Index of entries from April 2005
April 30, 2005
Or maybe "Choose Choice?"
by Brian Crouch, 12:28 PM, 112 Comments
To help fund adoptions, Oregon lawmakers are proposing selling an optional "vanity" plate design, already in use in other states, that reads "Choose Life." This upsets the ACLU and NARAL, who contend first amendment freedoms don't apply to license plates.... [read more]

Democrats help Rossi prove case
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 AM, 68 Comments
"Democrats claim GOP skipped 432 felon voters" Democrats said yesterday that they've found 432 felons who appear to have voted illegally in November but were ignored by Republicans in their legal challenge to the governor's election. Finally, the Democrats are... [read more]

April 29, 2005
Huennekens Deposition
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:23 PM, 27 Comments
Bill Huennekens deposition is posted here. (456 pages) So fresh I haven't had a chance to look at it much, but do check out p. 88 When did you, Mr. Huennekens, learn for the first time that unverified provisional ballots... [read more]

Logan Deposition (VI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:46 PM, 6 Comments
Deposition, p. 130-131 Q When a person casts a poll ballot and also casts an absentee ballot, how does an election official know that one of those ballots has already been processed or counted? A Well, again, if they're an... [read more]

Wal*Mart Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:28 PM, 22 Comments
King County has apparently given up and outsourced its Elections office to the People's Republic of China UPDATE: Every ballot mailed out for the April 26 Special Election looked like this one.... [read more]

Logan Deposition (V)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:23 PM, 1 Comments
More highlights from Dean Logan's deposition. The one thing that I did get wrong in my summary of Chris Vance's remarks before the official transcripts was released was this: polling place inspectors (who were appointed by the Democrat Party this... [read more]

Secretary of State re: non-citizen votes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:24 PM, 8 Comments
The other day I remarked on legal motions filed by the Democrats and the Secretary of State's office that would exclude non-citizen votes from being counted as illegal votes for the purpose of the election contest. The Secretary of State's... [read more]

Logan Deposition (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:01 PM, 5 Comments
Dean Logan, in his deposition, finally gives credit where credit is due. p. 32 Q Okay. So you use signatures from poll books to credit individuals with voting? A To credit the individuals whose names are listed in the poll... [read more]

Let's talk licensing requirements
by Brian Crouch, 12:38 PM, 34 Comments
In Washington, prior to being licensed, here's a list of the number of hours required to obtain certain professional become a Real Estate appraiser? About 3,000. become a Hair stylist? About 1,500. become a Real Estate agent?... [read more]

An Emerging Idea
by Brian Crouch, 12:23 PM, 23 Comments
Long ago, clever transportation engineers came up with a brilliant idea: a long, angled lane from highway on-ramps which allows cars from arterial roads to accelerate and enter the freeway traffic, zippering in. It's commonly known as a "merge lane."... [read more]

The Stalking we live by
by Brian Crouch, 12:05 PM, 31 Comments
Everytime the cops save lives by stopping a raving lunatic with a weapon, yammering critics, far from danger, are quick to flap their asinine gums:After several people called 911, Washington State Patrol troopers and Pierce County deputies arrived at the... [read more]

April 28, 2005
The Endless effluvium
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 PM, 35 Comments
Like Mount St. Helens, the various county election departments keep spewing forth an endless stream of reports on errors and improprieties. Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy admitted under oath yesterday that her department screwed up in November, leaving 50 uncounted... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 PM, 24 Comments
The Democrats in Olympia are giving preferential treatment to government workers who happen to be union members: the budget just passed by the Legislature is the first to include union contracts for pay and benefits, which go into effect July... [read more]

More likely double voters found
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:13 PM, 46 Comments
I just sent a list of 27 cases of likely double voters to the King County Prosecutor's office. I produced the list by querying the voter registration file and absentee ballot file for cases where there were multiple people with... [read more]

Sound Bite
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:26 PM, 31 Comments
My latest column in The Stranger is up! Put away the John Grisham. This week's best beach thriller is the 436-page transcript of King County Elections Director Dean Logan's deposition in the election contest lawsuit. Read the whole thing. The... [read more]

Seattle Moonbats Announce Vandalism Plans
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:30 PM, 64 Comments
From Seattle Indy Media, an announcement of nationwide plans to sabotage newspaper machines on May 9. "Freeze the Media Day" is when people all around the country drop superglue and toothpicks into the money slots of slimy corperate media newspaper... [read more]

"Lamb" wasn't just crying wolf
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:21 AM, 29 Comments
Nicole Brodeur interviews Julie Anne Kempf, the former Superintendent of Elections in King County (the position now held by Bill Huennekens), who was terminated after the 2002 election ""Lamb" wasn't just crying wolf" In her own defense, Kempf said then... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:28 AM, 49 Comments
More bad news for the Seattle Monorail: "Major monorail partner pulls out of project". After investing four years and more than $5 million, Washington Group International (WGI) decided earlier this month to withdraw from the Cascadia Monorail Co., a consortium... [read more]

April 27, 2005
Statement from U.S. Attorney's Office RE: Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 PM, 33 Comments
The U.S Attorney's office in Seattle issued this statement in response to public calls for an investigation into King County Elections: Under the long-standing Department of Justice Election Day program, federal law enforcement officials receive and evaluate any complaints of... [read more]

Sam Reed on Carlson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:44 PM, 28 Comments
Sam Reed comments on Dean Logan [mp3, 37sec.], from yesterday's John Carlson Show posted courtesy of KVI 570... [read more]

Former Attorney General speaks to Vancouver from Portland
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:13 PM, 79 Comments
MEDIA ADVISORY: Gov. Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire will hold news conference Wednesday about Southwest Washington issues OLYMPIA – April 26, 2005 – Gov. Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire will hold a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27,... [read more]

Logan Deposition (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 44 Comments
RCW 29A.40.110 The tabulation of absentee ballots must not commence until after 8:00 p.m. on the day of the primary or election. Logan deposition transcript, p. 77: We start counting -- actually tabulating absentee ballots beginning at 7:00 o'clock in... [read more]

Some clubs are more equal than others
by Brian Crouch, 11:24 AM, 53 Comments
Kentridge High School will not allow full club rights to the “Truth Bible Club,” a group that asks kids to adhere to Christian conduct, though non-Christians are welcome. (More here.) As second-class citizens (due to religious belief), they are permitted... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:03 AM, 31 Comments
Dino Rossi: "Confident Judge Will Throw Out Nov. 2 Election" Rossi made the comments after releasing a 476 page transcript of the deposition of King County Elections Director Dean Logan. ... He told KOMO 4 News: "It's becoming clear now... [read more]

"New budget bobs on sea of gravy"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:42 AM, 17 Comments
Danny Westneat unleashes his inner fiscal conservative... [read more]

Sam Reed: non-citizen votes should stand
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:24 AM, 58 Comments
I couldn't find the Democrats' original motion, but this Republican response shows that the Democrats filed to exclude any non-citizen votes from the tally of illegal votes in the election contest, unless the non-citizens were challenged before the election. Secretary... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:06 AM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's Joel Connelly gave me some free advertising in his column today Naysayers are still out there. Gregoire gets a daily, almost hourly, dose of bile from right-wing blogger Stefan Sharansky [sic]. Connelly and I proceeded to have... [read more]

Logan Deposition (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:48 AM, 13 Comments
More curiosities from Dean Logan's deposition transcript. p. 133 Q: Do you know whether King County counted any ballots cast by individuals who voted more than once? A: I'm not aware of specific cases of that, no. Hmm. One of... [read more]

April 26, 2005
Online Chat with Speaker Chopp
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:28 PM, 15 Comments
Speaker of the House Frank Chopp is the guest of honor in The Oympian's online chat this Wednesday. Submit your questions here.... [read more]

Dog Bites Man
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:23 PM, 40 Comments
"Democrats used power to spend" The state Legislature kicked off three months ago amid widespread predictions that the Democrats in charge would increase taxes, spend more money, and cater to the demands of political allies. The predictions were right.... [read more]

Logan Deposition (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 67 Comments
Okay, I've now read the entire 436 page transcript of Dean Logan's deposition. Lots of damning admissions. I'll post a few of the highlights in between tending to other business. One of the most serious admissions is that Logan was... [read more]

State workers, unite! Cast off your chains!
by Marsha Michaelis, 10:21 AM, 21 Comments
State workers aren't enjoying their newfound forced membership in the Washington Federation of State Employees. A total of 32 local bargaining units filed to decertify the union this month. And here's an interesting article in the Olympian about the union's... [read more]

Throwing $$ at education will not lead to reform
by Marsha Michaelis, 09:44 AM, 26 Comments
As printed in the Seattle Times today: It's almost heretical to question demands for increased public-education spending in our state, but that's what I'm about to do. I'll even go a step further: If the root of our education crisis... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:27 AM, 35 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial board, which has never met a tax or a form of vote fraud it didn't like, continues its campaign in favor of mail ballot fraud... [read more]

April 25, 2005
Dean Logan Deposition Transcript
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:34 PM, 74 Comments
I just obtained a redacted version of Logan's deposition transcript. So new, I haven't even read it myself yet. Warning: it's 436 pages.... [read more]

What explains the meltdown at the polls?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 PM, 24 Comments
As I've documented on many occasions there was an unprecedented meltdown at King County polling places last November: hundreds of unverified provisional ballots that went through the Accuvotes; hundreds of absentee voters who showed up at the polls and... [read more]

Former Attorney General on the air
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:03 PM, 38 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who apparently believes that "talk show radios" are trying to kill her, will be this hour's guest on the Dori Monson show, 710 KIRO (12:15pm) . Will she be brave enough to take listener phone... [read more]

Dean Logan's deposition
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 AM, 27 Comments
Dean Logan sent this e-mail to Ron Sims and members of the County Council last Friday regarding his deposition --... [read more]

Gregoire's "evolution" on taxes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 53 Comments
October 28, 2004Latest Rossi ad is another mistruth ... Dino Rossi has thrown up a last-minute attack ad claiming that Chris Gregoire wants to raise taxes. Feb. 17, 2005Gov. Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire said the state's deepening budget dilemma... [read more]

Re-Elect Rossi
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 14 Comments
Seattle web designer Jennifer Batten has launched a new line of "Re-elect Rossi" merchandise. Shirts! hats! mugs! the whole works. A stylish way to make a statement. I've already ordered mine. Order yours today! Look for me walking around Green... [read more]

What Has Senator Maria Cantwell Accomplished?
by Jim Miller, 08:24 AM, 39 Comments
Washington state's junior senator is up for re-election next year and is said to be in trouble politically.   That's why Joni Balter of the Seattle Times wrote this campaign ad for Cantwell.  Balter (and most likely others in the... [read more]

April 24, 2005
Who is Joni Balter?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:32 AM, 48 Comments
Joni Balter is the Seattle Times' annoying and fact-challenged editorial writer, whom I've busted on several occasions (most recently here) for publishing wrong information that she refuses to retract. Balter is also a shrill Democrat hatchet woman, and the author... [read more]

Summary of election reform bills
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:21 AM, 27 Comments
Rep. Toby Nixon (R-45) the ranking Republican member of the House Committee on State Government Operations and Accountability and the point man in the House Republican caucus on election reform, e-mails: I thought I would summarize, for the benefit of... [read more]

April 23, 2005
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 70 Comments
Today's headline in the Seattle Post-"Intelligence"r about the astonishing admissions of official errors, rule violations and outright fraud in King County Elections: "Pierce had vote foul-up, too". Why is it that every time the P-I writes a story about King... [read more]

April 22, 2005
Hutch v. Schram
by Brian Crouch, 04:44 PM, 101 Comments
On the John Carlson Show (570-KVI), Ken Schram debated Rev. Ken Hutcherson, pastor at Antioch Bible Church, regarding HB 1515 (see Matt's post from this morning). He called all opponents of the legislation "sanctimonious hypocrites," and "bigots." He was unable... [read more]

Of Real Estate and World Class Art
by P. Scott Cummins, 01:59 PM, 11 Comments
The fifty story "old" SeaFirst building at 1001 Fourth Avenue will soon be sold to a Texas-based developer, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports today. No big deal, another $100 million real estate deal in downtown Seattle. The important question... [read more]

More on the Depositions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 AM, 99 Comments
I just spoke with Chris Vance. He's not yet able to release the actual deposition transcripts until the court reporter issues a clean, proofread and redacted copy on Monday. In the meantime, he is able to characterize the essence of... [read more]

Election was fraudently certified
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:42 AM, 69 Comments
Here's yet another indication that election officials commited fraud in the November election. Dean Logan admitted in his deposition on Monday that he knew that provisional ballots went into the Accuvote machine before he certified the election. Never mind the... [read more]

HB 1515's Genetic Flaw
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:35 AM, 33 Comments
Seattle Democrats and state legislative leaders are howling because the anti-gay discrimination bill, HB 1515, failed yesterday by one vote in the Senate. Two key Democrats (Sens. Jim Hargrove-Hoquiam and Tim Sheldon-Shelton) crossed party lines to vote against it. The... [read more]

Deposition Week
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 AM, 20 Comments
This week is deposition week in the gubernatorial election contest. Dean Logan was deposed by the Republicans on Monday and the Democrats on Tuesday. Bill Huennekens turn is yesterday and today. The Republicans are starting to talk about what came... [read more]

Mailed Ballots
by Jim Miller, 09:24 AM, 16 Comments
Are more likely to be fraudulent than those cast in person because the main check on them, sometimes the only check, is a signature comparison.   And when there are hundreds of thousands of signatures, some will be improperly rejected... [read more]

April 21, 2005
Support David Irons
by Andy MacDonald, 10:44 AM, 37 Comments
David Irons is the King County councilman who is running to unseat Ron Sims as King County executive. Since January 2000 he has been a voice for political sanity on the council, opposing the Critical Areas Ordinance and taking pragmatic... [read more]

April 20, 2005
State Senate passes gas (tax)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:56 PM, 113 Comments
In a victory for flatulent, overblown government the (mostly Democrat) windbags in the Washington State Senate today approved a massive inflation of the gas tax. UPDATE: Speaking of flatulence, the methane-filled members of the P-I editorial board, whose biggest passions... [read more]

Mail Ballot Fraud for Dummies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:39 PM, 53 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire, who was given the keys to the governor's washroom as a result of mail ballot fraud, is poised to sign a Democrat bill that will make mail ballot fraud even easier. You can express your... [read more]

by Seth Cooper, 12:27 PM, 4 Comments
E2SSB 5581 – The Life Sciences Discovery Fund Bill – passed the Senate with a strong ban on human cloning. Unsatisfied with idea that the State should NOT condone and fund the growing of human life for the sake of... [read more]

Public Integrity Section
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 2 Comments
One interesting comment that former Sen. Slade Gorton made last night -- the unit of the federal Justice Department that has purview over election crimes is the Public Integrity Section. Any complaints about institutional election fraud or malfeasance should be... [read more]

The high priest of rotten government
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:18 PM, 29 Comments
The high priest of rotten government in Washington State is Rep. Sam Hunt (D-Evergreen State College) Back in January, Rep. Hunt praised the fraudulent gubernatorial election as "the most accurate vote count in state history". In March, he sponsored a... [read more]

Hate Crime
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 28 Comments
Earlier this month a disgusting apparent hate crime occurred in Everett: "They wrote stuff like fag, whore, KKK, swastikas," Crissy explained. She's Caucasian and Washington is African American. "Maybe they didn't like the black and white together." The perpetrators were... [read more]

April 19, 2005
Canvassing Board Tapes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 PM, 15 Comments
Audio minutes of last November/December's Canvassing Board meetings are now available for transcription (a big thank you to reader Jeff Boly for converting the tapes to MP3 and surgically enhancing the sound quality!). I can't post all the audio files... [read more]

"Be nice to Dean Logan"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 PM, 34 Comments
Former Sen. Slade Gorton told some great stories at tonight's 43rd District Republican meeting about his time in the legislature back in the 1950s and 1960s. Did you know that the 43rd District used to be the most solidly Republican... [read more]

News from the margins
by Brian Crouch, 12:49 PM, 44 Comments
From the "What do Evergreen College grads do when the bong is empty?" department: The Greens are circulating a petition to rename the Port of Olympia to "Peace Port."The Port of Olympia could become the Peace Port of Thurston County... [read more]

Advocates for illegal voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 80 Comments
Here's how the Democrats in the state legislature make excuses for their refusal to prevent illegal voting by non-citizens: Q: Can non-citizens vote in our elections? A: Although that has not been proven to have been a problem in the... [read more]

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
by Brian Crouch, 09:55 AM, 12 Comments
Did you ever think tourists driving along some of our highways see one of our most ignored (by locals) roadsigns and ask themselves, "We were inside of a MAGGOT quarantine all this time? (And what about that fruit salad the... [read more]

April 18, 2005
Elephant Rights In Tacoma
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:54 PM, 13 Comments
In Defense of Animals is a Marin County, California group known for its part in a Left Coast crusade against restaurants that serve foie gras; a crusade that recently reached Seattle after gaining steam in California and Oregon. IDA also... [read more]

Math is hard?
by Marsha Michaelis, 03:14 PM, 146 Comments
Seattle's PBS station recently conducted a random "man on the street" interview to see if adults could answer the following math question: Alice, Bob, Farhana and Jamal went out for pizza. When the bill came, they decided to split the... [read more]

King County's Absentee Ballot Audit Trail is a load of rubbish
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:08 PM, 34 Comments
The file that King County Elections gave me in fulfillment of my request for the "Absentee Ballot Audit Trail" is a complete mess. The Audit Trail is required by WAC 434-240-270 and is supposed to account for every absentee ballot... [read more]

Dean Logan, in his own words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 21 Comments
In honor of Dean Logan's deposition today, I'm posting a video clip of Dean Logan's opening statement to the canvassing board on December 15, during the manual recount. Some of my favorite quotes: 4:34 it's important to point out that... [read more]

Chris Vance at Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:39 AM, 21 Comments
Limited space still available for late RSVPs! The special guest speaker at tonight's Monday's (April 18) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is WA state Republican Chairman Chris Vance. The event will be held at the College Club, Fifth... [read more]

Meet Slade Gorton
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 AM, 7 Comments
Former United States Senator Slade Gorton will be speaking tomorrow evening at the 43rd District Republican meeting the meeting will be held in the Seward School Cafeteria this coming Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 PM. Seward School, sometimes called TOPs,... [read more]

King County Unlawfully Counted Provisional Ballots Too Soon
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 26 Comments
I'll be posting more revelations later from the Absentee Ballot "Audit Trail" that King County released on Friday. On interesting find is confirmation that King County counted its provisional ballots too early in the canvassing process, in violation of state... [read more]

Help the Endangered Salmon
by Ron Hebron, 07:44 AM, 46 Comments
We have a problem. At Bonneville Dam on the Columbia river 40 miles east of Portland the sea lions - Californian interlopers - have discovered that it is easy pickings at the fish ladder. To enter the fish ladder the... [read more]

Democratic Party Priorities?
by Jim Miller, 07:02 AM, 13 Comments
For some time, I have been arguing that the Democratic party has been drifting away from its working class base.   Yesterday's Seattle Times provided more evidence for that argument. The lead story describes the loss of Boeing jobs and... [read more]

April 16, 2005
Absentee Ballot Audit Trail is Sadly Incomplete
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:59 AM, 98 Comments
King County Elections finally gave me a version of an Absentee Ballot Audit Trail yesterday afternoon. The purpose of the audit trail is to account for all absentee ballots that are issued. Sadly, the file I was given is short... [read more]

April 15, 2005
Skykomish River at risk? Not really,no
by Timothy Goddard, 06:32 PM, 34 Comments
Recently, a political lobbying group based out of Vermont called "American Rivers" released a list of what they called the 10 "endangered" rivers in the nation, including the Skykomish River in Snohomish County. This resulted in over 600 emails to... [read more]

Diary of a Mad Left Congressman
by Brian Crouch, 02:46 PM, 88 Comments
Via Little Green Footballs:Congressman Jim McDermott (Moonbat-Seattle), who disgracefully aligned himself with Saddam Hussein and against the US in the run-up to the Iraq War, and was recently given a public official of the year award by radical Islamic front... [read more]

Democrat-controlled legislature passes counter-productive "election reform"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 PM, 57 Comments
As expected, the Democrat-controlled state House of Representatives passed, over Republican objections, bogus "election reform" measures that will only make it easier to commit and get away with election fraud. Rep. Toby Nixon issued this press release today: Voters can... [read more]

"Records and Information Management Month"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 31 Comments
Ron Sims has issued a proclamation recognizing April 2005 as "Records and Information Management Month": "WHEREAS, control of records and information is necessary of reduction of risk and liability as well as for compliance with established records management standards and... [read more]

"Former DSHS employee, wife accused of fraud, theft"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 AM, 13 Comments
When I saw the headline, I had to wonder whether it was referring to this former DSHS employee... [read more]

Separated at Birth?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 37 Comments
Weird Al YankovicDean Logan photoshop credit: reader DanC.... [read more]

School Naming A Distraction
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:45 AM, 10 Comments
Naming public schools can too easily become a dumb political distraction from the real issue: how much learning, and of what quality, occurs in those schools. Recent events in the south Seattle suburb of Federal Way provide a case in... [read more]

April 14, 2005
Logan's Whopper
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 PM, 35 Comments
An attendee of this evening's Town Hall Meeting with Dean Logan reports -- Logan made an astonishing whopper of a claim when asked why he didn't say anything about the recently discovered ballots at last month's Issaquah Town Hall meeting:... [read more]

Did a Dead Man's Provisional Ballot Go Through the AccuVote?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:29 PM, 6 Comments
I was going through King County's documentation that attempts to explain the "348" (actually more than 348) unverified provisionals that went through the AccuVote machines. Here is the summary page from the Snoqualmie Elementary School polling place [click for larger... [read more]

Sam Reed in my column for The Stranger
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:31 PM, 18 Comments
My weekly column for The Stranger is now up I was pleased to get some quotes for the column during a brief phone interview with Sam Reed. He was very gracious and also had some refreshingly tough things to say... [read more]

House to consider Election Reform Bills this evening
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:59 PM, 3 Comments
I'm told the state House of Representatives will consider two election reform bills this evening SB 5743 and SB 5499 Three other bills are ahead on the agenda for the evening floor session, which will start at 6:30. TVW should... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 PM, 18 Comments
To answer Micajah's question posed in a comment on the earlier post about King County's Batch Slip Spreadsheet [1MB zip]: It looks as though the number of absentee ballots returned was something more than 583,144 (571,284 from the "original count"... [read more]

King County Elections responds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:21 PM, 4 Comments
King County Elections replied a short time ago in response to my earlier e-mail expressing frustration with their incomplete fulfillment of my request for the absentee ballot audit trail: As I explained to you when you stopped by to review... [read more]

Batch Slip-Up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:43 PM, 37 Comments
King County's absentee ballot "batch slips" are documentary evidence that the ballot accounting problems were so severe that we'll probably never really know how many valid ballots were actually processed. Even though King County Elections is stonewalling me on the... [read more]

To Save Trees, Burn Houses
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:45 PM, 58 Comments
The feds are investigating whether the Earth Liberation Front, a domestic terrorist group, may be responsible for an attempted arson at a home contruction site and nearby garage yesterday in suburban Sammamish. (Mac Safari users click on time stamp below,... [read more]

Dean Logan's Last Town Hall Meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 PM, 7 Comments
Tonight appears to be Dean Logan's last town hall meeting for a while: Seattle First Baptist Church Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. 1111 Harvard Ave. Seattle, WA 98122 The League of Women Voters originally scheduled two more such town... [read more]

Party of the people hosts big-ticket business luncheon shakedown
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 19 Comments
This just in: The Washington State Democrats invite you to join Governor Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire For the Annual Business Luncheon Friday, May 27th, Beginning at 12:00pm Washington Athletic Club 1325 6th Ave * Seattle, WA 98101 $10,000 Major... [read more]

Delay, Evade, Obfuscate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 39 Comments
I went to the King County Elections office yesterday afternoon to pick up some documents and data files in response to my public records requests. The thing I'm chasing down at the moment is the discrepancy of the nearly 900... [read more]

Justice in Motion
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:29 AM, 24 Comments
The P-I reports that "Court briefs filed over disputed governor's election". Here are the two Republican motions: 1. "PETITIONERS' MOTION TO CLARIFY BURDEN OF PROOF REGARDING ILLEGAL VOTES" 2. "PETITIONERS' MOTION IN LIMINE TO EXCLUDE EVIDENCE CONCERNING PREVIOUSL Y REJECTED... [read more]

April 13, 2005
A Seattle Civics Lesson
by Seth Cooper, 03:09 PM, 24 Comments
James Na has an op-ed in today's Seattle Times about citizen responsibility and community life in our fair city, entitled "Here's the real poop on civic-minded Seattle." There is something to be said about combating a culture conducive to violent... [read more]

Batch Slip
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:56 PM, 52 Comments
From the 2000 election debacle in Florida, the term "hanging chad" entered the lexicon. In the King County election debacle 2004/5, we get the term "batch slip". A batch slip is a small slip of paper that is used to... [read more]

If it quacks like a Democrat ...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:51 AM, 76 Comments
Cheryl Scott, the Sims/Gregoire big-money campaign contributor who was asked by Sims to chair his personal "independent" elections review panel, says she's not exclusively Democrat, she swings both ways: "The irony is I've also donated to Republicans," Scott said. "It's... [read more]

April 12, 2005
Dean Logan digs in heels, shovels more crap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:41 PM, 27 Comments
KING-5's Robert Mak had this interview with Dean Logan, who says he has "no plans to resign over election mess". Asked how it’s possible that the numbers on the batch slip didn't account for all the ballots, Logan said: "Well,... [read more]

Election Townhall Traveling Show
by Ron Hebron, 10:42 PM, 12 Comments
The townhall meeting in Shoreline was sponsored by King County Council rep Carolyn Edmonds and the League of Women Voters. Council rep Bob Ferguson was in the audience. Attendance was at least 200. It was tightly structured to the chagrin... [read more]

Voted Twice?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:04 PM, 34 Comments
I found this provisional ballot page in the stack of documents about the "348" (actually it was more than 348) unverified provisional ballots that went through the AccuVote. It appears that the voter listed at the top of the page... [read more]

It's all there in the database
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 PM, 5 Comments
This picture, which is from a screenshot of a voter database screen that I found in some documents this afternoon, demonstrates that King County Elections really does maintain the Absentee Ballot Audit Trail that I've been talking about for the... [read more]

Update on Yana Khrapko
by Brian Crouch, 03:10 PM, 24 Comments
Republican Radio is hosting a webpage for information on the case and for raising funds for legal support for Yana and her mom. They were put in INS detention last month just before Easter (full story here). There is hope,... [read more]

More spelunking through public records
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 PM, 11 Comments
King County Elections has scheduled the release of some of the outstanding documents from my public disclosure requests. This afternoon I'll review the following: * documentation on the 348 provisional ballots that were originally identified as having gone through the... [read more]

New Timeline in Draft
by Brian Crouch, 11:47 AM, 4 Comments
By popular demand: I will be compiling a new Election Contest timeline soon. The earlier timelines covered the election fiasco from November through Jan. 20th, and the GOP/ Rossi campaign filing of the lawsuit. This should prove useful for reference... [read more]

April 11, 2005
Sims' "independent review" panel led by bigwig Democrat donor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:13 PM, 116 Comments
Less than two months after declaring that King County Elections had "an accuracy that any bank would envy", Ron Sims is trying to deflect calls for a criminal investigation into his accounting-challenged banking empire with an investigation of himself that... [read more]

Human Cloning Bill Nears Final Passage
by Seth Cooper, 10:50 AM, 61 Comments
The Senate’s vote on EHB 1268—promoting human cloning in the State of Washington—is now imminent. The bill has been placed on Third Reading and is awaiting a vote on the Senate floor. Unless key aspects of the bill are amended,... [read more]

April 10, 2005
John Fund on WA state
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 PM, 46 Comments
WSJ's John Fund gives an update on our homestate elections mess in Monday's column: "Florida With Rain"... [read more]

A prophetic press release
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:17 PM, 17 Comments
I just stumbled across this one. A King County Elections press release of Nov. 3, 2004, titled: "Absentee ballot count may tip scale on close races" Surely they didn't know at the time just how presicent that title would be.... [read more]

Meet Dean Logan in Shoreline on Tuesday
by Ron Hebron, 06:11 PM, 13 Comments
My King County council person has been very quiet during the election kerfuffle; I mean silent. Now Carolyn Edmonds states that she is "committed to ensuring a secure, trusted, accountable elections system" and has invited Dean Logan and the League... [read more]

April 09, 2005
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 PM, 62 Comments
I'll be featured on KING 5 News UP FRONT with Robert Mak, this Sunday, April 10, 4:30pm on KING 5, 10:30 PM on KONG 6/16! The streaming video is online here. Transcript here. Jim Miller also made an appearance... [read more]

The Svelte, Sweet-toothed Homeless of King County
by Brian Crouch, 09:00 AM, 39 Comments
From the King County Journal front page, yesterday: Jason Buckley needed to immediately control his addiction to sugary sodas and begin exercising. But that's hard to do while living in tent city- where donated bakery treats are plentiful and daily... [read more]

Golden Easter Egg
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:43 AM, 52 Comments
Here's a fascinating discovery buried in King County's otherwise deadly boring comprehensive report of the (then) 93 uncounted absentee ballots: a careful read shows that there are a bunch more numerical discrepancies waiting to be explained, suggesting the existence of... [read more]

The 94th Ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:07 AM, 10 Comments
This is the letter from King County consigliere Don Porter to the election contest litigants regarding the 94th uncounted absentee ballot. Although the discovery was announced on Friday, it was made on Monday afternoon. Presumably when the comprehensive report of... [read more]

April 08, 2005
"Real" Election Reforms Rally in Olympia on Monday
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:23 PM, 31 Comments
Republicans in the state legislature are hosting a “Real Elections Reforms” Rally on Monday to urge Democratic leaders in the legislature to enact meaningful election reforms. * When: 10 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2005 * Where: Rally at 10 a.m.... [read more]

Call in the Feds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:59 PM, 82 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has sent this letter to Attorney General Gonzales asking for a DoJ investigation into King County Elections. The EFF also sent this e-mail to Norm Maleng requesting a state investigation: We are requesting that you request... [read more]

King County finds another ballot!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:37 PM, 44 Comments
No, really: Another uncounted absentee ballot has been discovered in KIng County, as Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is talking with King County officials about a possible state review of county election operations. Four elections workers have already been... [read more]

Does This Column Make Any Sense?
by Jim Miller, 07:31 AM, 82 Comments
When I saw the quotes at Orbusmax from this Robert Jamieson column, I thought it was an all out attack on those who want an accurate vote tally in King County.  And it is, as you can see from the... [read more]

April 07, 2005
Public Non-disclosure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:37 PM, 30 Comments
Now that King County Elections has confirmed that the reconciliation reports it gave to the canvassing board were fake, it's time to press on to get the rest of the absentee ballot documentation that should explain the discrepancy of nearly... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:36 PM, 9 Comments
As Richard Pope pointed out in the comments on an earlier post (damn, he's got a good eye for detail), I made a small numerical error. The best available data now puts the discrepancy between absentee ballots counted and valid... [read more]

GOP Cointelpro at Foolproof
by Andy MacDonald, 03:55 PM, 14 Comments
Following Matt's exposure of GOP cointelpro in West Seattle and at The Stranger, comes news of infiltration at unsound institution Foolproof Performing Arts. In a move meant to misdirect local Democrats, Foolproof will host George Lakoff for two nights in... [read more]

An Enron-style Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:34 PM, 9 Comments
My column for this week's The Stranger is now online. Unfortunately, they had to bump it from the print version due to other breaking news. But it's right here for your pleasure. And also be sure to check out this... [read more]

Give us a corrected Mail Ballot Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:48 PM, 25 Comments
King County Councilman Steve Hammond has written a letter to Dean Logan calling on him to issue an updated Mail Ballot Report that correctly reconciles all absentee ballots returned, counted and rejected. Such a report would be very interesting indeed.... [read more]

"Conny" is a good nickname for a conwoman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:11 PM, 16 Comments
In today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: "Gorton rips county election officials". But Conny thinks they're fabulous: support for [Dean Logan] came yesterday from Conny McCormack, his counterpart in Los Angeles County, Calif., who has worked with Logan in national organizations of election... [read more]

Bombshell: King County admits the Mail Ballot Report is bogus
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:17 AM, 103 Comments
In Thursday's Seattle Times, King County admits that the Mail Ballot Report is bogus: King County election officials said a key document accounting for absentee ballots in the November election was so flawed it was virtually meaningless. The Mail Ballot... [read more]

King County's Internal Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:16 AM, 8 Comments
This is the internal report [large PDF] that King County Elections wrote to describe how it discovered the 93 uncounted and unaccounted-for absentee ballots. It's overwritten and boring as all hell, but it does have some interesting revelations -- 1)... [read more]

April 06, 2005
That was the wrong ballot to lose
by Brian Crouch, 07:34 PM, 39 Comments
Thanks to Stefan's trusty voter database, most Washingtonians can quickly check to see if their ballot was counted in the last election, a resource that King County itself has not provided directly. Lt. Bryan Suits, recently home from combat in... [read more]

Live Press Conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:39 PM, 47 Comments
KING5 news online is now carrying a live press conference with Republican leaders about the absentee ballot problems in King County. (UPDATE: the press conference is now over. No longer available online) I tuned-in late and missed the beginning. I... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:43 PM, 27 Comments
The ball is now in the Seattle Times court to issue an editorial page retraction to yesterday's unisgned editorial which incorrectly reported that State election officials are not aware of a single documented instance where a non-citizen voted in the... [read more]

Drive A Mile In My Car, Jenny
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:38 AM, 53 Comments
In the face of widespread irregularities, Democrats want illegal votes found through Dino Rossi's contested gubernatorial election lawsuit to be deducted from Rossi or current Governor Christine Gregoire based on an impossible-to-administer, after-the-fact determination regarding for which candidate each illegal... [read more]

Stage set for Logan's resignation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 20 Comments
We now have recent on-the-record statements from both Ron Sims and Dean Logan which pretty much commit them both to Logan's resignation. From this morning's Seattle Times article about the latest mess in King County Elections: Sims, who has generally... [read more]

"Mail Ballot Report" enters the big leagues
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 19 Comments
As I wrote on Monday, King County's recent discovery of the 93 previously unaccounted-for absentee ballots proves that the "Mail Ballot Report" that was presented to the canvassing board was a fraud. Today's Seattle Times also reports on this: an... [read more]

April 05, 2005
More amazing news from King County Elections
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:56 PM, 57 Comments
It only keeps getting weirder: The King County Elections Division admitted it made a mistake with absentee ballots for a special election later in April that were going to overseas and military voters. KING 5 News was told that eight... [read more]

GOP Cointelpro Program Unfolds In Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:29 PM, 23 Comments
King County Republicans continue their undercover efforts within the city limits of Seattle, and they are not to be misunderestimated. I spotted an obvious GOP cointelpro operative today at Caffe Ladro, on California Ave. SW in West Seattle. The message... [read more]

Date set for Washington governor's election trial
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:32 PM, 54 Comments
The legal challenge to the Washington governor's election will go to trial on May 23. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges set the trial date Tuesday during a hearing in Wenatchee. He said the trial should take no more... [read more]

Eastside GOP Tonight
by Brian Crouch, 10:29 AM, 4 Comments
Stefan will be addressing the Eastside Republican Club this evening at 7pm, at the North Bellevue Senior Center (map). Details on ticket prices here. He'll be discussing his Stranger column the misbegotten election. Hope to see you there!... [read more]

Uh, state officials are aware of documented cases of non-citizens who voted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:06 AM, 58 Comments
This morning's Seattle Times editorial -- "A nasty turn in election challenge" -- criticizes Martin Ringhofer for challenging hundreds of voter registrations of people with foreign-sounding names, under the theory that some of them might not be citizens. Ringhofer's scheme... [read more]

Uncounted ballots discovered in Pierce County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:22 AM, 25 Comments
Pierce County auditor says ‘small number’ surfaced in records check Pierce County election workers have discovered “a small number” of ballots that were not counted in the disputed November election. County Auditor Pat McCarthy, who oversees the county’s election system,... [read more]

Ron Sims implicated in elections office cover-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:27 AM, 27 Comments
An interesting item in this morning's Seattle Times article about the fall-out from the discovery of the 93 uncounted absentee ballots Sims' chief of staff, Kurt Triplett, said Assistant County Executive Sheryl Whitney was promptly told of the discovery of... [read more]

April 04, 2005
Spokane School Case Shows Weakness Of Internet Filters
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:30 PM, 13 Comments
Three cheers for the Spokane high-schooler who developed a work-around to the school district's Internet filter. Conrad Sykes, 16, thought the filter, named Bess, blocked appropriate content and made student research more difficult. He was suspended for two days. Though... [read more]

Why Democrats support all-mail voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:11 PM, 13 Comments
Of course the Democrats support vote-by-mail. It's easier to commit fraud that way, as turned out to be the case in Britain, where an election "won" through a conspiracy of vote-by-mail fraud was just set aside: Judge Mawrey said evidence... [read more]

F-word, again
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:04 PM, 20 Comments
Friday's e-mail from King County attorney Don Porter about the allegedly uncounted absentee ballots effectively admits that somebody on Dean Logan's staff must have committed fraud. Check out the Mail Ballot Report that was presented to the canvassing board prior... [read more]

Call in the Feds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:35 PM, 26 Comments
Republicans on the King County Council today requested a federal investigation of last November's election. The letter is posted here. Meanwhile, Council Democrats are calling for an "independent audit" of the elections division. SNOOZE. The Council also passed 10-3 a... [read more]

No Ducking The Issue
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:31 PM, 14 Comments
Could it be? The beginnings of a groundswell against Seattle-area restaurants serving foie gras? Not quite yet, but a leading national anti-foie gras group (yes, there is such a thing) has a thousand Puget Sounders on its mailing list, and... [read more]

Union brilliance
by Marsha Michaelis, 02:03 PM, 20 Comments
It’s amazing how much wisdom a local teachers’ union president can pack into one short newsletter article. Here are a few quotes from the March 28 newsletter of the Federal Way Education Association (by union president Shannon Rasmussen) to make... [read more]

Bringing Clarity to the WA State Cloning Debate
by Seth Cooper, 01:03 PM, 14 Comments
Engrossed House Bill 1268 is a legislative endorsement of human cloning. Previously blogged about here (and later, here), this disturbing bill leaves the door wide open for unethical experiments involving fetal farming and the creation of animal-human hybrid species or... [read more]

"Discovery of untabulated ballots'
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 13 Comments
The following e-mail was sent by King County attorney Donald Porter to attorneys for the parties in the election contest on Friday afternoon once the story of the new absentee ballots leaked out. The most interesting and disturbing item here... [read more]

Circling the wagons and the drain
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 PM, 13 Comments
King County Councilman Steve Hammond today called on Dean Logan to resign. Now that two members of the Council (that I know about) have publicly demanded Logan's resignation and more are sure to follow, Executive Ron Sims is going into... [read more]

Educational Workhorses, Educational Show Horses
by Jim Miller, 08:50 AM, 40 Comments
In this Seattle Times column, Kate Riley argues that this state's community colleges "are, in many ways, the workhorses of higher education".  Her argument didn't interest me much, because I favor radical reform in higher education, but her metaphor did.... [read more]

Reagan Dunn: Logan Done
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:00 AM, 32 Comments
King County Councilman Reagan Dunn has called on Dean Logan to resign.... [read more]

April 03, 2005
Solidarity Forever
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 26 Comments
"State workers seek to end union representation" State workers upset with union contracts negotiated last fall have filed petitions to terminate union representation for 16,000 state government employees, plus 2,000 college workers.... [read more]

The latest on the new 48 87 93 Magical Mystery Ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 29 Comments
King County issued a press release over the weekend reporting that the total number of recently discovered untabulated absentee ballots is 93. Intriguingly, these new ballots would be expected to add to Rossi's lead. Although the release doesn't explicitly state... [read more]

April 02, 2005
Legislative Democrats Ignore Voter-Mandated Tax Limits ... Again
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:37 PM, 50 Comments
A friend following the action in the Democrat-controlled legislature e-mails: The Appropriations Committee is having its cut-off meeting for bills originating in the Senate. One of the bills in front of us is SB 6078, the Senate proposal to amend... [read more]

April 01, 2005
87 unopened absentee ballots discovered at King County Elections
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 PM, 77 Comments
You read it here first, and the P-I now has the story. UPDATE: Richard Pope in the comments beat me to this critical part of the report: the newfound ballots were still sealed in the security envelopes within the outer... [read more]

Republican Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:52 PM, 5 Comments
I'm co-hosting Republican Radio this Saturday, April 2, along with Ross Marzolf, Anne-Marie Lake and Jerry Miller. Topics include: Fawn Spady talking about SPARK!, a tour of the proposed state budget with House Minority Leader Bruce Chandler, and a rundown... [read more]

King County Elections Are Wide Open To Fraud
by Jim Miller, 05:03 PM, 44 Comments
That's the principal conclusion I drew from last night's town meeting with Councilwoman Julia Patterson, Secretary of State Sam Reed, and King County election director, Dean Logan.  Not every kind of fraud, but some kinds.... [read more]

Not an April Fools Joke
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:57 PM, 25 Comments
It just hit the fan that King County Elections recently discovered several dozen uncounted ballots at an elections office, presumably the MBOS absentee ballot facility. Senior election officials have known about this for several days and have kept it under... [read more]

Last night's town hall meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:58 PM, 16 Comments
I'm working my way through my videotape of last night's Julia Patterson Election Reform Town Hall Meeting in Kent, featuring Sam Reed and Dean Logan. Jim Miller now has a longer analysis posted. I'll just transcribe interesting quotes in real... [read more]

by Brian Crouch, 12:33 PM, 32 Comments
The following is a message from Eugene Sherman, a friend of the Khrapko family. Sergei, the father, who is a US citizen, is working desparately to get his wife and daughter out of the INS detention center in Tacoma, which... [read more]

FLASH: King County finds more ballots for Gregoire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 30 Comments
According to Dean Logan of the King County Elections Department some 700 missing ballots from the 2004 Governor's Election were found in the belly of a shark that was caught in Elliott Bay close to polling places. Logan stated, "While... [read more]

Snohomish County Legislation Alert
by Timothy Goddard, 09:02 AM, 1 Comments
Two very bad bills are looming in the State Senate that have specific implications for Snohomish County, but that the rest of the state should take notice of as well. One would turn a strip mall into a "city" for... [read more]

Democrats agree with Rossi: Election was a total mess
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:53 AM, 17 Comments
Nice to see that the Democrats now agree with Dino Rossi that "This election has been a total mess". We read in today's P-I that "Four counties admit voting mix-ups" Hundreds of votes were improperly counted in the November election... [read more]

Veteran's Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:12 AM, 17 Comments
This week's column in The Stranger is up : "Veteran's Day" -- an update on the recent anti-military propaganda skit that was presented at a West Seattle High School panel discussion on the Iraq war. The column presents some new... [read more]

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