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A Matter Of Opinion

Archive for October 2010

2010 Election Endorsements

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.

City of Spokane

Proposition 1 (Children’s Initiative): No

Spokane County

District Court Judge, Position 6: Debra Hayes

County Commissioner, District 3: Al French

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

Congress

U.S. Senate: Patty Murray

U.S. Representative, District 5: Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Ballot Measures

Initiative 1053 (Supermajority for tax increases): Yes

Initiative 1082 (Three-way industrial insurance): Yes

Initiative 1098 (Income tax for high earners): No

Initiative 1100 (Eliminate state liquor sales): Yes

Initiative 1105 (Eliminate state liquor sales): No

Initiative 1107 (Repeal sales tax on soda and candy): No

Referendum 52 (School construction bonds): No

Senate Joint Resolution 8225 (Redefine state interest costs): Yes

House Joint Resolution No. 4220 (Permit bail denial for three strikes defendants): Yes

Idaho

Governor: Keith Allred

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Tom Luna

 U.S. Representative, District 1: Walt Minnick

Senate Joint Resolution 101 (Tuition at University of Idaho): Yes

House Joint Resolution 4 (Revenue bonds for public hospitals): Yes

House Joint Resolution 5 (Revenue bonds for public airports): Yes

House Joint Resolution 7 (Revenue bonds for municipal electrical utilities): Yes

Whoppers of Campaign 2010

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?

The Oct. 25 Thread

Post here on the topic of your choice.

When will they ever learn?

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.

The Oct. 18 thread

Open thread. Pick a topic. Discuss it.

Campaign ads

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?

Economy and deficit

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?

Discuss.

 

The Oct. 11 Thread

Name an issue, and debate it here.

Science and politics meet again

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!

The Oct. 4 thread

Debate more politics here. You won’t change any minds, so consider whether it’s rational. :)

Religion Test

Atheists and agnostics score highest. Maybe it’s because they’re not so tied up in one religion to be uninformed about others.

Here are 15 questions. 

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