Advisory Vote No. 8, which appears on the statewide ballot this November, points out some flaws in Washington's tax code. The Columbian recommends a vote to "maintain" the tax that was approved by the Legislature. Ditto with Advisory Vote No. 9.
Through two terms in Congress, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, has attempted to walk a precarious tightrope. In a Republican Party divided along philosophical lines, she has invited criticism from the left that she is too conservative and from the right that she is not conservative enough. She has broken ranks on occasion — most notably in criticizing members of her party who forced a shutdown of the federal government — while at the same time remaining unmistakably Republican.
As a general rule, three decades is too long for an elected official to inhabit the same job. Yet the position of county treasurer allows for some caveats to that rule, as sturdy, steadfast, consistent leadership is required when handling the people's money.
There is no denying that a proposed new Clark County charter is on the ballot, in part, because many residents are dissatisfied with the current county commissioners. There also is no denying that the present state of county government should not be the sole factor that determines how citizens vote on the issue.
At some point in Clark County's continuing consternation over bridges, a healthy dose of reality is going to be necessary. Advisory Vote No. 1 — which would support an east county bridge — is an opportunity for voters to deliver that reality.
The state Supreme Court's 2012 decision in McCleary v. Washington has generated as much discussion as any in recent memory. Unfortunately, that discussion has failed to carry over to this year's election, as the four court positions on the November ballot have failed to draw viable challengers.
Washington voters in next month's election will consider competing, incompatible gun-control measures that undoubtedly will lead to confusion. We'll try to keep it simple: Vote "yes" on Initiative 594; vote "no" on I-591.
Agree with him or not, Jim Moeller rarely leaves any doubt about where he stands on the issues. Moeller, D-Vancouver, is straightforward and thoughtful while working toward solutions for the state's problems, and the people of the 49th Legislative District have elected him six times as a state representative.
From the start of his campaign, Shane Gardner has demonstrated many of the attributes that should be expected in Clark County's top law-enforcement official, and those attributes have only been strengthened in recent weeks. Because of that, The Columbian recommends a vote for Gardner in his race against Chuck Atkins for Clark County sheriff. As always, this is merely a recommendation. We expect voters to study the issues and the candidates and decide for themselves who would best serve and protect the public.
In an age when much of the public is dissatisfied with politics and politicians, the idea that a lawmaker has "experience" can be a double-edged sword. But in the race for state representative from the 49th District, Position 1, it cuts only one way.
Brandon Vick is, we expect, ready for prime time in the Washington Legislature. While his first term in the House of Representatives was marked by the timidity of a rookie, Vick, R-Vancouver, has demonstrated the potential to become a more effective representative for his constituents.