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Friday, October 28, 2016

Ballot 2016

Rob McKenna makes his recommendations:

Governor: Bill Bryant
The Seattle PI just posted a piece on Jay Inslee’s failed governorship. Bill is highly capable and focused on the right issues, like transportation, the state budget and education reform. He would serve all of us very well.

Lieutenant Governor: Marty McClendon
He’s facing Sen. Cyrus Habib, who once supported charter public schools but flip-flopped on the issue to win the WEA’s endorsement. No principles, no endorsement here.

Secretary of State: Kim Wyman
Every newspaper has endorsed her re-election, and most Democratic county auditors have joined their GOP counterparts in supporting her; none of them wants to politicize the state’s election office, but her opponent does.

State Treasurer: Michael Waite
Michael is a finance professional who will actively oppose a state income tax, work to reduce the state’s very high debt, and be a leader statewide for the GOP. He is one of the brightest stars to emerge in the GOP firmament, which may be why his opponent has drawn most of the big labor union endorsements. Michael will be much harder for them to beat when he runs for re-election in 2020.

Comissioner of Public Lands: Steve McLaughlin
A retired U.S. Navy Captain and expert on emergency management, Steve is just what the Department of Natural Resources needs. His opponent specializes in filing lawsuits to stop logging and other active management of state natural resources, which our public schools depend on for school construction.

State Auditor: Mark Miloscia
Mark is a bulldog and ardent defender of taxpayer interests. He knows how important it is to have a fearless, aggressive taxpayer advocate in the Auditor’s office. The Democrats would rather have us forget that their previous nominee – our current Auditor – was charged with federal felonies.

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Erin Jones
Erin is more likely to bring an independent approach to this non-partisan office, which our school kids need and deserve.

Supreme Court: Dave Larsen, David DeWolf, Greg Zempel
We need change on the Supreme Court. Now.

Superior Court:
David Keenan, Eric Newman (King County)
Two strong candidates who are smart, have a law enforcement background, and for many other reasons as well are extremely well prepared to serve as trial court judges.
Joe Burrowes (Benton-Franklin)
Judge Burrows is a District Court judge who is supported by law enforcement throughout the Tri-Cities area. He is superb. His opponent is not, although he is fond of claiming that being a District Court judge is not good preparation for the Superior Court, while his own lack of judicial experience makes him better qualified. Huh? Just saying something so nonsensical is all the evidence voters need to vote for Burrowes, even if he weren’t so well qualified.

Court of Appeals, Div. 3: Patrick McBurney
Patrick will bring conservative common sense and deep experience as a trial attorney to a court that needs both.

State Legislature:
I’ve largely focused my endorsements on close races, races for open seats, and on some incumbents who have been particularly fearless in bucking their own party from time to time, or just plain earn re-election with their hard work and common sense. In the interest of relative brevity, this is not an exhaustive list of incumbent legislators whom I admire.

1st LD Senate: Mindie Wirth
5th LD Senate: Chad Magendanz
5th LD House (P2): Paul Graves
12th LD Senate: Jon Wyss
17th LD Senate: Lynda Wilson
25th LD House (P2): Joyce McDonald
26th LD House (P1): Jesse Young
26th LD House (P2): Michelle Caldier
28th LD Senate: Steve O’Ban
30th LD House (P1): Linda Kochmar
30th LD House (P2): Teri Hickel
31st LD House (P2): Phil Fortunato
37th LD House (P2): Eric Pettigrew
39th LD House (P2): John Koster
41st LD Senate: Steve Litzow
44th LD House (P1): Janice Huxford
44th LD House (P2): Mark Harmsworth
45th LD House (P1): Ramiro Valderrama
45th LD House (P2): Larry Springer

Pierce County Executive: Bruce Dammeier
One of the most talented, effective elected officials in our state. Full stop.

President:
You don’t need my advice on this one. [Its not a state level election, but Impolite believes Mrs Clinton is far too secretive to be fit to serve as president.]

U.S. Senate: Chris Vance
Hats off to Chris for running to bring attention to our spiraling national debt, and to the incumbent’s failure to do anything about it.

U.S. House:
Vote GOP unless you live in CD 10, where it should be Rep. Denny Heck. In CD 4, Rep. Dan Newhouse has proven himself to be a conservative leader in his freshman term and has earned re-election.

Ballot Measures:
I-1501 “Consumer Fraud” – NO.
This is a ballot scam brought to you by SEIU to exempt its home care membership roster from public records requests, so their members cannot be contacted and informed that they don’t have to belong to the union to hold their jobs as home care workers. It’s this initiative that’s the fraud.

I-1491 “Extreme Risk Protection” – YES.
I’m with a large majority of law enforcement officials who support this measure to help keep firearms out of the hands of the violent and unstable. If the law is ever misused by opponents to lawful gun ownership, it can be amended like any statute. [Impolite disagrees with Mr McKenna's reasoning.  No law should be enacted which could be used to abridge someone's right]

I-1433 “Statewide Minimum Wage Hike” – NO.
I agree with Bill Bryant. This one-size-fits-all approach is bad for areas of our state with a lower cost of living where small businesses will react to a $13 minimum wage with layoffs or by not creating new jobs at all; they simply cannot absorb such a large increase, on top of what is already one of the highest statewide minimum wages in America.

I-735 “Campaign Spending” – NO.
This measure is merely symbolic, calling on Congress to take action. It is motivated by the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, which the Left hates.

I-732 “Carbon Tax” – YES.
Any ballot measure that the Sierra Club despises is worth considering. Conservatives who want to reduce carbon emissions know that a revenue-neutral approach that raises the cost of carbon use but lowers other taxes is the only sensible way to go. The Left opposes it because raising gobs of new state tax revenue is their Holy Grail, and this measure doesn’t do that.  [Impolite disagrees:  Hoping a new tax will be used to offset an existing tax is fantasy.  Old taxes might go away if they are repealed.]           

I-1464 “Campaign Finance” – NO.
Over $270 million in tax increases and taxpayer financing for politicians’ campaigns. The rest of the initiative is just a distraction; notice that the proponents’ TV ads don’t mention the taxpayer campaign financing provisions. What they don’t say, says it all.


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