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WA-GOV Debate News

If you are in Washington, mark your calendars:

Gov. Chris Gregoire and gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi have agreed to an Oct. 1 debate in Yakima.

The Democratic incumbent and her Republican challenger will face off at the Capitol Theatre and take questions from a panel of journalists. The Yakima Herald-Republic is sponsoring the debate, along with KYVE-TV in Yakima.

Gregoire and Rossi had agreed to a Yakima debate earlier this month. Both campaigns signed off on the date this morning.

We’re not sure what time the hourlong debate will begin, but it’s likely to be about 7 p.m.

I’ll have an update when they finalize the time (if I receive that information).

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Dino Rossi gets personal

Washington gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi was recently interviewed by Red County on how his personal live and upbringing have shaped his principles.  Here’s a sampling (emphasis in the original):

RC: How has your father’s background as a teacher shaped your views about education.

Dino: As I mentioned, I grew up in an education family and I wanted to be a teacher myself because of my father, John Rossi. He taught at Viewlands Elementary in Mountlake Terrace, and raised us seven children on a school teacher’s salary. I meet people on the campaign trail all the time who tell me they were in his class, and tell me a story about how he had helped them. He could have done anything he wanted with his life, but he loved to teach and he thought he could make a difference. I remember influential teachers in my life, and I know that most people can think of teachers who made an imprint on their educational background. This is why I believe that we should be able to award exceptional teachers who are successful when it comes to teaching our children. We need to keep those teachers in the classroom.  This fits in with my one simple test when it comes to education: what’s in the best interest of our students?

Gov. Christine Gregoire is the type of politician who is always looking out for the educational needs of Washington’s children the needs of the teachers unions.  Dino Rossi, however, will promote policies that favor students, not the NEA.

Make sure to follow the link to the whole interview.  There’s a lot of interesting non-political ground covered, too.

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Submit Gregoire & Rossi Your Questions

Gov. Christine Gregoire and Down the Ticket-sponsored challenger Dino Rossi have agreed to take questions from YouTube users:

Here is a rundown of the challenge from the video’s summary:

Submit your question for Dino Rossi and Christine Gregoire in the Washington state gubernatorial race!

Add your question as a video response or text comment below, and we’ll pose the top 5 questions to both Rossi and Gregoire. Make sure your question is short, to the point, and focuses on the issues (both candidates must be able to answer the question). We’ll give preference to video questions.

***DEADLINE is AUGUST 12th***

This is part of our You Choose ’08 Spotlight series:

Between now and the election on November 4th, we’re spotlighting the hottest races in the country – and giving YOU the chance to ask the candidates where they stand on the issue.

I suggest Gov. Gregoire be asked about here quid pro quo with Native American tribes or her conflict of interest with the SEIU.  Remember, the deadline is TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008.

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Dino Rossi gets hoppy

Washington gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi stopped by the Brulotte Hop Farms to lay out his plan for Washington’s agriculture industry and respond to the hop farmer’s concerns:

Owners of the farm explained how difficult hops farms can be because of all the equipment necessary to maintain and harvest the crop.

“These are all small business people. You know these are folks that believe they have a product or service that someone else wants and they risk their families entire financial future to chase this dream. And unfortunately having the highest small business failure rates in America they have a less than reasonable shot at success here in Washington. But it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Rossi.

One of the biggest obstacles to maintaining a successful small business is over-taxation, which includes the death tax. It’s hard to keep a small family business afloat if you have to pay half a family member’s worth in taxes when they die.  Dino Rossi has vowed to not only cut wasteful spending and taxation, but to oppose the death tax as well.

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Gov. Gregoire and the SEIU

If there were an ethical bone in Gov. Christine Gregoire’s body, I’d certainly be shocked.  As is the case with most Democrats, she has the labor unions in her back pocket.  However, her involvement with the Service Employees International Union has led to a conflict of interest that she has chosen to ignore.  Luckily, Dino Rossi was ready to call her out:

Gregoire is getting a big boost in her campaign from the SEIU, which includes more than 30,000 state workers and is funding ads attacking Rossi. At the same time, Gregoire is involved with contract negotiations to decide the union members’ pay and benefits.

“When you have one party, whether it’s Republican or Democrat, that’s in power for so long, you end up with the appearance of institutional corruption, and that’s what this looks like,” Rossi said.

The complaints don’t stop there. State Republicans suggest there is a pattern that started with a deal Gregoire made with Indian gaming tribes, which helped bankroll the second recount that put Gregoire into office.

Washington is quickly taking Louisiana’s spot as the epicenter of statewide Democratic political corruption.  Hopefully Dino Rossi can play Bobby Jindal to Gregoire’s Kathleen Blanco.

You can donate to Dino Rossi’s campaign here.

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Even blue staters like fiscal conservatism once in a while

One of the best strategies to win a blue state if you’re a Republican is to promise to bring fiscal responsibility back to whatever office you seek.  It helps if you have a history of fiscal discipline to point to so voters know you’re actually fiscally responsible.  Dino Rossi has the chance to use this model against Gov. Christine Gregoire, and it’s got some people a little bit anxious:

Unfortunately, the consequences of over-reach will affect everyone, not just those who think they can afford a highly mortgaged future. I live in a Seattle apartment complex with a fair number of fixed-income retirees, many elderly single women. Even good Democrats among them are appalled at the current state of affairs, and they are panicky. One, an Obama supporter, railed at the bus stop about bus fare increases and the Sound Transit proposal. Another stopped to ask me how much I had paid at the neighborhood supermarket for my fine canvas grocery tote bag. When I said $7, she turned white with a “where-am-I-going-to-get-an-extra-$7” look and scurried off in anger mumbling about never shopping there again before I could explain there are cheaper options.

Liberals should be cautious about creating a backlash at the polls that could hurt. The state’s economic woes play right into GOP gubernatorial challenger Dino Rossi’s fiscally conservative hands, and the race with Democrat Gregoire is tight. As we learned in 2004, there were John Kerry/Rossi voters, and there could well be Obama/Rossi voters in 2008 as pocketbooks get pinched.

What?  You actually expected to get free bags to carry home your groceries?  Plebeian.

If Gov. Gregoire and Washington state Democrats remain as clueless and out of touch about the needs of the poor and middle class voters amongst them, Dino Rossi could pull this one out.

If you are in Washington state, sign up to volunteer for the Rossi campaign.  If you’re in the United States, be sure to donate!

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