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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 17, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Monday briefing: Republican bench; what’s middle class?; Occupy anniversary

Good Morning:

Republican bench: It seems premature, but political analysts are looking at the latest, and, for the moment, Democratic-leaning polls, and wondering if Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna might lose to Democrat Jay Inslee in the governor’s race, if Reagan Dunn, another Republican, may come up short in November compared with Democrat Bob Ferguson, in the attorney general’s race, who does that leave?

What the political junkies — for example AP’s Chris Grygiel — mean is, Who will be left on the Republican bench for the next go-round for governor and senator in 2016? It’s a good question to ask, but also, early for such talk. Here are some of the polls triggering the questions, the latest Elway poll shows a close race for McKenna and Inslee, and then all Dems all the time  in other statewide races.

 

Defining the middle class: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had another less-than-zen moment last week when he described the middle class as earning $200,000 to $250,000 and less. President Obama, when talking about tax cuts, implies something sort of similar, at least as the ceiling for that group of income earners. What is a reasonable description of a middle-class income?

 

Occupy: It might be an odd thing to note an anniversary for, but Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary today, Monday. Some of the predictable is planned in New York: protesters will surround the stock exchange, do a few sit-ins and disrupt some traffic.

 

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