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James McNeal

James McNeal photo James McNeal is a construction manager who is running for Bothell City Council Position 4 after the retirement of Councilmember Bill Evans. McNeal is one of the founders of One Bothell, a grassroots effort to protect the Wayne Golf Course. His expertise in construction management will serve the city well as it works to balance the influx of new residents and businesses with preserving parkland and the health of local waterways.

He faces Tim Ottersburg, a health care researcher who is supported by conservative developers. McNeal is the strongest candidate in this race and deserves your vote. Read more...

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Statewide Ballot Measures

Initiative #1366

No on Tim Eyman's I-1366

NO
Initiative-1366 from Tim Eyman orders the legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the voters next year requiring a two-thirds supermajority vote to close tax loopholes or raise revenue. If legislators refuse, Eyman’s initiative would create an $8 billion hole in our state budget over the next six years by cutting the sales tax by a full 1 percent.

The timing for I-1366 is very bad. Our state is being fined $100,000 a day for failing to fully fund education, yet Eyman’s initiative would make it nearly impossible to close wasteful corporate tax loopholes or fix our state’s upside down tax system. Not surprisingly, Initiative 1366’s largest donors are big developers and Wall Street interests who have given Eyman hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect their special tax loopholes.

Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year and it was broadly criticized. The Spokane Spokesman-Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea. Others called this initiative “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) and “disingenuous” (Everett Herald), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.

We oppose I-1366 because it would prevent us from fixing our state’s upside down tax system or fully funding our kids’ schools. Join this broad coalition listed below and vote NO on I-1366.

Campaign Information

Initiative #1401

Vote Yes on Saving Animals from Extinction

YES
Initiative 1401 seeks to help save endangered animals from extinction by making the selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing of animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. From African Elephants to the Javan Tiger, animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate. Passing Initiative 1401 means that our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.

Help save animals facing extinction: vote YES on Initiative 1401.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Other: Humane Voters of Washington, Conservation Northwest, Audubon Washington

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #10

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 10

MAINTAINED
Legislators voted nearly unanimously for new oil train safety regulations, including directing some oil taxes to help pay for oil-train spill response. Senate Bill 1449 passed the legislature 141 to 1 with 5 excused. Thanks to a Tim Eyman initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #11

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 11

MAINTAINED
A bipartisan majority of legislators came together earlier this year to clarify that the marijuana excise tax should also apply to medical marijuana sales. There are a number of progressives who disagree with this tax, but unfortunately, the time to lobby against it was during the 2014 legislative session. Senate Bill 5052 passed the legislature 101 to 44 with 2 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Even if 100 percent of voters rejected this advisory measure, it would remain a tax, as Eyman's advisory votes are purely intended to push an anti-tax message. Vote to "maintain" this measure, and push back against Eyman's anti-tax message.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #12

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 12

MAINTAINED
A broad majority of legislators voted for a comprehensive transportation bill to improve state and local roads, transit, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways. The package was funded with a small increase in the gas tax. Senate Bill 5987 passed the legislature 91 to 51 with 5 excused. While we were not thrilled with some aspects of the final transportation package, we still recommend a non-binding vote to "maintain" this measure. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to “maintain” this measure.

Statewide Advisory Ballot Measure #13

Vote "Maintain" on Tax Advisory Vote No. 13

MAINTAINED
A large majority of legislators voted to close $150 million in unnecessary tax loopholes in order to generate revenue for education funding. This legislation, Senate Bill 6138, passed the legislature 95 to 48 with 4 excused. Per Eyman’s initiative, the state legislature is required to submit any bill it passes that closes tax loopholes or raises revenue to a non-binding advisory vote. Vote to "maintain" this important measure.

Port of Seattle

Port Commissioner, Position #2

Courtney Gregoire

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Courtney Gregoire is running for re-election to Seattle Port Commission, Position 2. Gregoire was appointed to the Seattle Port Commission in February of 2013 and won election to a full term that November. She brings substantial international trade experience from both the public and private sectors to the Port of Seattle, including having served as the first Director of the National Export Initiative at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Obama. She is passionate about connecting younger generations with good jobs, protecting our environment, and tourism, and she rightly questioned the decision to park the Shell Oil Arctic drilling rig in Seattle.

Her opponent, Goodspaceguy, is a perennial candidate who is not running a competitive campaign and claims that Tim Eyman is one of his "greatest heroes". Gregoire is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Port Commissioner, Position #5

Fred Felleman

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Fred Felleman is an environmental consultant and marine biologist who is running for Seattle Port Commission, Position 5. Felleman brings a commitment to fighting climate change and increasing the Port's green, clean energy jobs. He has many years of experience working for marine environmental protection and lobbying the Port to bring about environmental cleanup. Felleman will challenge business as usual and promote transparency at the Port, while also being an advocate for a working waterfront that supports good paying jobs.

Felleman faces Marion Yoshino in this race. Yoshino is also a progressive, and she brings many years of experience advocating for South King County residents near the airport. She is a former economic development manager in Des Moines and former City Councilmember of Normandy Park who has a more even-tempered style than Felleman.

We believe the Port needs a commissioner who is willing to assertively challenge the way it does business behind closed doors on issues ranging from executive pay to approving the Terminal 5 lease with Shell Oil and its Arctic drilling. Felleman's extensive endorsements reflect his lengthy experience with Port issues and his ability to be a force for change at the Port. Felleman is the best choice in this race.

Progressive Endorsements & Supporters

Environment: Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club
Economic Justice: Teamsters Joint Council 28, M. L. King County Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Media: The Stranger
Other: SEIU Local 6, Port of Seattle Firefighters

Campaign Information

Judicial Races

The Progressive Voters Guide may skip recommendations for unopposed judicial races.

State Supreme Court

James McNeal

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James McNeal is a construction manager who is running for Bothell City Council Position 4 after the retirement of Councilmember Bill Evans. McNeal is one of the founders of One Bothell, a grassroots effort to protect the Wayne Golf Course. His expertise in construction management will serve the city well as it works to balance the influx of new residents and businesses with preserving parkland and the health of local waterways.

He faces Tim Ottersburg, a health care researcher who is supported by conservative developers. McNeal is the strongest candidate in this race and deserves your vote.