August 28, 2006
Ward of the State

Greetings folks,

I will be posting some entries here at Sound Politics on a somewhat frequent (or infrequent) basis.
About two weeks ago I asked Stefan, during the KCGOP picnic, if I could contribute some entries. I can't thank him enough for saying yes.
Now that I've got the keys to the family station, so to speak, I can say that I'm really excited to be writing here. I can't wait to see how many horses are under the hood of this Ford Country Squire and to see how it handles on the "Deadman's Curve" that is the local political scene.

A little about myself. I'm a native Washingtonian, which means something. I've been a newspaper reporter for seven years and have edited several community papers in our area. Some of you are probably familiar with my remarks in our comment thread as "Reporterward". I'll be keeping that handle when I reply since it's my hotmail address and there aren't too many of me out there.

Just like most of you, I became aware of Sound Politics during the 2004 Recount debacle. While I was on the front lines at the King County recount facilities, I was almost always impressed with how Stefan was able to distill the vagaries and complexities of that period into a readable and readily accessible format.

I hope to do the same.

Posted by DonWard at August 28, 2006 11:24 PM | Email This
1. WELCOME! Looking forward to your contributions

Posted by: Susu on August 29, 2006 08:15 AM
2. Cool!

Posted by: katomar on August 29, 2006 08:50 AM
3. Welcome Don!

You're dating yourself with that Ford Country Squire reference. But then who am I to talk? I have a Fairlane.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on August 29, 2006 09:11 AM
4. great--welcome!

Posted by: Jimmie-howya-doin on August 29, 2006 09:33 AM
5. "We'll leave the lights on for ya" Welcome to the "Truth Hotel"

Posted by: GS on August 29, 2006 10:56 AM
6. Well . . . (arms crossed, foot tapping on floor) I'm waiting.

Posted by: G Jiggy on August 29, 2006 12:02 PM
7. Welcome Don. I'm pretty much a newbie and don't know much about you, but I look forward to learning your thoughts, particularly about KC government--Elections most immediately.

Insiders can tell you KCE is gearing up to conduct another memorable election season with several 'mistakes' under their belts already--more to come! Our venerable Executive even planned for the event by placing a sacrificial lamb in the Acting-Director's seat to deflect the arrows when they start to fly.

If Mr. Sims wants to be responsible for filling the leadership positions in county government, he should also to be held accountable for the performance of the people he appoints.

I'm wondering if you or anybody else in here has some thoughts on how to make sure the criticism that's certain to erupt is pointed directly at Sims where it rightly belongs and not squandered by targeting the skeleton crew of hapless victims down there trying to keep Elections afloat?

Something beyond preaching to the choir might be helpful.

Posted by: iyq2 on August 29, 2006 01:25 PM
8. Congrats Don! Now we'll have something additional to talk about when we meet up next ;0)

Posted by: Patrick on August 30, 2006 11:33 AM
9. I'll again be happy to have your back should any militant RWs show up to slander you now that you're high profile.

Posted by: Full Contact Politics on August 30, 2006 01:22 PM
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