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The One Indeed

OK, most of McCain’s recent efforts have just been sad. I’m not sure if this one will be effective, but it is indeed funny. Good job for once.

(via Marc Ambinder)

King County Initiative 26 and Council-Proposed Alternative Question 1

Official information here (pdf).

Basically, question one is just asking if either of two proposed initiatives to amend the King County charter should be on the General election ballot. Both amendments would make the county executive, assessor and councilmembers into non-partisan positions. They differ however in how that would happen, and how information would be presented to the voters. If Question 1 passes, then Question 2, regarding which of the two proposals would be on the ballot, becomes relevant. I’ll wait to Question 2 to discuss the merits of the two proposals.

For now, the question is if either of them should be on the ballot.

I am generally in favor of direct elections when it comes to questions of how government should be organized (as opposed to specific questions of policy).

So my vote here is:

YES

Local Primary and Special Elections

Just got my ballot in the mail. Like other times, I’ll post here on each question and how I end up deciding. The actual election isn’t until August 19th though, so I have time, and will probably space these out rather than do them all at once. But I’ll start with one tonight in a few minutes.