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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 17, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Gubernatorial candidates, especially Rob McKenna, spending campaign dollars out of state

Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna have spent almost the same amount so far on their campaigns for governor. But differences in the way they spend just might give us a clue as to who will win in November, and how they’ll run our state.

(Graphic by Betsy Hauenstein/UW Election Eye)

Politics is a money game.  The candidate with the most cash usually wins, but in Washington state’s gubernatorial race, the two main candidates are almost neck and neck in terms of fundraising. There’s no sign that this tight race will let up before November, so what matters most is how they choose to spend that money.

Thanks to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), we get an idea of where the money is going.

The graphics above categorize all of the expenses listed on the PDC website for the Rob McKenna (R) and Jay Inslee (D) campaigns. The more than 1,000 expense entries for each campaign provide a glimpse into each candidate’s campaign approach.

The numbers tell two stories: one about new technologies, one about an old truism.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Dow Constantine on recession, the Republican "D team," and his political future

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses YDUW

Dow Constantine addresses students at a Young Democrats of UW meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

Dow Constantine minced no words. That’s how Constantine, King County Executive, usually rolls.

“The state legislature is politically incapable right now of raising the revenues needed to responsibly invest in infrastructure… I’m not going to put up with that in King County,” Constantine told UW Young Democrats at their campus meeting on Wednesday.

Constantine, a three-time alum of UW, resolved to “insulate” the region from recession by helping its manufacturing be globally competitive. In his view, the key is support for the King County Aerospace Alliance, a collection of cities, businesses, labor and educational organizations that total nearly 45,000 employees and 400 companies.

“Rather than be dragged along” by the recession, King County needs to be independent and compete with other world centers of innovation, he said. King County should be competing with Barcelona, not with Mississippi.

Constantine said we can do so by bettering transportation and by connecting local youth with the skills and opportunity necessary to succeed in the industry. He said his goal is to achieve a “prosperity that’s accessible to everyone.”

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