Seems like a good percentage of the state’s political activists are shocked — absolutely shocked — by the ads the Seattle Times Company has been running on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and the campaign to affirm this year’s gay-marriage law. And you can definitely say the Times has proven that newspaper advertising gets results. But it’s nothing, really, if you know anything about how newspapers used to operate. A hundred years ago, newspapers knew how to do it right.
The 9th Order
Two stories were on display when Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna brought his final-week road show to Olympia Monday. The first was the traditional get-out-the-vote message. But the other? Insiders might be stunned to hear that the rally took place in the BIAW parking lot. Did hell freeze over?
A batch of documents generated by a public records act request might not provide courtroom-positive proof that there were dark dealings in the 5th Legislative District Senate race, but state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says they’re good enough for government work. And you have to love this: When the governor named state Sen. Cheryl Pflug to the state Growth Management Hearings Board, one staffer reacted, “We’re doomed. We’re all doomed.”
A chaotic rally for this year’s marijuana legalization measure offers a metaphor for this year’s campaign for Initiative 502. Opponents mount a noisy and rather effective effort to drown out Rick Steves, the Edmonds travel personality who is acting as spokesperson for the campaign. But it’s all a bit disorganized. Steves tells Washington State Wire why he was willing to dump $450,000 into a campaign for a measure the feds will probably never allow.
On Monday at a House Ways & Means Committee meeting, the Chair, Rep. Ross Hunter, questioned why the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange was going to cost over $50 million per year, and requested additional documentation. On Wednesday the HBE Operations Committee struggled with a related question, how to raise that kind of money.
An ancient newspaper article figures heavily in the current challenge to the state’s two-thirds-for-taxes rule, and there are some, like our friends over at the Publicola website, who think the whole thing is made up. It’s a little hard to discern the argument just by looking at the microfilm. But it’s there, all right, and it’s real — and it shows that the state’s founding fathers never intended to place a limit on the number of votes required to pass a bill in the Legislature. It is a critical issue today as the Supreme Court tries to decide whether the rule is constitutional.