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Complete List of PubliCola Picks for the November 2 Election

By PublicolaPicks October 27, 2010







Editor’s note: This list includes both our initial round of "No-Brainer" picks (included in full and indicated with the tag "No-Brainer" below) and links to our endorsements in important and contested races around the state.


No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 2, Position 2, PubliCola picks Tom Campbell

Incumbent Republican Rep. Tom Campbell is a moderate who chairs the health and environment committee (even though the Democrats are in the majority). He’s solid on the environment—particularly when it comes to regulating toxics.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 3, Position 2, PubliCola Picks Timm Ormsby

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Ormsby, a rising star on the left, will be key next year in pushing hazardous substance tax legislation, a bill he championed last session.

State Sen., District 6, PubliCola picks Chris Marr

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 6, Position 2, PubliCola picks John Driscoll

This one is all about incumbent Democrat Drisccoll’s wild-eyed opponent, John Ahern, who’s obsessed with opposing environmental regulations and thinks sustainability is a U.N. plot.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 11, Position 1, PubliCola picks Zack Hudgins

Hudgins is a little too lockstep with cautious state House speaker Frank Chopp for our tastes (example: He voted for the dreaded tunnel cost overruns position), but….

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 11, Position 2, PubliCola picks Bob Hasegawa

… Hasegawa is a little too knee-jerk lefty for our tastes, so we’ll split the difference here and go with both 11th District seatmates.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 21, Position 2, PubliCola picks Marko Liias

Coming off an all-star session fighting for transit dollars, Liias is poised to emerge as a leader for the next generation of Democrats.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., Distirct 25, Position 2, PubliCola picks Dawn Morrell

This is another endorsement that’s all about being terrified by the other candidate. In this case, Hans Zeiger. Oh my God.

State House Rep., District 27, Position 1, PubliCola picks Jake Fey.

Full endorsement here.

State House Rep., District 28, Position 1, PubliCola picks Troy Kelley

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 28, Position 2, PubliCola picks Tami Green

Tacoma Democrat Green is the head of the house’s ad hoc labor and environmentalist caucus (the de facto progressive caucus). The alliance fought to save critical programs in this year’s slash-and-burn budget under Green’s leadership.

State Sen., District 30, PubliCola picks Tracey Eide

Full endorsement here.

State House Rep., District 30, Position 2, PubliCola picks Katrina Asay

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State House Rep., District 31, Position 1, PubliCola picks Cathy Dahlquist

Republican Cathy Dahlquist, running for an open seat, will be a leader on education reform.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 32, PubliCola picks Maralyn Chase

Rep. Maralyn Chase is an adamant liberal who will bring some demand-side economics to the stodgy Senate Democratic caucus.

State House Rep., District 32, Position 1, PubliCola picks Cindy Ryu

Full endorsement here.

State House Rep., District 32, Position 2, PubliCola picks Ruth Kagi

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Senate, District 33, PubliCola picks Karen Keiser

Incumbent Democratic Sen. Karen Keiser is the Democrats’ lead on health care reform.

No-Brainer: State Senate, District 34, PubliCola picks Sharon Nelson

Current state Rep. Nelson is the legislature's fiercest advocate for endangered Maury Island, where Glacier Northwest wants to expand its gravel-mining operation.

State House Rep., District 34, Position 1, PubliCola picks Eileen Cody

Cody, a registered nurse who chair's the House health care committee, got the state ready for health care reform by creating a model for a state health-care exchange. And she's been a strong supporter of laws protecting women's right to choose (for example, she opposed legislation that would have required teenage girls to get parental consent for abortions), earning her the support of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington.

State House Rep, District 34, Position 2, PubliCola picks Joe Fitzgibbon

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 36, PubliCola picks Jeanne Kohl-Welles

Not only is incumbent Democratic Sen. Kohl-Welles a champion for women’s rights, consumer protection (particularly on regulating pharmaceutical companies), she was a leader last sessions on the trying, but urgent need to raise taxes.

No-Brainer: State Rep., District 36, Position 1, PubliCola picks Reuven Carlyle

Incumbent Democrat Reuven Carlyle is killer on education reform and is working to bring small businesses into the Democratic tent.

No-Brainer: State Rep. District 36, Position 2, PubliCola picks Mary Lou Dickerson

Yay pot reform.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 37, PubliCola Picks Adam Kline

Adam Kline focuses on civil rights, particularly when it comes to watchdogging the criminal justice system.

State Rep., District 37, Position 1, PubliCola picks Sharon Tomiko Santos


Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Rep., District 37 , Position 2, PubliCola picks Eric Pettigrew

South Seattle incumbent Democrat Eric Pettigrew is one of the most respected legislators in Olympia—a good thing for the Seattle delegation.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 38, PubliCola picks Nick Harper

Nick Harper, an insurgent from the left who beat disappointing Democratic incumbent Sen. Jean Berkey (who supported tax loopholes for big banks),  will give more power to the progressive wing of the Democratic party.

State Sen., District 41, PubliCola picks Randy Gordon

Full endorsement here.

State Rep., District 41, Position 2, PubliCola picks Judy Clibborn


Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 43, PubliCola picks Ed Murray

Murray is a standout gay-rights advocate and fiscal moderate.


No-Brainer: State Rep. District 43, Position 1, PubliCola picks Jamie Pedersen

Pedersen is running unopposed.

State Rep., District 43, Position 2, PubliCola picks Frank Chopp

Full endorsement here.


State Sen., District 44, PubliCola picks Steve Hobbs

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Rep., District 44, Position 1, PubliCola picks Hans Dunshee

Dunshee is an all-star environmentalist who saved the day last year by making good on the Democrats’ promise of actually turning the recession and pending environmental doom into an FDR-style opportunity: He queued up one of the only jobs packages—retrofitting schools—this session.

State Sen., District 45, PubliCola picks Eric Oemig

Full endorsement here.

State Rep., District 45, Position 1, PubliCola picks Roger Goodman

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Sen., District 46, PubliCola picks Scott White

White's a behind-the-scenes worker bee who gets it done for Seattle and, by the way, didn’t vote for the overruns provision like many of his colleagues.

No-Brainer: State Rep., District 46, Position 1, PubliCola picks David Frockt

Frockt's, a flaming liberal who was motivated to run because he thinks the Democratic majority in Olympia was falling down on the job).

State Rep., District 46, Position 2, PubliCola picks Phyllis Kenney

Full endorsement here.

State Sen., District 47, PubliCola picks Claudia Kauffman





Full endorsement here.

State Rep. District 47, Position 1, PubliCola picks Geoff Simpson

Full endorsement here.

No-Brainer: State Rep., District 47, Position 2, PubliCola picks Pat Sullivan

A measured Democrat who’s respected on both sides of the aisle and a leader on education reform.

State Sen., District 48, PubliCola picks Rodney Tom

Full endorsement here.

State Rep., District 48, Position 1, PubliCola picks Ross Hunter

Full endorsement here.

State Rep., District 48, Position 2, PubliCola picks Deb Eddy

Full endorsement here.

Eighth District King County Council, PubliCola Picks Joe McDermott.

Full endorsement here.

US Senate, PubliCola picks Patty Murray


Full endorsement here.

U.S. Congressional District 1, PubliCola picks U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee

We stand by our fawning primary endorsement. Inslee is an outstanding congressman.

U.S. Congressional District 2, PubliCola picks U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen

Full endorsement here.

U.S. Congressional District 3, PubliCola picks Denny Heck

Full endorsement here.

U.S. Congressional District 5, PubliCola picks Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Full endorsement here.

U.S. Congressional District 6, PubliCola picks U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks

Ditto.

U.S. Congressional District 7, PubliCola picks U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott

Full endorsement  here.

U.S. Congressional District 8, PubliCola picks Suzane DelBene

Full endorsement here.

Washington State Supreme Court, Position 6, PubliCola picks Charlie Wiggins

Full endorsement here.

State Initiative 1053, PubliCola picks “No”

The latest Tim Eyman initiative would restore a requirement that the legislature needs a two-thirds majority to approve tax increases (this, by the way, can also mean you need a two-thirds majority to close corporate tax loopholes).

The extremist rule gives a minority the power to muck up the democratic process. (Would the proponents of I-1053 want this initiative to need two-thirds voter approval at the ballot in order to pass?)

Think PubliCola is just a krazy liberal blog? We’re not alone: In the best election season editorial we’ve read all year, the Olympian thinks voting against this Eyman disaster is a No Brainer too.

State initiative 1098, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

State Initiatives 1100 and 1105, PubliCola picks "No"

Full endorsement here;

State initiative 1082, PubliCola picks "No"

Full endorsement here.

State Initiative 1107, PubliCola picks "No"

Full endorsement here.

State Referendum 52, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

King County Charter amendments, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

State constitutional amendments, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

King County Proposition 1, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

Seattle supplemental schools levy, Prop. 1, PubliCola picks "Yes"

Full endorsement here.

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Position 1, PubliCola picks Ed McKenna

Full endorsement here.

Seattle Municipal Court Judge Postion 6, PubliCola picks Karen Donohue

Full endorsement here.

King County Council, District 8, PubliCola Picks Joe McDermott

Full endorsement here.


Full disclosure: Sandeep Kaushik, who co-founded PubliCola in January 2009, works for the No on 1100 and 1105 campaign and the No on 1107 campaign. He does not have any editorial role at PubliCola.

PubliCola investor Rajeev Singh is the COO of Concur Technologies, which contributed to the “No” on 1098 campaign. PubliCola investor Greg Smith contributed to the “No” on 1098 campaign.




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