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Ladenburg the top choice

Mail-in ballots are being received by Washington voters for the Aug. 7 primary, which serves as a final election for state Supreme Court candidates. Position 9 is an open seat, and it is a seat that will determine the balance of a Supreme Court that is closely split between liberals and conservatives.

Bruce Hilyer and Sheryl McCloud are typical Seattle liberals. Richard Sanders as a former justice voted 95 percent of the time in favor of freeing criminals and sex offenders. The best choice for the Supreme Court is John Ladenburg, who was a solid Pierce County prosecutor and strong advocate for strong controls on sex offenders. He also has Spokane ties since he attended Gonzaga University as an undergrad and law student. John Ladenburg is a sensible choice for the Washington Supreme Court.

Stan Thomas

Spokane


 

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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.