Endorsements for the August Primary Election!

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Endorsements for the August Primary Election!

James Yamasaki

YES, IT'S HOT OUT But you still have to vote.

For our endorsements in the November 2014 general election, click here.

Jesus, it's hot in Seattle right now. The Stranger office's air conditioning shat itself and died sometime in February, and we've just spent the last three sweltering weeks listening to a bunch of Olympia politicians explain why we need to send them back for another spin in the state legislature—deep breaths, it's too hot for this bullshit—right after they've just spent their last terms spinelessly handing Boeing nearly $9 billion in tax breaks while also failing to find the relatively piddling $2 billion that the state supreme court ordered them to cough up so we could properly fund basic education for the next couple school years. The motherfucking STATE SUPREME COURT. And what did Olympia do? They pretty much just sat around with their hands down their pants, taking a couple minutes here and there to sniff at their fingers with deeply satisfied looks on their faces.

Even we, the dropouts and nonfunctional illiterates of the Stranger Election Control Board, know that a basic, state-funded education is still a CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT in this state, something the supreme court also understands and the crotch-sniffing dipshits in the legislature continually fail to comprehend. Which is why the supremes may be about to find our state legislators in contempt of court. (Which we hear can be punishable with actual jail time! Yes, please! Now, please!)

Honestly, "contempt" is really too light a word for what the SECB feels toward our legislators' performance lately. No $2 billion for basic education. No statewide transportation package. No funding for our beleaguered Metro bus service. No urgency about getting us more light rail. Virtually no action on ending Washington's status as the state with the most regressive tax system in the nation. No serious steps toward combating climate change. But, like we said, it's hot out, and we don't want to actually have strokes. We just want to feel like we're about to have them, because a near-death experience is the closest thing to a break from this urine-smelling summer hellscape that we can muster.

So, we fume. We fan ourselves with handouts from the well-meaning failures of Olympia, and moist pamphlets from the aspiring future failures of Olympia, and sweat-soaked missives from no-chance candidates who actually write out and print up multiple copies of amazing sentences like this: "Many celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock, and Seattle's beloved Macklemore are even beginning to take notice of this need for freedom." (Thanks, Paul Addis, state house candidate in Seattle's 36th District! We will take notice of this noticing! And spoiler alert: We didn't endorse you.) As we fan ourselves, we watch our iced coffee turn into congealed milk-flavored water and daydream about the supreme court actually throwing all these scofflaws behind bars.

Enjoy your trips back to Olympia, endorsees! We hope you go from there straight to prison. Same for you, congresspeople! (Except the prison part. Unless you earn it, too.) And hey, everyone in Seattle, criminal and non-criminal alike: Please don't fall asleep before you get to that thing at the end of your ballots that deals with future funding for local parks. Because parks! They're what's for sleeping in. Not ballots. Good luck, mail in your ballot on or before August 5, stay cool, and please remember that these days—as a direct consequence of prior SECB endorsements—it is perfectly legal to buy a state-produced joint before you sit down to follow our excellent voting advice. (Legal notice: This voting advice is 92 percent indica; was harvested on July 4, 2014; was tested on July 14, 2014; and contains 26 percent THC.) You're welcome.

The Stranger Election Control Board is: Christopher Frizzelle, Ansel Herz, Dominic Holden, Tim Keck, Brendan Kiley, Anna Minard, Eli Sanders, and your black-market pot dealer. The SECB does not endorse in uncontested races, or in races taking place in districts that our underfunded Metro bus system can't get us to. Thanks, Republicans.


Congressional District No. 1

Suzan DelBene

Suzan DelBene's impossibly fussy political consultant wouldn't allow her to come chat with the SECB, apparently terrified that she'd wind up in the same room as her patently ridiculous conservative challengers, most of whom are running to repeal Obamacare. Her most serious competitor, Republican Pedro Celis, recently compared gay marriage to polygamy. In Washington State. In 2014. So, not showing up was a dumb move because freshman DelBene is really great, and tougher than her asshat consultant seems to think. Even in a swing district, she cosponsored important gun background-check legislation (that takes guts) and has supported comprehensive, humane immigration reform. Even better, the former tech exec is passionate about net neutrality and reining in NSA data collection. Her next priorities include student-loan reform, raising the minimum wage, helping states collect sales tax on online sales (support local indie businesses!), and protecting and promoting women's rights in health care and the workplace. She makes us the good kind of hot. (But we're still bitter she didn't come talk to us.) Vote DelBene.

Congressional District No. 7

Jim McDermott

As we have for the last four centuries, the SECB now solemnly compels you: Do not tamper with the natural order of the universe. Do not tempt forces you do not understand. Send Seattle Congressman for All Eternity Jim McDermott back to DC or prepare for chaos, darkness, pestilence, and possibly the election of eternal also-ran GoodSpaceGuy, who this year paused his ramblings about space colonization and informed the SECB that, actually, he's more conservative than we ever knew. "The big thing on earth that I want to do is speak in favor of the competitive free market," GoodSpaceGuy told us, crushing any benevolent feelings we may have at one time felt for the perennial loser. "And because of this I have to recommend the abolishment of the minimum wage. It's really a tragedy when people are told it's illegal for them to work." Vote McDermott.

Congressional District No. 8

Jason Ritchie

The Eighth District is considered purple, and our color wheel tells us that means it's halfway between red and blue. In 2012, the district went for Obama, so this could be the year that Issaquah small-business owner Jason Ritchie, whose company builds ramps for the disabled, wins against the powerful, smirk-happy incumbent, Republican David Reichert. Reichert, who was hit in the head with a large tree branch in 2010, voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare and even joined the GOP in its deranged government shutdown. Ritchie is a badass do-gooder, willing even to call Edward Snowden a "hero" and criticize the Obama administration for its warrantless surveillance overreaches. Vote Ritchie!

Congressional District No. 9

Adam Smith

Pastor Don Rivers is running for Congress (again), and he's determined to swing like crazy—like, really crazy—at incumbent congressman Adam Smith. For example, when Smith accused Rivers of pushing a "bald-faced lie" during the candidates' meeting with the SECB, Rivers's comeback was: "You're bald."

As the SECB tried to remember why we were doing this again, Smith conceded: "That's one thing we can agree on. I'm bald." Okay! Um. Anyway, guys, from what we can figure out, Rivers thinks Smith isn't doing his job, shouldn't represent the recently re-drawn Ninth District, and is "incompetent of culture" (which sounds like a racist dog whistle aimed at a white politician in a district that has a majority population of racial minorities). Yeesh. Rivers may be the only real challenger in this race, but he annoyed us with his vacuous rhetoric. Smith—who we agree is as bald as a fresh stick of roll-on deodorant—has a solid record and plenty of specifics to back him up. He says raising taxes on the rich and cutting back military spending is "a good place to start" in Washington, DC, and around Seattle; he's supported legal pot; he protested the scandal-hit immigrant detention facility in Tacoma; and he was an early backer of SeaTac's $15-minimum-wage law when many ran from the issue. Smith may not be a firebrand, and yeah, he may not have much hair (on his head, at least), but he's an effective liberal in Congress. Vote Smith.



Representative Position No. 2: Steve Bergquist

Steve Bergquist drives a giant red Hummer and owns a tennis shop, so that's pretty gross. How, then, do we explain our confused-but-prominent boners for him? Well, he's a public high-school teacher who steps up to sponsor every important voter-access bill and votes reliably progressive on issues we care about, like the Reproductive Parity Act. His opponent, Republican precinct committee officer Sara Sanoy-Wright, is anti-choice, anti-tax, pro–"family values," and pro-shitty-American-flag-decal-website-design. Barf. Vote Bergquist.


State Senator: Shari Song

Newbie Shari Song has impressed a lot of people the last couple years, including us. (And we're not easy to impress unless you show up with a strawberry chiffon cake. Oh, wait. She did that.) A fiercely pro-choice, pro-gay-marriage, anti-regressive-taxes candidate who cites passing a state transportation package and fully funding education as main priorities, Song is also central to Democrats' plans for taking back the state senate—which would mean, y'know, actually moving a progressive agenda forward instead of fighting with obstructionist assholes and achieving nothing. Her opponent, Mark Miloscia (a lobbyist for the state's Catholic bishops, and no, that's not a euphemism—we think) defected from the Democratic Party to run this race as a Republican—mainly, it appears, so he could have more freedom to be antigay and anti-woman. Bleeech. VOTE SONG RIGHT NOW DO IT OHMYGOD DOOOOO IIIIIIIT.

Representative Position No. 1: Greg Baruso

Ruh-roh. Linda Kochmar, the incumbent Republican from Federal Way, voted against a House bill earlier this year requiring health-care providers to cover abortion. Immediate disqualification! Her opponent, Greg Baruso, is a 28-year veteran firefighter running on the Democratic ticket. Vote Baruso.

Representative Position No. 2: Roger Freeman

Incumbent Democrat Roger Freeman is a former attorney who supports paid sick leave—something he's terrifyingly familiar with, having recently survived a bout with colon cancer. His challenger is former Federal Way mayor Jack Dovey, a moderate Republican running on a platform that attacks the notion of raising taxes, which, um, we're gonna need to fund public transit and public schools and other key elements of the SECB's plans for an extravagant lifestyle on the public dole. So go with the moderate liberal dude. Vote Freeman.


State Senator: Karen Keiser

Democratic state senator Karen Keiser of Kent is up against über-weak competition in this year's election. First, there's Democrat Marylin Taylor, who boasts of her "professional writing skills when in 8th grade." She continues, "I desperately ask for your vote! To, make a new change in government policies and procedures." On the opposite side is Republican Martin Metz, who publishes steamy mash notes to Ayn Rand on his website: "A free market society with as little government interference as possible is best." Sure, buddy. Keiser's led the opposition to the corporate education-reform agenda and helped smooth the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in Washington. Ignore the goofballs and vote Keiser.

Representative Position No. 1: Tina Orwall

Incumbent Democrat Tina Orwall sponsored legislation that would get to the core of fixing one of the worst aspects of the criminal industrial complex by providing compensation to people wrongly convicted of crimes and subsequently exonerated by DNA evidence. And she wants to freeze college tuition, which our more educated friends inform us has been ballooning lately. Her opponent, Republican Michael Siefkes, has a non-functioning website called whose "account has crashed." Vote Orwall.

Representative Position No. 2: Mia Su-Ling Gregerson

The Republican in this race, former judge Jeanette Burrage, is best known for threatening to penalize female attorneys who wore pantsuits instead of skirts in her courtroom. The Democratic candidate is up-and-coming SeaTac mayor Mia Gregerson. She supports the $15 minimum wage and the DREAM Act (so immigrant youth can afford to go to college), and she beefed up protections for homeowners facing foreclosure. She is not on record, um, opposing women's skirts. So go with Gregerson.


Representative Position No. 2: Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon! Oh my gosh! We fell so hard for you four years ago. You were a "dreamy," "dashing," "swoon"-worthy (subtlety was never our strong suit) 23-year-old lefty Democrat, fresh on the scene, ready to melt the coldest hearts and shake shit up in Olympia.

Instead, Olympia killed your bitchin' vibe. You came back to the SECB this year defensive and deflated. You voted for Boeing's $9 billion tax break (and you admitted it felt "shitty," but you did it anyway). You also, um, FIBBED LIKE A LYING LIAR-PANTS-ON-FIRE PANTS. "So you lied?" we asked you, about reports that you told Mike McGinn you wouldn't endorse in last year's race for Seattle mayor, and then went and endorsed rival Ed Murray anyway behind his back. "Yeah, I guess," you shrugged. We know Olympia is a suckhole, but that was weird, and it makes us question whether your still-handsome face is a pretty mask to obscure some shitty double-dealing behavior. (Which, hey, we also might find attractive. Depending.)

Very fortunately for you, Fitzy-gibby, your opponent lacks a brain. Republican Brendan Kolding is running on an "idea": Revive Washington's underfunded public schools by, get this, diverting tax dollars to private schools. And he's "not qualified," he says, to offer an opinion about transit issues. That makes things so easy! He's not qualified for office, then. Hold your nose, keep your knees together, put on your itchiest turtleneck, and vote for the Gibberfitz man.


State Senator: Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Democrat Jeanne Kohl-Welles, first elected in the mid-Ordovician era, is a badass and you know it. Even the Washington Post knows it, ranking her as the most effective progressive member of our state senate. Her opponent, Republican Sarina Forbes, has called for amnesty for people convicted of pot offenses before pot was legalized statewide (okay), but she also opposes income taxes and was a Ron Paul delegate in Tampa. "Did you have a reporter there?" she asks. "Did you see me manning the Republican booth at Hempfest last year?" No, but maybe us *not* endorsing you will allow you time to keep on with those important activities! Vote Kohl-Welles.

Representative Position No. 1: Reuven Carlyle

The challenger in this race, Leslie Klein, refused to meet with the SECB because, he explained in an e-mail written in Comic Sans, he was "attending a Tupperware Going Out of Business Sale." Klein added: "The people who will vote for me attend these types of events, whereas NO one who reads The Stranger will ever vote for me." That's a direct quote, y'all.

Also, his party preference is "Republicanspirit." On the other hand, Representative Reuven Carlyle promises he will only attend financially solvent Tupperware parties and did show up at our meeting. A Democrat, Carlyle was behind closing $125 million in tax loopholes this year, and he's been a serviceable advocate for closing other tax breaks. (He's also been a strong advocate for adding a lot more transparency to the state tax-break game. Right on.) Vote for Carlyle and be assured of a robust Tupperware industry.

Representative Position No. 2: Gael Tarleton

Gael Tarleton burst blood vessels in our eyes by telling us she voted for Boeing's $9 billion in tax breaks and then, in the same meeting, telling us she viewed the whole thing as "a disgrace." But then Tarleton calmed us down by announcing she wants a total restructuring of the state's backwards tax system: a new personal income tax for higher earners, no B&O taxes, lower property taxes, and a special education investment tax. "I will fight for it," she promised, and at that moment you could've grown water hyacinths in our panties. Her opponent, libertarian Paul Addis, is the guy who gave us that handout about Macklemore and Chris Rock. Vote Tarleton.


State Senator: Pramila Jayapal

This race is more crowded than the Tampax aisle during a supermoon (we don't know what that means either), but only one candidate deserves a seat in the state senate: Pramila Jayapal. A former organizer for immigrant-rights group OneAmerica, Jayapal launched a campaign to register 25,000 immigrant voters, which pressured the legislature to finally pass a bill that provides financial aid for students brought to the state illegally as kids. Jayapal backs other smart, progressive policies—including an income tax on the rich, a higher minimum wage for the poor, and a refusal to let Boeing's extortion-like tactics allow them undeserved tax breaks. So vote for Jayapal, but know this: She has worried some on the SECB by at times seeming too cozy with political insiders, kissing the asses of timid, moderate politicians when she should've been kicking them. If elected, Jayapal should make sure she stays focused on representing the marginalized communities in her diverse district, continuing to apply grassroots pressure on Olympia and not getting more comfortable with the political circle-jerk. Several others in this race are good, particularly Sheley Secrest, but Jayapal most deserves your vote.

Representative Position No. 1: Sharon Tomiko Santos

Sharon Tomiko Santos is the only legislator we met who refused to come back to Olympia to vote for the special-session Boeing deal, but other than that—and yeah, that's quite something given her colleagues—it's hard to get excited about the mostly bland record of this 15-year veteran legislator. But the two dudes running against Tomiko Santos are jokes: Daniel Bretzke opposes background checks for gun purchases (WTF?!), and John Dickinson wants to wear Google Glass to Olympia. Because: "When you think of 'transparency,' what word do you think of? Glass!" Seriously. Tomiko Santos, meanwhile, supports a graduated income tax for people and businesses, something our state needs so desperately that a single mention of it can bring the entire SECB to orgasm. VOTE TOMIKO SANTOS.

Representative Position No. 2: Eric Pettigrew

OH GOD. JESUS. ALLAH. BRAHMA. Kill us now. Rain genital warts from the heavens. Rapture our pets. We deserve your wrath—we are endorsing Representative Eric Pettigrew again. Pettigrew has been in office 12 years but currently chairs zero committees, and told the SECB, "I don't know if I have passed any bills this term." He didn't support a bill to raise the minimum wage to $12 for struggling workers, but did vote for the biggest corporate tax break in US history—have we mentioned it before? It was a $9 billion giveaway to Boeing. Pettigrew also voted to strip most legal defenses from medical marijuana patients. What's Pettigrew's defense? "I have no defense," he said. Pettigrew says his biggest accomplishment since his last reelection was securing a token half-million dollars for youth-intervention programs, yet he touts his "seniority in the house" to say he's getting things done. Yet, for all his theoretical influence, Pettigrew couldn't move an assault weapons bill out of the very Democratic caucus that he chairs. What a dud. Still, at least he's not Tamra Smilanich, a realtor with no political party or identifiable policy platform. So Pettigrew is our dud. Vote Pettigrew.


Representative Position No. 1: Tana Senn

Bill Stinson is a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Washington. Yup. This Republican political science major can't even legally drink, and he wants to go to Olympia. Immediate disqualification. Democratic incumbent Tana Senn can legally drink and wants to keep pushing on gun control and tougher protections for victims of domestic violence. Send back Senn.

Representative Position No. 2: Judy Clibborn

House transportation chair Judy Clibborn took one look at the talk of Seattle being on the hook for downtown tunnel cost overruns and said, "It's not going to happen." Why? For one thing, she wrote the damn cost overrun provision herself, and she wrote it to be unenforceable, a "poison pill" necessary to get the tunnel idea passed. We never liked the tunnel or its cost overruns, but we do like Clibborn's wiliness. Her opponent, Alex O'Neil, is as elusive as Batman but not nearly as hot. Vote Clibborn.


Representative Position No. 2: Frank Chopp

The SECB loves a badass socialist. (See Sawant, Kshama.) But socialist Jess Spear didn't convince us she's ready to bring the people's revolution to Olympia, and we think longtime House Speaker Frank Chopp and his maddening incrementalism will actually do more for the issues we care about, more quickly, than a Spear election would.

That's because Spear, who sees Sawant's success on the nine-member Seattle City Council as her model for success in Olympia, seems to believe that electing just one socialist from one Seattle district to the 98-member state House will suddenly cause the rest of the House members to march behind her on rent control, a higher minimum wage, and forcing CEOs to give out free foot rubs. Yeah, we made up that last one, but really, Spear says things like, "I think electing me alone will cause many people in the legislature to understand." Wrong. If the motherfucking state supreme court can't even make people in the legislature understand, under the threat of a contempt of court finding, then how is one election in one ultraliberal district going to transform the minds of people representing Omak and Moses Lake, never mind a majority of House Democrats? Sawant moved the city council by capturing the imagination of a majority of Seattleites, which is the kind of thing that makes every other council member sit up and pay attention. Spear isn't going to capture the imagination of a majority of the nearly seven million Washingtonians with her focus on rent control. She didn't even convince a majority of the SECB that rent control is a great idea. (How's it working out in New York and San Francisco?)

Frank Chopp came into our offices and pointed out the window at affordable housing units that are under construction, right now, because of his efforts. "I'm the strongest leader on affordable housing," he says. We believe him. He did vote for the $9 billion Boeing giveaway, which is socialism of the wrong kind (corporate socialism), but he also backed a $15 minimum wage. In SeaTac. Before Seattle's wage was even on the table. And he's done more to secure free healthcare for low-income Washingtonians over the last ten years than Spear could by deposing him as house speaker. (That kind of change in house leadership, by the way, would likely usher in the reign of "moderate" Democrat Pat Sullivan of Covington—go ahead, find it on a map—who's the current house majority leader and is opposed to sensible gun control legislation like universal background checks that close the gun show loophole.) Chopp also knows what the MVET is and how it connects to saving Metro; Spear was confused on this issue during our interview, and had to e-mail later to clarify her position.

True, the SECB threatened in 2010 to pee on Chopp's lawn if he didn't get more aggressive in pushing his liberal values at the state level, and he definitely should check his front yard for dead spots. He doesn't have a Twitter or Facebook presence for his campaign—doesn't even have a real campaign website—and because of this and other shortcomings, largely fails to communicate all his "inside game" accomplishments or use his bully pulpit in a way that makes a modern citizen notice. Still, he's grinding along in the right direction, which is no small feat in today's Olympia, and the list of solid progressive bills he's ushered through the House—only to have them killed by the motherfucking Republican senate—is long. Vote Chopp.


State Senator: Matt Isenhower

This guy is a navy vet, an Amazon manager, and true-blue Dem who could help shift the balance of power in the GOP-controlled senate back to the left, particularly because the 45th District increasingly leans Democratic. The other guy is Senator Andy Hill, the chief budget writer for the GOP. In other words, the guy who writes a budget that consistently guts education and balks at even tiny, necessary taxes on moral grounds. Vote Isenhower.

Representative Position No. 1: Roger Goodman

Roger Goodman is a four-term Democrat with a legal background in drug-policy reform at the King County Bar Association. He's been good on legalization, of course, but also good on things like sponsoring a bill to limit drones (which passed the House this year) and sponsoring one of the only gun-control bills to pass the entire legislature (allowing cops to seize weapons from alleged domestic abusers). His perennial challenger, Joel Hussey, is running as a Christian businessman. We love that "Footprints" poem as much as the next endorsement board, but you should vote Goodman.

Representative Position No. 2: Larry Springer

Former Kirkland City Council member Larry Springer has represented areas of Sammamish and Redmond for almost a decade now, and he's done not too shabbily by the voters, including those on lower socioeconomic rungs: seeking funding to build more schools, for example, and strengthening housing provisions for farmworkers. He's endorsed by an array of liberal interest groups on everything from the environment to reproductive health. His young Republican challenger, former marine Brendan Woodward, supported John McCain in 2008 and is an admitted political novice. Not a contest. Vote Springer!


State Senator: David Frockt

The very serious and impressive David Frockt has done some great work standing up for the little guy, including passing the imperfect but important Foreclosure Fairness Act and creating a rebate program for low-income public transit riders that's now part of Mayor Ed Murray's Seattle Metro funding plan. He favors significant taxes on the wealthy—a capital gains tax, income tax, and closing corporate tax loopholes—to fund education, and he opposes skyrocketing tuition at UW. We wish there were more Democrats like him. His Republican opponent, Van Sperry, is a nurse at Children's Hospital who wants to take on "burdensome regulations and taxation." He also found it too burdensome to call the SECB back and tell us anything about that. Vote Frockt!

Representative Position No. 2: Jessyn Farrell

You want better mass transit, a higher minimum wage, and a planet that's still habitable when your grandkids show up? Then this one's easy because Jessyn Farrell works for all of those things. She's endorsed by the Sierra Club, the League of Education Voters, the King County Labor Council, NARAL, and everyone you've ever slept with except for the bad ones. Her opponent is a small-government, free-market-humping Republican community college student who lists his "elected experience" as being captain of his high-school football team. And he spells it as two words, "Foot Ball." Nah, brah. Vote Farrell.


State Senator: Carol Barber

The best thing you can say about Republican state senator Joe Fain is that in 2012, after being "undecided" on the issue of marriage equality (at the age of 31!!!), he came around at the last minute and was one of the Republican votes that helped pass marriage equality in this state. And... that's it. Oh, and he wore a cowboy hat on the senate floor once. But that could go either way. Aside from that, young Joe Fain has slurped up money from Big Oil companies that were backing Tim Eyman's two-thirds-majority requirement, served as one of the "four horsemen of the buspocalypse" that screwed King County on Metro funding, and in 2012 helped block the Reproductive Parity Act from even coming to the senate floor for a vote. So, no. Carol Barber, a little-known Democrat, has raised $0 and doesn't even have a campaign website, but she shares things on her Facebook page about moving to a coal-free economy and about maybe registering her uterus as a corporation so that it would have more rights. So, yes, definitely vote Barber.

Representative Position No. 1: Chris Barringer

In 2012, readers of The Stranger's blog, Slog, voted the other guy in this race, Republican representative Mark Hargrove, the "Dumbest Legislator in Washington State" after he gave a speech on the House floor explaining that he opposed marriage equality because of something he learned while watching a Jack in the Box commercial. Christ on a Sourdough Jack®. Vote Barringer, a Democrat who's not an idiot.

Representative Position No. 2: Pat Sullivan

Republican state House candidate Barry Knowles warns in a link on his website: "We Can't Be Sheople!" The resulting page rages against "incumbant" Democrats for suspending Tim Eyman's bullshit (and unconstitutional!) Initiative 960, which made tax increases contingent on a two-thirds approval in the state legislature. On the upside, he's endorsed by the Auburn Red Barn antique store. Be a smart sheep and vote for incumbaaaaaant Democrat Pat Sullivan, a solid, if totally uninspiring, liberal who's currently the majority leader in the House.


State Senator: Cyrus Habib

This is currently the most talked-about seat in Olympia. Double-crossing senator Rodney Tom held it for years as a Democrat until he effectively switched parties and handed control of the senate to the GOP two years ago. As majority leader, Tom brought Olympia to a standstill as he nixed transit options, underfunded schools, and killed women's-health bills. That era is now over—Senator Tom, after ruining everything, is quitting. Will his replacement be just as bad? One candidate is Republican Michelle Darnell, a paralegal whose vision is much like Tom's: cut taxes on business, leave high taxes for low-income workers, promote corporate-style charter schools. Asked to explain why she supports heavier taxes on the poor and lower taxes on the rich while she spouts rhetoric about helping homeowners facing foreclosure, Darnell couldn't explain herself: "I am not going to talk about specific policy," she repeated. THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU APPLYING FOR A JOB TO MAKE SPECIFIC POLICY? "I am here to facilitate creative conversation," she says. Ugh. On the other hand, Cyrus Habib has a figuratively clear vision for the state even though he's literally blind. Already a state representative, Habib has a long-term plan for paying for our underfunded schools, starting with an across-the-board increase on all B&O taxes, and eventually passing a capital-gains tax or an income tax on the rich. Habib is right on scores of other progressive issues. Vote Habib and remove the lingering stench of Rodney Tom once and for all.

Representative Position No. 1: Ross Hunter

Republican Bill Hirt wants to stop the East Link light rail expansion—the idiot. Democrat Ross Hunter favors light rail expansion and we've endorsed him before, but with the caveat that we want to see him use his post as House budget chair to stand up and DO SOMETHING about things like education funding. He has, sorta (though the dumb fuckers in the Republican-controlled senate blocked a lot of it). He says finding that supreme-court-ordered $2 billion for education is the "over-riding issue" for the upcoming biennium, and we agree. Maybe Hunter could find some of the money by taking back some of those Microsoft tax breaks he's helped to push through? (He worked at MSFT for 17 years.) Let's hope so. Vote Hunter.

Representative Position No. 2: Joan McBride

Libertarian Tim Turner is a former navy submariner who thinks more guns will prevent gun violence. He's running against Democrat Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, so, obviously, vote McBride.


City of Seattle Proposition No. 1: For

Jesus H. Christ, when was the last time the phrase "public park funding" got this controversial in Seattle? People are muttering about dark conspiracies and unelected this-and-that, and it all revolves around this wonky proposition concerning a new way to pay the taxes that fund our parks. Speaking of parks: When it's eleventy-jillion fucking degrees outside and everyone in your office looks like sweaty raw chicken, is it acceptable workplace behavior to lapse into a semiconscious stupor during staff meetings, blurting out something about having sex with a box of Fudgsicles® while simultaneously stupor-dreaming about racing to the nearest public park so that you can face-plant in the wading pool? Asking for a friend.

But, also: These kinds of glorious dreams are just what our beautiful taxpayer-funded parks are meant to inspire! (In our friend. Not us.) The question is: How do we pay for a functional parks system full of cool, clean—ha-ha—wading pools in the heat of summer?

Well, for years we've been funding a lot of it with property-tax levies, and levies kinda suck. Instead of the city having a dedicated funding source for a basic service like parks, they go to the voters every six years and run a big, long, expensive campaign to beg us to approve new funding for ongoing, necessary expenditures—everything from fixing leaky roofs to sprucing up new green spaces to filtering all that toddler pee out of the wading pool. (Um, we hope?) But we can only raise so much money that way, and Seattle's parks have a massive maintenance backlog. At the same time, we're fast closing in on an overall cap that limits how much money we can raise via levies—especially since our fast-growing city also wants to be able to tax ourselves to pay for infrastructure like quality public preschools and a functional transit system—the kind of shit Olympia will never deliver.

So, a fix: Under state law, a city can vote to create a parks district, which will authorize new property taxes that can only be spent on parks and leaves us with a little more room in our levy capacity for other fun stuff. The city council would basically double as the parks governing board, the way they do for our Transportation Benefits District, with an oversight committee added on top of that. It's true: It gives the city new ability to tax you, at a rate of around $150 a year for a $400,000 house. The horrors! Taxing ourselves to pay for important city resources!

This is why it's too hard to take the no side seriously—they're focused on whiny baby stuff about "permanent" taxes and how levies are awesome because voters have to sign off on the taxes directly. But this is how the democratic process works: We elect leaders who set taxes and build budgets and fund infrastructure, and when they fuck it up, we vote them out. Vote "for." recommended


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So the stranger endorses Kshama in 2012 vs Frank chopp and calls him an ineffective leader. Now suddenly he's the best? How does the stranger justify endorsing a corporate politician who hides behind crumbs for the working poor while giving huge tax handouts to Boeing and refusing to pay for anything in this state other than regressive fucking taxes?

Posted by BigWorm on July 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM · Report this
With the exception of Jeanne Kohl-Welles...these candidates need the support of Mr. Burns political campaign team.…

I get that you endorsed Carlyle because his opponent is incompetent, but Carlyle was the guy behind the Boeing $9B tax deal when Boeing is poised to make $52 TRILLION dollars:…

No worries though...the legislature passed the biggest tax break in history in three days and Carlyle was one of the guys leading the effort. Post enormous give away..Carlyle went to the press and complained about a "flawed process" even though HE was the process! He did close an $125M tax-loop hole.
Posted by Burt on July 15, 2014 at 9:13 PM · Report this
Depressing that we have an ineffective legislature are only given the option of ineffective, often insane challengers to incumbents.

You know, you aren't obligated to endorse in a race if you don't support the candidate (see: Pettigrew). And you could have given Chopp a better scare by waiting to endorse until the general election. Alas. I wouldn't vote for her, but Spear probably knows as much about state politics as Sawant did in 2012. What's changed?
Posted by oh man on July 15, 2014 at 9:28 PM · Report this
Re: Prop 1 (Park District)
"We elect leaders who set taxes and build budgets and fund infrastructure, and when they fuck it up, we vote them out."

Our next chance to "vote them out" is 2015 when 7 districts 2 at-large City Council elections start. Voters can never undo the district entity itself and City initiative and referendum probably don't apply. Why let the current incumbents lock in a revenue stream for Downtown's waterfront extravaganza ($4 million/ year to start)?

There are other parks funding mechanisms available, including development impact fees like many surrounding cities. And an LID to get nearby landowners to help pay for the waterfront project. Why are you supporting the more regressive tax method?
Posted by TobyinFremont on July 15, 2014 at 9:34 PM · Report this
It's statements like that which explain why the Stranger endorsed Chopp. The State House isn't the city, and Spear isn't Sawant. If the Socialist Alternative Party wanted to make a statement against corporate democrats, they'd have run a candidate against Eric Pettigrew.
Posted by Bah-doy on July 15, 2014 at 9:35 PM · Report this
guerre 6
"you see those handful of apartments that in no meaningful way begin to address the rising rent? Yeah, my leadership as speaker help finance those, in part." God who can look at what Sawant did for SEIU and say having one vocal member of a body isn't effective? Let's have a fighter, let's have a voice, Vote Spear!
Posted by guerre on July 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM · Report this
I ran into Carlyle's opponent- Leslie Klein. I asked Klein: What is the difference between Carlyle and yourself. Klein answered: "Nothing. Everything Carlyle is for- I'm for-including charter schools."

Ross Hunter and Carlyle will beat teachers into the ground for poor educational outcomes. When, they, themselves have miserable failed.

The candidate well is very very dry.
Posted by Need Tupperware Lids on July 15, 2014 at 9:53 PM · Report this

Every once in a while, The Stranger makes a mistake- and Prop 1 is a mistake.

I'll go with the League of Education Voters on Prop 1. LEV voted unanimously to oppose Prop 1 and with good reason.
Posted by NO to Prop 1 on July 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM · Report this
@Toby: Chill out with your false rhetoric. In fact, 10% of the previous electorate can petition to dissolve the park district.

The opponents - who LOVE LOVE LOVE parks - are so focused on dissolving the funding for parks, I'm a bit confused. No need to lie about the situation.
Posted by Just saying on July 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM · Report this
It seems hypocritical of The Stranger to be such enthusiastic cheerleaders of Frank Chopp, when it was just a year ago that they were actively trying to get him out of office, through the write-in campaign for Kshama Sawant. Not to mention when Dominic referred to him as a "feckless sissy" five times in one article. I guess they just support him when it's convenient.
Posted by rodomontades_only on July 15, 2014 at 10:46 PM · Report this
@9--10% can petition, but they cannot vote on the measure. Only the Council sitting ex officio can actually do the deed. To make it easy, here's the entire section:

RCW 35.61.310 Dissolution.

A board of commissioners of a metropolitan park district may, upon a majority vote of all its members, dissolve any metropolitan park district, prorate the liabilities thereof, and turn over to the city and/or county so much of the district as is respectively located therein, when:

(1) Such city and/or county, through its governing officials, agrees to, and petitions for, such dissolution and the assumption of such assets and liabilities, or;

(2) Ten percent of the voters of such city and/or county who voted at the last general election petition the governing officials for such a vote.
Posted by TobyinFremont on July 15, 2014 at 10:50 PM · Report this

Also, most of the opponents I know most definitely do NOT want to "dissolve the funding for parks." The leaders of the "No" campaign are long time parks volunteers. They (and I) want a progressive, democratic, and accountable structure for park revenue and how it is spent.

I second your sentiment--let's all try to speak the truth about the Park District proposal. I try to be 100% accurate with my facts and legal analysis and am happy to entertain corrections or alternate interpretations. In the meantime:

IMO, Prop 1 is a regressive measure designed to cement in some of the power of the Downtown establishment prior to district elections.
Posted by TobyinFremont on July 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM · Report this
This endorsement of Frank Chopp is pathetic.

"He did vote for the $9 billion Boeing giveaway, which is socialism of the wrong kind (corporate socialism), but he also backed a $15 minimum wage."

First, he didn't just vote for the $9b giveaway. He called the special session to make sure it happened.

How exactly did he "back a $15"... was it by passing a state-wide $12 minimum? Nope. He let that die without even being voted on. Too busy calling special sessions to give our tax money to Boeing. It's a shame that this horrendous betrayal only takes up half a sentence of your endorsement, seeing as it is the reason we have no funding for education or transit, and he led the charge.

What I wouldn't give to have Goldy back and give the SECB back its credibility. Later, I'm off to read for some real news.
Posted by BillSpiderman on July 15, 2014 at 11:27 PM · Report this
The kneejerk support for Prop 1 (the last grasp for power by the wholly at-large council) is similar to that for the privatization of liquor sales. The people who have the public interest in mind and have studied the law are against it, and the lazy purveyors of ad hominems are for it, and try to shout down anyone who has done any critical thinking and expects an informed debate. All these supposed progressives falling over themselves to fawn on Sally Bagshaw, of all people. Unfortunately, this time there will be no recourse when they figure out they were had, and that those hippies at the League of Women Voters knew what they were talking about.
Posted by onthehill on July 16, 2014 at 12:07 AM · Report this
willisreed 15
@13 Only the Governor can call a special session, but don't let those pesky facts get in the way of your argument.

I do agree with you, however, that the Stranger was foolish to let Goldy go.
Posted by willisreed on July 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM · Report this
Ouch, did not expect the Stranger to be anti-rent control. It works in NYC and SF because without it even more people would be pushed out of their homes by rent increases. The problem in both cities is that huge loopholes have been carved into rent control laws to the point where the number of renters covered is small. So Seattle should be able to experiment with a better solution, which means the state prohibition needs to go. While I'm agnostic in the Chopp-Spear race, I do hope the Stranger comes around on rent control because without some form of it Seattle renters are screwed.
Posted by junipero on July 16, 2014 at 4:44 AM · Report this
You guys can use all the swear words you want, it still doesn't make up for losing Goldy.
Posted by Stumphaven on July 16, 2014 at 6:35 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 18
I will vote for the Parks thing, but I'd much rather have the parks under the control of a nice sedate parks board instead of the city council.

And the Auburn Red Barn Antique Store is one of the creepiest places In the Puget Sound region. It's mostly a knife store.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on July 16, 2014 at 6:56 AM · Report this
Why doesn't the Stranger newspaper endorse JESS SPEAR of Socialist Alternative and $15Now, the workers' challenger who pledges to take only a workers' wage?

Instead, why does the Stranger endorse the Boeing $8.7 Billion bagman Frank Chopp, Democratic/Republican apparatchik, the "House Speaker" who's "mute" about both a $15 minimum wage and rent control?

Despite having endorsed Jess Spear's co-thinker, co-leader, co-fighter Kshama Sawant, against the self-same corporate politician, for the self-same 43rd district, at the previous election?

The Stranger's caviling criticisms of Jess Spear are just a fig-leaf.
The real reason for the Stranger's cowardly capitulation is, well, capitalism! -- pressure from the owners/board of directors/advertisers who have seen first-hand, and fear, the electrifying effect on the working class of having even one intransigent, incorruptible, inspiring representative: Kshama Sawant, on Seattle city council.

From the capitalists' perspective, what could be worse than having one socialist fighter elected?
Having two!
Because next thing they know, the capitalists will be facing a nationwide independent working-class political challenge -- like Eugene Debs a hundred years ago, only even better!

We hope to make those capitalists' nightmares come true.

Sister! Brother! Let's make history together!

Jess Spear is a splendid candidate, with a splendid chance of winning -- with your support, that is!

And she's earned her spurs in battle:
-- as director of Kshama's victorious 2013 Seattle city council run.
-- and as director of $15Now spearheading (no pun intended!) the magnificent relative triumph in Seattle of the $15 minimum-wage struggle.

In addition to voting, make Socialist Alternative and $15Now your very own party -- join it, build it, influence it.

Dump the Elephant, Dump the Ass! Build a Party of the Working Class!
Posted by socialistworld on July 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
When Toby talks...I listen.
Posted by NO Prop 1 on July 16, 2014 at 8:58 AM · Report this
Oh for fuck's sake. The more @19 calls Jess Spear "splendid" and "magnificent" the less seriously I can take her candidacy.

Maybe the far left wanted their own Goodspacegal. If so, she fits the bill nicely.
Posted by fnbs on July 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM · Report this
Fnarf 22
Representative Position No. 2: Frank Chopp

God bless. Someone saw reason.

@2, I am not really interested in the views of people who can't tell the difference between $52 trillion and $5.2 trillion, or the difference between one year and twenty, or the difference between an entire market and one company, let alone profits or even sales. Numbers are SO confusing, aren't they? Maybe you should go have a lie-down until the blood returns to your head.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM · Report this
Abe Frohman 23
Hear, hear. Chopp is a bulwark against the lunacy in the Legislature. He is universally loathed by the Republicans because he's effective. Keep him there.
Posted by Abe Frohman on July 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM · Report this
michaelp 24
Thank you, SECB, for supporting sustainable, long-term funding for parks and community centers in Seattle! Proposition 1 will grant another tool in the belt of our elected officials - our democratically elected elected officials - to ensure equitable access to high quality parks and programs for all residents of our city, all for about 0.5% of an increase to the property tax (the most progressive option we have that is stable in Seattle). It should be noted that this tool followed the recommendation of a 15 member Citizen Advisory Committee, and came after nine months of in-depth meetings and tons of additional public comment.

It's good to see the Stranger join with over 70 trusted organizations - from Sierra Club and WCV to King County Labor Council, 8 different Democratic Party organizations to Feet First, El Centro de la Raza to Seattle Youth Soccer Association, plus the Municipal League, all join together to recognize that this is the best option for Seattle Parks!

Visit for more information!
Posted by michaelp on July 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM · Report this
Hey Stranger! Why did you skip the 32nd District? Pretty big race up here for State Senate. Maralyn Chase has a primary and an opponent who is doorbelling furiously and making stuff up about her! Need your attention please!
Posted by wayupnorth on July 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM · Report this
@16 Seattle will never "be able to experiment with a better solution" [for rental stabilization] without RCW 35.21.830 being done away with. How do suggest we make that happen? Seems you have the order reversed.

That said, rent stabilization would help in the Seattle area. In NYC, there is a 4% cap on rent increases of 1 yr leases and 7.75% for two year leases, which Rent Guidelines Board is trying to lower even further. My rent has increased by 10% every year for the last three years; I would love to have the increase capped at 4%.
Posted by h2o2Kat on July 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Dear SECB,

Could you please salve my growing fear that the 47th district Democrats are a clusterrific shitshow of incompetent bunglers?

Also, isn't Carol Barber also their Vice Chair?
Posted by Balio's Neighbor on July 16, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
“Still, he's grinding along in the right direction, which is no small feat in today's Olympia, and the list of solid progressive bills he's ushered through the House—only to have them killed by the motherfucking Republican senate—is long. Vote Chopp.”

So we should judge Chopp on what he didn’t get through rather than his real record? That record, $8.7bn tax giveaways, criminally underfunded education, cuts to public services, the most regressive state taxation system, hikes in tuition costs, etc, etc….

This seems to me to be far more about the strangers business interests than about the candidates themselves. Weak stuff, stranger.
Posted by 23kid on July 16, 2014 at 10:36 AM · Report this
Wow, so after raining fire on Chopp for two years, the SECB gets nervous and caves in to endorse the czar of corporate politics? The same politician who bullies progressive Democrats to force them to the right, has kept a state-wide $12 minimum wage off the floor of the State House, has presided over a massive onslaught on funding for education, and zero action on mass transit? And they do this after their own poll shows a 66% majority support for Spear among their readers?

Even more pathetic are the attacks on Spear, who is clearly extremely sharp, already has extremely impressive knowledge of issues, and who's arguments about rent control and regressive taxation are dead on.

Gutless. The SECB lost it's way when it lost Goldy.
Posted by slogger99 on July 16, 2014 at 10:41 AM · Report this
Hey now. Frank Chopp got a Facebook page in April -- -- and there are quite a few photos of him on it pointing his finger at things.
Posted by Echoes Myron on July 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Again, The Stranger, thanks for the help. Perhaps in future I should just sign my blank absentee ballot and send it to SECB to fill out? Though I'm too old to appreciate the dirty language, I have to wade through it cuz the rest is well-written and lots of fun.
Posted by NBeth on July 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Call me Scott 32
Vote Jess Spear.
Posted by Call me Scott on July 16, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
It's funny how you talk about the obvious problem of our stagnate political body in Olympia but then you turn around and endorse a ton of the incumbent politicians. Change doesn't come from doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. That's called insanity. The most head-scratchingly bizarre thing of it all is you fail to endorse Jess Spear, a candidate with a proven track record and turn around and endorse Frank Chopp, who you failed to see promise in, for good reason might I add, only two years ago.

Chopp is a corporate politician who looks out for the interests of his millionaire donors not the people of this state. He receives thousands of dollars from Boeing, McDonald's, and the Washington Restaurant Association for his campaign every year. That's why he can't get a raise in the minimum wage on the floor of the house but he can get Boeing that $8.7 billion handout no problem.

Whereas Spear helped organize Sawant's campaign for city council, and was one of the leading organizers for 15 Now. In fact I highly doubt we would have been able to raise the minimum wage here in Seattle if it weren't for her efforts behind both campaigns.

She may not be able to get the politicians in Olympia to march behind her on rent control, and a higher minimum wage, like you claim she said, but she clearly wants to fight for the people's issues. She would be a real change in the corporate establishment we haven't seen in forever. And I think we can all agree that change is clearly what this state needs right now.
Posted by RandiPandiPi on July 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
"The two-party system has resulted in a squabbling Olympia and a distracted Democratic Party that's become too satisfied with incremental—and often meaningless—gestures on the biggest issue facing the state. Our failure to adequately fund schools, preschools, colleges, health care, and literally everything that costs money is rooted in a structural revenue deficit that we've known about since the Gates Commission published its tax structure report in 2002. What have the Democrats done to fix that fundamental problem? Basically nothing." - Stranger's Election Control Board 2012

If the legislature "just spent their last terms spinelessly handing Boeing nearly $9 billion in tax breaks while also failing to find the relatively piddling $2 billion that the state supreme court ordered them to cough up so we could properly fund basic education for the next couple school years," then why are you endorsing the speaker?

Was it because you didn't think Sawant could win in 2012 that you endorsed her? Now that Socialist Alternative is more influential (post Sawant's election and Spear's role in that election campaign and 15 Now) and is mounting a credible challenge to the Speaker you back away and endorse the status quo.

The guy takes money from BP, Chevron, Walmart, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, WA Restaurant Assoc., Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BNSF, etc. You don't think these donors are stupid do you? They wouldn't keep backing someone that didn't do their bidding.

I'm tired of the excuses. We need representatives that don't take money from business and who will actually represent the people. Vote for Jess Spear.

Posted by Laura_1985 on July 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
Fnarf 35
@28, you're an idiot. Frank has saved public services a hundred times over. If he's kept something off the floor, maybe it's because there's a very good reason to -- namely, if it doesn't have a ghost of a chance of passing the other chamber.

Feel free to explain how soft-brained Jess Spear, who doesn't even know the basics of how government works ("what's the MVET?", gimme a break) is going to fix the regressive tax system kept in place by the Republican majority in the senate? Or institute rent control when rent control is explicitly illegal?

You people are addicted to Pyrrhic victories for reasons I cannot fathom. It's like you WANT to lose every fight instead of just some of them.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 11:23 AM · Report this
I'm baffled by your endorsement of Frank Chopp.

If the legislature "just spent their last terms spinelessly handing Boeing nearly $9 billion in tax breaks while also failing to find the relatively piddling $2 billion that the state supreme court ordered them to cough up so we could properly fund basic education for the next couple school years," then why are you endorsing the speaker?

In 2012 you wrote - "The two-party system has resulted in a squabbling Olympia and a distracted Democratic Party that's become too satisfied with incremental—and often meaningless—gestures on the biggest issue facing the state. Our failure to adequately fund schools, preschools, colleges, health care, and literally everything that costs money is rooted in a structural revenue deficit that we've known about since the Gates Commission published its tax structure report in 2002. What have the Democrats done to fix that fundamental problem? Basically nothing."

Did you endorse Sawant in 2012 only because you didn't think she could win? And, now that Socialist Alternative is more influential (post Sawant's election and Spear's role in that election campaign and 15 Now) and is mounting a credible challenge to the Speaker you are backing off and endorsing Chopp.

I'm tired of the excuses. Our education and transit system continually face cuts while corporations get tax breaks. Speaker Chopp is part of the problem. I'm voting for Spear.

Posted by Laura_1985 on July 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
We need representatives that don't take money from business and who will actually represent the people.'

Those two things aren't mutually exclusive.
Posted by Seattle14 on July 16, 2014 at 11:36 AM · Report this
"WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU APPLYING FOR A JOB TO MAKE SPECIFIC POLICY". MS Darnell has a different interpretation of the interview with the Stranger.… at 4:23. Is she delusional? Or just blatantly lying?
Posted by J P. Harrison on July 16, 2014 at 11:41 AM · Report this
@ 35 - "You people are addicted to Pyrrhic victories for reasons I cannot fathom." - The stranger says we should judge frank chopp on things that didn't go through - by your logic he shouldn't even put those forward? I don't see how what you're saying is going to change anything in WA - but is that the point?
btw, seen as we're talking about things that are explicitly illegal, how about underfunding education?
Posted by 23kid on July 16, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Covington is between Kent, Maple Valley, Black Diamond, and Ravensdale.


I'm not kidding, this is my job!
Posted by Hanoumatoi on July 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM · Report this
"Vote Chopp!" because giving away $8.7 Billion of our tax money to Boeing when our state education system is being illegally underfunded is in fact "grinding along in the right direction". "Vote Chopp" because our communities have seen nothing but devastating cuts to education, healthcare, and social services, while the wealthiest in our state keep getting wealthier. " Vote Chopp" because he had the chance to move more progressive taxation, legislation to raise the state minimum wage, and support legislation that would protect workers- but he didn't. The Stranger, accompanied by big businesses like McDonald's and Walmart (two of his many corporate funders) will tell you to "Vote Chopp" 2014!
Posted by LeTigre00 on July 16, 2014 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Don't be harsh on Tomiko-Santos; she has held back a lot of bad policies.

I don't know why Tomiko-Santos didn't show for the Boeing vote, but perhaps she is tired of jumping for Boeing. Shall we expect Inslee to call legislators to Olympia to fund education? I won't hold my breath.
Posted by Tomiko-Santos Supporter on July 16, 2014 at 12:04 PM · Report this
Fnarf 43
@39, and @36, you seem to be unaware of the existence of Republicans.

Chopp can't fund education if the Republicans won't let him. That's a simple fact. He has tried many times. Spear has less chance of succeeding there than I do of winning MVP of the NBA next year.-

I think it's very bizarre that Chopp's very real affordable housing buildings are somehow less valuable than Spear's wholly imaginary ones that she will never in a million years be able to get built.

But that's typical for Spear supporters -- nothing outside their bubble has any reality to them. Olympia needs more empty speechifying. The Republicans will surely bend over when the nice lady asks them to, especially if she uses a megaphone.

@36, if Spear gets elected there is a very real possibility that our transit system will be ELIMINATED, along with every housing program, every health care program, and every other valuable thing that our divided government does manage to get done. It's a shame that you don't know what any of those things are, or how they came to pass. Spear doesn't either.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM · Report this
I can’t believe how full of shit The Stranger is endorsing Frank Chopp. The entire intro the the endorsements is a scathing attack on the legislature for failing to put up a fight for progressive policies and rolling over to empty our state coffers for Boeing while criminally underfunding everything important (education, transit, etc.) Who called the special session to approve the record-breaking handout? Frank Chopp. To say he is a friend to labor is laughable. Who voted against a bill that would make mandatory anti-union meetings in the workplace illegal? Frank Chopp. To say he is a strong advocate of a $15/hr minimum wage is downright false. Who refused to put a $12/hr to a house vote? Frank Chopp.
The Stranger is finally bending to pressure from their small-business advertisers and turning on the woman who led the fight for $15. They know her politics are better than Chopp’s- her politics are the same as Sawant’s, and they (rightfully) couldn’t stop raving about her.
Shame on you, Stranger. Shame on you for throwing your weight behind a cowardly corporate politician instead of the independent progressive who could actually shake Olympia out of it’s conservative stupor. Not because one house member can unilaterally sway the entire body, but because, like Sawant, she could mobilize tremendous grassroots pressure. You’ve caved to the money. You are no better than the legislature you so gleefully criticize.
Posted by SickOfCorporatePoliticians on July 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
Fnarf 45
@41, you seem to be unaware of the existence of Republicans.

Chopp has brought more healthcare and social services to his district and his state than any legislator in our history. Maybe if you familiarized yourself with his lifetime of work, and the budget process in this state, you'd know that. Probably not, though.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
@35 It seems telling that the majority of your arguments are personal attacks, against both Spear and fellow commenters. Referring to Spear as soft-brained, because she didn't know one of the multitude of ways Seattle has imposed taxes, is not only terrible argumentation (…) but also childish. And do you know what she did after the endorsement interview? She went home, learned about it and sent them an email to clarify. Representatives (like all of us) need to be willing to acknowledge that they don't understand something, but strive to learn. Also, a specific Metro levy hardly constitutes "the basics of how government works" (see hasty generalization).

Lauding Chopp for keeping progressive issues off the house floor because they probably won't pass isn't a very convincing argument, when he stands to be replaced by someone who has and will be an unapologetic champion the people for everyone who lives and works in Seattle, not just the people who can donate. Vote Spear.
Posted by rodomontades_only on July 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
I used to trust the SECB's endorsements. Your endorsement of Prop 1 is ill advised and frankly unsupported. Your voting for just because you don't like they "whiny opposition." Sounds personal to me. You must not be a property owner or a park volunteer. Your faith in city council's ability to do the right thing is remarkable.
Posted by realist14 on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this

Perhaps it is #22 that should lie down. Last time I checked $5.2 TRILLION dollars was a lot of money- even if it is spread- out over many years.

God forbid someone having a typo.…

"Boeing raised its forecast for aircraft demand today, saying it now expects to deliver 36,770 planes over the next two decades in deals worth US$5.2 trillion (3.8 trillion euros)."
Posted by $5.2 Trillion is A lot of Cash on July 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM · Report this
Fnarf 49
@44, you are dumb.

Chopp's political platform was virtually identical to Sawant's, except for the "nationalize all big businesses" part, which is simply lunacy. Spear is on that same moon rocket now, which is just one of the reasons why she's a hopeless candidate.

If you were capable of paying attention you would know how the stalemate over education works:

The Republicans, who control the senate, flat-out refuse to fund education without taking the money -- ALL of the money -- out of every social service program in the entire state. They won't agree to a single penny of increased funding from anywhere. They are more than happy to sacrifice everything, even shutting down state parks, to get what they want.

The reason they have not been able to do that is Frank Chopp. He is responsible for saving every health and housing and social service nickel in the entire state, and there is not a single person in state government who doesn't know that.

There seem to be a lot of people wandering around here in a stupor who don't, though. They think that the budget figures are achieved by waving one's hands and wishing it was so.

A vote for Spear is a vote for Mississippification.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
Fnarf should definitely lie down before he/she has a heart attach and/or stroke.

Posted by No Snark on July 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM · Report this
Fnarf 51
@46, that's just one of many examples. Spear DOESN'T know anything about the issues she espouses. Frank has devoted his life to them. That's the stupid thing; Frank is a better advocate of Spear's own causes than she is.

Spear isn't a champion of anything. She's never faced any kind of real opposition in her life, just a bunch of yessing socialist cheerleaders. She's a train wreck waiting to happen.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Everyone railing against Chopp and saying he doesn't represent "the people" should probably go find out why unions have endorsed him. Unions, otherwise known as "the people" you think you're defending.

"The people" have spoken, and they've endorsed Chopp.
Posted by fnbs on July 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM · Report this
@51 "Frank is a better advocate of Spear's own causes than she is."

That's definitely why he was silent about the fight for $15/hr and chose not to bring Rep. Farrell's $12.50 minimum wage bill to the floor. But you're right, Jess was a much worse advocate of Seattle. I mean, only 68% of Seattle voters supported the minimum wage increase to $15 and she still insisted on being the organizing director of 15 Now? I hope she's a better advocate for us than that when she's in Olympia!
Posted by rodomontades_only on July 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Fnarf 54
A vote for Spears is a vote for wholesale reduction in teachers' salaries of maybe as much as 25%. That's what the Republicans want. They want to "fund" education by slashing the wages of the people who provide it, and destroying their union protections in the process. Chopp is the reason that hasn't happened. Maybe that's why unions are supporting him, not her -- including SEIU, the leftiest union.

Don't be stupid.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Hey Fnarf,
You are protesting so much that you make it sound as if Spear might have something going for her.
Or in fact ARE you Chopp?

Btw, in fact I'd vote for him if he were in my district but you certainly have gotten my interest and I do wonder...
Posted by I vote early and often, maybe 2-3 times on July 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM · Report this
Fnarf 56
@53, well, if 68% of Seattle voters supported it, it was sure to be a snap in the Republican-controlled legislature! Right? That's what you people keep saying.

You want to make a speech, make a speech. But if you think Rodney Tom and Don Benton and Pam Roach are going to listen to it, you're seriously deluded.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM · Report this
@51 And as far as Spear never facing opposition, I'm sure working against the interests of the wealthiest business owners in Seattle is a cakewalk compared to defending Frank Chopp against the internet.

The crazy thing is, we agree that the Republican senate is a huge problem, but you are spending all of this energy trying to stir up resentment of Jess, when you (as far as I can tell) agree with her that education, transit and social services are continually getting fucked. Maybe you don't agree with some of her politics, like the democratic running of our workplaces, but that is no reason to unilaterally dismiss everything she has done and could do. I've read the comments so I'm confident that I won't convince you to vote for her, but that's fine, because you can't convince me to vote Chopp. Just don't throw everything she stands for out the window because you think she might not be the most effective way to make progress.
Posted by rodomontades_only on July 16, 2014 at 1:12 PM · Report this
@56 I appreciate your realism, but that doesn't excuse not trying. If you never try to pass a bill it won't ever pass, no matter how many times you talk about how you think it should.
Posted by rodomontades_only on July 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM · Report this
I would never vote for or against anything in August. Its summertime. No one want to argue. It is a time for getting massages, long walks in Discovery Park with all its shady trees, eating steak once a week, sampling all the cannabis strains, swimming in a cool pool, "doing" a few tourists. Politics in August? Or even July for that matter. I'd rather eat a cardboard sandwich with sawdust filling!
Posted by Pluto in capricorn on July 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
DOUG. 60
Do you live in the 43rd, Fnarf?
Posted by DOUG. on July 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM · Report this
I love the name calling and fear mongering. It's an honest representation of the viper infested pit that is today's Democratic Party.

These comments are going to be fun to read when Hillary Clinton stumbles into the upcoming presidential race.
Posted by wasd on July 16, 2014 at 1:23 PM · Report this
Ah-what the heck! I normally agree with the Stanger on most of the issues. However, I will vote AGAINST PROP 1. I would rather see some sort of online accounting spreadsheet to determine where every penny will go. Have it updated in real-time so every citizen can see how their property taxes are truly spent.

I'm looking at my "Official Property Value Notice". Old value was 443,000.00. New value is 586,000. Total scam in my mind! Publish an entire article on this. I never even remodeled the home. It was in great shape when I moved in. That's just the tip of the iceberg. And speaking of icebergs. Its summertime and I don't like to argue in the heat. Id rather sit on an iceberg.
Posted by Pluto in Capricorn on July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM · Report this
I think that Spear's call for nationalizing the Fortune 500 is kooky and makes her look foolish.

So why bother attacking Spear so much? except to set forth her views on the Fortune 500? which to most people are comical?

(Btw, laughing at idea of nationalizing Fortune 500 is NOT the same as taxing 1% or advocating tougher regulation or arguing for more German-style "socialism" -- which is just more welfare-statism -- which I basically support.)
Posted by caution&daring on July 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Fnarf 64
@60, yes I do. I used to be in the 36th, but the border changed.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Spear is the perfect bumper sticker candidate. That is, her knowledge and platform ideas fit neatly on a sticker. That's about it...
Posted by Senor Guy on July 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 66
I miss Goldy.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on July 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM · Report this
@ 65 'Vote Frank Chopp - for more of the same, you can believe it'
Posted by 23kid on July 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM · Report this
@67 That is more of a twitter account. Perhaps the reason Chopp doesn't do social media is that his ideas and platforms take more thought than 144 characters.
Posted by Senor Guy on July 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM · Report this
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That's because Spear, who sees Sawant's success on the nine-member Seattle City Council as her model for success in Olympia, seems to believe that electing just one socialist from one Seattle district to the 98-member state House will suddenly cause the rest of the House members to march behind her

What a ridiculous argument. This is some bizarre Seattle Times nonsense logic -- one left-winger won't accomplish everything, so you prefer zero left-wing representatives. Are you seriously satisfied with only far-right and center-right representatives in state government?

It seems pretty clear that Tim Keck is having more and more influence on The Stranger's journalism and editorials. His job is as an ad salesman, and he's proven to be a conservative -- why the hell is he on the endorsements board? (Except to know who to fire if someone steps out of line, of course.)
Posted by raku on July 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM · Report this
@59 The next time some fucked up initiative, piece of legislation or office holder pisses you off, please take a moment to savor the fact that while they may not allocate any time to actually considering this shit, those assholes can be counted on to vote in each and every election.

tl;dr Fuck you very much.
Posted by Balio's Neighbor on July 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM · Report this
How exactly is losing Chopp going to singularly cost the Democrats their majority in the House? Spear isn't going to side with the Republican caucus on anything.

It seems to me that either result is going to continue the status quo. If Chopp loses we'll have a different speaker but the same completely ineffective nominally Democrat-controlled legislature.
Posted by JPDarche on July 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM · Report this
I agree with @25... Where is the 32nd LD endorsement? Bellevue, Redmond, and Covington deserve your attention, but Northwest Seattle does not? Chase is the obvious choice, but her opponent is strong enough that Chase needs the shout out!
Posted by MisterAdeline on July 16, 2014 at 2:34 PM · Report this
what specifically did mia gregerson do to "beef up" protection for homeowners facing foreclosure?
Posted by facts please9 on July 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM · Report this
Jess Spear's stated plan to win the 43rd:

1) Enthusiastic Stranger endorsement
2) Major support from organized labor
3) Massive war chest of $150K+

Sorry, people, this one's O-VER!
Posted by J.R. on July 16, 2014 at 2:49 PM · Report this
Aaron 75
@Fnarf is spot on.

Politics aren't like a story book, imagining unicorns and flinging around terms like "corporatist" doesn't change that unicorns don't exist and Republicans do. In great numbers, regretfully. It's going to take quite a while to change that.
Posted by Aaron on July 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Eli Sanders 76
For those interested in our past Chopp-related endorsements, here's a brief history.
Posted by Eli Sanders on July 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM · Report this
Call me Scott 77
SECB . . . watch your lawn for brown spots.
Posted by Call me Scott on July 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 78
Frank Chopp and Joe Fitzgibbons are awful Democrats who stand more for big business and taxing the poor than representing our intentions. Fitzgibbons doesn't have a viable actually liberal opponent, but Chopp does.

However, this is all about The Stranger's push to the right. "We sent Chopp the message that he needed to get better, and he didn't, but we're still shilling for him anyways."
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 16, 2014 at 3:13 PM · Report this
Wow. Three posts in one day about the same subject, the third one comment locked. I haven't seen this much backpedaling since Goldy's firing.
Posted by I guess the P-I is back to being the paper of record on July 16, 2014 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Eli Sanders 80
@25 and others: We hope to weigh in on the state senate race in the 32nd District ahead of the general election in November.
Posted by Eli Sanders on July 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM · Report this

"feckless sissies like Frank Chopp don't deserve to be threatened with violence; they deserve to be voted out of office and remembered as feckless sissies."…
Posted by 23kid on July 16, 2014 at 3:38 PM · Report this
DOUG. 82
From The Stranger in 2012:

Yeah, we know, being house majority leader means you have to look out for the Democrats from the sticks. Well, you know what, Chopp, you also have to look out for your base.

Dead-on. Send a message to Ol' Frank in the primary and vote Spear. Chopp needs a wake-up call.
Posted by DOUG. on July 16, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 83
@ 82, what would you have said if Fnarf didn't live in Chopp's district?
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 16, 2014 at 3:54 PM · Report this
Wow. I never really took The Stranger too seriously, but watching you waffle and weakly rationalize your endorsement of Frank Chopp is shameful. I am embarrassed for you. You rail against the ineffectual, sellout Democrats issue after issue, but when it comes time to stand up and take action you can't perform. Obviously the incumbent has more Olympia experience than Jess Spear, but what has that gotten us? As a union Ironworker doing some work at Boeing, I'll tell you that he hasn't done a damn thing for the machinists, unless you count complicity in fucking up their pay scale and health benefits, and destroying their pension. Smart workers don't vote Democrat. I cannot believe that "progressive" people in a "progressive" city reading a "progressive" sniping rag would come to these conclusions. So yeah, way to go Stranger, you're an embarrassment.
Posted by FNARFisaweaksaucedouche on July 16, 2014 at 3:56 PM · Report this
@84, The Stranger has been selling out for some time now. They've gone from communist to socialist to progressive, and are now almost moderate.
Posted by Seattle Weakly 2000 > The Stranger 2014 on July 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM · Report this
Stranger: Forget everything we said in the past about Chopp.

Posted by Jeff on July 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM · Report this
What's wrong with Watanabe? He is a smart and humble guy that isn't kissing-up to the Pooh- Bahs.
Posted by Go Louis on July 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM · Report this
DOUG. 88
@83: I would've asked him if he thinks that Chopp represents the political leanings of the 43rd, for precisely the reason the Stranger stated waaaaaay back in 2012 (and I quoted @82).

Now that I know Fnarf lives in the 43rd and supports Chopp, well, I guess he's cool with that. I'm not.
Posted by DOUG. on July 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM · Report this
Oh and to the SECB, I suppose Sawant getting 29% of the vote and your juvenile threats of pissing on Chopp's lawn really sent the Democrats a powerful message. Shortly after that they gave Boeing $8.7 billion of our tax dollars that were sorely needed to fund our education, transit, and social programs! Great job, I think they're starting to come around. Maybe if you leave a flaming bag of shit on his porch he'll make us a right to work state next year, hooray! You guys are a joke.
Posted by FNARFisstilladouche on July 16, 2014 at 4:18 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 90
Posted by Matt from Denver on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM · Report this
raku 91
Does anyone know a good local endorsement list to send to friends and use for downballot elections, now that The Stranger swung to the right?
Posted by raku on July 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM · Report this
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"Doug's Voter's Guide" will be endorsing soon!
Posted by DOUG. on July 16, 2014 at 5:36 PM · Report this
Fnarf 94
Here's how far right The Stranger has swung. These are Frank's positions on the issues:
FUND BASIC EDUCATION By closing tax loopholes and developing new sources to fund basic education as well as make our tax system more progressive and fair.

PROMOTE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL By dedicating a new revenue source for higher education to freeze tuition, increase student financial aid, and make key investments in colleges and universities.

ENSURE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL By expanding Washington Apple Health to hundreds of thousands, and by ensuring that women, not insurance companies or politicians, make their own health care decisions.

STRENGTHEN THE SAFETY NET By increasing funding for mental health treatment and working to end homelessness.

PROVIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING By expanding public investment and innovation in low-income and workforce housing.

STAND UP FOR WORKING PEOPLE By enacting paid sick leave, raising the state minimum wage, preventing wage theft, and creating new jobs through public works.

PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT By promoting public transit and reducing carbon emissions to address climate change.
As you can see, he's practically a Nazi on the issues.

The first person to say "hey, man, those are just words, man" gets a face full of laughter and, sorry, probably a little spit too. They're the same words as Jess Spear, only Frank has backed 'em up with action for thirty years. Spears hasn't and never will.

Unions? You like unions? Frank STARTED two unions. Jess Spear started a couple of chants at a rally once.

To the right. Sure, sure. You people don't even know what the words you use mean.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 6:12 PM · Report this
Angry hipster on the loose, everybody. Careful, he might get his putrescent hulk out of his bathtub and tear you a one. Well, talk loudly at you, anyway.
Posted by wtf is a fnarf vote jess!! on July 16, 2014 at 6:18 PM · Report this
I'd like to hear Chopp commenting for himself right on this thread rather than other people doing it for him (or her -- goes for Spear as well.)

Of course I understand that no politician wants to get involved with actually speaking with real people in an uncontrolled situation. But it would be nice to hear Chopp speak out -- unless Chopp already is here? :)
Posted by caution&daring on July 16, 2014 at 6:47 PM · Report this
You endorsed Frank Chopp!

Say, weren't you the ball-less wonders who endorsed that jackhole who brought the WTO to Seattle for the Battle in Seattle, instead of Charlie Chong?

You racist bastards . . . .
Posted by sgt_doom on July 16, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
Well, I guess it's an accomplishment to know what the MVET is. Pity he hasn't actually managed to do anything to save Metro with all that, you know, POWER people keep yammering on about. But knowing vocab words is really something....

Does Chopp do an effective job representing his district, the most liberal in the state? Doubtful. Seems like he's probably doing a fine job representing the people of Covington but not doing a thing to represent the needs and wants of his city and district. That's what's distressing. Spear wouldn't be effective, but it's really galling to me that we are stuck with the incrementalist who wants to represent every city except Seattle in the legislature.
Posted by oh man on July 16, 2014 at 7:12 PM · Report this
Spear would be smart to hammer on the Boeing fiasco... What a sad sad joke!!! Ms Jayapal just came by tonight doorbelling for her campaign. I was very impressed with her but wish I would have quizzed her on the Boeing tax break... Speaking of which, why is no one pushing a citizens initiative to repeal that shit?!?!?
Posted by Upchuck on July 16, 2014 at 7:23 PM · Report this
raku 100
94: About Jess Spear being a chanting, dumb, hysterical woman who will move the elected body to the right -- you said the exact shit about Kshama Sawant, and you were absolutely wrong, as is typical.

Frank Chopp is absolutely right-wing by Seattle, urban American city, and global standards. We're not talking rural white American standards.

Saying you'll work for "basic education" and "the environment" is not left-wing. That's what everyone who isn't a far-right rural tea partier says.

What "accomplishments" do you find progressive from Frank Chopp? Do you have one, besides not eliminating the ENTIRE state government?

How about some examples of his accomplishments? He tried to eliminate east link to add another deep bore tunnel in Montlake. He tried to replace the viaduct with a giant 50% wider double-decker freeway. He personally delayed the Homeowners Bill of Rights for years. He killed tying climate change considerations to the growth act. He refused to allow WA state to EVER decriminalize marijuana even though it was wildly popular and would have easily passed -- fucking Nebraska and Ohio passed decriminalization. He just passed on the $12 state minimum wage. He loves unending billions of tax dollars on corporate tax breaks.
Posted by raku on July 16, 2014 at 7:51 PM · Report this
Fnarf 101
@96, Chopp speaks with ordinary residents of the 43rd every single day. He's met with every community group in the district, over and over again. He knows their names, he knows their agenda, and he knows how to get what they want. Some of the time.

Spear knows none of that. She's met with no one outside of her little circle of idiots, who solved all the problems of the world back in their dorm room a decade ago and have never set foot in the real world since. Seriously, she's met with NO ONE. Community groups don't endorse her because they've never heard of her; she doesn't go their meetings, she doesn't want to take their phone calls, she's just...unengaged.

@94, you're really a very annoying little shit, you know that? It's like having cockroaches crackling under your feet, listening to nitwits like you.

Frank doesn't say he'll "work for basic education"; he says he'll work to fund it with NEW REVENUE. Since you have obviously not been following the discussion in Olympia, let me explain: the Republicans want to fund education by slashing teacher salaries. They want ALL of the money to come out of people's wages. You want Frank to wave his hand and make all these naughty tea partiers away, but the fact is they have veto power over the entire state budget. Saving teacher salaries is, in fact, a great accomplishment when one chamber of the legislature wants to do exactly that.

Progressive accomplishment: Phyllis Gutierrez-Kenney Place. I'll wait while you google up who that is, and what that is. I can name a dozen other projects like it, too. That's THOUSANDS OF UNITS.

I mentioned the TWO UNIONS Frank created.

Minimum wage? The last time we raised it, Frank ran the initiative.

The home care program for the elderly and disabled in this state? Frank started it.

You don't know what Washington Apple Health is, so I'll tell you: it's what we call Obamacare in this state. It's here because of Frank's work -- not Jess's work (she has no work to show).

Transportation? You ever see those little buses that go around carrying people who can't ride the regular bus? Frank started that program.

Broadview Emergency Shelter, the most important domestic violence shelter in the state? Frank started it. Spear doesn't know a DV shelter from a hole in the ground.

The Low Income Housing Institute? Oh, that's right, you've probabaly never heard of them. Look it up, I'll wait. Frank started it.

You're worried about freeways? Frank is the reason the RH Thompson and the West Seattle freeways never got built.

I've given many examples of the kinds of bills the Republicans are trying to push through. Frank is the one who stops them, almost every one. You wave away those "far right rural tea partiers" but those are the people who control the legislature in this fucking state.

You're a child, raku, mentally at least, and you're not as bright as you think you are. You're full of crap, in fact, and so is your dreamy candidate. If you ask ANYONE who has worked for social justice in this state, they'll tell you "Frank? He's the greatest, he's the most effective legislator in the state, we couldn't survive without him".

Spear? She's pretty good at showing up later and taking credit for other people's work -- like Working Washington, which is the real power behind the $15 wage -- not Spear's group.
Posted by Fnarf on July 16, 2014 at 8:32 PM · Report this
I'd like to know more about the two unions chop created ...

Also @fnarf, your condescending dickhead attitude is winning no converts
Posted by Upchuck on July 16, 2014 at 9:06 PM · Report this
Marry me Fnarf
Posted by c'mon girlfriend on July 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM · Report this
Green Lantern Syndrome. It's not just for liberals bitching about Obama -- apparently it also manifests itself in those griping about Frank Chopp.
Posted by Bax on July 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM · Report this
DOUG. 105
@101: Okay, you're officially off your meds..."You're worried about freeways? Frank is the reason the RH Thompson [sic] and the West Seattle freeways never got built."


Plans for the RH Thomson expressway were abandoned by city officials in 1967...when Frank Chopp was 14 years old. Did he already have the mustache then?
Posted by DOUG. on July 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM · Report this
I knew that the Stranger would not be friendly to me but I granted them an interview anyway and "let the chips fall where they may".

Suffice to say I was entirely misquoted and misrepresented. Ironically, they support the corporate attorney who supported 8.7 B in corporate welfare to Boeing leaving us unable to "amply fund" our children's education. Shifting the burden from the mega corporation to the taxpayers and small businesses of WA.

What I did say over and over was that "you cant get much more blood out of this turnip." This as in response to my opponents proposal to raise the B&O to cover McCleary, a regressive tax on small business and to broaden the scope of our sales tax. These were referred to as "Investments". A tax by any other name is still a tax. An the middle class can't take anymore!

I do have specific policy ideas and the interviewers did not want to entertain any other discussion other than raising revenue: raising taxes across the board. I proposed ideas that would not raise taxes. The only tax I would support would be a "robin hood" style tax to restore some balance to our corporate controlled system and reclaim some of the 40% of middle class wealth that has been extracted, much through the mortgage and foreclosure industry of which I am very familiar. Most others in Olympia are not.

How about we plug the hole in the bucket instead of adding more water?

But then what do I know I am just an average citizen, a foreclosure defense paralegal and a mom.

If you want the truth about me or my work see

BE the change you wish to see.-Gandhi

Posted by Michelle Darnell7 on July 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM · Report this
I knew that the Stranger would not be friendly to me but I granted them an interview anyway and "let the chips fall where they may".

Suffice to say I was entirely misquoted and misrepresented. Ironically, they support the corporate attorney who supported 8.7 B in corporate welfare to Boeing leaving us unable to "amply fund" our children's education. Shifting the burden from the mega corporation to the taxpayers and small businesses of WA.

What I did say over and over was that "you cant get much more blood out of this turnip." This as in response to my opponents proposal to raise the B&O to cover McCleary, a regressive tax on small business and to broaden the scope of our sales tax. These were referred to as "Investments". A tax by any other name is still a tax. An the middle class can't take anymore!

I do have specific policy ideas and the interviewers did not want to entertain any other discussion other than raising revenue: raising taxes across the board. I proposed ideas that would not raise taxes. The only tax I would support would be a "robin hood" style tax to restore some balance to our corporate controlled system and reclaim some of the 40% of middle class wealth that has been extracted, much through the mortgage and foreclosure industry of which I am very familiar. Most others in Olympia are not.

How about we plug the hole in the bucket instead of adding more water?

But then what do I know I am just an average citizen, a foreclosure defense paralegal and a mom.

If you want the truth about me or my work see

BE the change you wish to see.-Gandhi
Posted by Michelle Darnell7 on July 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 108
Fnarf, lately Chopp has moved far to the right.

Chopp was speaker when they passed a bill to simultaneously reduce unemployment taxes on businesses AND make it more difficult for newly unemployed people to get benefits.

Chopp voted for $8.7b in Boeing tax cuts when the government was already hurting for money.

Chopp pressured Boeing Unions to kowtow to the Boeing corporation, then didn't say jack shit when Boeing said they were moving other jobs anyways.

Chopp was speaker when they eliminated Eyman's tax initiatives by lawsuit, but never got any progressive taxes passed.

What progressive shit has Chopp passed in the past 6 years?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 16, 2014 at 10:09 PM · Report this
Did advertisers threaten to pull their ads again for not having enough business friendly coverage? Have to remember that The Stranger still relies on business interests to stay afloat unlike independent media.
Posted by frozenfrog on July 16, 2014 at 10:27 PM · Report this
raku 110
Fnarf: I agree that really awful, tea party-like legislation has been coming out of the state house for 10+ years. Note that Frank Chopp been house speaker for 12 years. Rural tea partiers do not control the state house. Frank Chopp and his party literally control the state house by a large majority. The awful, conservative legislation they prioritize is literally, specifically, his doing.

Good copy/paste of Frank Chopp's "accomplishments" page. Note nearly everything he's taking credit for which is marginally progressive -- except for Obamacare, which he's incredibly taking credit for -- was done in the 70's or 80's, or even earlier.

I guess decades before Frank Chopp was first elected, he was slightly progressive. I'll concede I wasn't following his career when he was in middle school or later on when he was working in HR somewhere. I'm sure he's counting on people being unable to check his teenage accomplishments.

His later "accomplishments" -- "Not opting out of Medicaid expansion" does not count as progressive or an accomplishment. "Implementing Solid Ground's Home Care Program" does not count as progressive or an accomplishment when he literally closed it completely down and fired 100+ home care workers five years ago.
Posted by raku on July 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM · Report this
Speaker Frank Chopp over a newbie Socialist voter who dropped in just three years ago? Looks to me like a return to sanity at the Stranger interview committee.
Posted by RDPence on July 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM · Report this
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Read the Stranger's pathetic excuse to endorse Chopp. It gave absolutely no reason to endorse or support him. Perhaps corporate sponsors are the real reason? If anything their article did more to invalid their reasoning for endorsing such a candidate. They stated that Chopp would be a strong advocate for the working class, but in the same article stated the following:

"Vote for Chopp—but the next time you see him, ask him if he has any balls. Then ask him to prove it."

Doesn't sound as if they actually believe what they say. If anyone looks up information of Jess Spear, they would realize that she has much more courage than someone with the sort of track record as Chopp. The things that are supported by Chopp seem to only be in words which are easily copy and pasted from any political candidate. It seems as if he hasn't actually fought for anything other than giving more of our money to Boeing...I have yet to actually see much of anything solid he has actually done and he has been given all this time. People talk about experience in regards to old white men, but experience means nothing if they haven't done anything with it. Let's give a new voice a chance. It would certainly seem that Sawant has done as much, if not more, for the working class of Seattle during these last few months than Chopp has done in his entire career. If it is progressive change you want, then a contemporary of Sawant, such as Jess Spear, seems to be exactly who Seattle should support! My vote is with Jess Spear!
Posted by Joel48 on July 17, 2014 at 5:07 AM · Report this
How is Republican Linda Kochmar's vote against the Reproductive Parity Act an "immediate disqualification" but her fellow (Democratic) State Representative from the 30th District, Roger Freeman, not disqualified for voting against the Reproductive Parity Act? He was one of two Democrats in the House to vote against the Reproductive Parity Act both in the 2013 and 2014 sessions. He's another economically progressive, socially conservative Democratic State Representative from the 30th LD, just like another State Rep. from the district *cough* Miloscia *cough*.
Posted by chemchampion on July 17, 2014 at 5:40 AM · Report this
I keep reading in the comments of this and other articles all the complaints about the Boeing deal. What outcome would you have preferred instead of that deal? Negotiations revolve around who has leverage. What leverage do you think the state had in that negotiation? Do you think Boeing shifting all of its assembly to South Carolina would have been a positive selling point for the Dems cone election time?
Posted by Bax on July 17, 2014 at 6:20 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 116
@115 Gross. With that thinking, if Microsoft wanted to pay no taxes of any kind in this state, we should let them lest they move their actual employees to Arizona. And if they wanted WA State to pay to keep the employees here, then they have the leverage to do so.

At what point should the legislature say "fuck you?"
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 17, 2014 at 7:18 AM · Report this
I can see a nice protest vote going against Chopp. Just for the hell of it I'd vote for her just to shake things up and get Chopp and his social-service mafia a bit nervous.

But she'll never win: too many fat gray-haired hippies will not vote for a cute young thing like Spear simply out of agist envy and because they are members of his social-service mafia: an awful lot of Chopp supporters in Wallingford have one of those cushy government/NGO jobs.

Posted by caution&daring on July 17, 2014 at 7:18 AM · Report this
better question:

"Do you think Boeing shifting all of its assembly to South Carolina would have been a positive selling point for"...AIRPLANE PASSENGERS and their loved ones who would die in cracker-built death traps!
Posted by caution&daring on July 17, 2014 at 7:21 AM · Report this
@116 - that's what I'm asking you. Do you think that if Chopp told Boeing to fuck off and go to South Carolina that would have been a good thing for the state?

Here's what I think would have happened had he done that: the Dems would have been absolutely slaughtered in the next election. With the state under GOP control, all the programs that you want would go away. Is that the outcome you want?
Posted by Bax on July 17, 2014 at 7:30 AM · Report this
I frankly CANNOT BELIEVE you endorsed Pramila Jayapal WHO IS FROM FUCKING WALL STREET! Read her own says right there.....WALL STREET.

And Michelle Darnell who has been working her ass off to prevent foreclosures you make sound like she's for BIG BUSINESS.

Posted by GuyFawkes on July 17, 2014 at 7:56 AM · Report this
I remember past SECB sheets being a lot more fun to read than this. Up your game, guys!
Posted by Always east coaster on July 17, 2014 at 8:05 AM · Report this
Jeez, if this goes on much longer, I think fnarf is going to have himself a coronary. Anyway, I'm looking forward to having Jess in the state house. Enough triangulation and backstabbing the democratic agenda already. Seattle deserves progressive representation, not some guy who's better suited to represent Moses Lake. Fnarf must work for Chopp's campaign or something, the way he is santoruming at the mouth in this thread.
Posted by get_over_yourself_fnarf on July 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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@119 I already said that I think the Dems should have said "fuck you" to the tax cuts Boeing demanded.

Where does the slope stop for YOU? At what point can the government say "enough" and still be considered reasonable?

Because $9b in tax cuts over a decade is stupid huge to give to a company who is already making record profits. And then putting pressure on union members? Democrats, including Frank Chopp, Mayor Murray, Jamie Pedersen, and Jay Inslee, should be fucking ashamed.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM · Report this
Steve Zemke 124
Having" progressive" positions does not necessarily translate into an ability to cause progressive change in the state. Frank Chopp has a long history of progressive change working with a lot of conservatives across the state and a history of helping low income and working families. For any progressive legislation to pass in the state in the next two years, Democrats and progressives need to take back the Senate from the Republicans. A socialist challenging a progressive Democratic leader in the House in one of the most liberal districts in the state is not going to do that. Are the socialists working to build a coalition with the Democrats? No. The Socialist Alternative website says they are working to replace the Democratic and Republican Parties. Can they change things on their own with a party of one legislator? No. It takes 50 votes in the House and 25 votes in the Senate to pass legislation. VT Senator Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist and caucuses with the US Senate Democrats. He not trying to defeat their leadership but is working with them. That's not what's happening here in this state. Spear would be a caucus of one since she is not running as a Democrat but as a Socialist Alternative candidate.
Posted by Steve Zemke on July 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 125
@124 What progressive changes has Frank Chopp passed in six years? Remembering that 4.5 of those years had a democratic house and senate.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on July 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Chopp, similar to Conlin, has been in office wayyy too long. We need to let these career politicians know that they are here to represent the people- not corporations.

The Stranger needs to get Goldy back on board ASAP. I can't believe The Stranger SO easily handed the endorsement to Chopp. You should have let Chopp Chopp sweat and saved the endorsement for the general election.

Why did you endorse Carlyle? He supports charter schools and language from 1240 is lifted DIRECTLY from an ALEC template.
Posted by Awaiting Fnarf on July 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM · Report this
Socialist Alternative statement on the stranger endorsement…
Posted by 23kid on July 17, 2014 at 12:40 PM · Report this
michaelp 128
@127 - HAHAHAHA! Normally people running for office cheer the endorsements they get, not write a long diatribe about ones they don't. Amateur hour over at the SA camp.
Posted by michaelp on July 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM · Report this
@128 thanks for your thought-out analysis michaelp
Posted by 23kid on July 17, 2014 at 2:05 PM · Report this
DOUG. 130
And sometimes, Michael, people running for office just flat-out lie about the endorsements they didn't get!
Posted by DOUG. on July 17, 2014 at 2:14 PM · Report this
michaelp 131
@130 - Wasn't that just "misinterpreted"? ;-)

Don't get me wrong - I love a good piece bashing on the Seattle Times and their (often) ridiculous endorsements, but how often does a campaign actually do that?
Posted by michaelp on July 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM · Report this
DOUG. 132
I will admit, it's a little long.
Posted by DOUG. on July 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM · Report this
This is really simple.
1. Spear is not Sawant.
2. The State Legislature is not the Seattle City Council.

The endorsement of Chopp makes perfect sense.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on July 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Goldy endorses Jess Spear, with a few harsh words for SECB along the way…
Posted by 23kid on July 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM · Report this
I believe I'm going to vote for Spear. Not because I believe she can win, I extremely doubt it nor completely want her to win, but in hopes she can acquire enough votes and experience to turn what she's learned in this race to another far more appropriate one later. And there are many other Dems in the state legislature that need to go.
Posted by Bloated Jesus is Bloated on July 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM · Report this
Goldy 136
@134 Were I still here, and on the losing side of that vote, I would've been just as harsh on my colleagues right here on Slog as I am over at HA. In fact, probably harsher. I always publicly voiced my dissent when I disagreed with the SECB majority.
Posted by Goldy on July 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM · Report this
@136 That is an interesting point; I wonder what the vote was like on the SECB?
Posted by 23kid on July 17, 2014 at 5:14 PM · Report this
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the chopp endorsement has me going on a 2 month long stranger sabbatical. sorry guys (and gals) on the SECB, you shit the bed on this one.

oh, and fnarf? youre an &^%$$##$%^
Posted by ilikefood on July 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM · Report this
So Spear may not be the best one for the job but she is what we have. Electing her may encourage other better SA folks to run. You have to start somewhere.
Posted by Oldmesenger82 on July 17, 2014 at 8:11 PM · Report this
So, #52, #54, your specious argument is that just because some trade union organizations have been misled by their highly-paid bureaucrat "leaders" into endorsing not the Socialist Alternative and $15Now fighter JESS SPEAR but instead the capitalist corporate catspaw Frank Chopp, we should all commit the same silly mistake?

On the contrary.
Within the trade unions, while fighting the capitalists' clawbacks, let's build rank-and-file broad left movements -- to oppose, expose and eventually depose the right-wing trade union "barons".

Because you're a member of the working class, one of the 99%, you absolutely should vote for your fellow working-class challenger, who pledges to take only a worker's wage: JESS SPEAR.

Your personal honor itself demands it.

Because you're one of the 99%, one of the working class -- "the class which carries in her womb the future of all humankind", to quote the immortal Rosa Luxemburg.

Don't let the pro-capitalist naysayers dissuade you with their "Jess Spear can't win" self-serving arrogant prattle.
Obviously, if the 99% vote for their Jess Spear, then she wins -- by 99%.

Furthermore, voting for Jess Spear is one small practical step you can take in defending your sisters and brothers around the world, such as those being drone-bombed to pieces today in Gaza.

Because a victory for Jess Spear will truly be "a shot heard round the world".
Enthusing workers everywhere on the planet to take the battle to "their" oppressor governments.
Because, "Hey, if our sisters and brothers can win in the US, in the belly of the beast, in the major city of Seattle, why can't we in our own hometowns!"

In addition to voting for Jess Spear, make Socialist Alternative and $15Now your very own party -- join it, build it, influence it.

Dump the Elephant, Dump the Ass! Build a Party of the Working Class!

Posted by socialistworld on July 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM · Report this
Socialists should be run out of this country on their ass. Their ilk have brought nothing but suffering and death across the world.

stupid dipshits live in wealthy, comfortable country that capitalism built - and their answer is to tear it down.

get your asses out - or hopefully someday you will be forced out.
Posted by socialism is a plague that needs to be stamped out on July 17, 2014 at 11:08 PM · Report this
Seattlebcc 142
Its all a sham. Have you been to gentrified capitol hill lately. Who let this happen? Both republican s AND democrats took a cute city and turned it into over-priced cookie cutter piece of shit. None of these people give a damn about their constitutents unless you work at Boeing, Microsoft or JBLm. So dont kid yourself folks, vote for the man republican or democrat or independent that is hungry to make a real change that doesnt involve big money contributions. Otherwise dont bitch because this city is going to hell in a handcart because you let a rag make a decision for you when you should have done the research yourself.
Posted by Seattlebcc on July 18, 2014 at 4:42 AM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 143
Seattlebcc dear, just what could have/should have been done to stop all the development? If you were the Czar, how would you have handled things differently?
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on July 18, 2014 at 6:59 AM · Report this
SA is now a political party, having one elected official and running another candidate this time around.

It's past time for them to drop their 501c4 status.

But since they probably won't do that voluntarily, anyone can file an IRS form 13909 to compel them to comply with the law. You can even do it anonymously, because icepicks and Trotskyites go together like milk and cookies. What, too soon?…
Posted by delbert on July 18, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
@16 And BC too. Which is part of Canada, otherwise known as a civilised country.
Posted by Lou Sainis on July 18, 2014 at 9:47 PM · Report this
Michelle Darnell *DOES NOT* support higher taxes on the poor. I film her videos and it is just the opposite. WTF are you smoking?


"I am against businesses so far above regulation that they no longer breath oxygen"

She says she even felt that she had a decent conversation with you guys only to hear you slam her.…

I've only heard her talk of raising taxes for the truly wealthy; please cite your factual backdrop on this.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 19, 2014 at 12:26 AM · Report this
I am truly troubled by your endorsement of Adam Smith. Why should citizens of Washington continue
to vote for a candidate who cuts health benefits
from our Veterans.
here are comments from Candidate Don Rivers
campaign Manager, Bill Austin

In response to the Stranger News Paper, Seattle WA.
I must say your article dated 07/16-2014 about the candidates in the Congressional 9th District is vague,misleading, and inaccurate. First to say Donovan's comment to Smith calling him culturally incompetent sounds racist is not racist it is just a statement of fact. Don Rivers has always concerned himself with helping people of all races. He does not believe in discrimination against anyone based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.
The misleading portion of the article states Adam is in favor of military cuts in spending but you failed to mention where he wants to cut, "cut pork" as he calls it. Adam Smith is in favor of, and called for congress to support cuts to our military personnel. He wants to close the commissaries where they get their food, he wants to close bases and cut housing subsidies. . He even wants to cut their HEALTH CARE!! Smith even wants to cut the benefits of our retired Veterans of Foreign Wars. How could you leave this out. Check out the AP release May 2,2014 in the Tacoma News Tribune.
Is the stranger against our military too ? Or did you just fail to do your research before going to print. Adam Smith is out of touch with the 9th District and out of touch with America. We support our Military 100%
Friends of Don Rivers 4 Congress
Posted by concernedvoter on July 19, 2014 at 5:59 AM · Report this
@115 Boeing was bluffing. SC's productivity is shit. And this is proven in how the first draft vote was cast, not only by Boeing but inslee, Murray, and the rest of the dem establishment, as a do or die proposition. But then somehow concessions were made for a second, still rushed, deal...

And I'm still waiting to hear about these unions chop created... Do they still exist? Is their membership greater than single digits?
Posted by Upchuck on July 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM · Report this
And on the education front, didn't chop play a significant hand in overturning a previous citizens initiative to ensure adequately small class sizes... While simultaneously enabling a previous round of Boeing tax breaks??
Posted by Upchuck on July 19, 2014 at 8:28 AM · Report this
scoterik 150
The Stranger isn’t strange any more. Its just a foul mouthed corporate crony that pushes the agenda of its “gimme the money” owners. Cut the crap, you assholes. We need your endorsements, which are almost right down the line “status quo” as much as we need the status quo that oppresses the people. Don’t you idiots get that the government we have isn’t working? I think you do. You just don’t care as long as you get paid.

For example, you support Cyrus Habib in the 48th. No surprise there. He’s a status quo corporate lawyer working for one of the biggest law firm in the Washington helping banks evict homeowners into the streets. He is paid by “them” to oppress “us”, the people.

But you don't care. You don't even have enough journalistic integrity to accurately express the interview you had with Michelle Darnell. Do you have it on tape? Let's hear the audio.

In the meantime why don't you consider changing your name to the "Foulmouthed Gazette".

Posted by scoterik on July 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM · Report this
@150 You know Scott, not to turn a lawsuit out of this, but you can't just say whatever you want to say in an endorsement or editorial if what you are saying is based on a known falsehood and you recklessly proceed: To wit, I just wrote them:

You guys, I really don't know where you got your information from regarding taxes, because it seems to cut directly against the candidate's specific comments in some of the videos I sent you prior to publication on 3 July, 2014, here is an excerpt:
2 weeks ago 3:04 PM

She told me she just got out of the interview with you guys :)………

As such, I stick by my comment at 146 and my brother Scott Stafne's comment at 150 is harsher yet but I can't blame him and I included him in this email chain:…

On behalf of the Campaign I feel I have authority to offer you until close of business Monday 21 July, 2014 to issue a retraction or clarification, because what you wrote is arguably defamatory, in my opinion as someone who specialized in First Amendment Law.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM · Report this
Gentlemen, just to be clear, no one at the campaign is planning litigation. We are planning to issue some materials to the press and public that will elucidate our position, and we will need your input prior to close of business, Monday.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM · Report this
@ 150, Probably the most accurate observation I have read in quite some time.
Posted by Blue collar taxpayer (you know, a fool) on July 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM · Report this
Congratulations, Stranger staff: you let ONE WHOLE FEMALE on your election control board. Bully for you!

Possibly you've confused 2014 with 1954 or maybe 1914?

Just give yourselves some Greek letters and start calling yourselves a frat. Your honesty will be appreciated.
Posted by Twirpelina on July 19, 2014 at 6:56 PM · Report this
Only goes to show The Stranger is bourgeois, not Socialistic! I'm sure Geov Parrish over at Eat the State will endorse Jess Spear . . . ---
Posted by 5th Columnist on July 20, 2014 at 4:03 AM · Report this
I wish you had included us in Legislative District 31. Any sane person would know not to vote for wacko Pam Roach, but might not know that the "Democratic" candidate is a ringer who has stated on her Facebook page that President Obama is not an American.
Posted by beckymo253 on July 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM · Report this
Seattle’s Proposition 1 on the August 5th ballot purports to save our parks posterity but at what cost and under whose control? This ballot initiative is actually a Trojan horse that would hurt parks in the long run rather than help them.

Last time a levy was passed in 2008, the City asked us to pass a six-year $145.5 million levy to improve and maintain parks, recreation facilities, green spaces and shorelines. Guess What? The City Council did not fufill this promise and we are now 270 million behind on maintenance and under Prop 1 only 28 million per year would be used to catch up. Where did it go last time and where will go this time around.

There are three main problems with Seattle Prop 1.

1. It’s not just another levy. It would take control and governance of our parks and their funding out of the public sphere and give them to a Metropolitan Park District (MPD) under a state law that authorizes these MPD’s .Control of our public parks would no longer belong to the public, but to a new entitity that we the people can’t control. The City Council would be its governing board, but they would get to run it without the accountability that they have with respect governing the rest of the City. Democracy is not part of the new equation. State law allows the MPD’s to see, commercialize and privatize park assets.

2. If we pass Prop 1 we will not to get to vote on any more property tax increases for parks or for the additional things park districts can use their funds for under state law. The Seattle Park District can raise our property taxes without voter approval.

3. Since the Initiative 747 passed in 2001, property tax levies cannot increase property by more than 1 percent a year, exceeded only by voter approval. The MPD’s are not bound by this limit.

This is a bad proposition in that it gives City Council broad authority to make home ownership more unaffordable than ever while allowing them to favor pet projects, developer’s schemes and improvements to new projects that don’t fix the current backlog on maintenance of our existing parks.
Posted by overcast on July 20, 2014 at 7:59 PM · Report this
By way of public disclosure I will thank Messrs Holden and Adams for their timely response to my inquiry on behalf of the campaign @151. I have forwarded said response to the campaign and will await a response, all of which will be published herein.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Ha.... I see I've made Mr. Herz a photography legend in a simple set of key strokes LOL. But seriously, I do appreciate the prompt response.
Posted by KingCast on July 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
Ansel Herz wrote:

Re: Questions regarding your coverage of Michelle Darnell.
6 hours ago 8:20 AM

Hey Chris,

We got our information from our interview with her. Michelle said she doesn't support the income tax and agrees with Tim Eyeman's rule that prevented the legislature from raising taxes without a 2/3 majority. She said she wants to see more charter schools. We disagree on all of that. If she wants to raise taxes on the wealthy, she didn't explain to us how. She was totally unprepared to explain how the state should fund its school system. As much as I appreciate her passion and intriguing ideas on foreclosures, we did not want to endorse her.


Candidate Darnell's response to McCleary is to deal with the larger issue that affects all of us, i.e. the collapse in the real estate market and resultant World and U.S. economy collapses that resuleds in losses of property tax revenue and recording fees that could have helped out. See generally Nancy Becker v. Merscorp.…
Official: Mortgage clearinghouse owes Lancaster County $4.2 million

It's not just about mortgages, it's about the issue that we would have millions in state revenue if a proper audit is conducted and someone in Washington were to have the chutzpah and legal mindset to do what County Recorder Nancy Becker did in Pennsylvania. Isn't that pretty clear?

Further, she has always argued for a B & O tax rollback (which Cyrus supported by the way) in order to help out. She and her campaign manager swear up and down that was what Candidate Darnell conveyed.

Query, what was was Attorney Habib's plan? It seems the legislature itself has had a problem addressing this matter, ab initio.

There will be a video follow up on these questions posed to both candidates, and whatever happens will appear on public access TV.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 21, 2014 at 2:15 PM · Report this
does anyone know anything about Alex o'neil? the dude seems like he's a ghost.
Posted by Pablo Sandoval on July 21, 2014 at 4:21 PM · Report this
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Regarding your biased statements against Michelle Darnell for Senate 48th Legislative District, do you even read what your reporters have written? You only need to scroll back up to the intro of this column for what you might have failed to see, so here I quote:

“...we've just spent the last three sweltering weeks listening to a bunch of Olympia politicians explain why we need to send them back for another spin in the state legislature—deep breaths, it's too hot for this bullshit—right after they've just spent their last terms spinelessly handing Boeing nearly $9 billion in tax breaks while also failing to find the relatively piddling $2 billion that the state supreme court ordered them to cough up so we could properly fund basic education for the next couple school years."


Wasn’t Cyrus Habib one of those politicians who handed Boeing nearly $9 billion in tax break and FAILED TO FIND THE RELATIVELY PIDDLING $2 BILLION THAT THE STATE SUPREME COURT ORDERED THEM TO COUGH UP....”

You strongly endorsed Cyrus Habib because ONE WOMAN could not come up with a list of solutions to these issues, on the spot. where a bunch of Olympia politicians FAILED TO DO?

When Cyrus himself admitted to being under pressure “to vote for the Boeing tax break” (yes I was present in your interview), I went looking for why and who would be pressuring him?

Prior to being elected, Cyrus practiced as a Corporate Associate for four years at Perkins Coie, the region’s largest private law firm. ( Are they not legal counsel for BOEING? Indeed he could have been pressured... I'm just sayin'......

Now, for the million dollar question: can we, the voters, trust this guy (again), to protect the interests of the people? That tax break should have been negotiated with (what if) provisions, by legislators watching the backs of not only of a few, but all of the citizens of Washington State.

As journalists, you have the power to influence the mass by what you write! You are taking part in creating future timelines. That is a HUGE and heavy burden of responsibility!

If you want to know Michelle’s position on the most important issues in her District, go visit and for goodness sake, give her a chance.
Posted by OneNationUnderGod on July 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Regarding Rivers's "You're bald." comment. I wonder what the hell he was thinking when he said that? Does he believe there is some on the fence voter who heard that and though "Hmmmm... Adam Smith IS bald. I've never considered that before. He raises an interesting point."
Posted by Just The Same on July 22, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Report this
Thank you to the stranger for allowing me to participate in the endorsement process. I respect that we have some differences of opinion and I do not shy from heated dialogue, I encourage it. I feel as a society we often suffer from an inability to respectfully debate heated issues.

That being said, I do feel there were some mis-characterizations of my positions and statements. Anyone who has followed me for the last several years or who knows me intimately, would affirm that it would never be my desire to encourage raising taxes on the poor or middle class. If I was to support any tax increase it would be one engineered to attempt to reclaim some of the 40% of wealth that has been siphoned from the middle class in recent years(Robinhood tax?). However, I do not believe that is within the jurisdiction of the state to do so I made no such suggestion.

As for my emphasis on the foreclosure/mortgage industry, with Real Estate being one of our largest industries and affecting so many subsidiary industries, as I said in the interview, I strongly believe we are remiss if we do not recognize the significance of the collapse and anemic recovery of housing and the potentially unlawful foreclosure process itself, starting with engineered foreclosures.

I believe we must address the causation of our problems BEFORE simply raising taxes to address them. I am actually pretty stunned by the lack of knowledge our current leadership seems to have regarding the issue. This is part of the reason I chose to run. I hope to facilitate an honest discussion with leaders of both sides of the aisle and I am well pre-pared and have plenty of knowledgeable supporters to assist me in this regard.

With out question, transportation, education and economic development will be of paramount concern to me as well, as Senator and I elaborate on my website relative to those concerns, but in my capacity as a representative of the People, I feel I have a duty to communicate on their behalf that increasing taxes (Even if referred to as an "investment"; a tax by any other name is still a tax) before exhausting all other possibilities will cause further hardship to families, small businesses and individuals in this state.

Might we revisit the 8.7 B dollar Boeing tax deduction before raising B&O and taxes on everyone else to cover McCleary? I thought that was a fair question.

Another question: Are the property taxes on the REO's sitting empty(foreclosed properties) around the state being paid in full? Don't property taxes contribute to our education budget? If we entertain a levy swap plan to compensate for McCleary, might the economic health of other districts in the state affect the 48th district?

I may not have all of the answers and certainly not in the context of a one hour interview but I pledge to defend the interests of tax payers in my district and through out the state and resist any efforts to increase taxes BEFORE exhausting all other possibilities.

I want to make it also clear that I am pro businesses and support businesses of any size and scope. In that spirit, I want to restore the integrity of our mortgage industry and governmental systems to restore the trust of the public and get the economy roaring again. We have some significant trust issues right now. I aim to help fix that. That will be of benefit to all involved.

Further, I know families can not arbitrarily increase their incomes and I don't think government should be able to either.

Doing the same thing over an over again expecting different results is . . . well insane.

Lets do something different. Lets restore trust, balance and justice and lets be the first state to LEAD THE CHARGE toward restoring liberty, justice and the pursuit of happiness to all.

Now that my friends, is a progressive idea!
/s/ Michelle Darnell
Posted by Michelle Darnell7 on July 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Stranger: Asked to explain why she supports heavier taxes on the poor and lower taxes on the rich while she spouts rhetoric about helping homeowners facing foreclosure, Darnell couldn't explain herself:

KingCast: But if she is in support of the 2/3 rule that makes it more difficult to raise taxes. I'm sorry but I just cannot believe that all of a sudden in an interview session Candidate Darnell did a 180 degree turn and said she supports more taxes on the less-advantaged when she make the exact OPPOSITE on every video I've done with her. She has only mentioned a "Robin Hood" tax, which of course stands for just the opposite of what the Stranger implies.


KingCast: And query, can or will you articulate Cyrus Habib's SPECIFIC POLICY on education funding because your story didn't do so. I suppose that will be up to me to ask him, and indeed I shall ask both candidates in video and in writing so that there be no confusion over what was articulated.

Christopher King, J.D.
Posted by KingCast on July 23, 2014 at 3:19 PM · Report this
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@155 The Eat the State website hasn't been updated since Nov. 1, 2013, so I wouldn't hold your breath.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on July 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM · Report this
Seen as the slog has this pinned, and noone else has linked to it, heres 5 stranger journalists saying "Don't Listen to the SECB—Vote for Jess Spear"…
Posted by 23kid on July 23, 2014 at 6:50 PM · Report this
I plan to clarify as much as possible in the 48th race:…

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Four KingCast/Mortgage Movies Present: Four Questions for Washington State 48th Senate Candidates Cyrus Habib and Michelle Darnell.

Editor's Note: The above photos are the lead photos from each candidate's website, with links to their Facebook, Twitter and other media.
Cyrus Habib
Michelle Darnell

Dear 48th District Candidates, I pose the following questions to you in writing, for your immediate attention. Within the next several days I will also appear in person to capture your video responses to the same questions. I will allocate two (2) minutes of video response for each question, and you may feel free to use as much space as necessary to address the written questions. Please provide your responses at this email address ( on or before the Close of Business, 29 July 2014.

1. Right now you have what is basically a Court-ordered unfunded mandate for education. What are your specific plans to address the funding mandate set forth by McCleary?

2. What is your position on income and sales taxes. Are you in favor of regressive or progressive taxes and what would changes would you advocate for during your term?

3. There have been legal decisions throughout the country -- including the Nancy Becker vs. MERSCORP case in Pennsylvania decided this summer -- that indicate that the MERS recording system has robbed counties of millions of dollars in recording fees. Do you believe that area recording offices should be conducting audits in order to go after some of this money?

4. What role do you believe that the mortgage and housing crisis has had on Seattle area economy?

Thank you in advance for your time and diligence in this matter.

Respectfully submitted,

Posted by KingCast on July 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM · Report this
What about the judicial picks?
Posted by Duvall-ite on July 24, 2014 at 9:21 PM · Report this
Luckily moochers don't vote in high numbers in August ballots. Too fucking lazy apparently.
Posted by Mooching must be hard work on July 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM · Report this
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GoodSpaceGuy? I didn't actually believe he existed until I opened my ballot 5 minutes ago. I guess I should have more faith that SECB likes to point out it's jokes.

Anti death panel, pro space colonies! Nuts!
Posted by Another Tom on July 26, 2014 at 5:02 PM · Report this
I'm sure 99.5% of the Strangers staff are renters and couldn't give a rats about property taxes, but let's ignore that little nugget and get to the heart of my main reason for opposing Prop 1. Having delt with the Parks Dept. I know first hand special interest groups (hello Seattle Soccer) have this Dept by the balls and would probably like nothing better than to turn every natural grass park in the city into turf fields. The mismanagement and corruption of our parks dept needs voter over sight. Period.
Posted by Mr. Natural on July 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Sorry, all. I love the Stranger; I read the Stranger more than I read the Times the PI or the Weekly, which I realize now might make me a somewhat ignorant person, but hey - Crosscut's op-ed "Why to vote no on Prop 1" this morning is way more convincing. Just listen to this:

"We love our parks and want to support them. We believe in the power of the vote at the ballot box. We understand accountability is gained through binding operational rules and named projects. We support good democratic practices. We believe the investment of time to get it right the first time is worth it, especially in this case when do-overs aren’t an option. The MPD does not pass the test for good democratic government."

These points are actually very relevant to the Proposition. So yeah, the wonk-speak makes sense. ...if you read it slowly. a few times.
Posted by doogay machismay on July 29, 2014 at 6:24 AM · Report this
From Mark Greene: regarding The Stranger's board saying that Don Rivers is Adam Smith's only real challenger, that's ridiculous since I have been campaigning face-to-face in the 9th Congressional District for 2 years and probably the only real economic progressive in the race. Rivers, by the way, couldn't even figure out what district he lived in last February. Don't believe me? Then check out Rivers' Statement of Organization that Rivers filed with the Federal Election Commission. For those who want to know more about my candidacy, please, go to
Posted by Revived Citizens Party on July 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM · Report this
your bullshit iced coffee story filler story as a follow up to the original publicity stunt couldn't have gone bad since images created on photoshop DON'T spoil anything excepting an accurate public understanding

You are BALD

so You're bald is correct grammar
Posted by Dip Shit on August 2, 2014 at 11:21 PM · Report this
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Stranger Election Board - thank you! I look forward to reading your endorsements. Not only do you provide great info to us voters, but you are really $%^@ funny. Totally LMAO!
Posted by Roseygal on August 4, 2014 at 2:24 AM · Report this
Come on! I get bus service-mostly. Can't Broadview/Greenwood get SECB love? It's not so much the boonies, right? How shall I sort out Legislative District #32 without your sage advice?
Posted by Darian on August 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
I'm curious about your opinion of Brady Walkinshaw, and why the stranger didn't simply suggest a write-in vote for Jess Spear against the unelected, running unopposed Walkinshaw in position 1 of the 43rd.
Posted by j.lee on August 4, 2014 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Mr. Ian Jacob 182
Hey do you guys not like legislative district 32. I could have used some help. Love the service though thanks a ton
Posted by Mr. Ian Jacob on August 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM · Report this

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