Archive for October, 2012

Scott’s Voter’s Guide

October 28, 2012

So at least one person has asked if he could “copy my answers” and take advantage of all the research I’ve done in choosing who and what to vote for this year.  In case there are others, here’s my “answer key”.  🙂

I-1185: No

This is Tim Eyman’s latest effort to cripple state government, particularly by blocking transportation funding through tolling.

I-1240: Yes

Washington needs a limited number of well-regulated charter schools to help improve education for at-risk kids.

R-74: Approve

The state shouldn’t be in the business of discriminating based on sexual orientation.  That’s a job for individuals and religious organizations, and this initiative preserves their rights not to be involved in same-sex marriages.

I-502: Yes

The war on drugs has failed.  Marijuana is only about as dangerous as alcohol or tobacco, and should be treated similarly.

SJR-8221: Approve

This would average the state’s borrowing limit over 6 years instead of 3, so we can borrow during downturns as well as during booms.  It also reduces the total limit from 9% to 8%, on a slightly larger base (including property taxes).

SJR-8223: Approve

This would let the UW and WSU invest unused operating funds in the stock market, as is already allowed for state pension funds, the universities’ endowments, etc.

AV-1 (SB6635): Maintain

The Senate and House voted to eliminate a tax loophole.  Tim Eyman’s I-960 requires we approve it.  Duh.

AV-2 (HB2590):Maintain

The House and Senate voted *unanimously* to eliminate a tax loophole.  But Eyman’s initiative still requires we vote on it.  (Can you tell I don’t like him much?)

President: Obama (D)

Senator: Cantwell (D)

US Rep. District 2: Larsen (D)

Governor: McKenna (R)

Secretary of State: Wyman (R)

Treasurer: McIntire (D)

Attorney General: Dunn (R)

Lands Commissioner: Goldmark (D)

Insurance Commissioner: Kreidler (D)

38th LD pos 1: McCoy (D)

38th LD pos 2: Sells (D)

State Supreme Court pos 9: McCloud

Everett Council pos 5: Robinson

Snohomish PUD district 2: Vaughn