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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Democrats nix NASCAR speedway in Kitsap

Is this the first step in choosing up sides? According to the Kitsap Sun, the Democratic Party's Central Committee has resolved to oppose public financing of construction costs for a NASCAR speedway in Kitsap County.

As noted earlier, a key Democrat, Senator Prentice, has vowed that the proposal will not get past her Senate Ways & Means Committee.

Is there a GOP position on this issue? Not that I've seen.

Kitsap County Commissioner Jan Angel (R-South Kitsap) appears to favor the proposal until shown that it is not good for Kitsap County.

Her colleague, Commissioner Patty Lent (R-Central Kitsap) signed the Kitsap Regional Economic Development Council's "Green Flag" proposal to the NASCAR folks in the spring of 2004, but that wasn't supposed to be made public. Now that things are out in the open, and the NASCAR folks have postponed until 2007 their push for legislative approval, "Swing-Vote Patty" reportedly stated she is relieved that she won't have to take a position on the issue prior to this year's general election.

If this isn't an issue on which candidates and parties ought to take sides and inform the voters of their leanings before the primary and general elections, what is?


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