Ryan in the Northwest: Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan is spending part of Monday in our corner of the Northwest, fund-raising for the Republican presidential ticket. A couple of events are planned: an evening reception on the Eastside with two levels of entry, $1,000 for general participation, $2,500 for a picture with Ryan, and a dinner afterward costing closer to $25,000.
No public events are planned. State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur said the local party suggested one, because their vice-presidential candidate is so charismatic. But he didn’t have time. Wilbur called this event a “hit-and-run,” using common political terminology for these short visits by national big name politicians. Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is not attending the Ryan events because he has a previously scheduled campaign fundraiser of his own in Moses Lake.
Attorney general debate: The Seattle Times and the Washington Coalition for Open Government are bringing the two attorney general candidates, Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn, together for a debate this Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The Seattle Times, 1000 Denny Way. Seating is limited — two seats per request — and can be obtained by sending an email to AGdebate@seattletimes.com.These two candidates are feisty debaters. The event will be broadcast (at a later time) on KUOW-FM and TVW and live-streamed on TVW and The Seattle Times website.
Marijuana activism: Get ready for some impromptu posters and chalking around Seattle. The Responsible Marijuana Project will launch its visible effort, Project Green Light, to end marijuana prohibition. The group will do some of its work near City Hall and police stations, you know, to make a point to people who have some say in the debate. This campaign is in it for the long haul, according t0 the article in the Seattle Weekly.