Index of entries from May 2005
May 31, 2005
Nixon Impeached, Resignation Expected
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 PM, 25 Comments
It's Watergate deja vu day. First, Deep Throat is revealed. Next, a man named Nixon is impeached. That is to say the testimony of State Director of Elections Nixon "Nick" Handy was impeached. Nixon Handy is something of a funny... [read more]

Danny Westneat responds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:38 PM, 68 Comments
I posted a criticism of Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat's Friday column, here. Westneat responded in a lengthy comment (scroll down to May 29, 2005 11:52 PM). I commend him for joining the fray here at Sound Politics. He made... [read more]

Next witness
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:04 PM, 11 Comments
(Retired) State Deputy Director of Elections John Pearson is on the stand. The feed is crapping out. Pearson will return as rebuttal witness later. Recess for the day. Resume tomorrow at 9am.... [read more]

Legal Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:01 PM, 34 Comments
A legal expert, who knows some of the players in the trial, e-mailed some very interesting responses to some of my questions and observations about the trial (before today's proceedings). This is well worthwhile --... [read more]

Sideshow Bob
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:54 PM, 51 Comments
Snohomish County Auditor "Sideshow" Bob Terwilliger is on the stand. Terwilliger also counted several hundred more ballots than voters, was unfamiliar with Secretary of State administrative rules for proper election conduct and drafted the idiotic letter from county auditors praising... [read more]

Medved at Discovery Institute
by Brian Crouch, 01:37 PM, 8 Comments
June 16 at the Rainier Square Atrium, 4:30pm to 6:30pm. For more details click here: "Volunteering For The Culture Wars."... [read more]

Foreman's cross resumes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:21 PM, 102 Comments
Back from lunch. In order to show that Handy didn't know what he was talking about when he said that crediting doesn't need to be done prior to certifcation. Foreman reads to Handy from WAC 434-240-250 The special ballot shall... [read more]

Foreman's cross-examination of Nixon Handy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 80 Comments
* Handy had never heard the term "voter crediting" throughout the election. [ As Handy acknwoledged earlier, he's a "public sector manager", a career bureaucrat. He is not any kind of an expert on how elections are supposed to be... [read more]

Day Six
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:21 AM, 108 Comments
Tan, rested and ready for litigation, day six of the trial starts at 9:30am. Watch it on TVW. Among today's witnesses for the Democrats: State Elections Director Nick Handy (presumably offering the opinions of his boss, Sam Reed) and King... [read more]

May 30, 2005
Burke-Gilman Trail Battle in Lake Forest Park
by Ron Hebron, 12:02 PM, 28 Comments
There is a big battle over the popular Burke-Gilman Trail, which traverses Lake Forest Park near Lake Washington from NE 145 St. to Logboom Park at the north end of Lake Washington, less than 3 miles in length. This section... [read more]

May 29, 2005
Prediction: election to be set aside
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:40 PM, 97 Comments
I rarely make predictions, but I feel comfortable predicting today that Judge Bridges will set aside the election. Why do I think this? Because Bridges acknowledged that the existing statute and case law are insufficiently clear on how to handle... [read more]

4.6x10-34
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 42 Comments
is an approximate answer to the question "what is the likelihood that the distribution of King County's unexplained absentee ballots is attributable to chance?" This question arose in comments to my earlier posts (here and here) about the distribution of... [read more]

May 28, 2005
Echoes from the past (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:24 PM, 53 Comments
Christine Gregoire on January 5 there is absolutely no evidence – none whatsoever – to support Republicans' suggestions of major election errors or fraud. I guess it depends on the threshold for election errors being "major" election errors or "fraud",... [read more]

Statistical Exhibits
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 27 Comments
Here are some of the statistical exhibits presented in court last week by consultant Clark Bensen -- King County Absentee Balance Sheet. He got to the 875 discrepancy the same way that I did, updated for subsequently discovered uncounted ballots.... [read more]

Danny Westneat should be ashamed of himself, retract his bogus column immediately and publicly
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 AM, 71 Comments
The Seattle Times' Danny Westneat had a good loud rant in his column yesterday: "Shame on GOP for trial sham" Now that I've seen the evidence, there's no doubt in my mind Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves. They've... [read more]

Echoes from the Past
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:30 AM, 20 Comments
Christine Gregoire, December 21, 2004, calling for counting the Larry Phillips ballots that showed up near the end of the manual recount: "Government mistakes need to be corrected. And the purpose of the recount is precisely that: to correct mistakes.... [read more]

May 27, 2005
Another Own Goal!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:54 PM, 51 Comments
The trial is in recess for the long weekend. It resumes 9:30 Tuesday morning. It was nice to wrap up the week with another own goal. The Democrats went into their post-failure-to-get-summary-judgment-plan-B strategy to parade all of the other county... [read more]

Afternoon Session
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:26 PM, 192 Comments
To recap last session: 1) Bridges agrees to accept CFRs as evidence of felony convictions (unless proven otherwise, it seems) 2) Bridges denied motion to dismiss On lunch break until 2:15pm, when Democrats will call various county auditors who are... [read more]

Democrats move to dismiss.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:37 AM, 67 Comments
After short break, petitioners rest case. Democrats move to dismiss. Snooooooooooze. Democrats move, Republicans refute, Judge denies motion. Details in extended entry.... [read more]

Day Five
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:27 AM, 79 Comments
Today's proceedings opened at 9:30. The TVW feed is pretty good today. Broke for 15min at 11:20am. Play-by-play of the morning session is in the extended entry.... [read more]

May 26, 2005
Airheads
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 PM, 60 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is up! (It's a longer riff on a brief item I posted last week).In Yiddish, the word Luftmensch (literally “man of air”) means an impractical, ungrounded person. That’s an apt description for the... [read more]

Tony Gill on the Stand
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 35 Comments
The Republicans' next expert witness, Prof. Tony Gill is on the stand.... [read more]

Slam Reed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:09 PM, 13 Comments
The Secretary of State's attorney Jeff Even is a decent fellow, but he has the unenviable job of arguing Sam Reed's often silly positions in the election contest. One gets the impression that Reed thinks its more important to protect... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:52 PM, 5 Comments
I'll be on with John Carlson KVI 570 this afternoon and tomorrow afternoon at 3:15. Joining me again will be David Goldstein Tomorrow at 7am: Mike Siegel Show KTTH 770 Saturday: Republican Radio, time TBD. Tuesday morning: pending confirmation of... [read more]

Afternoon Session
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:16 PM, 88 Comments
The trial is to resume at 1:30pm. I have to step out of the office for a bit. Keep us posted in the comments! (2:36pm) Okay, I'm back. The big deal was that Judge Bridges apparently followed his M.O., and... [read more]

Real journalists dropped the ball
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 PM, 13 Comments
This morning's reports by both Greg Roberts of the P-I and David Postman of the Times missed what is, in my opinion, the single most important bit of new information that has come out in the trial. I'm referring to... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:08 AM, 23 Comments
The report on the trial from this morning's Seattle Post-Intelligencer The King County absentee-ballot report, which is not required by state law, was provided to the county canvassing board before it certified the initial tabulation of the Nov. 2 vote.... [read more]

Day Four
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:01 AM, 72 Comments
The Republicans' statistical analyst Clark Benson is now on the stand. -- CalTech professor Jonathan Katz was just sworn in. Democrat lawyer David Burman throws a temper tantrum. "We want to know how these people voted. Don't look at that... [read more]

May 25, 2005
National Review Trial Coverage
by Jim Miller, 05:24 PM, 53 Comments
Peter Kirsanow, a member of the US Civil Rights Commission, has written this article for the National Review, summarizing the dispute, and the Republican claims.  From a quick glance, I would say that it is a good summary, something you... [read more]

NO, we didn't always do it that way
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:31 PM, 83 Comments
Durkan objected to Korrell's redirect on the Mail Ballot Report. Judge Bridges not only overruled the objection but thought the Mail Ballot Report was important enough that he insisted on interrogating Way from the bench. The most significant new revelation... [read more]

Durkan's Cross-examination of Way resumes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:32 PM, 38 Comments
We're just back from lunch. Durkan (I paraphrase): you only have a couple of weeks to process 600,000 ballots and you don't have enough staff. Of course we should expect you to make enough mistakes to change the outcome of... [read more]

Ask a Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:28 PM, 12 Comments
How might the State Supreme Court consider the inevitable appeal of Judge Bridges' ruling in the election contest? The best way to find out is to ask a (former) Supreme Court Justice. Mike Siegel had former Justice Phil Talmadge on... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:56 PM, 18 Comments
I'll be on the John Carlson Show again this afternoon at 3:15pm, KVI 570. David Goldstein will apparently be on the show again too. I worry for Goldstein that he seems to believe that being invited on KVI is a... [read more]

Durkan's Cross-examination of Way
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 33 Comments
Nicole Way's demeanor has definitely changed for Jenny Durkan's cross-examination. A moment ago Durkan pointed out mistakes in the batchslip spreadsheet. The apparent subtext: the existence of mistakes in King County's recordkeeping should excuse them from correcting their mistakes in... [read more]

Trial Briefs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 45 Comments
* The Seattle Times has a nice photo gallery from the trial. * KIRO-TV has an online poll: "Should there be a re-vote in the Washington governor's race?" 75% say yes * Question from a reader: I assume there is/was... [read more]

Way Off
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:28 AM, 31 Comments
Nicole Way seems like she's kind of ... off. Not exactly who you would want to put in charge of, say, counting 600,000 ballots. At least she appears to be a reasonably helpful and honest witness. This exchnage in the... [read more]

Rescind that Pulitzer, now.
by Brian Crouch, 09:27 AM, 69 Comments
David Horsey, hang your head in shame: Here is a snippet of Horsey's response to a letter from an angry reader: It is unfathomable to me that folks who claim to believe in American values get upset about a poorly–sourced... [read more]

Way's World
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 AM, 42 Comments
Mail ballot supervisor Nicole Way is now on the witness stand. It just occurred to me that the two slackers who created the fraudulent Mail Ballot Report are named Way and Garth. Once we get headshots of Nicole Way and... [read more]

A fraud on the public
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:30 AM, 22 Comments
The Times David Postman ended yesterday's live coverage with the headline "Day Two closes with no smoking gun" Testimony by Bill Huennekens, King County's elections superintendent, took up most of the day. There was no drama, and no smoking gun... [read more]

"King County ballot numbers don't add up"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:48 AM, 17 Comments
In today's Seattle Times. Half a year after the closest governor's election in state history, King County officials still can't say for sure how many people voted Nov. 2 or, in many cases, who voted. In all, the county can't... [read more]

The Democrats' Case
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:24 AM, 15 Comments
Last Friday I posted the Republicans' Trial Brief, which summarizes their case for setting aside the election. Today I found the Democrats' Trial Brief, which summarizes their case for keeping Gregoire in office. They offer two alternative arguments. The first... [read more]

May 24, 2005
The Essence of the Huennekens Testimony
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 PM, 8 Comments
Bill Huennekens 6 hours on the witness stand is best summarized in this priceless 20-second exchange captured in this KING 5 TV report [at 1:00] Maguire: Does King County know the true number of absentee ballots that were returned for... [read more]

Speaking Engagement
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 PM, 1 Comments
I'll be speaking at a Thurston County Republican Party dinner event next Thursday, June 2. Also speaking is Bob Williams of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. We'll be discussing the status of the Governor's contest trial and related topics on election... [read more]

Huennekens (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:50 PM, 90 Comments
To summarize Huennekens' 1:30 - 2:55 testimony, he said (and I paraphrase) * "I have no idea what any of the documentation prepared by my staff means" * "I knew that there were all kinds of discrepancies with the polling... [read more]

Bill Huennekens on the stand
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 90 Comments
King County Superintendent of Elections Bill Huennekens is a live witness. * Rob Maguire asked Huennekens if he provided the canvassing board with any reports on provisional ballots. Advantage: Croker Sack! * Huennekens says he destroys any reports of felon... [read more]

Chelan County Auditor on the Stand
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 AM, 29 Comments
Chelan County Auditor Evelyn Arnold is on the stand. Her department uses the same DIMS system as King County. She explains that her department credits voters to help prevent repeat voting. They also reconcile their various numbers. My favorite quote:... [read more]

Democrats dealt blow
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 AM, 32 Comments
Judge Bridges just denied Democrats motion to exclude evidence that there were 875 more absentee ballots than absentee voters. Grounds: It's not a new claim, details based on new information that came up during depositions. At the same time, the... [read more]

Does David Postman Actually Believe This?
by Jim Miller, 09:14 AM, 21 Comments
That was the question that kept popping into my mind as I read through this piece in the Seattle Times.  Much in the article is unobjectionable, but I kept running into odd chunks like this first paragraph: There likely would... [read more]

To ask the question is to answer it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 AM, 34 Comments
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat is in Wenatchee and he's disappointed by the lack of answers to his questions: But I was hoping we'd learn answers to some larger, more important questions. Such as: • Who really got the most... [read more]

May 23, 2005
Two trials in one
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 PM, 23 Comments
The election contest trial is really two trials in one. On its face, of course, there's the legal trial. There's also the political trial, which is going on in parallel as a subtext to the legal trial, where each side... [read more]

Sound Transit Report Card
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:23 PM, 7 Comments
Emory Bundy's presentation of the Sound Transit Report Card at the Downtown Republican Club is now being broadcast on the Seattle Channel (Comcast cable 21). Check the schedule page for various showtimes over the next few days. It's also available... [read more]

Most Felons Are Democrats
by Jim Miller, 07:02 PM, 30 Comments
And since Democrats can be sensitive on this point, I will add immediately that the reverse is not true.  Most Democrats are not felons. That most felons are Democrats is not a secret — but it does seem to be... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 37 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports "Setback for GOP in governor election trial": Republicans suffered a major blow today to their late-developing strategy to claim fraud in the 2004 governor's race when a judge said that claim cannot stand as a key... [read more]

Trial adjourned for day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:51 PM, 15 Comments
Will resume tomorrow at 9am... [read more]

Dan Brady is testifying
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:06 PM, 9 Comments
The Sam Reed deposition skit is over. Dan Brady, who was also a lead GOP election observer, is being sworn in as a witness to testify on documentation of illegal votes.... [read more]

Is Pee Wee Herman calling into Carlson?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 43 Comments
I just tuned back in to Carlson and heard some Democrat guest with a Pee-Wee Herman voice ask if he could "be on with Stefan tomorrow". What's the deal with that?... [read more]

Courtroom Drama
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:33 PM, 6 Comments
At this moment, Mark Braden and Dale Foreman are still going through the bizarre roleplay exercise to introduce Sam Reed's testimony by deposition into evidence. Braden is asking the questions. Foreman is reading Sam Reed's answers. I don't understand why... [read more]

Transitions (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:01 PM, 8 Comments
Congratulations to esteemed contributor Seth Cooper, who will be taking a judicial clerkship with Justice Jim Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court. We're sorry to lose him as a contributor, and wish him luck in his new role. We're... [read more]

Surreal Moment
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:55 PM, 28 Comments
The most surreal moment in the trail so far was watching Democrat lawyer Kevin Hamilton looking like a deer caught in the headlights arguing why the Republicans shouldn't be allowed to admit the evidence that King County counted 875 more... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 6 Comments
My upcoming radio appearances -- John Carlson Show KVI 570 today, Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:15pm Kirby Wilbur Show KVI 570 Tuesday at 6:30am Mike Siegel Show KTTH 770 Tuesday and Wednesday at 7am, Friday at 6am Victoria Taft KPAM... [read more]

Hamilton scores own goal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:52 PM, 22 Comments
Democrat lawyer Kevin Hamilton scored an own goal. His attempted defense against the Republican allegation that there were 875 more absentee ballots than absentee voters was that the Republicans only relied on computer records and never counted the actual envelopes.... [read more]

No sh*t, Sherlock
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 PM, 16 Comments
The Seattle Times David Postman is posting live from the trial 9:44am: Republican attorney Dale Foreman is about 15 minutes into his opening statement and hasn't mentioned felons yet. Instead the Republican case is opening with a strong emphasis on... [read more]

Democrats comical defense
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 36 Comments
I'm listening to Democrat lawyer Kevin Hamilton make some hilarious arguments. If this is their case, they should give up now and spare themselves the expense and embarrassment. Among the howlers: 1) because the Republicans can't prove which (living) person... [read more]

Monorail Police
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 16 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that the financially implausible Seattle Monorail Project has its own secret police force to spy on those who won't be suckered into paying for the nutty scheme: Thousands of people may be dodging the Seattle-only tax,... [read more]

The Greatest Show on Earth
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 22 Comments
The election contest is streaming live on TVW. The video is slow, due to heavy demand. Try the audio. It's also live on KVI 570. Republican Attorney Dale Foreman just gave an amazing opening statement. One of the best lines:... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:31 AM, 33 Comments
The P-I's contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly shovels his usual abuse on me today, but at least he figured out how to spell my name (the third time's a charm).... [read more]

May 22, 2005
Transitions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 PM, 6 Comments
Our esteemed contributor, Tim Ford, will be taking a position on Attorney General Rob McKenna's staff as of June 1. Accordingly, he will no longer be posting at Sound Politics and I've removed his name from our masthead. Our loss... [read more]

Burden of Proof v. Standard of Proof
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 PM, 5 Comments
The Croker Sack blog explains the difference between "burden of proof" and "standard of proof", as those concepts apply to the election contest.... [read more]

Hard Slog
by Andy MacDonald, 08:52 PM, 2 Comments
Since Monday, The Stranger has a blog of its own: Slog. Being only a week old, it is still trying to find its voice; the current posts are a scattering of Cannes news, local happenings and Saddam's underwear. But with... [read more]

More on the Times sloppy article about the felon vote
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:44 PM, 43 Comments
A volunteer researcher for the Rossi legal team e-mails: Today's article has my blood boiling, as I have spent the week at Davis Wright Tremaine helping Rossi's legal team identify and throw out a ton of felons from the Democrat's... [read more]

A foolish defense of vote-by-mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 32 Comments
After this week's confessions of fraudulent mail ballot accounting, you'd have to be a complete fool to write a letter to an editor suggesting that voting entirely by mail is a tremendous idea It is a tremendous step forward for... [read more]

Shoddy Reporting at the Tacoma News Tribune
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:46 AM, 9 Comments
Today's TNT article about the election contest is not just another example of shoddy reporting. It's lazy, derivative shoddy reporting, just an unattributed repackaging of this week's howlingly weak article from the Seattle Weakly, complete with quotes from the same... [read more]

To cancel your Times subscription call: (800) 542-0820
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:47 AM, 58 Comments
Today's front page Seattle Times story goes beyond simple bias in reporting. It reveals not only poor journalistic standards, but also a perverted sense of priorities. This article is a symptom of a larger pattern of misplaced priorities and poor... [read more]

May 21, 2005
A conscious effort to throw the election to Gregoire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:56 AM, 73 Comments
By now it's firmly established that King County Elections officials (1) violated state laws by failing to properly account for their absentee ballots, and (2) conspired to falsify ballot records in order to conceal this problem from the canvassing board... [read more]

Bad judgment, errors in county newspapers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:58 AM, 34 Comments
Even as Seattle Times reporter Keith Ervin reports that Superintendent of Elections Bill Huennekens was at least tacitly involved in the conspiracy to falsify the Mail Ballot Report, the rest of the Seattle media establishment is spinning feverishly to cushion... [read more]

Give Huennekens a Heineken
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:56 AM, 24 Comments
King County's Superintendent of Elections Bill Huennekens could probably use a beer or two right now. It looks like Huennekens is the fall guy even more than Fell is the fall guy. Today's Seattle Times headline: "Manager aware of flawed... [read more]

May 20, 2005
Petitioners' Trial Brief
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:52 PM, 26 Comments
Posted here is the 63-page Petitioners' Trial Brief in Borders v King County et al... [read more]

"No New Gas Tax" initiative now has ballot title
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:18 PM, 45 Comments
I-912, the proposed "No New Gas Tax" Initiative now has a ballot title: This measure would repeal vehicle fuel tax increases of 3 cents, 3 cents, 2 cents, and 1.5 cents per gallon in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008, respectively,... [read more]

Luftmensch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:37 PM, 33 Comments
From the deposition transcript of Garth Fell, Assistant Superintendent of Ballot Processing and Delivery. [p. 11]: Q. Prior to being employed by King County, where were you employed? A. I was not employed. I was a student. Q. I see.... [read more]

'mkay
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:03 PM, 36 Comments
Now we know what the priorities are:John McKay, the U.S. attorney for Western Washington, will direct a preliminary FBI investigation into possible federal criminal violations by Spokane Mayor Jim West, McKay's office said Friday Not that I have any sympathy... [read more]

Public Opinion
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:42 PM, 52 Comments
From the StrategicVision Poll of Washington voters conducted May 15 - 17 1. Regardless of who you voted for in November's gubernatorial election, who do you believe actually won the gubernatorial election, Democrat Christine Gregoire or Republican Dino Rossi? Christine... [read more]

Way and Fell Depositions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:40 AM, 57 Comments
The deposition transcript for Nicole "Fraudulent Mail Ballot Report" Way is here! 128 pages. So fresh, I haven't read it myself yet. UPDATE: I've also posted the combined transcript for Garth "Fraudulent Mail Ballot Report" Fell's depositions of May 12... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:33 AM, 17 Comments
"Watchdog says car-tab fee won't cover monorail cost" Monorail officials, based on a recent study by ECONorthwest of Portland, have assumed that the motor-vehicle excise tax will increase by an average of 6.1 percent a year between now and 2030,... [read more]

Irons Fundraisers
by Andy MacDonald, 08:20 AM, 4 Comments
Next week is kickoff week for David Irons' campaign for King County Executive. He is holding a series of events to raise enough money to be a strong challenger to Ron Sims -- to bring an end to Sims' legacy... [read more]

Fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:10 AM, 47 Comments
When Judge Bridge's May 2 ruling was released, Olympia attorney Shawn Newman wrote that "Overall, my professional opinion is that Rossi's team is in trouble" [details in his 9:13pm comment on this post]. Newman has now revised his forecast substantially... [read more]

May 19, 2005
"Springtime for Gregoire"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 PM, 29 Comments
If idiocy could be measured on a scale of 1 - 10, Friday's P-I editorial goes up to 11: "Governor's Office: One judge, one vote" In a trial set to begin Monday in Wenatchee, state Republicans will in effect ask... [read more]

Howling Weakly
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:48 PM, 49 Comments
I recently had the pleasure of meeting George Howland, Jr. of the Seattle Weakly. He's a pleasant enough fellow, but his article on the election contest this week is one of the silliest things yet put to paper on the... [read more]

Proportional Deduction
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:00 PM, 25 Comments
One of the least understood aspects of the election contest (at least misunderstood by the "real" journalists who are supposed to be explaining it to the public) is the "proportional deduction" method for attributing illegal votes. It's very simple. For... [read more]

Garfield High School PTSA Hassles Recruiters
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:20 PM, 35 Comments
The head of the Garfield High School PTSA hassled an on-site military recruiter yesterday, who left after reporters who were alterted to the confrontation, arrived. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: Do you understand that we don't want you here?" said... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:49 PM, 14 Comments
I got a bunch of invitations today to appear on the radio in the coming week: Tomorrow, Friday, May 20, I'll be on Kirby Wilbur's Show at 7am KVI 570 Saturday, May 21, I'll be on Republican Radio, 11am-1pm on... [read more]

"State of Emergency"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:16 PM, 14 Comments
Before I mention my column in this week's The Stranger, about the 98 emergencies declared by the legislature this session, I'll start with a fun movie trivia question: From which movie is this line: "Emergency, emergency, everybody to get from... [read more]

Seeing Double
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:58 PM, 33 Comments
It's been known for a while that some number of King County's unverified provisional ballots that went into the AccuVote were cast by double voters. It turns out that the number of double voters is significantly higher than what King... [read more]

Sam Reed on Dori Monson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 AM, 28 Comments
Sam Reed will be on Dori Monson's show (710 KIRO) today at noon, talking about the latest revelations from King County Elections. Based on what he said in his deposition, it won't be terribly complimentary. UPDATE: Paul Berendt will also... [read more]

Rossi in the national media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 AM, 7 Comments
Dino Rossi is in Washington, DC this week, raising money for the election contest and talking to the national press. There's this profile in today's Washington Times. Rossi was also on MSNBC's "Connected Coast to Coast", with Ron Reagan. Blogger... [read more]

Alleged ALF Terrorist Has Mercer Island Roots
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:40 AM, 33 Comments
An iconic animal rights terrorist who allegedly robbed mink farmers of hundreds of thousands of dollars of live assets by freeing minks, and who faces trail on federal charges in Wisconsin after seven years on the lam, graduated from high... [read more]

Is A False Election Report Fraud?
by Jim Miller, 05:42 AM, 99 Comments
A deliberately false election report? King County's absentee-ballot supervisor has testified that she collaborated with her boss when she filled out a report that falsely showed all ballots were accounted for in the November election. Nicole Way said in a... [read more]

May 18, 2005
I-912
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:56 PM, 72 Comments
The Secretary of State has given the "No New Gas Tax" Initiative the number "912". It's now in the hands of the Attorney General to prepare the ballot title. Here is the text of the proposed initiative, as it came... [read more]

Fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:27 PM, 91 Comments
The Republicans are now alleging that outright fraud occurred in King County in the November 2004 election. The Democrats can't defend Ron Sims' indefensible Elections office, so, as usual, they're making stuff up: "It seems like the Republicans are scrambling... [read more]

La gobernadora fraudulenta
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 47 Comments
The Former Attorney General is giving a pay-off to her non-U.S. citizen voters: Gov. Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire and Terry Bergeson, state superintendent of public instruction, yesterday joined Mexico’s President Vicente Fox and others in launching a web site... [read more]

Seattle Schools Death Spiral Continues
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:41 AM, 36 Comments
The Seattle School District's plan to close 10 schools was announced last month as necessary to close the school's multi-million dollar budget gap. (Except that it wasn't clear whether it would actually save any money, or only cost more money).... [read more]

Cheating the Cheaters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 14 Comments
The Seattle City Auditor reports that Companies have underpaid the city of Seattle about $11 million a year in business taxes, according to a report released yesterday by the city Auditor's Office, which urged the hiring of more tax auditors... [read more]

Seattle NAACP Still Hunting For Right Race-Baiting Lawyer
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:43 AM, 13 Comments
The King County Journal digs deeper and gets the real story today behind a U.S. District Court Judge's dismissal of a $50 million lawsuit on behalf of 15 students, a lawsuit that has been advanced at every stage by the... [read more]

May 17, 2005
Twenty Years of Neglect
by Jim Miller, 05:20 PM, 40 Comments
That's what Geov Parrish of the Seattle Weekly says has happened to Washington state's roads, quoting a Democrat. It's a pretty tall order.  As Jon Scholes, transportation aide to King County Council member Julia Patterson, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "To... [read more]

Governor Bulls*t
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:21 PM, 66 Comments
What an apt metaphor for the former Attorney General's term as the pretend governor -- a visit to a manure factory. I can't wait for the photos MEDIA ADVISORY Gov.Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire to tour Whatcom County dairy farms,... [read more]

Chris Vance News Conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:14 PM, 38 Comments
An outline of Chris Vance's news conference today: * There were so many errors made by King County election officials that it is impossible to rule out the possibility that votes were fraudulently added or subtracted from this election, and... [read more]

Railroad Ron
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 67 Comments
Not unlike my three-year-old son, Ron Sims loves his railroad toys. Railroad Ron is at it again: "King County trying to buy rail corridor for new trail" King County has entered into exclusive negotiations with BNSF Railway to buy a... [read more]

Are they "Public Schools" or "Union Schools"?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:35 AM, 29 Comments
If you ever thought that the public schools are run for any reason other than for the sake of their employee unions, think again: "Seattle tries to restrict vending near schools" Hoping to discourage back-of-the-van pizza peddlers from luring school... [read more]

May 16, 2005
DeBolt returns as minority leader
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 51 Comments
The state House Republican Caucus has returned Rep. Richard DeBolt as minority leader.... [read more]

Carolyn Edmonds refuses to speak to constituents she doesn't agree with
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:57 AM, 49 Comments
King County Councilmember Carolyn Edmonds' own press release proudly declares that she Refuses Debate On Right Wing KVI Radio: Councilmember and candidate for re-election Carolyn Edmonds refused today to debate opponent Bob Ferguson on right wing talk radio station KVI.... [read more]

Republican Caucuses Tomorrow
by Andy MacDonald, 09:35 AM, 39 Comments
The King County Republican party will be holding precinct caucuses tomorrow, May 17 at 8pm. These will determine delegates to the county convention in June. Because of the recent changes to the state's primary system, all Republican candidates must be... [read more]

Emory Bundy at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 AM, 17 Comments
REMINDER-- this will be a great talk and there's still room: The special guest speaker at today's (Monday, May 16) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is Emory Bundy, a leading environmentalist and Sound Transit watchdog. The event will... [read more]

May 15, 2005
Gas Tax Blowback
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 AM, 107 Comments
Some of the state's politicians are now beginning to realize that they went too far in raising the gas tax and other taxes: "Gas-tax blues: Lawmakers worry about blowback" Lawmakers concede that their constituents are hopping mad, particularly with gas... [read more]

May 13, 2005
The politics of homelessness policy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 PM, 43 Comments
King County Councilman Bob Ferguson has offered a novel solution to addressing homelessness: Ferguson proposed yesterday the county buy one or two closed motels to provide temporary housing for 50 to 100 homeless people. Ferguson said he will introduce an... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption(VI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:04 PM, 56 Comments
Christine Gregoire repays another campaign debt: Gov. Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire greeted some of her strongest supporters in Spokane on Thursday night and announced her plans to sign a bill Monday that could lead to an overhaul of how... [read more]

Standing ovation for fraudulent election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:52 PM, 18 Comments
A report from this week's shindig of the state's election officials King County - where the largest number of mishandled ballots was found and alleged felons voted - was the brunt of a few lighthearted jabs. But the county's director... [read more]

Call in the Feds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 42 Comments
U.S. Attorney John McKay was on the John Carlson Show Monday, dancing around to avoid explaining why his office is not investigating the King County Elections fraud scandal, as the U.S. Attorney in Milwaukee is investigating the election fraud in... [read more]

"No New Gas Tax" filed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 92 Comments
The No New Gas Tax Initiative has been filed. Recent news items tell us why this initiative is needed more than ever: Those who get to spend our transportation taxes simply don't know what they're doing --... [read more]

May 12, 2005
"Spanking the Legislature"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:30 PM, 61 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is up! Our three-year-old son loves his trains. He's always asking for more bridges and locomotives. Occasionally, we'll buy him a transportation toy as a reward for accomplishments in, say, potty training. Our... [read more]

Broder Channels Gregoire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 41 Comments
David Broder might be called the "dean of the Washington (DC) press corps", but his column today on Christine Gregoire - "Gregoire channels Bush" - doesn't show much deansmanship. It's not only a partisan puff piece, but also lazy, factually... [read more]

May 11, 2005
"Inquiry finds evidence of fraud in election"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 16 Comments
Milwaukee experienced election fraud eerily similar to what we saw in King County, but at least law enforcement officials in Wisconsin are doing something about that mess: Investigators said Tuesday they found clear evidence of fraud in the Nov. 2... [read more]

State law requires...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 40 Comments
Even as the Democrat Party and its spokesmen at the lunatic fringe blogs and editorial boards fixate on the issue of felon voters, there is an awful lot more to the election contest than proportional deduction of felon votes. After... [read more]

Your legislature at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:58 AM, 64 Comments
David Ammons reports on various bills that were just signed into law by the former Attorney General. 1. HB 1031, which provides "long-term funding for problem gambling". This program to treat problem gambling is funded by a tax on gambling,... [read more]

May 10, 2005
Locke makes desperate appeal to Rossi
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 PM, 106 Comments
Former Gov. Gary Locke today made a desperate appeal to Dino Rossi to give up the election contest case. The timing is interesting. The trial is set to start in less than two weeks. At this point, Rossi is obviously... [read more]

Call in the feds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:34 PM, 30 Comments
U.S. Attorney John McKay was on the John Carlson show yesterday, insisting up and down that he could neither confirm nor deny whether there was a federal investigation into the King County election scandal. It's odd then that the U.S.... [read more]

David Irons campaign events
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 PM, 8 Comments
The David Irons for King County Executive campaign has some events coming up: This Thursday, May 12 there's a reception in Issaquah at 5:30pm. Special guest: Dino Rossi! The week of May 23 there are four kick-off breakfasts, each in... [read more]

The Nation's 3rd Most Unpopular Governor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:07 PM, 39 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire has the 4th lowest approval rating (34%) and the 3rd highest disapproval rating (58%) among the 50 sitting governors. (Although in her case, I use the word "governor" loosely).... [read more]

Pledge-signers, pledge-breakers
by Marsha Michaelis, 04:32 PM, 14 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has published a list of legislators who signed a pledge to support comprehensive, independent performance audits. Nineteen of the seventy broke their word, and the House and Senate were a combined three votes short of approving... [read more]

Couple of SPers on a panel Saturday
by Marsha Michaelis, 04:26 PM, 1 Comments
Stefan Sharkansky and I are panelists at a workshop hosted by the Washington Federation of Republican Women on Saturday (May 14). KTTH radio host Mike Siegel is the luncheon speaker. Topic: Grassroots politics. The Tacoma event is open to the... [read more]

What the gas tax is really meant for
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:52 AM, 108 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire signed the soon-to-be-repealed gas tax, justifying the increase on "safety grounds" "So when is a good time?" Gregoire asked. "There isn't. You either do it, or watch the [Alaskan Way] Viaduct pancake or 520 go... [read more]

Helipads for everyone
by Brian Crouch, 10:41 AM, 33 Comments
The Sounder, from Seattle to Everett, cost $316,000,000. With a flat 150 riders a day (since service started) the proportioned bill comes to $8426, per rider, per day, for the year. Far be it from me to simply cavil and... [read more]

Former Attorney General Kidnapped By Mariner Moose
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 AM, 51 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire has been shanghaied by the Mariner Moose. The expression on the former Attorney General's face looks like the Moose is trying to shake a confession out of her such as: "Admit it -- you... [read more]

May 09, 2005
More Accusations Against Jim West
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:02 PM, 42 Comments
More on Republican, Spokane Mayor and former State Senate Majority Leader Jim West from The Spokane Spokesman-Review, today (free reg. req.): High-salaried City Hall jobs and a position on a city policy-making board were offered to two young men after... [read more]

"Consuming News in the Age of the Blog"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:40 PM, 5 Comments
I'll be a panelist in a forum called Consuming News in the Age of the Blog, organized by the Evans School and the Washington News Council. Thursday, May12, 6:00pm-8:00pm, 309 Parrington Hall, UW Campus Jim Miller and Brian Crouch will... [read more]

Issue of Equity
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 AM, 28 Comments
The Seattle School District is preparing to end its school choice program, which has allowed parents to send their kids to any school in town which has room, with the school district providing free busing. The fiscally-challenged district is trying... [read more]

"Count Again"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 35 Comments
There seems to be an epidemic of former Attorneys General giving commencement speeches. Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft spoke at the graduation ceremony of Northwest University on Saturday. Former Washington State Attorney General Christine Gregoire spoke at WSU on... [read more]

Third-Rate Law School Awards Prize for Fraudulent Election (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 16 Comments
Here are some quotes from Gonzaga University Law School Professor Stephen Sepinuck (left) upon presenting the school's Law Medal to Secretary of State Sam Reed: Seven months ago, Secretary Reed found himself at the center of a political maelstrom. As... [read more]

No New Gas Tax
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:14 AM, 76 Comments
KVI's John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur promised to back an initiative to repeal Gregoire's gas tax -- "No New Gas Tax" -- but only the condition that listeners came up with $25,000 in seed money. Just announced on Kirby's show... [read more]

May 08, 2005
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:55 PM, 32 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a campaign ad for Former Attorney General Gregoire disguised as a news story: "Gregoire: First the victory, now the triumphs" With her first legislative session wrapped up on time, Gregoire was quick to declare victory and... [read more]

State Elections Confab
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:34 PM, 24 Comments
The state's county election officials will be convening this week at the Shilo Inn resort in Ocean Shores. This should be quite a fancy shindig at taxpayer expense. The Shilo Inn has a weekday rate of $200 per nite. One... [read more]

"Instrument of God" Bears False Witness
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:03 PM, 74 Comments
A self-described "instrument of God," former Montana Gov. Judy Martz Friday morning told a Tacoma Dome crowd of 2,800 - attending the 27th annual Pierce County Prayer Breakfast - that since mandatory prayer in public schools was abolished, teen XXbirthXX... [read more]

Fixing Old Roads For Seattle Is Good
by Jim Miller, 09:38 AM, 26 Comments
Building new roads for the rest of the state is bad.  That's the conclusion I draw from this Danny Westneat column, in which he explains his switch from opposing new gas taxes in 2002 to favoring them in 2005.  ... [read more]

May 07, 2005
Third-Rate Law School Awards Prize for Fraudulent Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:29 AM, 46 Comments
Gonzaga University Law School, ranked as a "Tier 3" school, today awards Secretary of State Sam Reed the Gonzaga University School of Law Medal, the school's highest honor. "Reed has shown exemplary character and legal judgment during the ongoing political... [read more]

May 06, 2005
Russell Simmons Reveals New Initiative In Seattle Visit: Only Yogis Vote, We All Die
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:20 PM, 15 Comments
Look, I agree yoga is cool, OK? Call me a Yoga Repubican. I can twist my body, meditate, chew anise seeds, and deep breathe with the best of 'em. But Russell Simmons is off his frickin' nut. The famed hip-hop... [read more]

King & Snohomish County Caucuses
by Timothy Goddard, 05:01 PM, 16 Comments
Do you want to get involved in politics, but don't know where to start? If you live in King or Snohomish County, the ideal opportunity is coming up on May 17, in form of precinct caucuses. Because of recent changes... [read more]

Transcript of Judge Bridges Rulings
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:59 PM, 33 Comments
Here is the full transcript of Judge Bridges' rulings from Monday.... [read more]

Now they tell us
by Brian Crouch, 04:58 PM, 37 Comments
From a P-I Editorial last week, Environment: Cleansing state's air: Washington state will have cleaner air. That's something to celebrate. As early as this week, Gov. Christine Gregoire will sign into law requirements for cleaner-burning vehicle engines... While not groundbreaking,... [read more]

Exclusive: Hutch and Lapin fight back
by Brian Crouch, 04:26 PM, 26 Comments
In response to this ad hominem screed: "Resurgent bigotry troubling, dangerous," by liberal political activist Daniel Weiner (who calls every opponent of HB 1515 a "common, base" bigot), Pastor Ken Hutcherson and Rabbi Daniel Lapin collaborated on the following rebuttal,... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (V)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:09 PM, 6 Comments
When the Democrats in the legislature imposed a two-month delay in pay raises for nonunion state employees, the initially claimed it was a money-saving measure. In fact, upgrading the payroll software to handle the difference in pay grades will cost... [read more]

Sound Transit Report Card
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:06 PM, 10 Comments
Right now on Carlson KVI 570 (4:07pm) -- Maggie Fimia talking about the Sound Transit Report Card.... [read more]

Kirkland Campaign Rally
by Jim Miller, 01:26 PM, 25 Comments
This morning I went to a campaign rally in downtown Kirkland.  Governor Gregoire came to my suburb to sign environmental bills, or, as I would say, "environmental" bills.  Nearly everyone there (perhaps 150 people all together) was a Democratic official,... [read more]

Seattle Times (Accidentally) Argues for Rossi
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:00 PM, 4 Comments
Today's Seattle Times unsigned editorial appears to be trying to throw cold water on the election contest: "The heavy burden for Republicans" Republicans hoping to overturn the election of Gov. Christine Gregoire have a steep mountain to climb because they... [read more]

Democrats Help Prove Rossi's Case (Update)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:52 PM, 5 Comments
More on the Democrats' "smoking gun" claim that they found 1,939 improperly counted provisional ballots in counties other than King. All but three of those counties went for Rossi in the manual recount. As I mentioned yesterday, the county auditors... [read more]

Did Spokane Mayor Jim West Compromise His Office?
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:35 PM, 25 Comments
The allegations he sexually abused two youths as Boy Scouts years ago are unproven, but Republican Jim West, Mayor of Spokane and former State Senate majority leader, admits he's had adult gay sex and that he sought partners online. As... [read more]

Confidential to Letter Writer
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 AM, 0 Comments
To the anonymous county employee -- Thank you for the very interesting letter. Let's talk. E-mail me at: theshark .at. usefulwork .dot. com. Confidentiality guaranteed.... [read more]

May 05, 2005
NONEWGASTAX.com
by Ron Hebron, 11:06 PM, 52 Comments
There is great anger over the Legislature's last-minute raising of the gas tax. There are several areas of concern, first: There is a lot of concern that the Dept of Transportation is not making wise use of the billions it... [read more]

"Policy Wonks with Guns"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:10 PM, 15 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is up! The biggest blast (literally) I had last weekend was when I went target shooting with a bunch of Young Republicans. Read the whole thing. If you're interested in hooking up with... [read more]

Democrats help Rossi prove case (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:43 PM, 44 Comments
The Washington Democrats excitedly posted this "article" on their website last week: "EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT EVEN UNDER ROSSI’S THEORY, GREGOIRE WINS". The evidence is so good, they're not even telling us what it is! The Democrats' secret weapon on the... [read more]

King County Canvassing Board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:36 AM, 26 Comments
I recently asked the other members of the King County Canvassing Board to comment on Dean Logan's deposition -- specificially on the admission that Logan and election staff knew about significant numbers of irregularities that they didn't disclose to... [read more]

May 04, 2005
King County Elections "Take Your Children to Work Day"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 PM, 46 Comments
The King County Elections office held its Take Your Children to Work Day last week. The group project was, you guessed it, a special election. A sample of the questions the kids got to vote on: What do you think... [read more]

"No confidence" in Dean Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:19 PM, 48 Comments
King County Councilman Reagan Dunn has introduced a Motion for No-Confidence Vote on Dean Logan. Council Chairman Larry Phillips says "It is far too soon to consider any change in leadership at King County Elections" What King County elections needs... [read more]

Good news on Immigration SNAFU
by Brian Crouch, 04:56 PM, 8 Comments
Eugene Sherman reports that Yana and Katia Khrapko are being processed for release this evening! Neil Clark, the USCIS Detention director, released them into Serguei Khrapko's "custody." Just to re-cap, the Khrapkos were put in detention in Tacoma because their... [read more]

Logan Deposition (VII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:03 PM, 26 Comments
From Dean Logan's deposition, p. 224 - 225: Q: Have you ever said that state-wide, you know, I think that perhaps we'll never know the answer to that because of it being as close as it is? THE WITNESS: I... [read more]

Defending I-601
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:36 PM, 31 Comments
A collection of citizen groups filed suit with the Supreme Court to allow a referendum on the legislature's evisceration of voter-mandated budget restraints: The suit was filed by the Washington Farm Bureau and other groups after Secretary of State Sam... [read more]

Proportional Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 37 Comments
Some of the region's dopiest commentators are having a hard time grasping the concept of proportional analysis of invalid votes in the governor's race (e.g. Ken Schram, the P-I editorial board, the usual suspects at the lunatic fringe blogs). But... [read more]

Solidarity Forever
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:14 AM, 4 Comments
"Union hit with rejection at agency" State workers in the Department of Retirement Systems have voted against the Washington Public Employees Association, ending the union's role at the agency unless an appeal is made this week. The 169-person bargaining unit... [read more]

May 03, 2005
Former Attorney General Signs Bait-and-switch "election reform" package
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 PM, 26 Comments
Former Attorney General Christine Gregoire signed the Democrats' package of lame-ass "election reform" bills with the comment: The November election was a total meltdown and nobody in his right mind believes that I actually won. So in order to placate... [read more]

Huennekens Deposition (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:25 PM, 55 Comments
This exchange in the Bill Huennekens deposition crystallizes the central problem with King County's handling of the November 2004 election. p. 93 - 95: Q When Ms. Sanchez said to you words or substance that there were widespread problems, or... [read more]

Tacoma's "Tower Of Peace" Needs New Name
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:21 PM, 33 Comments
Tacoma wants philanthropists to pay for a $14 million spire-shaped "Tower Of Peace" atop the town's convention center, to mitigate the building's "hulking horizontality." The motto for the spire-tower: "Aspire to World Peace." More from Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter... [read more]

Huennekens Deposition (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:44 PM, 9 Comments
I've been reading the Bill Huennekens deposition transcript. Lots of good stuff. pp. 103 - 160 takes us back to Precinct 1823, where hundreds of people are registered to vote at the King County Administration Building. The deposition pertains to... [read more]

King County Official Policy: Look the other way
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 28 Comments
The King County Prosecutor's Office issued this legal opinion advising Dean Logan on his responsibilities as elections director regarding voter registration. The punchline is that he has to accept any complete registration form and register the voter. But if he... [read more]

Glaring Holes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 AM, 16 Comments
Monday's editorial in The Olympian is all about glaring holes: The new bills, once signed into law by the governor, should plug the glaring holes from the 2004 election. As one sharp reader puts it "Only The Olympian would claim... [read more]

"Clearly Invalid"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:47 AM, 40 Comments
The P-I gives us an interesting quote from Monday's hearing: "Unless an election is clearly invalid, when the people have spoken, their verdict should not be disturbed by the courts," Bridges said. What might make an election "clearly invalid"? I... [read more]

What, me worry?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 AM, 31 Comments
Alfred E. NeumannFormer Attorney General Gregoire A certain former Attorney General who campaigned on a promise not to raise taxes and believes she won some kind of a model election, nervously tells a TV reporter that she's too busy... [read more]

May 02, 2005
Soak The Poor
by Jim Miller, 02:20 PM, 49 Comments
For the first time since the 1994 election, Democrats controlled both houses of the Washington legislature.  They celebrated by imposing new taxes, most of them regressive. The Democratic-controlled Legislature pushed through a $481 million package of "sin taxes" and other... [read more]

Portrait of a Leftist Fiend
by Brian Crouch, 12:55 PM, 76 Comments
Only a leftist could write "Iraqis were better off under Saddam Hussein in every quantifiable way than they are today," and later in the same column, complain: "Are Americans prepared to offer their support to the same brutal apparatus of... [read more]

Sound Transit Report Card
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:14 AM, 28 Comments
The Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives (CETA) has issued a report card on Sound Transit. The Unsound Train people get a GPA of 1.0Sounder Commuter Rail F Tacoma Link Light Rail C Central Link Light Rail F Regional Express Buses... [read more]

The consequence of orthodoxy
by Brian Crouch, 10:07 AM, 55 Comments
Protestors, wearing rainbow armbands, went to church in Kirkland yesterday:Felicia Mueller, who organized a visit by gay rights activists to Antioch Bible Church yesterday, said, "We hope we will plant the seed, and maybe they'll start to question their pastor's... [read more]

Judge rules in Republicans favor in election challenge
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:44 AM, 44 Comments
This just in -- Republicans have won a victory in their challenge to the election of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. Chelan County Superior Court Judge John Bridges said Republicans will be allowed to use "proportional analysis" to prove their case... [read more]

A delay in the ethics investigation
by Brian Crouch, 08:58 AM, 40 Comments
Drudge is reporting: The controversy over lobbyist-funded Congressional travel has brushed yet another Member. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) took a five-day jaunt to Miami in February. The original travel disclosure Dicks’ office filed with the House Clerk listed the sponsor... [read more]

May 01, 2005
Verbal Vote Fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 AM, 43 Comments
A friend in Olympia tipped me off to this hilarious and fortunately unsuccessful amendment to one of the "election reform" bills. The amendment proposed the following as one of many acceptable forms of polling place ID: (b) A verbal or... [read more]

Christine Gregoire then and now
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 41 Comments
Today's Seattle Times front-page article compares what candidate Gregoire said with what Gregoire did while acting, illegitimately, as governor: "What Governor Former Attorney General Gregoire said — and did" "I thought I knew a lot about her character and her... [read more]

A party for two losers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:08 AM, 31 Comments
From the Washington State Democrats home page. Tonight's party features the man who lost the 2004 U.S. presidential election and the woman who lost the 2004 Washington State gubernatorial election: You’re invited to join Senator John Kerry1 for a seafood... [read more]

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