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Friday, September 26, 2008

The Gub Debate

posted by on September 26 at 16:48 PM

Due to a schedule conflict and a lack of cable, I missed last night’s debate between Dino Rossi and Gov. Christine Gregoire in Blaine, but Josh (AKA the Competition, nee the Boss) was there (word is he stayed in a SWANK hotel), and he blogged about it for Horse’s Ass this morning.

Josh focuses in his post on the debate over the minimum wage (a Rossi-supporting convenience store clerk he talked to is “pissed” that Rossi opposes Washington State’s inflation-indexed minimum wage), but the thing that jumped out at me from the coverage of last night was this: Gregoire, who has bent over backwards to differentiate herself on “values” from “George W. Bush Republican” Rossi, vowed not to fund a paid family leave program passed by the legislature, a response to the projected $3.2 billion budget deficit. That program has been a major priority for Democratic legislators; targeting it as a cost-cutting measure smacks of pandering to exactly wrong audience.

The next Rossi-Gregoire debate will be on Wednesday, October 1, at 7:00 pm; it will air on PBS affiliates.

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will either candidate raid the hotel tax to fund other pet projects?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 26, 2008 5:07 PM

If it wasn't for these debates, I'd have a hard time believing Gregoire knows she's up for reelection this year.

Posted by Mike of Renton | September 26, 2008 8:08 PM

I am really sick of those lying BIAW ads already.

So sick I'm going to go gamble ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 27, 2008 12:41 AM

Does she think the AWB is going to turn around and endorse her for defunding paid family leave? She stands only to lose votes from her supporters for doing this, not to gain them from the opposition.

Posted by ba | September 27, 2008 10:36 AM

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