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Morning Fizz: More on the MIA GOP Memo

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By Morning Fizz August 28, 2014

1. The state GOP memo we posted and wrote about yesterday—the one they've since taken down— acknowledged the same gender gap (women prefer Democrats) that a national Republican memo outed yesterday by DC website Politico addressed. 

Politico reported:  

A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.”

Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the party does “especially poorly” with women in the Northeast and Midwest, according to an internal Crossroads GPS and American Action Network report obtained by POLITICO. It was presented to a small number of senior aides this month on Capitol Hill, according to multiple sources involved.


the GOP appears to have a long way to go when it comes to capturing a significant slice of the female electorate.

Even on fiscal matters — traditionally the party’s strongest issue set — Republicans hold only slight advantages that do not come close to outweighing their negative attributes. The GOP holds a 3 percent advantage over Democrats when female voters are asked who has “good ideas to grow the economy and create jobs,” and the same advantage on who is “fiscally responsible and can be trusted with our tax dollars.”

When female voters are asked who “wants to make health care more affordable,” Democrats have a 39 percent advantage, and a 40 percent advantage on who “looks out for the interests of women.” Democrats have a 39 percent advantage when it comes to who “is tolerant of other people’s lifestyles.”

Female voters who care about the top four issues — the economy, health care, education and jobs — vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. Most striking, Democrats hold a 35-point advantage with female voters who care about jobs and a 26 percent advantage when asked which party is willing to compromise. House Republicans say jobs and the economy are their top priorities.

The big similarity between the national-level memo and the Washington State Republican Party memo we got our hands on is in the party's proposed (tone deaf) solution, which actually emphasizes their problem with female voters.

We have a call in to the state GOP about the now MIA memo.  

Politico writes: "Two policies former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor promoted as a way to make inroads with middle-class women and families — charter schools and flexible work schedules — were actually the least popular policies among female voters."

Ditto, Rush: The WSRP suggested appealing to women by going after Gov. Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty, which the state GOP communications strategy plans to frame as "Governor Inslee’s 'moratorium on justice' allowing the murderers of women and children to avoid the death penalty." 

"We must, with equal fervor, accurately and honestly portray the truth about the Obama administration and its policies."

The cynical ploy—yup, Inslee campaigned on catering to murderers of women and children?—not only chases after an issue with limited pull among women, but the GOP impulse to spin rather than propose earnest policy that actually serves women's interests casts the whole memo as an unwitting comedy of errors.  

2. Another snippet from the state GOP memo? Citing Obamacare, they write: "We must, with equal fervor, accurately and honestly portray the truth about the Obama administration and its policies."

In the name of accuracy and honesty, may we recommend these recent articles about Obamacare: from the Wall Street Journal "Percent of uninsured in U.S. drops steeply to record low, survey says;" from the New York Times "Newest Health Insurance Customers Are Generally Happy;" from Business Insider "The Most Popular Part Of Obamacare Could Have A Big Economic Impact;" and again from the New York Times "Obamacare Fails to Fail." 

We have a call in to the state GOP about the now MIA memo. 

3. Following a King County Superior Court ruling earlier this month that the planned aPodment development on Harvard near Aloha on North Capitol Hill has to now go through a public design review process because the characterization of several rooms as just one unit was "clearly erroneous," according to the judge, developers of at least a dozen pending aPodment projects are getting anxious. 

They have heard that the city's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is going to put aPodment developments that were already in the pipline on hold until October, in part in anticipation of Seattle City Coucil member Mike O'Brien's pending aPodment legislation

aPodment developers are nervous that being forced to count every room as a unit—rather than counting several rooms connected to one kitchen as one unit—will increase the official unit count and force aPodments to go through tougher SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) review. 

4. Speaking of DPD, feast your eyes on the Vulcan development planned in South Lake Union just east of Denny Park.



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