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December 10, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Big weekend for gay marriage in Washington state. So, what do voters across the country think about gay marriage? A new poll reported in Politico says a plurality — not a majority – of Americans favor gay marriage. The Times’ Carol Ostrom reported Saturday about people in our state who voted against both gay marriage and marijuana legalization. The U.S. Supreme Court will take up gay marriage, two cases.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith stays put on armed services: The News Tribune of Tacoma has an interesting piece on Adam Smith, formerly of Tacoma, who has recently moved to Bellevue. The point is Smith may have moved out of the Tacoma area and away from close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but his interests are still with armed services. Smith is staying on as the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee in the upcoming Congress. Smith, by the by, moved closer to the center of the newly-drawn 9th Congressional District.
Booker on the move: Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker is making plans. Or thinking about a move up in politics, anyway. Booker, one of the rising stars in Democratic politics, is pondering a run next year against popular New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Wouldn’t that be a fun race? Christie, a Republican, aggravated members of his own party for the hug heard round the world during the presidential race. (You might remember Christie embraced and praised President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.)
December 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Good morning. Happy Friday!
Cheech and Chonged out: I don’t know about you, but the network anchors sounded a little silly as they joked and deployed bad puns about the big party out in Washington state because of our new marijuana law (which took effect Thursday). Anchors like CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield chortled about how many Washingtonians were calling in sick on the first day of pot legalization. Several national reports so far have included — perhaps, overused — scenes from the marijuana-friendly movie “Cheech and Chong” as B-roll footage.
Washington voters have something to brag about, if they are OK with second place. The numbers aren’t final, but it looks like Washington state had the second-highest voter turnout in the country in the 2012 general election, if you count percentage of registered voters participating.
Washington, Oregon and Minnesota traditionally fare best in this category. Washington’s official, final turnout number was 81.25 percent of registered voters.
“We attribute it to the drawing power of the ballot measures, great races around this state, the presidency motivated some voters,” explained David Ammons, spokesman for Secretary of State Sam Reed. And don’t forget, Washington gubernatorial races run concurrently with presidential contests, and that also helps turnout.
Patrick McDonald, assistant to Reed, said Oregon edged Washington out with 82.8 percent of registered voters taking part in the election, while Minnesota had 76.6 of percent participation among the same category of voters.
Other outfits measure percentage of eligible voters, but that list, from George Mason University, is not yet complete. Washington is not expected to fare as well on that listing.
Colbert for Senate: Huffington Post has some fun with the idea of comedian Steve Colbert taking over South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s Senate seat. DeMint is leaving the Senate. Gov. Nikki Haley appoints. The idea is far-fetched but entertaining.
October 19, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Polls followed by polls. Washington state could make history a few weeks from now if voters decide to legalize pot or approve same-sex marriage. How likely are either of these events? Well, the latest KING-TV SurveyUSA poll shows gay marriage with 54 percent support and the pot legalization with 55 percent support. Majorities, yes, but many voters are still undecided.
Proponents of the gay marriage measure will tell you that despite positive polling numbers, a concern remains that people may not understand the fact that to support same-sex marriage, voters have to approve Referendum 74.
The poll was conducted Oct. 12-14 among 543 likely statewide voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.
The other two ballot measures, Initiative 1240, which would allow charter schools, also was ahead in the latest poll, with 54 percent, but another poll released this week, The KCTS 9 Washington Poll, showed charter schools with 49 percent backing and pot legalization, regulation and taxation with 47 percent. The gay marriage measure in The Washington Poll, was leading by 54 to 38 percent, but when additional questions were asked to determine if people were being truthful support dropped slightly.
Ballots are going out, turnout shall be robust: Secretary of State Sam Reed is expecting big participation in the upcoming first all vote-by-mail presidential/gubernatorial election in Washington.
Here is an email from Reed spokesman David Ammons:
”Secretary of State Sam Reed on Thursday predicted a robust voter turnout of 81 percent in the General Election that is currently under way. He said Washington voters will be attracted by highly competitive races for president and governor, hot races for Legislature and Congress, and some of the most compelling ballot measures in the country.
Washington has over 3.85 million registered voters – an all-time high – and more are expected to be added, since new registrations are still being accepted in-person at county elections offices. About 120,000 new registrations have been added since the August primary.
Washington’s historic average for presidential/gubernatorial year turnout since 1952 is 79.2 percent.”
Facebook political ads: So Facebook has been offering political ads this busy election season. Question: Do those ads work. Talking Points Memo cites a study conducted by two researchers at Columbia University and University of California, Berkeley, that says Facebook users don’t exactly spend a lot of time on the site actually looking at, absorbing, political ads. Do you pay attention to Facebook political ads?
October 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM
Washington voters appear to like three statewide initiatives — gay marriage, marijuana legalization and tax limitations — enough to put all three measures on the November ballot in positive territory, according to the latest KING TV SurveyUSA poll.
The poll shows support for Referendum 74 (approving same-sex marriage) at 55 percent, for approving the tax measure, Initiative 1185, at 56 percent, for legalizing marijuana for adults, Initiative 502, at 57 percent.
The only statewide ballot initiative with less than majority support is Initiative 1240, the charter school measure. The SurveyUSA polling data shows that measure with a 49 percent “yes” response.
The poll of 540 likely voters around the state was conducted from Sept. 28-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percent.
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