The Stranger's Endorsements for the August 6, 2019, Primary Election



99 There's no reason to simply assume that Sawant will be eliminated in the primary. If that was likely, if there was polling to suggest that, those of you on the hard right would be trumpeting it. Orion has no popularity in Sawant's would be totally unrepresentative of that district for it to be represented by a Log Cabin Republican, or to assume that voters in that district would be outraged about the rich finally being asked to pay their fair share of taxes, or to think that that district would believe that violent police sweeps of homeless encampments can make any real difference in the homelessness issue.

And it wasn't a tax on jobs, it was a tax on Bezos. Sawant and the rest of the large contingent of Seattleites who think Bezos SHOULD finally pay his fair share of taxes wanted to do a wealth tax or a municipal income tax, but weren't able to do so because of the outdates and unjustified bans on income tax or wealth tax in the state constitution. Are you willing to do the right thing and support getting rid of those bans, so that those who've become wealthy off of the labor of Seattle and Washington state workers should finally pay what they owe to the people?

And in response to the poster who said that Bezos only gets a "salary" of $89,000 a year...uh, you do realize that there are many OTHER ways to compensate a CEO besides an official paycheck, do you not?

It's almost charming that you think Bezos actually lives on nothing but that "salary".

BTW, the only workers who had an issue with the Amazon tax were the building anybody who's spent any time in or near the labor movement can tell you, the building trades are always the most right-wing unions of was the building trades which provided the "hard had" types who beat up black and brown people, gay people, hippies, peace activists and leftists for Nixon. They've been the embodiment of the "Mr. Block" type of deluded bootlickers ever since the Mr. Block comics were created in the 1900s.


As to a Bowers v DeWolf race-which is unlikely, since Bowers has no real popularity with anybody but stoned libertarians-it would all come down to whether or not Bowers' supporters were too baked to mail in their ballots.

BTW, nobody's against "cleaning up" for the homeless, it's just that camp sweeps are an ineffective way to do it. It's not a decent choice to drive the homeless out of town as if they were vermin, and nothing the cops do gets people off of drugs.


And again, as to drugs, the way to deal with that is to 1)Legalize drugs 2)Treat addiction as a public health issue-an approach which has been shown to work, over and over-instead of as a criminal justice issue-an approach which never works-while once again setting up neighborhood walk-in treatment centers so people can get help with their addictions without risking arrest. None of that is rocket science, just a simple acceptance of reality; The War on Drugs was and is the domestic equivalent of the war against Vietnam; a pointless, unwinnable approach in which huge numbers of innocent people died because none of our leaders would admit it was wrong.

People with substance abuse issues are people, in the vast majority of cases, in deep psychic pain. It's not as if they all woke up one morning and decided "I'm going to trash my life and disappoint everybody in my life just for shits and giggles". And most of the pain people with substance abuse issues feel-with the exception of those who feel LITERAL physical pain and turn to street drugs because the healthcare system in this country can't make a profit from freeing them of their agony and because no doctor will ever get famous for ending chronic pain-are people who have been discarded by life, people who have been made to feel as though they are of no value. The best way to create a society where nobody uses drugs is to create a system which doesn't devalue or exclude or write off anybody. None of this is rocket science; it's just that our political and economic leaders don't want us to have a society like that-a society in which all of us are treated with respect and where we are simply accepted as having the RIGHT to live our best, most meaningful life, rather than most of us simply being forced to do that which is most likely to make rich people richer.


@107 & @108: “There's no reason to simply assume that Sawant will be eliminated in the primary.”

Which is why I made no such assumption. I was merely responding to your repeated assumption that she won’t be. Watching you flail around, desperately trying to justify that assumption, was really entertaining:

“...if there was polling to suggest that,”

Two years ago, polling was clear: Mike McGinn was front-runner for Mayor. (The same poll showed Ed Murray would have been the leader, had he been in the race.) In the actual primary election, McGinn finished behind four female candidates, three of whom had never held elective office. So, polling data in a local, many-candidate race may not be a useful predictor of election results.

“...would be trumpeting it.”

Why would we want to alert her? Why should anyone do her that favor?

“And it wasn't a tax on jobs, it was a tax on Bezos.”

Your Two Minutes are over. Seriously, do you just not know what the EHT would have done? Are you not able to read it for yourself? Can you do anything other than just keep on regurgitating the propaganda you’ve swallowed?

Perhaps not:

“Orion has no popularity in Sawant's district...”

I’m sorry, which poll said that?

“...the large contingent of Seattleites...”

I’m sorry, which poll said that?

“...the only workers who had an issue with the Amazon tax were the building trades.”

I’m sorry, which poll said that?

“Bowers has no real popularity....”

I’m sorry, which poll said that?

Finally, are you a teenager — in the ‘90s?

“...Bowers' supporters were too baked to mail in their ballots.”

“...a Log Cabin Republican,”


@109: Of course drugs should be legal. I’ve voted for legalization my entire adult life.

Even if drugs are legal, they’re not free, and the very nature of addiction means the hardcore addict will feed his addiction before he feeds himself. Or clothes himself. Or does anything else needed to hold down a job. So, he steals.

What would you do with an addict who is functional enough to steal, who denies his addiction, and therefore refuses treatment? Do we just keep throwing him in jail for property crimes, ignoring the obvious reason he steals? Do we mandate the treatment he refuses? Or do we allow him to live without sanitation, shooting up in a tent, after stealing enough bicycles from children to pay for his drugs?

Because that last is the policy Sawant et. al. were actually pushing (pun intended) with the EHT. Yet you still seem confused as to why it got so swiftly repealed.


And in the first results, all THREE incumbents, including the allegedly hated Sawant, are leading after the first batch of returns. So much for the certainty of a the Trumpist takeover tensor has been salivating about.


At this point, it's Sawant with 33%-her vote share always increases as each day's batch of votes come in-Orion, the Chamber of Commerce/corporate power candidate, is at 24% DeWolf is in a weak third-place position with 14%-there's no way in hell his votes go to Orion as a block in November-Murakami is at 13%, at most 16% combined for the libertarian pot guy and whatever the name of the other candidate in the race.


Yes, Sawant's vote is down, as usually happens when in ai...mostly she lost to DeWolf, who clearly won't be in the general election ballot and whose supporters are not going to go as a bloc to Orion. Murakami voters might, but that still only gets him to about 36%. The votes of the libertarian pot guy are more of a wildcard.


@112: If “the incumbents may survive the primary!!” Is your good news, I’d love to see what your bad news looks like.

That said, I would expect early votes to be most anti-incumbent and anti-tax, so it’s good news for both tonight’s leaders and the tax issues (Library for Seattle, Parks for King County) to be leading on election night.

“So much for the certainty of a the Trumpist takeover tensor has been salivating about.”

Dude, just call me a Nazi. You know you’re aching to do it, and It would be deeply embarrassing for you if GermanSausage beat you to it.

@113: “...DeWolf is in a weak third-place position with 14%-there's no way in hell his votes go to Orion as a block in November-”

Because whiskey monkey banana telephone I SAID SO THAT’S WHY no backsies!!!1!

@114: “...mostly she lost to DeWolf,”

You might get a fight from @113 about that. See his quote, above.


115: I hadn't yet thought of you as a Nazi, but clearly your obsession with sweeping homeless encampments-an approach which never produces humane outcomes-does mark you as somewhere on the authoritarian right. Punitive approaches to social issues never result in anything progressive or compassionate happening. I said Sawant lost most vote share from last time to De Wolf. The votes going to Orion are almost all votes that went to Sawant's corporate-centrist opponent-there is no way any significant number of votes would swing from a socialist candidate last time to the most conservative candidate in the race-Orion-this time. There's no argument Orion could possibly make to DeWolf supporters to add them to his total-DeWolf supporters aren't THAT obsessed with defeating Kshama.


Here's how it looks for the fall, if you work in the votes for the District 3 candidates who are out of the running: The only defeated candidate's votes which are likely to go to Orion(who starts with 24% on his own) are the 14% which have gone to Murakami, which would take him to 38%. On the other side, the 13% which went to DeWolf will likely go to Sawant in the fall-they voted DeWolf on political style grounds, not substantive disagreement on the issues-getting her to 45%-46% right there. The 7.5% which went to Nguyen voted for a progressive agenda, dominated by criminal justice reform. No way in hell does Orion, whom we can simply assume is the "law and order" candidate, being the Chamber of Commerce-GOP candidate, win any significant number of Nguyen's votes. That means that, even if Orion sweeps Murakami and the pot shop owner's votes, he's at maybe 45%. And it means you were being amazingly silly to think the District 3 contest was ever going to be between Orion and the pot guy.