September 14, 2006
For once, a Democrat who "believes it's important not to lie, cheat or be wasteful"!

Caitlin Ross, 22-year-old daughter of KIRO talker and former Congressional candidate Dave Ross, is a Democrat candidate for the state House in the 9th District. It's refreshing to hear a Democrat take a clear stance that she

believes it's important not to lie, cheat or be wasteful either of ... money or ... trust
But Paloustics blogger Tom Forbes finds that Ross has voting residence credibility issues (see her two voter registrations as of July 31).

Even if she were a more established candidate, Ross would still face long odds. According to the Secretary of State's election results archive, the 9th District hasn't elected a Democrat to the Legislature since 1976. In 2004 the 3 Republicans in the 9th won their races with 60% or more of the vote.

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at September 14, 2006 06:30 PM | Email This
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1. Catlin seems like a nice young lady, but i don't think shes going to make a very good politician.

On her Web page with the Spokane Democrats she is quoted as saying " she believes a Democrat is needed to represent the 9th district because DEMOCRATS HOLD THE MAJORITY in Washingtons Legislature. It's difficult for MEMBERS OF THE MINORITY PARTY TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD IN THE LEGISLATURE, meaning ther constituents aren't heard".

So basically Washington State Democrats are unwilling to listen to anyone who isn't one of them is that right? They would willfully ignore any Washingtonians who are not represented in the Legislature by a Democrat is that right MS. Ross? Wow! good luck with that logic. You just called your own party a bunch of bias bigots that willing discriminate against minorities. Hey how about you run that buy our Senatorial delegation and the Congrssional folks too. I believe using your logic we should send a bunch of new Republicans to Washington DC.

Posted by: Smokie on September 14, 2006 07:42 PM
2. I wonder how her father would have voted on the earmark rule just passed in the US House, if Dave had won his election. I'm betting he would have joined Inslee, McDermott and Larsen in voting against revealing pork spending.

I figure McDermott is just out to lunch, but I was hoping that Inslee and Larsen would reject their leadership's call for secrecy and corruption.

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2006/roll449.xml

Posted by: Janet S on September 14, 2006 07:56 PM
3. Like her dad, she has a face for radio.

Posted by: Brent in Ferndale on September 14, 2006 09:08 PM
4. Well the fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree, does it?
And lying doesn't have anything to do with being registered in two places at once or filing for elective office in a place where you don't actually reside, eh?

Posted by: bulldozer on September 14, 2006 09:18 PM
5. Well the fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree, does it?
And lying doesn't have anything to do with being registered in two places at once or filing for elective office in a place where you don't actually reside, eh?

Posted by: bulldozer on September 14, 2006 09:18 PM
6. Well the fruit doesn't fall too far from the tree, does it?
And lying doesn't have anything to do with being registered in two places at once or filing for elective office in a place where you don't actually reside, eh?

Posted by: bulldozer on September 14, 2006 09:18 PM
7. Catlin as a nice young lady will soon learn that a democrat that does not lie does not get into office.

We have a democratic governor who campaigned against tax increases.

We have a democratic senator who is campaigning saying she is working hard to bring tax relief to the citizens of this state.

Good luck to you Catlin, without lying, you will need it.

Posted by: gs on September 14, 2006 09:49 PM
8. Give her time will ya. Like every good Democrat she will "grow" in office.

Posted by: nick on September 15, 2006 02:02 AM
9. I have heard this young lady on her dad's show several times, and she's an impressive young woman. Give her time to develop her political "legs." We shouldn't be discouraging
her generation from running, we should be ENCOURAGING them! Her dad is one of the most intelligent commentators on talk radio, and in that respect, the apple probably doesn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by: Clagett on September 15, 2006 02:26 AM
10. I have heard this young lady on her dad's show several times, and she's an impressive young woman. Give her time to develop her political "legs." We shouldn't be discouraging
her generation from running, we should be ENCOURAGING them! Her dad is one of the most intelligent commentators on talk radio, and in that respect, the apple probably doesn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by: Clagett on September 15, 2006 02:26 AM
11. There's no eligibility or residency issue. Both registrations listed are in the 9th legislative district, the one she is running in.

The Whitman County registration appears to be the one that is wrong, likely due to clerical errors. It shows a registration date of July 2006, yet she has voting history in 2005.

It appears that she temporarily moved to south Spokane (still in the same legislative district) for the summer - most likely a summer internship, which WSU students in some disciplines are encouraged to complete.

She likely put in a temporary forward on her mail. During this time, it is apparent that Whitman County ran the June National Change of Address, and transferred people based upon that data. It looks like she was transferred from whitman to Spokane in June 2006. She never voted there, and next we have data showing Caitlin Ross corrected her address back to Whitman County.

Unfortunately, the USPS NCOA data does not distinguish between temporary forwards and permanent forwarding orders, so everyone having their mail forwarded for whatever reason gets cauught in the net. This is a real problem for election offices, and the post office is the source of the problem.

This is why it's important to analyze the data and what it means before accusing anyone of "registration issues".

Besides, even if she really had changed her address, as long as she was still in the 9th legislative district, there is no eligibility issue.

Posted by: Cougar Gal on September 15, 2006 02:31 AM
12. Well I am glad to see that the 2 A.M. bar closings are still in effect in Pullman! Clagett and Coug Gal in at 2:26 and 2:31 respectively.

It's not about her Dad, it's about her. Just like it's not about Darcy Burner's Dad, brother or husband, it's about her. But If you want to drag in Catlin's Socialist, Anti-property rights, Universal welfare, Higher Taxes, Nanny state Daddy go ahead. I am sure that will fly in the Pea and Lentil Capital.

Posted by: Smokie on September 15, 2006 02:47 AM
13. Smokie, no offense intended, but - I haven't been here very long, granted - I can't understand what you're talking about in your latest post. Esoteric "pea and lentil capital" references? ;) I feel so borderline. It's like I'm reading the script to Twin Peaks, if Twin Peaks was written by a drunken Dino Rossi.

Both addresses are in the same district, and Cougar Gal's post sounds pretty sober to me. Caitlin Ross seems like a nice girl, even if I'm not a big fan of her dad. Well-intended doesn't carry one far in politics, but it's refreshing.

Posted by: Alcon (I-WA) on September 15, 2006 03:35 AM
14. Don't any of you have better things to do? This is silly, petty stuff. Any of us who were college students and were politically active at that time probably received info at our parents' homes as well as where we lived if we were away at school. We registered, we voted, but we may have either not understood or forgot to cancel one registration when setting up another.
Don't we have anything more important to work on? Like how to reduce McGavick's current poll deficit?

Posted by: bob on September 15, 2006 06:26 AM
15. I just read her web page and one sentence stuck out at me. "She won't promise to lower or eliminate any taxes" Right there says it all. She must believe we aren't paying enough. I feel we pay WAY TOO MUCH as it is. I just wish more people would open their eyes to these tax and spend politicians.

Posted by: Dave G on September 15, 2006 07:11 AM
16. Cougar Gal,

"Clerical error?" "Internship?" "Post office's fault?" Did you actually READ the post?

Ross registered to vote at two places ONE week apart, both of them "coincidentally" the addresses of local DEMOCRATIC Party officials, including her campaign advisor. This just three weeks before she filed to run for office.

What does that look like to you?

We may be the "pea and lentil" capital, but we're not stupid.

Posted by: Tom Forbes on September 15, 2006 07:59 AM
17. And by the way, she graduated from Gonzaga, not WSU.

Posted by: Tom Forbes on September 15, 2006 08:02 AM
18. You may think election fraud is "This is silly, petty stuff." I personally would like to see anyone who is proven to have cast any extra legal vote hanged. The integrity of the electoral process is that important to the long term health of our system of government.

Posted by: JDH on September 15, 2006 08:32 AM
19. Alcon;

I cannot help it if you have never been to Pea and Lentil Capital of the United States. It happens to be the area MS. Ross is running in to try and represent. So sit down and have a piece of Cherry Pie.

Posted by: Smokie on September 15, 2006 08:48 AM
20. shark: "for once..."

interesting lead in given that mr. ney (republican), after months of denying wrongdoing (i.e. lying) just agreed to plead guilty to accepting bribes. 27 months in the pen is recommended.

the empirical evidence would suggest that lying and stealing are not driven by party affiliation.

Posted by: dinesh on September 15, 2006 10:21 AM
21. Oriana Fallaci has died. May a thousand like her be raised up.

Posted by: ljm on September 15, 2006 10:27 AM
22. Clagett re posts #9 & 10.
How about encouraging young people to live life a bit first. You know, get some real life experience before they try to be our leaders. Then she can come back and convince us of her usefulness as a servant of the people. I hope you are not one of those people who believe that wisdom lies with the young and not the aged.

Posted by: REBEL on September 15, 2006 12:08 PM
23. JDH, the Valleyford registration never has cast a ballot, so there's no need to hang anyone.

Smokie: Happily. You know of any good local joints? ;)

Posted by: Alcon on September 15, 2006 01:52 PM
24. Alcon;

You referenced Twin Peaks, I assumed you knew that it was famous for its featured food, Cherry Pie. It was filmed in North Bend and I believe the resturant featured in the series is still there. However, I do not know if they feature Pea or Lentil soup from the 9th district.

Posted by: Smokie on September 15, 2006 02:13 PM
25. Smokie - point of correction. I believe it was Roslyn, not North Bend for TP.

Perhaps dinesh could put his vast & varied credentials to use and verify that point for us...

Posted by: alphabet soup on September 15, 2006 04:32 PM
26. Oops! Spoke too soon. I got curious and discovered that they used both NB and the town of Snoqualmie for TP. It was Northern Exposure that filmed in Roslyn.

Posted by: alphabet soup on September 15, 2006 04:42 PM
27. The National Lentil festival is held in Pullman on the third weekend of August. Just bring a container, and you are welcome to as many lentils as you can carry.

I know it's off topic, but hey, it's a great festival.

Posted by: Kevin on September 15, 2006 07:15 PM
28. re: rebel post 22

Some of the young have very old souls.

Posted by: Clagett on September 16, 2006 03:47 AM
29. so--other than High School Class President, what will this 22-year old bring to me as real-life knowledge? how much "T.O.E." (time on earth) smarts can she impart on me? "...It's like..." "...I'm like..." i better, ("like"), "totally" brace for more global warming and 'we are the world' speeches from this worldly young lady;

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on September 16, 2006 11:24 AM
30. On a positive note, she speaks french which will endear her greatly to the vast unwashed citizenry of eastern WA.

Posted by: Rog on September 17, 2006 03:29 AM
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