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Nov. 9, 2011 at 7:01am

Post-Election Reaction

Now that the first night of counts are in, what kinds of reactions are you having to the numbers so far? Satisfaction? Outrage? A little of both?

Here are the numbers as of 9:30pm last night:

STATE/COUNTY

Initiative 1125
Concerning state expenditures on transportation.
49% YES / 51% NO

Initiative 1163
Concerning long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people.
67% YES / 33% NO

Initiative 1183
Concerning liquor: beer, wine, and spirits (hard liquor).
60% YES / 40% NO

Joint Resolution 8205
Concerning the length of time a voter must reside in WA to vote for president and vice president.
71% APPROVED / 29% REJECTED

Joint Resolution 8206
Concerning the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury.
67% APPROVED / 33% REJECTED

Prop. 1
Sales and use tax for improvements to Pierce County's 911 emergency communication system.
54% APPROVED / 46% REJECTED
CITY OF TACOMA

Initiative No. 1
65% YES / 35% NO

City Council at Large Pos. 7
58% BOE / 42% HARDY

City Council at Large Pos. 8
73% MELLO / 27% BAKER

City Council Dist. 1
53% IBSEN / 47% SMITHERTON

City Council Dist. 3
78% WALKER / 22% HILL

Metro Park Dist. Commissioner Pos. 4
100% SMITH

Metro Park Dist. Commissioner Pos. 5
53% HANBERG / 47% THORPE

School Dist. #10 Pos. 3
52% HEINZE / 48% GORDON

School Dist. #10 Pos. 5
63% VIALLE / 37% WASHINGTON

Civil Service Pos. 3
76% LATCH / 24% JOLIBOIS

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Pos. 3
100% JOHNSON

Port of Tacoma Commissioner Pos. 5
100% PETRICH

Link to Pierce County election results

comments [32]  |  posted under candidates, city council, elections, initiatives, tacoma

Comments

by KevinFreitas on 11/9/2011 @ 7:16am
I'll start by saying an early congrats to Boe, Mello, Ibsen, Walker, and Hanberg! Excited to see what you'll help do next for Tacoma!

I also hope it turns out that 1125 doesn't get approved so we can send Eyman back to a hole somewhere and I'm personally pleased 1183 is passing. Not because it seems Costco bought this one but because I think our state liquor controls are antiquated and monopolistic. Sure we're no Georgia but we shouldn't be so Puritan about alcohol in my opinion.

by Jesse on 11/9/2011 @ 7:45am
Who would vote FOR a Tim Eyman initiative anyways? All that guy does is he puts road blocks up for various municipalities to run their gov't as they see fit.

I'm not pleased about 1183 either. I don't think people should be able to get hard-A at any hour of the day or night.

Bitching out of the way, I'm happy about those elected!! Seems the people made some wise decisions!!

Great post btw Kevin!!

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 8:09am
Kevin
I believe that you have the 1125 results reversed. It is failing statewide, which is a good thIng. Once all the king county votes get counted the margin should widen significantly. State wide results: Last updated on 11/08/2011 9:52 PM

Yes
552,441 49.07%
No
573,376 50.93%
Total Votes

by The Jinxmedic on 11/9/2011 @ 8:23am
Nice to know that big business can still buy an election. I was worried there for a while that our system had stopped working.

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 8:35am
All Costco had to do is to combine their money and a promise of cheap alcohol, then Wa voters became an easy date. Not even dinner and a movie. Just cheap and easy access to booze and off with the prom dress.

Fortunately, Kemper Freeman failed to buy I-1125. And he also failed to buy more seats on Bellevue City Council.

Also, I'm really glad that none of our local asylum escapees won. Congrats and thanks to Boe and Mello for saving us all from mayhem.

by NineInchNachos on 11/9/2011 @ 8:59am
Go Anders! Eat it Tim Eyman!

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 9:05am
The feedtacoma post election wrap ups are among the most unintentionally humorous threads of the year.

When something passes it's because the voters are so intelligent or so enlightened.

When something fails it's because the voters are so stupid or easily mislead.

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 9:08am
Who said that the voters are easily misled? Or stupid?

by The Jinxmedic on 11/9/2011 @ 9:14am
I certainly didn't say that.

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 9:16am
"All Costco had to do is to combine their money and a promise of cheap alcohol, then Wa voters became an easy date" tacoma1

This means you think the voters were easily mislead.

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 9:18am
"Nice to know that big business can still buy an election" jinx

This means you think the voters were easily mislead.

by KevinFreitas on 11/9/2011 @ 9:19am
I didn't say that. Just put the numbers out there and asked for people's impressions/reactions. What are yours @fredo?

@tacoma1 -- The election site I'm looking at (vote.wa.gov/results/20111108/pierce/) has 1125 at 50.74% YES / 49.26% NO (I rounded up/down for clarity with all the numbers above).

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 9:21am
Fredo
Actually my post means wa voters are cheap lushes. I think the voters are fully aware that they are sluts.

Kevin your results are just for Pierce County. Since 1125 is a state wide issue, the opinions of densely populated King County have more weight than the hicks in rural Pierce County and will defeat Eyman and Freemans anti light rail anti toll road disaster.

I thInk it odd that rural communities vote no on these things. Folks that live in yakima will never pay a toll on our floating bridges. Why do they care if we tax ourselves.

by troysworktable on 11/9/2011 @ 9:33am
"Nice to know that big business can still buy an election" jinx

This means you think the voters were easily mislead.

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I think that means exactly what it says: Big business can buy an election, the same way they can buy legislators. It isn't about misleading people. It's about the power of money.

by CaptainBritton on 11/9/2011 @ 9:38am
Nobody was mislead, they were lead to exactly where Costco wanted them to be lead.

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 9:42am
Troy, there was big business money in opposition to the liquor initiative, yet they failed to convince the voters

There was big business money in support of the Eyman initiative yet that failed to convince the voters.

I guess big business can't buy an election.

by jenyum on 11/9/2011 @ 9:45am
Kevin, this is the official statewide tally for 1125:
vote.wa.gov/results/20111108/Initiative-...

49.07% yes
50.93% no

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 9:46am
Microsoft and Boeing were the two main sponsors of the No on I-1125 initiative (Eymans) which carried the day. Are you Eyman haters saying that Microsoft and Boeing shouldn't be funding these campaigns or that they somehow lead or mislead the voters?

Hard to follow an inconsistant argument.

by KevinFreitas on 11/9/2011 @ 9:55am
@tacoma1 Shoot! Thx for the clarification. I updated all the state numbers above accordingly. @jenyum Thx!


by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 9:56am
Fredo, your not that dumb. 1125 was about Kemper Freeman ignoring the people's wishes and blocking light rail to Bellevue, and about Tim Eyman getting another paycheck. The King County voters have had to vote twice now to get light rail to Bellevue.

by The Jinxmedic on 11/9/2011 @ 10:02am
Money talks. Advertising campaigns cost money. Political campaigns with excellent advertising campaigns are generally memorable. Memorable campaigns translates to votes on election day. Therefore, it's nice to know that elections can still be bought by big business.

I never said anything about misleading voters, Fredo. This is simply just how our system works.

by fredo on 11/9/2011 @ 10:06am
tacoma1, probably true that if I-1125 had left off the part about the light rail crossing the 520 bridge it might have passed. But as far as Kemper Freeman's money, I don't think he put nearly as much money into the contest as Microsoft and Boeing.

Regarding Tim Eyman getting a paycheck, why shouldn't he draw some money for all his efforts? I'll bet he works as hard on his initiatives as you do at your job. Do you expect a paycheck at the end of the week?

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 10:27am
Well if the language about blocking light rail to Bellevue was clear, it would have gone down in flames since Bellevue was still on the hook for paying for it regardless.

As for getting a paycheck for a days work, I better get to it. Apparently my boss doesn't think I get paid for blogging.

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 5:11pm
Btw Kemper Freeman put in over a $1M of his own personal money to fund 1125 in a losing proposition due to his personal misguided vendetta against light rail.

No single person or company put in close to that amount for the opposition.

Kemper Freeman is the one person in the United States that can factually say that light rail (specifically the opposition to light rail) is too expensive.

by low bar on 11/9/2011 @ 6:57pm
news about the rest of the puget sound? not when i can read about melted cheese in the volcano.


by JesseHillFan on 11/9/2011 @ 9:18pm
What I thought was funny was that in the precinct (29-502) where the few RR Anderson inspired "bananas" Political Hill signs were found .Mr Hill obtained nearly 1 in 3 of the votes cast.He got more of the votes cast for him there than at any of the other precincts.
Well done RR Anderson (NiN) even if you preferred Lauren Walker.
It was a funny experiment and I think it had a positive effect for Hill voters.

by tacoma1 on 11/9/2011 @ 10:08pm
funny ha ha funny? or scary wtf funny?

by JesseHillFan on 11/9/2011 @ 10:30pm
Funny ha ha funny.See here.Laughs

vote.wa.gov/results/20111108/pierce/Prec...

Had the RR Anderson signs been posted all around the other precincts honestly I think Gadfly Hill could have had a very good chance at actually winning the election.
As it was there were only a few locations where they were put up.

by NineInchNachos on 11/10/2011 @ 9:51am
let's look at the numbers shall we?




I would say Mr. Hardy got the most bang for his buck.

by NineInchNachos on 11/10/2011 @ 9:56am
just look at those numbers. Tell me Anders Ibsen is not a Super Star!

by tacoma1 on 11/10/2011 @ 10:53am
Anders Ibsen's showing was surprising. I didn't see that one coming.

Mr Hardy must have a lot of relatives. I was surprised that he got as many votes as he did. David Boe should be happy he didn't have a candidate with actual credentials that ran against him.

by fredo on 11/10/2011 @ 12:38pm
Good luck to Anders Ibsen. I totally was not expecting him to be elected.

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