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September 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: Voting begins in some states already — yikes!; gov campaigns court female voters

Good Morning, All:

Election is kind of beginning: If it feels like the pace of the 2012 campaign season is picking up, and politicians are getting increasingly testy, it’s not your imagination. The 2012 election is officially under way, voting, that is. That’s right. As the National Journal points out, voting has already started in a few states.  North Carolina, Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan all began absentee voting in recent days. In-person early voting is also allowed in Virginia and Michigan. Counties in Washington state began mailing ballots to military and overseas voters late last week.  

The Secretary of State’s office announced the counties with the highest number of voters receiving such ballots.

“The eight counties that had the highest number of ballots sent to military and overseas voters for the primary were King (12,574), Pierce (10,405), Kitsap (5,972), Thurston (4,362), Spokane (3,722), Snohomish (3,535), Island (2,112) and Clark (1,737). ”


From Times Reporter Brian M. Rosenthal: Rob McKenna’s latest ad makes it perfectly clear which demographic the Republican gubernatorial candidate is targeting. The 30-second spot features McKenna’s wife of 26 years, Marilyn, and two daughters talking about family values.

McKenna’s is not the only campaign targeting women, of course: the latest ad from Our Washington, an outside group supporting Democrat Jay Inslee, slams McKenna by using a dating analogy offered by a woman. Recent poll numbers suggest that McKenna has more work to do with women voters, who make up 53 percent of the state electorate. In the latest Elway Poll, for example, Inslee led McKenna among female voters.


Campaign slack-itude:  The Public Disclosure Commission has scheduled a hearing for this Thursday, Sept. 27, to discuss more about Lt. Gov. Brad Owen’s sloppy campaign finance reports. Might be garden-variety stuff, but never a good thing in the middle of an election. Owen has a vigorous challenger this year, former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner.


Speaking of state government: The words “budget” and “shortfall will be back into political geek conversations before you know it. Shortly after election results are tallied. The state budget is not expected to be as bleak as it has been in recent years, but expect another round of insufficient funds.


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