will make them more costly for Eyman and his backers to run.

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