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Rolling Out Lieutenant Governor Petition

The petitions have been printed and are ready to go. Mark Greene, candidate for Director of Elections, but also running for lieutanant governor in case he falls short in the vote count on Nov. 8th, is rolling out his lieutenant governor petition over the weekend, and expects to get the first few signatures before Labor Day. If you would like to sign, and could help with getting a few more signatures from your friends, relatives and acquaintances, please, write to mark@partyofcommons.com and the committee will send you a petition. Since the lieutenant governor campaign will be a partisan election, Mark will be running under the "Commons Party" or "Party of Commons" banner. Mark may be the only candidate from King County for this position; the incumbent (Owen) is from Mason County and Lisa Brown is from Spokane County. Since the Legislature has made the political calendar start earlier, it appears the petition must be turned in to the Secretary of State's Offi…

South King County & Mark

The 9th Congressional District covers much of South King County, which is an area where Mark Greene has only campaigned lightly for the director of elections campaign, because of expenses. However, in '04 (for U.S. representative) and '06 (for U.S. senator), Mark campaigned heavily in South King County, especially in '04, where Mark got the overwhelming majority of the more than 2000 signatures he needed to get on the ballot that year. Those South King County citizens will likely remember those people's campaigns when they see Mark's name on the ballot for director this year, and Mark will definitely need their votes to coincide with Mark's big East side support.

With Mark's advantage in the east and south suburbs, we expect this to be a close election, as Ms. Huff will probably do very well in the City of Seattle; nonetheless, Mark needs at least 30% in Seattle, and that should be enough to make the election close. North and West King County suburbs may…

We Want a Great Democracy

Democracy is something that so many like to parade around as wonderful, and bizarrely used as an excuse for intervening in the affairs of other nations, but the number of hypocrites in our nation that really don't like democracy is quite large. Like trying to limit who can be on ballots, such as minor parties; trying to suppress citizens from being able to vote (as a number of administrations around the country are doing now); making money a bigger hurdle in elections than it should be in a practical democracy, such as the Supreme Court's unseemly "Citizens United" decision, and no public financing of elections for the most part (and none in Washington state); authoritarians that suppress the right of petition, a First Amendment right; and not to be left out, a media that promotes democracy on the one hand, and on the other hand does everything it can to give a narrow, one-sided vision of democracy, and this isn't just the usual suspects, i.e., the corporate med…