The Facts on Rossi

Read our reports on Rossiís record.


Dino Rossi may be better at selling his extremist record that John Carlson or Ellen Craswell - but that doesn't make him a moderate.
Don't be fooled by Rossi's slick politics; Just look at the record:

  2004 GOP Candiate Dino Rossi 2000 GOP Candiate John Carlson 1996 GOP Candiate Ellen Craswell
On Politics "Rossi is conservative on social issues" and has "links both to the religious right and the moderate Republican mainstream. - (Seattle Times, 4/1/04; 8/28/92) "Conservative commentator John Carlson, is . . . not a moderate, but heís smart enough to reach out to moderates." (AP, 5/20/00) Ellen Craswell was described as "a conservative allied to the religious right." (USA Today, 11/19/96)
On Choice Believes abortion should be outlawed for anything other than rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother. (Spokesman Review, 12/10/03) Believed abortion should be outlawed for anything other than rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. (Seattle PI, 9/15/00) Believed abortion should be legal only when the life of the mother is endangered. (Seattle Times, 7/14/96)
On the Budget and Taxes In 1992 Rossi said he was opposed to any taxes increases and supported contracting out government services to smaller businesses and privatizing such government functions as the prison system and liquor sales. (Seattle PI, 9/10/92) Wanted to phase out the state share of the property tax. (AP, 10/18/00) Wanted to cut the state budget by 15 percent in her first two years as governor, with a 30 percent cut her ultimate goal. (Seattle PI, 10/27/96)
On the Economy and Jobs Proclaimed that "all government can do is actually stifle growth and kill jobs." (Seattle PI, 5/19/04) Described as believing that "the best thing state government can do for rural Washington development is get out of the way." (Seattle PI, 10/9/00) Would close the stateís overseas trade development offices in Japan and Europe and leave economic development and tourism promotion efforts to the private sector. (Seattle PI, 10/27/96)
On the Environment Was described in 1996 as an "anti-Growth Act Republican...backed by eastside developers." (Seattle PI, 10/18/96) Wanted a "complete rewrite" of the Growth Management Act. (Spokesman Review, 11/2/00) Would have repealed the Growth Management Act. (Seattle PI, 10/27/96)
On the Health Care Opposed public efforts to control health care costs, favoring attempts to cut costs through free-market legal and tort reform. (Seattle Times, 9/8/92) Wanted to divide the state Department of Social and Health Services into several smaller agencies. (Associated Press, 10/17/00) Wanted to reduce the stateís provision of health care services and repeal all remnants of the 1993 health care reform bill. (Seattle PI, 5/30/96; 6/30/95)
On Education Rossiís 2003 budget overturned voter-approved initiatives to reduce class size and guarantee annual cost-of-living increases for teachers. His budget also cut funding for higher education by $131 million. (The Olympian, 6/5/03) Supported charter schools. Wanted to eliminate 4,000 management positions in state agencies to hire that many new teachers, including non-certified professionals from other fields. Wanted laws changed so disruptive students could be more easily expelled. (Spokesman Review, 11/2/00) Supported the privatization of public schools. (Seattle PI, 6/30/95)
On Children's Issues Rossiís Senate budget proposal would have eliminated health coverage for 40,000 low-income children. (Seattle PI, 4/2/03) Carlsonís think-tank "provided ammunition to defeat" the 1989 Childrenís Initiative that would have raised taxes to provide funding for early childhood education, smaller class sizes, child-abuse and drug education as well as family services. (Seattle Times, 12/6/95; AP, 11/8/89) Was the only vote against a 1989 bill that directed school districts to provide breakfasts for low-income students. (Seattle Times, 10/29/96)
On Civil Rights Supported I-200, which banned affirmative action at state agencies and universities. (Seattle Times, 10/18/00) Sponsored I-200, which banned affirmative action at state agencies and universities. (Spokesman Review, 1/16/00) Co-sponsored a 1986 measure to suspend an affirmative action policy established by executive order. (Seattle PI, 10/15/96)
Scorecard Was one of five state Senators to receive a 100% rating from the Washington Conservative Union in 2003. (http://www.washcon.org/index.php?c=2003ratings) N/A (received no rating) Was one of three state Senators to receive a 100% rating from the Washington Conservative Union in 1990 (PR Newswire, 10/30/90)