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On Other Blogs Today: Fact Checks and Fierce Debates

By Erica C. Barnett October 25, 2012

1. The Tacoma News Tribune fact-checks an anti-gay-marriage ad in which a pair of hotel owners and a sportscaster claim they were personally harmed by gay-marriage laws in Vermont and Canada. Not true, the  TNT reports.

The innkeepers were sued under Vermont's public accomodations law for refusing to allow a gay couple to marry there; that law, which has nothing to do with Vermont's gay marriage law, bars hotels and other public accommodations from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

In the second case, a sportscaster claimed he was "fired" for sending out an anti-gay-marriage tweet. However, the station where he worked said he was actually a freelancer who ended up not being a good fit for the organization. Frame compared her opponent Tarleton to Republican Rob McKenna, accusing her of supporting "Band-Aid solutions."

2. In the close race for attorney general, the Everett Herald comes out for Democrat Bob Ferguson over his GOP opponent Reagan Dunn, saying Ferguson's "ability and willingness to quietly listen and reflect is a better match for attorney general than Dunn's go-get-'em enthusiasm."

3. The Ballard News Tribune reports on a heated debate between 36th District state house candidates Gael Tarleton and Noel Frame, two Democrats running to fill the state house seat being vacated by Democrat Mary Lou Dickerson.

Frame went after Tarleton hard, deriding her proposal to reintroduce a sales tax on pop and candy and comparing her to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, saying her revenue proposals were just "Band-Aid solutions." Frame supports a state income tax, an idea that has never gained traction in the legislature.

4. Convicted terrorist Ahmed Ressam, who was convicted of plotting to blow up the Los Angeles International Airport in 1999, was sentenced to 37 years in prison in a federal court in Seattle yesterday, the Seattle Times reports. 

5. Finally, President Obama's jobs plan—this is his campaign jobs plan, not official government policy—contains plenty of talk about drilling in the Arctic, strengthening the US auto industry, and coal, but not one word about the jobs that could be created by expanding transit, Streetsblog reports. Studies have consistently shown that investments in mass transit create more jobs than highway spending; here's one.


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