There were four debates Wednesday between candidates for the down-ballot statewide races.
The Seattle Times’ Brian Rosenthal covered the great Dunn-Ferguson debate on Wednesday — a debate sponsored by the Times and the Washington Coalition for Open Government. His take: The two King County Councilmembers “each tried to claim that he has been its biggest advocate for transparency, strongest manager and most bipartisan member.”
Playing to the open government audience, Ferguson held up a redacted copy of Dunn’s schedule, saying it was a poor example of responding to an open records request. Dunn responded that Ferguson had his share of disclosure issues over campaign donors.
The Association of Washington Business hosted debates for three other down-ballot statewide candidates. The AWB’s blog says the debate between challenger Bill Finkbeiner and incumbent Lt. Gov. Brad Owen “turned testy … when Finkbeiner made an issue of Owen’s use of surplus campaign funds to pay for alcohol and lunch for his staff. It drew an angry response from Owen, who said he bought alcohol to entertain officials guests at his home and he treated his staff to special meals as a reward.”
TVW’s Capitol Record blog has a post on the AWB-sponsored secretary of state debate.
The News Tribune covered the AWB-sponsored debate between the state auditor candidates.
TVW has the debates online if you want to watch: Attorney General, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor
Music tames the savage beast, but can it win votes? Bill Finkbeiner, the GOP candidate for Lieutenant Governor, wants to find out. He posted a video on YouTube with the help of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
Chris Hansen got good news this week when the Seattle Council announced it would support a revised arena deal. But that doesn’t mean opponents are happy. The Seattle Mariners and manufacturing and maritime interests sent a letter Wednesday outlining their concerns.
KING 5’s Chris Daniels, meanwhile, offers more details on how the new arena deal got done.
Jerry Cornfield at The Herald notes that the Washington Education Association isn’t spending big to defeat I , the charter schools initiative on this year’s ballot. The union spent $1.3 million to defeat a charter schools measure in 2004, but this year? Just $100,000. Cornfield gets at the “why” in his column.
Could three members of the Electoral College throw the election to Mitt Romney (and VP Joe Biden)? Mike Baker from the AP bureau in Olympia explains. Short take: Blame a few Ron Paul fans.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna releases his health care policy paper. The release says McKenna seeks “seek to reduce the costs of providing quality care while improving accessibility and patient choice.” He will hold a press conference at 2:45pm at a location near the University of Washington Medical Center.
Although it is not labelled as a campaign event, Commissioner of Public Lands (and candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands) Peter Goldmark is hosting a tribal summit with representatives of 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington State. The event will be held on the Olympic Peninsula on Suquamish Tribal lands form 9am to 4pm. Goldmark oversees the Department of Natural Resources which manages state owned lands. The tribes have treaty rights that extend to those lands.
In Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn will hold a press conference to announce the opening of the new Belltown Community Center. The Belltown Community Center won’t actually open until Friday.
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