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Sen. Ken Jacobsen, All the Best

Senator Ken Jacobsen (D-46LD) is retiring. I miss him already.

Jacobsen helped protect the integrity of our elections. He's a Hero of Democracy.

There's a nationwide push to adopt internet voting. Sam Reed (Sec of State) is totally on board. He proposed a bill last session allowing casting ballots via email (HB 2483 / SB 6238 - Concerning Overseas and Service Voters).

To his tremendous credit, Jacobsen listened to our objections. Despite my snarkiness. Despite already supporting Reed's bill. Despite Reed's cheap "men in uniform" theatrics. Jacobsen did his own research. I believe that as a result, he and other senators allowed Reed's bill to die in the Senate (after sailing thru the House, ahem).

People have said some pretty mean things about Jacobsen. I've learned that there's always more to the story.

Jacobsen has always treated me well. And this last legislative session, Jacobsen did right by me.

Tonight, the 46 LD Democrats are doing the nomination process to replace Jacobsen. I'm deeply ambivalent. With Jacobsen's departure, Democracy loses an ally. To be replaced by a wildcard.

I miss Jacobsen already.

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Neither Kenney nor White are wild cards.  They're both solid progressives.  True that Frockt is new to most of us, but he seems well enough vetted.  Jacobsen is leaving the district in good hands.

by Lurleen on Sat May 22, 2010 at 10:40:28 AM PST

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