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Category: Election
July 21, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Primary election: Peterson the better pick for District 21 because he collaborates

This is a note to underscore my unqualified support for Strom Peterson for District 21 [“The Times recommends in District 21 races Scott Whelpley, Lillian Ortiz-Self,” Opinion, July 16]. The Times is right to focus on the need to send people to Olympia who can reduce partisanship. However, it is unrealistic to expect someone…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Bob Rinehart, District 21, Lillian Ortiz-Self

July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Include term limits in public financing

Cynicism and disgust are my conclusions after reading that the Seattle City Council decided to defer the ballot measure for public financing, to a time when the public could more easily be swayed to approve it [“Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot,” Politics Northwest, June 30]. (The measure was…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: campaigns, elections, public financing

July 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Endorsements: The Seattle Times should look past bipartisans

The Times endorsed the Republican candidate for the 5th Legislative District, Position 2, because of his so-called “moderation” and “experience” [“Magendanz a clear choice for 5th District,” Opinion, Jule 2]. The endorsement begs the broader question: The extremist Republicans who control the state Senate have caused the state to reach gridlock, not unlike what’s…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: bipartisan, Chad Magendanz, Democrats

February 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Minority voting: Washington Voting Rights Act doesn’t go far enough

It is welcome news that the Legislature is considering the Washington Voting Rights Act [“State House Democrats push forward minority voting bill,” Local News, Jan. 25]. Washington has a history of bipartisan efforts of voter inclusion. Vote by mail, creation of the Washington State Redistricting Commission and passage of Initiative 872, which allows a vote for…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Initiative 872, Susan Goding, Washington State Redistricting Commission

November 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Elections are determined by big money

Term limits are crucial for representatives and senators Editor, The Times: I wish more articles were written on a consistent basis about the influx of money into our political process [“Funding state elections from near, afar,” page on, Nov. 3]. There is no question that candidates who are more qualified, yet do not have the money power behind…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, term limits

October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some…


Comments | More in Election, Federal government | Topics: Campaign limits, federal election, government

May 15, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Pakistani elections

Election process corrupt As a Pakistani living in Seattle, the past two days have seen me glued to my computer, following Pakistan’s national elections [“Pakistan’s ex-leader poised to win,” page one, May 12]. Both Pakistani and international media have failed to provide a complete picture of what is actually happening.Social media is full of eyewitness accounts…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, Pakistan

April 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

McKenna offers blueprint for GOP revival

McKenna proposes worthwhile changes, but leaves one out As a longtime voter, I was pleased to see Rob McKenna’s statement of changes needed by the GOP [“A reset button for Washington state’s GOP,” Opinion, March 31]. I first voted in November 1952, casting votes for Dwight Eisenhower and other Republicans. I’ve voted in every election…


Comments | More in Election, Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: McKenna, Republicans

March 7, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Mitt Romney explains why he lost the election

Recant not successful Poor Mitt Romney, he just can’t seem to get his point across [“Romney spreads blame in explaining why he lost,” News, March 4]. He claims that the 47-percent comment — blown out of proportion by the media — wasn’t really what he meant to say. What he really meant to say was, he…


Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, the 1 percent

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