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    Vote no on I-1351

    Voters might be tempted to approve Initiative 1351 on this fall’s general election ballot. It promises smaller class sizes in our public schools. But it offers no funding source, and it only complicates the state Legislature’s court-ordered mandate to fully fund K-12 basic education.

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    Pettus best choice for Thurston County clerk

    In one of the more interesting races this fall, Thurston County’s current and former chief deputy county clerks both hope to replace the retiring Betty Gould, who has held the office since 1990. The campaign involves strong differences of opinion about a new statewide case management system...

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    Merge fire districts 7&8

    When public entities find ways to save taxpayer’s money, improve service and increase efficiency, voters should support them.

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    Elect Stephens, Johnson for Supreme Court

    Only two of the four Supreme Court of Washington justices seeking re-election this year have drawn opponents. But to call their challengers “opponents” is to overstate their qualifications for the job. Position 4 incumbent Charles W. Johnson is running against a candidate who is neither...

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    Re-elect Haigh and MacEwen for District 35

    The state Legislature hasn’t faced such a complex set of financial issues as it will in 2015 since the low point of the Great Recession – several of them resulting from court orders. It will require political savvy and a focus on the long-game to write a 2015-2017 biennium budget that...

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    With concerns, Valenzuela for commission

    Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela will complete nearly six years in office at the end of 2014. She was first appointed by the governor in February of 2009, won the November 2009 election to complete the unexpired term and in the 2010 general election, voters elected her to a full four...

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    Reykdal, Hunt best represent 22nd District

    Republican candidates don’t fare well in the strongly liberal 22 Legislative District. Two years ago, Republicans didn’t bother to field candidates to oppose state Representatives Sam Hunt and Chris Reykdal or Sen. Karen Fraser. Voters have a choice this year in the two races for the...

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    Heck clearly the best choice for U.S. House

    Two years ago, voters in the newly created 10th Congressional District elected Denny Heck to represent them, and did so by a wide 17 percent margin over challenger Dick Muri. This year, voters again have a clear choice and should have no trouble electing Heck to a second term. Heck is by far the...

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    Elect Pulsipher, Olsen for PUD commission

    Although the Thurston Public Utility District is a little-known and frequently misunderstood water district serving residents in multiple counties, it has drawn the most candidates seeking office in the South Sound primary election on Aug. 5. Seven individuals are running for two positions. Voters...

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    Vote against Prop 1, claims are not proven

    During the Tumwater Fourth of July parade, I overheard a Prop 1 signature gatherer convincing a young couple to sign the petition saying it would “cut your electric bill in half.”

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