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Politics Northwest

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August 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM

What readers are saying about the 2013 primary election

A selection of reader comments on primary election news stories:

On the mayoral race

“Hmmm… decisions decisions…. So should I vote for the really liberal guy or the really liberal guy?”

Comment by POKYHOMT, Seattle, on November showdown looms for Murray, McGinn

“If conservatives in Seattle are so unhappy with the choice between ‘a really liberal guy and a really liberal guy’ why not find, groom, and then sponsor a conservative who has a chance to become major by running on sound, moderate ideas that any reasonable voter would at least consider. The problem is that there are as many weak-kneed conservatives in politics in Seattle as there are liberals. By weak-kneed I mean ideologically blinkered, glad-handers that seem to dominate both parties and to the chagrin of the reasonable, moderate voter who just want things done with a modicum of common sense, fiscal responsibility, and vision.”

Comment by cookiecrumble, Sonoma, Ca., on November showdown looms for Murray, McGinn

“I opposed McGinn on his position on the tunnel, but now that the state has stuck taxpayers with a bill for millions to fix the pontoons on the 520 bridge, I’m beginning to think he was right. The Dept of Transportation has so far demonstrated breathtaking incompetence, and McGinn was right to oppose Olympia’s efforts to stick Seattle residents with any tunnel cost over-runs. Sen Murray touts his connections with the legislature, but I prefer a mayor who looks out for the city first.”

Comment by nwneighbor, Seattle, on Underdog McGinn finds ‘wedge’ to stay alive in mayor’s race

“Murray should change his ‘maybe’ on the SoDo arena to a more resounding ‘no’ and pick up Steinbrueck’s torch against McGinn. It’d be a great wedge issue that McGinn can’t deny his part in. Heck, the arena MOU did nothing to set a minimum ‘living wage’ for workers and that framework was all McGinn… further showing he only ‘saw the light’ on Whole Foods vacations when he needed more union backers.”

Comment by ArenaCo LLC, Maple Leaf,  on November showdown looms for Murray, McGinn

On voter turnout

“It makes zero sense to elect the mayor of our largest city in an off-year election. Last time I checked the County Elections website, there were 412,000 eligible voters in Seattle and only 60,000 ballots cast. In a Presidential/Congressional election year, we’d have greater levels of electorate participation in both the primary and general election. Seattle deserves better than having a tiny fraction of the population deciding who’s on the ballot come November.”

Comment by Hawkfan67, Seattle, on November showdown looms for Murray, McGinn

“Why does Seattle deserve better than we get if so few people decide to vote?”

Comment by Triple Double Toil and Trouble on November showdown looms for Murray, McGinn

On the King County parks levy

“It is pretty clear that voters in King Country appreciate the park system and are willing to fund it. Hence, it is no surprise that KC is the economic engine of the state due to its appeal on so many level. When we finally get a functioning public transit system in place then this will be an awesome place to live.”

Comment by Horseburger, Bellevue, on Voters approving $396 million King County parks levy

“It should be against the law to put tax levies on a primary ballot.”

Comment by Wyatt_Ellis, Bellevue, on Voters approving $396 million King County parks levy



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