Index of entries from September 2005
September 30, 2005
Earthquake Hits Seattle: Minorities Disproportionately Affected
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:57 AM, 51 Comments
An intelligent discussion of "racial health disparities" would look at comparative data on income and employment, education, family structure, diet, substance abuse, smoking, incarceration rates, and - less quantifiable, but of paramount importance - the role of the individual. Predictably,... [read more]

September 29, 2005
Not a double voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:33 PM, 30 Comments
Maria DeGuzman was registered to vote in Shoreline. Her absentee ballot for last November's election was postmarked on Nov. 1 and was processed with batch #1358 on Nov. 2. There is nothing out of the ordinary about her ballot and... [read more]

City Ethics Commission Files Complaint Against Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:19 PM, 33 Comments
"Ethics charges filed against Nickels," Seattle P-I, today. Mayor Greg Nickels misused his office, employees and taxpayer money to create and distribute an eight-page booklet that looks a lot like campaign material, according to ethics charges filed against Nickels Thursday.... [read more]

Double Voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:06 PM, 29 Comments
Same first name, same address, same signature. Different voter registration records. Both ballots were counted. The voter's second registration was processed in October 2004, during the massive flood of new registrations. It appears that King County Elections staff eliminated the... [read more]

About A Positive Vision For Regional Transportation
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:44 AM, 91 Comments
"Skip" Chi-Doo Li is a Seattle attorney who has periodically contributed a number of very thoughtful, usually conservative-leaning guest op-ed columns to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer over the last several years. Today, he throws down the gauntlet to I-912 suppporters, mostly... [read more]

Countywide Recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:28 AM, 12 Comments
King County Elections is poised to conduct a county-wide recount in the Sheriff's primary race. As of yesterday, the vote count was: Sue Rahr 171,659 Jim Fuda 43,920 Greg Schmidt 43,988 Write-in 572 The recount would be done solely to... [read more]

September 27, 2005
Bogus audit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:21 PM, 41 Comments
Back in May the King County Council commissioned a $300,000 audit of the elections department. The man tasked with the audit promised it would be the greatest thing since sliced cheese: Ernie Hawkins, chairman of The Election Center, promised "a... [read more]

A Cow Is Not My Brother
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:57 PM, 35 Comments
The Seattle P-I reports today on the conviction of a New Jersey animal rights activist for setting a 2003 fire at the McDonalds near The Space Needle. He wanted to protect "our furry brothers." Christopher McIntosh, 23, of Maple Shade,... [read more]

Council Meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:16 AM, 9 Comments
I'm off to a County Council committee meeting to testify on behalf of an election reform motion sponsored by Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Jane Hague. Meeting will be carried on KCTV starting at 9:30.... [read more]

Kudos To Mark Trahant
by Jim Miller, 07:57 AM, 20 Comments
For this admission. So here goes: I am wrong about voting by mail. I thought voting by mail was the ideal way to increase voter participation.  I loved the idea of taking my time to sort through a ballot (especially... [read more]

September 26, 2005
Our Kind Of Democrat
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:05 PM, 17 Comments incumbent maverick Bob Ferguson, who in what must certainly still be termed preliminary King County results, currently has 1,070 more votes than his party hack opponent in the Sept. 20 Democratic primary, which decides this contest. Ferguson's is a... [read more]

Jonathan Kozol's Corrosive Tomfoolery
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:43 PM, 43 Comments
Jonathan Kozol, described accurately here as a "weepy Marxist," is in Seattle for a Town Hall disquisition tonight on the racist savagery of foisting accountability on minority students and minority parents. This is one more heinous thing that liberalism, Blue... [read more]

by Jim Miller, 01:53 PM, 3 Comments
A little more than a week ago, I received an email from Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie saying that he does, in fact, ride the bus to work regularly.  I had said otherwise in this post.  I am happy... [read more]

September 25, 2005
11th Commandment repealed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 35 Comments
Good. Clean campaigns and ethics guidelines are a good idea, blunt restrictions on campaign speech enforced by the powers-that-be are not a good idea.... [read more]

Who's counting the ballots in Pierce County?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 AM, 14 Comments
A candidate for office.... [read more]

September 24, 2005
Rob McKenna interview on video
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 6 Comments
A video of my interview with Attorney General Rob McKenna at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club last Monday is now up on video. It will be broadcast several times in the coming days on the Seattle Channel (Comcast 21 in... [read more]

Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 24 Comments
In a dramatic turn of events yesterday, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to deny permits to the Monorail. The Seattle Monorail Project responded by filing a November ballot initiative to authorize a shorter line (without lowering the car tax).... [read more]

September 23, 2005
Dean Logan teaches pollworkers to accept illegal votes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 AM, 60 Comments
Dean Logan all but explicitly instructs the pollworkers to follow his example and look the other way at illegal voting. The training session and handouts, for example, don't even mention the poll judge's oath, which is required by state law... [read more]

September 22, 2005
More disinformation from Baghdad Bobbie
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:40 AM, 31 Comments
Today's Seattle Times, reporting that 266 voters received duplicate absentee ballots for this week's primary, : The county's voter-registration system keeps track of ballots as they come in, so the system won't allow more than one ballot to be counted... [read more]

September 21, 2005
Sam Reed has premature ejaculation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 PM, 36 Comments
Secretary of State Sam Reed had a premature ejaculation of joy on Wednesday. A headline at The Olympian website: "Reed: First post-Gregoire-Rossi election ran smoothly" frankly, if there were any real problems we would have seen them yesterday," Secretary of... [read more]

September 20, 2005
Polling place recap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 PM, 77 Comments
Here is a recap of my first day as a poll judge: Only about 200 people in all voted in the 8 precincts that we covered. This is very light turnout. It was a long slow day. I brought a... [read more]

Great moments in higher education: The face of Treason
by Brian Crouch, 03:47 PM, 121 Comments
Any Huskies reading this blog? How do you feel about this use of public funds? Tonight, traitor George Galloway, M.P., so far left as to be excommunicated from the Labour Party, will be bashing Iraqi Freedom and the United States... [read more]

To the polls!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 AM, 48 Comments
I'm a poll judge today. No blogging for me.... [read more]

September 19, 2005
"He who hesitates is lost"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 PM, 23 Comments
A public service announcement -- Remember, all absentee ballots have to be postmarked by election day. Not placed in a mailbox, but postmarked. I found that last November, hundreds of ballots were postmarked the day after the election and were... [read more]

"Per Bill H. Prov OK"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:23 PM, 32 Comments
Here's an interesting provisional ballot envelope that I found in the Archives today. The signature on the ballot envelope bears no resemblance to the signature on the voter registration record. The note suggests that the ballot was counted, with... [read more]

We report, you decide
by Brian Crouch, 12:46 PM, 82 Comments
Bob Strauss, of the Eastside Republicans and State GOP Committee, sent this in:In yesterday’s mail some voters in the 9th Councilmatic District received a campaign mailing sent out by the Reagan Dunn campaign. This mailing was a Hit piece in... [read more]

Tacoma Dome Rehab Vote Tommorow
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:56 AM, 7 Comments
The aesthetically-challenged Tacoma Dome - that place I-5 commuters get to look at all too often while stuck in traffic - needs about $45 million of interior refurbishment to remain competitive with other concert and exhibition venues, according to backers... [read more]

State Employee Defies Union
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:22 AM, 29 Comments
The Olympian reports today on Washington Department of Labor and Industries employee Stephen Sergi, who has refused to join the union representing his workplace colleagues, and who may be fired as a resut. He is not the only state employee... [read more]

What Is Pork?
by Jim Miller, 09:12 AM, 25 Comments
It is, as the ad men tell us, the "other white meat".  It is also a common term for wasteful government spending, at least in the United States.  But what makes a project pork?  How do we distinguish, for example,... [read more]

It's not in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:30 AM, 14 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer -- "King County officials have a lot riding on primary" the primary Tuesday provides an acid test of the measures Logan has adopted in response to 2004. A repeat debacle, or anything close to it, almost certainly... [read more]

September 17, 2005
Rob McKenna at Downtown Seattle Republican Club, 9/19
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 AM, 11 Comments
Space still available. This should be a great event. RSVP today! The special guest speaker at next Monday's (September 19) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is Attorney General Rob McKenna. McKenna will give an update on his first... [read more]

September 16, 2005
Merle Haggard, Iraq And KVI-AM, Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:27 PM, 40 Comments
Driving back home in the car today, I heard talk host and veteran Bryan Suits on KVI-AM Seattle playing Merle Haggard's "Okee From Muskeogee," a great - in fact, priceless - piece of country music all about standing firm with... [read more]

Adventures in Commuting
by Brian Crouch, 10:28 AM, 29 Comments
At a few on-ramps up and down the Puget Sound interstate corridors, you'll find cardboard-wielding individuals declaring their penury and soliciting impromptu donations. This morning, something different: at the 175th St. NE southwestern corner I-5 on-ramp a well-dressed woman was... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Curiosity (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 AM, 30 Comments
This ballot was very obviously not signed by the voter to whom it was issued. Nevertheless, it was tabulated and the nominal voter (not the signer) was credited. Why should any of us worry when thousands of voters receive multiple... [read more]

September 15, 2005
Centralia Chronicle Blasts Berendt
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:37 PM, 30 Comments
Interviewed by AP's David Ammons on the occasion of RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman's Tuesday visit to Kent to rally leaders of the GOP's Puget Sound Asian base, Washington Democratic Party Chairman Paul Berendt got off a quote exhibiting his typical... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:08 PM, 27 Comments
Whenever I read a Joni Balter column it occurs to me that if I didn't already know more than she did, I'd come away from her column knowing less than I knew before I read it. Today's column is no... [read more]

September 14, 2005
The people's lawyer
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:40 PM, 41 Comments
Rob McKenna ran for Attorney General in order to be the "people's lawyer". He seems to be making good on that promise. In recent weeks he's filed two amicus briefs with the Supreme Court, defending the people against out-of-control government:... [read more]

Diane in Afghanistan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 23 Comments
Washington GOP National Committeewoman Diane Tebelius just left for Afghanistan to observe the upcoming elections. She's blogging about the experience here.... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Curiosity (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 20 Comments
This ballot was returned unsigned, marked "PLEASE CANCEL -- NOT US CITIZEN". The envelope is unopened, its ballot was apparently not tabulated. I'll assume that this "voter" really isn't a U.S. citizen -- a recent press release reports that she... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Curiosity (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 AM, 14 Comments
The first in an ongoing series of reports on curiosities and irregularities I've discovered in the mountain of last November's absentee ballot envelopes. This voter, whose ballots I photographed and link below, is registered twice. Reigstration #1 has his "residence"... [read more]

Absentee Ballot Research Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 AM, 9 Comments
I've now spent five full days at the King County Archives going through last November's absentee ballot envelopes, which were finally made available. I've been finding all kinds of interesting irregularities buried in these envelopes -- ballots that should have... [read more]

The P-I and "Old School" Campaigning
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:21 AM, 28 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today editorializes that "Silence Kills." The paper asserts that city, regional and state politicians have been WAY too quiet on Initiative 912, which if approved by voters in November, would roll back the gas tax hike the... [read more]

What's Kenny going to die of next?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 AM, 1 Comments
P-I: "South Park awash in PCBs"... [read more]

September 13, 2005
Cantwell Dunce of the Week
by Ron Hebron, 09:00 PM, 41 Comments
We are all bothered by the even higher price of gasoline this week. Can't someone do something about it? Two actions can improve it: 1- increase the supply of refined gasoline, or 2- decrease the demand for it. Enough of... [read more]

Ken Mehlman Confronts The Great Wall
by Matt Rosenberg, 03:02 PM, 19 Comments
The Great Wall Shopping Mall in south suburban Seattle, that is. At the Imperial Garden Seafood Restaurant this afternoon, Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman fired up leaders of the GOP's growing Asian base in Puget Sound. He delivered a... [read more]

Lance Dickie Versus Jack Kelly
by Jim Miller, 10:15 AM, 22 Comments
Last week, an editorial writer for the Seattle Times, Lance Dickie, wrote a column giving the "mainstream" media's conventional wisdom on the response to Katrina. Before Hurricane Katrina, I looked forward to the congressional campaigns with a perverse political-science curiosity.... [read more]

EFF Election Observer Training
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 AM, 2 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is hosting an election observer training session this evening: What: Free training session for election observers Who: Anyone concerned about our election system that is willing to observe the primary in King County, either at a... [read more]

Monorail Propaganda Campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:47 AM, 20 Comments
The Seattle Monorail Project is engaged in a desperate, full-throttle propaganda campaign for survival. In today's Seattle Times, an op-ed from Kevin Phelps, who was brought on as an "independent financial-policy analyst" to the SMP board in July: Having played... [read more]

Hague To Unveil Initiative For Elected Elections Chief In King County
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:34 AM, 7 Comments
King County Council Member Jane Hague is to unveil today Initiative 23, a measure that would be put to the county council, to approve an elected auditor to oversee the troubled King County elections division. "An elections official who is... [read more]

September 12, 2005
Seattle Paper: "Sims Needs To Go"
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:47 PM, 40 Comments
The West Seattle Herald endorses Republican David Irons over Ron Sims, in this editorial, from their Sept. 7 edition. (The election of) November 2004...was a grim, unfunny story....Then...the absurd proposal of King County Executive Ron Sims that began to demonstrate... [read more]

September 11, 2005
More Population Requires More Water, More Leadership
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:12 PM, 8 Comments
Here's a regional take on one pressing water policy issue - securing adequate future supplies as population grows. "It's Clear: Plan Today For Water Tomorrow," is the title of the front page Insight section piece in today's Tacoma News Tribune,... [read more]

Bellevue Republican Roundtable
by Timothy Goddard, 04:20 PM, 2 Comments
A new Republican Roundtable chapter is forming in Bellevue, and its inaugural meeting is this Thursday at the Bellevue Lake Hills Library--15228 Lake Hills Boulevard, Bellevue. For more information, you can contact Mark Sussman at Republican Roundtable is a... [read more]

September 10, 2005
Vote for Pinocchio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:14 AM, 32 Comments
Mac from the "Pull on Superman's Cape" blog has a pictorial tour of the King County Voter's Pamphlet.... [read more]

September 09, 2005
Dozens More Disenfranchised Voters Discovered
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:05 PM, 86 Comments
Poking through the boxes of rejected unopened absentee ballots this week, I came across this shocker -- three dozen ballots from overseas, out-of-state and service voters that were impoperly rejected last November The label says "29", there were actually 28,... [read more]

September 08, 2005
Trashing The Public Asset That Is Alki Beach
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:17 PM, 34 Comments
I'm all for healing dialog or just plain munificent karma between Seattle-ites of different races, sexual orientations and political parties, especially around the enveloping warm glow of a LEGAL beach fire at Alki in West Seattle, or Golden Gardens in... [read more]

Absentee Ballots are a total f*cking mess
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:41 PM, 28 Comments
I spent another day poring over last November's absentee ballot envelopes. This time with the help of the best purchase I ever made -- a bar code scanner! Sadly, the county's processing of absentee ballots is a total mess. After... [read more]

The meaning of unity
by Brian Crouch, 03:28 PM, 25 Comments
In a fine new essay concerning the recent tragedy, Rabbi Daniel Lapin (founder of Mercer Island-based Toward Tradition and Sunday talk show host on 770 KTTH) writes: Either God is all powerful in which case He did this cruel thing,... [read more]

September 07, 2005
And speaking of the Seattle Silly Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 13 Comments
The Stranger is hosting a forum for all Seattle Silly Council candidates -- this evening at 6:30 at the Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway. Admission to the forum is free. Failure to do due dilligence and letting the wrong people... [read more]

Seattle Silly Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:55 PM, 45 Comments
The Seattle Silly Council is again evading its real responsibilities and spending its time promoting a foolish ballot initiative: The Seattle City Council yesterday voted to put an advisory ballot before voters in November, asking them to endorse the principle... [read more]

"Blame Amid the Tragedy"
by Brian Crouch, 12:47 PM, 91 Comments
Evergreen Freedom Foundation's own Bob Williams has an excellent piece in the Wall Street Journal's web editorial section:As the devastation of Hurricane Katrina continues to shock and sadden the nation, the question on many lips is, Who is to blame... [read more]

Dean Logan to King County GOP: Drop Dead
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 23 Comments
As has been discussed previously on this blog, in my column last week for The Stranger and by King County Councilwoman Jane Hague at a recent Council meeting: Dean Logan has ended a long-standing Elections office policy to hire both... [read more]

Reardon comes out against democracy
by Timothy Goddard, 10:42 AM, 30 Comments
Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, despite being a Democrat, has proved that he is certainly not a democrat, calling government of the people, by the people and for the people an "elected posse," and suggesting that life would be much... [read more]

Gregoire endorses I-912!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:17 AM, 16 Comments
(sort of) The Tacoma News-Tribune reports: "State officials consider temporarily reducing the gas tax" With gas prices soaring in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Gov. Christine Gregoire and state legislators have discussed convening a special legislative session to temporarily reduce... [read more]

Endorsement Season
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 6 Comments
Some refreshingly sensible endorsements from the Seattle Weekly this week. I agree with most of them, with the highest-profile exception being Ron Sims in the Democrat primary for King County Executive. There are no contested Republican primary races in my... [read more]

September 06, 2005
Deceased Voters still getting absentee ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 PM, 22 Comments
Martin Ringhofer was in the P-I back in January of this year. Months later, his parents are still getting their voter registration cards and absentee ballots. I e-mailed Dean Logan's spokeswoman Bobbie Egan on Friday morning and asked her for... [read more]

Understanding the Liberal Mindset
by P. Scott Cummins, 09:05 PM, 43 Comments
Want to understand the true nature of the liberal mindset? Read this post from "DemGurl" at Democratic Underground. Then read the comments. Now you know. (Thanks to The Diesel Shack for getting the word out about this...)... [read more]

Dean Logan is lying through his ass
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:02 PM, 20 Comments
Dean Logan issued a press release today in regards to the illegal postal endorsement that went out to 650,000 King County absentee voters last week --"No voter impact from absentee ballot envelope postal endorsements" “The postal endorsement on absentee ballot... [read more]

Another Double Voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:53 PM, 29 Comments
I spent a good part of the day looking at last November's absentee ballot envelopes trying to figure out what might have caused King County to count roughly 1,000 more absentee ballots than absentee voters. (i.e. a good part of... [read more]

Ballot Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:55 AM, 24 Comments
I'll be off at King County Archives today looking at absentee ballot envelopes. Won't be posting until later in the day. In the meantime, here are some new Dean Logan curiosities to ponder -- 1) Dean Logan has notified Ron... [read more]

September 05, 2005
Pierce 1, King 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 AM, 17 Comments
A Pierce County reader emailed a photo of their absentee ballot mailing envelope. Unlike King County, Pierce County used the correct postal endorsement for forwarded ballots -- "Address Service Requested". Pierce County also has a slightly different Oath of Voter... [read more]

September 03, 2005
Chief Justice Rehnquist
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 PM, 59 Comments
passed away at home this evening.... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:55 PM, 25 Comments
The "Oath of Voter" on the King County absentee ballot envelope for the September 2005 primary. This isn't as serious of a mistake as giving the wrong forwarding instructions to the post office, but don't these guys have a spell... [read more]

September 02, 2005
That was quick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:36 PM, 16 Comments
King County Councilman Steve Hammond appears to be the first elected official to have responded to the county's unlawful mailing of absentee ballots. Hammond issued this press release earlier today: "New Ballot Errors Highlight Need for New Leadership at King... [read more]

Ron Sims' nephew's ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:25 PM, 18 Comments
Here's a copy of the absentee ballot envelope that Ron Sims' nephew Donald voted in last September's primary election. Although registered at Uncle Ron's Seattle home, Donald was working in Staten Island, NY at the time. The handwritten Staten Island... [read more]

Was it right to publish teacher salaries?
by Marsha Michaelis, 05:38 PM, 45 Comments
My earlier post with links to a database of salaries for public school teachers and other employees has generated a fair amount of discussion, including the question: “What the heck are you people posting these peoples salaries for??? Are you... [read more]

Abandon ship!
by Andy MacDonald, 05:33 PM, 6 Comments
Two more board members are leaving the monorail. The P-I is reporting that both acting-chairwoman Kristina Hill and finance committee chairwoman Sue Secker will be stepping down when their terms expire at year's end. Hill and Secker have plausible excuses... [read more]

King County Absentee Ballots in serious Violation of State Law
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 39 Comments
Hat tip to Bob Edelman of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation for taking a close look at his absentee ballot and discovering that it violates state law on mail forwarding. Hundreds or possibly thousands of ballots are likely to be inappropriately... [read more]

PVR and JFH slam DCL at COW
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:25 AM, 6 Comments
A tip of the hat to King County Councilmembers Peter von Reichbauer and Jane F. Hague for taking on Dean C. Logan at last week's Committee-Of-the-Whole meeting. Look at the KCTV archives under Committe of the Whole and 8/22/2005. I... [read more]

Sheriff Candidate has bogus degree
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 AM, 19 Comments
"Sheriff reviews diplomas in flap over raises" The investigation was prompted by a complaint that Sgt. Jim Fuda, 52, a candidate in the race for sheriff, received a 2 percent pay raise after submitting a bachelor of arts degree from... [read more]

September 01, 2005
When it rains it pours
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 PM, 20 Comments
Dean Logan is proud to announce that "Local voters' pamphlet and absentee ballots arrive in mailboxes this week". Indeed they do. Matt Manweller e-mails: Today, a friend of mine who lives in King County got the voter guide with a... [read more]

McGavick on the Initiative Process
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:09 PM, 37 Comments
Safeco CEO Mike McGavick, who announced yesterday that he'll stay on as CEO longer than expected, has explained (through a spokesman) that this decision is solely to help ensure a smooth transition for his successor at Safeco. McGavick is moving... [read more]

Confidence Man
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:34 PM, 8 Comments
My column in this week's The Stranger is up! "Confidence Man" "Our goal this election is to build voter confidence," exhorted instructor Barnaby Dow at the outset of my poll-worker training session last week. After chronicling last year's fiasco of... [read more]

Irons plan to address elections woes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:12 PM, 4 Comments
David Irons held a press conference today where he announced his Plan to Address King County Elections Woes. He was joined by Bob Bruce, who held the #2 and then #1 jobs in King County Elections from 1989 until his... [read more]

Dean Logan Makes case for own termination
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:34 AM, 19 Comments
This is from Dean Logan's Notice of Proposed Termination to Nicole Way last week. I am aware that you have completed the Secretary of State's certification courses where accuracy in the count is stressed as the most important part of... [read more]

$55,800 Whitewash? (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 7 Comments
My apologies. I was wrong when I called the "independent investigation" into King County's absentee ballot problems by law firm Williams, Kastner and Gibbs at a cost of $55,800 to county taxpayers a "whitewash". It was, in fact, an under-the-table... [read more]

Your tax dollars at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 AM, 14 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "Costly facility for 1 high-risk sex offender" Twenty-five surveillance cameras, 17 state employees, 12-foot security walls and a $1.6 million annual budget — all for one high-risk sex offender.... [read more]

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