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Follow The Lighthouse To Marcee Stone’s Campaign In The 34th House District Of Washington

As regular readers of the blog may have noticed, I enjoy the ocean. I often make posts about ships and sea creatures.

Last week in Seattle, I saw the political yard sign you see above.

I saw that sign and said to myself that if I were to run for office, this is just the type of sign I would use for my campaign.

I like the simple symbolism of the lighthouse that helps folks steer away from the rocky shores that could sink their boats.

Because the bottom of the sign was cut off from view, I could not tell what office Marcee Stone was running for or what party she represented.

As it turns out, Marcee Stone is a Democrat running in the 34th House district of Washington.

Here is Ms. Stone’s campaign web home.

Below is a picture of Ms. Stone.

Marcee answers a question about property rights.

Here are some facts about Ms. Stone from her campaign site–

“Marcee Stone has been the Board President for statewide organization Washington Public Campaigns (www.washclean.org) since 2007 and has been active in fighting for public campaign financing bills in the legislature. In 2008 the Governor signed SB 5278 allowing the use of public funds to finance campaigns for local office and Marcee is currently working for the passage of the Supreme Court Fair Elections bills (SB 5912/HB 1738). All three legislators from the 34th have signed on to these bills and the following is excerpted from the 34th District Democrats’ past platform, “We support limitations on individual and corporate contributions and on candidate spending, and public financing for elections for national office.” To that end, Marcee has pledged not to take contributions from corporations or PACs.”

Washington State has no income tax. Here is what Ms Stone says about this fact—

“I believe that it is time for comprehensive tax reform here in Washington.  Washington is one of only four states that do not have some form of an income tax.  Instead, we rely on the sales tax which is very regressive and places a disproportionate level of taxation on low income families, the property tax, which is literally forcing seniors on a fixed income out of their homes, and the Business and Occupation tax which is driving businesses out of Washington State at a time when we need them the most.  We need fairness and stability in our tax system and we should have the added benefit of being able to deduct the taxes we pay here in Washington against our Federal Income Tax.  This issue has been studied and talked about for years.  The time for meaningful reform is now.  W need a comprehensive approach that puts everything on the table with the goal of a system that honors our seniors on a fixed income, provides fairness to low income residents, and encourages business growth here in Washington.”

This is a stance by Ms. Stone that takes some guts. It is the right stance for the hard-working people of the 34th and for all of Washington State.

A more fair tax structure would also be a great idea for Texas. It would be great if we had Democrats in Texas that were willing to address this subject.

Here is a profile of Ms. Stone.

The 34th House district of Washington is an open seat being vacated by an incumbent Democrat. The primary will be held on August 17.  Here is an article about this four candidate race.

34th District Democrats have a blog. The district includes West Seattle, White Center, Burien, and Vashon and Maury Islands.

Here is the web home of the Washington House.

I like Ms. Stone and I hope she wins.

(Below–Maury Island.)

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Big Wooden Seal Of State Of Washington

Here is the Seal of the State of Washington that was on exhibit at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Washington became a state in 1889.

This picture is from the very good Washington History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.

If in or near Tacoma, this is a museum you should visit.

July 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment