Up Front AM: Attacks on McKenna, Christie returns and Inslee on health care

KING 5’s first “Ad Watch” of the 2012 general election ran Wednesday night — a look at a Democratic-backed attack ad targeting Rob McKenna. So is the ad a fair swipe at McKenna? Find out here if you missed it last night.

Chris Christie is coming to town … again. The New Jersey governor — who was on many observers’ short list for Mitt Romney’s VP pick — will headline an Oct. 4 fundraiser in Lynnwood for Rob McKenna. Christie was in Washington last month to help McKenna. Details on the Oct. 4 event.

Regardless of what happens with the same-sex marriage initiative on this fall’s ballot, the issue won’t be resolved nationally until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg thinks that will come in the next year. Speaking Wednesday in Colorado, Ginsburg, a Clinton appointee to the court, said, “I think it’s most likely that we will have that issue before the court toward the end of the current term.”

If voters here pass R-74 and Washington’s new law goes before the court (either singly or as part of a multi-state case), it may not matter who wins the Attorney General race this year. That’s because both Reagan Dunn (R) and Bob Ferguson (D) are on the record supporting same-sex marriage.

The two candidates for King Co. Sheriff — acting Sheriff Steve Strachan and former KCSO spokesman John Urquhart — appeared at a candidate forum Wednesday in Renton. KING 5 ran a short bit on it.

A dual endorsement by Democrats in the race for state Rep. in the 36th District? You bet. The Slog has more.

A veterans jobs bill backed by Washington Sen. Patty Murray (D) was blocked Wednesday by Republicans. The PI reports the bill fell two votes short of the 60 needed to do anything of consequence in Congress’s upper chamber.

Campaign reform in Seattle elections? That’s what Mike O’Brien is trying to achieve with a bill “that would limit the amount of time candidates for city office are allowed to raise money and bar incumbents from keeping money in their campaign accounts after their election.” Publicola reports that the bill cleared the council’s Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday.

An A-plus for creativity goes to Pacific Mayor Cy Sun, who promoted his personal blog on utility bills. Legal or not, it shows moxie. KING 5’s Elisa Hahn got the story.

Today on the trail

Thursday is a big day for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee.  At noon he is the featured speaker at the Tacoma Rotary at the Temple Theatre.  At 2:15 p.m. he releases his health care proposals. At 4 p.m. he talks to the Washington Roundtable, an interest group comprised of the state’s major businesses.  

At 7:30 a.m. Attorney General candidate Reagan Dunn (R) is having what he is calling a kick–off breakfast at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is scheduled to speak.

First Congressional District candidate John Koster (R) has a fundraiser at 5 p.m. at the Everett Golf and Country Club. KVI Radio host (and former gubernatorial candidate) John Carlson is the guest speaker.


Russ Walker is managing editor of king5.com.  Michael Cate is producer and Robert Mak is host of KING 5 News Up Front, airing Sundays at 9:30 am on KING-TV.