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« Reply #3325 on: April 28, 2012, 04:05:55 pm »
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I checked out the legislative district caucus today. Ruderman gave the best speech by far (Burner  talked about meeting the Taliban and womens issues in Afghanistan...). It's too bad Ruderman seems to have lost out as the anti-Burner. DelBene was kind of boring but at least she can self-fund, I suppose.
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« Reply #3326 on: April 29, 2012, 12:39:08 pm »
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I'm having a difficult time coming up with a reason not to vote for Bill Finkbeiner.
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« Reply #3327 on: April 29, 2012, 12:51:20 pm »
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I'm having a difficult time coming up with a reason not to vote for Bill Finkbeiner.

The best way to beat the Republicans is to keep their bench as weak as possible. That's why I'm leaning towards Glenn Anderson... Wink
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« Reply #3328 on: April 29, 2012, 12:55:57 pm »
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I'm not even sure Anderson is going to end up running... he's raised virtually no money and the GOP establishment has coalesced behind Finkbeiner.

Maybe I'm just looking for a savior because it's gotten so bad down there but I feel if Finkbeiner became one of the leading Republicans in Olympia (again) they'd be slightly more palatable to work with.

Though they pretty much ran him out of town last time so maybe not.
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« Reply #3329 on: April 29, 2012, 01:01:13 pm »
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I'm not even sure Anderson is going to end up running... he's raised virtually no money and the GOP establishment has coalesced behind Finkbeiner.

Maybe I'm just looking for a savior because it's gotten so bad down there but I feel if Finkbeiner became one of the leading Republicans in Olympia (again) they'd be slightly more palatable to work with.

Though they pretty much ran him out of town last time so maybe not.

Well if there's a third party or minor Democrat running in the primary, that's who will get my vote. The general will be a tougher decision.
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« Reply #3330 on: May 01, 2012, 11:53:05 pm »
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So.. from what I could tell the May day protests were a little bit of a non-event compared to what the City of Seattle was talking about yesterday.
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« Reply #3331 on: May 03, 2012, 01:17:07 pm »
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Is Lisa Brown retiring permanently from politics?

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018131763_apwamajorityleaderretiring2ndldwritethru.html

Also could her leaving the race throw a seat to the republicans?

Personally I really liked Brown so this is a bit of a disappointment.
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« Reply #3332 on: May 03, 2012, 01:21:21 pm »
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Huh, surprising. There were rumors she wanted to run against Brad Owen but it seems like she decided to just pack it in entirely.

The seat shouldn't be in danger.
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« Reply #3333 on: May 13, 2012, 02:09:41 am »
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1st CD update:

Ruderman has won the the sole endorsements of the 1st and 45th LD Democrats.

Burner has won the sole endorsement of the 42nd LD Democrats.

The 44th LD Democrats endorsed all five candidates (lol poor Steve Hobbs).

I think that leaves the 39th, which I haven't heard anything from.

Anyway, you'd think Democrats in Ferndale and Blaine would be aware Darcy Burner is going to get obliterated up there... but I suppose Burner got a boost from the Bellingham portions of the 42nd (which aren't actually in the 1st, but oh well).

I'm cautiously optimistic that Ruderman might pull of an upset.
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« Reply #3334 on: May 13, 2012, 11:35:24 am »
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DelBene got the sole endorsement of the AFL-CIO at their statewide convention last week.
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« Reply #3335 on: May 13, 2012, 12:01:03 pm »
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DelBene got the sole endorsement of the AFL-CIO at their statewide convention last week.

She's the establishment candidate, no question about that. She'd probably beat Koster, but I see no reason to get stuck with a boring DLC-style Congresswoman when we have a better choice. Smiley
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« Reply #3336 on: May 13, 2012, 12:09:58 pm »
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I'm quite sure Ruderman would join the New Democrats caucus too, bgwah. She may not be the establishment candidate but there isn't much difference between her and DelBene in terms of ideology and priorities.
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« Reply #3337 on: May 13, 2012, 02:39:27 pm »
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DelBene got the sole endorsement of the AFL-CIO at their statewide convention last week.

She's the establishment candidate, no question about that. She'd probably beat Koster, but I see no reason to get stuck with a boring DLC-style Congresswoman when we have a better choice. Smiley

Who is it? Burner, who would almost surely lose to Koster? I will easily take a real Blue Dog, not only DLC, if he/she is the only one able to win))))
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« Reply #3338 on: May 13, 2012, 06:52:36 pm »
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I'm quite sure Ruderman would join the New Democrats caucus too, bgwah. She may not be the establishment candidate but there isn't much difference between her and DelBene in terms of ideology and priorities.

I'm not convinced of that.
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« Reply #3339 on: May 14, 2012, 04:34:09 pm »
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What is the relationship between AFL-CIO and New Democrats? I am guessing it would probably be more aligned with progressives.
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« Reply #3340 on: May 15, 2012, 01:19:12 am »
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Glenn Anderson ended up filing...otherwise, not much excitement on day one that I can find.
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« Reply #3341 on: May 15, 2012, 05:04:14 am »
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I am like 90% sure that Jim Postma (R-Steilacoom), Adam Smith's 2008 opponent, filed against Smith in the 9th CD by habit.  Sucks for him, considering that Steilacoom is now in the 10th CD, and the nonrefundable filing fee for congress is $1,740.

I'm also kind of puzzled that I haven't seen anyone else notice this.  Am I missing something?
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« Reply #3342 on: May 15, 2012, 09:33:31 am »
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I'm under the impression that he's aware he's no longer in the 9th but he just really wants to run against Adam Smith.
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« Reply #3343 on: May 15, 2012, 11:52:43 am »
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Looks like  Maureen Walsh has a primary challenger. No Democrats running, though. The top two primary might be what saves her in the end.
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« Reply #3344 on: May 15, 2012, 12:08:03 pm »
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Indies/third parties:

16th Rep 2: Terry Nealey (American Heritage)
 - Good chance Ds don't run anyone here and Nealey gets to the general.
36th Rep 2: Linde Knighton (Progressive)
 - This is the seat in Seattle with like 8 Democratic candidates. I guess it's not impossible Knighton gets to the general because of that. There aren't any Rs (yet) so they could possibly vote for the only non-Democrat.
43rd Rep 2: Kshama Sawant (Socialist)
 - Very good chance Rs don't bother running anyone here.
43rd Rep 2: Gregory Gadow (Independent)
 - See above. Too bad one of them doesn't run for the other seat, but maybe they both just dislike Chopp.
27th Sen: Jesse Hill (Independent)
 - Maybe Alcon knows something.
35th Rep 2: Glenn Gaither (Independent)
 - Probably won't get to the general

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31st Rep 2: Christopher Hurst (Independent Dem)
 - I guess he figures it worked last time!
40th Senate: John Swapp (Independent GOP)
 - Maybe he was inspired by Hurst. The 40th is still a Bellingham/San Juan district that is solid D.
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« Reply #3345 on: May 15, 2012, 01:50:57 pm »
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Jesse "The Traveller" Hill is a consistent nuisance in Pierce County politics.  He advocates for marijuana, masturbation and a few other pet causes and has a bad habit of getting too interested in female politicians.  He's currently serving jail time for intimidating a judge.
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« Reply #3346 on: May 15, 2012, 02:47:57 pm »
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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/health/policy/whooping-cough-epidemic-hits-washington-state.html

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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Whooping cough, or pertussis, a highly infectious respiratory disease once considered doomed by science, has struck Washington State this spring with a severity that health officials say could surpass the toll of any year since the 1940s, before a vaccine went into wide use.

Although no deaths have been reported so far this year, the state has declared an epidemic and public health officials say the numbers are staggering: 1,284 cases through early May, the most in at least three decades and 10 times last year’s total at this time, 128.

http://www.doh.wa.gov/Publicat/2011_news/11-083.htm

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Washington kindergarteners do not meet state or national goals for any required immunizations when they enter school, according to a report today by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6021a4.htm). Our state has the highest exemption rate in the country; 6.2 percent of kindergarteners have a parent-signed exemption form for one or more vaccines. Washington’s exemption rates have more than doubled over the last 10 years.

Time for a PNW cough-fest!

http://www.katu.com/news/local/New-numbers-show-of-unvaccinated-children-increasing-150549655.html

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PORTLAND, Ore. - As of May 3, Oregon had 156 reported cases of whooping cough, including three in the Riverdale School District in Multnomah County. But despite outbreaks like this, new numbers reveal an increasing number of children in local schools aren’t getting all their vaccines.

Numbers just released for the 2011-2012 school year reveal more Oregon parents are choosing not to get their children vaccinated for religious reasons. It's a trend that's steadily increased over the last 12 years.

Last year, 5.6 percent of kindergartners in the state had a religious exemption for at least one vaccine. That went up .2 percent this school year. State immunization officials say that at 6 percent, the risk for outbreaks gets serious.



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« Reply #3347 on: May 18, 2012, 01:18:24 am »
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16th Rep 2: Terry Nealey (American Heritage)
 - Good chance Ds don't run anyone here and Nealey gets to the general.

Eh? Terry Nealey is the incumbent Republican and Sam Reed's site doesn't list him having an opponent.

Cheryl Pflug filed for re-election using "Independent Gop" (sic)
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« Reply #3348 on: May 18, 2012, 01:39:43 am »
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16th Rep 2: Terry Nealey (American Heritage)
 - Good chance Ds don't run anyone here and Nealey gets to the general.

Eh? Terry Nealey is the incumbent Republican and Sam Reed's site doesn't list him having an opponent.

Cheryl Pflug filed for re-election using "Independent Gop" (sic)

The PDC has her listed as AH. *Shrug*

The SoS site is much easier to look at. I notice Glenn Anderson also filed for Lt. Governor as "Indep Republican," lol.

Personally I find this to be an annoying practice since they aren't actually independents... but whatever...
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« Reply #3349 on: May 18, 2012, 08:13:21 pm »
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Oh no, looks like we've lost Mike the Mover to the Republicans! Tongue

Goodspaceguy is now running under the "Employmentwealth Party."

Brad Owen is running as a member of the "Democrat Party," how appropriate. Also a "Neopopulist" running for Lt. Governor, whose first Google result seems to be about his 116mph high speed chase followed by his seeking sanctuary in a church. Fun!

Also just noticed Clint Didier is back, this time running against Goldmark for CPL.
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