Inky Recommendations (2012)

Published by Steve Campion. Category: Politics & Government

WA-List is non-partisan and makes no endorsements. We do, however, see politics as part of the life and culture of the state. It has steered our history. It will map our future.

Today we survey the published choices of seven newspapers from across the state.  The papers –  four from western Washington, three from eastern Washington — were chosen as bellwethers of the regions they represent. And we focused on the federal and the statewide races (candidates and issues) to keep the list manageable.  We’ll leave the many legislative, judicial, and local races to you and the sources you trust.

Newspapers take endorsements seriously.  So while the list below is intended as a summary of each paper’s choices, we know those choices have informed, reasoned arguments behind them.  We can’t reprint their full text opinions here, but we encourage you to go to the sources and read their endorsement editorials in full. Click the name of each newspaper in the table’s header row to visit their opinion/endorsement pages.  You may disagree with their recommendations (as surely as they disagree with each other), but you might enjoy reading their perspectives.  Your vote is ultimately your decision.

PLEASE NOTE that not all spaces are filled in yet because candidate evaluations are still in progress.  We began this list with 34 endorsements on Oct 8, 2012, and will update this page (until Election Day, Nov 6) as additional endorsements are published until Election Day, Nov 6.  The official state voter’s pamphlet is available from the Secretary of State’s election website.

ENDORSEMENTS FROM 7 NEWSPAPERS AROUND WASHINGTON STATE, 2012

Newspaper Columbian Herald Herald News
Tribune
Spokesman
-Review
Times World
City Vancouver Everett Tri-Cities Tacoma Spokane Seattle Wenatchee
President Romney Obama Romney Obama Romney Obama  
Senate Cantwell Cantwell Baumgartner Cantwell Cantwell Cantwell  
Congress, Dist 1
  DelBene       Koster  
Congress, Dist 2
  Larsen       Larsen  
Congress, Dist 3
Beutler         Beutler  
Congress, Dist 4
    Hastings        
Congress, Dist 5
        McMorris Rodgers    
Congress, Dist 6
      Kilmer   Kilmer  
Congress, Dist 8
      Reichert   Reichert  
Congress, Dist 9
      Smith   Smith  
Congress, Dist 10
      Heck   Heck  
Governor McKenna McKenna McKenna McKenna McKenna McKenna McKenna
Lieutenant
Governor
Finkbeiner Finkbeiner Owen Owen Finkbeiner Owen  
Secretary
of State
Wyman Wyman Wyman Wyman Wyman Wyman Wyman
State Treasurer McIntire   McIntire McIntire McIntire McIntire McIntire
State Auditor Watkins   Watkins Watkins Watkins Kelley  
Attorney General
Dunn Ferguson Dunn Dunn Dunn Dunn  
Commissioner of
Public Lands
Goldmark Goldmark Goldmark Goldmark Goldmark Goldmark  
Insurance
Commissioner
Kreidler   Kreidler Kreidler Kreidler Kreidler  
Superintendent
of Public
Instruction
          Dorn  
I-502
marijuana
Yes   No No Yes Yes Yes
I-1185
2/3 vote on taxes
Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
I-1240
charter schools
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ref 74
same sex marriage
Approve Approve Approve Approve Approve Approve Approve
SJR 8221
debt limit
Approve Approve   Approve Approve Approve Approve
SJR 8223
UW, WSU
investments
Approve Approve   Approve   Approve Approve

NOTE on colors: Blue space = Candidate preferring the Democrat party.  Red space = Candidate preferring the Republican party.  Pale yellow space =Approve/Yes.  Gray space =Reject/No.

SOURCE: The editorial pages of the Columbian, Everett Herald, Tri-City Herald, The News Tribune, Spokesman-Review, Seattle Times, and Wenatchee World.

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