With today's hectic, fast-paced lifestyles, who has time to read thoughtful, thoroughly researched endorsements like those provided by Hugeasscity's sugar daddy PubliCola? After all, there are critically important texts to answer, hundreds of scintillating comments on blockbuster deep-bore tunnel blog posts to contemplate, land use committee meetings to attend, etc., etc.
Thankfully, Hugeasscity has a simple, time-saving solution for those of you who want to do the right thing for people and the planet, but have the attention span of a fruit fly (namely, an estimated 98.2% of the people who are reading this post, as well as its author).
Here it is: Don't vote for anyone or anything endorsed by the Seattle Times.
Okay, enough with the snarkiness. Truthfully, though, it's not just snark. While obviously there will be exceptions to such a simpleminded rule, in my view the Seattle Times editorial board is so oblivious to the most pressing sustainability challenges facing Seattle and the region that if we ended up with none of the Times' picks it would probably be about as good an election outcome as we could realistically hope for.
The Times endorses I-1053 , a Tim Eyman initiative that would reinstate the two-thirds supermajority requirement for the legislature to pass a tax increase. In contrast, here's what Sightline founder Alan Durning had to say about it:
Should one third of just one house be able to veto the elimination of tax loopholes that shower public resources on coal plants, bull semen, laser interferometer gravitational wave observatories and dozens of other businesses and commercial activities? Should one third of either house be able to prevent collection of the revenue needed to fulfill the state’s constitutionally mandated “paramount duty” to fund your community’s schools?
Green urbanism advocacy groups such as Futurewise and Transportation Choices Coalition are strongly backing Joe Fitzgibbon for the vacated 34th District seat. The Times writes,
Heavey's most qualified challenger, Joe Fitzgibbon, a Democrat, is well versed on the issues but seems too much of a hard-left candidate to match the critical mission of the moment.
"Seems"? Glad they're so sure about that. "Hard-left"---you know, transit and stuff like that.
In their half-hearted endorsement of the freeway-loving Chair of the the House Transportation Committee Judy Clibborn for District 41, the Times writes,
Outside of transportation, Clibborn's record is less distinguished.
Yowza. Less distinguished than trying to "protect" I-90 from light rail? It's unfortunate that her challengers consist of a "fiscally responsible" Republican and a Constitution-thumping Independent. But either might be worth the sacrifice to get Clibborn off the Transportation Committee.