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July 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Washington gov race hottest in U.S, says Politico

Good morning.

We all know Washington’s gubernatorial race is close, at least according to the polls.  Politico  goes a step further and calls it the hottest gubernatorial race in the country.

I have to give it to my KUOW-FM radio compadre, Eli Sanders of The Stranger,  for asking a really good question about how Washington voters elect judges for the state Supreme Court. At issue in this piece is state Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, whose Hispanic surname may, Sanders writes, determine the outcome of the upcoming election.

Justice Steven Gonzalez. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

If that happened, it would not be the first time Washington voters have elected a judge seemingly based on the name of the candidates.

Years ago, a little known lawyer, Charles Johnson, surprised himself and just about everyone else when he won a seat on the Supreme  Court, defeating the incumbent, Keith Callow, a name which  could be a problem.  Johnson turned out to be well thought of,  but his election was curious at the time.

For the first time in a very long time,  American cities are growing faster than the surrounding suburbs.  Young people are driving much of the change. The finding has considerable implications for transportation, density, urban planning and zoning. Some cities, Seattle included, actively promote the virtues of “walkable urbanism” and city living.

New candidates have a challenge. They need to introduce themselves to voters before the campaign season progresses too far.

Bill Driscoll, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 6th Congressional District,  is doing just that. His campaign announced its first TV ad of the season. The ad portrays him as a political outsider willing to go to Congress to fix things.

Driscoll, a descendent of timber company founder Frederick Weyerhaeuser, is running against four other Republicans to replace longtime Democratic Congressmember Norm Dicks, who is retiring. The Democrat in the race is state Sen. Derek Kilmer. of Gig Harbor.

Driscoll is putting significant amounts of his own money into the race.

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