List of Carlson's endorsements:
President of the United States: In 2008 people voted for Hope and Change. In 2012 I'm Hoping for Change: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan
US Senate: State Senator Michael Baumgartner would be a worthy opponent for incumbent Maria Cantwell.
US House District # 1: (northern King, Snohomish and Skagit counties) Snohomish county councilman John Koster is a citizen activist turned citizen legislator turned public servant as a Snohomish County Councilman. Hands down the best choice to represent his district in Congress.
US House District # 2: (Island, San Juan and Whatcom counties). Democrat Rick Larsen has held the job for 12 years. That's 12 years too long. Republican Dan Matthews for Congress.
US House District # 3: (Southwest Washington, sweeping eastward along the Oregon border). Jaime Herrera Beutler has shined in her freshman term and is headed for re-election
US House District # 4: (Yakima, Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, and further north) Republican Doc Hastings has owned this district, since defeating freshman Congressman Jay Inslee for it 18 years ago. He fits the district perfectly.
US House District # 5: (Walla Walla, Spokane). Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a rising star in Congress, merits another term.
US House District #6: (Kitsap peninsula and Gig Harbor and most of Tacoma). Norm Dicks dominated this district for more than 35 years, before announcing his retirement this spring. Bill Driscoll, military veteran and business executive, would be a refreshing change.
US House District # 7: (Seattle, stretching north and south). Jim McDermott has pretty much owned this district since the Reagan era. That won't change as long as he wants the job. But just for fun, vote for Republican Ron Bemis, the best candidate he's faced in years.
US House District # 8: Dave Reichert's east King County district (winding into eastern Pierce county) now stretches over the Cascades to include Ellensberg, Wenatchee and Chelan. For the first time since succeeding Jennifer Dunn, Reichert will not have a close race this year.
US House District # 9: Adam Smith, a friend of mine, picks up some of the suburbs from Reichert, and has moved from Pierce to King County. He began political life as a genuine moderate, and still looks and talks like one. Alas, he votes like a party-line liberal, despite my best efforts. Jim Postma for Congress.
US House District # 10. (Olympia area east to Shelton and north past Ft. Lewis to Puyallup). This is Washington's brand new district, and it favors Denny Heck, a former legislator, Chief of Staff to Democratic Governor Booth Gardner, and the founder of TVW. But Republican Dick Muri, a popular and effective politician, would make a superb congressman, and he's earned a promotion with his work on the Pierce County Council.
Governor: Democrats have controlled this office since 1985. Time for a change: Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna.
Lt. Governor: The Lt. Governor presides over the state Senate, chairs the Rules Committee, and represents the State when the Governor is out of town. I've supported Democrat Brad Owen for years, but this year I may vote for his Republican challenger, former Majority Leader Bill Finkbeiner. I will announce my endorsement at the end of October.
Attorney General: Two King County Councilmen are facing each other for the job. Liberal Bob Ferguson from Seattle, and moderately conservative Reagan Dunn from east King County. Dunn has been endorsed by most prosecutors, most cops and 90% of the state's newspapers. I'm recommending Dunn, who I've known for nearly 30 years. This race will likely come down to the wire.
Secretary of State: This is one of the most important races on the ballot. The Secretary of State is responsible for registering and licensing state corporations and, most importantly, running and certifying elections in Washington state. What you want here is an honest umpire with experience in the field, which means you want Kim Wyman, Republican county auditor from Democratic Thurston County, who's been running elections for 20 years. Her opponent, Kathleen Drew, has an ideological agenda that includes same-day voter registration (an open opportunity for fraud), voter registration for 16-year olds, and a refusal to check the state voter rolls against the federal database of illegal immigrants.
State Auditor: One of Washington's most popular politicians, Democrat Brian Sonntag, is leaving after spotlighting government inefficiency and waste for the past 20 years. To continue Sonntag's legacy, elect Republican James Watkins, who has a wealth of auditing and finance experience. His opponent is a walking ethical train wreck.
Commissioner of Public Lands: Incumbent Democrat Peter Goldmark has earned a rest even though he doesn't want one. Go with Republican challenger Clint Didier.
State Treasurer: The person responsible for keeping the state's money on a sound financial footing is incumbent Democrat Jim McIntire, who has done a stellar job, earning accolades from both sides of the political aisle.
Insurance Commissioner: This job really requires an expert in the world of insurance. Unfortunately, insurance salespeople usually make lousy politicians, so politicians get the job, which is why Mike Kriedler, a big fan of Obamacare, has the job. That reason alone justifies a vote for challenger John Adams.
Superintendent of Public Instruction: This job is largely administrative, though it provides a bully pulpit for someone to crusade for education reform. Incumbent Randy Dorn is headed for easy re-election, but he would leave a much richer legacy if he was a supporter of education reform rather than an obstacle.
State Supreme Court
There is only one contested position:
State Supreme Court (Position 9) : I was one of the few who endorsed Richard Sanders when he stunned the legal establishment and won a spot on the high court back in 1995. When it comes to property rights and Second Amendment rights, he's been superb, but the one issue where we've clashed is crime, where I'm conservative and Richard is liberal. However, his opponent, Sheryl McCloud is no better on the crime issue and may actually be worse. I'm heading back home: Richard Sanders for Supreme Court.
STATE BALLOT MEASURES
Initiative 1185 requires a 2/3 increase of the legislature or voter approval. YES!
Initiative 1240 authorizes up to 40 public charter schools throughout the state. This idea is at least a decade overdue. YES !
Referendum 74 allows same-sex couples to marry. I have been impressed with the campaign to pass 74, and my libertarian impulses make a "yes" vote tempting. But here in Washington, we already have civil unions for gay couples, and under existing law same sex couples also enjoy the same rights, privileges and responsibilities of opposite-sex couples. It is reasonable for the definition of the word "marriage" to apply for unions joining together two opposites - a man and a woman. No on R-74.
Initiative 502 would legalize, license and regulate marijuana for people over 21. What's the practical effect of this law? I'm guessing when you remove the legal stigma of a produce, make it more accessible by mainstreaming its distribution and lower its cost, more people will smoke it. Someone please tell me why that is a good idea. No! on 502.
SJR 8221, a technical amendment to the State Consitution, would slowly draw down the debt limit percentage. It's a mild step, but one in the right direction, which is unusual in Olympia. Yes on SJR 8221
SJR 8223, another amendment to the State Constitution, allows the UW and WSU to have more flexibility in investing specified public funds, as authorized by the legislature. It's basically a way to allow these institutions to earn a greater return on their investments, rather than raising money through double digit increases in tuition year after year. Yes on SJR 8223
Advisory Vote of the People # 1, restoring a tax deduction for banks that the legislature eliminated. Keep in mind that your vote here is advisory, meaning completely non-binding. But just to let them know that when we said no to raising taxes or the cost of doing business, feel free to vote NO.
Advisory Vote of the People # 2, cancelling a tax on oil products that the legislature extended when it was supposed to expire. Again, it's just advisory, but Olympia needs to know that a "temporary" tax is supposed to be just that: temporary.