Category Archives: Election 2009

Daugs Moving to Walla Walla

Daryl Daugs, Bremerton resident and three-time candidate, has taken a job in Walla Walla County as its director of the county Department of Human Services. Daugs has head for-profit and non-profit organizations, but made the most news running for state legislator in the 35th district and mayor of Bremerton, losing in the primaries in both cases. He also put his name in as a contender for county treasurer, but was left out of the final pool of three submitted to the county commissioners.

The announcement from Walla Walla County follows the jump:

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The Danger of Blackballing the Moderates

You commenters resurrected an old post and began discussing whether there’s room for moderates in either party. The practice of dredging up old posts is, by the way, awesome.

Here you get two stories about party members being punched from within.

The first is a great read about New York Republican Dede Scozzafava, whose last name has become a verb, thanks to the work on one side by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and on the other by the Obama White House.

The second story relates to U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, who voted against the health care reform bill. The piece points out that Baird hasn’t ruled out supporting the bill in the future, but he wanted information about costs before he would vote “yes.”

I generally don’t like giving away endings, but the last two paragraphs in the first story, the one from the Washington Post, probably sums up best the danger in insisting on party purity tests.

From the story:

Those conservative forces now descend on Florida, where former House speaker Marco Rubio, who on Monday received the endorsement of the Club for Growth, might shove aside centrist Gov. Charlie Crist, who was once on John McCain’s short list for running mate. And Scozzafava has a warning.

“There is a lot of us who consider ourselves Republicans, of the Party of Lincoln,” she said, her face now flush. “If they don’t want us with them, we’re going to work against them.”

Rules for a Recount

Those of you reading today’s story about the election results might be wondering what all the rules are for a recount. You’re thinking knowledge of this might come in handy at that next mixer, or when you have to talk when the band takes a break. This is information sure to impress would-be suitors. Well, it would have impressed me back when I was . . . suiting. Then again I was impressed by anyone who could find Russia on a map.

I can’t profess to give you all of them, but here are a few.

The standards for automatic recounts (Those the county or state pays for whether any candidate wants one or not. I say that because I’m sure there are some candidates who are relieved to lose, who love to give speeches and mix with the people, but don’t relish the idea of actually learning the finer details of accounting and fecal treatment for four years.) per RCW 29A.64.021 are they are done by machine if the two contenders are within a half percentage point of each other and within 2,000 votes.

In Kitsap County the Bremerton Transportation Proposition 1 (the car tabs initiative), the Bainbridge school bond and EMS levy, a few school board races, some unopposed candidates and the Port of Bremerton commissioner contest were the ones that beat the 2,000-vote margin. As of Monday, all were beating the half-percentage point standard.

For a hand recount the standard is that the contenders are within a quarter percentage point of each other and within 150 votes. In statewide races the rule is within 1,000 votes and that quarter percentage point.

Should a candidate want a recount even if the totals don’t call for an automatic one, they can pay for it themselves, but if the recount proves that the first or second count was wrong you and I pay for it when we order the biscuits and gravy at Pat’s or return that Valentine’s letter some of us get every year.

From RCW 29A.64.081

The canvassing board shall determine the expenses for conducting a recount of votes.

The cost of the recount shall be deducted from the amount deposited by the applicant for the recount at the time of filing the request for the recount, and the balance shall be returned to the applicant. If the costs of the recount exceed the deposit, the applicant shall pay the difference. No charges may be deducted by the canvassing board from the deposit for a recount if the recount changes the result of the nomination or election for which the recount was ordered.

In Kitsap County the deposit required is 15 cents a ballot for a manual recount and 25 cents each for a hand recount. For Bremerton City Councilman Brad Gehring, should he decide to ask for a recount in his council race against Jim McDonald it would be about $135 for a machine count and about $225 for a hand count.

Asked Monday if he would ask for a recount should the totals fall outside automatic recount range, Gehring said he would not. “I can’t afford to do that,” he said.

A Tough Election to Predict

Earlier Tuesday another employee in the newsroom handed out the election pool sheet. It only cost a buck, so I was ready to play. I got down a few races, though, and started agonizing over my picks. I crumpled up the paper and threw it away. I should have stuck with that decision. I’m better at predicting that I’m out a buck than I am at local races.

Sometime this afternoon 1400 KITZ had me on an afternoon show talking aboutt the elections for a couple of minutes. I at least got my predictions about how Kitsap voters would respond to R-71 and I-1033 right.

About a half hour before election numbers were posted the guys at that Outlaw Radio Network talked to me about my thoughts on the races. You can still hear me making what is now a ridiculous prediction, that Lynn Horton would probably win the port commissioner race. My mistake there came because I forgot that it was only one commissioner district that gave Horton that big win in the primary and that all three districts would vote in the general. My bad.

Holy cow, my bad.

For the record, I lost last year’s office election pool in the tie-breaker.

Port Tax Still Fresh

At Tuesday morning’s Eggs & Issues debate over car tabs, only a few people were asking questions, so in a rare occurrence I got three in.

The last one was whether the Port of Bremerton’s industrial development district tax, used to pay for construction of the Bremerton Marina, was still casting a pall over requests for funding. Over the past few months we’ve heard little about the IDD tax, a noteworthy development given that the last few years any request for money by any taxing district carried with complaints that were laced with references to the port.

The most recent mention of an IDD tax I could find in a quick search of our archives, however, referred to the Port of Manchester and its consideration of the idea. I thought that perhaps Port commissioner Cheryl Kincer’s decision to not run for re-election had been the final calming measure on the IDD.

Perhaps not.

According to the voices on the car tabs issue, the IDD is certainly not forgotten. From the car tab debate story:

The state Legislature gave local municipalities the right to impose a $20 fee increase without an election. Six cities in Washington have chosen to enact the fee without consulting voters, but (Bremerton City Councilman Nick) Wofford said the Port of Bremerton’s decision to raise property taxes in 2007 — which paid for marina construction downtown and will last for six years — played a role in the Bremerton City Council’s reluctance to go that route.

“I think it’s very fresh on people’s minds,” Wofford said of the tax that was enacted without public approval.

Mike Shepherd, arguing against the car tab increase, also said the IDD tax probably has had an impact, but said much of that impact is less about the tax than about how it was imposed.

Bremerton Not Big Enough For Daugs?

Former candidate for state representative and Bremerton mayor, and 35th District Democratic party leader Daryl Daugs has lots on his mind. On Facebook he posts:

“Daryl Daugs is contemplating a position in D.C.”

Personally I’m waiting to move to the nation’s capitol when they move it to the Pacific Northwest. I mean, really, have you ever been to D.C. in the summer? Seriously.

County Projects 50 Percent Turnout

Kitsap County elections officials are projecting about 50 percent of eligible Kitsap voters will actually vote in the Nov. 3 election.

Dolores Gilmore, elections manager, said past odd-year general elections might have been higher, but had more statewide issues generating interest.

She said the county is expecting higher turnout in the four incorporated cities.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State is predicting 51 percent turnout statewide. His press release follows.

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Bremerton Mayoral Candidates Launch Sun Election Podcasts

The Kitsap Sun hosts an Outlaw Radio Network podcast weekly and the most recent and next two deal specifically with the Nov. 3 general election.

Click here to listen to Bremerton Mayor candidates Patty Lent and Will Maupin outline their plans for the city.

The next two will be interviews with the Poulsbo Mayor candidates and a discussion of the proposed car tab increase in Bremerton.

Updated: Some New PO Residents Received Wrong Ballots

Walt Washington, county auditor, just phoned to say that about 75 McCormick Woods residents did not receive the correct ballots and will be issued new ones.

The residents were part of the area annexed into Port Orchard in July. The ballots they received did not have any city council races on them, which as residents of the city they are now authorized to vote on.

The addition of McCormick Woods added about 2,000 residents to Port Orchard.

UPDATE: The auditor’s office will be mailing out correct ballots Tuesday to the 71 voters who received the wrong version. Since it is early enough in the process, no extension will be offered. Had the mistake been discovered closer to election day, voters would have been given some extra time to send ballots back, Washington said.

Are Signatures on a Petition Public Records?

David Ammons in the Secretary of State’s office has been providing ongoing updates on the status of a move to keep petition signatures private.

The issue centers on Referendum 71, the one that would overturn the “Everything but Marriage” bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year. But the question didn’t begin this year. Initiative and referendum proponents have long argued that the identity of signers and signature gatherers should remain private.

Your thoughts?

Statewide Measures Have Their Day in The Sun

Kitsap Sun reporters Chris Henry and Derek Sheppard wrote stories for the two statewide issues on the ballots, which many of you have already received.

Initiative 1033 would limit government revenue increases to the cost of living plus population growth.

Referendum 71 would keep in place the “Everything but Marriage,” bill, which extended pretty much all marriage rights to domestic partnerships, except that they can’t call it a marriage.

Sheppard’s story indicates polling shows 71 is a close call. In May I wrote on this blog, “Maybe I’m jumping the gun by interpreting the early quiet as disinterest.” I was referring to the fact that there seemed to be little attention being paid to this issue locally or nationally. The local interest has arrived, though it still doesn’t feel to me like the emotional issue Prop 8 was in California.

Nationally, though, 71 seems to be getting little attention at all, and for me I wonder if it goes back to the fact that Washington would call gay committed relationships “domestic partnerships” and not “marriage.” I get e-mails from one of the chief opponents of gay marriage and in the most recent correspondences there were mentions of efforts in Maine, Iowa, the District of Columbia and New York. On Washington? Zero.

By the way, the Sun also has its endorsements out on the editorial page.

Realtors Against 1033

We don’t make much out of endorsements, as the Kitsap County Association of Realtors can probably attest. That group came out with a list of endorsements, which I’ll post at the bottom of this letter, but we didn’t put it in print. A lot of groups endorse things. Were we to name all of them that’s all we’d be printing. We don’t want to ignore them, necessarily, but we don’t want to get yelled at for missing one either.

The parent of the local real estate professionals, Washington Realtors, sent an announcement that surprised me. The organization is officially against Initiative 1033. As I mentioned, I was surprised, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. The group supported Dino Rossi for governor in 2008, but also backed a gas tax increase in 2005. Maybe that should tell me that the group is not predictably conservative.

As for 1033, which would limit government growth to inflation plus population growth, the state organization says it trusts the governor and Legislature to keep spending in line, that the initiative process shouldn’t be used in this case. From the press release, the full copy of which I’ll post after the jump:

“The legislature and the governor proved last spring that they can address the state’s budget problems without increasing taxes,” said Greg Wright, 2009 President of the Washington Realtors. “Rather than turn these complex public policy issues over to the initiative process, we should hold our elected representatives accountable for meeting state and local needs within existing revenue.”

Eyman later issued a response, not so much to the Realtors alone, but to the claim that the “No on 1033” crowd has a lot of group support.

“Groups don’t vote, people do. Voters decide how to vote on initiatives based on their own experiences and values — they don’t look to ‘groups’ to tell them how to think — they think for themselves.”

The list of I-1033 group opposition is long, including Washington ACORN. The Realtors endorsement is new enough that it wasn’t on the list, but in my glance at it I didn’t see any other surprises.

Following are the press release by Washington Realtors and the one by Eyman.

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Discussion with Bremerton Municipal Court Judge Candidates

View the Kitsap Sun editorial board’s discussion with Bremerton Municipal Court judge candidates Ed Wolfe and James Docter. One of the topics sure to be of interest to Sun readers: about 22 minutes in, they each offered views on issues surrounding the city’s red light cameras.

Find links to past election-related videos with the candidates on our elections site, and find out about upcoming live broadcasts at

– Angela Dice

‘Everything But Marriage’ Referendum a Close Call

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office has been stellar in providing daily updates on the prospects of Referendum 71 having enough valid signatures to be on the November ballot.

As of now it’s too close to call.

The referendum would overturn legislation that extended to same-sex partners all the rights married couples enjoy, except for the right to call their relationship a marriage.

Supporters of the referendum want that law overturned. They gathered 137,689 signatures to get the question on the ballot. They need 120,577 of those to be valid to be up for the November election. That means no more than 12.4 percent of the signatures can be tossed out.

As of Wednesday night the state had counted 48,289 ballots. Of those, 5,142 have been rejected. If you’re scoring at home, that’s 10.6 percent. So far, so good for referendum supporters, meaning those who don’t want gay couples to have the same rights as straight married couples.

The rate of duplicate signatures is expected to rise as the counting continues, so that means a higher percentage of the remaining 89,400 signatures to be counted would be tossed.

The link at the top gives you access to the state’s updates.

Discussion with Central Kitsap School District Director 5 Candidates

Tuesday, the Kitsap Sun hosted Central Kitsap School board candidates Eric Greene, Richard Romero, and Jim Zimny for a discussion in the run-up to the Aug. 18 primary.

As mentioned in a previous post, the discussion included questions from Caucus readers and was led by Editor David Nelson.

We ran into some technical problems so about 10 to 15 minutes of the discussion was lost from our recording. The first video includes candidates’ introductions, before we ran into difficulties. The second video includes a majority of the questions and discussion.

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— Angela Dice

Municipally Powering a Revenue Source

Carlos Jara, a candidate for mayor in Bremerton, has proposed a wind farm in Bremerton’s watershed and rooftop wind devices downtown to generate power the city could sell back to the utility company. I haven’t done the research to devise whether the concept is feasible.

According to this story in the Seattle Times, solar power isn’t the bad option in this region some might think it is.

While hot days generate lots of energy, the optimal temperature is 77 degrees, they say. Extremes can make generating power more difficult. Cloudy weather doesn’t stop power generation.

Does anyone know of any municipalities that have tried or considered generating power in this fashion?