Monday, July 23, 2012

Washington State August 2012 Primary and Special Election

We live in the first congressional district and have 3 outstanding democrats to pick as our Representative in congress, assuming they can beat republican John Koster.  Two years, I ago worked for the Suzan DelBene Campaign, I found Suzan to be sincere, honest and a tireless campaigner.  I'm biased but will solidly support the democratic candidate selected by the majority of voters. 

Since the SCOTUS Citizens United decision we have all become painfully aware of the power of supreme court justices.  Both Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington have endorsed Justice Steven Gonzalez for position number 8 on Washington's Supreme Court.  This election will be decided in the primary so remember to mark Steven Gonzalez.  He was appointed to the court by the Governor last fall and is the first Latino to serve on our states highest court. 
Justice Steven Gonzalez

Few of us, have personal knowledge of the candidates on voter ballots.  We rely on friends, newspapers or trusted voters guides.  One of the best in my opinion is the Progressive Voters Guide, compiled by many fine progressive groups, especially Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and NARAL Pro-choice Washington.  You can bet money that any candidate endorsed by these groups won't be trotting out legislation to ban contraception, abortion or free cancer screenings and they won't vote against equal pay for equal work bills, (We are looking at you Rep. Dave Reichert R.).

The Progressive Voters Guide is a project of the following groups, who have partnered together and combined their endorsements in this guide: American Federation of Teachers - Washington, Cascade Bicycle Club, Children's Campaign Fund, Equal Rights Washington, Latino PAC, League of Education Voters, M.L. King County Labor Council, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, National Women's Political Caucus of Washington, OneAmerica Votes, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, Progressive Majority, SEIU, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, SEIU Healthcare 775NW, SEIU Local 925, SEIU State Council, Sierra Club, UFCW 21, Washington Bus, Washington CAN!, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington State Council of Firefighters, Washington State National Organization for Women PAC, and Fuse
The Progressive Voters Guide

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