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Restore Voter Choice with King County Initiative 26!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Charter Amendment No. 8 envisions less partisan King County

represent you as King County executive, Metropolitan King County Council member and assessor?

Or do you want candidates to wear party labels so you know something about their political viewpoint?

Proposed county Charter Amendment No. 8 will let voters decide — for the first time since the charter was approved by voters in 1969 — whether elections for three key county positions should be partisan or nonpartisan...

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Monday, October 13, 2008

P-I endorsements: Change offices to nonpartisan

Voters will find eight proposed amendments to the King County Charter on the Nov. 4 ballot. Together, the amendments may constitute the ultimate mixed bag.

Several are the kind of good government housekeeping or modest improvements that voters expect to emerge from a lengthy charter review process. But there are some bad ideas that ought to be rejected, soundly. And there's one excellent provision that is on the general election ballot only by the grace of a signature-gathering drive and a strong preliminary endorsement by voters in the primary.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

King County Charter amendments: substance and popcorn

King County has eight charter amendments on the November ballot. This page endorsed Amendment 8 (Initiative 26), for nonpartisan elections Wednesday. Of the rest, Amendment 7 is the most important because it restricts access to the ballot.

Two of the amendments this year were put on the ballot by public petition. Amendment 7 would make this much more difficult by raising the number of signatures needed. Now it's 10 percent of the number who voted for county executive. The proposed rule is 20 percent: 105,634 signatures instead of 52,817...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Approve Charter Amendment 8: Make King County less partisan

Voters parsing through a crowded federal, state and local ballot should stop for a moment on King County Charter Amendment 8, a proposal to make offices of county executive, assessor and County Council nonpartisan. Then, the wise voter should say yes.

Voters in August had a first crack at this proposal but it is a two-step process. The favorable vote in the primary must be followed by another yes on the official charter change on the November ballot...

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

King County: No party favors

Primary results have given voters a chance at fully nonpartisan elections for King County government. That sets the stage for a final decision in November.

Tuesday's voting results went strongly for a measure that will put a county charter amendment on the November ballot. By a considerably narrower but still clear margin, primary voters favored the more thoroughly nonpartisan option sought by the Initiative 26 petition drive over an alternative proposed by the County Council.

The council's Democrats wanted to switch to nonpartisan elections and redistricting procedures, but they said candidates should have the option of listing their party preference on the ballot. Council Democrats called it a free speech issue and a way to give voters a bit more information. Some Democrats...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Approve Charter Amendment 8: Make King County less partisan

Voters parsing through a crowded federal, state and local ballot should stop for a moment on King County Charter Amendment 8, a proposal to make offices of county executive, assessor and County Council nonpartisan. Then, the wise voter should say yes.

Voters in August had a first crack at this proposal but it is a two-step process.
The favorable vote in the primary must be followed by another yes on the official charter change on the November ballot...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Initiative on King County nonpartisanship widens lead

An initiative calling for nonpartisan elections of key top King County officials widened its lead Wednesday over an alternative that would let candidates continue to declare their party preferences on future ballots.

Initiative 26, championed by Metropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer and his chief of staff, Joe Fain, seemed certain to pass after a second batch of absentee ballots was counted Wednesday afternoon...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Voters will be asked...

Should King County change its 39-year history of choosing the county executive, County Council and assessor through partisan elections?

Voters will take a first — if not final — crack at answering that question in Tuesday's primary.

But, as with all charter amendments proposed by initiative, reaching a final decision will be a bit convoluted...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Initiative 26 Gives Voters More Choice

Next week’s primary isn’t exactly a barn-burner as many races only have two candidates, at best. Most candidates will move on to the general election. Still there is an issue on the ballot that deserves attention. King County Initiative 26 asks voters if they want to consider making county-level offices non-partisan. We think they should...

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Friday, August 8, 2008

A vote for Initiative 26

Shoreline and Lake Forest Park voters should support King County Initiative 26, which would put a County charter amendment on the November ballot.

If the initiative passes in the Aug. 19 primary, we would vote in November on whether to make King County offices non-partisan.

Voters face two questions: First, whether to put the proposed charter amendment on the ballot; and second, whether you vote "yes" or "no," whether you favor the initiative proposed by citizen petition on an alternative from the County Council...

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Friday, August 3, 2008

Up Front: New ways to vote

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June 18, 2008; Updated: June 19, 2008

Initiative 26, partisan alternative head to ballot

The King County Council placed an alternative to Initiative 26, alongside the initiative on the August primary ballot. Initiative 26 was signed by more than 80,000 King County voters last winter and, if approved, will make the offices of King County executive, council and assessor nonpartisan.The alternative measure purports to make the same offices “nonpartisan,” but instead changes the fundamental nature of nonpartisan elections to include party affiliation next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. Under the alternative, elections for these “nonpartisan” offices are identical to elections for partisan offices.

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April 23, 2008; Updated: June 02, 2008

Nonpartisan initiative moving ahead

Joe Fain, chair of Citizens for Independent Government, recently submitted more than 80,000 signatures to the King County Clerk to place Initiative 26 before voters.

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June 18, 2008; Updated: June 19, 2008

Initiative 26, partisan alternative head to ballot

The King County Council placed an alternative to Initiative 26, alongside the initiative on the August primary ballot.Initiative 26 was signed by more than 80,000 King County voters last winter and, if approved, will make the offices of King County executive, council and assessor nonpartisan.

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May 21, 2008; Updated: June 02, 2008

Certified Initiative 26 heading to the ballot

Initiative appears to have enough voter's signatures in charter push
Organizers of an effort to convert elected officeholders in King County’s government to non-partisan say they're getting closer to their goal. Joe Fain, chairman of Citizens for Independent Government, submitted more than 80,000 signatures of registered voters on petitions last week to the county clerk in the first major step toward placing Initiative 26 before voters.

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April 09, 2008; Updated: June 02, 2008

Call for non-partisan county officeholders has support

Organizers of an effort to convert elected officeholders in King County’s government to non-partisan say they’re getting closer to their goal.

Joe Fain, chairman of Citizens for Independent Government, submitted more than 80,000 signatures of registered voters on petitions last week to the county clerk in the first major step toward placing Initiative 26 before voters.

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March 28th, 2008; Updated: April 26th, 2008

Politics pepper non-partisan government

By Bob Roegner, Inside Politics All of you who are Democrats, raise your hand. OK, now all of you who are Republicans, raise your hand. How many of you are independent and would like to vote for candidates from both parties depending on your view of who makes the best candidate? This question was posed at a breakfast meeting recently where the primary audience was business leaders who might typically be considered Republicans, and conservative ones at that.

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Friday, March 14th 2008

Preserve voter independence, sign I-26, not a party oath

Whether on the Eastside or in downtown Seattle, many voters expressed anger when they were forced to sign a partisan oath or attend a partisan caucus in order for their views to matter in last month’s election...
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Tuesday, March 11th 2008

Politics pepper non-partisan government

Most voters feel distant enough from state and federal government that having a partisan label is helpful in identifying a political philosophy of the candidates. However, local government city councils and mayors run as non-partisan. King County is considered local government, although it handles regional issues...
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Monday, December 31st 2007

No more party politics?

A citizens' group is trying to get a measure on the ballot that would strip away party labels from King County elected officials in an effort to remove party politics from county business...
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Friday, December 14th 2007

Nonpartisan: An idea whose time has come

King County Councilman Pete Von Reichbauer has proposed making all elected county offices non-partisan. It's a good idea. County officials should work for people, not for political parties...
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Friday, December 7th 2007

Von Reichbauer favors nonpartisan county elections

Pete von Reichbauer, a Republican who was once a Democrat, doesn't want to wear either party's label when he runs for re-election to the Metropolitan King County Council...
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Friday, December 7th 2007

A move to change partisan offices

Imagine the King County executive, arguably the most powerful local political office in the state, being non-partisan. And the King County Council, arguably the most partisan local government body in the state, likewise being non-partisan, as city councils and school boards are...
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