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August 31, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: Romney-meter, how did he do? legislators like arena; gov debate about debates

Good Morning.

 

Republican presidential nominee
Mitt Romney

For political aficionados, there is only one line of questioning today: How did the Republicans do this week? Did Mitt Romney make his case? Did he connect, especially with independent or undecided voters? Tell us what you think at the bottom of this post. Don’t be shy.

 

Three Seattle legislators have announced support for the proposed Sodo arena. Lawmakers don’t really need to stick their necks out on this proposal. The pertinent votes are taking place at the King County Council, which already approved the plan, and before the Seattle City Council, which is working behind the scenes on some sort of upgrade/re-take of the original agreement. A City Council decision is expected in early September. But here they come. Crosscut ran a piece penned by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew and state Sens. David Frockt and Jeanne Kohl-Welles, of Seattle, urging the council to make a deal.

 

My KUOW-FM radio pal, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, has a blog post about Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee. Both are still fighting about debates. When? How many more? “I am more agreeable than you.” And vice versa. The news this week is that they both agreed to a few debates but apparently not all the dates proposed. One upcoming head-to-head match-up will be Oct. 2 in Yakima; the Seattle Times is co-hosting a debate with KING TV on Oct. 16.

Speaking of debates, Sen. Maria Cantwell, Democrat, has yet to agree to a request from her Republican opponent, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, to debate 39 times in Washington’s 39 counties. Nor has Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers agreed to her opponent’s request for debates in the 5th congressional district’s 10 countries. Rodgers’, convention host¬† of the Republican National Convention,¬† agreed to just two debates with Rich Cowan, both in Spokane. Cantwell, so far, and this will change, has agreed to none. Suffice it to say, 39 debates is either a huge stretch or a joke, especially for a member of the Senate who will be working much of September.

 

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