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Monday, November 3, 2008

Every vote counts for Gregoire

It's time to get that ballot in the mail or double check the location of your polling place. Let's make it a double play with Chris Gregoire beating Rossi by an impressive margin like Obama is on track to do tomorrow. Obama is counting on a like-minded leader in Washington state that will work with him for America's future.

Gregoire's fired up and ready to go!

If you saw the Seattle P-I's misleading headline today, take heart. Using poor methodology like claiming a probable 99 percent voter turnout in Republican counties, ignoring Rossi's low performance in the primary, and the fact that King County still offers poll voting, the P-I staff erroneously set expectations low for Gregoire.

But, and that's a big BUT, Washington learned the hard way that every vote counts and it only takes 133 votes to make a difference. Let's not be complacent. Your vote will make the difference between four more years of smart leadership or four to eight years of Bush-inspired politics.

Do we want to continue Governor Gregoire’s progress on access to healthcare for all, strong schools and a clean environment, or take a step backwards and embrace Dino Rossi’s “free market” healthcare system, cuts to education funding and denial of climate change?

What we’re talking about here is a difference between values. Chris Gregoire values the people of Washington. She believes in fairness, in opportunity and good government. She has stood with us, fighting for nuclear waste cleanup at Hanaford, reproductive rights for women and for healthcare for low-income kids. We can count on her to do what’s right.

Rossi’s values are less clear. His few proposals aren’t always based in reality or in sound numbers. His transportation plan takes money from education and isn't based on facts. His healthcare plan will actually reduce healthcare coverage and women should be concerned that on issues of women's health and reproductive rights, he is stuck in the past.

I'm a big believer in our governor and was excited to cast my vote early for her (and put an end to those annoying robocalls).

Be a part of history. Your vote is a civic right and privilege--use it.


Tomorrow, hard working volunteers will get a chance to share a few words with Chris. Governor Gregoire will be stopping by phone banks and canvass staging locations throughout Puget Sound and thanking our volunteers for their work. First Mike and Courtney Gregoire will be joining the governor at all events on Tuesday.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers
Where: 1310 Mercer Street , Seattle
When: 9 a.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers
Where: 240 Auburn Way South, Suite 1A , Auburn
When: 10:15 a.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers at Tacoma Headquarters
Where: 711 St. Helens Ave , Tacoma
When: 11:05 a.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers
Where: IBEW Hall Local 76, 3049 S. 36th, Tacoma
When: 12:15 p.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers
Where: 947 Powell Ave. SW , Renton
When: 2:00 p.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers
Where: 12443 Bel-Red Road , Bellevue
When: 3:00 p.m.

What: GOTV Visit @ 46th LD
Where: 11027 Meridian Ave N # 10 , Seattle
When: 4 p.m.

What: GOTV Meet & Greet with Volunteers at Campaign Headquarters
Where: 1310 Mercer Street , Seattle
When: 5 p.m.


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