November 09, 2005
Hey, I found a pony!
It was in Snohomish County.
In the past few elections, when Democrats on the national level have gotten shellacked, they have looked to the lower level elections to soothe themselves. Now, it's my turn. Yesterday was unequivocally a bad day for Snohomish County Republicans, and thus a bad one for the county in general, if you ask me. Losing the County Council to the Democrats means we're in line for tax hikes, land grabs and who knows what else. But there is something of a silver lining, if you glance down the ballot a bit.
First off, there's the Charter Review Commission. Things didn't go as well for Republicans as they should have. Three commissioners were elected from each council district, and unfortunately, more than three Republicans ran in two of the districts, diluting the Republican vote and meaning fewer were elected than could have been. Even so, the GOP-endorsed candidates did quite well, especially when compared to the Democrat-endorsed ones. Six Republican-endorsed candidates are taking commissioner spots, compared to only three Democrat-endorsed ones. (Results are here, in PDF format, because the Snohomish County Website, despite going down yesterday, is apparently trying to increase their bandwith even further). This gives Republicans 40% of the commission, to 20% Democrats and 40% people not endorsed by either party. Not too shabby. (Congrats, in particular, to friend Eric Earling.)
City Council races went even better for Republicans. 13 of 16 Republican endorsed county council candidates are winning their race, nine of them with actual opponents. Of the three who are losing, two of them are doing so by barely 100 votes or less. Additionally, both Republican candidates up against Democrat opponents won their race. Democrats endorsed fewer candidates, and have stricter rules about who they endorse (they didn't endorse Mark Smith, who was clearly a Democrat--and won his Lynnwood City Council race), so you would think that they would do better, percentage-wise. But that is not the case. Only two of six endorsed Democrats in contested races won. Even including unopposed races, only 50% of them won.
This hardly makes last night a good night for Republicans. But it eases the sting quite a bit. It says good things about the clout of the county party, and implies that it's doing a good job of building a "bench." And that's something.
Additionally, though it's not in Snohomish County, I would be remiss in not mentioning another bright spot. Randy Eastwood served admirably as the GOP's sacrificial lamb against Congressman Jay Inslee last year. Yesterday he demolished his opponent in his race for Kenmore City Council. I suspect that's not the last we'll hear from him. Congrats, Randy.
(Cross posted at The Flag of the World.)
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Posted by Timothy Goddard at November 09, 2005
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1. ..and getting performance audits was a good one, too. For once, the private sector folks won't be the only ones forced to participate in random audits by state workers.
2. The funny thing about that is that 900 was the most popular initiative in Snohomish County. Moreso than even the smoking ban, which is surprising.
3. Thanks very much for the pony joke! Although I am a huge fan of Ronald Reagan, I hadn't heard it before and I printed it out for hubby and e-mailed it to my kids. We have horses and they will definately see the humor in this.
In the climate of Gregoire, I fear the only thing performance audits will do is identify stupid expenditures, so she can then allocate that money to other stupid expenditure, like her 20 million dollare legal lapse, or Ron Sims 40 mil non working computer system.
Even with a Billion dollars in surplus this year, she can't see to give back anything to the taxpayers of this state.
RWR found enough ponies to turn the US ecomony 180%, and dismantle the Soviet Union.
Their are still plenty of ponies to change course in Washington.
I enjoy riding my bike….
Just hard to justify using GasTax to pay for that privilege.
When are the FREELOADING bikers going to start paying for their roads???? How do we charge them???
I got it…..$1000 license tabs!!!!!!
Nope, that’s not enough to pay for these Progressive dreams….
Let’s see, GasTax pays for roads for cars. That makes sense….it’s just a matter of how much is fair and accountability for the WSDOT.
But Bikers are getting a FREE-RIDE!
How fair is that?
Perhaps we could put a surcharge on ALL bikes purchased, all Bike Parts etc. About a 100% tax would be fair….don’t you think?
Bike lanes are fine—–it’s just that Bikers ought to pay!
Part of the WSDOT dilemma is the "Progressive Lobby" that is constantly at the GasTax trough demanding bike lanes, money for bad artists etc.
Maybe we need a $1000 Bike Tax Fee Initiative????
I'm still trying to obtain the results of the Koster/Smith race...
As for "finding a pony", thanks for the comedy inspired by Ronald Reagan. In these trying times, it's nice to take a look back at how others have mounted the challenge.
Just exactly what was a half million dollars of donation to Sax and Koster spent on. 4000 signs don't cost much. I didn't receive any literature.
Hopefully, this was a wakeup call.
Even with all the developers' money, you still need grassroots.
9. Speaking of former candidates in Sno-Co, I'd like to congradulate Josh Freed, who ran two exceptionally close, but ultimately losing races for State Leg in the first district, who was just elected to Bothell City Council.
And upon further examination, I'd also like to congratulate former State Rep and Congressional Candidate Joe Marine in being elected Mayor of Mucklteo.
Oh, and one final thing:
My dad lives in Lynnwood, and his name is Mark Smith. Unlike the Howard Dean clone of the same name we just elected to city council, he's a solid conservative. So, if you see a friendly seeming tall guy with a funny mustache in his mid 50's walking around Lynnwood named Mark Smith, give him a pat on the back, not an evil eye. :)