Voter-Owned Elections Townhall 5/19

King County Council will hold a special Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 19, at the Shoreline Conference Center, 18560 1st Avenue Northeast, in Shoreline, for a panel discussion and public comments on this subject. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Washington Public Campaigns has more info.

We need to pack the halls. Please show up. And bring a friend.

I attended the Seattle Chapter of the WPC effort, this last Tuesday. No time to blog, so I'll be brief. (Please correct as needed, thanks.)

This effort follows the successful state effort, which has enabled the "local option". (details?)

There were 15 people at the Northgate Library. Awesome group of people. Very energized.

Bob Ferguson showed up too. He encouraged everyone to attend the Monday 5/19 Townhall. He noted that 100s of people showed up for the townhall on chemical dependency and that such a strong turnout definitely influenced the KC Council.

Both Seattle City Council and King County Council are considering this issue. Both have task forces.

The goal is to put these issues on the November ballot.

Both Seattle and King County are concerned about costs, especially during a budget shortfall.

The King County effort was sponsored by councilmembers Bob Ferguson, Larry Phillips, and Dow Constantine.

KC votes have been along party lines, Democrats for and Republicans against. This is too bad. Publicly financed elections is not a partisan issue. Looking at the experience of Arizona, I'd argue that it benefit everyone across the political spectrum.

Various funding options are being considered. I don't know the details. But the consensus conclusion of the activists is the full-funding model is the best available.

The activists from the Seattle Workgroup, Chuck Sloane and others, strongly encouraged participation at the task force meetings. (Please, someone post dates and meeting locations.)

That's all I've got, for now. Sorry. Not much free time these days.

I hope everyone's doing well.

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Because from my reading of the right-wing blogs, the Rats are mobilizing to stop public financing of campaigns.

I have a prior commitment in South King County that night and can't be in Shoreline, but everyone in the North End should try to be there.

I hope someone mentions this in the 46th tonight. I will be there and will try to see to it, but I trust my brothers and sisters in the 46th are on top of this.

If perception is reality, then the world must be flat and the sun must revolve around it.

by ivan on Thu May 15, 2008 at 01:57:59 PM PST

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