Archive for October 2010
To recap, here are the S-R endorsements. We didn’t choose in every race. Uncontested races are not listed. To read the full editorials, click here.
Assessor: Ralph Baker
Auditor: Vicky Dalton
Prosecutor: Frank Malone
Legislature – Washington
House District 3, Position 1: Andy Billig
House District 3, Position 2: Timm Ormsby
House District 6, Position 2: John Driscoll
Senate District 6: Chris Marr
Statewide — Washington
Supreme Court Justice, Position 6: Richard Sanders
U.S. Representative, District 5: Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Governor: Keith Allred
U.S. Representative, District 1: Walt Minnick
Senate Joint Resolution 101 (Tuition at University of Idaho): Yes
Factcheck.org has compiled a long list. Since Washington is a battleground state (U.S. Senate race), we’ve gotten to witness most of them.
What do you consider to be the biggest whopper in a local, state or national race?
Post here on the topic of your choice.
A wire story from today’s S-R reports on a Pew Research Center study of polling. It seems that some polls rely on contacting people with land-line telephones and therefore may be missing a disproportionately Democratic part of the population who don’t have land lines, using cell phones instead.
Now rewind 62 years to the 1948 presidential election in which all the leading polls forecast Republican Thomas Dewey as the winner. After Harry Truman was elected rather handily, guess what they discovered. The pollsters had relied on telephone sampling when a lot of Democratic-leaning voters couldn’t afford telephones.
Open thread. Pick a topic. Discuss it.
It’s always about this time that I start to have second thoughts about the First Amendment. The campaign ads are flooding the waves, and it would appear that each race pits the Devil against Beelzebub.
What’s your choice for worst ad in a local race?
You’ve been elected to Congress. Congrats. Which problem to address first?
1. The economy, with stimulus measures such as tax cuts and/or spending increases or something else?
2. Or the deficit, with austerity measures?
Wouldn’t addressing No. 1 impede progress on No. 2 … and vice-versa?
Name an issue, and debate it here.
Global warming has become politicized, but did you know there’s an alternative to the American Medical Association?
The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul belongs to a professional organization - billed as a conservative alternative to the American Medical Association – that holds some questionable medical views, including that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS, abortion increases a woman’s risk for breast cancer, President Barack Obama hypnotized voters in 2008, and that “there is no settled science on anything”.
Next step: Texas School Board demands that this information be placed in textbooks. Teach the controversy!
Debate more politics here. You won’t change any minds, so consider whether it’s rational. :)