"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Another debate (Inslee/McKenna)

For a hot debate – hotter than last night’s presidential – check out the Yakima contest a couple of days ago between the candidate for Washington governor, Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee.

The heat seemed a little more on McKenna, behind (narrowly) in most of the recent polls. At the Slog, Goldy contended that “McKenna’s at a huge disadvantage in this debate, because now he has to hold a microphone, which means he can only gesticulate with ONE hand. That’s half the gesticulation. And half the points.”

The zinger actually did come out to play, on both sides, and the question of who won tips largely to who you support to start with. But there seemed to be nothing that put away either candidate.

It seems like a hot race, the hottest big one in the Northwest. No cooling yet.

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