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As expected, the AP reports Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) will not seek a third term.

Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WAS) has said that he plans to run for governor if Gregoire steps aside. Attorney General Rob McKenna (R) announced last week that he would seek the Republican nomination.

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  •  No surprise there (2+ / 0-)
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    myboo, phenry

    It's been a grueling two terms for her.

  •  McKenna..... (3+ / 0-)
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    bwren, cville townie, millwood

    Will be a contender, according to Joel Connely, a columnist for the Seattle PI.

    I hope Inslee is ready to run a successful campaign.

    Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

    by princesspat on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 09:21:41 AM PDT

  •  Great decision to go ahead and announce (2+ / 0-)
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    bwren, phenry

    because it means that nobody else is frozen waiting.  Jay Inslee will be a great candidate, are there other contenders?

  •  Bad News for Washington (1+ / 0-)
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    Gregoire's decision clears the way for Republican candidate AG McKenna, who defied the governor and the majority of Washington citizens, becoming part of the gang of assholes bringing a lawsuit again the implementation of the HCR bill. Meanwhile, the state is in the middle of a financial crunch and everyone knows what his corporate sponsored, kill taxes & eliminate wasteful government "solution" will be. I'm not looking forward to the "centrist" response a democrat nominee will almost certainly adopt in order to pander to the conservative fundamentalists. These approaches never seem to work, because they demoralize the base and have absolutely no effect on the conservatives.  

    If the metaphor is the bargaining table, it's like chopping up the table and using it for a source of heat. The only difference between the parties seems to be which part of the table goes first.

    Hope I'm wrong.

    In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright

    by crescentdave on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 09:39:17 AM PDT

    •  Don't worry, you are (3+ / 0-)
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      Lefty Coaster, wblynch, N in Seattle
      Hope I'm wrong.

      Gregoire fucked the public- and private-sector unions, and college students, and chronic pain sufferers, at every turn. She had the chance to veto some awful legislation, and all she vetoed was a medical pot bill. She would have been unelectable if she had run, and everybody, including her, knew it.

      "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

      by Ivan on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:16:28 AM PDT

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      •  and the alternative? (0+ / 0-)

        the guy who's actively involved in a lawsuit against the implementation of the HCR bill? The guy on record as wanting to cut even more businesses taxes, raising the deficit even more? Of course, all republicans have the same answer to solving that pesky problem.

        Here's an article which explores some of the reasons why Gregoire's tenure is ending the way it is ... and why your analysis is selective and lacking context.

        In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright

        by crescentdave on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 03:15:05 PM PDT

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        •  Do you even live here? (0+ / 0-)

          When I tell you she would be unelectable I know what I'm talking about, and what I tell you god damn sure is not "lacking in context."

          People LIKE McKenna. They want, so desperately, to like him. People are dying for what they think is a "Dan Evans Republican," ignoring that not even Dan Evans is a "Dan Evans Republican" anymore, much less McKenna.

          If you live in this state at all, you must live in the middle of Seattle, in one of the most insulated liberal bubbles in this state, where all Democrats are "progressives," whatever the hell that means, and all toe the party line, as defined by "urban progressives."

          Outside that bubble, it is far less Democratic, and Democrats are neither 'urban" nor "progressive,"and do not consider those qualities either necessary or desirable.

          This is the wing of the Democratic Party that Gregoire comes from -- corporate and public sector lawyers and lobbyists. This is the background from which she thinks it's perfectly OK for a Democratic governor to kiss up to Boeing, sand sign an unnecessary workmen's comp bill that screws injured workers.

          The state employee unions went all in for Gregoire in 2008. Their reward is to watch her sign a bill that decertifies the Masters, Mates, and Pilots union as a bargaining unit for those state ferry workers.

          That same background enables her to take a beancounter approach on a bill that will cut the salaries of public school teachers, while she lobbies for Obama administration money that comes with the odious "reform" strings attached.

          She's unelectable, I tell you. The unions and public school parents have had enough of her. She has worn out her welcome just like that chickenshit Locke did.

          I give her credit for seeing the writing on the wall.

          "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

          by Ivan on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:23:24 PM PDT

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  •  Sign me up (2+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster, phenry

    Where can I go to volunteer?

    God is the problem, not the solution.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:21:23 AM PDT

  •  Go Inslee! (4+ / 0-)
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    phenry, The Nose, James Wells, shantysue

    Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

    by Lefty Coaster on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:44:59 AM PDT

  •  McKenna is NOT slick. weasly, yes (0+ / 0-)

    he looks like a sick weasel.  Obama will pull a 200k+ plurality, a good Dem can beat this weasel.

    My best guess was a reflection that did not look back, an image lost in every mirror.

    by Zacapoet on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 10:59:01 AM PDT

    •  Never, EVER underestimate him (3+ / 0-)
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      N in Seattle, bwren, shantysue

      He'll run against "partisanship," even though few are more partisan than he is. He just hides it well.

      McKenna's not shrill. He seems so REASONABLE. People here want nothing more than to be REASONABLE. McKenna speaks their language on the one hand while his policies fuck them over on the other hand.

      I have lived in WA for 45 years now. People who don't live here have no idea how desperately otherwise well-educated people want to believe that the two parties are somehow equal, and that partisanship somehow equates with extremism, which nice people shun.

      The biggest hurdle we face is the notion that the Democrats have been in charge too long, and it's time for a change. Never mind that big money has corrupted Democratic governors -- yeah, YOU, Gregoire, and YOU, Locke -- for years now and has bought plenty of Democratic state legislators outright.

      McKenna has been capitalizing on this for years, claiming to be  a "different" Republican. Of course,. he's not. The only way we can stop him -- even with Inslee -- is to hang the Tea Party around his neck.

      We can do this with impunity. (1) Because it's true. He can't win without their support, he'll owe them if he is elected, and we need to goad him into acknowledging this during the campaign. (2) The Tea Partiers have nowhere else to go. We want to paint McKenna as a RINO in their eyes. We'll need truth squads to fisk every single thing he says, and to get the message out.

      The "responsible people" in WA have been waiting for this guy for a long time. Inslee had better come up with a plan to create JOBS in WA. Nothing that McKenna is selling us will do that.

      We're in for a very tough campaign, and the outcome is not certain. It is McKenna's race to lose, and I am dedicated to making sure that happens.

      "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

      by Ivan on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 11:32:51 AM PDT

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  •  I am a little worried (2+ / 0-)
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    McKenna really is the only Republican who could win election and he'll definitely cultivate an image of being a moderate, since open GOP extremism has not worked in elections for statewide offices here.  But if he is elected, he will govern farther to the right than he will have let on during the campaign.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 11:28:14 AM PDT

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