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Seattle Times Endorses Koster for Congress in 1st District Race

Koster, a Republican, and Democrat Suzan DelBene will vie for Rep. Jay Inslee's seat in the general election.

The Seattle Times announced in an editorial on Wednesday that it has endorsed Republican John Koster for Congress in the newly drawn 1st District.

Unlike his Democratic opponent, former Microsoft executive Suzan DelBene of Medina, The Times said Koster has "decades in elective office and public service." Koster is currently a Snohomish County Council member and served three terms in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Which candidate are you supporting in the 1st District Congressional race? What do you think of The Times' endorsement? Tell us in the comments section.

Washington's new 1st Congressional District stretches from Redmond to the Canadian border and includes a wide variety of communities—from the high-tech Eastside suburbs to Skagit County dairy farms. A KING 5 poll conducted last month showed Koster with a narrow four-point lead over DelBene.

In addition to political experience, The Times said Koster's "views about examining tax laws and loopholes and strengthening financial oversight" would be a positive addition to the U.S. House of Representatives.

We disagree with Koster on social issues, but in Congress right now, his fiscal viewpoint and elected experience are what’s needed.

Koster’s reputation and performance as the practical conservative who can articulate and act on those views and find common ground is needed and welcome.

You can read the entire Times editorial here.

Patch does not endorse candidates but welcomes letters to the editor and endorsements from our readers.

Chris Nandor November 04, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I have relatively little experience on Patch.com. But while I've seen some stories (mostly posted by non-staff) and most comments slant left, I've seen no actions by the moderators or people running the site that make me feel like they favor one side or the other. Just my two cents.
Greg Johnston (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Thank you Chris.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Let me put it this way: If you believe that the things Mr. James Banks has said in this thread do not require moderation, then you should not be moderating anything anyone says. He's stepped so far over the line of civility that it is incomprehensible to me that those who work for the Patch cannot see it. The only conclusion I can come to is that you, Greg, and all the other editors who've read this thread CONDONE what Mr. Banks has said.
Greg Johnston (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Yeah I get it Bob, if that's how you feel, then don't post.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Really? That's your solution? That is like saying, "If you don't like that flat tire, just don't drive your car." Why don't you fix it? It's not the way I feel, Greg. I am describing reality. This is how Shoreline Patch is run. I've presented evidence and asked question, ALL of which you have ignored. Because they are uncomfortable questions that you cannot answer. Your responses betray you. The fact that you will not address the specifics I've brought up is telling. I'll try again. This is a straight up question, Greg. If I post a blog here, will you allow people like Mr. Banks to attack me the same way he is attacking Mr. Nandor here? Yes or no?
Chris Nandor November 04, 2012 at 05:42 PM
In fairness to Bob here, Greg, Banks *did* call me a "Mullah," which is kinda like calling someone Hitler. It's pretty much one of the most incivil approaches to discussion one can take, and is far worse than any use of profanity.
Greg Johnston (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Bob, speaking for myself, I delete comments only as a very last resort. I'd urge you to just shrug it off, it's just one guy who doesn't agree with you. And now, winter is coming on, there's a break in the rain, and I've got to go chop wood. Have a good day!
James Banks November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Gee Bob, I'm sorry I hurt your feelings. I need to remember that Republicans are sensitive souls and are often victims, persecuted by liberals who disrespect their religion, politics, and of course their boundless generosity. I shouldn't be using names like teabagger, mullah, punk, taliban and such to describe Republicans because without those hard-working right wingers I wouldn't be able to collect my welfare checks like the other 47% of people in this country who are freeloaders. From now on, Bob, I'll try to remember that you're vulnerable to insults, and will no longer refer to you as a teabagger, because teabaggers never say anything unkind about liberals.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 05:56 PM
You don't bother me much, Mr. Banks. I've been dealing with angry people like you for a couple of decades. My issue is never with the misbehaving children, my issue is with the (ostensibly) mature adults who should be moderating your angry outbursts. You are the reason moderators are needed. You are uncivil and lack social grace. This isn't uncommon on the internet...people like you can be found everywhere, on either side of the American political spectrum. Unfortunately. What is needed is reasonable, mature adults to moderate you. From you...I need nothing. I wouldn't expect you to change.
Chris Nandor November 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
James Banks: "Gee Bob, I'm sorry I hurt your feelings." As usual, you are making things up. He didn't say that. He simply pointed the fact that your language was way over the civility line. "I shouldn't be using names like teabagger, mullah, punk, taliban and such to describe Republicans" Yes, because those words are incivil and dishonest. Right. "without those hard-working right wingers I wouldn't be able to collect my welfare checks like the other 47% of people in this country who are freeloaders." You seem to think that your lies about Republicans somehow justify your foul language about them. That's pretty bizarre, James, justifying incivility with lies ... worse, that the lies are unrelated to the incivil words anyway. It's just incompehensible to me, how you think this helps your case. "teabaggers never say anything unkind about liberals." It's not about being unkind. It's about being incivil. For example, it certainly is not "kind" for me to say you are lying, but it is not incivil, either, because you actually are lying.
James Banks November 04, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Mullah Nandor started the incivility in this thread by calling be a liar multiple times. I freely admit to being uncivil and lacking social grace, mostly because of my email archive containing multiple racist messages about Obama, some of which refer to him as Skunkboy. One just arrived today, a giant lawn sign saying "Vote for the American". I'm furious about the racial dog whistles coming from the right wing crazy-hole. I'm furious about the stereotype that liberals advocate laziness and freeloading. I'm furious about the proposals to replace Medicare with worthless vouchers, and turning Social Security over to Wall Street to gamble away. I've gotten lessons in incivility from Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Newt Gingrich and a host of racist name-callers and dutiful little dittoheads online. I'm mad as hell, and choose to throw the mud back. If you call me a liar or a scumbag, you'll get it right back with a little extra thrown in, just to see you whine and complain like the crybabies you can be counted on to be.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Of course you have excuses for your actions. Prisons are full of people who also have excuses for their actions. Your excuses are poor. The fact is, you are simply a nasty person, James. There is no excuse for acting this way. You are trying to blame the way you behave on other people. Take some responsibility for yourself, James. If you had said, "I'm a jerk, so what?" I'd have more respect for you. "He started it!" just makes you look like a child. Again.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Here is some more food for thought, James. As much as you hate right wingers like Limbaugh and Savage, you have given them a lot of control over your life. After all, what you are saying is that you are a product of their work. You can't control your temper because Mr. Limbaugh won't allow you to. Savage has made you furious, and you blame your actions on your anger. Those right wingers you hate so much...control you. I don't like Obama much, but I would never lose my temper, call people names, and then blame it on Obama because he made me mad. It's foolish to allow someone else that much control over your emotions, particularly someone you don't even know. If you want to fight people like Limbaugh, then you need to stop falling for their tricks. You understand that Limbaugh and Savage are *trying* to make people like you mad, right? With you, they are succeeding.
James Banks November 04, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Thanks for the counseling Reverend Bob, I feel comforted and realize the error of my ways. However, I do plan to vote again for the "food stamp president" (wink, wink), a term coined by KKK sympathizer Gingrich. When Sununu referred to BHO as "lazy" (wink, wink), he was successful in stoking my anger at low-life wingbags, and I'm quite comfortable being a "nasty jerk" as you call me. You're just not used to liberals standing up to your insults, you know, those of us in the "Democrat Party".
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 10:08 PM
My insults? I haven't insulted anyone, James. That's you. You're doing that. You alone.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Oh, and 'food stamp president' is entirely accurate. Check the numbers ;)
James Banks November 04, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Nah, it was just a dog whistle for the racist white-sheeted base in the RepubliKLAN Party. Check the numbers: http://www.factcheck.org/2012/01/newts-faulty-food-stamp-claim/ So it appears you approve of Newt's racist dog whistles, and probably get your numbers from the FOXhole.
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 11:27 PM
James, that is from January. Recheck your numbers :D
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Here you go, James...something a little more recent...and about as valid as your source :) http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2012/11/barack-obama-the-food-stamp-president.php
Bob MacDonald November 04, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Also...if it is a dog whistle, how is it that you can hear it and I can't? You must be the dog, James :D
Chris Nandor November 04, 2012 at 11:46 PM
James Banks: "Mullah Nandor started the incivility in this thread by calling be a liar multiple times." As usual, you're lying. I never called you a "liar" until after you called me a "Mullah." And, of course, I am not a Mullah. In fact, I believe in freedom far more than you do. You are the one who believes in massive restrictions on American citizens (hence, you vote Democrat). And, of course, you *are* a liar. I've proven your claims are lies, over and over.
Chris Nandor November 04, 2012 at 11:47 PM
James Banks: "I'm furious about the racial dog whistles coming from the right wing crazy-hole." I find this no more offensive than an ad *Obama himself* approved that said Mitt Romney was not "one of us." The "dog whistles" are everywhere: you just choose to hear them from one side, because you're terribly dishonest. "I'm furious about the stereotype that liberals advocate laziness and freeloading." They often do, of course. And even when they do not, they enable it, and block attempts to stop it (hence, the Democrats opposed the work requirements in welfare reform). "I'm furious about the proposals to replace Medicare with worthless vouchers" The "vouchers" are worth what the market says they need to be worth to provide health insurance. Literally. Their value is based on the going rate. Saying that is "worthless" is an obvious lie. They increase in value according to CPI, but we can modify that if it is not enough. "... and turning Social Security over to Wall Street to gamble away." Absolutely NO ONE has proposed that. You're lying again. "If you call me a liar ..." ... I'll just be pointing out the obvious.
Tony Dondero November 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Bob, First off, you're welcome to do battle in the comments, but starting a blog is an open invitation. Tom Jamieson took me up on the offer and did one blog on property rights which got some support in the comments. I'd be happy to run more since these are substantive issues. Trent Latta, an attorney who supports Democrats blogs on Kirkland Patch, and he has been thoroughly attacked by commenters, but as far as I know he hasn't complained and understands that's part of posting provoking political commentary. Attacks and counterattacks are part of the game. It's like refereeing a football game, throwing a flag is judgment call n on the part of the community and the editors, the latter who ultimately get the final say from up in the booth. Some in Patchland are going to disagree with some of the calls we make. Generally speaking I'm not going to call unnecessary roughness a lot and you have a lot of leeway before you are ejected. Politics is a contact sport. The official Patch policy frowns on profanity in making a point, which is considered unsportsmanlike conduct. It's not my rule, it's Patch's so we have to enforce it.
Tony Dondero November 05, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Bob, I'll remind you that used the word "troll" to describe a person in a previous thread that you disagreed with and I did NOT censor you from the site even though I believe that was suggested that you stay on topic. I'm not a free speech absolutist but I'm close. It's generally better to stick to the content of what someone's said but if someone doesn't I might suggest they do that, but in the end its not realistically enforceable. Some of what you see here is a lot like negative campaigning—it's not ideal but it is a political tool that every candidate in a competitive campaign is going to use or allow at some point if they are serious about winning and have their ideas see the light of day. At the end of an election when we see the results we don't find out who is necessarily right, but who has been persuasive. Or if you're cynical who has been manipulative, or cheated.
Tony Dondero November 05, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Bob, Bob you said in earlier posts you are involved in a program that feeds seniors or something to that effect, but on the other hand you don't like food stamps. It's an option for people who need it. Food stamps aren't ideal but a temporary solution when people are hungry or always looking for a basic human need like food. It makes it difficult to do much else like work, go to school, improve your lot etc. if you can't afford food. Most Americans don't believe in letting people starve. Food stamps and food banks are practical way to deal with that and get people out of the cycle. If you're hungry and scrambling to get you aren't prepared to work and better yourself, so if Obama is handing out a lot of food stamps to people there must be a need. Unemployment compensation works the same way, there are incentives to not be dependent on it and get off it as well as the personal motivation to do so. And like with any program there is going to examples of fraud but that's what federal prosecutors and the media are for.
James Banks November 05, 2012 at 12:36 AM
You offer a biased wingbag blog as evidence? FactCheck is actually the legacy of one of Nixon's buddies, but it is non-partisan and respected as impartial. I guess we've taken this thread to it's absurd conclusion: that I was originally correct about redneck religion driving the teabag agenda, and that Koster will support GOVERNMENT FORCED CHILDBIRTH, even for a 13-year-old who would be forced to carry the evil spawn of her rapist to term. It's this kind of cruelty that drives my hatred of Teabaggers and everything they stand for.
Chris Nandor November 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
James Banks: "I was originally correct about redneck religion driving the teabag agenda" False. That is a lie, and you've offered no evidence to back up that lie. "Koster will support GOVERNMENT FORCED CHILDBIRTH" You're a liar. I've already demonstrated that this is a lie, and you didn't even address my points proving it. You really hurt your own cause by telling such stupid lies.
Bob MacDonald November 05, 2012 at 02:34 AM
Tony, calling someone a troll...when they are trolling...isn't vulgar. The term "teabagger" IS vulgar. You know this, Tony. You, like the other editor, are just going to make more excuses for allowing this filthy person to continue posting here and making personal attacks that are BLATANTLY against *your own* terms of use. But if I say "shit", that is crossing the line? This is the bias I'm talking about. I'm not going to bother with this leftist hangout anymore. Nothing constructive can happen here when the editors have this mentality. I checked back this time to see if you've changed anything. I'll check back in in a few months to see if you've been replaced, because that is the only way this Patch is going to get better. You need some professional help here.
Local Guy November 05, 2012 at 04:24 AM
The term "teabagger" is clearly vulgar and I am both offended by it's usage, and very disappointed in the Patch's apparent endorsement of it's application. You are not offended? Fine, let's get into a very detailed description of what "tea bagging" literally means in order to better understand each others point of view. Shall we?
Gail November 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Local Guys says "Fine, let's get into a very detailed description of what "tea bagging" literally means in order to better understand each others point of view. Shall we?" Funny. I was wondering when that was going to come up. Greg, you need to check the 'tea' to see that use .. umm .. how does one say this .. nevermind. You -will- see when you finally learn the meaning of the term. I have a feeling you will be very surprised and embarrassed. I'll be very curious how long those type of posts will be allowed considering the much more common 'sh..t' slang. Hopefully this will change Patch policy - yes? If not, can we then use other sexual innuendo?

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