Index of entries from June 2005
June 30, 2005
Contest: "Who loses his job first?"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 PM, 53 Comments
... Joel Horn or Dean Logan? Post your best guesses as to the date when each of these guys is fired. The person who comes closest (first entry in case of tie) will win some sort of suitable prize.... [read more]

Monorail dead for now
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 PM, 20 Comments
Friday's P-I -- "Monorail financing plan killed" The Seattle Monorail Project board killed the system's controversial financing plan tonight, sending the project back to the drawing board to try to save the West Seattle-to-Crown Hill line. An ad-hoc committee of... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 PM, 15 Comments
The funniest editorial column this week (with the possible exception of Hugh Spitzer's fabulously idiotic election reform proposal) is Friday's lead editorial in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, posted a few hours before the Monorail board rejected the financing proposal -- "Seattle... [read more]

Out with a bang or a whimper?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:01 PM, 40 Comments
Just got this e-mail from Geof Logan, one of the Monorail's most dogged critics. It looks the Monorail is done. Let's just hope the end is both quick and final. The last thing we need is for the same collection... [read more]

Dino Speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:52 PM, 12 Comments
Dino Rossi is this week's guest on TVW's Inside Olympia with David Ammons. The video will be online later. In the meantime, read the highlights in Ammons' column.... [read more]

A Seattle Voice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:37 PM, 4 Comments
I'm this week's guest on Seattle Voices with Eric Liu, an interview series on the Seattle city cable channel. Liu asked a lot of great questions and I really enjoyed our discussion. The show airs this evening at 8pm on... [read more]

This just in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:31 PM, 19 Comments
Sen. Ken Jacobsen has sent a letter to the governor asking her to convene a special session to terminate the Seattle Monorail project. The letter, courtesy of Sen. Jacobsen's office, is posted here. UPDATE: Someone from a legislature IP address... [read more]

Dead Heat in County Executive Race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 37 Comments
A public opinion poll released yesterday by David Irons shows that the race for County Executive is neck-and-neck The poll shows that if the vote was held today, Sims of Seattle would get 42 percent, Irons 40 percent and Green... [read more]

Who supports the gas tax anyway?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 33 Comments
Yesterday I posted some hilarious propaganda flyers from the pro-gas tax "Keep Washington Rolling" campaign. This one was parody: "You will die. Your children will die. Oh, and did we mention you’ll lose your job, too?" This one was genunine... [read more]

Monorail Meltdown
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 12 Comments
The Seattle Monorail Project is on the verge of a total meltdown of political support, as today's articles in the Times (here) and the P-I (here) would indicate. Today's columns by Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. of the P-I (here) and... [read more]

Ruling in JOA lawsuit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:44 AM, 12 Comments
The State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Seattle Times in its dispute with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer over the joint operating agreement. The Times article is here. The P-I article here. The ruling here.... [read more]

June 29, 2005
Sometimes the Feds do take vote fraud seriously
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 PM, 41 Comments
Some city officials from East St. Louis were convicted of vote fraud in federal court today. It would be nice if our local U.S. Attorney would at least investigate some of the disturbing unanswered questions from the King County Elections... [read more]

Another Ron Sims scandal hits the fan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:54 PM, 30 Comments
A King County Hearing Examiner has concluded that the county DOT produced bogus traffic reports in order to facilitate Quadrant Corp.'s application to develop a large housing community at Redmond Ridge. The Puget Sound Business Journal has a report here.... [read more]

Monorail keeps making stuff up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:50 PM, 22 Comments
KING 5 reports that "Monorail ad numbers flawed" The Seattle Monorail Project admitted Wednesday that numbers it published in a full-page newspaper ad in defense of its controversial financing plan are wrong. Imagine that.... [read more]

Thank her in return
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:40 PM, 27 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire's office just sent out this announcement: OLYMPIA - Jun. 30, 2005 - Christine Gregoire will speak and present a gift on behalf of Washington State to the Puyallup Tribe for receiving the Lady Washington at Commencement Bay. WHAT... [read more]

Read this week's Mossback
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:36 PM, 6 Comments
Knute Berger's column this week is priceless.... [read more]

$11 Billion is the best-case scenario
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:24 PM, 19 Comments
While everybody's fixated on an estimated total cost of $11 billion for the Monorail, bear in mind that this is the best-case scenario. It assumes that car tab revenues will grow 6.1% a year, which is highly optimistic. Even the... [read more]

Pro-Gas Tax Hysteria
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:02 PM, 32 Comments
The hysterical forces who are determined to keep the gas tax barrel filled to the brim with pork are handing out scaremongering flyers to frighten us regular folks out of signing the No New Gas Tax petition. Here are three... [read more]

Should elections officials be shielded from accountability?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:21 AM, 28 Comments
On today's Seattle Times op-ed page, the government's outsourced superlawyer Hugh Spitzer has a fabulously idiotic proposal for reforming the state's election system: "Remove partisan stain from state elections" In light of Washington's recent election imbroglio, this would be a... [read more]

"When Nordstrom ideas bump into Kmart reality"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:56 AM, 16 Comments
The Seattle Times Bruce Ramsey writes today on the fantasy vs. the reality of replacing the Viaduct .... [read more]

Just Say No to the Monorail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 AM, 25 Comments
Wednesday's P-I has a rare (mostly) sensible editorial "Monorail Project: Board must say no". Squeezed by a 20 percent increase in project costs on one side and a 30 percent decrease in anticipated revenue on the other, members of the... [read more]

"Dean Logan made things worse"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:24 AM, 23 Comments
Ron Sims' independent task force says that King County's election office is in worse shape than it was before County Executive Ron Sims hired Dean Logan two years ago In a scathing briefing to the Metropolitan King County Council's review... [read more]

June 28, 2005
FLASH: Ferguson trounces Edmonds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:57 PM, 25 Comments
In a victory for sane grassroots Democrats over the corrupt Ron Sims machine, King County Councilman Bob Ferguson trounced Carolyn Edmonds at this evening's Democratic Party nominating convention. So reports a friendly Democrat who was there. It wasn't even close.... [read more]

The Perfect Vote Fraud (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:33 PM, 42 Comments
Last week I mentioned the perfect vote fraud (Gregoire-Kastama fraud), which Christine Gregoire and the Democrats in the legislature enshrined into law this year. In a nutshell, the way to pull off this perfect vote fraud is to register under... [read more]

The Monorail: Litmus test for ability to handle reality
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 54 Comments
Most (though not all) of the Seattle City Council members are now "troubled" by the Monorail. Welcome aboard. The Monorail is the single biggest issue in front of the City Council, and it should be the most important litmus test... [read more]

Ferguson v Edmonds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:48 AM, 27 Comments
The King County Democrats nominating convention will be held this evening. The most interesting contest appears to be that between incumbent County Councilmembers Bob Ferguson and Carolyn Edmonds, who were redistricted into the same district. Ferguson and Edmonds will appear... [read more]

June 27, 2005
Is Ron Sims A Good Manager?
by Jim Miller, 10:45 AM, 45 Comments
I wondered about that during the long King County election fiasco.  And I started wondering about that again when I saw these two columns.  First, Joel Connelly of the Seattle PI on transportation plans in this area. Two rules seem... [read more]

Seattle's new nickname
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 80 Comments
Chicago is known as The City of Big Shoulders and The City that Works. New York is The City that Never Sleeps and The Capital of the World. San Francisco is The City that Knows How. I haven't heard an... [read more]

Monorail Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 10 Comments
Seattle Monorail Project director Joel Horn is at this hour struggling to defend his insane boondoggle on KUOW's Weekday. State Auditor Brian Sonntag is also on the program, representing the voice of reason. Listen and call in with your questions.... [read more]

June 26, 2005
Respite from Politics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:35 PM, 43 Comments
It's necessary sometimes to forget about the state's insane politics for a few days and enjoy the reasons why we choose to live here. So we took off and spent the weekend on the Olympic Peninsula. Sharkansky family at Hurricane... [read more]

June 23, 2005
The perfect vote fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:03 PM, 187 Comments
The legislature's recent "election reform" package, presented under the guise of restoring voter trust and protecting the integrity of elections, supposedly gave us improvements like "identification at the polls". But in reality, the "identification requirement" was nothing other than a... [read more]

Homophobe Outs Self
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:02 PM, 131 Comments
This morning I exercised editorial discretion against the troll who was posting tedious off-topic nonsense under the name "Lush Flimbaugh". In response, I received this e-mail from one Scott Bourne, sbourne@tcq.net : Subject: you're a d*ck sucker Hey Steffy. I... [read more]

Nostalgia for Goldwater
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:25 PM, 43 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is up! The Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the federal ban on medical marijuana should make a lot of Republicans nostalgic for Barry Goldwater, the late Arizona Senator known for his outspoken... [read more]

Stiffer Penalties For Vote Fraud?
by Jim Miller, 02:54 PM, 14 Comments
As I learned from this post, voting twice, which should meet anyone's definition of vote fraud, is only a misdemeanor.  I think we should be tougher on vote fraud.  In particular, I think we should adopt an idea from Maryland.... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:43 AM, 57 Comments
It's not just the right-wing wackos here at Sound Politics who want the Seattle Monorail Project to die a rapid and compassionate death, its also a leading Democrat: "State treasurer says halt monorail" With Seattle's monorail headed for a contract... [read more]

June 22, 2005
Recall Gregoire?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:30 PM, 77 Comments
Donald Railsback of Vancouver, WA has filed a petition to recall Christine Gregoire. I can't speak to the specifics of Mr. Railsback's allegations and we'll have to wait and see whether the Thurston County judge who reviews the petition will... [read more]

Newspaper Tax: Pennies Buy Plenty
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:48 PM, 34 Comments
Here's an idea for a new tax -- 14¢ a day on print newspapers. For only pennies a day, we can raise boatloads of revenue -- nearly $20 million a year from the Seattle P-I and Times alone! Just think... [read more]

Challenge to Sims from the Left
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:14 PM, 28 Comments
Green Party activist Gentry Lange has announced that he is running against Ron Sims for County Executive. His platform includes "Voting Reform", which just goes to show that clean elections is a universal issue (except perhaps to those who think... [read more]

Fantasy Train
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:26 AM, 71 Comments
The Seattle Monorail Project could end up being the most insanely expensive boondoggle ever devised. Today's P-I -- "Monorail's building, debt costs balloon to $11 billion" It will cost more than $11 billion to pay for the 14-mile monorail Green... [read more]

Repeaters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 AM, 46 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports "6 accused of casting multiple votes" Criminal charges have been filed against six more King County voters for allegedly casting more than one ballot under a variety of circumstances in last November's election, prosecutors said yesterday.... [read more]

June 21, 2005
"public" broadcasting without public oversight
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:34 PM, 60 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial is one of the most feeble-minded editorials it has ever published, which is saying a lot. "The newest threat to public broadcasting"The U.S. House Appropriations Committee's vote to cripple public broadcasting stations is a cynical political... [read more]

Volunteers Needed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:23 PM, 19 Comments
I'm doing a small research project looking at certain King County Elections documents later this week and I could use a little help. If anybody would like to join me in the Elections office for a few hours this week... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 72 Comments
The Monorail has finally released the details of its latest plan. The punchline: it'll cost hundreds of millions more than what was promised to the voters in 2002, it will be delivered years later than promised, the trains will run... [read more]

Paul Berendt, "Drug" Addict
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 50 Comments
On Friday I mentioned that the Democrats are asking to be reimbursed for some of their costs in the litigation over the governor's election. Today's Seattle Times has an article on the topic -- "Democrats want GOP to pay some... [read more]

June 20, 2005
Will Higher taxes prevent earthquakes?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:23 PM, 111 Comments
Skor Grimm points out Rep. Ed Murray's laughable statement about the gas tax "If the gas tax is overturned, major bridges will not be repaired. You will not see congestion relief on (Interstate) 405. The Alaskan Way viaduct will be... [read more]

Courthouse Shootout
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:54 PM, 136 Comments
"Man fatally shot at federal courthouse in Seattle" A man who walked into the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle today carrying a hand grenade was shot and killed, police said. Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said the man walked into... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 55 Comments
The Seattle Monorail Project is supposed to release final details of the proposed contract and implausible financing plan today. Just in time to give insufficient time for public review and comment before the agency board votes to approve the contract... [read more]

June 19, 2005
Kudos To The PI
by Jim Miller, 11:33 AM, 42 Comments
Kudos for this editorial.  Here are the key paragraphs. The onus still remains with [Dean] Logan, and with [Ron] Sims.  Conducting fair and accurate elections is a fundamental role of the county and flaws in that area can and should... [read more]

Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 15 Comments
Space is still available. This should be a great talk. Come if you can! The special guest speaker at Monday's (June 20) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is state Senate Republican leader Bill Finkbeiner, who will give us... [read more]

June 18, 2005
Complete task force report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 57 Comments
I've obtained and posted the complete interim report of the Independent Task Force on Elections (the one reported on in today's newspaper articles and mentioned at the entry below) In three parts: The report The complete survey results Survey comments... [read more]

King County Elections workers embarrassed to work for Dean Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:43 AM, 84 Comments
Ron Sims' "Independent Elections Task Force", of which I expressed initial skepticism, demonstrated genuine independence and fortitude yesterday when it disclosed and discussed the results of its survey of King County Elections staff. This mornings Seattle Times: "Morale "very low"... [read more]

June 17, 2005
On backing the right horse
by Timothy Goddard, 07:59 PM, 33 Comments
The entire congressional delegations of Washington and Oregon, including both Republicans and Democrats, came together this week to harshly criticize the base closure plan that would whittle the Northwest's air defense down to only two F-15 fighters. And good for... [read more]

Chutzpah Alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:18 PM, 75 Comments
The Washington State Democrats are asking Judge Bridges to award them $47,766.33 in costs they incurred defending Christine Gregoire's "election" as governor. It's galling enough that the Democrats got their money back (with interest) after ordering and prevailing in a... [read more]

Senators Durbin, Murray, and Cantwell
by Jim Miller, 04:53 PM, 71 Comments
By now, you have almost certainly heard about Senator Richard Durbin's outrageous statements on the interrogations at Guantánamo, which he compared to the Nazis, Stalin's gulag, and the genocidal Communist, Pol Pot.  (If you want to know more about what... [read more]

Save the whales!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:12 PM, 40 Comments
King County Executive Ron "99.98%" Sims sent this letter to county Democrat PCOs asking for their support. As it turns out, a lot of local Democrats think Sims is an embarrassment and would prefer that he not run for re-election.... [read more]

Wanted: A GOP Urban Agenda For Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:06 PM, 30 Comments
Too much of anything is a bad thing. Including freedom, irresponsibly exercised. I had my own "broken windows" moment the other night. I was on the front deck of my Seattle home with my son, and we were looking through... [read more]

School Daze
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 34 Comments
Danny Westneat's column today about parents who stretch the rules to get their kids into a popular public school completely misses the point "Parents set bad example" In two cases, parents went to extremes to game the system, which admits... [read more]

June 16, 2005
Names of disenfranchised voters released
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:02 PM, 121 Comments
KING 5 has the names of the voters whose absentee ballots King County failed to count last November. The ballot envelopes were released by King County this afternoon in response to my records request. All 30 of the voters I... [read more]

Great Moments in Public Education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:32 AM, 84 Comments
Tacoma public school teacher Nelson Hanton, who was arrested Friday for having sex with a 14-year-old student, has a history of sexual misconduct. In spite of the fact that the Tacoma school district reprimanded him in 1995 for coming on... [read more]

Seattle Times has backward editorial page
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 94 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial slams the No New Gas Tax initiative -- "I-912 is backward policy on roads", concluding Don't sign this initiative and don't support it. It is backward public policy. Given the history of the Times' mostly brain-dead... [read more]

Ron Sims Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:47 AM, 22 Comments
King County Executive Ron "99.98%" Sims is on KUOW Weekday program today in the 10am hour. Sims will be taking listener questions. Listen on FM 94.9 in Seattle, or streaming audio here. Call in with your questions, (206) 543-KUOW, (800)... [read more]

June 15, 2005
U of W Medical doesn't learn from crime and penalty
by Ron Hebron, 10:02 PM, 18 Comments
The University of Washington Medical School harbored felons on their faculty for several years and paid for it. And there is more evidence this week that they learned little from the experience. Dean Paul Ramsey ignored two audits in 1996... [read more]

Another Seattle Conservative's Blog: GayNeoCon
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:13 PM, 32 Comments
Here's another Seattle conservative blog you should check out: GayNeoCon. It's written by Brian Ballard, of Seattle's Ballard neighborhood (naturally). He's a senior project manager at a Seattle technology company. By design, Brian's blog is essentially composed of his opinion... [read more]

Best of the Best
by Andy MacDonald, 01:08 PM, 21 Comments
Now that Matt has us thinking of the Seattle Weekly, it's time to send them more traffic: time to fill out their annual Best of Seattle ballot. Some categories that may interest you: #9. Best local blog -- I have... [read more]

Did Nicole Way commit perjury?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 38 Comments
A reader posted an intriguing comment yesterday that argued with some credibility that King County Mail Ballot Supervisor Nicole Way must have perjured herself when she testified in the Chelan County trial last month. [see the comments at this post... [read more]

A demotion or a $120,000 payoff?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 34 Comments
The daily newspapers are reporting today on Bill Huennekens' demotion from Superintendent of Elections. In the P-I -- "County election manager demoted" and in the Times -- "King County elections official demoted" Two things strike me as not quite right... [read more]

Seattle Weekly Cover Story: "Blue City Conservatives"
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:53 AM, 40 Comments
Here's my cover story in today's Seattle Weekly, "Blue City Conservatives." The standard joke when anyone mentions Seattle Republicans is something along the lines of, "All two of them?" Or, "do they meet in a phone booth?" In fact,... [read more]

June 14, 2005
King County's clarification
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:33 PM, 26 Comments
King County Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan e-mailed: I want to clarify for you the advice given by the King County Prosecuting Attorney to help you and visitors to your blog understand the advice given to us by the PAO. The... [read more]

"Top Two" Primary Lawsuit Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:18 PM, 58 Comments
A source close to the WSRP emails this update on the lawsuit to overturn the Top Two Primary. The one local race that could be most affected in the near term by this lawsuit is the Hammond-Dunn contest for the... [read more]

Flash: Bill Huennekens has been demoted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:43 PM, 64 Comments
A reliable source informs me that King County Superintendent of Elections Bill Huennekens has been demoted to "project manager", effective mid-July. KC Elections is expected to make a formal announcement later today. UPDATE: The press release at the King County... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 PM, 22 Comments
Sound Politics co-conspirator Jim Miller has a terrific op-ed in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer "Consensus elusive on voting reforms"... [read more]

Dumb E-mails from Elected Officials
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:18 AM, 51 Comments
The latest in our ongoing series of Dumb E-mails from Elected Officials. This one is from Rep. Dawn Morrell (D-Puyallup). It's in response to a constituent's inquiry asking her to explain her vote on SB 6078 gutting I-601, the popular... [read more]

King County to release names of uncounted absentee balots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:35 AM, 37 Comments
The King County Prosecutor's Office informed me this morning that the Elections office will release copies of the outer envelopes from the uncounted absentee ballots later this week. Thus we'll know exactly which voters didn't get their ballots counted. Rep.... [read more]

Party Time!
by Jim Miller, 06:33 AM, 62 Comments
Washington state governor Christine Gregoire decided her top officials were underpaid. In many ways, Gov. Christine Gregoire's 23-member Cabinet looks a lot like her predecessor's — same number of minorities, a similar average age, even some of the same appointees.... [read more]

June 13, 2005
Disenfranchised voters revealed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 AM, 125 Comments
King County has steadfastly refused to release the names of the now 96 absentee voters whose ballots were not counted last November. But I now have some names. Based on best available information from other King County documents, this weekend... [read more]

June 12, 2005
Hammond wins nomination!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:10 PM, 65 Comments
Congratulations to King County Councilman Steve Hammond, who won the GOP nomination in a well-fought competition against fellow Councilman Reagan Dunn that was decided at yesterday's convention. This was a difficult contest because it pitted two popular and effective incumbents... [read more]

How Well Do You Know Washington State's Political History?
by Jim Miller, 02:54 PM, 10 Comments
In the elections of 1952, 1954, and 1956, Washington elected six Republicans, Thomas M. Pelley, Jack Westland, Russell V. Mack, Hal Holmes, Walter F. Horan, and Thor C. Tollefson, to Congress.  In the same three elections, Washington elected a single... [read more]

June 10, 2005
Meet Doug Roulstone; Come to Republican Roundtable
by Timothy Goddard, 04:25 PM, 16 Comments
If you have ever considered getting involved in Republican politics, and interested in meeting Doug Roulstone, the candidate for US congress I talked up the other day, Tuesday the 14th is your lucky day. Roulstone will be speaking at Republican... [read more]

Justice Speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:18 PM, 46 Comments
Mike Siegel had a very interesting interview with former State Supreme Court Justice Phil Talmadge this morning. Talmadge says that Bridges did a reasonable job as a trial judge, but there are substantive legal issues that could have been pursued... [read more]

Pyrrhic Victory
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:37 PM, 43 Comments
Even after Monday's ruling which rebuffed the election challenge, a growing number of Washington voters believe that Dino Rossi was the legitimate winner of the November election. So says the Strategic Vision poll of Washington voters, taken subsequent to Monday's... [read more]

KC GOP Convention Surprise
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:19 PM, 49 Comments
The Hammond-Dunn contest isn't the only County Council race to be debated at tomorrow's convention. This was mentioned in the comments below, but it's also worth noting on the main page -- In a last minute surprise, former state Rep.... [read more]

Shark-TV
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:09 PM, 5 Comments
I'll be on KING-5 UpFront with Robert Mak this Sunday, as one of the talking heads in the roundtable segment, along with Cathie Allen, Randy Pepple and Dave Ross! Air times: KING 5 @4:30 p.m. NWCN @8:00 p.m. KONG 6/16... [read more]

June 09, 2005
County Conventions
by Andy MacDonald, 10:45 PM, 35 Comments
Because of the new "top two" primary election law, both parties will be nominating by convention this year instead of picking their nominees in the primary election. The parties have a right to assert their identities, and conventions are the... [read more]

Get yourself a No New Gas Tax Petition
by Timothy Goddard, 07:51 PM, 82 Comments
I'll be at the 164th St. Martha Lake Park and Ride on Ash Way and 164th St. SW in Lynnwood tommorow morning from 6 to 9, distributing and collecting Initiative 912 petitions. There will also be people at the Park... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (VII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:20 PM, 20 Comments
Well now we know why the WA State Democratic Party is fighting to nickel and dime the Secretary of State's office -- "Democrats violate law for a second time; agree to pay $187,500 in fees and penalties" OLYMPIA—Today the Public... [read more]

"Gregoire didn't win either"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:28 PM, 23 Comments
In this week's The Stranger, my good friend Sandeep goes a little overboard in his analysis of the Wenatchee ruling. Fortunately, The Stranger's diversity-hire conservative sets the record straight After a 129-vote lead on the third count, Gregoire cockily declared... [read more]

Maybe they should just study harder
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:20 PM, 70 Comments
A group of Seattle public high school students are getting honors credit for creating public service announcements opposing the WASL The students' concern — shared by their teacher, Paula Scott — is that their whole lives can hinge on one... [read more]

Trivia Question
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 74 Comments
This is a trivia question to which I honestly don't know the answer -- Prior to Monday's ruling in Wenatchee, in which other elections did a judge rule that the number of illegal votes exceeded the prevailaing margin of victory,... [read more]

Eternal Vigilance
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 25 Comments
The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt John Philpot Curran, 1790* Now that the... [read more]

What's the definition of "chutzpah"?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 AM, 125 Comments
The Washington State Democrats are asking for their money back -- plus 12% interest: But the Secretary of State’s office only wants to pay the party about 2 percent interest on the $730,000 the party deposited with the office to... [read more]

June 08, 2005
Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 PM, 26 Comments
State Auditor Brian Sonntag has written a letter to the Seattle Monorail Project, expressing some serious concerns As you may know, the State Treasurer and some in the municipal finance community -- including a few who are involved in the... [read more]

Post-Mortem Legal Analysis (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:24 PM, 103 Comments
A post-mortem from attorney Shawn Newman: Recall my May 6 post to you [see Newman's comment at 9:13pm] where I predicted Rossi's team was in trouble given Bridge's pretrial rulings on burden of proof; 6-point requirement for showing how felons... [read more]

Post-Mortem Legal Analysis (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:20 PM, 14 Comments
A post-mortem from our stealth legal expert: this is the ruling I'd expect if the judge didn't believe the GOP expert testimony met the Frye test. It is hardly groundbreaking - it is a solid ruling (I probably would have... [read more]

"Political" not the same as "partisan"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:33 AM, 32 Comments
The Seattle Times in today's front-page article has an extremely silly discussion about Rossi's comment that "the political makeup of the Washington State Supreme Court ... makes it almost impossible to overturn this ruling". First of all, the State Supreme... [read more]

Post-Mortem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 33 Comments
A round-up of post-mortem opinion on the election debacle and ineffectual court decision * Today's P-I published one of the few sensible editorials it has published in the last two years, ironcially headlined "King County: Leading to excellence" Can Dean... [read more]

June 07, 2005
Doug Roulstone: Courage for Congress
by Timothy Goddard, 10:28 PM, 30 Comments
Regardless of what happened Monday morning, the gubernatorial election showed that Washington is very evenly divided between red and blue--but the fact that only a three of our nine person delegation to the House of Representatives is Republican doesn't bear... [read more]

Plan B
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 73 Comments
I posted Plan B back in January. Of course it was all tongue-in-cheek. On the other hand, as we learned, if individuals acting on their own in an uncoordinated fashion implemented Plan B, it would be impossible for anybody to... [read more]

"Dean Logan Ponders Election Contest Ruling"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:54 PM, 18 Comments
Croker Sack uncovered the internal version of Dean Logan's post-ruling press release. The internal version somehow seems more factual than the public version.... [read more]

No New Gas Tax
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:43 PM, 78 Comments
Initiative 912, the No New Gas Tax initiative has cleared the hurdles and the petitions are now available for collecting signatures! The campaign has until July 8 to collect 225,000 valid signatures. Details on obtaining petitions, here... [read more]

Crime and Punishment
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:13 PM, 44 Comments
RCW 29A.84.720 Officers -- Violations generally. Every person charged with the performance of any duty under the provisions of any law of this state relating to elections ... who willfully neglects or refuses to perform such duty, or who, in... [read more]

Actually, We Don't Agree
by Jim Miller, 01:20 PM, 22 Comments
The Seattle PI editorial board has a sunny view of the potential for election reform. Nonetheless, election systems can be improved.  We really do have consensus on this point in Washington state, whether one subscribes to the views of Republicans,... [read more]

Chris Vance Press Conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 29 Comments
Chris Vance will be holding a press conference at 1pm, to be carried live on NWCN. His statement is posted here... [read more]

"Count Every Vote"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:32 PM, 30 Comments
Paul Berendt, December 4, 2004 "We're going to count every vote in every county, whether it's a Rossi county or a Gregoire county," said Washington Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt. "By having a hand count, we will know once and... [read more]

"No evidence"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 69 Comments
It's important to remember that Judge Bridges dismissed the election contest petition on the grounds of "no evidence of X", which is not at all the same thing as "evidence of no X", of which there was none. This is... [read more]

Dean Logan Declares Victory
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:58 AM, 35 Comments
The one bright spot of yesterday's ruling was Judge Bridge's rebuke of King County Elections, even if it was milder than deserved: clearly, the evidence here suggests that the problems require more than just constructing new buildings and hiring more... [read more]

Anesthesia Media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 63 Comments
How are the local newspapers editorializing on yesterday's election contest decision? Are they concerned about the fact that election officials in King County and elsewhere violated the laws on ballot accounting; disenfranchised more voters than the margin of victory, and... [read more]

June 06, 2005
Rossi will not appeal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:04 PM, 303 Comments
Dino Rossi has just announced that he will not appeal to the state Supreme Court. Congratulations to Mr. Rossi for a fight well fought. Among the two gubernatorial candidates between whom the margin of separation was 1/13 the number of... [read more]

Josef Stalin 1, Common Sense 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:42 PM, 77 Comments
Back home from Wenatchee. A disappointing decision to say the least. As I wrote this morning: Will Judge Bridges side with common sense and rule that election officials can't just keep counting ballots again and again and get different numbers... [read more]

First Thoughts On Judge Bridges' Decision
by Jim Miller, 01:16 PM, 120 Comments
Those who have read my posts since the election know that I am nearly certain that fraudulent votes gave Christine Gregoire her narrow margin in our governor's race.  But I also said, in this post, that I was not sure... [read more]

WA Election Reform Ballot Initiative Coming?
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:13 AM, 141 Comments
In ruling against Dino Rossi today, Chelan Superior Court Judge John E. Bridges acknowledged serious problems with the elections process in Washington state, and especially King County. The Seattle Times reports Bridges remarked: "This court is not in a position... [read more]

Nothing to do but work harder
by Andy MacDonald, 09:52 AM, 332 Comments
Judge Bridges has ruled against the plaintiffs and let stand the results of the 2004 governor's election. He did not accept the use of proportional deduction and did not find fraud either by the election workers or the parties. So,... [read more]

Judgment Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:50 AM, 250 Comments
The hotel in Wenatchee has excellent Wi-Fi. Who knew? Today is the big day. Will Judge Bridges side with common sense and rule that election officials can't just keep counting ballots again and again and get different numbers every time... [read more]

June 05, 2005
Final Thoughts on the eve of the ruling
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:06 PM, 82 Comments
I'm about to leave for Wenatchee. This is my final post before the ruling. As I've mentioned before, I'm predicting that Judge Bridges will set aside the election. This is, of course, far less than 100% certain, but it's based... [read more]

"Outsourcing Education"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:12 PM, 19 Comments
My latest column in The Stranger is up With all the concerns about outsourcing, I was curious to learn we're now outsourcing education to Mexico, which ranks last among major nations in educational achievement. In a recent teleconference with Mexican... [read more]

Jenny Durkan's "Own Goal"s
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 43 Comments
As promised, here's a list of some of the "own goal"s that Democrat attorney Jenny Durkan scored in her closing argument. On behalf of everybody who favors setting this election aside in the name of ensuring integrity in our state's... [read more]

Closer v. Loser
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 PM, 33 Comments
I posted the conclusion of Harry Korrell's closing argument a few entries down. The man's a closer. Compare his 46 min. argument with Jenny Durkan's 1hr20min. oration (Go to TVW Video, fast forward to 5:10:50). Overall, I think she blew... [read more]

Legal Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 AM, 33 Comments
In the extended entry I've posted the respective analyses from two seasoned trial lawyers with elections expertise. The first, from Shawn Newman, who posted his remarks in a comment on earlier post. The second, from our stealth analyst who is... [read more]

June 04, 2005
Closer
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:20 PM, 32 Comments
It's well worth listening to Harry Korrell's closing argument. Go to TVW Audio and fast forward to 4:24:30. It lasts about 45 minutes. The following is Korrell's conclusion, which begins at 5:04:57 --... [read more]

The missing link
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:04 PM, 48 Comments
I had been so focused on the phony reconciliation of absentee ballots that I had forgotten about the specific WAC for poll site reconciliation until Harry Korrell cited it in his closing argument. Reconciling and reporting the results to the... [read more]

Easter Egg?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:37 AM, 47 Comments
The most watched of the closing arguments was that by Secretary of State's attorney, Tom Ahearne. (On TVW audio, fast forward to 6:32:50. Duration is 14 min 30 sec). This was closely watched because those who know about such things... [read more]

June 03, 2005
Back from Wenatchee
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 PM, 74 Comments
I'm back home from Wenatchee. The highlights of the trial: both Harry Korrell and Jenny Durkan in their closing arguments gave Judge Bridges some very good reasons to nullify the election. I believe the Judge would rule for the Petitioners... [read more]

Foulkes music (to my ears)
by Timothy Goddard, 08:54 PM, 25 Comments
In light of this post regarding the Foulkes v. Hayes case, it has been requested that I link to this post over at Flag of the World, in regards to yet another post I made on the subject four months... [read more]

Geov Parrish Endorses Vote Fraud
by Andy MacDonald, 03:20 PM, 59 Comments
This week's issue of the Seattle Weekly carries a ringing endorsement of vote fraud by Geov Parrish in Trial of the Century:That's how Christine Gregoire became governor after the third counting, and that's where matters should have rested. All elections... [read more]

This Isn't Entirely A Bad Idea
by Jim Miller, 09:41 AM, 66 Comments
But I think I might choose a different location. King County officials have a tentative agreement to buy a Rainier Valley building and turn it into a modern, $22.8 million election center intended to help avoid a repeat of the... [read more]

In Wenatchee!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 AM, 470 Comments
I just arrived in Wenatchee. The trial resumes at 9am. I'm not sure how much Internet access I'll have during the day and I doubt I'll be able to liveblog. Post your impressions of the trial in the comments.... [read more]

June 02, 2005
Legal Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:03 PM, 95 Comments
Our stealth legal expert answers my question on the significance of Bridges' questioning of Dean Logan yesterday: I think that there is an awful lot of spin going on from the political parties - especially the D's. I thought Bridges'... [read more]

C'mon People
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:18 PM, 43 Comments
This comment is specifically addressed to King County Elections' few remaining defenders in the audience -- Don't you people think it's weird as heck that Linda Sanchez' canvassing crew worked its guts out during the 15 days prior to certification... [read more]

Trial Schedule
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 39 Comments
The trial is adjourned for lunch until 1:30pm A few more exhibits and witnesses will be presented today and tomorrow, with closing arguments Friday. Judge Bridges will issue an oral decision on Monday morning. I will be in the audience... [read more]

Flash: Foulkes didn't Meet Foulkes v. Hayes Standard Either
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 15 Comments
Kenny Foulkes, whose ultimately successful election contest lawsuit of 1977 set the Foulkes v. Hayes precedent for election contests, says that Dino Rossi's case doesn't meet the standard set by the Foulkes case: Foulkes wishes his case would make the... [read more]

Repeaters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:51 AM, 19 Comments
"2 Plead Guilty To Voting Twice In 2004 Election" Doris McFarland and Robert Holmgren each admitted in King County District Court that they cast ballots for their recently deceased spouses. Each will have to pay $490 in fines and court... [read more]

End game
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 20 Comments
Working toward closing arguments, Hamilton is trying to introduce into evidence driver license records in lieu of missing signatures from voter registration records. Position is that these voters' ballots should have been counted. -- Noel Frame from the WSDCC is... [read more]

Linda Sanchez, part 3
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 8 Comments
Hamilton opens redirect with yet another own goal: "it's an educated guess that any provisional ballots went into the Accuvote". Then so much for those 252 registered voters they attributed those to. They'd all have to be totally illegal votes... [read more]

Day Eight
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:10 AM, 43 Comments
King County elections supervisor Linda Sanchez is in the hot seat again. (initially the comfy chair of Hamilton's questioning). Linda Sanchez is in charge of the canvassing crew. Croker Sack says that Sanchez doesn't seem to understand the purpose of... [read more]

June 01, 2005
"Finish your reconciliation before you certify the election"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 PM, 45 Comments
From the Secretary of State's training manual, titled "The Canvassing Process", a kind of county auditor's version of All I Really Need to Know About Elections I Learned In Kindergarten. This is the document that Nixon Handy was forced to... [read more]

Local Teacher's Op-ed In CSM, On Evolution, I.D.
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:00 PM, 87 Comments
Doug Cowan is teacher of science, biology, physiology and human anatomy at Curtis Senior High School in University Place, a suburb of Tacoma, in Pierce County, Washington, not too far southeast of Seattle. He has a most worthwhile op-ed piece... [read more]

Political Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:34 PM, 28 Comments
A reader posted this comment to my "Nixon Impeached, Resignation Expected" entry of late last night. It's worth displaying more prominently: Regardless of the outcome of the trial, Handy Nixon's testimony today revealed the most appalling set of actions of... [read more]

Legal Analysis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:33 PM, 22 Comments
Our mystery legal expert e-mails: It will be interesting to see how Judge Bridges treats Dale's attempt to impeach Nick's testimony. I personally do not think that it was a wise move and nor do I think it was successful... [read more]

Linda Sanchez
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:12 PM, 51 Comments
Democrats just called Linda Sanchez, King County Elections Operations Supervisor. She's in charge of the canvass "which is the reconciliation of the pollbooks after an election". [I'm told by people who worked on the canvassing crew that the canvass was... [read more]

Millions Served
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:07 PM, 13 Comments
Sound Politics just crossed the "2 million visitors" mark! Thanks for reading! We wouldn't be here without you. If this site is worth something to you, please help support our efforts by tossing a coin or two in the tip... [read more]

Telling Moment
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:48 PM, 44 Comments
One of the most telling moments of the trial so far was when Judge Bridges read back to Dean Logan these of Logan's own words from the 2004 Elections Report Report [sic] to King County Executive Ron Sims I am... [read more]

Urgent call for Republican Pollworkers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 69 Comments
Because of its urgency and importance, this is a repost of an earlier announcement. The fall elections are months away, but now's the time to volunteer to be an election day pollworker. The deadline for signing up to work in... [read more]

The unravelling of Dean Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 AM, 86 Comments
Noon recess until 1:30pm. The first morning session ended with this cross-examination [exact words] --... [read more]

Day Seven
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:54 AM, 107 Comments
Trial starts at 9am. Dean Logan will be the star witness today. Saved by the bell at 10:50!... [read more]

Watergate revisited
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 AM, 49 Comments
An alternate take on the riff of Deep Throat and Nixon, etc. Watergate Scandal Washington State Election Scandal Richard Nixon Nixon Handy Third-rate burglary Stolen governor's election "I am not a crook" "This election was a model to the rest... [read more]

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