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July 18, 2013 at 12:21 PM
WASHINGTON — Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Congress needs to reduce the deficit with a comprehensive and bipartisan plan.
That was the message that four dozen members of the new Campaign to Fix Debt brought to Capitol Hill Tuesday and Wednesday, part of an intensifying national effort to cut through the political din and shrink the nation’s red ink.
Chris Vance, former chairman of the Washington state Republican Party, came to Washington, D.C., as one of the campaign’s four state co-chairs. The debt group was created last year by Maya MacGuineas, a high-profile deficit hawk and president of the nonprofit Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.
Campaign to Fix the Debt draws heavy financial support from corporations, including JPMorgan Chase and Aetna. But the group says it’s not focusing on specific prescriptions. The campaign loosely supports the Simpson-Bowles blueprint, a 2010 deficit-reduction plan issued by a bipartisan presidential commission.
For instance, Simpson-Bowles calls for gradually increasing the age for qualifying for Social Security to beyond 67.
Vance described that as “minor structural change” to help put Social Security on firmer footing, along with reducing benefits for higher-income beneficiaries.
Such changes many not strike everyone as minor, Vance said, “but it’s minor compared to what some Republicans have proposed, which is to turn Social Security into a privatized” retirement plan.
Other state co-chairs of the Campaign to Fix the Debt include state Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt.
November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Wednesday politics: counties with highest voter turnout, Pierce Co. voting, Nate Silver in Doonesbury
Happy Day Before Turkey Day.
One for the number nerds: Amid all the pre-election surmising about which Washington counties might have the highest — highest! — turnout, one expert in the Secretary of State’s office quipped that with marijuana legalization on the ballot, a good bet is that voters in Jefferson and San Juan counties’ woulds turn out in big numbers. No such wager occurred. But spokesman David Ammons had it right. Now that much of the ballot counting is over — OK, we take forever — the two counties with the biggest turnout percentage were, drum roll, San Juan County, with 88.53 percent, and Jefferson County, with 88.09 percent. The much-vaunted King County turnout, so far anyway, is less than anticipated, 81.95 percent.
Pierce County voting habits: Political observers in recent years have been noticing that Pierce County voting has been trending a bit more conservative. The county was once bluer, as in, more Democratic, and more dominated by voters living in Tacoma. But the county is changing and growing. The News Tribune of Tacoma posted a cool graphic showing the voting in the 2012 governor’s race and allowed us to post it in the blog.
Nate Silver makes Doonesbury comic status: New York Times numbers whiz Nate Silver, who predicted the 2012 election with amazing accuracy, has achieved a milestone. He was mentioned in a Doonesbury comic. He’s a young man but it’s one of those things you hope to do before you check out, or so Silver tweeted this week.
Republican misgivings: In the weeks leading up to the election, former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Chris Vance was convinced Republicans were going to do better in Washington state in the 2012 election. Then they didn’t. Here is his post-election analysis for Crosscut.com, in which he says Democrats voted and a lot of Republicans stayed home.
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