July 17, 2014
Endorsements for August 5, 2014 Primary
It is just a primary election but there is one "watch your wallet" ballot measure and several vitally important State Senate races.
Proposition #1 - Seattle Park District
This Trojan Horse establishes a new taxing authority run by a commission composed of members of the Seattle City Council. They could raise property taxes up 75 cents per thousand of assessed evaluation without a vote of taxpayers. Of course if they could they would. VOTE NO
In Washington, we have the Top Two primary system. For example, If several candidates file for a legislative seat, only the top two vote getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election (assuming each of the two receive at least one percent of the total vote). Democrats have held the governor's office, the State House of Representatives and until recently the State Senate for almost three decades. Thanks to Republican turned Democrat Senator Rodney Tom who formed a coalition with Republicans to take control of the Senate in 2012, Democrats were stopped from enacting a host of tax and spend bills. Senator Tom is not seeking reelection so it is even more important to support Republicans for the State Senate.
Senate Races in King County:
30th District - A Republican can win this district. VOTE FOR Mark Miloscia.
31st District - Conservative Republican State Representative Cathy Dahlquist is challenging the mercurial and erratic incumbent, Senator Pam Roach. If Republicans win the Senate, it will be by just a few seats. They don't need to be constantly concerned about what Pam is up to now. VOTE FOR Cathy Dahlquist.
32nd District - Democrat district but there is a Republican candidate. VOTE FOR Robert Reedy.
33rd District - Leans Democrat but Republicans are fielding candidates for both House seats. For the Senate, VOTE FOR Martin Metz.
34th District - Hopeless, only Democrats running, two of three unopposed.
36th District - Fairly solid Democrat district but incumbent Democrat Senator Kohl-Welles is being challenged by a solid Republican. VOTE FOR Sarina Forbes.
37th District - An open seat in a Democrat district. VOTE FOR Rowland Martin.
43rd District - Hopeless. It is so bad that Democrat House Speaker Frank Chopp is being seriously challenged by a Socialist ally of the Socialist Seattle City Council Member. And to think this district used to elect Republicans.
45th District - A must win. VOTE FOR Senator Andy Hill.
46th District - Hopeless too but there is a well-qualified Republican carrying the flag for the GOP. VOTE FOR Van Sperry.
47th District - Another must win. VOTE FOR Senator Joe Fain.
48th District - Rodney Tom's district, He's not running so it's an open seat. A Republican can win here. VOTE FOR Michelle Darnell.
State House of Representatives
It is highly unlikely that the House will go Republican but use your Voters' Pamphlet and vote for any Republican that looks qualified. If they can get into the top two and 2014 proves to be a wave election for the Republicans, well who knows, lighting may strike.
United States House of Representatives (King County districts).
Democrats have little or no chance of winning the House nationally but that's no reason not to challenge Democrats in Blue Washington.
1st District - A possible win with Microsoft money vs Microsoft money, this will be a race. VOTE FOR Pedro Celis.
7th District - Please, do we have to put up with McDermott forever? VOTE FOR Craig Keller.
8th District - Clear choice. VOTE FOR Dave Reichert.
9th District - Democrat district but show the flag. VOTE FOR Doug Basler
Posted by warrenpeterson at July 17, 2014
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First off, thank you for at least trying to post something meaningful to Sound Politics, as opposed to Ron's meaningless post on a candidates idiotic stunt. That being said, outside of the Seattle Tax issue, what was the point of the rest of the races you covered? You basically said to blindly vote Republican wherever possible without even stating what your candidate of choice was for. So, basically the GOP candidate could be worthless and cause the state more problems, but you said vote for them anyway. Shouldn't there be a minimum threshold in your mind that GOP candidates should reach?
What if the GOP candidate was off-their-rocker? Don't you have some minimum decorum you judge candidates with? At least you could have told us what interested you about the candidates you are promoting outside of there party.
Your piece is meant to persuade. To me, it was lacking any persuasion outside Democrats bad, GOP rocks, which you provided little evidence to support.
You could have provided more hard evidence to vote Republican in House races. The Tea Party is a negligible factor in Western WA as is known. You could also review about how to vote in a primary. There are mostly moderate information voters to frequent this blog and the low information voting bloc of leftists who troll SP are primarily a lost cause.
In the Senate, you did not emphasize enough the difference the narrow R-voting block made with regard to blocking tax measures vs. the subsidizing anything that moves with increased taxation by a Democrat voting majority. You/SP ought to consider better persuasion methods prior to the November election.
"Please, do we have to put up with McDermott forever?"
No, he's 77 and well within "the zone."
The recommendations are OK - I sort of disagree with one relevant to me, but I haven't yet made up my mind.
However the single most important recommendation is: Get out there and VOTE. Remind your husband, kids, cousins and neighbors. Offer opinion (and STAMPS) but don't harangue! Participate with your VOTE and with offers to run to the Post Office!
And frankly, if you can't be bothered to VOTE, sit down and shut up. Your words are meaningless.
5. Warren, what don't you just say "vote for all the Republicans?" We all know which side of the partisan divide you're on. The rest of your post is just a waste of pixels.
@5 - I see that HA.org could not make their election picks succinct and did not say "Vote for all Democrats", instead it showed - vote against Frank Chopp, not that he's bad, but his opponent is farther to the left (an Open Socialist) so vote for them to send Frank a message - etc., etc.
I imagine that HA.org would not like being criticized for having their post being a waste of pixels, which is what their picks were also.
7. HA.org? Is that still around? Why would anyone care what an broken down old ex-wannabe radio host posts or hosts?
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Maybe this post has run its course.
A few thoughts, for future reference;
What happened to Adam Faber ?
What happened to Nicholas Kerr ?
Is pudge still available ?
Is Ron Hebron going to post again ?
Why is Jim Miller not allowing comments while still posting.
That is aiding in driving people away from Sound Politics as much as anything else & not only leftists in case the brain trust at Sound Politics had not noticed.
Why not bring back Eric Earling ?
Who has replaced Stefan Sharkansky as the webmaster/ombudsman for Sound Politics ?
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