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the day reason died in seattle.

Posted by Cale | November 6, 2007 9:29 PM

Sure looks like the conservatives came out to vote in force and the D's stayed home. With Sharkansky's initiative passing, Eyman's initiative passing, Satterberg winning, and Simple Majorities losing, I think it makes it obvious that Prop 1 is losing because of the anti-taxes/light rail, not the global warming crowd.

Posted by Poll Watcher | November 6, 2007 9:30 PM

My god -- the failure of mass transit once again. Makes me ill.

Fuck Ron Sims and his lack of leadership -- really do hope you get that great job with the next democratic president -- geez, haven't you been trying to move up or out since 1994 when you first ran for the senate -- how is that working out for you? Fuck the Sierra Club and their cop-out on Prop 1. And fuck all those you are so stuck in their selfish ways, they can't make a visionary step for future generations.

Guess it is all about gettin paid now.

Posted by Devo | November 6, 2007 9:32 PM

The King County results are so small, that you can't read anything into any of the statewide numbers. Nevertheless, I'm stunned by the early results for 4204.

Posted by david in wedgwood | November 6, 2007 9:32 PM

OH my god, this is horrible!!! I'm so glad I dont' live in Washington anymore.

Posted by UC | November 6, 2007 9:35 PM

So glad i did not out to the parties tonight b/c I'd just be depressed on election night again :(

Posted by Ugh, this sucks | November 6, 2007 9:35 PM

Hurray, things are looking good! I hope the trends hold.

Posted by anon KC voter | November 6, 2007 9:39 PM

Told you guys the Snohomishites and suburbanites were coming out in force against Prop 1. However, there were a lot more yes votes than I were expecting.

The Venus/Harrell race really surprised me. I didn't think Harrell had that strong a following... or did the populace agree with me on the whole drunk driving thing? Plus, it appears the city's not that into Joe Szwaja after all.

And it looks like the citizens are into supermajorities. Ah well. Great in principle, terrible in practice in sharply divided WA.

Posted by Gomez | November 6, 2007 9:40 PM

Prop 1 was so miserably flawed. Linking the Roads and Transit led to a huge overall price tag and doomed it from the start, and also led to a huge total price tag. Trying to fund it through even more sales tax and car tabs based on vehicle value was an even dumber idea. I have a car worth a fair amount, yet I only drive it about 6500 miles/year, so go figure. Toll the roads and tax the gas. Prop 1 was far from visionary and it appears to be getting what it deserves.

Posted by GoodGrief | November 6, 2007 9:50 PM

GoodGrief, gas taxes and tolls will go toward roads, not transit.

Posted by Poll Watcher | November 6, 2007 9:54 PM

It's going to take 520 being damaged and permanently closed before Eastside people decide it's a good idea to toll the bridges. That's the reality of it.

Once the 2009 light rail comes along, people will be wanting to suck light rail cock. Until it's not there, people here won't get it and won't vote for it. That's another reality.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | November 6, 2007 9:59 PM

Will I ever be able to NOT be disappointed at the outcome of an election again?

Probably not.

Losing Fucking Prop. 1 is bad enough. I expected enough dipshits to follow The Stranger and Sierra Club like sheep to the slaughter.

But c'mon people, Tim Eyman's intiative????? And we STILL have to pass school tax levies by 2/3 majorities?

Maybe Dan's right, all Republicans are assholes who hate kids.

Posted by Charlie | November 6, 2007 9:59 PM

WA voters are idiots. How does Eyman manage to convince anyone of his harebrained ideas? I'm disappointed about Prop 1 and Simple Majority, too, but at least those we can try again on. How hard will it be to undo the damage Eyman has done?

Posted by Disappointed... | November 6, 2007 10:10 PM

Create an initiative to regate Eyman's initiative. It might not succeed, but it can be tried.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | November 6, 2007 10:16 PM

that's 'N'egate, sorry

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | November 6, 2007 10:17 PM

Way to go, everyone. Now we're fucked even further into a hellish traffic nightmare for the next 10 years.

Posted by laterite | November 6, 2007 10:23 PM

If I'm reading the numbers coming out of the Secretary of State's office correctly, the only ballots showing up in the King County results right now are absentees; none of the precincts, and presumably no absentee ballots mailed today have been counted as yet, so I wouldn't count on any of these being "done deals" quite yet.

So, I'm not seeing total doom-and-gloom yet. Yes, the I-960 count is pretty disappointing, but given Eyman's track record, I expect this one to be tossed in court, which is inevitably where it will end up.

Prop-1 was DOA the moment the Legislature decided to combine roads and transit.

The Insurance industry is taking it heavily on the chin with approval of R-67, so that's one for our side.

Some folks might see passage of SJR-8206 as another win for the good guys, although personally I'm opposed to tying up that much money when it could be put to better use in the here-and-now (not to mention the political fodder it hands anti-taxers like Eyman, who can now point to it as another example of the Govamint just takin' an' takin' an' not givin' back).

And yeah, HJR-4204 is a bummer as well.

So far tonight it appears to be a mixed bag; nobody's getting everything they want, but everybody's getting at least some of what they want.

Posted by COMTE | November 6, 2007 10:24 PM

Good points, Comte. Wait for the Saturday morning papers for the real numbers.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 7, 2007 12:13 PM

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