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Election 2012 | 43rd Dems endorsements, latest polls

Your ballots are coming. Here’s who the 43rd District Dems say you should vote for:

Below are the 2012 endorsements of the 43rd District Democrats organization.  The list includes candidates and ballot measures endorsed through our general election endorsements meeting on Tuesday, September 18th.

• President: Barack Obama
• US Senate: Maria Cantwell
• 7th CD: Jim McDermott
• 9th CD: Adam Smith

• Governor: Jay Inslee
• Lieutenant Governor: Brad Owen
• Attorney General: Bob Ferguson
• State Auditor: Troy Kelley
• Secretary of State: Kathleen Drew
• Commissioner of Public Lands: Peter Goldmark
• Insurance Commissioner: Mike Kreidler
• Treasurer: Jim McIntire
• WA Supreme Court #9: Sheryl Gordon McCloud
• Ref. 74 (Marriage Equality): YES
• I-502 (Marijuana): YES
• I-1185 (Eyman): NO
• I-1240 (Charter Schools): NO
• SJR 8221 (constitutional amendment, debt limit): NO
• Advisory Votes Nos. 1 and 2: Maintain

• 43rd State Rep.: Frank Chopp
• 43rd State Rep.: Jamie Pedersen
• King County Sheriff: John Urquhart
• King County Superior Court #42: Chris Washington
• City of Seattle AFIS Levy Renewal: YES
• City of Seattle Seawall Levy: YES

And here’s who — and what — you told KCTS and University of Washington researchers you’re going to vote for:

Some KCTS 9 Washington Poll Highlights

U.S. President

  • Barack Obama (D)              51.8%
  • Mitt Romney (R)                 41.3%
  • Gary Johnson (L)                  1.3%
  • Jill Stein (G)                         0.3%
  • Other                                 1.4%
  • Undecided                           3.9%

Washington Governor

  • Jay Inslee (D)                    47.9%
  • Rob McKenna (R)                44.7%
  • Undecided                           7.4%

U.S. Senate – Washington

  • Maria Cantwell (D)              58.3%
  • Michael Baumgartner (R)     34.8%
  • Undecided                           6.9%

Referendum 74 – Marriage Equality

  • Yes                                  56.3%
  • No                                   35.6%
  • Undecided                           6.1%

Initiative 502 – Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana

  • Yes                                  50.9%
  • No                                   40.8%
  • Undecided                           8.3%

Initiative 1185 – 2/3 Majority to Raise Taxes

  • Yes                                  53.6%
  • No                                   31.2%
  • Undecided                         15.2%

Initiative 1240 – Charter Schools

  • Yes                                  47.5%
  • No                                   39.2%
  • Undecided                         13.3%

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12 thoughts on “Election 2012 | 43rd Dems endorsements, latest polls

  1. I’ll tell you what I find most useful when I start filling out my ballot… it’s what the political parties want me to do.

    Why not at least a round-up of local endorsements?

  2. The 43rd Dems are a (highly interested, sometimes highly connected) group of citizens. You probably know a few. Also, it’s easy to share links in comments. Would be great to see any of the endorsements you find particularly valuable.

  3. >>>The 43rd Dems are a
    >>>(highly interested, sometimes highly connected) group
    >>>of citizens.


    … who make party line endorsements regardless of qualification.

    At the link provided, there are 14 partisan office candidates, all 14 they endorse are Democrats. I don’t begrudge them that; the job of political parties and sororities is to support their members. To suggest it’s some kind of erudite, watchdogging fact-checker civic club, however, is hilarious.

  4. Zamba’s Endorsements:

    President – Obama is guaranteed to win Washington’s electoral votes. Every less popular vote he gets in that victory, however, is a shout that you don’t support the U.S policy of mass genocide against the people of Pakistan, Yemen and Libya. It’s a shout against Obama’s Patriot Act. It’s a shout against Obama’s NDAA. It’s a shout against Obama’s Guantanamo Bay concentration camp. — VOTE JILL STEIN (Green)

    Secretary of State – If you’ve never voted for a Republican in your life, this is the one time you should. Kathleen Drew is a very nice lady who is functionally unqualified to run a technical / non policy making office. Republican Kim Wyman has been endorsed by the WEA if that tells you something (when is the last time the teacher’s union endorsed a Republican?). If that doesn’t, consider that every Democratic Party county auditor in the State of Washington has endorsed Republican Kim Wyman over Democrat Kathleen Drew. — VOTE KATHLEEN DREW (Republican)

  5. Also, vote for Richard Sanders to return to the Supreme Court. Not the 43rds polite, meek, no-judicial experience, bows to authority, Sheryl Gordon Mc-Cloud. Sanders, BTW, is this guy from 2008 …

    — Richard Sanders, a justice on the Washington State Supreme Court, has never been one to shy from controversy or blunt language. And last week, as he sat at a Federalist Society dinner and listened to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Sanders reached his tipping point.

    After listening to Mukasey defend the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies — its detainment practices at Guantánamo Bay, its interpretation of the Geneva Conventions’ reach — Sanders stood and shouted “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!” —

    Mukasey promptly fainted after that.

  6. Before you bound-off to the polls, rictus grin on your face, happily clutching the 43rd Dems scorecard in your hand, maybe ask why *every* Democratic Party county chief elections officer in this state has endorsed the Republican. How is it possible the Democratic candidate for chief elections officer could lose the endorsement of *every* county elections officer FROM HER OWN PARTY in the entire state? (Plus the WEA, the public employee federation and the last 3 Secretaries of State.) Vote with your brain, not with the alphabet (D/R).

    Kathleen Drew (R) for Secretary of State Endorsements:

    – Jerry Petit, Kittitas county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Walter Washington, Kitsap county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Vicky Dalton, Spokane county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Jeanne Youngquist, Skagit county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Pat Gardner, Pacific county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Tim Grey, Stevens county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Shelly Johnston, Lincoln county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Vern Spatz, Grays Harbor county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Kristina Swanson, Cowlitz county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Diane Tischer, Wahkiakum county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Thad Duvall, Douglas county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Corky Mattingly, Yakima county Auditor (Democrat)
    – Washington Education Association
    – Retired Public Employees of Washington
    – Federation of State & County Municipal Workers

  7. Right? I find that so strange, I wonder if it’s a mistake. Why would all these obvious liberals vote for the 2/3 super majority rule? That rule hamstrung California; just about impossible to get 2/3 of the population to agree on anything.