November 01, 2004
My Vote Choices
Those who have followed the posts at my
main site, Jim Miller on Politics, will know that
I will vote tomorrow for George W. Bush for president and for George Nethercutt for the senate. I
have said less there about the choices down the ticket from the top two, and so I am summarizing
my choices here. After each choice, you'll see a number giving my certainty about the choice, ranging
from 1 to 5, where 1 is marginal and 5 is absolutely certain. In most cases, the lower numbers
reflect less knowledge, rather than negatives.
- Governor: Dino Rossi (3). The Democrats have controlled the governor's office in Washington
state since the 1980s. Many reforms are needed are needed in Washington's government; few are likely
with Christine Gregoire as governor.
- Attorney General: Rob McKenna (5). McKenna is exceptionally well qualified. His opponent,
Deborah Senn, is worse than unqualified. She was a disaster as state insurance commissioner and
would be even worse as attorney general, since that office can meddle in nearly everything. I have
thought, though not too seriously, that her election might make me move to Idaho.
- Lands Commissioner: Doug Sutherland (5). Sutherland has been managing the state forests
just the way I want them managed, as a good farmer manages his farm. He is backed by the State Farm Bureau
and opposed by the Sierra Club, two good signs.
- Secretary of State: Sam Reed (4). The Democratic party backed, nearly unanimously, the
1993 "Motor Voter" Act, which has contributed so much to vote fraud. Since then, I have been wary of
allowing any Democrat to count votes. I am especially wary of those who have conducted dirty
campaigns, as Reed's opponent, Laura Ruderman, did in her first race. I would have given Reed 5 points if he had said nothing about the proposal for a
Initiative 872, which I oppose.
- Superintendent of Public Instruction: Terry Bergeson (5). The incumbent, Bergeson, has not
worked as hard for reform as I would like, but she has been far better than her opponent, former
superintendent Judith Billings, who would set back educational progress in the state.
- State Treasurer: Oscar Lewis (1). Because I trust Republicans a little more with money
than I do Democrats.
- Lieutenant Governor: Brad Owen (1). His Republican challenger does not seem like a
- State Auditor: Brian Sonntag (5). Sonntag is widely respected among both Democrats
and Republicans. His Republican opponent is a flake.
- Insurance Commissioner: John Adams (2). Because I would rather have a business
friendly Republican in the office, after all the damage Senn did.
- Supreme Court, Position 1: Jim Johnson (3). Because I like his backers much better
than I like his opponent's backers.
- Supreme Court Position 6: Richard Sanders (1). The two KVI hosts, Kirby Wilbur and
John Carlson, split on this choice and I am conflicted. Wilbur believes that Sanders' support for
civil liberties makes up for his soft attitude toward criminals; Carlson disagrees. I might not
vote for Sanders if I did not expect him to be in the court minority on most issues.
As well as voting on all those candidates, we in Washington state get to vote on five issues,
fewer than usual.
- Initiative 297: No (5). The initiative would set up a bureaucracy, with jobs for
extremists, to solve a minor problem (nuclear wastes) that is already being solved.
- Initiative 872: No (5). The "blanket" primary that Washington had was not my first
choice for choosing candidates, but it was what voters here wanted. The court decision killing it
was unwarranted. Unfortunately, this proposal, to provide for a top two run off, regardless of
party, would make matters worse.
- Initiative 884: No (5). Decades of experience providing more money to educational
bureaucracies have shown that we need reform, rather than more money. The initiative
provides money without reform.
- Initiative 892: No. (1). This is a bad idea whose time has not come. We need to get
rid of the Indian monopoly on some kinds of gambling, but not by spreading gambling even
- Referendum 55: Yes (5). Initiative 884 provides money without reform; this modest
proposal for charter schools provides reform without requiring additional taxes.
I will vote for Randy Eastwood (5) for Congress, rather than Democrat Jay Inslee. I would vote for
a yellow dog rather than Jay Inslee. I will vote for both Republican candidates for the state House,
James Whitfield (3) and Rodney Tom (5). Whitfield is an interesting candidate, but he does seem
to have moved to this district, quite recently, just to run for office. I would advise voting for
Republicans generally for Washington's legislature — at least if you favor reform. Not all
Republicans will back reform, but they are less tied to the public employee unions than the
The local judicial races are always difficult for me, since the candidates are not allowed to
tell us what they will do. I will vote for Julia Garratt (3) for Position 23 on the King County
Superior Court because she has been a prosecutor and does not appear to be a left wing extremist, unlike
her opponent, Andrea Darvas. I will vote for Christopher Washington (2) for Position 42 on the King
County Superior Court because, unlike his opponent, he has not been endorsed by the King County
Posted by Jim Miller at November 01, 2004
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In case, you need more reasons to vote for Dino Rossi, here are a few:
It’s time for a change. Washington has one of the higher unemployment rates in the nation. A recent study found that 1/3 of businesses would consider relocating out-of-state.
Dino understands hard work and knows what it takes to run a business. He’s the youngest of seven kids raised on a Seattle schoolteacher’s salary. His parents couldn’t afford to send him to college but he wanted to go to school so he worked a number of jobs to pay his way through Seattle University.
After he graduated, he worked more than 20 years in the commercial real estate business. He’s the only candidate who’s actually signed the front side of a paycheck.
Dino’s a proven leader who served as a citizen legislator for seven years in the state Senate where he balanced the budget in the face of the biggest dollar deficit in state history—without raising general taxes and without cutting funding for the most vulnerable. Throughout his time in the Legislature, he passed legislation getting tougher on drunken drivers and sponsored the “Two-Strikes-You’re-Out” law putting violent sex offenders away for life.
Dino’s “Forward Washington” plan is a comprehensive six-part plan to:
Get people back to work,
Make health care more affordable,
Keep doctors in our state,
Protect the most vulnerable, and
Restore our state parks.
Dino has been endorsed by such luminaries as former Gov. Dan Evans, US Senator John McCain and former Seattle Democrat Mayor Wes Uhlman, along with Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner. So many Democrats are supporting Dino that they have garnered the nickname "Dinocrats."
He’s also been endorsed by by The Seattle Times, The (Tacoma) News Tribune, The Spokesman-Review, The (Vancouver) Columbian, The (Everett) Herald, The (Centralia) Chronicle, The (Yakima) Herald-Republic, the King County Journal and the Seattle Medium, the largest African American owned and operated communications company in the Pacific Northwest.
I agree with most of your recommendations. But I'm wondering why you believe that judicial candidate Andrea Darvas is a left wing extremist? I've met her at a number of community events, including Republican campaign events. She always talks of her experience as a refugee from Hungary (She was an infant in 1956 when her family escaped), and as a business owner, partner in a small law firm. She comes across as fair and reasonable. I never got the impression that she's particularly left wing, let alone extremist. You may well be right,I'm just interested in what led you to that conclusion.
Janelle - I wouldn't be surprised if you were right. That was one of the cases where I simply haven't followed the race closely. (Don't know why I haven't, since it is an important and interesting race.) Just didn't want to claim knowledge that I don't have.
Stefan - You're right. I saw the endorsements from Inslee and NARAL, saw red, and didn't look beyond those. Better would be something like this: "appears to be more moderate than her opponent". I'll see if I can figure out how to change that after I get another (long) post done.
4. As I stated in an earlier comment, the reason I will not be voting for Darvas is that in her Voter's pamphlet statement, she lists an endorsement by an abortion rights group, which for me is a deal breaker. I will not vote for any pro-choice candidates.
I was helped along in decisions on judicial candidates using the site http://www.judicialforum.com/
At that site, Andrea Darvas LIED (She's the only candidate of all those on my voter's pamphlet who lied) in answering questions about herself. That along with the Pro-Choice endorsement led my husband and I go to with Julia Garratt
Good to hear from the Rossi campaign...
But if you need A REASON to reject 892... go here: http://josef-a-k.blogspot.com/2004/11/its-election-day-lights-went-out.html