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October 31, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: tech vote, pot arrest every 42 seconds, Romney and FEMA

Good Morning. Oh boy, less than a week until Election Day:

Tech vote:   Guess who tech professionals are voting for this year? The Puget Sound Business Journal reports on a survey that shows tech professionals are rather lukewarm on both presidential candidates. In 2008, a large majority of tech professionals, 63 percent, favored Democrat Barack Obama, compared to 27 percent at the time for Republican John McCain. This year, the same survey shows Obama still captures a plurality of tech support, 45 percent, compared to 37 percent for Republican Mitt Romney. And, yes, in case you were wondering, that translates into political donations or a lack thereof.

Oregon presidential race: A new poll reported in the Oregonian shows the presidential race is tighter than you might think in that state. Women voters are shoring up the numbers for Obama, but support for the president is definitely less in the state than it was four years ago.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan

Oooh, ouch, FEMA: The New York Times and Huffington Post are all over Mitt Romney for an earlier video from Republican presidential primary debates in which Romney expressed something less than big love and support for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA, of course, bails out communities suffering from natural disasters. “The Hill” has a story about Romney’s not-so-clear response Tuesday to questions about his support for FEMA.

University of Washington voters: So, you probably assume the University of Washington campus, nestled in the liberal bastion of Seattle, is a harshly partisan place this week before the election. But a writer for the University of Washington “Daily” says the place is less polarized than you might think. Writer Joshua Waugh says the place is surprising thoughtful and open-minded.

Pot politics: With votes on marijuana legalization and regulation measures on the ballot in three states, including Washington,  the FBI issued a report that says a marijuana arrest occurs every 42 seconds in the U.S. The Daily Beast has a piece on why ending pot prohibition might not be a great idea. 

Dating politics: And you thought it safe to talk about almost anything with a prospective date? Actually, no. The Wall Street Journal reports that match-making services find politics definitely separate otherwise would-be, could-be mates.

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