We’ve been hearing it for months now: “The November 6 election is the most important midterm election in decades.” That’s largely, of course, because all three branches of the Federal government are currently in tiny Republican hands, and November 6 should be a gauge of the American people’s tolerance for an administration and its allies who have been anything but tolerant.
But because Trump is not on the ballot and the Senate map is terrible for the Democrats this year (it looks much better in 2020), the only real opportunity to rein in the power of the national Republican Party is for Democrats to take back the U.S. House of Representatives. So what can Wallingford voters do on Tuesday, November 6 to make sure that happens (or, I suppose, doesn’t happen)? Besides calling your friends in Issaquah and Wenatchee, not much.
Our outstanding Democratic incumbent congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal, is on your ballot, and she will win in a landslide. So will Senator Maria Cantwell. But there are several statewide initiatives which could help Washington state pave the way with progressive policies that could potentially spread nationwide (or at least to California).
To keep that from happening, huge corporations like Chevron and Coca-Cola have pumped millions of dollars worth of political advertising into Washington state initiative campaigns to persuade voters to side with big business over the environment or your health and safety on November 6. They do this every election season…because they can and because it works.
In order to defend against the dishonest and ubiquitous advertising from multi-national mega-corporations, I write a voter’s guide. I do this for every election and few guides have been easier to write than this one, because unless you are tied to Big Oil, Big Sugar, or the NRA, this ballot is darn easy to fill out.
But don’t take my word for it. In addition to Doug’s Voter’s Guide, there are great resources out there to inform yourself on this year’s election. A good place to start is with the websites of the candidates and issues themselves. King County’s election page provides links to them all. Beyond that, you can check out The Stranger’s endorsements and recommendations from the Progressive Voter’s Guide.
Those last two guides look a lot like mine, because, well, this year’s ballot is kind of a no-brainer. Disagree? Let me hear it.