Washington domestic partnership law passing but outcome still uncertain

By: Wednesday November 4, 2009 2:29 am

Results of the count of ballots received before election day are encouraging but too close to call.  So far Referendum 71 is passing 51.12% to 48.88%, meaning the domestic partnership law is safe for the moment.  Tomorrow late afternoon the state will release the count of ballots deposited into drop boxes today, and some recently [...]

Washington state update

By: Tuesday November 3, 2009 6:10 pm

Lunch hour reports from Seattle indicated brisk business at official ballot drop boxes.  Even the Approve71 webmaster Joshco finally voted (Pic)!  Good thing too, since as of this morning only about 20% of ballots had been received back by the county elections division.  Voter turnout in King County is thought to be key to passage [...]

Washington Election Day To-Do List: Vote, Bug others to vote, then Party!

By: Tuesday November 3, 2009 10:32 am

Today is the day! Here’s some great advice from campaign buddy Josh: Please make sure to mail in that ballot ASAP if you haven’t yet and keep on your friends & family all through today to vote. Call them, text them, email them, FB them, show up at their house, bang on their windows. Its [...]

Washingtonians paid for the Approve 71 campaign, James Dobson paid for the Rejects

By: Monday November 2, 2009 11:00 am

Distribution of Approve 71 donors from Washington Microsoft made a big splash a few weeks ago by donating $100,000 to the Approve 71 campaign.  Indeed it was a significant and much-needed contribution by a major Washington employer.  But the really big story is that Microsoft’s gift was only one of 4,175 donations made by Washingtonians [...]

Voices for equality from across Washington state

By: Saturday October 31, 2009 11:00 am

I was just poking around over at the Approve 71 web page, and wow!  Take a look at the list of Approve 71 Letters to the Editor on their Press Room page.  This list is meaningful in several ways.   First, letter-writing Approve 71 supporters live all over the state (see map), not just in [...]

Approve 71 *FINAL* weekend actions

By: Thursday October 29, 2009 11:08 pm

There are only a few days left to vote APPROVE on Referendum 71.   If you haven’t already, please mark your ballot “approved” on R-71 and mail it in now (but no later than November 3rd).  Don’t procrastinate! In 2008 over 8,000 ballots in King County alone were not counted because they were postmarked too [...]

My vote will be counted. Will yours?

By: Thursday October 29, 2009 11:00 am

Dear readers, we have reached the penultimate chapter of our story Ballot Voyage: An Approve Referendum 71 ballot odyssey! Chapter 3, in which a ballot signature is validated and the voter is credited with single-handedly saving the Domestic Partnership law from the scourge of hard-hearted anti-family judgmentalists! Well ok, maybe not single-handedly.  In fact, my [...]

"Her R71 ballot was the last document that she attached her signature to."

By: Wednesday October 28, 2009 6:15 pm

Joe Mirabella has given us permission to re-post this story.  I think anyone working in the trenches for human rights will appreciate it. I think of my own late mom often these days – a registered nurse who started the first AIDS testing and support network in her region early in the epidemic, a time [...]

Google Endorses Approve 71

By: Wednesday October 28, 2009 3:00 pm

Woot! By Brian Bershad and Scott Silver, Seattle, WA Submitted on October 27, 2009 To the Editor: Google has a reputation for actively participating in policy debates surrounding information access, technology and energy. However, we do not generally take positions on social, legal or political issues that arise beyond our normal, day-to-day business. With that [...]

3-2-1 Countdown for Equality: No Bittersweet Victories

By: Wednesday October 28, 2009 12:00 pm

Following is a message from Courage Campaign Equality Program.  Below the fold are details on how you, no matter where you live, can help make Nov. 3rd a day of triple delight in Washington, Michigan and Maine.  If you are a blogger, grab this code from Courage Campaign and run with it yourself. Help WA, [...]

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