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kk in seattle 1
I like the hybrid model. Up to $x per signed-up supporter or matching dollars up to a ceiling.
Posted by kk in seattle on February 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 2
Seattle deadbeats need to pay their property tax.

2% in Texas.

1% in Washington.

Which state is more "progressive"...?
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on February 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 3
This would have been a good idea before Citizen's United. Now, $30K is pointless when your competitor has $300K.

And sorry, I don't want us to spend $300K of public money just to match the competition.
Posted by Free Lunch on February 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM · Report this
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Districts would help out a lot here. It would cost way lees to reach a majority of voters out of 89,000 than it does out of 620,000. Candidates could also go all grass roots and work it door to door as Bob Ferguson did on the County Council and now he is State AG. Much, much better to focus on all those At-Large candidates from Seattle who went on to do ...nothing. Ever. Go ahead name one. Seriously, one of the biggest faults of our "At At Large" system is that it actively prevents any sort of actual leadership development. The Seattle City Council has not produced a leader of consequence in our lifetimes. There I said it.

So Richard, or Sally if your reading this prove me wrong. Get yourself elected to the next level. The fact, that "now" has not been the right time only underscores my point.
Posted by Zander on February 2, 2013 at 12:07 AM · Report this
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I am glad to see this discussion. It is needed. We have to do something to begin to counter the disastrous Citizens United decision and to enable ordinary folks to run for office.
Kudos to Mike O'Brien and others for raising the issue!
Posted by nwcitizen on February 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM · Report this
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Council Districts, which dramatically reduce the number of voters that need to be contacted by candidates, are the obvious solution to opening up Seattle City Council elections.

Public financing is super-expensive, unfunded, and remains an unproven solution.
Posted by J.R. on February 3, 2013 at 8:51 AM · Report this
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Public financing and districted elections are both good for democracy and both reduce costs of and barriers to running successful campaigns. We really should have both. Seattle has a huge opportunity to set an example for the rest of the country to follow. Neither of these ideas are very expensive to operate over the long term, and both of these ideas help ensure that good ideas and diverse candidates are the main indicators of who wins in local elections. As it currently stands, money holds far too much sway, and our elected officials end up being distracted from their jobs because they're too worried about the next election cycle.

Let's push for public financing AND districted elections (with a map that the entire community can get behind). Come out to the public financing forum at the Central Library tonight from 6-8pm to learn more.
Posted by thoughtfiend on February 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM · Report this
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Public financing and districted elections are both good for democracy and both reduce costs of and barriers to running successful campaigns. We really should have both. Seattle has a huge opportunity to set an example for the rest of the country to follow. Neither of these ideas are very expensive to operate over the long term, and both of these ideas help ensure that good ideas and diverse candidates are the main indicators of who wins in local elections. As it currently stands, money holds far too much sway, and our elected officials end up being distracted from their jobs because they're too worried about the next election cycle.

Let's push for public financing AND districted elections (with a map that the entire community can get behind). Come out to the public financing forum at the Central Library tonight from 6-8pm to learn more.
Posted by thoughtfiend on February 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM · Report this

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