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Well, I've filled out my ballot. There are a number of interesting/important initiatives, referenda, and propositions on the Washington ballot this year. The two highest profile measures are Referendum 74, which would preserve the legislative bill that legalized same-sex marriage this year, and Initiative 502, which would legalize marijuana. I gave the thumbs up to both of those. There were also a number of economic/taxation measures, including another Tim Eyman anti-taxation measure (1185) that got the thumbs down from me. I also voted no on charter schools (Initiative 1240), even though I don't feel strongly on the issue. Likewise I approved the proposal (8223) to allow the UW and WSU to invest public funds, even though I have mixed feelings about it. The latter two votes had a lot to do with my anger at the cuts in state funding for public education.

It looks as though we're in for another close governor's race, and I voted for Democrat Jay Inslee over former UW student body president Rob "the Winsome Weasel" McKenna. (And fuck you too, Seattle Times.) I couldn't bring myself to vote for Lieutenant Governor one way or the other. Maybe I should write somebody in? I voted for Democrats in every other contested race on the ballot (including Frank Chopp over socialist Kshama Sawant for the state legislature). I approved the proposition to fund the rebuild of the Alaskan Way seawall (City of Seattle Proposition 1).

Lots of important business in all this. I'm feeling optimistic about both marriage equality and legalized marijuana (despite the shameless opposition of the medical marijuana industry). We shall see.



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Oct. 21st, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Pretty similar ballot here, although I follow the Stranger's recommendations closer than you do, I think.

I might have voted for Kshama Sawant over Frank Chopp, because I think that's the level at which a socialist and my voting for same could make a difference. (As opposed to voting for a third party candidate for president.)

But, I don't know, as we're not in that district.
Oct. 22nd, 2012 01:01 am (UTC)
I definitely understand the argument in favor of voting for Sawant in this case, and I probably would have in the past, but it strikes me now that you only have to look at Bernie Sanders to see how little practical effect electing a lone socialist to a legislative body has. Still, if you're going to vote for a socialist, this is a good situation in which to do it.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh. I would have thought Bernie Sanders a very good argument for electing a lone socialist. He may not accomplish much legislatively - a lone anything won't do that - but he speaks conspicuously and you can point to what he says.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Well, if that's important to you, then I can see why you'd vote that way. I'm more interested in legislative accomplishment -- which is another reason I think Jim McDermott should retire.
Oct. 22nd, 2012 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm still not sure if i'm voting for Chopp or Sawant. It doesn't seem like Chopp's actually in any danger of NOT winning, so i'm not sure it even matters.

Suspect i'm a "no" on charter schools (for my own reasons), but i'm going to have a long talk with Andy to get his opinions on how charter schools have played out in California. REALLY not sure how i'm voting on UW/WSU investing public funds.

I'm not 100% thrilled with Inslee, but i am certainly 100% UNthrilled with McKenna. All i know is that it looks like we're in for another interesting vote-count for the governorship of Washington state. YAY. :P

Oh, and of course i'm voting for the seawall, because how can you put a freakin' tunnel down there when the seawall is crumbling??
Oct. 22nd, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
No, I don't think Chopp is in any danger of losing.

I really feel underinformed on charter schools, but that's largely because I haven't made any effort to inform myself.
Oct. 22nd, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
I generally write in Jane E. Hawkins for offices where there's no one I want to vote for. I always vote for her for congress, because I can't bring myself to vote for Jim McDermott since the illegally taped phone call. I don't know how I'd vote if there were any chance McDermott might actually lose.
Oct. 22nd, 2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Excellent write-in suggestion! I have now voted for Liet. Gov.

I wish McDermott would retire. Long past due.
Oct. 23rd, 2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
We have a venerable congressman like that near here: a strong progressive but who's lost the thread and is long overdue for retirement. Fortunately our new top-two primary election threw in another liberal Democrat against him, and were I in that district, I'd vote for the Order of the Boot.
Oct. 25th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
In 2000, I voted for the Green Party candidate for Representative over McDermott, and the Green guy (whose name now escapes me) got one third of the vote -- the highest proportion of the vote of any Green Party candidate in the entire country, that year. I take it no Greenie's running for McDermott's seat this year. Pity. Did you just skip voting for that seat this year?
Oct. 25th, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
No, I voted for McDermott. Kate's the one who didn't vote for McDermott.
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