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May 23, 2012 at 7:33 AM

What can we learn from the nine candidates for Washington governor?

McKenna Inslee Candidates Third-Party

(Graphic by Almeera Anwar / UW Election Eye)

With nine candidates running for Washington State governor, and the primary still months away, why is all the attention  focused on McKenna and Inslee? 

SEATTLE — In a free and fair election, should all candidates be given equal consideration? This question recently came up in the Washington State governor’s race. Nine candidates filed for the position, but only two have been invited to the Association of Washington Business debate, to be held in Spokane in June.

“The debate hosts set their own rules and they invite people based on the criteria they establish,” said Sterling Clifford, Jay Inslee’s communications director, “While Jay is open to a broader conversation, but also there is good reason to acknowledge the realities of the election and political climate. Rob McKenna or Jay Inslee will be the next governor of Washington. That is just a cold hard fact.”

Some might say that since these candidates are relatively unknown and not the primary contenders for governor, in the way that Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are, they should not get equal attention.

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May 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

A third candidate for Governor goes after far-right voters

Washington Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Shahram Hadian (Photo courtesy of Hadian2012.com)

Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are in a pitched battle for the governorship. But there’s another candidate in the race whose name you might not have even heard, and he’s hoping to draw in votes on the far right.

SEATTLE – I stay pretty up to date on politics. I know the platforms of both Inslee and McKenna well, and actively talk about them with my friends. So the other day when someone asked me if I knew about the third candidate in the Washington State governor’s race I thought it was a joke! How could I have missed this?

After a few more minutes of conversation and a quick internet search, I found him. His name is Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim turned Christian pastor, running on a platform focused on morality and national security.

Hadian has a unique story when you compare him to his competition. He was born in Iran in 1971 and left the country with his parents shortly before the government was overthrown by an Islamic regime. Hadian sees this as the moment when the people of Iran lost their freedoms, and he says he sees it happening in America now.

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March 6, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Exclusive: Interview with Idaho Governor Butch Otter

Idaho Governor Butch Otter chats with an attendee at pro-Mitt Romney Meet and Greet event in Coeur D'Alene on Monday, March 5.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter chats with an attendee at a Mitt Romney Meet and Greet event in Coeur D'Alene on Monday, March 5. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

COEUR D’ALENE –The hundred or so people gathered inside the Coeur D’Alene Resort Hotel for a Mitt Romney rally greeted Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter like an old friend.

Moments after strolling inside the convention hall, the Governor got a warm hug from Donna Montgomery, an event volunteer and long time member of Kootenai County Republican Women Federated. As the two walked toward the room, the Governor’s arm around Mongomery’s shoulders, she joked that Otter should be the one running for president.

“You know, I was up there for six years and didn’t like it much,” he retorted, reflecting on his six years in Washington D.C. as a congressman.

After shaking hands with me and Alicia Halberg — the only visible press at the event — the Governor disappeared inside the meeting hall and Montgomery nudged me with her elbow.

“Isn’t he cool,” she beamed.

Clad in jeans, a dress shirt with monogrammed “Butch” cuffs, American flag cuff links, and an enormous gilded belt buckle, the Governor carried himself a bit like a cowboy. He exuded a likability reminiscent of George W. Bush’s good ol’ boy charm. Aw shucks. I found myself agreeing with Montgomery.

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