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The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election

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The Stranger Election Control Board’s Endorsements For the November 6, 2012, General Election
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FRAME Understands why Olympia is fucked.
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SIEGFRIEDT She’ll kick your ass.

They say politics are boring. They say nobody cares. And sometimes they're right. So we do what we can to make the insurance commissioner contest or some equally dull bullshit—like that riveting race for state auditor—sound exciting in our endorsements.

But not this year. This year, we don't have to make it exciting. Holy Islamic gay Jesus, people, have you looked at your ballot yet?

This year, we get to vote on reelecting our Muslim socialist president, legalizing pot, legalizing gay marriage, mandating burrito drops—this election is so fucking exciting that you're going to need a Xanax smoothie right after you vote.

But you do have to vote—because all that exciting shit isn't going to legalize itself. Both gay marriage and legal pot are teetering on the brink. If they lose, it'll be because you had that Xanax smoothie before you voted. If they win, it's because you voted for gay marriage and legal pot—and free burrito drops—before you had your Xanax smoothie.

Even the governor's race is exciting this year: Republican Rob McKenna is running for governor, and he's a right-wing, anti-choice fuckwad who wants to lock up pot smokers, break up gay couples, and give you zero burritos. Vote for Democrat Jay Inslee instead, a man who kicked off his campaign with a solemn promise to legalize gay burritos everywhere.

And when you're done voting for all the exciting shit, well, there's some boring shit on your ballot, too. But you're already voting, right? So keep voting, because even the boring shit is important. Like that goddamn race for auditor. Pick the Democrat over the crazy teabagger. There's also a race for the state supreme court, where pro-life, anti-gay hypocrite Richard B. Sanders is trying to claw his way back onto the bench he was voted off two years ago. As always, there are four impossibly dull ballot measures referred by the legislature. On all that shit, just vote the way we tell you to—and if you disagree with our endorsement, write in "burrito drops."

STATE

Initiative Measure 1185

Vote No

Jesus Fucking Christ, here we go again. This Tim Eyman measure would "restate"—as if it hasn't been stated, and stated, and restated a million times already—that the Washington State Legislature must somehow come up with an impossible-to-achieve two-thirds majority vote in order to raise taxes. Ever.

Wondering why our state is broke, our social services have been so brutally slashed, and the Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled that we're in violation of our constitutional duty to provide a good public education to all citizens? This is why. This fucking initiative. This goddamned idiot bait of a measure, which Eyman keeps packaging and repackaging, year after year, is the reason. Sadly, a majority of our state's voters are morons who like the idea of making it impossible for the legislature to raise taxes, but who don't think about what that actually means for the condition of roads, tuition at universities, class sizes in elementary schools, etc.

Right now, our supreme court is considering whether these Eyman turdlets run afoul of our state constitution's rules for defining legislative majorities (spoiler alert: THEY DO! OBVIOUSLY!), and maaaaybe the high court will rule on the question before the election. But then again, since the high court's justices are elected by a popular vote every six years (WE ARE BANGING OUR HEADS ON OUR DESKS HERE), they probably won't rule before the election, the cowards.

Vote no.

Initiative Measure 1240

Vote No

If there were a single credible, independent, peer-reviewed study to suggest that charter schools do a better job of educating children than traditional public schools, we might drop our opposition to this measure. But there isn't. A widely cited Stanford University study finds that 17 percent of charters do substantially better, while 37 percent do substantially worse. Maybe it's our public-school education, but we don't like those odds.

I-1240 would draw scarce funding from existing public schools, while handing control over these dollars from elected school boards to private boards. A petition signed in secret by a majority of a school's parents could initiate the conversion of your neighborhood school to a charter school, but there's no like provision to convert a charter school back to a public school. Charters are nominally nonprofit, but there's nothing to stop them from contracting operations to for-profit companies. There's a lot of money to be made off of I-1240, hence the $8.3 million backing it got from the likes of Alice Walton, the Bezos family, Paul Allen, and Bill Gates. (The idea that Bill Gates, who never set foot in a public school as either a student or a parent, should tell us how to run them is doubly insulting.)

Proponents argue this is only a test run, allowing just 40 charters statewide over the next five years. But we know a foot in the door when we see one. Once voters approve even this limited measure, lawmakers will lose their aversion toward expanding its scope. But mostly, we object to the timing. In the wake of the state supreme court's landmark McCleary v. State decision requiring billions more for basic education, charter school advocates have squandered the opportunity to actually fund our public schools, pushing a divisive, ineffective, free market "reform" instead.

Vote no.

Referendum Measure 74

Vote Approved

Thanks to a perversion in our democracy, the rights of gay and lesbian couples that want to marry—a fundamental civil right—will be decided by popular vote. But let us not dwell on how icky that is, how starkly unjust it is that some schmuck in Ritzville, who argues "them parts don't fit," gets to decide whom you can and cannot marry. And don't obsess on the roundly debunked claims that equality for gay people, through some sort of funhouse mirror, will result in discrimination against straight people. Sure, the ads from Preserve Marriage Washington claim that business owners will face lawsuits or schools will be required to teach about gay marriage, but there's no evidence of it. Let's instead focus on the positive: your vote to approve this referendum! As you fill in this all-important "Approved" bubble for R-74, thereby upholding a law passed by the legislature earlier this year, we want you to think about November 7—the day after this shit passes. Envision all the smiling, crying, rejoicing couples that will be counting down to December 6, when they can finally, legally wed. Picture Jesus tap-dancing in heaven to a looping soundtrack of "It's Raining Men" and "We Are Family." Imagine the deluge of impeccably tasteful weddings you'll be attending next summer with open bars serving high-end vodka. Oh yeah, and think about how right it feels to support the rights of others. Then, when you've bled a pen dry on that motherfucking "Approved" bubble, go celebrate—light a joint, eat a steak, drink a pitcher of wine, have a burrito, and then treat yourself to an orgasm. You're one fine motherfucking human being. Be proud.

Vote approved.

Initiative Measure 502

Vote Yes

Passing Initiative 502 would make Washington the first state to legalize the possession of up to an ounce of pot. Meanwhile, it would license farmers to grow it, companies to distribute it, and stores to sell it.

In doing so, I-502 would stop roughly 10,000 marijuana arrests a year in Washington State, freeing up law-enforcement resources while at the same time putting a stop to the pot-law-enabled harassment of racial minorities. According to a study released last week by three New York academics, blacks and Latinos in Washington use marijuana at a lower rate than white people, but they are arrested for pot at 2.9 times the rate of white people.

You're going to hear plenty of half-baked reasons to vote against I-502. Just last Monday, a pack of former drug czars and DEA agents argued that we shouldn't legalize pot because it will lead to a federal legal challenge. But challenging federal law is the whole damn point. And if all these former drug czars are so confident that I-502 would be overturned by the Feds, why are they campaigning so hard to stop it from passing in the first place?

Some medical marijuana industry profiteers are also opposing I-502. They dislike the prospect of new taxes and regulations on dispensaries, and they complain that the initiative's DUI law is too strict. It stipulates that people with more than five nanograms of active THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana) per milliliter of blood would be automatically guilty of DUI. That's like the .08 blood alcohol limit for drunk driving. They claim that stoners will test positive for driving high the next day—or a week—after they last smoked pot, when they're no longer impaired.

There is no science to back them up. None. Zero. They're lying.

The scientific research that does exist shows people's blood levels of THC drop below the I-502 cutoff within a few hours, and always by the next day.

This is the year to pass I-502. Voter turnout is high, so more young and progressive voters make this the ideal electorate to legalize pot. If we don't, roughly 10,000 people will continue to get busted every year.

Vote yes.

PROPOSALS FROM THE LEGISLATURE

These things are always—with. out. fail.—written in Sanskrit and then translated into Danish using the worst online translator available, after which they are translated back into English by a recent immigrant whose first language is French. However. We have figured them out. You can buy us a beer later.

Senate Joint Resolution 8221 would limit the amount of money the state can borrow for construction projects at a time when we need more construction projects to fix broken shit and boost the economy. Vote Rejected.

Senate Joint Resolution 8223 would allow state schools like the University of Washington to gamble some of their savings in investments in private companies and the stock market, but only after legislative approval. Risky! However: What choice do they have if we're going to systematically underfund our schools? As long as you're already voting to reject I-1185 (for the school-underfunding reasons stated above), then you can hold your nose, cross your fingers, blow on the dice you're shaking in your hand. Vote Approved.

Advisory Vote 1, Senate Bill 6635 asks us to affirm the legislature's decision to close a tax loophole benefiting out-of-state banks. This is purely a symbolic vote, and some deals were made to get this stupid loophole closed that you probably won't like. You don't want to know. Still, it's worth it. Vote Maintained.

Advisory Vote 2, House Bill 2590 is another symbolic vote, this one to support the legislature's decision to keep strong underground fuel tank safety standards going. Vote Maintained.

COUNTY

King County Proposition 1, Fingerprint ID System

Vote Approved

If a stranger stabs your toddler in the face, you want that fucker found, right? King County's Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a regional fingerprint database accessible to all local law enforcement agencies. It helps solve "more crimes than all other forensic sciences combined," says King County prosecuting attorney Dan Satterberg. Voters first approved a property tax levy for AFIS in 1986 and have renewed it four times. If renewed again, the county levy would impose a 5.92-cent tax per $1,000 dollars of property value beginning in 2013. Don't let a stranger rape your toddler's face off and get away with it. Vote approved.

FEDERAL

President and Vice President of the United States

Barack Obama and Joe Biden

This endorsement might seem like a no-brainer, but this shit is important, so let's go over it one more time. Electing Barack Obama to a second term goes beyond the standard Democratic boilerplate about how a Democratic president will nominate Democratic judges to the US Supreme Court—though that is vitally important, and is the reason we don't at all regret voting for John Fucking Kerry in 2004.

The thing that's easy to forget in the middle of all this bullshit is that Obama has been a very good president. He saved us from a second Great Depression; he passed health care reform that future Democrats can utilize as a first step to a national health care system; he's made investments in science, transportation, and green energy that will pay off for decades; he supported gay marriage at just the right moment; and he's made dozens of advancements for equality and dignity (Lilly Ledbetter, DADT repeal, executive orders for humane immigration reform) that have changed millions of people's lives for the better.

Sure, there are issues—with presidents, there are always issues—where he's dropped the ball (drones, Gitmo, drones). Those are serious issues. But right now, President Obama needs our help. After all he's done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term.

US Senator

Maria Cantwell

Yeah, Maria Cantwell can be a little icy. But in her second term, she's iced greedy Wall Street bankers and health-care-reform opponents, and her challenger is a creepy anti-choice Republican state senator named Michael Baumgartner who doesn't support abortion even in cases of rape. Jesus.

US Representative, Congressional District 1

Suzan DelBene

Here is Republican John Koster on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, in his own words, from a video posted to his own campaign website: "It has become a system that punishes those who dare to dream, those who dare to invest, those who dare to work hard or succeed. And it seems to reward the mediocrity, dare I say it, slothfulness, and laziness, of those who choose not to do those things. And, furthermore, it creates a dependency on government programs, even an addiction I can say, by virtue of the sense of entitlement it creates."

Jesus Fucking Christ.

Democrat Suzan DelBene may not be the most—er—dynamic candidate to come before the SECB, but she won't vote to privatize Social Security, repeal Obamacare, turn Medicare into a voucher program, or ban abortion. Koster will. For chrissakes, vote for DelBene.

US Representative, Congressional District 7

Jim McDermott

Seattle Congressman for Life Jim McDermott is now running in the general against a Republican whose name we can't recall but it rhymes with "penis." McDermott deserves a 165th term in office.

US Representative, Congressional District 9

Adam Smith

Representative Adam Smith may be whiter than Idaho snow, but he's progressive enough to represent Washington's redrawn 9th Congressional District, which now has a majority population of racial minorities. He's pro–gay marriage, is against extending Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, and supported the Dream Act. Smith's Republican opponent, Jim Postma, humps tax cuts for fun.

STATE

Governor

Jay Inslee

Forget the focus groups and polls and campaign ads. All you really need to know about the governor's race is this: Elect Jay Inslee, and 350,000 additional low-income Washingtonians get health insurance. Elect Rob McKenna, and they don't.

The only thing McKenna won in his partisan lawsuit to overturn Obamacare was the right for states to opt out of the crucial Medicaid expansion, an option McKenna seems intent on exercising. This would cost Washington hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds, while denying hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians the preventative care they desperately need.

You want other reasons? Inslee supports marriage equality; McKenna doesn't. Inslee champions reproductive rights; McKenna prevaricates. Inslee leads on green energy and the environment; McKenna whines that we have too much regulation.

Both candidates promise to increase spending on education, though neither really knows how to pay for it. But at least we know Inslee's heart is in the right place, whereas McKenna's heart is in a mayonnaise jar buried on the Isla Cruces. Vote for Inslee.

(Read more on why Rob McKenna is such a creeper here.)

Lieutenant Governor

Bill Finkbeiner

We know, we know: Bill Finkbeiner is the R-word. (No, not "rapist." The other "R" word—wait, what? No, not "retarded." The other other R-word.) But he's the sort of uncommon, socially progressive Republican who is pro-choice, supports gay marriage, and even says he'd support a tax increase to fund education (although he was vague on specifics). It isn't just lip service—he's endorsed by progressive organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood, Washington Conservation Voters, and Cascade Bicycle Club. He even has 14 years of experience in Olympia as a state representative and senator to back it up. But most importantly, Finkbeiner solemnly swore on a stack of hemp-paper Bibles that if the state supreme court strikes down Tim Eyman's wildly destructive law requiring a two-thirds legislative majority to raise taxes, Finkbeiner won't honor this year's update to that initiative, I-1185, which you should vote against. "If the supreme court decides it's unconstitutional, then it's unconstitutional," he says. This is more of a promise than we could squeeze out of feckless Democrat Brad Owen, the incumbent in this race and a worthless waste of space who has spent the last dozen years touring the state with his crappy-ass rock band and crusading to lock up pot smokers. Want to support Brad Owen? Buy his shitty CD. But vote for Finkbeiner.

Secretary of State

Kathleen Drew

To say that Kathleen Drew impressed us with her depth of knowledge of elections procedures would be an understatement. On wonky question after wonky question, Drew, a former state senator, has a thoughtful and informed response. Other editorial boards have touted Republican Kim Wyman as the only county auditor in the race, as if that is a prerequisite for the office of secretary of state. We checked the Constitution. It's not.

So since both candidates have a reputation for being competent, dedicated public servants, and since both display an encyclopedic knowledge of elections procedures, we're voting for the Democrat. So should you. Vote for Drew.

State Treasurer

Jim McIntire

Republican challenger Sharon Hanek insists her opponent has failed to adequately perform the duties of state auditor, which is fine by us considering that Jim McIntire is the incumbent state treasurer. Under McIntire, Washington enjoys one of the highest credit ratings in the nation; the only thing we could do to improve it, he says, is to implement an income tax and get rid of the initiative process. Fuck, yeah! Reelect motherfuckin' McIntire.

State Auditor

Troy Kelley

He wasn't the most liberal Democrat in the state house, and the ethical dust cloud kicked up by some old lawsuits gives us pause, but at least Troy Kelley isn't a herp-derp-stupid teabagger like his Republican opponent, James Watkins. Kelley's impressive credentials include JD and MBA degrees (as well as a possible OCD), plus his chairmanship of the legislature's JLARC committee (trust us, it has something to do with auditing). Despite his airs of nonpartisanship, Watkins has run for Congress multiple times as a far-right Republican. Vote for Kelley.

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

This race is more important than you think. Holy fuck, is it ever. Republican Reagan Dunn is a lazy, entitled pretty boy with one of the worst voting and attendance records on the King County Council. Yet a few million dollars from one of Karl Rove's Super PACs is inches away from hoisting Dunn up onto the stepping-stone the attorney general's office has proved to be. Let him steal this one, and Dunn is on a path to Congress or the governor's mansion.

Democrat Bob Ferguson, on the other hand, is the hardest working member of the King County Council with one of the best voting and attendance records. An accomplished attorney with the civil law experience the office really demands, Ferguson promises to be a fierce advocate for consumer protection. Ferguson also has a sometimes-annoying independent streak, for those who admire that sort of thing in an AG.

Stick a fork in Dunn's undeserved career and elect Ferguson.

Commissioner of Public Lands

Peter J. Goldmark

Possibly the only thing standing between us and a kajillion tons of coal dust billowing through downtown Seattle is the commissioner of public lands, who must grant environmental permits before any new coal terminals can be built. We trust Democratic incumbent Peter J. Goldmark to once again do the right thing for the state and the environment. So should you. Reelect Goldmark.

Insurance Commissioner

Mike Kreidler

Vote for Mike Kreidler. He's the Democrat who's been doing this job for the last 12 years, overseeing and regulating 48 insurance companies in Washington. In his next term, he says, "Well over half of the operation of the office will be focused on health insurance." Much of that work is ensuring Obamacare—aka the Affordable Care Act—is implemented fairly and justly. We trust Kreidler to handle Obamacare, not his Republican, teabaggy challenger, John R. Adams, who spouted debunked myths about Obamacare taxes that don't exist in our interview. Yeesh.

STATE LEGISLATURE

Legislative District 11

Senator

Bob Hasegawa

Democrat Bob Hasegawa is on a mission to create a state bank—which would reinvest state money back into the state's infrastructure—and close tax loopholes and plug for an income tax. Right on. His opponent is a Republican dental hygienist whose greatest accomplishment is "revitalizing her son's high school football program," her voters' pamphlet statement boasts. To her detriment, Kristin Thompson is even endorsed by the Seattle Times. Pox! Vote Hasegawa.

Representative Position 1

Zack Hudgins

Unlike some weak-ass Dems in the legislature, Zack Hudgins is willing to go to bat for things like a statewide income tax and allowing 16-year-olds to preregister to vote. His opponent, Jim Flynn, agrees with Hudgins on some things but is too green to get any of them done, so we're not sure why he's running. Vote Hudgins.

Representative Position 2

Steve Bergquist

Steve Bergquist was the least impressive of the four Democrats running in the primary, but clearly, we don't know fuck about the redrawn 11th District. A high-school teacher, Bergquist handily beat the higher-profile, better-funded Democrats in the primary election. Go figure. We'd give his Republican opponent a fair hearing—we already endorsed one Republican this year—but she was too chickenshit to come in and talk to us. Bergquist would be the only active teacher in the legislature. Give him a shot.

Legislative District 34

Representative Position 1

Eileen L. Cody

Representative Eileen L. Cody is a practicing nurse and legislator (double your money!) whose legislation has helped lower Washington prescription drug costs and create a state program that compares insurance policies. She's the woman you want ushering in Obamacare as the head of the house's health-care committee. Her opponent, William Giammarese, has absolutely no legislative or blood-drawing experience. Vote Cody.

Legislative District 36

Representative Position 1

Reuven Carlyle

Reuven Carlyle (D-Vespa Scooters) is one of the smartest dudes in the legislature and has been a champion of closing stupid tax loopholes and fixing our state's other structural revenue problems. His opponent, Leslie Klein, hails from the "(R) Hope&change Party," whatever the fuck that's supposed to be. Vote Carlyle.

Representative Position 2

Noel Christina Frame

"I want to lead a statewide conversation about an income tax," Noel Christina Frame brashly proclaimed at a League of Women Voters forum on July 12. Say no more.

As the Washington State director of Progressive Majority and a longtime board member of the Washington Bus, Frame has spent years working to recruit and elect progressives to office. As a young social justice advocate, Frame has personally walked the talk, taking in and fostering two cousins whose mother couldn't care for them. Frame promises to be a bulldog of a politician, tenaciously fighting for progressive reform, even if it means dragging the rest of the Democratic caucus with her. Nobody else in Seattle's legislative delegation has taken such a bold stance—nor has her general- election opponent.

Frame's opponent, Port of Seattle commissioner Gael Tarleton, also says a lot of the right things, but she lacks Frame's passion and clarity. Both candidates say they want to spend more money on education, infrastructure, and social services, but only Frame zeroes in on our state's structural revenue deficit as the real obstacle to a progressive agenda. The problem: Washington relies on a sales tax more than any other state, but the sale of goods has been a shrinking portion of our economy for the last five decades, resulting in systematic cuts to education year after year. Frame understands the problem and is prepared to fix it. Plus, she's got the sole endorsement of Governor Chris Gregoire, a host of progressive labor unions, and prominent environmental groups. She's got our support, too. Vote for Frame.

Legislative District 37

Representative Position 2

Eric Pettigrew

Eric Pettigrew, man, fuck. Seriously: fuuuuuck. The dude gets fiery about charter schools—the Great White Whale that's magically going to fix all our public school problems—but where's that passion when it comes to closing tax loopholes, or creating a state income tax, or any other method for actually fucking funding our public schools? Since his sole opponent is a nutty Ron Paul organizer, we're holding our nose and voting for Pettigrew anyway. But fuuuuck.

Legislative District 43

Representative Position 2

Kshama Sawant

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.

They need a kick in the ass, and that kick is called third-party candidates. But far too often, third-party candidates are fucking loons.

Then there's Kshama Sawant. An economics instructor at Seattle University and Seattle Central Community College, Sawant is not a loon. She's uniquely qualified to understand how our state legislature has screwed over higher-education funding and how to fix that problem. She's also a flaming—and brilliant—Socialist Alternative candidate.

She's challenging Democratic house Speaker Frank Chopp, the second-most- powerful person in Olympia, who has presided over the last decade's devastating cuts to colleges (UW tuition has increased 82 percent over four years), to say nothing of slashing funding for health care and the disabled, and gutting funding from state agencies. Is Chopp personally responsible? Not entirely. He's a good man who has tried hard to fight for the poor, students, and the sick (while sometimes squandering his majority). But he's the party leader, and he's not going to lose this election, so this is a perfect opportunity for a third-party candidate to inject fresh ideas into mainstream politics.

Vote Sawant.

Legislative District 45

Representative Position 1

Roger Goodman

We're not endorsing in every single one of the godforsaken Eastside legislative races, but we did somehow force ourselves to care about this one race, between solid lefty Roger Goodman and anti-woman conservative Joel Hussey.

In the primary, Hussey pulled 45 percent to Goodman's 49 percent. Too close for comfort! Especially when you consider that Goodman is a rarity in the state legislature: a smart, effective, mellow dude who is so progressive on drugs that you feel in an altered state just sitting next to him. He's for closing tax loopholes, better funding for education, and the new 520 bridge (duh, it will basically go straight to his district).

Hussey brags in his voters' guide statement that his political experience is "none." So let's do what we can to keep his experience at "none." Vote Goodman.

Legislative District 46

Representative Position 1

Gerry Pollet

Say what you like about state representative Gerry Pollet (and a lot of people colorfully do), his years of fierce environmental and Democratic Party activism earned him his appointment to fill out a vacant house term, and a productive freshman session has earned Pollet the right to keep it. We like Pollet's smart, young challenger Sylvester Cann, but he seems too eager to appease both sides of every issue, and we just don't trust him on charter schools. Pollet is exactly the kind of unapologetic, brash liberal voice we need more of in Olympia, and unless and until he fucks up, he deserves to keep the job. Vote for Pollet.

Representative Position 2

Sarajane Siegfriedt

Democrats in Olympia have proved prodigious at passing groundbreaking progressive legislation that doesn't cost taxpayers any money. But attach a hefty fiscal note to a bill, and it might as well be an anchor. That's because most legislators don't even understand that we have a structural revenue deficit, let alone know how to fix it. We hope Sarajane Siegfriedt helps change that. A former businesswoman with an MBA and a current member of the King County Board of Equalization, Siegfriedt has an intricate understanding of tax issues and a knack for explaining them.

Siegfriedt's opponent, former Transportation Choices Coalition director Jessyn Farrell, brings a lot to the table, too. She's young and dynamic and would no doubt prove to be an effective voice in Olympia on transit and other progressive issues. But it's Siegfriedt's knowledge and experience that's necessary if we're ever going to be able to pay for all the good stuff for which Farrell advocates. Vote for Siegfriedt.

COUNTY

Sheriff

Steve Strachan

King County sheriff Steve Strachan has two qualities that his challenger, longtime sheriff's office spokesman John Urquhart, lacks: management experience and tact. Far be it from us to wag our hairy-knuckled fingers at a kindred tactless soul (an armed one, no less), but solid management experience is a must when overseeing 1,000 gun-toting employees working from 25 different work sites across the county.

Strachan served as a police chief in Minnesota before becoming Kent's chief of police in 2006. There, inside sources describe Strachan as "very well respected by both line officers and elected officials, which is rare." Since then, Strachan says his focus has been on improving accountability, streamlining training, and discipline measures among his 25 satellite offices—you know, boring shit that a manager does.

But some of his experience made us worried. As a legislator in Minnesota, he sponsored anti-choice bills. Grilled on that issue, we were convinced those days are behind him. "I have been very up front that my position has changed," he told us. "Being a cop as long as I have, I have seen the difficult decisions people make. A government telling people what they can do in that kind of position is not okay. I am pro-choice, period."

Is he a flaming liberal? No.

While Urquhart may be slightly more Democratic than Republican (he's donated to candidates of both persuasions), his track record includes a sustained misconduct complaint from 2003 that his "management style and communications skills created low morale and stress at work," for which Urquhart was temporarily reassigned.

Our vote comes down to experience and tact. Vote Strachan.

JUDICIAL

State Supreme Court Justice Position 9

Sheryl Gordon McCloud

Sheryl Gordon McCloud has a long record of fighting for civil rights and the rights of criminal defendants. She's been arguing in front of the state supreme court as an appellate lawyer for the past 28 years, is widely respected, has an impressive list of endorsements, and is the true advocate of constitutional rights in this race.

And her opponent, disgraced former state supreme court justice Richard B. Sanders? He talks a good constitutional rights game, but is in fact one of the biggest hypocrites ever to sit at the Temple of Justice in Olympia. In the state's landmark same-sex-marriage case in 2006, then-justice Sanders signed an opinion denying marriage rights to same-sex couples—because they have "more sexual partners" and because other courts have found that monogamy is "the bedrock upon which our culture is built." And guess what? Sanders himself has been divorced twice and was dating multiple women simultaneously during the 2010 election season. But that's not all! In 2010, Sanders shocked his colleagues by scoffing at the idea that racism sometimes causes minorities to get unfair treatment in our legal system. But wait, there's still more! In 1996, the first thing Sanders did after his swearing-in was walk over to a pro-life rally and thank his supporters. There's more, more, more, but... enough said already? Vote McCloud.

Superior Court Judge Position 42

Christopher A. Washington

Oy, this race gives us heartburn.

In the August primary, we endorsed Sue Parisien, the smartest of several challengers to incumbent judge Christopher A. Washington. We noted at the time that local attorneys ranked Judge Washington dead last in a survey conducted by the King County Bar Association (KCBA), which also ran a survey in 2007 that ranked Judge Washington ninth from the bottom of 53 judges. That wasn't our sole reason not to endorse him. His rulings seemed to sometimes blatantly disregard the law (as evidenced by condescending appellate court rulings that overturned several of his decisions).

But we're changing our position for the general election. We're endorsing Washington anyway.

First, it turns out that the KCBA judicial ratings are rubbish. The marks for superior court judges were clearly skewed by prosecutors who sandbagged Washington (apparently due to him extending lighter sentences to juvenile offenders). Even the person who administered the survey, David C. Brody, an associate professor at the UW, said the KCBA survey results gave him "pause" because prosecutors ranked Judge Washington with lower marks than defense attorneys in all 16 categories. The judge's poor marks, he warned, "must be viewed with caution."

With the survey discredited, the question becomes Parisien's worthiness for the bench. Asked if she still believes the survey was valid, Parisien told us, "Yes I do."

We don't.

As a judge, Parisien, whose background partly involves defending the state in cases of discrimination, would need to be capable of evaluating evidence and reaching reasonable, fair assessments on which to base her decisions. By embracing a debunked survey as valid, she showed a worrying comfort with setting reasonableness and fairness aside when it suits her purposes. Parisien also claimed when meeting with the SECB that Judge Washington has a "high rate" of overturned decisions. That may be true, and Judge Washington certainly has been overturned on a number of occasions. But when asked if she had any evidence to back up her claim of a "high rate," she didn't.

Judges must be held to a higher standard than most politicians. One test is whether they can fairly analyze the facts—even if they seem to contradict the judge's beliefs. Another is being able to cite evidence that justifies their conclusions. Parisien failed both tests.

Parisien has also refused to submit questionnaires for minority bar associations this year and avoided some public forums that would allow her to face off against Washington. And finally, on her campaign website, Parisien used a quote from Governor Chris Gregoire that implied the governor's blessing in her run for judge. In fact, the quote comes from a 2005 letter of recommendation that Gregoire wrote for Parisien when she was looking for a different job. "I asked for the language to be taken off [Parisien's] website," Gregoire spokeswoman Kelly Evans told us this month. "It implied an endorsement that doesn't exist." Ouch.

As for Judge Washington, he acknowledges his shortcomings: "I have never claimed to be the smartest judge there," he told us. We agree with him—he's not. But his judicial philosophy of compassion for young offenders, who are often chewed up and spit out by the justice system, is more in line with our philosophy than his opponent's.

Vote Washington.

HOW LONG IS THIS FUCKING BALLOT?

Seattle Proposition 1, Seawall Levy

Vote Approved

Do you want downtown Seattle to slide into motherfucking Puget Sound during the next earthquake thanks to a towering wave of voter apathy? No? Well then, vote approved on this 30-year, $290 million property-tax levy to replace the seawall for another 100 years. The levy would cost the average homeowner $59 a year (given that the median home price in Seattle is an eye-popping, bowel-evacuating $360,000). Everyone agrees the seawall needs replacing—the structure is nearly a century old and is being eaten away by gribbles (no joke), earthquakes, and the yawning jaws of time. Critics say the entire city shouldn't pay for something that benefits a few waterfront landowners, but, uh, last we checked, everybody likes keeping downtown above sea level. Yes, we acknowledge that it will be really expensive. But the only alternative is ignoring the problem, which is no alternative at all. Vote approved.recommended

The Stranger Election Control Board is Bethany Jean Clement, Paul Constant, Christopher Frizzelle, David “Goldy” Goldstein, Dominic Holden, Tim Keck, Brendan Kiley, Cienna Madrid, Eli Sanders, Dan Savage, and Marilyn McKenna. The Stranger doesn’t make endorsements in uncontested races or races nobody cares about.

 

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Now that the election has been certified, did anyone notice how the 42nd Judicial turned out? 3,654 write-in votes became larger than the final difference between the two, meaning the incumbent Washington lost by the margin of write-ins. Not that his alternative is any better, it's simply worth noting that with two marginal candidates, the write-in rate was nearly double that of the Governor's race. So much for the County discouraging write-ins.
Posted by justaman on November 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
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Thank you, Buddy Hackett, Stranger, and voters, for throwing a big banana peel in the path of the Rethugs and their tea bag puppets!!!
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM · Report this
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@153 JMarin: No sweat! I'm comforted that I'm not alone in shaking my head at all the insanity happening globally as well as nationally.
I'm off this evening with plenty of comfort food and alcohol to watch a perfect movie to recuperate from the intensity of this election year: "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World".
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
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@auntie grizelda: Thank You!

"@124 and @149: Go baaaaaaaaaaacck to your caves and stay there.
As brainless trolls, you obviously are sucked into Big Corporate's Binder of Bullshit.

If Big Corporate illegally buys the White House as Dubya did---TWICE--you dumbshits and everyone else blindly supporting their evil wingnut agenda will deserve what YOU get. Do you really think Romney gives a rat's ass about you? He's laughing his spoiled rich white boy ASS off at all the fools he's misled!! And don't come crying to me afterward should the United States become a desolate, Banana Republic neo-fascist, Third World wasteland because of your shameful ignorance." --auntie grizelda

----Reply from JMarin: Auntie G., Thank you for telling it like it really is...
Posted by JMarin on November 6, 2012 at 11:05 AM · Report this
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To all on The Stranger Election Control Board,

Thank you for your (fun-to-read) counter-intelligence reporting -- especially on those counter-intuitive choices.

Cheers!

Ps. the addition of the BIG Link-button (on the homepage) to the Endorsements section eliminates the last cognitive effort required in voting.
Posted by JMarin on November 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM · Report this
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@124 and @149: Go baaaaaaaaaaacck to your caves and stay there.
As brainless trolls, you obviously are sucked into Big Corporate's Binder of Bullshit.

If Big Corporate illegally buys the White House as Dubya did---TWICE--you dumbshits and everyone else blindly supporting their evil wingnut agenda will deserve what YOU get. Do you really think Romney gives a rat's ass about you? He's laughing his spoiled rich white boy ASS off at all the fools he's misled!! And don't come crying to me afterward should the United States become a desolate, Banana Republic neo-fascist, Third World wasteland because of your shameful ignorance.
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
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Vote No Minnesota

Until the 1920's women couldn't vote.
Until the 1960's African-Americans weren't considered full citizens.

I'm not against people having an opinion about anything they see fit. I also don't have a problem if that opinion disagrees with mine. I celebrate and believe in freedom in that beautiful and unique way.

I realize that we have a history rich with exclusion. However, the historical record is very clear on which path we eventually end up walking. Sometimes we wear out our shoes more than we have to, but we somehow get there.

The nature of government; by definition, is to treat all of their subjects equally and in a just manner. Regarding religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc.

So, I wonder why anybody that truly believes in democracy would actively want to vote in favor of the government discriminating against a specific minority?
As I see it, asking the government to discriminate against a sector of society is asking for trouble.

We have the right not to associate with anything gay if we so choose. We have plenty of options of churches and organizations to participate in.
We also, can be absolutely sure of our sexuality here and now, but we can't predict our children's or grandchildren's. They may need us to be their advocates not tomorrow, but today (Tuesday). They may need us to love them regardless of who they are before they are actually born.

My promise to my children is that I will love them no matter what and that I will love their children and grandchildren the same way. I trust that if they are gay they will have big hearts and beautiful souls. I will be extremely proud the day they decide to marry their loved one. If I'm around I will support their decisions, and some day I will die knowing to have been on the right side of history.

Pablo, just a straight guy
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Posted by PabloinMN on November 6, 2012 at 9:51 AM · Report this
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@124...Touche!

LOVE YOUR POINT...The readers (and writers) of thestranger support Dear Leader, who favorably supports islam, who would gustily move you all to the front of the line to have your throats cut.

Only an L-word can rationalize that FACT and happily pull the lever for Dear Leader.

The L-words reading thestranger represent an activated independently minded human, about as much as all the followers of "Dear Leader III" in North Korea.

I know you L-words reading this rail against the comparison, but from half a continent away, that's what Seattle represents to the Nation.

Mindless, myopic, moronic, maroons.

If Dear Leader wins, you'll get what you deserve...count on it.
Posted by osage2112 on November 6, 2012 at 6:55 AM · Report this
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Thanks Stranger! Your endorsements were entertaining and extremely helpful!
Posted by Robyn Bowman on November 6, 2012 at 2:21 AM · Report this
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"Ipso Facto,"

I WATCHED THAT DEBATE. Jill Stein WOULD NOT KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT - Governor Gary Johnson COULD NOT, "GET A WORD IN EDGE-WISE." THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A FEMALE TRIES TO DO "A MAN'S JOB."

Governor Gary Johnson HAS MY VOTE. I WILL BE THERE "BRIGHT-AND-EARLY" IN THE MORNING TO GIVE HIM, "MY PERSONAL STAMP."

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON
Posted by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON on November 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM · Report this
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Whom do we imagine The Seattle Times will erroneously call a win for before all the ballots have been counted?
Posted by Keister Button on November 5, 2012 at 8:10 PM · Report this
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Oh, Stranger, you make voting so much fun!
Posted by iKerry on November 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
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http://www.washingtonsblog.com/wp-conten…

(But still vote Obama anyway....)
Posted by sgt_doom on November 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM · Report this
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Right now, about 1.8% of every ballot returned is being challenged or set aside because the signature does not precisely match the signature on file.

If you are in King County you can make sure that your vote has been received and verified by tracking your ballot online at http://info.kingcounty.gov/elections/bal…. Voters in Snohomish County can track their ballots at: http://www.snoco.org/elections/results/R…. Voters in Pierce County can check at http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ouro…. If you voted early this is a great way to double check to make sure your ballot has been counted. It took three days after mailing my ballot to find out that my ballot had been verified.

If for some reason there is a problem with your ballot you can call the Elections Department tomorrow and fix the problem. This will be a very close election and your vote should count!

Please let other people know how they can check to make sure that their votes have been counted before the election is over.
Posted by historyteacher on November 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM · Report this
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Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party will discuss issues ignored by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney!

Will either of these candidates achieve the 5% of the popular vote they need in order to receive matching federal funding and streamlined ballot access for the next election?

Hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, from the studios of RT.com in Washington D.C.

This event will be streamed live at Free and Equal, RT America, and many other outlets beginning at 6:00pm PST!
Posted by Ipso Facto http://therealnews.com on November 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
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Here's hoping the readers had enough sense to vote for John Urquhart rather than Republican Steve Strachan. Urquhart is solely endorsed by over 20 Democratic organizations, FUSE, Publicola, and has the highest SEAMEC rating in the race.

Urquhart also was in favor of I-502 five months before Strachan finally endorsed it, and Urquhart also held a joint fundraiser with the Approve R-74 campaign. Strachan, on the other hand, held a fundraiser called "Shootin' with the Sheriff" at a gun range in Bellevue in one of the worst years for gun violence in our city's history.

And don't even get me started on the two terrible audits of the Sheriff's Office, the 100 lost citizen complaints, the $9 million sexual harassment lawsuit, and a sustained ethics violation because Strachan was campaigning in uniform at the King County Republican Picnic.

For accountability and a needed change in the Sheriff's Office, vote John Urquhart for Sheriff.
Posted by Whodunit? on November 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM · Report this
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**Our county election employees ROCK**

Can't find your ballot? Misplaced or lost in the mail. No worries - print it out from the comfort of your own home. (admittedly I had to download as a PDF and then print - stupid Windows 8).

http://kingcounty.everyonecounts.com/

Fill it in, print it out, sign the declaration (like the back of the envelope) mail it in or drop it at a drop box:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/voti…
Posted by Adam Ludwick on November 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM · Report this
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**Our county election employees ROCK**

Can't find your ballot? Misplaced or lost in the mail. No worries - print it out from the comfort of your own home. (admittedly I had to download as a PDF and then print - stupid Windows 8).

http://kingcounty.everyonecounts.com/

Fill it in, print it out, sign the declaration (like the back of the envelope) mail it in or drop it at a drop box:
http://www.kingcounty.gov/elections/voti…
Posted by Not Shy - Just lazy on November 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
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Almost impossible to believe, I have decided to vote against Initiative 502, the "legal marijuana" bill.
It's just to flawed and goes in the wrong direction.

I think MJ should be just as available as cigarettes for one, I mean if someone is old enough (18) to make a life choice to enlist in the armed forces with the very real possibility of being killed or maimed in a foreign war of convenience, they should be able to make the afternoon choice to grab a pack of joints at the corner store and enjoy them down at the beach with their friends.

But seriously wtf is the deal with the WA state liquor control board (?) controlling all the licensing of outlets, I mean wasn't the board supposed to be dismantled in the aftermath of Costco's all liquor, all the time law they purchased last year?

The two main contentions I have are:

It will still be illegal to grow your own, unless you apply for a license ($250), and are granted a license ($1000, annually). Seriously? The bill stipulates that one has to pay the state $1000.00 a year just to grow some plants for personal enjoyment on their back deck or window planter. What kind of BS is that?

And finally the thing that really gets me about it is the mandated taxing structure. (Some friends in discussions in the past have said 'yes we should legalize it and tax the shit out of it', well that's exactly what this bill does.) The bill mandates a 25% excise tax at EVERY step of the way, from grower to 'processor' +25%, from 'processor' to retailer +25%, from retailer to final use customer +25% AND local B+O/Sales Taxes as well.
Lets take a hypothetical $200 oz. wholesale(from the grower), without any markup from the processor or retailer:

$200.00
+25%
$250 to processor

$250.00
+25%
$312.50 to retailer

$312.50
+25%
$390.63
+9.8% sales tax
$428.91 to final customer

And this is all without any markup (you know, what businesses need in order to do business). Washington State fees comprise 53% of the cost to consumers, or more than double the price on taxing alone. The final cost to consumers is even more extreme when one figures in markup. (I'll take my chances with the 'black market' and 'cartels', thank you.)

I haven't heard or read a single republican/bagger/libertarian repudiation of this egregious overtaxing scheme. Which is surprising (not really), since "too much tax in order for businesses to survive" , is their holy grail of memes.

The bill also presupposes a wholesale bud price of $3 gram, or $84 oz.. After water electricity, and all the time it takes to tend to a crop, the only businesses that will be able to operate are huge agribusinesses or farms that are able to allocate a 1000 acres to weed, boutique growers wont be able to continue.
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Posted by for what its worth on November 4, 2012 at 12:15 PM · Report this
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I feel like a loser to ask, but what the hell is a "burrito drop?"

[It's (sadly) KILLING me. Urban dictionary most likely candidates: joint, penis or dookie. The "drop" part is the real head scratcher. I can see how "burrito" might be the Seattle equivalent of "a chicken in every pot," but what about the "drop?"]
Posted by mtrione on November 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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I feel like a loser to ask, but what the hell is a "burrito drop?"
Posted by mtrione on November 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM · Report this
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Compare the SECB's Cheat Sheet to Eat the State!'s 2012 Election Guide!---- > http://www.eatthestate.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on November 4, 2012 at 8:18 AM · Report this
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Sensible Washington's I-1068 was a Morally superior ballot initiative,but we couldn't even get the damn thing on the ballot ;I guess enough Nazingtonians want to kick and keep out Pofo???(who are disproportionately POCs).----- > http://www.inequality.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on November 4, 2012 at 8:17 AM · Report this
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I voted for I-502 (althought it will still be too expensive for the Lower Class with all the taxations!),and against I-1240 (as is seems to violate this state's constitution:we are NOT allowed to change our state's constitution via citizens' initiatives,but Eymanazi and his ilKKK seem to think they can end run that fact)Ballotpedia and red dots,anybody?Pfft!!! ---- http://www.ballotpedia.org , and --- http://www.citizensincharge.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on November 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM · Report this
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@130 & @131: You both need a zap in the badoobies.
Go back to your caves and stay there.
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 3, 2012 at 9:11 PM · Report this
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I always check with the fag hags at The Stranger to see who I SHOULDN'T vote for.

Thanks ladies!
Posted by aSeattleConservative on November 3, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
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So awesome! I just choose the opposite of whatever the Stranger recommends and my voting is done! Easy-peasy!

Keep up the good work!
Posted by jakoye on November 3, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
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@127: If you have a brain, why do you use all caps?
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM · Report this
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"STRANGER ELECTION CONTROL BOARD,"

IN THE SUBTITLE FOR THIS ARTICLE YOU REFER TO THE ILLEGAL IMPOSTER AS, "Our Kenyan Muslim Overlord."

THAT IS STRANGE SINCE THIS PUBLICATION SUPPORTS DEMOCRATIC IDEOLOGY. SURELY, "Stranger" DOES NOT THINK ISLAM SUPPORTS HOMOSEXUALITY. YET, "Stranger" AND THE MAJORITY OF ITS READERS WANT THE KENYAN TO BE RE-ELECTED.

"LET'S BE REAL" - CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS LIKE THE FACT THE KENYAN ENDORSED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE; BUT, HE IS STILL A "darkie." WE ALL KNOW "Kenyan Muslim" IS ANOTHER WAY TO SAY, "He is 'black';" BUT, DO NOT FORGET, THE INFLUENCE OF HIS CAUCASIAN MOTHER GIVES CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS SOME "PEACE OF MIND."

IF REPUBLICANS CONTROL BOTH HOUSES OF LEGISLATURE AFTER THE ELECTION, WILL CAUCASIAN HOMOSEXUALS STILL REFER TO THE KENYAN AS THEIR "Overlord?"

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON
Posted by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM · Report this
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I HAVE A BRAIN. I AM VOTING FOR Gary Johnson.

AMERICA, BRING THE "WHITE MAN" BACK TO ULTIMATE POWER. WE NEED NO KENYAN ON Pennsylvania Avenue.

CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON
Posted by CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON on November 2, 2012 at 9:03 PM · Report this
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That's right, don't vote for Obama, all you dissatisfied ones!! That'll show him. I'm sure that Willard Romney will do a FAR better job of protecting the rights of LGBT, poor children, single mothers, and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Posted by smartthinker on November 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM · Report this
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This one's our one last hope of maintaining a democracy of the people, by the people, for the people. Get out and vote, everybody, because every vote COUNTS!!!
Obama/Biden, Cantwell, Larsen, and everybody with a Big D!!!
Elect Jay Inslee for Governor. He will bring and keep jobs in Washington State, and NOT sugar-coated ""Good Jobs Now" for dirty coal exports. He cares about protecting what makes our lovely state so desirable to live in. He supports women's rights in health and reproductive decisions. He believes that EVERYONE deserves affordable college educations and healthcare.
DON'T believe the misleading ads in the Seattle Times! They're going down, they know it, and endorsing Rob McKenna---who filed suit with 16 other states to repeal Obamacare----is their last desperate fuck you to us Washingtonians!
We need to re-elect President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden, Senator Maria Cantwell, and elect Kathleen Drew Secretary of State; re-elect Rick Larsen for Congress, elect DelBene (NOT Koster!!), and Jay Inslee for Governor!!!
Posted by auntie grizelda on November 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM · Report this
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Thank you Stranger, for being so eloquent and obviously non-biased. Your use of personal insults and juvenile talking points really drive the point home that you are a trusted resource for any political decision. It looks like you took the time to weigh each issue before you went down the Progressive/Liberal/Dependency path. Oh yes- I did read it, and saw the "R" person you endorsed. It only took one paragraph of lambasting the very mention of Republicans before you could come to that conclusion. I can't believe you took the time to write this- although, most of the people that read your comic book don't really have an objective thought process in their heads, just a completely one-sided approach to reality, so you're getting your validation. The simple fact that you called Obama "a very good president" shows that everyone at your editorial board (which is probably a studio apartment with piles of half-eaten Thai food, Rolling Stone magazines and smells like Abercrombie and Fitch cologne knock-offs) must have gotten a severe brain injury recently. And I voted for the guy!! Have you been paying attention to anything in the last four years?

It's just too bad that this article will be taken seriously by legions of unthinking "L-words", instead of for the humorous tone it obviously intends. And before you think I'm disagreeing with any of your choices, not so. I'm just not making my decisions based on the fact that I'm a "fuuuuucking" sheep.
Posted by Regretter on October 31, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
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Too funny. Really. Because I know it's meant to be humorous. Because 95% of your choices are so predictable.
Posted by NuetralWoman on October 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
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@120

I gladly would have done most of this already. However I just received my first and replacement ballots last week.

I've been hearing from a number of people that there have been issues with getting ballots to people. When I contacted my county Auditor they didn't seem surprised I has having difficulty. She told me, "...the Post Office is taking their own sweet time getting those ballots to people."
Posted by bugwitch on October 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM · Report this
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reconsider initiative 502, I never thought I'd vote against a law allowing me an oz of herb but the a blood draw for every supposed stoned driver and registering growers with the FBI and liquor store licensing required for a dispensary outweighs my own personal benefit on this
Posted by neuromancer420 on October 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM · Report this
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I don't care who you are voting for or what issues you support. Please put a stamp on your ballot and mail it in soon. If everyone waits until the very last minute to mail in their ballots then we won't know who won any of these races for days after the election. Please do your part to save us all the headache and vote by the end of the week if you haven't voted already. I really want to find out whether I can get married or not on election night. Thanks!
Posted by historyteacher on October 31, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this
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@113: So...........let me get this straight (no pun intended--it's too early in the morning!)----you support civil liberties for gays but you're voting for Mitt Romney??
Are you suffering from a severe head injury?

Here's who Mitt Romney and his tea bag puppet HATE and want to exploit, overtax, and exterminate:
1. Gays and lesbians
2. Women
3. Hispanics
4. African Americans
5. Asians
6. The elderly and disabled on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security
7. The unemployed
8. Anybody ELSE who represents minorities and /or the working poor

Are you a rich, white privileged male by any chance?
Posted by auntie grizelda on October 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM · Report this
bugwitch 118
I've read up a bit on SJR 8223 and I'm still undecided. I also can't figure out why it's just the UW and WSU?

I agree with pretty much all of your selections here. Now I just need to do some more research on my local candidates.
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>>"There's a lot of money to be made off of I-1240, hence the $8.3 million backing it got from the likes of Alice Walton, the Bezos family, Paul Allen, and Bill Gates. (The idea that Bill Gates, who never set foot in a public school as either a student or a parent, should tell us how to run them is doubly insulting.)"

This is just so wrong. I understand you are against charter schools, but you really think Bill Gates is interested in this because of the money to be made? Please elaborate? What would a billionaire who founded a charity that is spending much of its time on eliminating malaria stand to gain from this? How about Bezos? Balmer? The founder of Amazon and CEO of MSFT stand to make money from charter schools? Do tell. Not quite getting your angle here. Gates has been active in education reform for a long time, and understands that not everyone can just opt out and go to a Lakeside. So he's trying to help fix it. There is NO way to innovate from inside an org like SPS. A charter pilot allows us to try ideas like year-round school and other reforms on a case by case basis. And if you don't like it, you don't have to go there, just stick with your public school. The only known "precious resources" are 3m over 6 yrs to establish oversight. The rest is a wash, and only costs more if charters succeed in bringing students back into the system that had dropped out or opted for private or home schooling.

For folks who bashed some of the candidates they interviewed for not doing their homework, why did you fall back on the "Rich people support this-it must be bad!" argument without elaborating the riches Bezos, Ballmer and Gates are vying for?
Posted by Jivewire on October 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM · Report this
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You guys & gals say it just like I like to read it with all the so-called obscenities tossed in. I always go to The Stranger for election guidance because we think alike and what you boner stoner's know is 1st rate political & social commentary. I again voted for all of The Strangers election endorsements & even for a hardcore registered Democrat I surprised myself to vote for a Republican (Bill Finkbeiner) and one Socialist Party candidate (Kshama Sawant). You guys just convinced me again to make my vote count.
Posted by gutter_balls on October 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM · Report this
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Are there zero fags at the Stranger who understand that without our civil liberties, all other rights are gone? Including gay rights?!

I'm NOT voting for that cunt Cantwell, nor Obama!

Posted by katm http://www.Ihatefascism.com on October 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM · Report this
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Regarding the Sheriff endorsement: I would like more details about this incident regarding Urquhart's record. I read some interviews by him and he gives the impression that he intends to really shake things up (sorry for the ambiguous wording... just go do some research, folks). Frankly, with a police force that is so notorious for killing and brutalizing people of color, I am all for a sheriff who would is not afraid to create "low morale and stress at work".
Posted by sfljsdg;sldjg on October 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
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I'm kind of surprised at the rape jokes in this article. Don't feel it was necessary.
Posted by burrito_jones on October 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
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The last thing I want to do to celebrate the passage of gay marriage is to eat the flesh of a butchered living being.
Posted by Brandon Arkell http://www.brandonarkell.com on October 29, 2012 at 12:42 AM · Report this
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How did a Romney/Ryan add find its way to the end of these endorsements???
Posted by gradstudent on October 28, 2012 at 10:01 PM · Report this
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I love you the Stranger. And I agree with your politics. But voting is something I take awfully seriously, and the flippancy with which you write these endorsements is driving me to the Seattle Times, even though it takes mad googling skills to find the links.
Posted by HiDi on October 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
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The section on I-1240 has a factual error, if not a substantive one. Bill Gates attended view ridge elementary, a public school, until he was 13, when he enrolled in lakeside. I don't have a source except that Wikipedia cites him enrolling at lakeside at 13.
However when I attended view ridge in the 90s he gave us several large donations, and some of the teachers had anecdotal stories about him as a student and working at the library.
Posted by Alex Dupler on October 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM · Report this
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The only race The Stranger has it wrong on is the Sheriff's race. Do your research, vote John Urquhart for Sheriff. He's the more progressive candidate, and the other guy has just been a disaster since he's been there.
Posted by Whodunit? on October 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
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The waterfront can slide into the Puget Sound, I can care less. I rarely can make it there because of traffic and no parking. All other forms of transport is a joke in this city. So slide waterfront slide!
Posted by mikey on October 28, 2012 at 3:27 AM · Report this
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@75 and @94 You guys are like the mirror-image of the Ayn Rand fanbois on the other side. In your case you externalize your self-righteous sympathies to a ludicrous self-hating extreme. I can't wait till those of you at both absurd extremes grow out of a veiwpoint worthy of a 12-yr-old's understanding of the world.
Posted by capicola on October 26, 2012 at 5:58 PM · Report this
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If i were barry sotero, I would show my college
grades and passport. Why not ?? it is an easy
5 million for charity, right ???

Unless of coarse your ego is huge or if you are hiding something.

WHAT IS IT BARRY.......CHICKEN SHIT, SPINELESS
GUTLESS COWARD. As a citizen of the US. We
have the right to know.

You too Mitt. Show us ALL your tax returns.

Is there a problem with the POTUS and the TRUTH ??
Posted by aNDREW bUSH on October 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM · Report this
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I want to thank you for putting together this election guide. There are always gonna be whiners, but it helps me to figure out what the issues are and where I stand. Oh, and it is funny too!
Posted by BB McLeod on October 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
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I appreciate the attention that the staff at the Stranger take each election cycle to review the issues and interview the candidates but I must object to the "yes" vote on o saving the seawall in Seattle (Prop 1). Why is it that homeowners continue to get burdened with tax hikes - is it simply because the median home price is a eye-popping 360k? As a homeowner whose home value is slightly above that but whose mortgage is slightly higher than the value, I take exception to the fact that I must pay higher taxes to support a seawall that everyone enjoys. If everyone enjoys it, everyone should chip in to save it.
Please vote "no" on prop 1.
Posted by nuss25 on October 25, 2012 at 3:51 PM · Report this
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@ 98

If I cared a rat's ass (about "winning" anything against you), I'd look at your past posts and nail you on your "beliefs", but I AM SURE they'd be a shallow, angry and whiny repetition...just like your current post.

Just keep enjoying your warm little Seattle life.

Posted by osage2112 on October 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM · Report this
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Vote No on 8223 --- The Stranger staff is completely flamboozled once again.....

(A yes is certain to lead to EVEN more underfunding .....)
Posted by sgt_doom on October 25, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 98
@96-97:

That is the same path my neighbor's eight year old takes when he has no good response either.

Ooh, are you going to call me "sheeple?"

I should have looked at your past posting history before realizing it would be pointless to engage with you. Nothing but hating on gays for wanting rights, white male apolgist crap, and uneducated nonsense about economics.

So what have you done to oppose military intervention in the middle east besides posting online? Or did you not care until the media used the term "drones" a few times?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM · Report this
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OOPS...

@94...Oooo, NAILED it.

@75 Solidarity
Posted by osage2112 on October 25, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
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@ 95...Oooo, NAILED it.

@75 Solidarity
Posted by osage2112 on October 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 95
@94: You have a point, since no civilians were killed in war until drones were invented.

You were protesting when Bush was using drones right? You must have been the only one, because no one cared then.

Over 100,000 civilians were killed in the invasion of Iraq. We must have used a whole lot of drones.

If you really cared about brown people, you would vote for the guy who is pulling our troops out of the places they live, and killing far fewer civilians and far more terrorists than Bush did, or Romney will.

We live in a democracy, and most of the people want to use the military against terrorist threats. It is either invasion or drones. Anyone with any sense would choose drones. They are better in every way.

But you are not the one who would have to fight those battles on the ground, so why would you care, right?
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 25, 2012 at 8:09 AM · Report this
You're serious? 94
Dear Stranger,

I'm sorry you guys are asshole murder-apologists now. Sad. The shit you said about Obama is pure INSANITY. Yes, he's committed terrible war crimes that were Bush's wet dreams, killed a ton of Pakistanis, vaporized Yemeni CHILDREN, assassinated American citizens, fired upon first responders at drone strike sites, and then bombed funerals and weddings! But it's cool, they're BROWN PEOPLE, and Seattle loves WHITE PEOPLE, yeah? We don't give a shit about people in other countries.

"Sure, there are issues—with presidents, there are always issues—where he's dropped the ball (drones, Gitmo, drones). Those are serious issues. But right now, President Obama needs our help. After all he's done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term."

"After all he's done for us..." Would that be the part where he gave our taxpayer money to a bunch of corporations so they could continue raping the country? Would that be deporting like a million brown people? How about offering up Social Security like a sacrificial lamb (something Bush could never touch)?

@75 Simpatico.
Posted by You're serious? on October 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM · Report this
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Dear Stranger,

I'm sorry you guys are asshole murder-apologists now. Sad. The shit you said about Obama is pure INSANITY. Yes, he's committed terrible war crimes that were Bush's wet dreams, killed a ton of Pakistanis, vaporized Yemeni CHILDREN, assassinated American citizens, fired upon first responders at drone strike sites, and then bombed funerals and weddings! But it's cool, they're BROWN PEOPLE, and Seattle loves WHITE PEOPLE, yeah? We don't give a shit about people in other countries.

"Sure, there are issues—with presidents, there are always issues—where he's dropped the ball (drones, Gitmo, drones). Those are serious issues. But right now, President Obama needs our help. After all he's done for us, we owe him the opportunity to transform from a very good president into a truly great one in his second term."

"After all he's done for us..." Would that be the part where he gave our taxpayer money to a bunch of corporations so they could continue raping the country? Would that be deporting like a million brown people? How about offering up Social Security like a sacrificial lamb (something Bush could never touch)?
Posted by You're serious? on October 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 92
Mr. Vel-DuRay and I just straight Stranger Ticket! We really do appreciate your work on this every election :-)
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on October 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM · Report this
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Hey O, way to go, Sea A toe:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Florida…
Posted by osage2112 on October 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM · Report this
Badthing 90
Who do I talk to about having to put a stamp on this piece of work. I've gone over all the hollabaloo, marked my ballot, struggled with the folding and shoved into the right envelope before shoving that envelope into another envelope, signed on the dotted line, sealed the sucker up, Now I gotta find a freaking stamp......Really! The things I do for my country.
Posted by Badthing on October 24, 2012 at 1:12 PM · Report this
piequeenA 89
Hells yeah, on the point about ignoring the 'burbs.

I know all you Capitol Hill-dwelling Stranger writers love to dis "Blahvue" and all the other 'burbs packed with educated, white collar-wearing, tech industry-working, active voters but... you shouldn't. Really.

It's an interesting phenom among you mostly carpet bagging barely-Seattlites who love to dis what you hardly know and it's one I've railed against for years (to little effect). Having been actually born on Capitol Hill and raised in Bellevue (and continuing to live there) and a diehard Dem, I kind of take issue with your sweeping, ignorant, outsider viewpoint empowered by ink and pixels.

Beyond that, we need the clarification of matters on suburban issues no less than Seattle voters need clarification on the seawall (or the monorail back in the day) and other local, niche issues that get people whipped into a froth.
Posted by piequeenA on October 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
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I agree with # 65

Vote Rejected on 8223.
Posted by John Powell on October 24, 2012 at 9:37 AM · Report this
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Your recommendations are fine, BUT what the hell is going on giving us a link for contributing to Romney. Have you been hacked?
Posted by Train Man on October 24, 2012 at 6:02 AM · Report this
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Brad Owen is too conservative... So I should vote for Bill Finkbeiner, the Democrat who became a Republican in 1994 of all years?

Finkbeiner is a backstabbing weasel. No thanks.
Posted by Brian2 on October 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM · Report this
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In the voters guide there was NO explanation of Advisory vote 2, HB 2590. The title sounded like a tax break for oil dealers being revoked. There was absolutely no hint it was about a safety issue. I think I voted wrong.
Posted by billwald on October 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
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Though I don't agree with every endorsements, this cheat sheet really helped me make some great informed decisions on this damn long ass ballet. Thank you.

Posted by gad on October 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM · Report this
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"There is no science to back them up. None. Zero. They're lying.

The scientific research that does exist shows people's blood levels of THC drop below the I-502 cutoff within a few hours, and always by the next day."

Your lying or choosing to be willingly ignorant.

Plenty of tests show daily consumers testing above 5 ng/ml the day after consuming, here is one example:

http://kdvr.com/2012/05/16/your-question…

Also you are purposely not mentioning how any one under 21 can get a DUI for up to 7 days after consumption.

Not to mention over 40% of the 10,000 arrests are people under 21, commonly in cars. Those arrests will continue.

Posted by Strangerismakingupfacts on October 23, 2012 at 4:29 AM · Report this
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I think the Stranger's position on 8221 is misinformed. The editor states that 8221 "would limit the amount of money the state can borrow for construction projects at a time when we need more construction projects to fix broken shit and boost the economy." As #61 points out, yes, it does reduce the debt limit (a percentage of state revenues), but it also changes the way that the state's revenue for this limit is calculated. The new limit is applied to the average of general state revenues for the previous six fiscal years instead of the current three year average. The intent of this is to create stability in the funding and execution of capital projects by providing increased borrowing capacity when interest rates are low and the workforce needs it most.

I think a "Yes" vote is really what the Stranger means to suggest.

P.S.: State Treasurer Jim McIntire (D) is a strong supporter of this resolution.
Posted by clam chowda on October 22, 2012 at 11:10 PM · Report this
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I think the Stranger's position on 8221 is misinformed. The editor states that 8221 "would limit the amount of money the state can borrow for construction projects at a time when we need more construction projects to fix broken shit and boost the economy." As #61 points out, yes, it does reduce the debt limit (a percentage of state revenues), but it also changes the way that the state's revenue for this limit is calculated. The new limit is applied to the average of general state revenues for the previous six fiscal years instead of the current three year average. The intent of this is to create stability in the funding and execution of capital projects by providing increased borrowing capacity when interest rates are low and the workforce needs it most.

I think a "Yes" vote is really what the Stranger means to suggest.

P.S.: State Treasurer Jim McIntire (D) is a strong supporter of this resolution.
Posted by clam chowda on October 22, 2012 at 11:04 PM · Report this
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I'll be honest, the movement to legalize marijuana in Washington still baffles me. Don't get me wrong, I'd be more than happy to break my pen off in the 'approve' block but just how are we suppose to have it legal on the state end while still illegal federaly? Am I missing something here?

#78, you've lost me. You say the state will hold a monopoly on pot sales but I'm struggling to see the downside of that. Who's that hurting other than those selling it illegaly anyhow? Certainly not current medical dispensories who I'm sure are only going to drop their "green card" requirement and go public.

And what do you mean 'declares a black market on non state approved marijuana'? You mean to tell me folks would dare sell the chronic without state approval? *gasp* Don't quote me here but I think we've already got that.

...you've got two third points by the way.
Posted by Proteus013 on October 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM · Report this
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Always fun, and helpful to those of us who were abandoned by the S Times years ago, but are you always right? I heard Sarajane Siegfriedt and Jessyn Farrell (46th D) debate upfront and was surprised to hear Sarajane sounding disappointingly like a just another machine-made Democrat whereas Farrell sounded like the smart kind of new energy we REALLY NEED.
As for the law enforcement fingerprints levy, why vote for better and better fingerprinting when what we really need is crime prevention (aka jobs, education, social services, respect).
And why are we voting on a seawall levy (no pun intended)? Wasn't the cost of repairing the seawall supposed to be included in the cost of that expensive new road called the SR99 tunnel, which runs right alongside the seawall?
Posted by mary cogan on October 22, 2012 at 8:02 PM · Report this
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I am disappointed by your endorsement of I-502. I understand the benefits of legalizing marijuana but there are several parts of the initiative that were not addressed. The first is that this legalization would be a state controlled monopoly on marijuana sales. The second is that it declares a black market on any non state approved marijuana. Third, the only legal protections granted through to exosting laws are provided through the state. If ots not through the state it is still illegal. Third, a zero tollerance policy for anyone under the age of 21 in regards to the DUI clauses could mean potentially devastating things for underage users. Lets face it, there are a LOT of teens who try pot and tons of young adults between 18 and 21 who use, THC stays in the blood for two weeks up to a month. Using last weekend and getting pulled over this weekend will be hazardous to many young peoples records. Next, the DUI limits are based off of ONE study. There arent multiple studies to offer evidence to the contrary of the first study. So dont yell "they're lying" because there is only ONE study in the first place. Finally, the taxes that medical patients becoming state approved producers and processors in addition to standard business taxes and state fees will likely be enough to stop their ability to opperate under the new system.
Posted by AshaBaby on October 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM · Report this
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Of course it came out as a double! Sorry.
Posted by IanB on October 22, 2012 at 2:15 PM · Report this
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"Sure, there are issues—with presidents, there are always issues—where he's dropped the ball (drones, Gitmo, drones). Those are serious issues. But right now, President Obama needs our help."

I think "dropping the ball" is an exceedingly poor characterization of drone strikes and the continued indefinite detention at Guantanomo. A better way would be to say "where he's killed innocent people or kept them locked them away in a legal limbo (Guantanomo, NDAA, assasination of american citizens, drone strikes on children gathering firewood, drone strikes on people trying to provide medical assistance to victims of drone strikes, drone strikes on those mourning the previous victims of drone strikes)." It's for those reasons that I'm not going to vote for Obama. Murderers don't need my help.

This could come out as a double comment, if it does, sorry. I think it was just eaten.
Posted by IanB on October 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM · Report this
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"Sure, there are issues—with presidents, there are always issues—where he's dropped the ball (drones, Gitmo, drones). Those are serious issues. But right now, President Obama needs our help."

I think "dropping the ball" is an exceedingly poor characterization of drone strikes and the continued indefinite detention at Guantanomo. A better way would be to say "where he's killed innocent people or kept them locked them away in a legal limbo (Guantanomo, NDAA, assasination of american citizens, drone strikes on children gathering firewood, drone strikes on people trying to provide medical assistance to victims of drone strikes, drone strikes on those mourning the previous victims of drone strikes)." It's for those reasons that I'm not going to vote for Obama. Murderers don't need my help.
Posted by IanB on October 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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Really Troy Kelley? I am by no means a James Watkins fan, but Troy Kelley is well known to be wholly unethical. Do you really believe that he settled a "frivolous" lawsuit by paying off the the other side just to put it behind him. And yet you have the gall to call everyone not agreeing with you as stupid. I am just saying if the shoe fits, wear it.

The allegations against Troy Kelley are not just baseless allegations, many of the charges against Kelley are quite well detailed by other traditionally liberal media. If Troy Kelley was a republican candidate The Stranger would have excoriated this guy with an entire issue devoted to detailing his nefarious acts, but as a Democrat you endorse him without even addressing his previous wholly unethical behavior?

I will admit that I am not a democrat. While I share a kinship on most social issues with democrats, I find big labor as repugnant and ignorant as big business. I am also not enamoured of fiscal irresponsibility (believe me, I understand that neither party has any claim to fiscal responsibility) or big government. However, I would rather deal with an ethical person with whom I disagree than a charlatan.

I try and reglarly read your paper to balance other news with that of a more liberal bent that you supply. I will also note that I never watch Fox News because I generally demand honesty and ethics in journalism. However, this election issue that substitutes name calling for analysis and endorses an unethical and unqualified candidate causes me to question your future journalistic value.
Posted by George Leroy Tirebiter on October 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM · Report this
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A marginalized medium endorsing a discredited ideology . . . . so Seattle.
Posted by Vegas Boondox on October 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this
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its just a phenomenal.

Projector Price
Posted by Peterpolladino http://www.knowprices.com/computer-peripherals-price/projector on October 22, 2012 at 8:42 AM · Report this
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As always, thanks for your well-reasoned, well-articulated endorsements. But I'm voting against 8233. I'm in a master's program at UW. If I wanted to gamble $15,000 a year, I'd go to Vegas. The solution to our higher-education problem is for the legislature to f---ing fund higher education already.
Posted by Kuromi on October 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM · Report this
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Osage2112, I KNOW you're stupid.
Posted by auntie grizelda on October 21, 2012 at 1:35 AM · Report this
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Oasge2112, I KNOW you're stupid.
Posted by auntie grizelda on October 21, 2012 at 1:34 AM · Report this
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Remember kids, don't throw you're vote away, vote third party!
Posted by Spindles on October 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM · Report this
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Give 3rd party candidates a chance. Watch the real debate on Oct 23rd. Don't let your vote hijacked by two-party 'better of worse' illusion. Make a statement for your civil liberties.
Posted by greengo on October 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM · Report this
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John Urquhart is the more progressive candidate and was endorsed by FUSE and received a higher rating from Seamec. I'll be voting for Urquhart for Sheriff, he's far better than having a Republican with the same voting record as Michele Bachmann leading law enforcement.
Posted by Lisasanswer on October 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM · Report this
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Vote NO on SJR 8223: For the first time in our state's history the UW and WSU would be allowed to invest surplus operating funds in private companies. Not a wise policy. Your editorial board ought to ask: Why do they have $1.2 billion in surplus operating funds in the first place? Where did they get it? Did they capitalize their Central Bank by raising tuition 107% in the last five years? Of course: the surplus is needed by their Central Bank as bond reserves which guarantee the bonds and bond ratings for their capital expansion projects. In this process they are throwing away an entire generation of young students by saddling them with crushing debt.

Surplus operating funds could be used to lower the debt burden of students; or hire faculty and teaching assistants; lower class sizes, increase class offerings. Remember the education mission? Since the UW has such a large surplus they certainly don't need to come to the legislature crying poor. $1.2 billion dollars in surplus operating funds in a $6 Billion budget is not too bad... . Perhaps the legislature should sweep those accounts when we look for money to pay for our paramount duty. Vote NO on 8223. See: http://www.publicmission.org
Posted by Sen. Maralyn Chase on October 20, 2012 at 3:27 PM · Report this
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@59, actually, the SoDo arena site is a bit more inland than the areas likely to be washed away. But the truth is that the city will have to rebuild the seawall around the tunnel entrance nomatter what the outcome of this bond is. If voters don't approve it then the money would come from the same pool of councilmanic debt that would issue the arena bonds.
Vote NO on the Seawall bonds and you can force the city council to use up their non-voted debt capacity before Hansen's arena can. Then the council would have to get voter approval of the debt or exceed the debt limits they've put in place.

This site has more details about the debt limits and how it relates to the arena.
http://nosonicsarena.com/wp/?p=1382
Posted by ChefJoe on October 20, 2012 at 2:52 PM · Report this
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Man. I hope no one is that lazy to use that crappy cheat sheet. You have to be one automatic robot-sheep to do that.
Posted by IconicParachute on October 20, 2012 at 2:47 AM · Report this
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I have to ask the asshats who are voting for Mitt Romney exactly how many jobs he needs to send to China, how many tax dollars he owes under the law that he has to cheat us out of, how many blatant lies he has to tell, how much BIGGER of a worthless piece of scumbag shit he has to become before you stop the hero worship of your new Mormom god? Seriously, he could put his fist up your ass (what's that? It's in there right now??) and you'd thank him and ask where the other fist is. Do the real Americans a favor and don't breed. Move to China and show your support for Mittens' economic policy.
Posted by Nard Choadsky on October 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
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Did you guys even read ESJR 8221 beyond the title? It calls for a slightly smaller percentage of a much larger pie. Call Jim McIntire; he'll be happy to explain it to you.
Posted by Coconut Bob on October 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
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Did anyone notice that Brad Owen is listed as "Prefers Democrat Party"? That bugs me so.
Posted by amygeek on October 19, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
OOF POOF 59
If downtown Seattle falls into the sea, does that mean we can squash the Sonics arena garbage? THEN HELL YEAHHHHUHHH
Posted by OOF POOF on October 19, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
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Referendum Measure 74 Vote NO
We don't need to the additional level of laws when same sex couples already have the rights. Even if we vote yes, there will still be those who deny their rights on Religious Moral grounds.

Initiative Measure 502 Vote Yes.
Since there is NO concrete science which backs the federal decision to ban it, Why not legalize it. At least we will not be funding Colombian Drug cartels and Terrorist groups. Making it legal will reduce the burden on courts and maybe we they can concentrate on keeping REAL threats OFF the streets AND out of our houses.
Posted by GoinFishin on October 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 57
#53 4earth, right on!
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 19, 2012 at 12:57 PM · Report this
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Seriously you went for the scare tactic "rape your toddler's face off" argument on King County Prop 1 Fingerprint ID? Thats only one of a gajillion uses for the system - and IMHO a good one - but a irresponsible endorsement.

The Stranger didn't even discuss the possible civil rights violations of using the system. Get pulled over for something? Look brown? Maybe Illegal? Oh yeah, lets use the Fingerprint ID system. What next? On the spot DNA swabs? It's not a big leap from Fingerprints to DNA. I expect better from you Stranger.
Posted by Perry on October 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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Reuven Carlyle is far from a "very smart dude".

Ever actually talk to this guy?

He's a schnook when it comes to education---a complete tool of the Corporate "Education" Privatization Movement and lately rumored to be the missing spawn of Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein.

During this year's session, he actually smirked and snorted at a special ed teacher and constituent when she went in to see him and talk about her challenges as an educator!

Carlyle has clearly been played by the so-called "Ed Reformers" and is in the pocket of the Astroturf Groups like "Stand for Children", "League of Education Voters", "Students First", "DEMOCRATS (yeah, right) For Education Reform", all Vichy/Potemkin Village fronts primarily supported by either Gates, Broad or Walmart (Walton), three "foundations" abusing their tax-exempt status to dominate the political dialogue when it comes to education.

Tuches Lecker!

Here's the question: Are you going to continue to let Carlyle play you, the way he's been played by the Wall Streeters posing as "progressives" and "reformers"? Or are you going to get real about something so obvious?
Posted by Pissed in the 36th! on October 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM · Report this
Auragasm 54
I-502 just seems like a bunch of dick-waving at the Fed. If we can't even keep our medical dispensaries alive, why are we trying to open pot factories?

Couldn't we just take baby steps toward Decriminalization and non-discrimination (for employees and renters)? Or is the bottom line just money? I think it would be more prudent to try legalizing it once more states develop Medical Cannabis laws of their own. Under this administration it just seems crazy if you watch the news.

We CAN stop arresting brown and black kids without simultaneously opening marijuana stores. I've recently come around to voting for it because I want cops to focus on other things, but if it passes, cue the Fed in 5...4...3...2...
Posted by Auragasm on October 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM · Report this
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I always look forward to your picks and concur with most of them every election, but I have to take issue with the Gov Lite pick, purely on party this time. If everything you say about Finkbeiner is true, what the fuck is he doing in the party of the bat-shit crazy? I just cannot bring myself to vote for a member of that party any more. What if something happens to the Governor and this dude gets to be in charge? Shit, man! We could end up with a cabinet full of teabaggesr! NO THANKS!
Posted by 4earth on October 19, 2012 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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On a similar vein to another story in thestranger...Barack Obama thinks you're stupid.

Yeah, you blue bellies are stupid.

After four years of his leadership, he wants you to believe the Don't-worry-be-happy-paradise you're living in was the creation of him and all his power to mold a new america...but don't you DARE bring up that fact that there is a gorilla in the room...you MUST LOOK FORWARD.

Please turn a blind eye to the crushing national dept, the failed businesses his admin. pumped money into, the failed foreign policy (who can forget the magical bowing tour...oh, I guess YOU can), the raised taxes (to get ocare passed Dear Leader pounded the FACT (let me be clear) that it wasn't a tax, but to defend at supreme court it WAS a tax after all...imposed on all of us), the golf games, the his and hers vacations, the introversion to anyone besides bros and hos, the stupidity of the Cambridge police, the shuttering of the nation's drilling breadbasket (hello gulf of mexico) due to his stupidity in the points of well completion..not leasing, not acquistion, not drilling..COMPLETION), the slang and the dialect...all in front of your eyes...and all to be ignored...because he's counting on your stupidity and that all you MUST do is vote for bho, despite what you see.

Prediction - Washington state will barely go blue this election...times, they are a changin'.

Hey, enjoy don't worry, be happy. Dear Leader is counting on you. You, the Sukah Chumps.
Posted by osage2112 on October 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
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Reuven Carlyle is far from a "very smart dude".

Ever actually talk to this guy?

He's a schnook when it comes to education---a complete tool of the Corporate "Education" Privatization Movement and lately rumored to be the missing spawn of Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein.

During this year's session, he actually smirked and snorted at a special ed teacher and constituent when she went in to see him and talk about her challenges as an educator!

Carlyle has clearly been played by the so-called "Ed Reformers" and is in the pocket of the Astroturf Groups like "Stand for Children", "League of Education Voters", "Students First", "DEMOCRATS (yeah, right) For Education Reform", all Vichy/Potemkin Village fronts primarily supported by either Gates, Broad or Walmart (Walton), three "foundations" abusing their tax-exempt status to dominate the political dialogue when it comes to education.

Tuches Lecker!

Here's the question: Are you going to continue to let Carlyle play you, the way he's been played by the Wall Streeters posing as "progressives" and "reformers"? Or are you going to get real about something so obvious?
Posted by Pissed in the 36th! on October 19, 2012 at 4:28 AM · Report this
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Reuven Carlyle is far from a "very smart dude".

Ever actually talk to this guy?

He's a schnook when it comes to education---a complete tool of the Corporate "Education" Privatization Movement and lately rumored to be the missing spawn of Michelle Rhee and Joel Klein.

During this year's session, he actually smirked and snorted at a special ed teacher and constituent when she went in to see him and talk about her challenges as an educator!

Carlyle has clearly been played by the so-called "Ed Reformers" and is in the pocket of the Astroturf Groups like "Stand for Children", "League of Education Voters", "Students First", "DEMOCRATS (yeah, right) For Education Reform", all Vichy/Potemkin Village fronts primarily supported by either Gates, Broad or Walmart (Walton), three "foundations" abusing their tax-exempt status to dominate the political dialogue when it comes to education.

Tuches Lecker!

Here's the question: Are you going to continue to let Carlyle play you, the way he's been played by the Wall Streeters posing as "progressives" and "reformers"? Or are you going to get real about something so obvious?
Posted by Pissed in the 36th! on October 19, 2012 at 4:13 AM · Report this
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you support AFIS? really? you're gonna regret that someday. total invasion of privacy. and isn't that what gay/abortion/pot rights are all about? keep the damn gov out of my bidness!
Posted by AFIS=bad on October 18, 2012 at 11:15 PM · Report this
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If you think voting for the Dems is a huge difference to voting for the GOP,then go to this site to see how similar they trully are!-------> http://www.politicalcompass.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM · Report this
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Are We Better off Now Than We Were Four Years Ago?

A question has been put forward that has the Obama administration struggling to answer. “Are we better off now than we were four years ago?” What seems like a simple question that is asked of any politician seeking re-election seems to be a stumbling block for President Obama and his campaign. Over the next few months the campaign will try to craft and spin an answer to that question while ignoring the reality. Here are just a few of the facts that should not be overlooked.

National Debt
2009: 10.6 Trillion
Now: 16 Trillion
Treasurydirect.gov

Food Stamps
2009: 32.2 million people enrolled
Now: 46.2 million people enrolled
Bloomberg.com

Unemployment
2009: 7.8%
Now: 8.3%
bls.gov

Median Household Income
2009: $54,983
Now: $50,964
forbes.com

Gas Prices
2009: $1.85
Now: $3.80
Consumerreports.org
eia.gov
Posted by andy bush on October 18, 2012 at 9:56 PM · Report this
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The Romney-esque flip flop by The Stranger is perplexing and very disappointing. In the Primary, Parisien earned 47% of the vote just barely missing winning…and Washington was a full 20 points behind her.

Let’s take just a few of the points offered by the endorsement flip:

1. “First, it turns out that the KCBA judicial ratings are rubbish. The marks for superior court judges were clearly skewed by prosecutors who sandbagged Washington (apparently due to him extending lighter sentences to juvenile offenders).”

Interesting conclusion—20 votes skew the results so much that the entire survey is considered “rubbish”? If the results were so wrong, why did the KCBA publish them?

2. “Parisien has also refused to submit questionnaires for minority bar associations this year”

Parisien went through the process of answering questionnaires for minority bar associations, as well as others, two years ago. The ratings generated by those questionnaires are good for three years… there’s no need to go through that process again.

3. Regarding the alleged endorsements. The term “endorsement” was never used by Sue Parisien. She never stated anywhere that either Gregoire or McKenna endorsed her. In fact, her web site specifically states who DOES endorse her. The comments attributed to them are simply statements that were IN FACT MADE. That they are not considered endorsements does not negate the validity of the statements.

4. You use the fact that Parisien did not quickly quote cases that were overturned as a reason why she wouldn't be a good Judge. Judges do not just throw case cites from the bench, they research and include those cites in their decisions – decisions that are generated after hearing all the evidence and evaluating the concepts that are brought before them.

5. You refer to compassion. Sue Parisien has been involved with making and delivering meals to Aids Patients.

6. You state: “... But his judicial philosophy of compassion for young offenders, who are often chewed up and spit out by the justice system, is more in line with our philosophy than his opponent's.”

“Judicial philosophy of compassion”? A juvenile beat a police officer so badly that he lost his job and any possibility of holding a steady job and his “judicial passion” resulted in a 30 DAY sentence. That’s the type of “sound judicial reasoning” The Stranger is endorsing?
More...
Posted by TomboyJudy on October 18, 2012 at 9:41 PM · Report this
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I LOVED your endorsement column - read part of it in a copy of The Stranger I picked up at work and finished reading it on line after I left the paper at work.

My one and only problem with it? At the end of the column was an advertisement urging me to vote yes on I1240. WTF??? After you repeatedly and passionately argued against passage of this inane measure? So The Stranger takes money from all scumbags? Really sad.
Posted by Fishngal on October 18, 2012 at 9:02 PM · Report this
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Could you possibly expand/clarify a bit on Advisory Vote 2? The ballot description talks about taxes on petroleum, but your endorsement talks about underground tank safety standards.
Posted by bwclark on October 18, 2012 at 9:01 PM · Report this
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Although I agree with the bottom line on your McKenna article, it would help if you actually read the statutes. Pillory the man for stuff he can control. He must defend every people's initiative that is passed (no matter how stupid) and has little control over ballot titles.
Please make the real arguments (women's rights, the right to marry) and don't waste ink on the foolish ones.
Posted by Tom Gaynor on October 18, 2012 at 8:43 PM · Report this
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM · Report this
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Back in the 70's, after RR and the Righteous Right took over the Republican party, I took an oath to never again vote for a repub. It wasn't just that I was grossed out by the grade B "great communicator" - I always knew what he stood for and was not at all surprised when he started rolling out the agenda he TOLD the public he was in favor of. And everyone was sooo shocked!

What did it for me was when the moderates (yes, there was a day when moderates were elected as R's. Remember Javits? No you probably don't) were run out on a rail.

Now along comes Finkbeiner vs Owens and after reading your very convincing analysis I am sorely tempted. The only problem I have is that the way the R's have managed to get so much done or undone or not done as the case may be is their lock-step party unity. Maybe it's safe for this office, maybe not.

You've given me a lot to think about. Not sure if I can do it but maybe...
Posted by Fishngal on October 18, 2012 at 8:38 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 40
@38 Calling Kim Wyman a tea-bagger is patently absurd.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on October 18, 2012 at 5:17 PM · Report this
icouldliveinhope 39
Did anyone make the obligatory "Jim Postma is going to cut taxes and then fuck the cut" joke yet?
Posted by icouldliveinhope on October 18, 2012 at 3:17 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 38
Sorry guys, my comment above should read right-wing tea bagger Republicans like James Watkins and Kim Wyman. I just got so pissed at Publicola. Vote for Jay Inslee, Kathleen Drew, and Bob Ferguson. Stop the Republican take-over.

Cletus, I am so happy to know I've won you over with my obviously superior intellect. I know I am pretty brilliant.
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 37
Just gotta say, I LOVE YOU GUYS AT STRANGER! I don't indulge in guilt and regret often (why bother, when everyone else is a dick and a liar?), but I actually kinda feel bad for giving you a hard time back in the summer. You've come a roaring back by being yourselves and having the guts to stick up for us little guys. Everyone is talking about Seattle Times' total sellout of endorsements and being in the tank for Republicans, but what's the deal with Publicola? Are they sellouts, douche bags, or just crappy journalists? Don't they do research anymore before endorsing right-wing tea bagger Republicans like James Watkins and Kathleen Drew? Since no one reads Publicola anymore, I guess it doesn't matter. Anyways, go Stranger!
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 18, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
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I was trying to find out more about Brad Owen's rock band, and found Strategies For Youth, which lead to finding the phrase, "Policing The Teen Brain(TM)". Yes, they actually trademarked that name, thinking it was so great someone would steal it. "Policing The Teen Brain" should be some punk band's album title!
Posted by BallardBoy on October 18, 2012 at 2:46 PM · Report this
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Wonderful endorsements!
As new representatives Gerry Pollet and Sarajane Siegfriedt will bring loads of energy and push to our progressive ideals, and they will do the best job precisely because they are a little older than their opponents. They have spent the past few decades working on these issues and learning the ropes. Their proven track record is available for all to see. Between them they must have 50 years of experience.
Posted by Just Wandering on October 18, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
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C'mon!You CAN'T tell me Comrade Alexande wouldn't give you Change you can actually perceive?!?----> http://www.sp-usa.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
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Sorry,the SECB,but I'll do what I did in 2008:vote for a socialist candidate for president/chanceller[NOT sic!]. -----> http://www.ballot-access.org ,and ---> http://www.socialequality.org, plus----> http://www.themilitant.org ,also----> http://www.pslweb.org,finally -----> http://www.votesocialist.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this
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The Weekly gives Sawant a snowball's chance in Hell of winning;don't buy into THAT bourgie rag's opinion;they have their own selfish/bourgeois reasons for endorsing certain candidates and ballot initiatives. . . .. o.O ------> http://www.votesawant.org
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
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One of the main reasons for the Golden State's fiscally shitty state of affairs if because they have had - for years and years - what Eymanazi wants via I-1185.Class dismissed . . . .
Posted by 5th Columnist on October 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM · Report this
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I am very impressed that you were able to change your position on some of these races since the primary. Despite what you may hear about Judge Washington, he is a very decent man who always tries to do his best.
Posted by Ivan2 on October 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
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THANK YOU, SECB, for endorsing Barack Obama, and Jay Inslee over Rob McKenna; Suzan DelBene, and other progressives.

Could you PLEASE pass it on to the paid off idiots at The Seattle Times to endorse Jay Inslee, NOT Rob McKenna? I think all those Pulitzer Prizes went to someone's head over there...
Posted by auntie grizelda on October 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM · Report this
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as someone who had an experience of being denied basic access to Judge Washington's court and seeing him renege on his word in a way that did not conform to the law, I will never be able to recommend that anyone vote for him. Your mileage may vary on whether the alternative is worse, but in either case, I think he's not qualified because it appears he's an ideologue. That is perhaps why his rulings are overturned with alarming frequency. Whomever you choose, please know that judicial elections should never be considered an afterthought.
Posted by justaman on October 18, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
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as someone who was denied due process and basic access to Judge Washington's court, I will never be able to recommend that anyone vote for him. You may think the alternative worse...your mileage may vary, but in either case, judicial choices should never be an afterthought.
Posted by justaman on October 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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Occupy, your thoughtfulness and obviously superior intellect have won me over to your side.
Posted by Cletus on October 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 25
@18 Page number citations, or it didn't happen
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 18, 2012 at 7:06 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 24
Fucking Chaos, what @6 said. The website must get SOME hits from Bothell, right?
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 18, 2012 at 7:03 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 23
You forgot "...atheist, communist, Indonesian, Nazi..." overlord. Needz moar cognitive dissonance.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 18, 2012 at 7:01 AM · Report this
Ballard Pimp 22
Thank you, SECB. In the sheriff's race the only improvement I could think of would be for both these jokers to lose, and Sue Rahr to come back.
Posted by Ballard Pimp on October 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM · Report this
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I just got a 'push poll' from Urquhart for Sheriff, wanting me to know everything bad about Strachan. I hung up midway through the advertisement disguised as a poll, now convinced that Urquhart should not be sheriff.
Posted by DisplayNameUsedBecauseIForgotPassword on October 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM · Report this
Slam1263 20
Well shit. I don't shitting know what the shit you are trying to shit out, shit like shit man.

I am swayed by your logic, SECB, swayed.
Posted by Slam1263 on October 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM · Report this
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only one opinion on this board. Thanks to the strangers CENSORSHIP
Shame on the
stranger.
No freedom of speech

Posted by andrew BULLSHIT on October 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM · Report this
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From Obama's own mouth:
THE OBAMA CHRONICLES:
“I promise 100% transparency in my administration.”.
“I promise NO NEW TAXES on a family making less than $250K a year.”.
“I will allow 5 days of public comment before I sign any bills.”.
“I will remove earmarks from PORK projects before I sign any bill.”.
“I will end Income Tax for seniors making less than $50K a year.”.
"I will bring ALL of our troops home within ONE year."
“I’ll put the Health Care negotiations on CSPAN so everyone can see who is at the table!”.
“I’ll have no lobbyists in my administration."
"I'll close Guantanamo."
"I'll resign if I don't cut the deficit in half by the end of four years."
"I'll unite the people of this great country."

From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white..
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself: the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
And FINALLY, and most scary!
From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
Posted by andrew know nothing bush on October 17, 2012 at 7:00 PM · Report this
Occupy Seattle 17
Cletus, thanks for checking in with us and giving us your rightwing teabagger feedback. Glad to know I'll be pissing off some racist, anti-women, anti-gay, anti-voter, anti-minority Republicans by voting for Jay Inslee for Governor, Kathleen Drew for Secretary for State, and Bob Ferguson for Attorney General. Go blue, go hard, and fucking go vote!
Posted by Occupy Seattle on October 17, 2012 at 5:29 PM · Report this
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My only real objections are governor and secretary of state.

Two obviously superior candidates in McKennna and Wyman and you couldn't bring yourselves to say it.
Posted by Cletus on October 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
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@6. It is not like the Stranger even made endorsements in all of the Seattle races either. Where is the endorsements in the 32nd, which consists of North Seattle. Good picks as always, even as I might disagree with one or two.
Posted by 32dem on October 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 14
@11--My orgo prof did that as well. He also made a point of emphasizing which precursors will trigger a visit from the DEA when/if you order them.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on October 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 13
@11 my chem prof also did that. You can find the recipe for LSD in many places (yay internets!), not just a college lecture.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on October 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM · Report this
ScienceNerd 12
I happen to enjoy these, they help me start looking around for more answers. I compare your choices with my union's choices. My union, unfortunately, never gives a reason why they choose what they do. So when the choices are different I am alarmed and go digging for even more details.

Also, the swear words make it fun. :) Double also, I feel exactly the same way about Bill Gate's donations to the charter school thing. I visited where he went to high school, it is about a jazillion times nicer than where I went to high school.
Posted by ScienceNerd http://stanichium.tumblr.com/ on October 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
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@9:

My organic chemistry professor in college was named Gribble. On the last day of class, he outlined the steps required to synthesize lysergic acid diethylamide from indole.

Although it was his first year as a professor, he wasn't fired. In fact, nearly 40 years later he's still on the faculty as an emeritus professor.
Posted by N in Seattle http://peacetreefarm.org on October 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 10
I think Baumgartner deserves more consideration than you gave him. He's endorsed I-502, and his stated positions are better than Cantwell's voting record on foreign policy and domestic surveillance.

I understand if his position on abortion is an absolute deal-breaker, but those stances at least merit mentioning. Particularly since he has not (at least to my knowledge) made social issues a focus of this campaign.

(I do not work for Mr. Baumgartner, and in fact have not yet made up my mind to vote for him myself.)
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on October 17, 2012 at 2:23 PM · Report this
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Gribbles you say?!
Posted by Orange_husky on October 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
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@7...don't forget to mention thestranger's whiny-whimper of a plead for bho...just like Dear Leader himself, thestranger has nothing substantive to say about the next four years except "he really needs our help...we owe him one"...meh, ya losers. Too bad you're too stoned to vote like you got a pair.
Posted by osage2112 on October 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
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Why does The Stranger go through this charade every election? Could save a lot of time, ink and trees by just saying "vote Left, because the Right is bunch of money-grubbing, racist, homophobic crap weasels...oh, and legalize pot, already!"
Posted by Chali2Na on October 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
Cascadian 6
I know you like to ignore the suburbs if at all possible, but I wish you'd endorsed in the LD 1 Senate race. Rosemary McAuliffe is an uninspiring Democrat, but her opponent Dawn McCravey is running primarily on support for charter schools, supports the 2/3 initiative, opposes environmental regulations, worker's comp, and health care reform, engages in persistent push-polling performed by an organization that can't even train its callers to pronounce candidate names correctly (my house has been called half a dozen times and none of them got either candidate's name right), is very coy about social issues but judging by her core supporters is likely very conservative, and is bankrolled by the oil and gas industry (and manages her family's oil and gas business).

But hey, she supported a good math curriculum when she was on the school board, and seems all soccer-mommish and smiley, and her damned campaign signs are everywhere, so she has a good chance to win.
Posted by Cascadian on October 17, 2012 at 11:34 AM · Report this
El Matardillo 5
Once again, the Stranger performs a public service by showing me, with notable exceptions for legalization of pot and gay marriage, who not to vote for.

Thanks, Stranger!
Posted by El Matardillo on October 17, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
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For some reason, the Progressive Voters Guide seems to think you're endorsing Sue Parisien again.
Posted by Justin on October 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
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Thank you, Stranger, for seeing through the smoke and mirrors that 1240 is and giving it a NO endorsement. Many of us look to The Stranger to be our counterbalance to the over-the-top endorsements at the Times.

1240 is a disaster of an initiative. It WILL hurt districts and taxpayers (like getting less for a school property than it's worth? it's in there).

Charters don't work - not in any large-scale form. There is not a single district in any of the 41 states that have them that can say that because of the presence of charters that they have closed the achievement gap. Not a single district.

And folks, as to that "41 states have them, why don't we?", I note the following:

- we have considered charters three times in the last 16 years and said no, every single time
- 44 states have an income tax; Washington State does not.
- 42 out of 44 states have issued some kind of statement against gay marriage. Washington State's Legislature passed a gay marriage law.

The point is that Washington State voters are not followers. We don't just blindly go where all the other states go.

We are thinkers and independent ones at that.

It's a good thing.
Posted by westello on October 17, 2012 at 9:47 AM · Report this
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You're probably gonna want to unblock your McKenna creeper page. Right now it's asking me for a username and password.
Posted by Justin on October 17, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
michaelp 1
These are some solid endorsements, and it's good to see y'all flipped around on Superior Court Pos. 42. That has been a crazy down-ballot race this year, to be sure.

As for the seawall - another reason to support it: Will in Seattle opposes the Levy. Bam!
Posted by michaelp on October 17, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this

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