Index of entries from March 2005
March 31, 2005
Monorail is "junk"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:34 PM, 18 Comments
The Las Vegas Monorail saw its bonds lowered to junk status yesterday. Estimates based on numbers so far this year show the monorail have fallen $2.8 million below the $36.8 million in revenue the company budgeted for 2005. Despite "positive... [read more]

Economic Girlie-Man Op-Ed
by Seth Cooper, 12:46 PM, 53 Comments
Yesterday’s Seattle Times editorial page includes an op-ed by Floyd J. McKay, a journalism professor emeritus at Western Washington University. In it, McKay make the call for tax hikes. Sound Politics reader James Bennett brought the op-ed to my attention,... [read more]

The uneven hand of the INS
by Brian Crouch, 12:25 PM, 32 Comments
Yana Khrapko is a full-time student at Shoreline Community College, and works for Toward Tradition (Rabbi Daniel Lapin) part-time. If you’ve ever listened to Republican Radio (where Shark and Wayne Perryman regularly co-host) you've heard her: she’s an intern there... [read more]

Schools seek funding for Mission Impossible
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:20 AM, 39 Comments
Three dozen school district superintendents signed an open letter to legislators this month in which they asked for more education dollars to accomplish a mission they claim “has changed from providing universal access [to a quality education] to insuring universal... [read more]

Snohos
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:53 AM, 32 Comments
Snohomish High School suspended a teenager for wearing a "Snohos" T-shirt when Snohomish High senior Justin Patrick wore a T-shirt to school last month with the lettering "SNOHOS" across the front, it led to his suspension from school. School officials... [read more]

March 30, 2005
The canvassing board had to have known it certified a bunch of crap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:02 PM, 35 Comments
I don't know how many more smoking guns we need to show that King County officials certified the election even though they had to have known that something was seriously wrong. But here's another smoking gun. From a set of... [read more]

Seattle Weekly Editor Knute Berger Is Right
by Jim Miller, 01:30 PM, 6 Comments
At lunch, as I was finishing my teriyaki, I was startled to see that he had written an editorial making an argument about Seattle — that bad policy choices had driven children out of the city — that I had... [read more]

Rebuilding Public Trust
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:35 PM, 31 Comments
Dean Logan wrote this letter in response to King County Council Republicans' criticism of Ron Sims "State of the County" speech. His main points seem to be that (1) he really wants a new building for the elections department, and... [read more]

On Wisconsin
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 17 Comments
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported last week that The results of the Nov. 2 election in Milwaukee, now the subject of an investigation into possible voter fraud, were certified without any double-checking of the totals by the city or county panels... [read more]

Voting is not supposed to be on the "honor system"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 AM, 14 Comments
State law (RCW 29A.84.010) seems to make clear that county election officials have an obligation to report fraudulent registration and voting irregularities to the county prosecutor "without delay". Nevertheless, King County Elections doesn't seem to follow this law. It's consistent... [read more]

March 29, 2005
Legislators ignore voters
by Marsha Michaelis, 05:42 PM, 34 Comments
It seems Senate budget-writers didn't even attempt to follow the state's voter-approved spending limit (I-601) this year. (Um. Surprise?) In response to the question "what I-601 spending limit does the Senate budget assume for 2005-07?" a Senate Ways and Means... [read more]

And he claims to have access to Speaker Chopp
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 AM, 54 Comments
KING 5 has a video update on Alan Martin, the disbarred lawyer/convicted felon/Democrat campaign consultant who voted in Thurston County in November. As the report reveals, Martin was recently a paid campaign consultant to unsuccessful primary candidate Margaret Holm, the... [read more]

March 28, 2005
Election Reform Town Hall Meetings
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 PM, 17 Comments
The big event this week is King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson's town hall meeting with Dean Logan and Sam Reed this Thursday 7:00-9:00 p.m., Kent City Hall, 220 4th Ave S. I'll be there. Please e-mail me if you plan... [read more]

Canvassing Board Tapes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 PM, 8 Comments
I want to get back to this issue which was briefly discussed a couple of weeks ago -- King County agreed to release all recordings of the post-election canvassing board meetings -- a total of 7 audio tapes (90 min.... [read more]

Murder in Seattle Park: Blockwatch Anyone?
by P. Scott Cummins, 08:56 PM, 30 Comments
This SeaTimes article on a murder at Othello Playground provides chilling insight regarding Mayor Nickels’ machine approach to public safety. Neighbors gathered last week to remember the victim, and express concern that the Seattle Police required twelve minutes to respond... [read more]

F-word
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 53 Comments
In spite of all the troubling irregularities that keep surfacing about King County's handling of the November election, I've been reluctant to allege that county officials committed fraud. Certainly I've never seen evidence of, say, actual ballot stuffing. But in... [read more]

Payroll Protection
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:47 AM, 68 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that the BIAW is contemplating a pro-worker initiative that would end the compulsory taking of union dues from employees who would rather not pay them. Naturally, organized labor, which would lose the legal sanction of its... [read more]

That's Harsh
by Jim Miller, 06:00 AM, 24 Comments
The Seattle PI's Thomas Shapley adds a little dig at the end of this paragraph. It's been known for some time that hopes for expanding [Washington] state civil rights law protection to include gays and lesbians could hinge on the... [read more]

March 27, 2005
Wal-Mart in Snohomish County
by Timothy Goddard, 09:39 PM, 63 Comments
Wal-Mart is typically Matt's beat, but this rather good article about Wal-Mart in the Everett Herald caught my attention. It's nicely balanced, getting quotes from the usual anti-Wal-Mart suspects--the grumpy union member, the jealous competitors (who are getting their tails... [read more]

Cascade County Committee
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 15 Comments
The Cascade County Committee, working to form a new county in what is now suburban and rural King County, separate from Seattle, now has a website.... [read more]

SPARK!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:08 PM, 11 Comments
The King County GOP has just started an initiative called SPARK: Savvy People Advancing Republicans in King County As President Bush said in his State of the Union Speech “it only takes a spark to light the flame of freedom.”... [read more]

Kathy Lambert Campaign Kick-off
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 PM, 2 Comments
King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert is having a re-election campaign kick-off breakfast: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at 7:30 AM at the Double Tree Hotel in Bellevue. Attorney General Rob McKenna will be the keynote speaker. Sign-up details here... [read more]

March 26, 2005
Schools - Seattle plus - Federal Way minus minus
by Ron Hebron, 03:33 PM, 20 Comments
Plus - Seattle Seattle Education Association VP Patricia Robertson Thursday faces the budget realities and agrees it is time to close some underenrolled schools. Seattle school enrollment is 55 per cent of the 1970s, but 80% of the facilities are... [read more]

Seattle Schools Ignored Death Threat: Price Tag=$250K
by Matt Rosenberg, 03:22 PM, 10 Comments
....And a Roosevelt High School student dead, leaving an anguished mother. But let me back up a minute. As a Seattle resident and parent of two young children, I had hoped to send my kids to Seattle Public Schools; even... [read more]

March 25, 2005
How ironic
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 50 Comments
Buried in the Democrats' filing for today's hearing [large PDF] is this tidbit, complaining about King County Elections' lack of response to the Democrats' document requests: [Hamilton Declaration p. 5, #9] After the filing and scrutiny associated with this election,... [read more]

Seattle Liberal Windbags Bollix Rally
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:13 PM, 12 Comments
Seattle anti-war protestors who organized last Saturday's action on the two-year anniversary of our invasion of Iraq get an earful from one participant in this week's "I Anonymous," courtesy of Seattle's alternative alternative weekly, The Stranger. ....when I show up... [read more]

Cloning bill continues its mad science march through the state legislature
by Seth Cooper, 04:39 PM, 17 Comments
Sweeping legislation promoting human cloning—in the guise of House Bill 1268—will once again go before the Senate Labor, Commerce, Research & Development Committee on Monday, March 28 (subject to change, according to state’s summary page). This bill will certainly be... [read more]

More Weird Numbers That Just Don't Add Up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:28 PM, 21 Comments
Among the exhibits in the Democrats' brief for today's election contest hearing is the "Provisional Ballot Summary Report" that was presented to the canvassing board for certifying the first count on November 17. Compare November's "Final Report" with the... [read more]

FLASH: Election Contest Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 16 Comments
State GOP Chairman Chris Vance just posted the following comment on an earlier post regarding today's court hearing: The judge set the depositions [of Dean Logan and Bill Huennekens] for the week of April 18. He will hold a... [read more]

Stonewall Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 AM, 11 Comments
There's a hearing (by conference call) in the election contest today where Judge Bridges is considering briefs on the schedule for deposing Dean Logan and Bill Huennekens. Some briefs that were filed for today's hearing (links at the end of... [read more]

Competition Between Newspapers
by Jim Miller, 09:13 AM, 36 Comments
I love it, which is unfortunate, because it has become rarer as the number of newspapers has decreased, and as many of the survivors entered into joint operating agreements.  So it was a pleasure to see this Bruce Ramsey column... [read more]

March 24, 2005
Election Results
by Andy MacDonald, 10:45 PM, 12 Comments
Here are the results from Tuesday's King Conservation District commissioner election:Richard Gelb 235 Darlene Madenwald 77 Write in (Ross Loudenback) 169 Other 1 Given that the Loudenback candidacy was a write in with little publicity, he did rather well. Of... [read more]

The Sorcerer's Apprentice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:37 PM, 19 Comments
Recall that King County discovered and counted 226 brand new absentee ballots during the machine and manual recounts and for which there has never been an adequate explanation. Where could these mysterious ballots have come from? Credible reports point to... [read more]

Stranger things have happened
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:39 PM, 32 Comments
This week's column in The Stranger is up! So are letters to the editor. One reader likes me: SHARKANSKY IS TOPS EDITOR: Thanks for adding a new voice to The Stranger in the Sound Bite column. It takes editorial courage,... [read more]

Did King County illegally count its provisional ballots?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 24 Comments
News releases from King County Elections in November suggest that the county prematurely counted provisional ballots in violation of state election rules. See, for example, this announcement of Nov. 10 King County Elections today counted 20,839 ballots, which includes 1,978... [read more]

Follow-up on Vet letter
by Brian Crouch, 11:57 AM, 21 Comments
We recently reprinted a letter from combat veteran Maj. Terry Thomas, USMCR (Vet Strikes Back.) What follows are two response letters from Principal Susan Dersé of West Seattle High. UPDATE: At bottom is also a letter from the School board.... [read more]

Selective application of the law
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 23 Comments
Dean Logan and most of the Democrats on the King County Council (e.g.: Julia Patterson) have been saying things to the effect that anybody who fills out a voter registration form has to be accepted as a registered voter, with... [read more]

Election Reform Town Hall Meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:08 AM, 12 Comments
King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson is holding an "Election Reform Town Hall Meeting" featuring herself, Dean Logan and Secretary of State Sam Reed.Thursday, March 31 7:00-9:00 p.m. Kent City Hall, 220 4th Ave S.“The integrity of the elections process is... [read more]

March 23, 2005
Don't bank on these elections
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:41 PM, 32 Comments
I'm pulling this post due to questions about the factual accuracy of some of the statements. I apologize for the inconvenience. -- MR... [read more]

Gregoire's unsustainable budget
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:30 PM, 19 Comments
Bob Williams has been reading the state budget for decades. He says Gregoire's proposed budget (released Monday) is "the worst he's ever seen." Maybe it's because she wants to increase funding for her own office, Commissions on Horse Racing, African-American... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Mystery Deepens
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:15 PM, 19 Comments
More numbers released by King County Elections that don't add up. This is yet another indication that the discrepancy of 780 more absentee ballots counted than absentee voters may well be attributable to bogus ballots and also that King County... [read more]

Latest Poll Results
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:34 PM, 38 Comments
A brand new poll from Strategic Vision: The poll found that a 56% of respondents believe Republican Dino Rossi was the actual winner of November's election; 36% believe Democrat Christine Gregoire was the winner; and 8% were undecided. However, only... [read more]

The Felon Vote
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 24 Comments
Not all felon voters are violent criminals. Some of them are Democrat activists. A disbarred attorney with a long history on both sides of the law and politics is now among those being investigated for casting an illegal vote because... [read more]

Gregoire's Budget Proposal Weak, Timid
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:51 AM, 23 Comments
The proposed two-year, $25.8 billion state budget unveiled by Washington's Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire is weak, timid and evasive. Befitting a defender of the status-quo, it fails to make significant cuts in government programs and spending. It merely delays, rather... [read more]

If tax rises, will smokers quit or buy elsewhere?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 33 Comments
So asks this Associated Press article about former Attorney General Gregoire's proposal to raise the cigarette tax. Of course smokers are free to both quit and buy elsewhere, which is why a cigarette tax isn't a very reliable way to... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Mystery
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 8 Comments
Another interesting tidbit related to the mystery of King County's 780 absentee ballots counted in excess of absentee voters. Prior to the first certification, the county issued daily reports with the running totals of absentee ballots counted. The last such... [read more]

March 22, 2005
Presenting SnoCoGOP.com
by Timothy Goddard, 07:06 PM, 6 Comments
Are you a Puget Sound Republican who has been annoyed that your local party hasn't been making full use of the wonderful tool that is the Internet? Well, fret no longer--if you live in Snohomish County, that is. Presenting SnoCoGOP.com,... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Audit Trail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:54 PM, 16 Comments
Now that King County's "Big Binder" has shown that the county's reconciliation of polling place ballots is an irreconciliable mess, the next thing to look at is the groaning discrepancy in absentee ballots, which the latest numbers put at 780... [read more]

Pork Barrel Business Park
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:22 PM, 14 Comments
The Tulalip tribe's Quil Ceda Village Business Park, a combination casino/shopping mall, may be getting a $2 million annual cut of state sales tax revenue, diverted from Snohomish County, courtesy of the Democrat-controlled state legislature. Quil Ceda Village asserts its... [read more]

An irreconcilable mess
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:24 PM, 16 Comments
After going through the "Big Binder" and summary documents and poring over dozens of poll books, my conclusion is that the polling place ballots are an irreconcilable mess. I've created this spreadsheet to summarize the Binder documents [see the extended... [read more]

URGENT! Election Today
by Andy MacDonald, 01:59 PM, 24 Comments
I bet you didn't know there is an election today. There is: The King Conservation District is holding an election for its Board of Supervisors. I spoke with District Co-Coordinator Geoff Reed and got the following details: Every registered voter... [read more]

Cantwell Can't Find the Center on Bankruptcy Reform Bill
by Seth Cooper, 01:13 PM, 15 Comments
With the 2006 U.S. Senate race in Washington State predicted to be close, one would expect that Sen. Maria Cantwell would try to firmly position herself as a centrist. However, with her vote against much-needed bipartisan bankruptcy reform, she is... [read more]

The P-I's Dream World
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:56 PM, 9 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer proffers a fairly absurd Scripps Howard wire service story that plays to our local electorate's social engineering impulses. It hypes an urban planning professor's claim that easy parking is a social evil. (Mac Safari users click on... [read more]

"Front End Election Security"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 16 Comments
Here is another tale in "front end election security", as per Dean Logan State election laws address ballot security and accountability on the front end of the elections process - at the polls, in ballot counting centers and throughout the... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 38 Comments
The lawsuit challenging the Monorail Tax that we mentioned last month is approaching a hearing date. Today's Seattle Times reports that the Monorail considers the suit a serious threat -- "Lawsuit puts Monorail funding by bonds in doubt" Any delay... [read more]

Checking Signatures
by Jim Miller, 06:34 AM, 44 Comments
There's an entertaining thread at Slashdot on credit card signatures.   Clerks often fail at checking those signatures, as many of you probably know from your own experience. Read some of the examples and then consider this question: How do... [read more]

March 21, 2005
Dumb E-mails from Elected Officials - I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:54 PM, 35 Comments
Today we inaugurate an ongoing series where we'll be posting some of the dumb e-mails that elected officials send to their constituents. (We've posted a few such e-mails in the past. This howler from Rep. Jeanne Darneille is a classic)... [read more]

All Hail BLM's Mighty Kiosk
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:45 PM, 21 Comments
Today's Tri-Cities Herald (free reg. req.) appropriately takes to task the Spokane office of the federal Bureau of Land Management, for not maintaining public access to public lands. A property owner has blocked the private road leading into the Juniper... [read more]

Vet strikes back
by Brian Crouch, 12:36 PM, 71 Comments
As a follow-up to Matt Rosenberg's piece on the Vilification of the US Military at West Seattle High, what follows is a letter by Maj. Terry Thomas, USMC, written to the Seattle school board. It provides a first-hand account of... [read more]

Shrill and Inaccurate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:26 AM, 18 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims will give the 2005 Executive State of the County Address to the Council today at 1:30. Watch on KCTV online (or Channel 22 on most King County cable systems) and post your live commentary! UPDATE:... [read more]

Who Benefits From Nonpartisan Elections?
by Jim Miller, 07:00 AM, 17 Comments
James Vesely, editorial page editor of the Seattle Times, wants to limit the influence of parties in elections. One way to get partisan politics out of public office is to force more candidates to run without party label. The idea... [read more]

The fiction of the "348 provisional ballots"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 AM, 24 Comments
Even back in January when King County Elections officials announced that they knew about "up to 348" unverified provisional ballots that went through the AccuVote machines, and later hedged in the February "comprehensive report", saying that "348 provisional ballots were... [read more]

March 20, 2005
All in the family
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:04 PM, 23 Comments
County auditors from around the state are again circling the wagons and, quite frankly, lying to the public in a shameless attempt to defend the mistakes made by King County Elections. This letter [look what my new scanner can do,... [read more]

I now have a working scanner
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:32 PM, 4 Comments
I finally got around to configuring the Xerox WorkCentre 390 Fax/Printer I've had for the last 5 years to work as a document scanner. Brace yourselves for an onslaught of public documents that were heretofore available only in hard copy.... [read more]

GOP HQ Attacked In Port Angeles
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:52 PM, 48 Comments
The Peninsula Daily News reports today that concrete blocks were tossed through the window of Clallam County GOP headquarters last week. County Republican Party Vice Chairman Fred Norton said...police told him someone had thrown what looked like sections of concrete... [read more]

March 19, 2005
Julia Patterson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 PM, 16 Comments
Christmas Ghost isn't favorably impressed with King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson.... [read more]

Your Tax Dollars At Work
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:38 PM, 31 Comments
Sorry, but this is just too priceless. I'm in downtown Seattle today and a King County Metro bus pulls up to a stop, bearing a billboard-style ad on the side from the King County Transportation Dept. - telling people to... [read more]

36th Dist. Dems Endorse Military Recruiting Ban at SCCC
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:49 AM, 36 Comments
The 36th District Democrats in Seattle have resolved to support free speech for campus groups AND the banning of military recruitment at Seattle Central Community College, where students shamefully chased off a recruiter during presidential Inauguration Day anti-festivities earlier this... [read more]

Democrats: Election was a mess, don't really know who won
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:32 AM, 25 Comments
In yesterday's P-I we learn that the Democrats aren't feeling very confident of Gregoire's margin of "victory" and are so desperate to increase it that they're trolling through the provisional ballots that King County rejected -- "Democrats still looking for... [read more]

March 18, 2005
Birthday Suit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:50 PM, 32 Comments
My report on this morning's hearing in the case of Sharkansky v. Reed --... [read more]

Persistent, pervasive and pernicious: the '100,000 Civilians Dead' Canard
by Brian Crouch, 04:44 PM, 50 Comments
Beware, Puget Sound, it's going to be one of those weekends. King 5: Saturday marks two years since the start of the war in Iraq, and anti-war protests are planned this weekend in Western Washington and all around the nation.Call... [read more]

Kennedy Warns Yelm Cult Of U.S. Fascists
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:34 AM, 64 Comments
Delivering a speech to Ramtha cult devotees in Yelm, Washington last week, Bush-bashing enviro Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said the current administration veers dangerously close to fascism. The Olympian reported: "The White House press corps has become stenographers for this... [read more]

Shrill and Inaccurate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 AM, 46 Comments
Ron "99.98% no make that 99.8%" Sims is complaining about "shrill and inaccurate" conservative Web sites. At least he didn't accuse those unnamed conservative web sites of lacking good hometraining.... [read more]

Credit where credit is due
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 AM, 10 Comments
People who are familiar with the elections process explain what probably caused King County Elections to count roughly 500 more absentee ballots than absentee voters credited. First, there is absolutely no way for there to be more absentee ballots counted... [read more]

March 17, 2005
"Continue Reading..."
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:37 PM, 7 Comments
We the Sound Politics contributors, in order to make the site easier to read, are going to try to split our longer posts into a short intro on the main page and the longer body on the "Continue reading..." section.... [read more]

Birthday Suit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:23 PM, 11 Comments
The first hearing in the case of Sharkansky v. Reed will be held before Judge Richard Hicks [scroll down] in Thurston County Superior Court, tomorrow, Friday, March 18, 2005. To recap, I'm suing the Secretary of State under the Public... [read more]

"Time for a new county executive"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:57 PM, 5 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is now up: "Time for a new county executive" And speaking of which, Republican candidate for County Executive, Councilman David Irons, Jr., is speaking at Monday's Downtown Seattle Republican Club dinner. More seating... [read more]

Election Contest Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:03 PM, 78 Comments
The Rossi campaign released this update todayAs you know, Washington state gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi filed an election contest in January. This memo will update you on what has happened in the past two months, and what we expect to... [read more]

A different kind of recall
by Marsha Michaelis, 03:42 PM, 3 Comments
I’m afraid I incorrectly reported the inflation-adjusted increases in OSPI’s total and per-pupil general fund education spending on my recently published Facts about Washington’s K-12 public schools. The correct ten-year (1994-2004) percentage increase in inflation-adjusted per-pupil spending is 12.9 percent.... [read more]

Performance Audit Initiative Kick-off Party
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:19 PM, 0 Comments
Mike Siegel is headlining an event Friday evening which is a combination 60th birthday party for Mike and kick-off for the Performance Audit Initiative campaign. I have a prior engagement that evening otherwise I would go. Sounds like a good... [read more]

Herbold For U.S. Senate?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:34 AM, 46 Comments
Washington State GOP chair Chris Vance tells The Olympian he thinks Dino Rossi will prevail in his court bid to overturn Democrat Christine Gregoire's narrow, disputed victory in the 2004 election for Governor, but if he doesn't, Rossi should challenge... [read more]

Proud leader of the smaller economy crowd
by Ron Hebron, 07:59 AM, 99 Comments
Senator Cantwell gained personal stature while she worked against economic development. She was in charge of the Democrat's latest opportunity to lose to President Bush, who they tell each other is not very smart. And Bush beat her. Good news.... [read more]

Provisionals were a much bigger problem in 2004 than in the past
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:01 AM, 48 Comments
Here are some files from the King County archives that illustrate how different the situation with provisional ballots was in 2004 vs. the 3 general elections before Dean Logan came on board. 1) "Special Ballot Summary Reports" (provisional ballots used... [read more]

March 16, 2005
Churchill Controversy Dogs EWU Prez
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:19 PM, 17 Comments
Despite the best efforts of Eastern Washington University President Stephen Jordan, Ward "Little Eichmanns" Churchill is coming to town. And get this: an EWU history teacher agrees with Churchill's assessment that America had 9/11 coming, telling Jordan in writing that... [read more]

927 Unverified Provisionals
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 PM, 56 Comments
As best as I can tell, the number of unverified provisional ballots that went through the Accuvote machines in King County was about 927. I gather this from going through the Binder source documents and the companion "Notes file", which... [read more]

"The security is on the front end"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 AM, 8 Comments
Dean Logan, Sam Reed and our other underperforming election officials have been telling us for months now that the ballot/voter discrepancy shouldn't matter. There is no need to have accounting checks in place to ensure integrity because (from Logan's... [read more]

State legislature encourages election fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 36 Comments
The state legislature has passed two insane pieces of legislation that are advertised as "election reform", but in reality will serve to institutionalize and encourage election fraud: SB 5499 (bogus identification requirement and bogus reconciliation requirement) and HB 1754 (mandatory... [read more]

Vilification Of The U.S. Military At West Seattle High
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:32 AM, 38 Comments
Interviewing Iraq vet and Seattle-ite Terry Thomas yesterday morning on KVI-AM, Kirby Wilber highlighted the story of a horrendous, gross guerilla-theatre rehearsal reeking of anti-American, anti-military bias at West Seattle High School. The rehearsal was being staged, when into the... [read more]

Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 AM, 0 Comments
The special guest speaker at next Monday's (Mar. 21) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is King County Councilman David Irons, Jr., now the declared Republican candidate for County Executive. The event will be held at the College Club,... [read more]

How Can You Tell When A Local Democratic Official Is In The Wrong?
by Jim Miller, 07:23 AM, 17 Comments
They appear on the Dave Ross show.   All right that's unfair, but we can say that, if a local Democratic official is in the wrong, they will almost certainly appear on the Dave Ross show, where he will protect... [read more]

March 15, 2005
The non-citizen vote
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:53 PM, 51 Comments
The other day I reported that two non-citizens are confirmed to have voted in the November election and were since dropped from the voter rolls. I asked King County Elections to explain how these non-citizen voters came to their attention... [read more]

Reconciliation appears to be difficult by design
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:19 PM, 22 Comments
I've been going through the Binder documents and summary spreadsheets in an attempt to reconcile the ballot counts with the county's latest informatoin, but the information that has been provided almost seems as if it's designed to impede rather than... [read more]

Paul Robeson Award
by Andy MacDonald, 04:03 PM, 18 Comments
King County's homepage is highlighting the February 3rd presentation of the Paul Robeson Awards for outstanding scholar-athletes. Many pictures of smiling award recipients are featured. Given that Mr. Robeson died in 1976, most of the young recipients will not have... [read more]

Dean Logan: Atlanta Resident is a Seattle Resident
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:59 PM, 60 Comments
Dean Logan just issued a ruling on the voter registration challenge of Dr. Daniel Sosin of Atlanta, Georgia. Logan's ruling is here. The punchline: While the Challenger demonstrated that the Challenged Voter owns property in Atlanta, Georgia where he is... [read more]

Move To Gut Tax And Spending Limits Draws Fire
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:38 PM, 19 Comments
State Sen. Margarita Prentice (D-Renton) tells the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Senate Democrats are showing "boldness and guts" by pushing a bill to evade the 1993 voter-approved tax hike limits and spending limits of Initiative 601. Washington state Substitute Senate Bill... [read more]

County Council Meeting Recap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 45 Comments
Here are the highlights from yesterday's County Council meeting featuring Dean Logan. * A Republican Councilmember speaking with me afterwords, called the meeting "orchestrated". Chairman Larry Phillips front-loaded the agenda with the less controversial issues, postponing the ballot/voter discrepancy to... [read more]

Can You See The Mistake
by Jim Miller, 11:31 AM, 33 Comments
In this argument? The statistics don't lie.  Projections for federal and state transportation funding between 2004 and 2013 show that King County will get back 84 cents on every dollar it provides for transportation funding, Pierce County will get only... [read more]

March 14, 2005
NINJA SCHOOLING WASHINGTON STATE'S CLONING SUPPORTERS
by Seth Cooper, 02:34 PM, 13 Comments
At Secondhand Smoke, Wesley J. Smith zeroes in on House Bill 1268—a bill promoting human cloning in Washington State. He ably exposes the disturbing implications of this legation. Some national attention had recently been given to the Senate’s version of... [read more]

Dean Login in the hot seat
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:13 AM, 128 Comments
Dean Logan will appear before the King County Council at 9:30am. I'll be there. You can also watch the proceedings on King County TV... [read more]

March 13, 2005
More Disclosure, Not Less
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:59 PM, 43 Comments
A big donnybrook continues to unfold over attempts to reinforce and strengthen state public disclosure law. The Olympian reports: Key Washington lawmakers say they are dropping language in a hotly contested public-disclosure bill that would have strengthened attorney-client privilege for... [read more]

Sex Discrimination at the University of Washington
by Jim Miller, 06:13 AM, 43 Comments
Professor Erin Pettit learned accidentally (she says) that some things just go better without guys around, so she set up a program that excluded them.  Judging by this sympathetic article, the New York Times approves entirely. Dr. Pettit, her long... [read more]

March 12, 2005
Irons Launches Challenge To King County Exec
by Matt Rosenberg, 03:47 PM, 39 Comments
The table in King County Executive Ron Sim's office is a big one, bigger than many boardroom tables, but there aren't enough people invited to sit there, share their views and work with Sims on pressing regional issues such as... [read more]

The "Big Binder" in the Big Media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:52 AM, 60 Comments
The Big Binder is not getting good press in today's Big Media. Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer debunked its earlier article on the discrepancy between ballots and voters in King County. P-I, Feb. 18: the number of ballots cast at each precinct... [read more]

Seattle School District's "Ward Churchill" Moment
by Brian Crouch, 08:17 AM, 28 Comments
Today Dan Sytman, on his morning show on Talk 770 KTTH, broke the story that the Aki Kurose Middle School in Rainier Valley invited rapper KRS-One to speak to kids earlier this week. You may remember when he said the... [read more]

Binder Snowjob
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:10 AM, 35 Comments
I think I figured out why King County was holding out for so long to release The Binder. They were creating a bunch of companion documents to "explain" the raw source documents to the public. The source documents in The... [read more]

March 11, 2005
Irons in the fire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 PM, 8 Comments
King County Councilman David Irons is scheduled to officially announce his campaign to challenge County Executive Ron Sims. Yesterday, on the eve of his formal announcement, Irons stopped short of declaring his candidacy, but just barely. I think that means... [read more]

Binder Bombshell
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:33 PM, 61 Comments
The "Big Binder" has finally been released. It confirms that the numbers don't nearly add up and that hundreds more unverified provisional ballots went into the ballot machines than previously acknowledged. The county's summary worksheets and explanatory documents try to... [read more]

Support Terry Thomas
by Andy MacDonald, 11:55 AM, 40 Comments
On Wednesday March 16 at 7pm, Town Hall in Seattle will host a panel discussion of veterans reflecting on the Iraq War: www.vetsforum.org. On the panel will be Terry Thomas, a former Marine major, veteran of Afganistan and Iraqi Freedom,... [read more]

Junk Statistics, Again
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:39 AM, 44 Comments
Seattle's social services Mafia are terribly enamored of "disproportionality" junk science, and usually the local print media falls for it, hard. You know the scam: blacks are X percent of the local population but comprise some significantly higher percentage of... [read more]

Flash: "The Binder" to be released this afternoon
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:29 AM, 24 Comments
King County Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan e-mails: Responsive documents for #5 of your Public Disclosure Request dated 2/22/05 will be available today. We'll have copies of the summary and "notes" spreadsheet and the polling place reconciliation binder available for purchase... [read more]

March 10, 2005
Bothell Regional Library
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:10 PM, 68 Comments
The Bothell Regional Library polling place counted a net 30 more ballots than voters. The election worker's note on this polling book cover explains what happened: 31 "no labels" went through Accuvote That's election official slang for "unverified provisionals were... [read more]

Reconciliation Documents "a complete mess"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:02 PM, 57 Comments
I just confirmed that the Republicans have received copies of precinct reconciliation reports by way of their discovery requests (some of what the Big Binder is supposed to contain). According to someone who's looked at them, the reports are a... [read more]

Truth Held Hostage: Day 12
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:48 PM, 13 Comments
I spent a good part of today at the King County Elections office looking at pollbooks. Oy, what a mess. More on this later. I also asked again to see The Infamous Binder with the precinct reconciliation reports. Still no... [read more]

The Pride Of Ollala
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:34 PM, 22 Comments
Living in West Seattle, I've been across the water to what's called the "West Sound" a lot - it bleeds partly into the "South Sound." All in all, a whole different, and beguiling part of Lesser Seattle. There are lots... [read more]

Retirement came too late
by Brian Crouch, 09:19 AM, 0 Comments
The opening sentence of this article by Rebecca Cook reveals quite a lot about the mindset at DSHS over the past few years:Washington state won't solve the problem of child abuse until it reduces the number of poor, single women... [read more]

Willkommen, Deutsche Lesern!
by Brian Crouch, 08:31 AM, 16 Comments
Auf schlechten Deutsch: in der Zeitung "Der Spiegel" heute ist ein Hyperlink zu unserem Blog: [In bad German: in the newspaper "The Mirror" today is a webbenlinken to our blog:] "Dieses Blog hat fast nichts von dem, was ein Blog... [read more]

March 09, 2005
Dean Logan will have a COW next Monday
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 PM, 6 Comments
Dean Logan's appearance before the King County Council "Committee-of-the-Whole" (COW) has been rescheduled to Monday, March 14 Time: 9:30am Location: King County Council Chambers Room 1001 King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Seattle.... [read more]

Dirty Old Man
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 PM, 29 Comments
86ed at 87: Frank Colacurcio Sr., the Seattle strip-club figure who has been in and out of prison for six decades, was sentenced to 90 days of home detention yesterday, this time for groping a waitress at Rick's strip club... [read more]

Stranger things have happened
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:33 PM, 35 Comments
Starting with the new issue, I'll be doing a (mostly) weekly column for The Stranger as the paper's token conservative. My column is called "Sound Bite" and the introductory column is headlined "Gregoire Is Not My Governor". The Stranger's website... [read more]

Just the Facts
by Marsha Michaelis, 04:35 PM, 42 Comments
The simple facts about Washington's K-12 public schools are dynamite. How much does it cost to educate a child for one year (or twelve)? How much do teachers earn? How many people get paychecks from the K-12 system? How are... [read more]

A Dog Of A Salutation
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:13 PM, 17 Comments
You may not have heard of Wayne Perryman, but he is an author, lecturer and Reverend, based in the Seattle area. He is black. And among many other things, he wrote the book "Unfounded Loyalty," explaining why the Democratic Party... [read more]

WEA hates Walmart more than it loves the children
by Marsha Michaelis, 11:59 AM, 57 Comments
The Washington Education Association (WEA) hates Walmart more than it loves the children. The teachers' union operates a $50,000-a-year charity called the Children's Fund from which teachers can claim reimbursements of up to $100 for the purchase of coats, hats,... [read more]

Secretary of State's Office comments on alien voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:27 AM, 36 Comments
The Secretary of State's office has publicly expressed dismay about what it says is incorrect information that has been aired about the election, including, in particular, what it characterizes as unproven claims about non-citizen voters. Now that I've seen what... [read more]

Truth Held Hostage: Day 11
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 AM, 19 Comments
On February 21 one of the drooling-fool blogs broke the story of the Big Binder and its precinct reconciliation reports: this binder and the poll books are sitting down there at KC Elections for anybody to inspect. And so I... [read more]

Wrong Kinda HotMail, Harry
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:14 AM, 18 Comments
OK, now I'm sure Harry Stonecipher deserved sacking as Boeing's CEO. He was just plain dumb. As the Seattle P-I also reports today, Harry sent a sexually explicit e-mail to his Boeing executive lover on the company's e-mail system. And... [read more]

The Larry Phillips Ballots Revisited
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 AM, 12 Comments
One of the biggest controversies of the election last year were the 720+ absentee ballots in King County that were ruled to have been improperly rejected by election officials because the voters' signatures were not in the computer database. As... [read more]

March 08, 2005
Non-citizens voted in King County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:20 PM, 82 Comments
At least two non-citizens voted in King County in November, according to county records. Chun C Chen of 7th Ave NE, Seattle and Ming Y Anderson of 6th Ave S, Seattle are listed in the Dec. 29 and Jan. 7... [read more]

We Won't Investigate The Election
by Jim Miller, 05:18 PM, 34 Comments
And you shouldn't either.  Like Stefan Sharkansky, just below, I found the message in this Seattle Times editorial appalling.  The wrong person now sits in the governor's mansion in Olympia.  There is strong evidence for fraud and mismanagement even in... [read more]

Public peace, health and safety
by Marsha Michaelis, 04:52 PM, 9 Comments
Legislators in Olympia have declared a number of bills "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions." Bills passed with this emergency clause take effect... [read more]

Political sleaze hiding as a newspaper
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:23 PM, 41 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has one of its snottiest editorials ever. I'll bet Joni Balter had something to do with this: "Political sleaze hiding as a survey" Sleazy political tactics are no way to uncover errors in the governor's race. Joni... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:00 PM, 22 Comments
Here is the latest installment in what is now a regular feature here at Sound Politics -- The Washington State Democratic Party: Sewer of Corruption™ Episode III -- SEIU of Corruption, or Chopp SEIU. "Speaker of the House reroutes union-backed... [read more]

An untapped resource
by Brian Crouch, 11:52 AM, 16 Comments
Relevant to Washington's gubernatorial mess... oops, I mean, model election, Frank J. of IMAO comments on the DNC push to enfranchise felons:Now, conservatives have been making statements against the effectiveness of gun control for a while, in the form of:... [read more]

Smoking Ban Initiative Gaining Steam
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:32 AM, 90 Comments
Backers of I-901, for a public indoor smoking ban in Washington state, are off to a strong start raising funds for signature gatherers, and for the public vote that's increasingly likely this fall. They've raised $150,000 so far, and even... [read more]

Truth held hostage: Day 10
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 AM, 31 Comments
King County Elections sent me a formal response to my public disclosure request late Monday afternoon. Some of the documents I requested will be available today. But the county says it will continue to conceal the most important information, the... [read more]

March 07, 2005
Smoking Gun
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:57 PM, 63 Comments
This is a smoking gun that something went very seriously amiss in King County Elections during the canvassing and recounts last year. In partial fulfillment of my public records request, King County released this "Mail Ballot Report". It doesn't carry... [read more]

Questions For Paul Berendt
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:21 PM, 19 Comments
Live at noon Wednesday, March 9, Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt will answer questions in an online chat forum sponsored by The Olympian. Using this Olympian link, you may submit questions in advance, or through the end of... [read more]

Truth held hostage: Day 9
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:37 PM, 42 Comments
Today's update on King County's magical binder of precinct-by-precinct reconciliation worksheets, which the lunatic-fringe blogs tell us are "sitting down there at KC Elections for anybody to inspect". The punchline is: the lunatic-fringe bloggers are living in a sick fantasy... [read more]

Another Boeing Cheater
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:59 AM, 36 Comments
If you're married, and the CEO of a company like Boeing, it's probably not a great idea to be carrying on an affair. Even less so if it's with another executive at your company. And so Harry Stonecipher is now... [read more]

The discrepancy widens
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 AM, 83 Comments
Saturday's P-I brought us this outlandishly biased article -- "Democrats charge GOP list of 'illegal' votes full of errors". It's fair for the Democrats to dispute the names that are on the list in error. But the real story should... [read more]

March 06, 2005
The Democrats' lunatic mainstream
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 43 Comments
The lunatic fringe of the Washington State Democratic Party is not confined to their weirdo Duranty-wanna-be bloggers in Seattle and ... Portland. The lunatics are actually running the Washington Democrats' asylum. An article in yesterday's Seattle Times suggests that WA... [read more]

Enough is Enough
by Marsha Michaelis, 01:57 PM, 44 Comments
We all work, live in houses, buy goods and services, go places, eat, etc. And government manages to find ways to make us pay for the "privilege." My tax bill for the month of February was at least $2,771.31. I... [read more]

March 05, 2005
The Judge Report
by Brian Crouch, 03:50 PM, 17 Comments
You can research the background of any judge in Washington at the Commission on Judicial Conduct database. It stores records of judicial disciplinary actions since 1980. Search by name, action imposed, date, county, or court. (Hat tip: Eye on Olympia)... [read more]

Sen. Don Benton: Smooth Operator
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:09 AM, 19 Comments
The Columbian reports that State Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) missed the first 17 meetings this session of the Early Learning, K-12 and Higher Education Committee upon which he sits, then finally showed up to push a bill of his, barring... [read more]

March 04, 2005
Gregoiretoons
by Timothy Goddard, 11:04 PM, 20 Comments
Larry Countryman, the Snohomish City Councilman who graced us with a similar cartoon a couple months ago, has now passed on a whole slew of Gregoiretoons that are worth checking out. Check out the rest over at The Flag... [read more]

Evergreen Election Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:31 PM, 32 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has released its Analysis of the 2004 Governor's Election. Ignore the crap from the former Attorney General's "Task Force on Symbolic Gestures Designed to Bamboozle the Citizens Into Thinking They're Getting Election Reform". The EFF's report... [read more]

Questions to remain unanswered
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 23 Comments
Monday's King County Council "Committee-of-the-whole" meeting where Dean Logan was to have been questioned by the Councilmembers has been cancelled. Meanwhile, the notorious binder containing precinct-by-precinct reconciliation reports wasn't released this week either. I'm sure there's a very good reason... [read more]

Best Numbers Yet on the King County Discrepancy!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 71 Comments
I've revised my analysis of the King County vote discrepancy, based on some slightly improved source data files. The differences from my earlier analysis are minor, but this does represent the best analysis based on the data that King... [read more]

Snohomish County land-use survey
by Timothy Goddard, 11:12 AM, 2 Comments
Residents of Snohomish County should be sure to fill out this survey regarding the county's Comprehensive Plan, the document that will guide growth and development in the county for the next two decades. You can read more background on the... [read more]

Counter-productive "Election Reform"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:46 AM, 20 Comments
The Senate just passed the SB 5744 , which would allow county auditors to conduct elections entirely by mail. A dopey idea that will only make illegal voting easier. A giant step backwards for genuine election reform.... [read more]

Girlie-Man "Election Reform"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 9 Comments
Former Attorney General Gregoire's Election Reform Task Force has issued its report. In a news conference yesterday, the former Attorney General said that acknowledgment of problems in the state does not mean the legitimacy of her win is in question.... [read more]

Gay marriage Opponents To Rally Tuesday
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:46 AM, 60 Comments
The Washington State Supreme Court will begin deliberations next Tuesday, March 8 on whether to allow same-sex marriage in our state. Activist judges in lower courts assert the state's Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), approved by the legislature, is unconstitutional.... [read more]

Truth on Patriotism Award
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 AM, 26 Comments
Last night at the KTTH Birthday Party I was awarded the 2nd Annual "Truth On Patriotism" Award, in recognition of my "Efforts on Behalf of Free and Fair Elections". I'm honored. Last year's winner was Operation Support Our Troops. I'm... [read more]

March 03, 2005
Times' Death Penalty Editorial Dissected
by Seth Cooper, 05:22 PM, 37 Comments
Every now and again a newspaper editorial board will get an issue so wrong that the only thing positive to say about it is that they are at least consistent in their wrongfulness. A prime example is today’s Seattle Times... [read more]

Count every vote
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:58 PM, 46 Comments
The Rossi Revote campaign released the names today of hundreds of felons who they believe cast illegal votes in November. The campaign also released the names of nearly fifty deceased persons in whose names votes were apparently cast. Obviously, we... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:27 PM, 24 Comments
I was just listening to John Carlson interview Sen Don Benton and public school parent activist Jim Hines on the subject of SB 5677, which would revoke the teaching licenses of teachers who use school time and facilities for viewing... [read more]

Ladies, you've been warned
by Brian Crouch, 04:17 PM, 45 Comments
Excerpted from a comment filled with the kind of smug, snotty, supercilious elitism with which the Seattle left has defined itself, here's an example of the kind of character who'll be hobnobbing with the Mayor and the lib wing of... [read more]

What Sherman Alexie didn't know
by Brian Crouch, 02:07 PM, 11 Comments
Dino Rossi is Tlingit on his mother's side. Michael Medved (on Talk 770), on the second hour of his show today, interviewed Spokane Native-American author Sherman Alexie (a pretty cool guy), who was unfortunately unaware that a gubernatorial candidate for... [read more]

Calling Port Townsend Conservatives!
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:16 PM, 8 Comments
Politics are rarely dull in the quaint and parking-deprived Olympic Peninsula burg of Port Townsend, home to lovely Victorian architecture, anti-Bush poets, independent film buffs, vegans, anarchists and yoga practitioners. Even less so, now that the Peninsula Daily News has... [read more]

Welcome home Lt. Suits
by Brian Crouch, 12:06 PM, 18 Comments
KVI host and hero Lieutenant Bryan Suits is back from a year of duty in Iraq with the 81st Brigade. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while there. Read more. We thank and salute you.... [read more]

Lame attempt at "election reform"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 5 Comments
Croker Sack reminds us of one particularly lame provision in SB 5499 "Clarifying and standardizing various election procedures": The county auditor has to publish a ballot/voter reconciliation report within thirty days after final certification. That is all. No requirement to... [read more]

Clones Attack!
by Seth Cooper, 11:07 AM, 6 Comments
Inspired by the ongoing debate over human cloning legislation here in Washington State (blogged about here and here, among other places), I just posted HERE an old cartoon on the subject. It ran in The Spectator--Seattle University's student newspaper.... [read more]

Ron Sims Political Death Watch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 12 Comments
Even Joni Balter, one of Ron Sims' most loyal sycophants in the local press, admits that Mr. 99.98% is vulnerable. "GOP could mount a credible run at Sims". Balter's analysis of the potential Republican challengers isn't worth much, but there's... [read more]

A sewer of corruption
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:48 AM, 24 Comments
I apologize for my earlier statement accusing the Washington State Democratic Party of being an opium den of corruption. It is actually a sewer of corruption. Today's Seattle Times -- "Dems admit mistakes to PDC" Two years ago, in the... [read more]

"... now we're just negotiating the price"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 AM, 32 Comments
Cheapskate football fan Rep. Sam Hunt has introduced a bill to raise the limit on gifts to state officials and employees from $50 to $75"You can't even buy a dinner around this town for $50 for two people anymore. You... [read more]

March 02, 2005
How not to restore public trust
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 PM, 12 Comments
The Associated Press gives a sneak preview of Secretary of State Sam Reed's "Election Reform Task Force" report, which should be released on Thursday. "Election task force suggests action to restore public trust". Some of the proposals sound good --... [read more]

Hammer time
by Brian Crouch, 10:52 PM, 17 Comments
While doing research for an upcoming entry on the methamphetamine epidemic and Rep. Tom Campbell's proposed legislation restricting pseudoephedrine sales, I found this quote from Rep. Dawn Morrell, whose district is near "tweaker central": [Campbell's] third bill would make manufacturing... [read more]

Why Do They Hate Us?
by Jim Miller, 05:39 PM, 56 Comments
Remember that question?  It has been a favorite of leftists in the Seattle area, as it has been for leftists in much of the United States, for years.  And it isn't a bad question, if honestly asked.  But it almost... [read more]

Secretary of State comments on the "crediting" flap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:40 PM, 29 Comments
I contacted the Secretary of State's office to ask for comment now that King County has acknowledged that crediting is an integral part of the ballot counting process and not just a post-certification file-maintenance procedure that is unrelated to ballot-counting,... [read more]

Seattle's Religious Left Strikes Again
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:01 PM, 22 Comments
In its weekly e-mailed Action Alert dated today, The Church Council of Greater Seattle sounds the claxon on the King County Council's supposed consideration of neighbors' rights in the ongoing "Tent City" or homeless encampment controversy. The Church Council charges... [read more]

A brief history of the "crediting is irrelevant" canard
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:00 PM, 11 Comments
Now that King County has acknowledged that crediting is an essential part of the ballot-counting process and by implication that its explanation of the 1,800+ discrepancy between ballots and voters is no longer operative, let's see how the story about... [read more]

Pose a question to Dean Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:03 AM, 15 Comments
King County Councilmember Steve Hammond informs me that Dean Logan will be appearing before the King County Council next Monday, to answer questions from the Council about the 2004 Election. Councilmember Hammond would appreciate receiving suggestions for questions from Sound... [read more]

Good Teach, Bad Teach
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:10 AM, 54 Comments
According to our Superintendent of Public Instruction, a "below standard" teacher is one whose "students believe there are right and wrong answers to questions and work to determine what those are. [They] come up with immediate responses to questions and... [read more]

Not that any of us should be surprised...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 AM, 52 Comments
The Washington State Democratic Party is an opium den of corruption UPDATE: Sorry, the above link requires registration. For the registration-challenged: Wash. Dems face massive fines for inaccurate reports... [read more]

March 01, 2005
New Dimensions of Deception in WA State Cloning Bill
by Seth Cooper, 04:27 PM, 18 Comments
Yesterday the Senate Labor, Commerce, Research & Development Committee conducted an executive session, which included action on SB 5594—the grossly misleading stealth cloning bill. This is the bill that pretends to outlaw cloning, but then re-defines it so as to... [read more]

Big News: King County Revises Story on Voter Crediting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 AM, 54 Comments
King County Elections now acknowledges that crediting voters was an integral part of the ballot counting process after the November 2004 election, for both absentee and polling place voters. This acknowledgement is huge. It implicitly confirms that the discrepancy of... [read more]

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