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On Other Blogs Today: Election Day, Parks as Socialism, and More

By Erica C. Barnett August 6, 2012

1) Tomorrow's primary election day; ballots must be postmarked by election day or dropped off at a designated ballot drop box by 8:00 pm. If you're still not sure how you plan to vote, now you have no excuse: Info on all state candidates is available at the Secretary of State's web site, TVW's The Capitol Record has a roundup of some of the most competitive state races; and the AP's Rachel La Corte has a general overview of what to expect tomorrow night.

2) And if you're still confused about how to vote, here are some endorsements and voter guides by state and local advocacy and nonprofit groups: The Metropolitan Democratic Club, the state and King County Democrats, the state and King County Republicans, the progressive group Fuse Washington, the Seattle/King County Municipal League (which does candidate evaluations, not endorsements),  and the very helpful votingforjudges.org.

[caption id="attachment_2067115825" align="aligncenter" width="535"] Coming soon to a state park near you?[/caption]

2) Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat makes an impassioned case against running public parks more "like a business." "To be blunt: Parks are not businesses. They are socialism."

3) In an agreement with the state, 122 state tech workers will get new job protections, after lawmakers and union leaders reached a settlement agreement allowing them to return to union-protected status, the Olympian reports.

4) The state supreme court has ruled that a 2009 search of a student's backpack, which uncovered an airsoft gun, was illegal because the school official who searched the student was not a law enforcement officer and didn't have a warrant. The Bellevue Reporter has more.

5) Who knew? SeaTac, Sightline reports, is one of the most diverse areas in Washington State, with 31 percent of residents born outside the US, with the largest percentage from Latin American countries.
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