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Remembering Kathi Goertzen

A good journalist always checks the facts. This week we lost one of Seattle’s iconic journalists – news anchor Kathi Goertzen of KOMO. Beginning in 1983, Kathi brought the facts to Seattle living rooms and kitchens. Through elections, recessions, and many changes in the Emerald City. The role of the news anchor changed a lot in the years that Kathi was part of the anchor desk. Many believe that anchors became commentators rather than journalists. Kathi was a journalist.


Pride Foundation Ad Features Seattle-Area Republican

Many of the tweets in my timeline Friday complained that NBC had delayed the broadcast of the opening of the Olympics. But supporters of Referendum 74 may have applauded that decision. That’s because the Pride Foundation kicked off its Why Marriage Matters Washington public education campaign with that broadcast.

R-74, a statewide measure on the November ballot, asks Washington voters to endorse or reject a bill passed and signed in February. The legislation would allow same sex couples to marry; current state law supports civil partnerships.

However, this ad does not call out the referendum by name. It features Republican State Senator Cheryl Pflug (R-5, Maple Valley). She was one of four Republicans voting yes when SB 6239 passed 28-21.

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Charter Schools Initiative Bankrolled By Tech Millionaires

Coming to your ballot in November is yet another (four and counting) ballot measure asking Washington voters to allocate scarce tax receipts to alternative (charter) schools. Although state voters rejected charter school ballot measures in 1996, 2000 and 2004, a handful of individuals are bankrolling yet another initiative. The Washington Secretary of State’s office certified the measure on July 25.

Read more at the Seattle Times/UW Election Eye blog.

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