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*'''Inslee oversaw nation's biggest nuclear waste site at the Hanford''' Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington. *'''Inslee oversaw nation's biggest nuclear waste site at the Hanford''' Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington.
 +*'''McKenna argued for lax standards on stormwater along forest roads.''' [http://www.jayinslee.com/news/articles/rob-mckenna-goes-rogue-again Goldy. "Rob McKenna Goes Rogue. Again." The Stranger. October 24th, 2010]: "earlier this month McKenna was at it again, signing the state onto an amicus curiae brief challenging a 9th Circuit ruling that held that stormwater from pipes and ditches along forest roads are "point sources" that require permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Both Commissioner Goldmark, who was directly elected to manage state forest lands, and Gov. Gregoire refused to join the lawsuit. Likewise, the federal Environmental Protection Agency declined to file an appeal. But that didn't stop McKenna from joining the state of Arkansas in arguing for lax environmental regulations that actually puts Washington at a competitive disadvantage."
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What are the pros and cons of each candidate?

Background and Context of Debate:

Contents

Leadership qualities:

Pro

  • Main Inslee themes: jobs, education, quality life, reform.
    • Jobs: Growing a "working Washington" and creating jobs with technology "clusters" and cleantech industry.
    • Education: Investing in education as the economic engine of Washington.
    • Quality of life: Protecting Washingtonians' quality of life with good jobs and a quality education system, clean/healthy environment, affordable transportation, and secure neighborhoods.
    • Government reform:
  • Jay emphasizes improving quality of life for Washingtonians. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay isn’t afraid to stand up for the values and priorities that make sure Washington remains the envy of the rest of America as the best place to live, start a business, and raise a family."[1]
  • Rob McKenna is not who he says he is. Jay Inslee. "Rob McKenna is a ‘foot-dragger’." The State Column. October 12, 2011: "Over the next 13 months, you’ll hear a lot of stories from Rob McKenna and his campaign about how he stands with working families, but his record shows the opposite. Rob McKenna is not who he says he is, and I need your help to make sure he doesn’t take his hidden agenda with him to the governor’s office."
  • Inslee is a Democrat in majority Democrat Washington. Chris Grygiel. "Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee." Seattle PI. June 28th, 2011: "Inslee’s a Democrat. Don’t laugh. Democrats have a huge statewide advantage in Washington. They haven’t lost a gubernatorial race since 1980 and haven’t come up short in a U.S. Senate race since 1994. The main reason is Dems run very strong in the liberal-leaning Seattle Metro area. During his kickoff speech Monday, Inslee sounded off on themes sure to resonate in the Puget Sound: Support for labor unions, gay marriage, liberalizing marijuana laws and abortion rights.McKenna needs to do well in King County to have any chance - Inslee will make that difficult."
  • Inslee can run as an outsider. Chris Grygiel. "Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee." Seattle PI. June 28th, 2011: "He can run as an outsider. Inslee has been in the “other” Washington for more than 10 years. Conventional wisdom is that his time in D.C. hurts him, as he won’t be as well versed in local issues as McKenna. There’s a flip side to that. It will be hard to directly blame Inslee for the woes which have befallen the Democratic majority in Olympia – bad budgets, big deficits, huge spending cuts and broken promises to key constituency groups."
  • Inslee knows Washington State, both sides of cascades. Chris Grygiel. "Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee." Seattle PI. June 28th, 2011: "He knows Washington state. Before being elected to the 1st District in Western Washington, Inslee served one term in Congress from the 4th District in Central Washington. He worked for years before that as a lawyer outside of Yakima. His folksy, upbeat demeanor is the antithesis of the cerebral, liberal pol stereotype that many east of the Cascades have of Democrats. It’ll be hard for Inslee to win in Eastern Washington, but long time working and living there should help him pick up more votes than other Dems would there."
  • Inslee lived in E. WA for 20 yrs, values rural/agr communities. Inslee campaign website: "As someone who lived nearly 20 years in Eastern Washington, Jay will fight to strengthen our rural economies and preserve the agricultural heritage that has put Washington on the map for everything from apples to wine."[2]
  • Inslee is focused on quality jobs and value of labor. Chris Grygiel. "Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee." Seattle PI. June 28th, 2011: "He has picked a smart campaign theme. Inslee on Monday talked mostly about the need to create quality jobs and the value of labor. This will contrast with McKenna’s emphasis on restoring education funding and streamlining government. In a down economy with high unemployment rates, the Inslee camp is betting people care more about their own bottom line than government’s."
  • Inslee is a fresh candidate to much of the state. Chris Grygiel. "Why Republicans should fear Jay Inslee." Seattle PI. June 28th, 2011: "He’s a fresh candidate to much of the state. Voters nationally – and to a certain extent locally – have expressed a strong “throw the bums out” mentality. They seem to be willing to give newcomers a chance. So how can Inslee, a longtime incumbent, beat the “bum” rap? He’ll be new to voters outside of the two Congressional Districts where he’s held office. Again, conventional wisdom says McKenna has the edge because he’s won statewide office twice – Inslee never has. But another way of looking at that is voters haven’t had a chance to get sick of Inslee yet."
  • Jay Inslee is a clean energy and climate expert Jay Inslee was the co-chairman of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and instrumental in negotiating the 2009 House passage of the cap-and-trade bill. He wrote Apollo's Fire, a book about igniting another national project, like the Apollo project, but for growing a clean energy economy.
  • Inslee has vision to grow clean energy jobs in WA. Inslee Campaign site: "A national leader in clean energy and working to create jobs. Jay co-wrote a book called “Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy” and is a recognized leader on clean energy and the job-creation potential it holds. He’s fought for investments in innovative energy sources such as biofuels, solar, and wind, and has helped businesses across Washington produce and consume clean energy, creating jobs here at home. Over the last 20 years, while living and representing people on both sides of the Cascades, Jay has worked successfully to open up trade opportunities for Washington apples, and helped protect Boeing workers by writing the amendment that required a fair playing field with foreign competition for the recent Air Force tanker contract. As governor, Jay will provide visionary leadership that not only strengthens our current industries, but also grows a new economy based on the clean-energy jobs of the future. Jay holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and earned his law degree from Willamette University."[3]
  • Inslee has represented Republican and Democrat communities. Inslee has represented two politically different parts of Washington: the fairly liberal Seattle suburbs and the more conservative central part of the state.
  • Jay Inslee has diverse work experience in Washington. Driven cement trucks, run jack hammers, been on the business end of a paint brush, driven a bulldozer in Bellevue, taught community college in Yakima, represented Hanford workers, practiced law in Tacoma, painted in Burien.
  • Inslee will compete and fight for WA businesses.
  • Inslee: "Washington" should be best place to do business in USA.
  • Inslee will build high-tech industry clusters. Marry high tech companies with universities.
  • Inslee will build top work-force.
  • Reform state government to do more with fewer resources.
  • Inslee cannot be bought by corporate contributors. "Inslee Announces Positions on Initiatives." Publicola. October 18th, 2011: "While Inslee’s positions are predictably in sync with the Democratic Party, his opposition to the liquor privatization initiative is worth noting because it does defy one of his biggest contributors. Costco CEO James Sinegal has contributed $3,200 to Inslee. Costco is running the liquor initiative; they’ve contributed $13.4 million to the privatization cause."
  • Electing McKenna is like putting Karl Rove in charge. Inslee warned at a fundraiser last week that voters will “let Karl Rove govern the state of Washington” if they elect Republican Rob McKenna as governor. He created a "Fight Back Fund" keyed to the upcoming GOP dinner speech of the former Bush adviser.
  • McKenna's race is backed by right-wing funders. Inslee characterized Rove, Eyman and the billionaire Koch brothers as "the three horses of the Apocalypse," and predicted all will be gunning for him in 2012 and throwing their weight behind McKenna.
  • Inslee opposed the 2008 bank bailouts. Inslee Campaign: "In the midst of our economic crisis in 2008, Congress was pressured into passing an $800 billion bailout of the big banks at taxpayer expense. Inslee again bucked his party leadership and voted no on the bailout."[4]
  • Inslee is independent-thinking Maverick who does what's right. Inslee Campaign site: "A maverick who fights for working families In Congress, Jay has become known as a maverick who stands up for people, even if it means bucking his own party. His record reflects an independent-minded approach and a thoughtful foresight about the future global economy. More than a decade ago, when Congress took the first steps toward our economic calamity by deregulating the banks and eliminating safeguards that had been in place since the Depression, Inslee was one of the few who voted no. When our nation’s leaders dragged America into an unnecessary and costly war in Iraq based on false claims, Inslee resisted the political pressure and opposed going to war. In the midst of our economic crisis in 2008, Congress was pressured into passing an $800 billion bailout of the big banks at taxpayer expense. Inslee again bucked his party leadership and voted no on the bailout. And long before others recognized the job-creation potential of the clean energy industry, Jay was working to convince our nation’s leaders that we could be the ones leading in this new economic frontier and putting thousands of people to work in good-paying jobs."[5]
Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay Inslee is the kind of future-oriented, independent thinking maverick we need to lead us in building a working Washington."[6]
  • Inslee has joined a diversity of Congressional committees and caucuses. Committee assignments United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power [edit]Caucus memberships Congressional Friends of Animals Caucus Congressional Internet Caucus House Medicare and Medicaid Fairness Caucus House Oceans Caucus International Conservation Caucus Congressional Arts Caucus.
  • Inslee has an impeccable family/personal life. Inslee and his wife Trudi were high school sweethearts and have been married since August 27, 1972. They have three sons, Jack, Connor, and Joe, and live on Bainbridge Island.[22] Inslee is an avid basketball player and a member of "Hoopaholics", a charity group dedicated to "treatment of old guys addicted to basketball and who can no longer jump" as Inslee has often joked.
  • Inslee has birds-eye-view of US and states policies. Having worked in Congress, Jay has more of a birds-eye-view of how Washington state fits into the union and larger national mission. He also has a better sense of the kinds of policies that have worked in other states and how those examples can be used in Washington.
  • Inslee has global vision for a globally connected state. Inslee's experience in Congress has given him a global perspective that will help him shape the direction of a state that is more dependent on international trade than any other state in the union. This is a critically important advantage over McKenna, who has much less of this perspective.


Con

  • Rob McKenna bolstered Internet privacy and security as AG. Brier Dudley. "Spectrum politics: Inslee, McKenna face-off." Seattle Times Blog. October 21st, 2011: "[McKenna has] made privacy and security one of his signature issues and built up the 'high tech unit' that Gov. Gregoire first established when she was the attorney general. When McKenna called his first meeting with the unit, it turned out to be just one person. McKenna said he's 'upgraded our capacity our capabilities' to take on these issues, hiring staff and setting up a computer lab and 'honeypot' that's used in part to attract targets to prosecute under the state's consumer protection laws. Washington is now the most aggressive state in pursuing computer fraud cases, second only to the FTC, McKenna said. He said the state's showing 'other states how to do the same thing. If the Internet is still the wild, wild West, we want as many sheriffs out there as possible,' he said. Asked by venture capitalist Tom Alberg about his experience working with legislators, including some who may take a "populist" view toward tech issues. McKenna said he draws on business expertise when developing legislation and consulted with Microsoft and AOL on online safety, for instance. McKenna said the approach has worked except for a privacy protection law applied to RFID chips. He opposed the law, in part because of its potential effect on Seattle RFID chip maker Impinj. 'We have a world leader in RFID technology right here in Fremont and I don't want to jeopardize that,' he said."
  • McKenna is focused on job-creation. From McKenna's website: "When you don't have a job, nothing else really matters. Too many people in our state are out of work. We need a governor to focus on creating jobs by creating the stable conditions and proven incentives that Washington businesses need to get our people back to work. While Boeing and Microsoft are industry giants re-shaping the world, most of our jobs are created by small businesses. Small business owners tell Rob they fear hiring even one employee. They fear the skyrocketing cost of workers’ compensation. They fear the unaffordable unemployment insurance. And most of all, they fear the crushing burden of regulations that make it complicated to have employees at all. So small business owners and entrepreneurs put off hiring new employees as long as they can – and that hurts our economy. Small business owners are asking Rob for help. It’s time for a governor willing to eliminate the barriers that discourage job growth. We must get our economy moving again."[7]
  • Rob McKenna wants to focus attention on education. From the Rob McKenna for Governor website: "Rob believes the most powerful step we can take to make our state strong and economically competitive in the long run is to develop the best public schools in America. Quality schools isn't a Republican or Democrat issue — it's about doing right by our kids and preparing them for the best jobs. And it's about attracting new businesses to our state because we have qualified graduates with the skills to fill the jobs. We must demand better results for the money we spend on our public schools. High dropout rates and weak test scores are not acceptable. When Washington’s school system was an also-ran in President Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition, it became clear to all that our state has become an education-reform backwater. We have some of the greatest thinkers in America when it comes to improving public education, but we are not even in the race when it comes to education innovation. The world is changing, but our schools are not keeping up. Rob's plan is to empower teachers and principals to take charge and change their schools for the better. In exchange, they will be accountable for the results. We also need to restore public education funding to its proper place as state government's number one budget priority. K-12 funding used to account for more than half of the state's general fund budget; now it's a little over 40 percent. In addition to innovating and reforming education, we should devote a greater share of the existing state budget to K-12 and fund all-day kindergarten, early childhood education, longer school years for at-risk children, and after-school programs that include tutoring and mentoring. Those are extremely good investments that will help to dramatically improve academic performance, close the persistent achievement gap, and reduce our state's high drop-out rate."[8]
  • Rob has been a passionate advocate for advancing education. From the McKenna website: "Rob is a passionate advocate for education innovations for our kids and our college students. Serving on the Bellevue Schools Foundation gave Rob a first-hand look at the challenges school districts face, and what it really takes to improve student performance. Currently Rob serves on the Bellevue College Foundation board, a vital higher learning institution for community education and job re-training. He is committed to revitalizing our state universities and providing new opportunities for in-state students."[9]
  • McKenna's would shrink WA govt workforce overtime via natural attrition. From Rob McKenna's website: "We must have a new direction for state government. We can't continue the destructive cycle of massive expansion in good times, followed by painful cuts in bad times. Rob has proven that there is a better way. State government can be leaner, more productive and more cost-effective. We don't need huge layoffs to do this. State employees retire or leave for other jobs – up to five to seven percent of them every year - giving us plenty of opportunity to shrink the public workforce over time. Rob knows that by improving performance and productivity the state can do a better job with fewer employees - and he has proven he can do it with the Attorney General’s Office."
  • McKenna used performance management models to set goals for employees. From Rob Mckenna's website: "Rob has used a performance management model as our Attorney General, to set goals for all of his employees and reward those who best achieved them. The improvement has been significant. Employees took responsibility for improving at their jobs and found ways to accomplish better results. There are now fewer positions in his office than when Rob became Attorney General over six years ago. And they're are getting more work done now than when Rob became Attorney General over six years ago. Rob's leadership can make this happen across every agency of state government. Rob knows that state workers can improve their agencies, but they have to be empowered and trusted to do so. They have to be given the opportunity. They have to be given the courage to make needed improvements. When we reward a worker based on their performance - by the achievement of their goals - they take an interest in the success of their job and in the success of their whole agency. State government should not be a place where the highest wages go to the person who sits in their chair the longest."[10]
  • McKenna will achieve more with fewer state employees. From the About page of Rob's website: "In an age where state government spends more than ever but delivers less for our tax dollars, Rob is an innovator, steering his office to accomplish more work for Washington’s citizens with fewer employees. He’s ready to apply the same principles to all of state government to lower costs and deliver better service to our citizens."[11]
  • McKenna is a national leader on protecting against mortgage fraud. From Rob McKenna's website: "He is recognized as a national leader on many issues, including the fight to protect homeowners who are victims of mortgage fraud."[12]
  • Elected next President of the National Association of AGs. His counterparts around the country have elected him the next President of the National Association of Attorneys General.
  • Rob has fought to safeguard consumers,
  • protect the vulnerable,
  • combat growing gang violence.
  • McKenna is an Eagle Scout.
  • McKenna was student body president at the University of Washington.
  • McKenna attended University of Chicago Law School, and was on the law review.
  • McKenna had an international upbringing. McKenna was born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the son of Bonnie Jean (née Olson) and Robert Elliott McKenna, an Army officer. He grew up at posts in Germany, Bangkok (where he attended the International School Bangkok), San Francisco and Kansas before his family settled in Bellevue, Washington when he was 14.
  • McKenna's AG job gave him experience protecting Washingtonians. McKenna based his 2004 campaign for the office of Attorney General around three areas of protection he promised to bring to Washingtonians: protection of the safety of families by fighting crimes such as identity theft, internet fraud, and child pornography, and supporting local police, sheriffs, and prosecutors; protection of rights by controlling regulation and supporting the public's right to know what the government is doing; and protection of pocketbooks by counseling state agencies to avoid costly trial and litigation, bringing reform in the matter of reducing what some see as unfair burdens placed on doctors, hospitals, and other professionals.
  • McKenna developed broad-based alliances to win AG election, attracting the support of prosecutors, police chiefs and sheriffs, along with farm and business leaders one at a time and then leveraging those endorsements into broader support. He also built nontraditional alliances with tribal leaders, public safety unions, firefighters and other moderates in both parties. He defeated political novice Mike Vaska, a private attorney from Issaquah, in the Republican primary for state Attorney General, with approximately 70 percent of the vote. He then defeated former Insurance Commissioner and Democratic Senate candidate Deborah Senn in the November General election and was one of just a few Republicans to win statewide office in 2004.
  • McKenna has significant executive experience as AG. As Washington's 17th Attorney General, McKenna manages the largest public law office in the state with approximately 1,150 employees and offices in 13 cities statewide: Bellingham, Port Angeles, Everett, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Wenatchee, Spokane, Yakima, Kennewick, Vancouver, Tumwater, and Pullman. The Washington Attorney General's Office serves over 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges, and universities, as well as the Governor and Legislature. As Attorney General, McKenna has made the protection of consumers and businesses, the improvement community safety, and the advancement of open government his chief priorities. He has also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court three times to defend Washington state laws from challenges, and has won each time.

Economy:

Pro

  • Inslee understands the #1 job of governor is job creation.
  • Inslee helped open trade opportunities for Washington apples.
  • Inslee has defended WA industry against unfair foreign competition. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay isn’t just fighting for the jobs of the future. He’s also a staunch defender of today’s industries, as seen by his successful efforts to open up trade opportunities for Washington apples, and his role in helping protect Boeing workers against unfair foreign competition for the recent Air Force tanker contract including drafting the amendment directing the Department of Defense to consider whether a company was getting illegal subsidies."[13]
  • Jay knows what it's like to work hard for day's pay. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay Inslee knows what it’s like to earn a day’s pay for hard work. He’s operated jackhammers in Seattle, washed dishes in Edmonds, driven cement trucks and painted houses in Burien, and taught community college classes in Yakima. His father was a public school teacher, his mother a sales clerk at Sears and Roebuck."[14]
  • Jay understands economic needs on both sides of cascades. Jay Inslee Website: "Building a Working Washington": "Having lived in both Western and Eastern Washington, Jay understands our entire state and the dire economic straits facing families on both sides of the Cascades. He knows that building a working Washington requires an innovative, forward-thinking approach that not only protects jobs for today’s workers, but ensures opportunities for tomorrow’s workers to compete in the global economy."
  • Jay calls for a forward-thinking transportation infrastructure.

Con

Education:

Pro

  • Inslee will invest in education as engine of econ growth. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Fueling Our Economic Engines with a Strong Education System. Jay, who has taught community college classes in Yakima and whose father was a high school teacher, took his first steps into public service when he and his wife, Trudi, fought for a new public high school in Selah. Jay understands that Washington’s leading role in innovation and the global economy has been forged in the classrooms, science labs and libraries of our state’s schools. Education has always been the route to a secure middle-class. To create jobs now and build a better, stronger economy for the next generation, Jay is ready to recommit our state to the foundation of our economic success: the quality education of our children."[15]
  • Inslee won't short-change our children in globalized world. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay won’t allow us to shortchange our children, and our own future as a state, by failing to improve our education system. More and better education may require investment, but more importantly, it will require fresh, innovative approaches to helping our children learn and succeed in a globalized world."[16]
  • Inslee fought to strengthen US education in Congress. Jay Inslee campaign website: "in Congress, Jay has fought to pass the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act, legislation intended to strengthen STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) and help our children be competitive against students in countries like China, Japan and India. He also has worked to strengthen early childhood education so children arrive at kindergarten ready to learn, and supported efforts to help more students enter our higher education system by expanding the Pell Grant program and helping pass a measure reforming the student loan program."[17]
  • Inslee opposes education funding cuts. Inslee campaign website: "Jay will stand firm against any further cuts to our classrooms and ensure we’re focusing on the education investments that make the biggest difference for our children."[18]
  • Supports all-day kindergarten to get kids on right track. Inslee campaign website: "[Supports] all-day kindergarten and quality early learning programs proven to set up more of our children for success in school."[19]
  • Supports career education and planning in high school. Inslee campaign website: "[Supports] innovative school models such as Aviation High School in Des Moines or Delta High School in the Tri-Cities to enhance career education and planning in high school."[20]
  • Inslee seeks 100% graduation with dropout prevention strategies. Inslee campaign website: "[Supports] dropout prevention strategies that ensure every one of our children earns their high school diploma."[21]
  • Inslee would remove substandard teachers. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay knows funding alone doesn’t improve student performance. Though the vast majority of our teachers are incredibly dedicated and talented, we can no longer make excuses for poor teachers and underperforming schools and we can no longer wait two to three years before removing substandard teachers from our classrooms. Part of this effort includes completing the implementation of a statewide evaluation process for our teachers and principals."[22]
  • Inslee seeks to restore affordability of higher ed in WA. Jay Inslee campaign website: "Jay will work to restore investments in our colleges and universities that once allowed Washington to be among the most affordable states to seek a higher education and better future."[23]
  • Emphasizes 100% high school graduation.
  • Emphasizes STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math. Inslee campaign website: "Jay also believes that we need to make sure our colleges and universities are producing graduates that are ready for jobs in STEM fields. This includes expanding access to our great network of community, vocational and technical colleges that provide job-training options for everyone, especially as we begin training people for jobs in the new clean energy industry."[24]


Con

Clean energy:

Pro

  • Inslee called for clean energy revolution before almost anyone else. Jay Inslee. "New Apollo Project can help us unplug our need for oil." Seattle PI. December 18th, 2002: "Congress should seize the moment to champion a unified and highly prioritized national program to fulfill America's destiny of leading the world to a new clean energy future. We should call for a total national commitment to harness the genius of America's can-do attitude that would design, invent and deploy the new clean energy technologies that befit this new century."
  • Inslee will make WA a leader in cleantech in US/World. From Inslee campaign site: "He knows that the same state that led technological revolutions in aerospace, software and biotech can be the same state that leads the world in the clean tech revolution. [...] With Jay’s leadership, Washington – the state that has made the most powerful computers and the most advanced aircraft in the world – can once again use its expertise in technology and innovation to become the hub of the clean energy industry, creating good paying jobs and a more secure future for all our families."[25]
  • Inslee will create thousands of cleantech jobs across state. From Inslee campaign site: "Jay co-wrote a book called 'Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy' and is a leading thinker on clean energy and the future job-creation potential it holds. Jay co-wrote a book called 'Apollo’s Fire: Igniting America’s Clean-Energy Economy' and is a leading thinker on clean energy and the future job-creation potential it holds. Clean tech energy jobs run the gamut from harvesting oilseeds for biodiesel fuel to building homes and office buildings that are more energy efficient and cost less to heat. It includes the expansion of our aerospace industry as we develop the next generation of bio-jet fuel for commercial and military aircraft. It includes a revival of the manufacturing sector so we can produce batteries for electric cars here in Washington, as well as jobs for scientists and engineers building new clean products and developing new sources of clean fuel, made in the USA."[26]
  • Inslee believes in growing cleantech "industry clusters."
  • Inslee believes in creating cleantech R&D centers at universities.
  • Jay led cleantech job-creation in Congress, can do it for WA. From Inslee campaign site: "Jay has already shown this can be done. In Congress, he has been a leader on clean energy job creation. He helped shape the American Clean Energy and Security Act, intended to grow thousands of clean energy jobs. He led the effort to revive American manufacturing of batteries for electric cars, and helped commercialize a new aviation biofuels industry using Washington State agricultural products. Jay believes that in the new economy, instead of sending our money overseas for foreign oil we will be selling our own clean energy technologies to China, India and Europe."[27]
  • Inslee insists America can win clean energy competition. Jay Inslee. "New Apollo Project can help us unplug our need for oil." Seattle PI. December 18th, 2002: "we are on the cusp of a 'clean energy gap' just as worrisome as the missile gap of the Sputnik era. The dominant wind turbine manufacturer is Denmark, a country that will produce 50 percent of its electricity by wind power within the decade. The dominant photovoltaic panel producer is a German company. The dominant manufacturers of hybrid cars are in Japan. Why should we, the greatest seedbed of technological innovation in world history, cede these emerging markets to the rest of the world?"
  • Clean energy is one of nation's faster growing industries "Clean energy is growth industry Washington should invest in: This census, as we discussed earlier on Scaling Green, had exciting information regarding the state of the solar industry in the United States. A few highlights included: There are more than 100,000 solar jobs in all 50 states. The U.S. solar industry has grown 10 times faster than the national economy as a whole over the last 12 months, in the middle of the worst economy since the Great Depression. Among the top 10 states experiencing solar job growth, California had the highest at 25,575. Colorado, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, New Jersey and Massachusetts make up the remainder of the top 10."
  • Cleantech can unite both sides of cascade mountains. Jay Inslee speech: "This is an industry and can unite both sides of the cascades. Where farmers in Yakima Valley and engineers in West Seattle both are equal partners in this industrial expansion."[28]


Con

  • McKenna supports protecting environment and fostering clean energy. Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna was appointed co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Environment and Energy Committee in 2009. He said in a statement: "The people of Washington state have a special passion for protecting our cherished natural resources. I look forward to bringing that passion to NAAG’s Environment and Energy Committee, as we work to support clean energy and to protect our nation’s air, water and natural resources for future generations.”[29]


Environment:

Pro

  • Inslee wants to clean Sound, co-sponsored Puget Sound Recovery Act. Inslee campaign website: "As someone who grew up along the shores of Puget Sound, Jay has been a strong supporter of efforts to clean those troubled waters, including co-sponsoring the Puget Sound Recovery Act. As governor, Jay is committed to protecting and enhancing Washington’s natural spaces, an economic asset that makes Washington the most beautiful place to live and work."[30]
  • Inslee supports EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions. Inslee strongly believes the Environmental Protection Agency should remain authorized to regulate green house gas emissions. In a 2011 House hearing, Inslee said Republicans have 'an allergy to science and scientists,' during a discussion of whether the EPA's mandate should remain in place following a controversial court finding on the issue.
  • In Congress Inslee passed the Yakima River Enhancement Act in 1992, a bill long held up in Congress by brokering a breakthrough with irrigators and wildlife advocates.
  • Inslee oversaw nation's biggest nuclear waste site at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland, Washington.
  • McKenna argued for lax standards on stormwater along forest roads. Goldy. "Rob McKenna Goes Rogue. Again." The Stranger. October 24th, 2010: "earlier this month McKenna was at it again, signing the state onto an amicus curiae brief challenging a 9th Circuit ruling that held that stormwater from pipes and ditches along forest roads are "point sources" that require permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. Both Commissioner Goldmark, who was directly elected to manage state forest lands, and Gov. Gregoire refused to join the lawsuit. Likewise, the federal Environmental Protection Agency declined to file an appeal. But that didn't stop McKenna from joining the state of Arkansas in arguing for lax environmental regulations that actually puts Washington at a competitive disadvantage."

Con

Infrastructure:

Pro

  • Inslee will invest in smart, future-oriented infrastructure. Inslee campaign website: "Just as Jay believes that environmental protection and clean energy are important tools in creating a new economy, so too are smart, future-oriented transportation decisions. Ensuring we have an efficient, well-planned transportation system – whether it’s a new North Spokane Corridor, light rail to the Eastside, a new 520 bridge or Columbia River Crossing, or faster railways – our infrastructure plays an incredibly important role in protecting our environment and creating jobs. As governor, Jay will ensure we make smart investments that help our farmers and businesses get their products quickly to market and provide commuters safe, reliable and affordable transportation options."[31]


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State budget:

Pro

  • Olympia needs to adopt culture of innovation.


Con

2011 Initiatives: What were candidate's positions on Nov 2011 initiatives?

Pro

  • Inslee is against I-1183, liquor privatization. (the position of the unionized state liquor store workers). Inslee: "As a former prosecutor of many drunk drivers who has personally seen the carnage they cause, I cannot in good conscious support a large expansion of hard liquor availability in our state. So while we must look for efficiencies in the delivery of all services, I cannot support this measure." If public health and safety are of concern, McKenna's support of liquor privatization should raise a red flag.
  • Inslee for I-1163: reinstating long-term care worker training. (a cause of the Service Employees International Union 775). Inslee: "Given the importance of protecting the least among us, I will be voting in support of this measure. Initiatives with budgetary impacts pose unique problems, and the Legislature will still have to balance funding this with other priorities."
Funding long-term care is top priority, worth cutting elsewhere. If the choice is between funding long-term care and funding other programs, long-term care will usually win out. Many cite education funding as the alternative. While education is hugely important, it might be worth asking the young and healthy to pay a little more in order to provide the necessary care for our oldest and most needy citizens. Any student would probably welcome this trade-off.
  • Inslee is against Tim Eyman’s I-1125, restricting tolling. (and kill light rail across I-90.) Inslee: "I will be joining the many business owners, workers, transit riders and farmers across the state voting against I-1125 this November for one simple reason: it will damage our ability to grow our economy and create jobs."



Con

  • McKenna against SEIU I-1163 for long-term care worker training. He says that there is no funding available for it. According to the Seattle Times, "The Governor's Office projects that, if I-1163 is approved, state costs will increase an additional $32 million over the next two years. That's expected to be partially offset by roughly $14 million in federal matching dollars and new state fees. The state faces around a $2 billion budget shortfall and will be meeting late next month to cut spending."[32]
"Initiative 1163: Leadership means having the courage to say we can't afford it." Seattle Times Editorial. October 25th, 2011: "Initiative 1163: Leadership means having the courage to say we can't afford it. Looking ahead to the 2012 Washington governor's race, Republican Rob McKenna will vote against Initiative 1163 because it is not funded. Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee, the likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee, supports the measure, missing a chance to show he understands the hard truths of the state budget."
  • McKenna is against Eyman’s initiative. (a break from the party line) because he thinks variable tolling (different prices at different hours) is good for traffic management. McKenna: "Eyman's [Initiative] bans variable tolling, which actually is a good tool to reduce congestion and allocate scarce capacity."


Affordable Care Act:

Pro

  • McKenna wrongly filed lawsuit to repeal Affordable Care Act. Jay Inslee February 2011 letter opposing McKenna's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act: "The historic health care reform we passed last fall is doing so much good and will do so much more for the people of Washington — and yet lawsuits are threatening it all. Right now, healthcare reform is helping children born with congenital heart defects get health care coverage despite their 'pre-existing' condition. It’s helping our seniors pay for their critical prescription drugs. And it’s stopping insurance companies from capping the amount of coverage patients receive. All of that is under threat because of Attorney General Rob McKenna’s lawsuit to wipe out the ENTIRE health care reform package. And, while he says he cares about Washingtonians’ right to quality, affordable health care coverage, he is continuing to push this suit — regardless of the cost to us. We can’t allow it to continue." [Read extended argument in letter]
  • McKenna would repeal full Affordable Care Act, not just mandate. McKenna’s lawsuit indicts the entire health care law, including popular programs that McKenna says he supports. Why? Good question.
  • McKenna lawsuit IS important issue, reflective of bad judgement. To say, as the Seattle times does, that "Jay Inslee is wasting voters' time by making an issue of federal health-insurance reform" is absurd. The Affordable Care Act would bring great benefits to Washingtonians, and yet Rob McKenna took active steps as Washington State's Attorney General to end it. How is it "wasting voters' time" to highlight this egregious error in judgement? Do WA voters not have a right to know that a candidate for Governor actively opposed a beneficial federal plan? Of course they do. It's an important issue. Just as important as if McKenna supported ending federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. It's a matter of principle and judgement voters care to know about, and Inslee is right to continue addressing the issue.


Con

  • Inslee should focus on state, not McKenna Obamacare lawsuit. "Gubernatorial hopeful Jay Inslee should shift gears toward state issues." Seattle Times Editorial. October 3rd, 2011: "U.S. REP. Jay Inslee is wasting voters' time by making an issue of federal health-insurance reform in his campaign for governor in 2012. Instead of attacking Attorney General Rob McKenna's challenge to "Obamacare," Inslee should focus on state issues. That the health insurance law will apply in this state does not make it a state issue. The law applies in all the states. It is a federal law being challenged in federal court regarding the federal Constitution. Opponents argue that the Constitution gives the federal government no power to order individuals to buy insurance. The Obama administration argues it has that power under the Commerce Clause. This is just the sort of argument the Supreme Court is designed to settle, and the argument was bound to arrive there. That McKenna joined one side and Gov. Chris Gregoire joined the other will not affect the outcome. Nor will a future governor of Washington, whether Inslee or McKenna. All the while, there boils a huge state issue: the $2-billion budget shortfall. Gregoire has ordered state agencies to offer a list of 10-percent cuts. She will use this list to recommend a package of cuts to a special session of the Legislature. Does Inslee support this? Does he think the governor should be empowered to make discretionary cuts if the Legislature does not? How would he close a $2 billion gap? Cuts? Tax increases? Reforms?"


Gay Marriage:

Pro

  • Jay Inslee supports gay marriage. Jay Inslee's political director Joby Shimomura said to the Stranger: "Jay supports making same sex marriage legal. After 38 years of marriage, he believes that no politician or government should deny his fellow citizens what he and Trudi have, which is a rewarding, stable, committed relationship. He also believes that legalizing same-sex marriage would not infringe on the ability of churches to maintain their own practices."[33]
The Stranger notes: "That's a pretty gutsy move for a candidate about to jump into a statewide race. It also has the potential to result in a huge shift for Washington State: Inslee would be our first governor to support legalizing same-sex marriage."[34]
Jay Inslee website: "But quality of life isn’t just about waterways and freeways. It’s also about people. Washington is a state where we respect one another as citizens and bestow upon every citizen the same rights and responsibilities. As governor, Jay will support marriage equality and the end of all forms of discrimination. He’ll protect women’s rights and access to reproductive health care."[35]


Con

  • Rob McKenna supports civil unions, but not gay marriage.
  • Rob McKenna believes voters should decide on gay marriage. "Rob believes that this is an issue that is going to be decided by the voters," said Randy Pepple, McKenna's campaign manager.[36]


Abortion:

Pro

  • Jay Inslee will protect women's reproductive choices and rights. "He’ll protect women’s rights and access to reproductive health care." - From campaign website.[37]


Con

Banking:

Pro

  • McKenna let banks responsible for foreclosure crisis off hook. Jay Inslee. "Rob McKenna is a ‘foot-dragger’." The State Column. October 12, 2011: "Over 5,000 Washingtonians joined Jay Inslee in calling on Rob McKenna to not let the banks responsible for the foreclosure crisis off the hook while thousands of Washingtonians lost their homes. But Rob McKenna’s not listening. Since being confronted about his role in the bank settlement talks — talks that other attorneys general have panned as insufficient — McKenna has continued to defend this bad deal. Even after over 5,000 members of the JayInslee.com community called on Rob McKenna to change direction and put middle-class people first, he has made it clear he intends to proceed. Now it’s up to us to hold him accountable. Will you contribute $3 to Jay’s campaign today — and help us elect a governor that believes in protecting Washington’s working families? The truth is, Rob McKenna dragged his feet on taking appropriate action against mortgage lenders. And now that he’s involved in these settlement talks, he’s pushing a bad deal that just won’t cut it when it comes to getting Washingtonians back in their homes."
  • McKenna not a defender of working families like Inslee. Jay Inslee. "Rob McKenna is a ‘foot-dragger’." The State Column. October 12, 2011: "Rob McKenna dragged his feet on taking appropriate action against mortgage lenders. And now that he’s involved in these settlement talks, he’s pushing a bad deal that just won’t cut it when it comes to getting Washingtonians back in their homes. Will you contribute $3 to Jay’s campaign today — and help us elect a governor that believes in protecting Washington’s working families? From voting against the bank bailouts and voting against extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, to holding the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general accountable for their role in the current settlement talks, Jay has earned his reputation as a fierce advocate for working families. Voters have a clear choice next November: Do they want a governor who will work hard for Washington’s families and get our economic engine going again, or someone who has a habit of making it even harder for families to get up and running?"



Con

National roles:

Pro

  • Inslee was an outspoken critic of the decision to invade Iraq.
  • Inslee introduced legislation in July of 2007 that called for an inquiry to determine whether then United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should be impeached. Gonzales eventually resigned.
  • In 2011 Inslee voted in favor of authorizing the use of U.S. armed forces in the 2011 Libyan civil war and voted against limiting the use of funds to support NATO's 2011 military intervention in Libya


Con

  • McKenna was active in the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) during his first term, co-chairing both the Financial Practices Committee and the Tobacco Committee during his first term. Acting in this capacity, he helped lead cases against subprime lenders that resulted in the largest settlements in the history of American consumer protection lawsuits. In his second term, McKenna continued to be active in the National Association of Attorneys General, serving as co-chair on various committees and receiving the NAAG's Distinguished Service Award before becoming Vice-President of the organization in 2009. In 2010, he was elected President of NAAG, and assumed the office on June 22, 2011. He launched his Presidential Initiative, a program caled 'Pillars of Hope' aimed at reducing human trafficking in the US, in Chicago on the following day.


Public safety:

Pro

  • Jay Inslee was a prosecutor, knows and values public safety. Jay Inslee website: "Jay, who worked as a prosecutor while living in Selah, will also work to ensure we have safe, secure neighborhoods and that our police and firefighters get the support they need and critical public safety investments are maintained."[38]


Con

  • McKenna has significantly reduced meth use/crime. In his first year as Attorney General, McKenna founded 'Operation: Allied Against Meth,' a new program designed to reduce the drug's manufacture and use in Washington. The initiative included an increase in the law enforcement and prosecution personnel dedicated to cracking down on methamphetamine-related crimes, a statewide educational program to help prevent the use of the drug, and a legislative alliance devoted to improving Washington's meth problem. Since the initiative began, deaths from methamphetamine use in Washington have fallen by a third, while the incidence of driving under the influence of meth decreased by over 25 percent.
  • McKenna helped crack down on identity theft as AG. During his inaugural term, McKenna also created Washington's Law Enforcement Group against Identity Theft (LEGIT), and was subsequently named as one of Security Magazine's 25 most influential people in security.


Fundraising:

Pro

  • Jay Inslee has a fundraising advantage over McKenna. Josh Feit. "Inslee with Big Fundraising Advantage." Publicola. November 10th, 2011: "With the legislative session beginning on November 28, Inslee’s rival, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, is not allowed to raise money for four months; something McKenna noted with some urgency in a fundraising mailer he sent out today. (Statewide elected officials aren’t allowed to raise money during the legislative session.) US Rep. Inslee is under no such restriction and is already leading (slightly) in the race for cash. To date, McKenna has raised $2.2 million with about $1.4 million on hand. Inslee has raised about $2.4 million with $1.8 million on hand."


Con

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