2012 Election Year Archives

Kathleen Drew came to Pullman, WA, for the Lentil Festival to talk about her run for office and her support of the Washington State Voters’ Guide a few months ago. I was impressed with her. Kathleen Drew has got experience in the various parts of government to do a good job as the next Washington State Secretary of State. She is personable. She has a good clear grasp of the issues affecting the Office of the Secretary of State, including the need to better fund the Washington State Voters’ Guide.

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Momentum behind Gay Marriage in Washington State

The Approve Referendum 74 campaign has gotten off to a good start.  Fundraising is a good indication of that.  Almost a million dollars raised before the 4th of July is pretty good. The polls show a pretty even race, but I expect the election results in November to show that Washington voters are proud to be one of the first states to allow gay marriage. Washington State is a leader in this civil rights battle for gays and lesbians to marry who they want. It is a basic right, and Democrats such a Jay Inslee for Governor of Washington are rally around gay marriage. Read the rest of this entry

Well, the first Gubernatorial debate for Washington State was held in Spokane last week, and it was of course between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.  One of highlights of the debate was when Rob McKenna said working class homeowners were the cause of our economic meltdown . . . the darn working class just could not pay their bills .  . . shame on them.  Inslee quickly rebuted him and correctly pointed out that it was Wall Street  Bankers, not hard working middle class families that are to blame.

Photo credit to Michael  Beasly.


While recently in Spokane, candidate for Governor, Jay Inslee, endorsed Democrat Andy Billig for the Washington State Senate.  Andy Billig is currently in the State House, but decided to run for the Senate when Democrat Lisa Brown announced her retirement.  Here is a paraphrasing of Jay Inslee’s comments about Billig.

I am a huge Andy Billig fan.  This guy is a leader who knows how lead organization and how to move it toward progress.  We need that in the Washington State Senate.  Andy success on the phosphorus bill was so stunning for a new legislator . . . to come in and seize that problem by the horns and get the done in such a short period of time.  This is something Spokane should be proud of, and I am proud to be his friend.


Jay Inslee, who is of course running for the Governor of Washington, was in Spokane the other day.  Democrat Jay Inslee was speaking to business people and other leaders in the community about how Spokane can be made into a economic engine for biotech and clean energy jobs.  He started with the below quote.

I want to be the first Governor of the State of Washington with roots in Eastern Washington in 75 years . . . the last was Clarence Martin.  I am ready to be a governor for the whole state of Washington including Spokane county . . .

There is more about Jay Inslee candidate for Washington Governor below the fold, but a full video of him can be found at SpokaneWatch.net.

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Pat O’Neill is a rare breed. He is one of only two Democratic County Commissioner’s in rural Eastern Washington.  How does a Democrat get elected in a conservative part of the State of Washington?

Pat is the kind of guy that is capable of seeing a problem and then solving it by pulling people together regardless of political party. When Pat was elected in 2008, the county finances were a mess, budgets were not balanced, the county repeatedly failed to pass its audits with the state of Washington, and little hope for new tax revenue.

Progress made by Pat O’Neill

Now, nearly four years later, books are getting balanced, the county is passing its audits, a new wind farm is being built by FirstWind and other economic development is on the way.  Of course, Pat did not do this alone.  Pat O’Neil was able to build an good working relationship with Republican County Commissioner Greg Partch to push through some major reforms.  The two make a good pair.