Archive for 'Election 2010'

Debates and Non-Debates

When is a debate not a debate? When it is a joint press conference!

Because that is what passes for a debate for candidates these days. It is a collection of one minute and thirty second sound bites that some candidates handle with varying degrees of success.

The point is that we learn very little about the candidates grasp of the issues or their overall philosophy in these little snippets of information.

In a classic form of debate the opponents ask question of each other and put forth their assertions in blocks of five minutes or more. In that kind of format lightweights like a certain congresswoman we know would run out of gas before the time was up. The major disadvantage of longer blocks of time is that television doesn’t accommodate very well, an attention span of anything longer than an eye blink. The other part of that is that there are few candidates who are interesting to watch and listen to for more than 60 seconds.

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A spirited race for the Spokane District Court, Pos. 6

Most local judicial races are a bit dull, and unfortunately voters don’t pay much attention to them.  However, this is not the case for the race between incumbent Judge Debra Hayes and her challenger Tim Note for the District Court, Position 6, in Spokane County.  There have been a number of spirited exchanges among the candidates and their supporters about face book pages, missed work, and the ability to get a fair trial.  We hope the posted interviews of the candidates that were conducted over the last couple weeks will provide some additional, more objective information.

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Bill Gates, Sr. at 1098 Fund raiser in Spokane

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This interview of Judge Debra Hayes was conducted by Bryan E. Burke, Exec. Director of Eastern Washington Voters on Thursday, September 16, 2010 and Sunday, September 19, 2010.  Deborah Hayes later approved these notes for accuracy.

What is your background? I grew up in the Northern part of the county on a farm that my dad worked but did not own. There were 4 kids in the family.  We were quite poor but I did not realize it until I entered junior high and the differences became obvious. I graduated from Riverside High School.  Following graduation, I spent time as a stay-at-home mom, then worked as a bank teller, supervisor for the savings department, and was then promoted, and I spent some time as a stay at home mother.

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Patty Murray and Candidates

At the Patty Murray “kick-off” here in Spokane she was introduced by Bret Blankenship.  He modestly identified himself as an Eastern Washington farmer who, “Took off my overalls and put on a suite to introduce my friend, Patty Murray”.  He went on to extol her virtues and how she had helped him in the past and is still willing to help him today.
He was far too modest.  Bret Blankenship is president of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG), the second most powerful lobby in the state and decidedly right of center.  Dino Rossi would have killed for that introduction for his campaign.  You have to look no further for assurance that Patty Murray has to be the big favorite in her race for the senate.

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