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August 17, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: button politics; hempfest

Rob McKenna gubernatorial campaign tests a campaign button obviously designed to woo women voters.
Source:  McKenna campaign

Happy hot-as-heck Friday.

OK, I will take the bait. The Rob McKenna gubernatorial campaign is staging a button contest on Facebook, asking those willing to play along which button image and message they prefer for the gubernatorial campaign?

One of the buttons, pictured at right, “Chicks for Rob,” pink with a yellow baby chick dotting the “i” in the word “chicks,” has Democrats crying, “uncool,” “sexist” and other laments.

Question for readers: What do you think? 

McKenna spokesman Randy Pepple said the button is coming in third out of four designs in the contest,  but was the first style to run out at a recent event for McKenna featuring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

What’s going on at Hempfest that makes organizers think they might need more police officers this weekend? The Stranger reports on the confusing request — or non-request — for more officers. And the police department’s decision not to provide more officers.

Speaking of things hemp, The Seattle Times is hosting a live chat Monday on Initiative 502, the marijuana initiative. Here’s the link.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance has a piece on Crosscut.com handicapping the general election races, in light of the Aug. 7 primary results. I know, I know. Vance is an active Republican, but he can be pretty fair-minded in his analysis and he is often worth listening to. He follows state legislative races as closely as anyone.

Guess what? Washingtonians are not big on giving money to political super PACs. We come in No. 25 in the state rankings by the organization Maplight, well behind the biggies, Texas, Nevada, California, District of Columbia and New York.

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