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By Erica C. Barnett October 8, 2012

1. Grist, the Seattle-based national environmental web site, says
 that if Washington State voters elect Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, we could have the greenest Republican governor in the nation, but if we elect Jay Inslee, we could have "the greenest governor in the nation, period."

The Seattle Times explains a complex constitutional amendment, way down on your November ballot, that would give the University of Washington and Washington State University the ability to invest its reserve funds in the stock market.

Proponents say the amendment could increase funding for education; opponents say it could also lose money, and provide an incentive for universities to withhold information on products that use their research, giving them an advantage over other investors.

3. Over at the News Tribune, Peter Callaghan calls
 Inslee's opposition to the so-called school levy swap---a school-budgeting plan that would effectively take tax dollars from rich school districts and redistribute them to poor ones---"puzzling."

Inslee has called the proposal a tax increase; his opponent, Rob McKenna, supports it,
as does Democratic ways and means chair Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48, Medina); it is, in fact, Hunter's proposal in the house that is taking center stage.

In an oddly written editorial that likens Washington's "monstrous" newly created 1st Congressional district to "a Dutch colony," a "splat," and an "inverted volcano," the Everett Herald endorses Democrat Suzan DelBene, citing her jobs agenda and her knowledge of district issues, as well as her Republican opponent John Koster's "polarizing" views on choice and his inflammatory statements
about the murder of American diplomats in Libya.

The endorsement is good news for DelBene, who is generally regarded as stronger in the southern part of the district than the north.

5. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Columbian endorses I-1240, the charter school initiative, saying charter schools will be targeted toward low-income and at-risk students, that the initial program will be limited, and that charter schools are easier to open and shut down than "typical public schools."
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