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Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

KVI hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur are 0 for 3 in their 2017 “contests that matter”

Last week, prior to Election Day, right wing talk show hosts Kirby Wilbur and John Carlson (both longtime fixtures on KVI who also have served the Washington State Republican Party in different capacities) released a podcast in which they discussed their key picks for the 2017 local elections.

The pair chose to focus on three contests in particular, describing them as “three contests that make a difference.” They pushed for a NO vote on King County Proposition #1 (and had the temerity to call the proposed increase in our Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy “greed”), called for the election of Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund in the 45th Legislative District, and urged Seattleites to fire Pete Holmes and replace him with opponent Scott Lindsay.

The initial results are now in, and it looks John and Kirby’s picks will all lose.

  • Voters in King County are enthusiastically saying yes to Proposition #1, which renews and expands a levy that passed handily four years ago. Even the levy-averse Seattle Times editorial board called for the passage of the Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy, saying it was needed and effective. The Approved vote currently stands at a whopping 66.06%.
  • Voters in the 45th are decisively backing Democratic standard bearer Manka Dhingra in the special election to pick a successor to caretaker Dino Rossi. Dhingra has 55.42% of the vote so far and is on track to win. As a result, the Senate will be in Democratic hands as of the end of this month.
  • Voters in Seattle have resoundingly decided that incumbent City Attorney Pete Holmes should be returned to office for a third term. Holmes is having no trouble dispatching opponent Scott Lindsay. He has 72.35% of the vote, while Lindsay couldn’t crack 30%. He will continue to be the city’s chief legal officer even as the city gets its fourth new mayor in twelve years.

This is not the first time voters have disregarded the pair’s electoral advice.

In 2005, Wilbur and Carlson used their radio programs to spearhead a campaign to repeal the major funding component of the 2005 Transportation Package. That effort became Initiative 912. NPI vigorously opposed I-912 and worked with Keep Washington Rolling coalition partners across the state to defeat the measure.

Voters ultimately said no to I-912, handing then Governor Chris Gregoire a major victory and empowering WSDOT to embark on necessary projects large and small. Highway corridors in every corner of the state received safety improvements like cable medians, while megaprojects in Puget Sound moved forward.

The Evergreen Point Floating Bridge across Lake Washington has now been replaced with a modern, seismically safe structure and contractors have finished digging a new tunnel underneath downtown Seattle to separate State Route 99 from the city’s waterfront. It is due to open to motorists in 2019.

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