Topic: Sen. Ed Murray
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October 18, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Candidates go head-to-head during TV debate
In last week’s mayoral debate, state Sen. Ed Murray leaned heavily on his long list of endorsements from the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, to labor, business and environmental groups [“Battle for top job in Seattle heats up during TV debate,” page one, Oct. 10].
Yes, Murray is the obvious choice for organizations like the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. But doesn’t it seem like endorsements from some groups come simply because he is the alternative to Mayor Mike McGinn?
Case in point: The environmental group Washington Conservation Voters endorsed Murray in June, touting his strong voting record in the state Legislature. I won’t argue his record, but isn’t it clear that McGinn, a former Sierra Club President, is a more environmentally friendly mayor? He’s been a leader on coal trains, fossil-fuel divestment, public transit and more.
The WCV wouldn’t even endorse McGinn in 2009 when he ran against Joe Mallahan, a businessman with no environmental record. So it appears that the WCV is not the “political voice for the environment” it claims to be, at least not in the last two mayoral races. And Murray’s biggest talking point, his endorsements, is sometimes less about him and more about an alternative to McGinn. If Murray wins, the environment loses, and that’s on the WCV.
Jeremy Tryba, Seattle
March 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM
Sen. Ed Murray works for the state, not a political party
How can Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray say the state Supreme Court’s overturning the two-thirds voting requirement protects us from the tyranny of the minority [“Raising taxes gets easier — and politically harder,” page one, March 1]?
The voters last November approved it by 64 percent. Sen. Murray, that is a majority!
Murray shows the public his lack of understanding of his duty. He works for the citizens of the state of Washington, not a political party.
What a shame the political process of the state Supreme Court has fallen to this level.
–Leo M. Riley, Bellevue
Government programs need tax money
People want roads, bridges, public transportation, public schools, police protection, social services and other government programs, but they don’t want to pay for any of it. They vote for Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiatives and scream when asked to pay road tolls.
By voting for anti-tax initiatives and candidates, they risk turning our highways into parking lots, our kids into losers and our cities into encampments for the homeless and mentally ill.
Moreover, they irrationally vote against their own self-interest, because Washington state has the most regressive tax system in the nation, but we have no high earners’ state income tax.
–Don Smith, Bellevue
February 26, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Legislators should understand what they propose
Kudos to Danny Westneat. He took on three Washington state Democratic senators and exposed them for the bumbling incompetents they are [“Dems keep shooting themselves in foot,” NWSunday, Feb. 24]. I suspect they will introduce other legislation they haven’t read in the future, but it is nice to see their chicanery exposed to the light of day. In their minds, any law that can confiscate a gun is a good law.
They remind me of John Kerry, who “voted for [funding the Iraq war] before [he] voted against it.” And Nancy Pelosi, who wanted to “pass [Obamacare] so you can find out what is in it.”
Lobbyists will continue to write “model legislation.” That’s their job. Elected representatives, however, do not have to go in lock-step. That’s their job. It’s likely the three state senators come from bulletproof constituencies (pun intended). They need have no fear of not being re-elected. That is, indeed, unfortunate.
However, thanks Danny. Maybe because of you state legislators will actually read a bill before they propose it. That would be a step in the right direction.
–Denny Andrews, Bellevue
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