On Other Blogs Today: All-Election Edition

By Erica C. Barnett October 12, 2012

1. The Tacoma News Tribune endorses Republican Reagan Dunn for attorney general and Republican James Watkins for state auditor. In the latter case, the TNT writes, they're disturbed by Kelley's long history of lawsuits and "the fact that he parked money in an offshore account" after being sued by a former client; however, they aren't exactly thrilled with Watkins either.

In the end, "Watkins gets our endorsement, but this race makes us wish more than ever that [current auditor Brian] Sonntag weren’t stepping down." 

2. The Seattle Times profiles Dunn and his "back-slapping style, high-wattage smile, and ever-present Mountain Dew." The piece portrays Dunn as a moderate Republican—a believer in climate change, a supporter of gay marriage, and a backer of women's right to choose. 

3. The Times' "Truth Needle" takes a look at 1st District Republican congressional candidate John Koster's latest ad attacking his Democratic opponent, Suzan DelBene, that accuses her of opposing a new coal port terminal at Cherry Point in Bellingham. The Times concludes that Koster's ad is misleading, noting that the only position DelBene has taken on the terminal is her support for more environmental study. 

4. The Seattle longshoremen's union, ILWU Local 19, plans to file a lawsuit against the city challenging its plans to build an arena in SoDo, arguing, the TNT reports, that "building another sports venue in the Sodo area will erode maritime, manufacturing and warehousing businesses and threaten the livelihood of union and other workers."

5. Want to know what the two candidates for King County Sheriff—Democrat John Urquhart and Republican Steve Strachan---think about abortion, gay marriage, and pot legalization? The has you covered. 

6. The Puget Sound Business Journal has a sortable list of everyone who's donated to the pro- and anti-gay marraige campaigns. The pro-marriage campaign has raised more than $8 million from than 16,346 contributors, and the anti-marriage campaign has raised $1.8 million from 3,751 donors. 


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