Clear Fog Blog Recommendations for November 2, 2010 Election
Ballots will be mailed to every registered voter this week and must be returned post marked by midnight November 2, 2010. All voters should also receive a Voter’s Pamphlet which lists all candidates and issues by election jurisdiction. It has candidate statements and pro/con statements on ballot issues. There is an on-line version at the following site: Voter’s Pamphlet. Another good source with in-depth analysis of most ballot issues is the Washington Policy Center.
All levels of government need to be sent a clear message: Spend less, tax less, intrude less in citizens’ lives. A Republican tsunami win would do just that. So for all legislative races from U.S. Senate to every U.S. House race, to all Washington State legislative races, cast your vote for the best Republican candidate you can. (Washington’s Top Two primary system has caused some general election races to be between members of the same party.)
King County Council District 8 – This is a special election to fill the unexpired term of Dow Constantine. See “clear message” above and vote for Diana Toledo.
Judges (only if two candidates)
Supreme Court Justice – Vote for Richard Sanders. He is a controversial individual but brings a needed libertarian viewpoint to the court.
Seattle Municipal Court
Position No. 1 – Vote for Ed McKenna. A lawyer friend, not associated with the DUI attorneys opposing Judge Charles, is supporting McKenna because his judicial temperament and knowledge of the law is better than Judge Charles.
In Position No. 6 – Vote for Karen Donohue.
The Ballot Issues:
Many of the ballot issues directly affect the clear message needed to be sent to all levels of government: spend less, tax less.
Initiative No. 1053 – Reinstates requirement for two- thirds vote by legislature to raise taxes. Vote YES
Initiative No. 1082 – Worker’s compensation insurance currently is from the state or self-insurance. This initiative would allow private insurance companies to compete and eliminates, as in all but four states, employee contributions. Competition works, Vote YES
Initiative 1098 – An income tax on the “rich” but no protection against the Legislature expanding its reach after two years. Vote NO
Initiative 1100 – Takes the state out of the booze business. The basic question is: Should the State of Washington be in a retail business? Competition works. Vote YES
Initiative No. 1105 – See Initiative No. 1100. It frees up the market to a greater degree than 1105. Vote NO
Initiative No. 1107 – Repeals new taxes on bottled water, soda and candy. Definitions are truly odd (Twix is not defined as a candy because it has a flour based biscuit in it.) Every tax increase just keeps the legislature from facing the hard decisions on spending. Vote YES
Referendum No. 52 – A state stimulus package on borrowed money. Vote NO
SJR No. 8225 – Increases state debt limit. Vote NO
HJR No. 4220 – Denies bail for persons charged with certain crimes. Vote YES
King County Charter Amendments:
Number 1 – Vote YES
Number 2 – Saves duplicate work. Vote YES
Number 3 – Allows the County Sheriff to bargain with union on matters other than wages and benefits. Vote YES
King County Prop. No. 1 – Another attempt to blackmail voters by threatening basic services cuts if we don’t increase the sales tax. Vote NO
Seattle Schools Prop. No. 1 – This is the first time the Seattle Schools have asked for a supplemental operations levy. It’s another “frog in the heating water” tax, not much per household but when added to all the other taxes boils the frog. What is supplemental this time will become permanent the next time. Vote NO