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Archive for August 2010

Campaign spending update at a click

The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission has a cool new online gadget for those who are interested in the amount of money being spent on political campaigns this election year.  It’s a quick way for anyone, even the unitiated, to find out quickly how much the candidates are raising and spending in any of the state’s 49 legislative districts.

Check it out and let us know your thoughts.

Prosecutor’s race

I’ve always found it strange that some of the county races like this and others (assessor, sheriff) are partisan but that city of Spokane races are not (council, mayor).

When I’ve mentioned this in endorsement interviews, the candidates all say it is strange that the prosecutor race is partisan. Ideology goes out the window when prosecuting, they say. So here we are after the primary and there is a Republican (Tucker) and a Democrat (Malone). Not just any Republican, but one who was bluntly attacked by fellow Republicans for not being up to the task.

Now those attackers are endorsing him. The Democrats are also lining up behind their guy. But why is it important for an R to hold that job over a D and vice-versa? It is just a simple matter of producing a better political scoreboard? Or is there something in the respective viewpoints that lend themselves to better prosecuting? If so, why do candidates pretend otherwise?

If you vote straight ticket, I get it. Well, I don’t get it, but I understand that it happens. But for more discerning voters, does any of this make sense to you?

The August 23 thread

Issues … and issues only.

What’s on your mind this week?

Didier withholds Rossi endorsement

Clint Didier, who was a pass receiver in the NFL, might be down and out, but he’s willing to try a Hail Mary. He says he will endorse Ross if:

1) Rossi signs a no-new-taxes pledge; 2) promises a strong position against federal spending; and 3) sponsors the Sanctity of Life Act, which would bar the Supreme Court from disrupting state abortion laws.

Should Rossi do this? Does he need the 12 percent who voted for Didier?

Religion and the mosque

Interesting poll question from the Economist. Second one down.

Whether or not you think the Islamic cultural centre and mosque should be built near the World Trade Center site, do you think that Muslims have a constitutional right to build a mosque there?

Overall

Yes, 50.2%

By party

Dem, 57.5; GOP, 31.8; Ind,  62.3

Then there is the Pew Poll finding that 18 percent of Americans believe Obama is Muslim.That is up from 11 percent in March 2009.

Thoughts on any of this? What new information “informs” the surge in belief that Obama is Muslim? How could so many people be wrong about the constitutional question?

Anti-incumbent fever!

Not so much in Washington state.

Not so much nationwide.

Sabato is still predicting that the GOP in the fall will pick up seven of the 59 Senate seats held by Democrats — not enough to take over control of that chamber. And he thinks Republicans will capture 32 House seats — they need 44 to take control of the House — and six governors’ offices.

“On the whole,” Sabato says, “the Tea Party has added energy to the Republicans, but they have also saddled the party with some less-than-ideal candidates.”

“You’re going to see a sizable number of incumbents defeated in the fall,” he predicts, “but well over 80 percent will be OK.”

And that’s pretty much in line, he says, with trends over the past four decades.

Well, there’s still the general election, but has the fever died down or was the thermometer off to begin with?

Save a stamp

Still more than three hours before polls close.  As always, I’ll be dropping my ballot off in person, slipping it into the box in front of a live person.  I love tradition. Does anyone else?

Meanwhile, what else is on your mind?

Election Roundup

Here are the endorsement editorials for the primary, which ends Tuesday.

Here is a summary of same.

Did you vote? Which race interests you the most and why?

The August 16 Thread

You random thoughts for the week go here.

The August 9 thread

Post your random thoughts here, preferably in the realm of non-fiction.

The August 2 thread

Put your random thoughts for the week here.

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