HB 2478: Lower filing fees and requirements for write-in candidates and lowers bar for count on unchallenged primaries, and forces count of write-ins for written candidates

Only 1% of the vote is required for a count in an unchallenged primary. This makes it possible to jump in and challenge an incumbent after filing week. This also may help with presidential races where there are write-ins.

Introduced by Rep Irwin (R) of Enumclaw

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2478&Year=2018

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HB 2620: Allows the attorney general to sit on initiatives for 45 days and potentially veto them

This would substantially increase the power of incumbent government to impede the initiative process.

Introduced by Rep Kudgins (D-11) of Tukwila

http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=2620&Year=2018

Police recommend false reporting charge for Seattle candidate

The case against Sheley Secrest involves the city’s taxpayer-funded “democracy-voucher” program.

http://www.heraldnet.com/northwest/police-recommend-false-reporting-charge-for-seattle-candidate/

http://archive.is/l0B3z

Government Gets Lower Ratings for Handling Health Care, Environment, Disaster Response

Public trust in government…remains close to a historic low. Just 18% say they trust the federal government to do the right thing “just about always” or “most of the time” – a figure that has changed very little for more than a decade.

And while more Republicans say they trust the government today than did so during the Obama administration, just 22% of Republicans and even fewer Democrats (15%) say they trust the government at least most of the time.

Among the public overall, positive ratings for the government’s handling of ensuring access to health care have declined 20 percentage points since 2015; today, just 36% say it does a very or somewhat good job in ensuring access to health care, down from 56% two years ago.

…there is no issue, among 12 tested, on which the government’s performance ratings have improved significantly. And on 11 of the 12 issues, partisan differences in these evaluations have widened considerably.

Across all 12 issues, about two-thirds or more of the public say the government should have a major role. And on nearly all issues, positive assessments of the government’s performance lag well behind the shares who think the government should play a major role.

http://www.people-press.org/2017/12/14/government-gets-lower-ratings-for-handling-health-care-environment-disaster-response/

http://archive.is/zJstj

45th district Dems give priority preview

  • Capital budget
  • Hirst decision
  • Reproductive rights
  • Voter registration
  • Carbon tax
  • Single-payer healthcare
  • Police killings

http://www.kirklandreporter.com/news/45th-district-dems-give-priority-preview/

http://archive.is/2CbkZ

About six-in-ten Americans support marijuana legalization

Nearly seven-in-ten Democrats say marijuana use should be legal, as do 65% of independents. By contrast, just 43% of Republicans favor marijuana legalization, while 55% are opposed.

Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, those younger than 40 favor legalizing marijuana use, 62% to 38%. Republicans ages 40 to 64 are divided (48% say it should be legal, 49% illegal), while those 65 and older oppose marijuana legalization by more than two-to-one (67% to 30%).

Sizable majorities of Democrats and Democratic leaners younger than 40 (79%) and 40 to 64 (70%) favor marijuana legalization. Older Democrats – those 65 and older – are more divided (50% favor legalization, 42% oppose it).

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/01/05/americans-support-marijuana-legalization/

http://archive.is/CzpwK