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September 12, 2006

In other news

Posted by David Postman at 12:37 PM

  • Gov. Chris Gregoire hits the campaign trail this week to help Darcy Burner. Gregoire is the headliner for a Thursday night fundraiser in Redmond for Burner's campaign against Congressman Dave Reichert. Suggested donation runs from $50 to $500.

    Reichert today announced he had been endorsed by the Enumclaw firefighter's union. It is the sixth endorsement from police and fire groups for Reichert, the former King County sheriff.

  • In legislative races, The News Tribune's Joe Turner covers Democratic efforts to win back the 2nd Legislative District. Doesn't look likely they'll defeat Democrat turned Republican Rep. Tom Campbell.
    Now, three virtually unknown Democrats are seeking the party nomination for the chance to face off against Campbell in the Nov. 7 general election.

    "It's almost an amateur audition that's going on," said Bill Harrington, chairman of the 2nd District Democrats.

  • Project Vote Smart has posted its survey of candidates running in Washington this year. There's lots of good information on the site run by the non-profit whose work is mostly done by volunteers. But only two incumbents in our Congressional delegation responded to questions about specific positions: Jim McDermott and Doc Hastings.

    A few challengers responded as well. Candidates are increasingly less likely to answer the questions, said Project Vote Smart's Adelaide Elm. She said they are counseled by consultants and party leaders to keep their opinions to themselves.

    Legislative candidates are no better. In 2004, the first year our primary was covered by Project Vote Smart, 32 percent of candidates responded. This year it was 19 percent, Elm said.

  • At Sound Politics, Matt Rosenberg assesses Mike McGavick's campaign, saying the Republican "must somehow connect brilliantly with suburban swing voters to pull this one out." He also sums up the news about Maria Cantwell and Ron Dotzauer pretty well. Rosenberg says it "may not amount to much in the end. It would probably mean more if she owed him a loan." li>
  • The Herald in Everett shows that Snohomish County voters aren't doing a very good job following directions:
    In a test sample of 250 random ballots Monday, elections officials found one in five voters voted along strict party lines.

    Yet their choices from that part of the ballot must be thrown out. That's because the voters didn't pick their party affiliation — a task of connecting the front and back of an arrow with a simple line.

    Here's the AP version of the story.

    • Any question John Kerry is running for president? An update: "This weekend John Kerry will travel across Iowa to campaign with Democratic candidates running in critical races up and down the ticket on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16."
    • Any question John Kerry is running for president? Oh, never mind. I just opened the mail and got a big, fat, envelope from "Friends of John Kerry" with DVDs and copies of speeches he gave over the summer on energy and health care. He's running.

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