KCTS 9 Connects/Gubernatorial Debate Recap - October 5, 2012

CNX: Gubernatorial Debate Recap 10/5/12
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Gubernatorial Debate Recap

We present a re-cap of the Gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna at the Yakima Convention Center. Our Insiders Roundtable analyzes the candidates' performance and the potential impact in the tight race for Governor.

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We present a re-cap of the Gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna at the Yakima Convention Center. Our Insiders Roundtable analyzes the candidates' performance and the potential impact in the tight race for Governor. Plus, we discuss the King County Sheriff's debate – Steve Strachan, appointed to the post earlier this year, debates his challenger, retired King County Sergeant John Urquhart. We'll also hear from Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and author Hedrick Smith about his new book "Who Stole the American Dream." And FRONTLINE senior producer Mike Kirk previews The Choice 2012, the definitive documentary portrait of the Presidential candidates scheduled to air October 9th at 9 pm on KCTS 9.

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Gubernatorial Debate held October 2, 2012
Full interview with Mike Kirk

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10/06/12

John Urquhart loves to spin. In this debate he says he never said that the DOJ is going to investigate. Yet, the Seattle Times reports,

During an interview with The Times on Monday, Urquhart said that he had heard that the Department of Justice plans to investigate the King County Sheriff’s Office for the way it investigates use-of-force complaints against deputies.
Seattle Times - October 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

John Urquhart also says that he was never disciplined, yet there is a performance plan after on 14 months as a first-line supervisor following a "Major" IIU investigation. He had a habit of publicly ridiculing officers for minor mistakes and called it training. That investigation resulted in John's transfer out of a position that required any supervisory responsibilities by his buddy Reichert.

Anne Kirkpatrick has a similar leadership style. In 2010 and 2012 she received a no-confidence vote by the Spokane Police Officer Guild. She is solely responsible for the incumbent Mayor not being reelected. But she does have experience with the DOJ. After 5 years on the job, the DOJ came into investigate officer's Use of Force. Author Larry Shook calls former Chief Kirkpatrick, "America's Most Dangerous Cop."

This is an easy choice. Strachan has strong ties with the community as a past President of the Kent Rotary, he has a proven track record of crime reduction during his 5 years in Kent. He is active in the Kent Youth Board and a Board Member of the King County United Way. He has strong relationships with his deputies and with the King County Leadership. Strachan is the only choice for King County Sheriff.

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