Evan Smith: Seattle Times endorses Baker, Ryu and Kagi

Friday, July 30, 2010

Our Newspartner, The Seattle Times, has endorsed Republican David Baker and Democrat Cindy Ryu and Ruth Kagi for the three 32nd District legislative positions on the August primary ballot.

In a Friday morning editorial, the Times called Kenmore City Councilman and Mayor Baker “a solid choice to replace State Sen. Darlene Fairley, who did not seek re-election.” Fairley, a Democrat from Lake Forest Park, has served in the Senate since 1995.

Baker is running against Democratic State Rep. Maralyn Chase and former Democratic State Rep. Patty Butler.

The Times praised Baker for his political and budgetary skills and said that Olympia is ready for his purposeful and skeptical approach to government.

The Times said that Chase’s “combative, partisan reputation” would precede her if she moves from the House of Representatives to the Senate.

A Baker victory would make him the first Republican elected from the area since 1968 and the first male candidate from either party to carry the District since 1986.

The Times endorsed Democrat Ryu for the House seat that Chase is vacating, again citing her local government experience from four years on the Shoreline City Council, two as mayor, before losing a bid for re-election to the Council last fall.
Ryu is running against Democrat Doris Fujioka McConnell, who now serves on the Shoreline Council, and Republican Art Coday, a physician.

The Times noted that Democrat McConnell has a laudable civic résumé but called Republican Coday “a blank slate with voters.”

The Times called incumbent Democratic State Rep. Ruth Kagi “the only choice” for House Position 2. The Times said that Kagi, who chairs the House early learning and children's services committee, “is an outstanding legislator,” who “has developed respected expertise on issues related to the education and care of Washington's youngest citizens.”
“Her advice and leadership on tough budget choices, especially for the state's most vulnerable populations, could not be more timely or valuable,” the Times editorial board said.

The editorial said that Republican challenger Gary Gagliardi and Democrat Stan Lippmann “are not credible options.”

Legislative District 32 includes Shoreline, Lake Forest Park. Kenmore, Woodway, part of Edmonds and unincorporated areas of northwest King and southwest Snohomish counties.


Anonymous,  August 2, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

Isn't there a fair use policy that the Seattle Times uses for republishing their copyrighted material? If you are going to cut and past their story, why don't you just publish a link to their webpage instead of repeating it?

Evan Smith,  August 2, 2010 at 6:42 AM  

On posting copyrighted material --
• We can use Times stories, and the Times can use ours through a "news-partner" agreement.
• Without the agreement, copyright law would prevent me from publishing the Times' copyrighted work but not from quoting from the information or opinion. My quoting the Times' endorsement of Cindy Ryu as news is just like my quoting the news that Sen, Fairley had endorsed McConnell. While the Times owns the actual copyrighted work, it doesn't own the information in it.
• The doctrine of: "fair use" allows me to quote from a copyrighted work as long as I don't interfere with the Times' ability to profit from its worl and as long as I have a valid news or educational purpose.
• The doctrine of unfair competition would prevent me from presenting someone else's work as my own. The direct and indirect quotes from the Times with extensive attribution shows that I didn't do that.
• There's an accepted tradition of news organizations' reporting on other newspapers' endorsements.

Evan Smith,  August 2, 2010 at 7:24 AM  

Here's the link:

DKH August 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

The Seattle Times is our Newspartner, and encourages us to share their material. This often suits our purposes, so we are happy to do so. We always clearly name our sources.

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