November, 2008

  1. Washington State Auditor

    My choices are: Brian Sonntag (Prefers Democratic Party) J. Richard (Dick) McEntee (Prefers Republican Party) The state auditor’s position got a lot more interesting a couple of years ago with the passage of a performance audit initiative. After that, the state auditor could conduct performance audits (not just financial audits) of any government entity in…
  2. Washington State Treasurer

    My choices are: Allan Martin (Prefers Republican Party) Jim McIntire (Prefers Democratic Party) The primary job for the state treasurer is managing the state’s money. My favorite candidate came in third in the primary. ChangMook Sohn was the state economist and would have brought to the table an economist’s outlook. Left in the race is…
  3. Washington State Secretary of State

    My choices are: Sam Reed (Prefers Republican Party) Jason Osgood (Prefers Democratic Party) Jason Osgood’s positions on elections are all pretty solid. Policy-wise we wouldn’t have the issues with using bad election technology that other states have run in to, and which Washington has seen a few instances of. But he’s a one trick pony.…
  4. Washington State Lieutenant Governor

    My choices are: Brad Owen (Prefers Democratic Party) Marcia McCraw (Prefers Republican Party) Brad Owen’s big thing is that he is anti-drug. I’m muddled with regard to legalization because I’ve seen the harm drugs can do. But I’ve also seen how the war on drugs isn’t working either. So pushing the war on drugs doesn’t…
  5. Washington State Governor

    My choices are: Christine Gregoire (Prefers Democratic Party) Dino Rossi (Prefers G.O.P. Party) The race is a lot closer than it should be. Christine Gregoire has been a pretty good governor. She’s been hard-nosed in a few cases, particularly with the viaduct and belatedly with making Plan B available. She tends to work behind the…
  6. U.S. Representative Congressional District No. 7

    My choices are: Jim McDermott (Prefers Democratic Party) Steve Beren (Prefers Republican Party) Sacrificial lamb Steve Beren doesn’t have a chance in this heavily liberal district. The Green Party candidate a few years ago had a better chance than does Beren. McDermott will be a solid but unspectacular Democrat supporting Obama’s agenda, and I’m glad…
  7. President and Vice President of the United States

    In Washington, the choices on the ballot are the following: Barack Obama and Joe Biden – Democratic Party Nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin – Republican Party Nominees Ralph Nader and Matt Gonzalez – Independent Candidates Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear – Socialism and Liberation Party Nominees James E. Harris and Alyson Kennedy –…
  8. King County Charter Amendment No. 8 – Nonpartisan Elections

    Shall the King County Charter be amended to make the offices of King county executive, King county assessor and King county council nonpartisan, and to establish the nonpartisan selection of districting committee members? The primary effect of this change would be to obscure the party affiliation of Republicans in a heavily Democratic county. Some districts…
  9. King County Charter Amendment No. 6 – Budget Deadines

    Shall Sections 410 and 420 of the King County Charter be amended to impose deadlines that are twenty days earlier than existing deadlines for county agencies to submit budget information to the county executive and for the county executive to present a proposed budget to the county council, as provided in Ordinance No. 16208? Again,…