Postman on Politics
Chief political reporter David Postman explores state, regional and national politics.
March 24, 2008 9:35 AM
Posted by David Postman
- Chris Mulick reports at the Tri-City Herald that Gov. Chris Gregoire’s self-imposed ban on fundraising while signing legislation does not extend to unsolicited donations.
“If checks come in the mail, we're not going to be sending them back," said Debra Carnes, communications director for the Gregoire campaign.
- The Herald’s Jerry Cornfield says Dino Rossi is recruiting Republican candidates to fill the down-ballot spots this fall. Those candidates include former Snohomish Sheriff Rick Bart who will run against Congressman Rick Larsen.
- I’ve been referring to the move toward non-partisan primaries following last weeks’ U.S. Supreme Court decision. But Krist Novoselic writes at his Seattle Weekly blog that the decision threw “partisan elections with actual grassroots participation a lifeline.” It likely headed off a citizen move for a true non-partisan primary. But, Novoselic adds:
We must also observe that Washington has now abandoned plurality elections for a majoritarian system. This is a welcome step forward with democracy in our state.
By the way, if you’re not familiar with the two sides of Novoselic’s life, only he could write these two consecutive paragraphs.
I’ve just returned from a three-night stint at the House Of Blues on Sunset Boulevard. Flipper opened for Bad Religion. Revolution Mother opened the show. The shows were great, and Dale Crover and Buzzo from the Melvins joined Flipper on the last night for a rippinG version of Sacrifice.
I also got a chance to get up to speed with election reform efforts in Los Angeles. Circumstances in LA make Ranked Choice Voting an excellent alternative to the current system.
- In this roundup of bill action, The News Tribune’s Joe Turner says a bill sold as new oversight for the Port of Seattle is a “lame attempt to rein in the Port of Seattle.”
The governor isn't being told about them, Carnes said. And information about those contributions won't be publicly available until monthly reports are due April 10 -- five days after Gregoire's deadline to have decided the fate of all 331 bills sent her way.
"We've created our own firewall," Carnes said.
And Bart said Thursday if losing a federal race helps Rossi win, then so be it.
"If I can help Dino I will. If I can help the party I will. I think my candidacy will do both," he said.
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