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Category: Election
October 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Advisory Vote No. 8: Marijuana is already overtaxed

I don’t understand The Seattle Times’ logic in supporting Advisory Vote No. 8, the law that excludes state licensed marijuana farmers from agricultural tax advantages [“The Times recommends to maintain Advisory Vote No. 8 on marijuana tax,” Opinion. Oct. 14]. The Times writes, “Initiative 502, rightly puts pot alongside alcohol as an adult indulgence…

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October 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Judicial ratings: Provide more funding for information on judicial candidates

Facing another set of confusing judicial elections, I much appreciated The Seattle Times editorial recognizing votingforjudges.org — the website that disseminates objective, accurate and comprehensive information about judicial candidates [“Votingforjudges.org makes it easier to size up judicial candidates,” Opinion, Oct. 15]. More people should know about this site. As a matter of human interest,…

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September 26, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Conversation starter: Responses from readers on what to ask state candidates

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Last week, The Seattle Times editorial board published its own questions for candidates before the November election. Northwest Voices readers were asked to submit their own questions and issues that need addressing by politicians.

Here are selected submissions:

How do you plan to solve the problem of money in politics?

Spending during elections has skyrocketed ever since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision. A few wealthy individuals and corporations use money to amplify their speech, drowning out ordinary Americans. In our democracy, the size of your wallet should not determine the strength of your voice. This issue is important to the vast majority of Americans, both conservative and liberal.

There is a national solution to this problem (a constitutional amendment), but there are numerous measures that can be taken on the state and local level to help solve this problem. For example, cities and counties can have small donor incentive programs for local elections. We should ask our candidates what they would do if elected to help solve the problem of big money in politics, so that in the future, elections are more fair and representative of the people.

Faith Deis, Seattle

What will you do about climate change?

It is the most dire issue facing us today and we are running out of time to act. No political leader — local, state or federal — should be given a pass on this urgent question. And as Paul Krugman makes clear, we need informed candidates who understand not only the science but the economics of climate change.

Our state is already paying the price in human suffering, and financially through the destruction of shellfish due to ocean acidification, wildfires and landslides, loss of snow pack, and more. Whether with a carbon tax, stopping coal and oil trains or funding mass transit, state and local candidates have a job to do.

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Comments | More in Conversation starter, Election | Topics: 2014, Citizens United, climate change

August 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Women politicians and lack of gender parity

Gender parity remains elusive On the 94th anniversary this month of American women gaining full voting rights, how far have we come? At the ballot box, quite far. Female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1964. So it’s worth remembering the long battle leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first…

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Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: election, politics

August 8, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Congress: Support is so low for incumbents, challengers could do better

The Times recently recapped its congressional endorsements ["Seattle Times editorial board recommendations for 2014 primary," Opinion Northwest, July 16]. In every one of the eight races, the endorsement was for the incumbent. Fairness dictates that the record of the current 113th Congress be included: as the lowest level of legislative accomplishment in the last 40 years, far…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, election, endorsements

July 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Primary election: Dave Reichert an important voice for the environment

As a proud local Republican who volunteers with Washington Trails and Puget Soundkeeper, I am pleased that The Seattle Times has once again endorsed U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn ["Re-elect Dave Reichert in 8th Congressional District," Opinion, July 15]. Reichert continues his strong leadership in environmental policy. Over his time in office he has…

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Comments | More in Election | Topics: 8th District, Gene Printz-Kopelson, Primary 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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