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.
Friday, July 8 was the deadline to place an initiative on the general election ballot. Four Initiatives to the People were filed and will potentially be on the general election ballot in November; the Secretary of State will certify initiatives for the ballot by August 19. There are already five issues that have qualified for… Continue reading »View full post
The Washington State Legislature has allocated $11,497,000 for a presidential primary in 2016 (SB 6052, page 14). The Legislature passed on a primary in 2012 due to budget concerns. When? The default date in state lawis May 23, 2016. Secretary of State Kim Wyman proposed March 8, but that proposal did not pass. Why? The state… Continue reading »View full post
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.
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.