Evergreen to Host Debate on Marriage Equality Friday, October 19

Evergreen to Host Debate on Marriage Equality Friday, October 19

The Evergreen State College will host a debate on marriage equality on Friday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Longhouse.   The event is free and open to the public and is offered to the campus and local community as a public service.  A live web stream of the event will make the debate available to people across Washington State.

Debating the issue are Andrew Koppelman, John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern University, and Maggie Gallagher, co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and the author of four books on marriage, including (with John Corvino) Debating Same-Sex Marriage.  Member of the Faculty Jose Gomez will moderate. 

Hosting a debate on marriage equality is timely.  This issue will be on the ballot on November 6.  Those interested in this topic can find out more about Referendum 74 through the on-line voter’s guide provided by the Secretary of State.

General Election less than 50 days away, are you registered to vote?

Dave Matthews (above) wants you to do it. So do Miley Cyrus and Neil Patrick Harris. Steve Carell will come to your house and box your ears if you don't do it.

Today is National Voter Registration day and everybody--yes, everybody--wants you to make sure you are registered to vote in this upcoming election.

The election is less than 50 days away, which means you still have time to register to vote if you haven't yet, but time is running out. The deadline varies from state to state, but all deadlines are in October.

In Washington state, the deadline for mail-in registrations and updates is Saturday, October 6. The deadline for online registration is Monday, October 8. If you're going to register in-person you have until October 29.

To check your registration status or to register to vote, check your local County Auditor's office, or visit the Washington State Auditor's website.

Gregoire never supported school bus cuts, gov's office says

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A controversial idea to cut school bus transportation in Washington state to help close a $2 billion budget gap was actually never supported by Gov. Christine Gregoire, according to the governor's office.

Last week multiple news outlets reported that Gov. Gregoire was looking at cutting school buses as part of a larger package to put a dent in the budget shortfall.

Included in KOMO's coverage was an Associated Press story: School buses may be next victim of state budget ax

The story garnered a lot of response from the community - and on the KOMO News comment boards - and the governor's office contacted us on Tuesday to clarify the governor's stance.

A Barber's Perspective on Political Ads

It's almost time for those who watch television, listen to the radio, and surf the Web to get a well-deserved break from those back-and-forth political attack ads.

I spoke with one barber at the University Ave. Barber Shop, who gave his perspective on those political ads.

Obama Arrives in Seattle

President Barack Obama arrived in Seattle last night to talk economy and the elections.

This is edited video of Air Force One landing.

I am an aviation enthusiast and find AF1 a flying symbol of freedom and a pleasure to watch. The size, the sound, and the immaculate attention to detail is to me a very inspiring display of what the USA is all about. Freedom.

Vote smart 2010 ballot issue forum

This November voters will be asked to make important decisions about taxes, liquor sales, industrial insurance, and more. These decisions will have a significant impact on the lives of families throughout our state. Join Tacoma Public Library staff as representatives in support of these initiative and those that oppose them discuss the issues addressed by these ballot initiatives.

For detailed information on each of the ballot issues, please visit the Washington State 2010 Voters Guide.

Vote Smart forum will take place at Downtown Tacoma Main Library branch of Tacoma Public Library Thursday at 6:30 p.m. 

Cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Tacoma and Pierce County.


County Exec. presents 2011 budget

At 10:00 this morning Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon presented his 2011 balanced budget to the Snohomish County Council and public.

The $203 milllion dollar general fund budget contains no new taxes. While close to 200 jobs have been eliminated from the budget, only 20 filled positions have been reduced out of the 2700 employees in the County. And 2011 cash reserves will grow at 11%. 

The cooperation of all Snohomish County Elected officials over the past two years allowed this budget to come to fruition for 2011.

While virtually all government entities are making service cuts for 2011, Snohomish County continues to provide quality service to its residents and looks forward to better times.