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Out here in Washington State (the "other" Washington), we're pretty much used to being ignored by the national television networks and newspapers on a regular basis. Heck, local companies here like Sterling Savings Bank frequently riff on that theme in their advertising.

But there's a good reason for progressives to be excited about what happened in Washington State last night: We won... and we won BIG.

Follow me below the jump for full details... on Approve Referendum 71, NO on Initiative 1033, and Dow Constantine for King County Executive.

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The polls will soon be closing in the Pacific NW.

I'm posting this diary to give Washingtonian, Oregonian, Idahoan, Montanan, Alaskan Kossacks and any other Kossacks a thread to discuss local election results. News from the east coast often dominates here at DailyKos(especially the Webb/Allen race or the Lieberman/Lamont race), but we have our own contests to think about.

Like Tester, Burner, and Grant.

You may remember me as the Kossack who posted all those LIVE trial diaries last year during the gubernatorial election challenge (a lawsuit filed by the WA GOP hoping to invalidate the election of Christine Gregoire. It failed).

My friends at NPI are very busy providing LIVE elections coverage and analysis at Pacific Northwest Portal.

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In about a half hour, the polls will close in Washington State, and returns will begin coming in shortly thereafer.

I'm posting this diary to give Washington Kossacks and any other Kossacks a thread to discuss local election results. News from the east coast often dominates here at DailyKos(especially the Webb/Allen race or the Lieberman/Lamont race), but we have our own contests to think about. Especially the judicial ones.

You may remember me as the Kossack who posted all those LIVE trial diaries last year during the gubernatorial election challenge (a lawsuit filed by the WA GOP hoping to invalidate the election of Christine Gregoire. It failed).

My friends at NPI are very busy preparing for LIVE elections coverage and analysis at Pacific Northwest Portal, which you can access using the link button below.

If you click the button you can see an overview of the hottest races, all laid out neatly on one page.

I'll be posting sporadic updates here as well (below the fold), but please feel free to start your own conversations in this thread.

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Will the right succeed in knocking off any incumbent justices?

45%16 votes
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(I was going to post on the ruling earlier today, but unfortunately my home network crashed and I had to spend half a day repairing it.)

If you haven't heard, this is the news:

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court today ended months of speculation by political observers in issuing its decision in a landmark case, Andersen v. King County. The court upheld the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling against marriage equality. The decision was 5-4.
Basically, another decision like the one we just had in New York. Obviously a disappointment and obviously a setback.

There's a lot in this decision to look at, though. It was close. Had one justice voted the other way it would have been totally different.

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Crossposted at the Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog

I was surfing the Internet earlier this evening, and for some odd reason I decided to check out NewsMax and WorldNetDaily (I was bored, I guess).

Nothing unusual at NewsMax, but when I got to WND and started going through their news archive, I was a bit surprised to see this headline:

ARABIANS AT THE GATE
Survey: Massive hit on Bush over ports
For 1st time ever, Americans prefer Democrats in Congress over president on national security

I kid you not. I couldn't believe it. I started laughing because I wondered why WND would have such a headline on their front page. I decided to see what it was about. Get this:

New polling information reveals only 17 percent of Americans favor the deal to turn over control of U.S. ports to a state-sponsored company in the United Arab Emirates, and shows a major blow to President Bush's perceived leadership in the war on terror.

Rasmussen Reports says 43 percent indicate they trust the Democrats more on national security today while 41 percent prefer Bush.

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Today, as you have no doubt heard by now, Senator Stevens' attempt to get the Arctic drilling scheme to Bush's desk for him to sign was foiled.

The Cantwell-led filibuster effort was successful, with forty three senators voting to continue debate on the defense bill, thus preventing it from passing.

All Democratic Senators except for 4 - Daniel Inouye, Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), and Ben Nelson (Nebraska) - joined the filibuster.

All Republican senators voted to cut off debate, except for 2 - Republicans Lincoln Chaffee (Rhode Island) and Mike DeWine (Ohio) - who joined the filibuster.

After it became clear that Cantwell's bloc was going to prevail, Frist joined on as well, so he can bring it back up again.

Senator Cantwell's leadership deserves a round of applause. Ted Stevens is an arrogant whiner who is usually able to twist arms and get his way. For refusing to be cowed, Cantwell needs to be commended.

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Cross posted to the NPI Official Blog

HOORAY for Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell! She's prepared to lead a filibuster in order to prevent Ted Stevens' Arctic drilling scheme from passing the Senate:

Sen. Maria Cantwell vowed Monday to keep the Senate in session until the brink of Christmas to defeat legislation that would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

"If this language is allowed to stand, one of our nation's most pristine wildlife areas will be lost," Cantwell, a Democrat said as she outlined plans by her party and its allies to defeat language offered by Alaska Republican Ted Stevens to open ANWR.

"This is nothing more than a sweetheart deal for Alaska and the oil companies," Cantwell said. "That's why I am prepared to use every procedural option available to me as a senator to prevent this language from moving forward."

Nothing makes me prouder than to see my own Senator standing up against corruption and backhanded attempts to stuff this drilling provision into totally unrelated legislation.

(more below the fold)

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In about ten to twenty minutes, the polls will close in Washington State, and returns will begin coming in shortly thereafer.

I'm posting this diary to give Washington Kossacks and any other Kossacks a thread to discuss local election results. News from the east coast has been largely dominant thus far, but we have our own races and ballot measures to think about.

You may remember me as the Kossack who posted all those LIVE trial diaries back in May and June during the gubernatorial election challenge.

My fellow NPI members are very busy preparing for LIVE elections coverage and analysis at Pacific Northwest Portal, which you can access using the link button below.

Pacific Northwest Portal's LIVE Special Coverage of WA General Election

I'll be posting sporadic updates here as well (below the fold), but please feel free to start your own conversations in this thread.

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Will Initiative 912 pass?

10%10 votes
65%62 votes
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| 94 votes | Vote | Results

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Crossposted to our own blog

There was a recommended diary today by dkos user bluesky entitled, "George Lakoff - Republicans winning Katrina framing".

In it, I found the following statement which was quoted from Alternet (a piece by Lakoff):

Unless the real truth is told starting now, the American people will accept it for lack of an alternative. The Democratic response so far is playing right into Bush's framing. By delaying a response for fear it will be called "partisan," the Democratic leadership is allowing Bush to frame the tragedy. And once it is framed, it is hard to reframe! It is time to start now.

Lakoff is absolutely right. Democrats need to stand up now and reframe.

And here's your chance to ask the DCCC to do that - tomorrow, the Executive Director is holding an online chat at 4 PM EST. You're invited to submit questions then or behorehand starting at 10 AM EST tomorrow.

more below...

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Based off of an original post on NPI's official blog

The Republicans are recovering from the initial barrage that they're being hit with from all sides on the Katrina mismanagement.

They're now coming out with cleverly disguised proposals like this:

Some state lawmakers [meaning Republicans] want to suspend Washington's gasoline tax for three months, to give drivers a break from prices near $3 a gallon.

State House Republican leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis says Republicans are behind the idea. The $270 million loss to the Highway budget would be covered by dipping into reserves.

This is a stupid (but very clever) idea. Now is not the time to "dip into reserves". The gas tax pays for the transportation infrastructure that we all use. Rolling it back, even temporarily, is a stupid and dangerous idea that should not even be considered.

We're fighting a campaign right now to oppose a rollback of funding for the 2005 transportation package. And now Republicans want to roll back the entire tax, not just the increase.

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Crossposted to the NPI Official Blog

The criticism of the administration has been raining down hard and fast on the right. The Republican Noise Machine is sputtering as it tries to prop up the administration.

Locally, we have our own crew of wingnuts who are playing defense for BushCo. They really started setting up their fortifications this weekend. Take a look at some of this and feel your internal temperature rise:

8/28 FLASHBACK: Bush Called LA Gov., Appealed For Mandatory Evacuation for New Orleans

[..]

NWRepublican: Nicole Gelinas writing in the City Journal, succinctly points out the true causes of the New Orleans disaster -- the city residents and officials themselves.

[...]

John Carlson: And now comes Hurricane Katrina. And somehow, George Bush is to blame. What for? New Orleans officials who didn't appropriately evacuate their city now blame Bush for the sporadic and sometimes disorganized delivery of aid for the residents who were left or stayed behind.

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Cross-posted to the Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog.

Yesterday, Armando reprinted the New Orleans Times-Picayne's open letter to Bush on the Daily Kos front page.

I was shocked, and delighted, to open up my hometown paper's editorial page this morning and discover the Seattle Times had reprinted it. On its own editorial page!

It's also on their website; follow this link to get there.

This is OUTSTANDING. This letter deserves to be reprinted as widely as possible. Kudos to the Seattle Times for taking the bold step of reprinting it.

Kossack LawSkoolPunk wrote yesterday:

The editors of the Times-Picayune should write this to other major newspapers across the country as a letter to the editor. It should be read over the evening news. Everyone everywhere deserves to understand the form of government we have elected.

That's happening! I'm unsure if the Times Picayune asked other outlets across the country to reprint this. Whether they did or not, it's being reprinted. The Seattle Times isn't alone.

After the jump: other media outlets that have reprinted the letter, plus what you can do...

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