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August 20, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Monday briefing: gov candidates and state parks, Akin rape comments, government jobs

Good Morning.

UPDATED: Adding article by Nate Silver on the Missouri Senate race.

 

A few weeks ago, Times reporter Javier Panzar clued us in on the unprecedented effort of the state parks department to become self-sufficient, that is, to operate without traditional general fund support. All of which was supposed to begin next year. Well, as Panzar reported, it’s not going so well. The state parks’ Discover Pass has brought in less than half the amount of money expected. So, what’s a new governor to do about it? The (Everett) Herald’s Jerry Cornfield spoke to Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee, two men who would be governor, about state parks. Both said they want to give parks some funding, yes, out of the state budget, but were fuzzy on exactly how much. The state Parks and Recreation Commission is asking for $18 million to act as a bridge while other parks business-oriented innovations become part of the mix.

 

Who says Washington state doesn’t know how to cut government when it has to? The Puget Sound Business Journal reports we rank among the top three states slashing jobs. Washington was third in the nation in job-cutting, behind Texas and California.

 

Did you track the unusual comments over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri about a woman’s body supposedly blocking pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape”? Akin is the Republican candidate for Senate in that state.¬† The ever-careful analyst Nate Silver of the New York Times thinks this incident could be a game changer.

Question: What did you think of Akin’s comments?

Here’s an ouch for President Obama: unemployment numbers are heading in the wrong direction for him in some key swing states.

 

Join the Seattle Times for a live chat today at noon¬† on the marijuana initiative, I-502. Joining us to take your questions will be Alison Holcomb, drug policy director for the ACLU of Washington on loan as director of the I-502 campaign, and Kevin Sabet, former senior advisor to the national drug czar. Here’s the link to the chat. Feel free to send questions in advance to jmartin@seattletimes.com or jbalter@seattletimes.com

 

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