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Election Reaction from Some Key Washington Organizations

November 6, 2008

Seattle, WA - So far, this week's election has included plenty of drama and some down-to-the-wire results in a few key Washington State races. AARP got involved in the national political races early in 2008, launching its "Divided We Fail" campaign to get candidates thinking beyond party lines about health care and financial security for all Americans. And the strategy worked, according to Jason Erskine of AARP Washington.

"The country is looking for leadership to break through the partisan gridlock and to get things done. Our problems, especially with regard to health and financial security, are too big for one party to handle on their own -- they require the ideas and support from both sides of the aisle."

"Divided We Fail" was not just a pre-election effort, Erskine adds. Its advocates will continue into the new year to press Congress for results.

State workers were anxious to see who their boss will be for the next two years. Tim Welch of the Washington Federation of State Employees says his group had no problem getting volunteers this year, and in fact more people who had never been part of a campaign signed up to make calls and knock on doors.

"They had more confidence that, with Obama and Gregoire in office, we'll be able to manage this deficit and the harsh economic times, and not see the budget just cut with a 'meat-axe' approach. So we're hopeful that state employees won't face cuts in their programs, and won't face huge layoffs."

Welch says Gregoire has been a tough negotiator in contract talks, but state employees consider her fair and open to new ideas.

Conservation groups pushed for and won the defeat of Initiative 985, which they said would divert tax dollars from other priorities for transportation. They also lobbied hard for Proposition 1, to expand light rail in the Puget Sound area. Michael O'Brien, president of the Sierra Club Cascade Chapter, is pleased that voters agreed on both counts.

"I think there was a mandate, but it wasn't a mandate for a specific party or a specific ideology. It was really a mandate that we want common-sense solutions that address our problems -- and two of the big problems in Washington State are transportation and global warming."

All groups say the Washington Legislature should take voters' mandates and other messages to heart when it convenes in mid-January.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA