November 04, 2008
Washington state gives voters many choices. I just
voted on a slew of candidates, including judges, and a slew of issues. Not all of
the choices are of great interest, so I will just tell you about the more important choices.
In the partisan races, I voted for Republicans in every race but two, the state auditor and the
lieutenant governor. The Democratic auditor, Brian Sonntag, has performed well over the years and
has consistently put pressure on Democratic officials to use the taxpayer's money wisely. The
Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Marcia McCraw, needs to get her personal life in order
before she runs for office.
Three statewide Republican candidates drew my enthusiastic support, Dino Rossi, who lost so narrowly for
governor in 2004, Rob McKenna, the incumbent attorney general, and Doug Sutherland, the incumbent
Commissioner for Public Lands. If I were in his legislative district, I would have voted
enthusiastically for Toby Nixon.
Some of my friends at Sound Politics may be surprised to learn
that I voted for Sam Reed for secretary of state. I agree with most of their criticisms of his
performance, especially his efforts to push the state toward even more use of fraud-and-error-prone
absentee ballots. But I also think that he has improved election administration in the state
and — this is the crucial point — that he is preferable to his opponent.
Superintendent of Public Instruction was a difficult choice. I am dissatisfied with the incumbent,
Terry Bergeson, and unimpressed by her challenger, Randy Dorn. (Dorn missed his first appointment
on a local talk show. When he did show up, he gave answers that I mostly liked, but I kept
wondering why he had missed that first appointment.) So I ended up casting a protest vote for
California author and education blogger Joanne Jacobs. (Yes, I know she isn't eligible and probably
doesn't want the job, but, as I said, it was a protest vote.)
There were three statewide issues. I voted for 985, to reduce traffic congestion. I voted
against 1000, a "death with dignity" initiative, since I am against death, with or without
dignity. More seriously, I became convinced that there is no need for these assisted suicide laws,
after caring for a close relative in her last weeks of life — and some potential for abuse in such
Washington, as I have said before, requires voters to choose judges — and then makes it nearly
impossible to choose by preventing the candidates from telling us what they would do. In the three
competitive races, I chose the three recommended by a local conservative talk show host.
Sound Transit, which is determined to force us on to rail transit, whether we want to ride trains or not,
had a proposition on the ballot asking for even more tax money. I voted against it enthusiastically,
and then looked to see if there was a legal way to vote against it again. (There wasn't.)
Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.
(There were no lines when I voted at about 12:30, since almost everyone in Washington state votes by
mail. There were police cars on the block in front of the school where I voted, warning motorists
against an oil slick on the road.)
Posted by Jim Miller at November 04, 2008
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1. 'There were police cars on the block in front of the school where I voted, warning motorists against an oil slick on the road.)'
...and 'Tuba Man' gets murdered by a young violent gang of thugs, 'cause our Mayor maintains we don't have a gang problem...Lo siento mucho!
2. Early 'exit polls' apparently showing Obama big time.
My most enthusiastic state votes were:
1. Dino Rossi
2. NO on Sound Transit
3. YES on I-985
4. Rob McKenna
5. Brian Sonntag
Other votes which I weren't so enthusiastic about - Bergeson, Osgood, No on I-1000, No on I-1029, No on KC Charter Amendments 4 & 7, Yes on KC amendment 1.
Sad to hear that story on the Tuba Man Duffer. I enjoyed his music on game days.
Then why is the urgent call out to the 'second string' in Colorado to GOTV by Obama?
And wasn't Florida +10 or so for Kerry at this time? And don't Republicans shun exit pollsters by 60-40, thusly greatly skewing the results?
Duffman, wait till the chickens come home to roost (quoting the religious mentor for Obama) before starting to crow.
Tuba man gets mugged, but the Democrats and Socialists in Seattle would rather spend the police force on plastic bag enforcement and garbage enforcement? Go figure.
Jim, you never mentioned the long term care initiative which places even more restrictions on the caregivers.
I only had one judgeship and left the uncontested Supremes alone.
Swatter - I voted against the long term care initiative. I didn't bother to mention it, because I don't think most readers outside Washington would care much about it.
National Review has a link to an entirely different set of exit poll results, much more favorable to McCain. I'm not sure I believe them -- but I would sure like to.
YES on I-1000.
Keep the government and the church out of my decisions!
I'm pissed off enough at the Dems that I voted party-line GOP except for SoS. Another write-in for Sharkansky.
Somebody want to tell Palouse Soubd Transit / Prop 1 isn't a statewide vote? Where is he posting from, anyways? Idaho?
If you want social engineering, look into what we get if Prop 1 fails: region-wide congestion pricing (tolls on every major roadway, which rise and fall depending on the time of day). And lots more buses, to clog up our streets. Be careful what you wish for, especially if you haven't looked in to 'Plan B.'
9. If you want social engineering, look into what we get if Prop 1 fails: region-wide congestion pricing (tolls on every major roadway, which rise and fall depending on the time of day).
And this is bad why? The sucky thing about light rail is that the 3% of commuters who use it get a free ride at the expense of the 97% who can't.
And congestion pricing is a hell of a lot more equitable at distributing the costs of operating roadways (a) to those who use them, and (b) to those who feel their time is so important that they must use them at times of highest demand.
Unlike light rail, which has very few razor-thin lines cast in concrete, the roadway network is lavish and actually goes where the most people go. And the distributed decision-making of individual travellers on that network, about their own routes and schedules, is far superior than that of a central bureaucracy of politically unaccountable "planners" who have careers to enhance and murky constituencies to pay off.
The ghastly capital costs of that concrete rail line would be unavoidable to all of us. Whereas, the cost of using the road network can be optimized by the scheduling choices of each one of its users, paying what it's worth to themselves. I rather like choices like that, and would like to see political choices extend beyond selecting who gets aborted.
10. Gloria #6, No on I-1000 Let's not turn Doctors into Angels of Death.
11. I don't know about those "many choices". My son, voting for the first time, was not on the registration rolls. I checked online and he is indeed registered. He voted at the same school that his Dad and I voted at and he lives with us, so it is the correct polling place. He said that the 2 people directly ahead of him in line and the guy behind him also weren't on the rolls. Most of them were incensed. They all had to fill out provisional ballots. If I can go online and check out his voting status in seconds, why can't poll workers? Of course, the poll worker was a very elderly woman who was hard of hearing. Maybe that was it. Still, not a good first voting experience for the lad.