Campaign Fizz: "A Campaign Promise to Comcast"

By Erica C. Barnett September 29, 2011

Your one-stop shop for today's local campaign news, gossip, and analysis.

• City council candidate Brad Meacham, who's running against incumbent Bruce Harrell, pooh-poohed Harrell's Great Student Initiative, which passed council Monday and provides discounts on Comcast service to kids who are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.

Meacham, pointing out that the initiative is a condition of Comcast’s merger with NBC, has characterized the proposal as a giveaway to the cable giant that won't do much to help low-income kids.

"Finally, a campaign promise fulfilled---to Comcast," Meacham told PubliCola yesterday. "Bruce has learned how to multitask: he helps sign up thousands of new customers for Comcast while appearing to be motivated by helping working folks."

• State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45) added another colleague to his long list of endorsements in his run for US Rep. Jay Inslee's seat today: House Democratic Caucus chair Eric Pettigrew, who said in an effusive statement, “I love Roger as a person and as a legislator.  As the Democratic Caucus Chair, I see how effective Roger is behind the scenes in getting things done."

State reps are being asked to choose between two house side colleagues in the race to replace Inslee—the other being Rep. Marko Liias (D-21, Edmonds.) Goodman is winning the popularity contest between the two as state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens)—also vying for Inslee's seat—is outpacing both, grabbing up senate-side endorsements and house folks too.

• The asked gubernatorial contenders Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna (D-WA,1 and Washington State AG, respectively) six questions about what they would do to fix the state budget, which faces a $1.4 billion shortfall over the 2011-2013 biennium.

Specifically, would they support: Closing tax loopholes?; Asking voters to fund new taxes?; Making further cuts to education?; Making further cuts to public safety?; Making further cuts to human services?; Seeking further concessions for state workers?

The short version: Inslee said yes to the first question and no to the third one; McKenna gave a qualified no to the second question and yes to the sixth. Check out the long version here.

• A new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of Washington State voters support imposing an income tax on people making $200,000 or more a year. However, as the notes, people don't necessarily vote according to their stated opinions.

"Interestingly, the percentage of people in Washington supporting higher taxes on the wealthy is almost identical to the percentage of people who last year voted “no” on Initiative 1098, which would’ve established an income tax on high earners to help pay for education."
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