Index of entries from October 2005
October 31, 2005
Norman Maleng: Cover up the scandal until after the election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:06 PM, 49 Comments
Norman Maleng's office, representing Dean Logan, filed this response today to my Public Disclosure Act lawsuit against King County. I'll let my lawyer refute Logan's specific assertions in court, but suffice to say that Logan's defense is nonsense. There's a... [read more]

Seattle Times gives two thumbs up to Sims' fraud and cover-ups
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:09 AM, 48 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial board has endorsed the re-election of Ron Sims as County Executive Imagine King County suddenly grappling with a strange, sweeping flu epidemic, a terrorist attack or earthquake. Voters pondering which candidate would do a better job... [read more]

October 30, 2005
Irons trounces Sims
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 PM, 44 Comments
The best half hour of television you'll see this week is the King County Executive candidate debate between David Irons and Ron Sims on KING-5 Upfront with Robert Mak. In all fairness, Ron Sims is more glib than David Irons... [read more]

October 29, 2005
That Same Sauce Sinks Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:50 PM, 37 Comments
Remember that old Saturday Night Live skit with John Belushi? (It actually portrayed the Billy Goat tavern in Chicago, on Lower Wacker Drive, where all the Tribune and Sun-Times newsies gathered). Guy asks for a hamburger and Coke; surly grill... [read more]

Mounting evidence of organized election fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:45 PM, 80 Comments
Yesterday I finally received a portion of King County's voter database transaction log. It was weeks late, incomplete and issued only after I sued the county. These records confirm more elements of my recent article in The Stranger -- that... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (X)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:33 PM, 18 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that a group of government employee unions is paying $105,000 for a campaign of radio ads smearing David Irons. The article buries the lede that a substantial portion of the donations were illegal: Doug Ellis, spokesman... [read more]

Washington Dimmocrats Empty At The Core
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:42 AM, 24 Comments
Of course, this is not the greatest time for Washington state Republicans to be associated with the Bush administration, and in Seattle and the suburbs especially, Democrats continually try to define Rs via the prism of what's happening on W's... [read more]

October 28, 2005
Here comes the judge
by Timothy Goddard, 11:04 PM, 16 Comments
We've recently been reminded (repeatedly) of just how important it is to elect good judges, and of how frequently we don't. Snohomish county voters, though, have an opportunity to do just that on November 8. Due to the tragic death... [read more]

Maybe Joel Connelly Has A Sly Sense Of Humor
by Jim Miller, 02:20 PM, 77 Comments
Or maybe he needs to be better informed. Some things are worth getting worked up about.  What is truly remarkable, in the investigation of how Wilson's wife was outed as a covert CIA operative, is not whatever illegal activity is... [read more]

King County employee using work computer to campaign for Ron Sims
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 66 Comments
This was just posted as a comment on an earlier entry: Ron is a kind, intelligent, and caring individual who has the best interest of his constituents always on the forefront of his agenda. He has a proven track record... [read more]

Gas Tax: A two-stage con game
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 30 Comments
One of the more disingenuous arguments against I-912 is that repealing the new gas tax would only take money away from roads and ferries, and that voting for I-912 would not be a way to deny funds to unproductive "mass... [read more]

Port in a financial storm
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 4 Comments
Port of Seattle Commissioner Pat Davis was fined yesterday by the Public Disclosure Commission for campaign finance reporting violations. The complaint was filed by frequent Sound Politics commenter Richard Pope! More on Davis' violations here. Davis has also been criticized... [read more]

EXCLUSIVE: Gary Ridgway passes polygraph! Offers to help find the real Green River Killer
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 AM, 21 Comments
EXCLUSIVE to Sound Politics: A newspaper article that confirms the validity of polygraph tests: Ridgway came to the attention of police in 1983 because his pickup resembled one connected with one of the disappearances. In 1984, he took and passed... [read more]

Environmental Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:05 AM, 9 Comments
Danny Westneat tells the story of Judge Jerome Farris of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, who sounds like a real piece of work -- he cut down a bunch of trees from a city park in order to improve... [read more]

October 27, 2005
"Speed Bump"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 55 Comments
Today's Seattle Times characterizes Ron Sims' conduct in the ongoing election scandal as "Voting woes from 2004 put speed bump in campaign trail for Sims". Reading between the lines, and in the context of the Times chronic reluctance to adequately... [read more]

October 26, 2005
McGavick's In
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:13 PM, 79 Comments
Safeco CEO Mike McGavick announced today he HAS decided to run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The P-I has this A.P. story, the Seattle Times nothing at the moment, but probably something within the next few hours.... [read more]

Shark Bite Chronicles
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:07 AM, 29 Comments
Local media are either clueless or commit bias by omission in reporting on continuing problems within the King County Records and Elections Department, and Stefan Sharkansky's exemplary investigative work at Sound Politics helps illustrate why alternative media sources such as... [read more]

I see a pattern here...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 17 Comments
"DOT accused of campaigning against initiative to repeal gas tax" Initiative 912 supporters have filed a complaint with the state alleging that the Department of Transportation has violated state law by campaigning against the anti-gas-tax measure. The complaint, filed on... [read more]

October 25, 2005
Busting the anti-912 myths
by Timothy Goddard, 08:23 PM, 58 Comments
Steve Neighbors, Chairman of the Snohomish County Republican party has penned a very good article responding to the various arguments against I-912. Steve is a successful businessman, deeply concerned with the state of transportation in the state, and was originally... [read more]

Sharkansky v King County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:05 PM, 25 Comments
This afternoon my attorneys served King County with this summons, complaint and motion for violations of the Public Disclosure Act. The papers will be filed in Snohomish County Court tomorrow morning. Thanks to the many readers who donated to the... [read more]

A conscious policy decision to tolerate illegal voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:46 AM, 64 Comments
In today's Seattle Times, King County Elections responds to the GOP's imminent challenge of 1,943 voter registrations that illegally list a residence at private mail box services or storage locker rental facilities Bobbie Egan, a spokeswoman for the King County... [read more]

Stop the Insanity
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 24 Comments
A financial consultant hired by the Seattle City Council has confirmed that the Monorail's latest plan is little more than an insane hallucination: The Seattle Monorail Project's assumptions about its fares, ridership and revenue from car-tab taxes are uncertain enough... [read more]

October 24, 2005
"Another felon receives ballot"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:57 PM, 53 Comments
KING-5 News reports today on a convicted felon who received a ballot for this November's election -- even though he walked into the King County Elections office earlier this year to ask that they remove from the voter rolls.... [read more]

1,943 mail box voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:23 PM, 57 Comments
The King County Republican Party will be holding a press conference outside the King County Elections office on Wednesday to announce challenges to the registrations of 1,943 voters who are illegally registered to vote at private mail box services and... [read more]

Cultural Revolution
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:56 AM, 31 Comments
I was at my neighborhood coffee house this morning and the guy at the adjacent table was grumbling to a mutual friend: I've been voting at the same precinct for 40 years. My voter's pamphlet came in the mail... [read more]

Here's one for the canvassing board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 AM, 17 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports on Andrei Locklear, currently of Issaquah, who is trying to persuade federal agencies that he's a U.S. citizen, even though his life story sounds highly implausible He has no school, dental or medical records — no... [read more]

October 23, 2005
Goldstein implicates Sims campaign in dirty trick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 143 Comments
In a rambling post yesterday, horse's ass blogger David Goldstein acknowledged that Ron Sims' campaign manager had a hand in Goldstein's sleazy attack on David Iron's family last week. Hilariously, this admission came in the middle of Goldstein's implausible attempt... [read more]

A Warning From The North, About Downtown Condo Madness
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:41 AM, 13 Comments
Downtown Vancouver, B.C. is a nice place to visit - "visit" being the key word. Some Vancouver urban planners and Seattle City Council members also think it's a model community in which to live. And so, Council Member Peter Steinbrueck... [read more]

October 22, 2005
Unregistered Voters du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 PM, 24 Comments
Yesterday I discovered more counted provisional ballots from unregistered voters. All but one were assigned to precinct 1823. Like all of the other counted provisional ballots from unregistered voters, these are uniquely and mysteriously missing from the database table of... [read more]

School Comes Down Hard On Student
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:36 AM, 40 Comments
The father of a Steilacoom public school student who was suspended and reprimanded for parading around in a body-length penis costume outside a school dance says his son did nothing wrong. He and the boy's mother are asking the school... [read more]

This Is Funny
by Jim Miller, 09:16 AM, 31 Comments
But I am not sure that Thomas Shapley realizes it. Now the radio ramblers at KVI claim they can't say anything about I-912 for fear of exceeding the in-kind campaign contribution limits, thanks to an earlier court ruling that their... [read more]

Empty Transit Buses?
by Jim Miller, 08:11 AM, 53 Comments
I often eat lunch in downtown Kirkland in places where I have a good view of the Kirkland transit center.  What I see there — and this is in the middle of the day — is many buses, but few... [read more]

October 21, 2005
Mailbox Dweller
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:08 PM, 6 Comments
His official registration record lists "Apt. 363", but he came clean on his provisional ballot envelope: He resides at 2318 2nd Ave, Box 363. 2318 2nd Ave is the location of the Sound Service mail box rental company.... [read more]

"Do Not Count"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:24 PM, 39 Comments
They counted it anyway. UPDATE: Some in the comments are asking how we can tell this ballot was counted. That's a good question. The envelope was slit open and empty (if you look carefully, you can see that the... [read more]

There's no business like Small Business
by Brian Crouch, 04:26 PM, 2 Comments
Washington Policy Center will be hosting two Small Business Conferences-- one at the SeaTac Hilton on Thursday, November 17th, and one in Eastern Washington on Thursday, November 10th. Read more about it at or call 888-WPC-9272 for more information.... [read more]

The Soft Bigotry Of Seattle's "Racial Tiebreaker"
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:01 AM, 41 Comments
Neighborhood schools in Seattle? Fuggedaboudit. Put too many minority students in a Seattle school, and why, they're pretty much doomed to failure. To succeed academically, minority students need to be around a healthy percentage of white students. Praise diversity, pass... [read more]

Rispoli: Ron Sims covered up juvenile jail rapes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:33 AM, 55 Comments
Karen Rispoli is the woman who ran against Ron Sims in last month's Democratic primary. A lifelong Democrat, this week she endorsed David Irons. Rispoli happens to be my neighbor. We frequent the same coffee house. I introduced myself to... [read more]

A Cause for Celebration?
by Marsha Michaelis, 08:59 AM, 8 Comments
I love good news, and headlines yesterday announced that student performance is up on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The federal standardized test measures 4th and 8th grade reading and math. But while I love good news, I... [read more]

October 20, 2005
Rossi Endorsed by the Seattle Times
by P. Scott Cummins, 08:24 PM, 9 Comments
Well, sorta. Don't miss Bruce Ramsey's plug for Dino Rossi's new book in the Seattle Times that is tantamount to an endorsement for 2008, and an ongoing pang of "buyer's remorse" that so many Dinocrats expressed (loudly) during the revote... [read more]

Sharkansky v. King County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:16 PM, 46 Comments
It looks like I'll be going to court next week in order to compel Ron Sims and King County Elections to release the documents they don't want to release. Among the items that I'm going to the mat about --... [read more]

Patty's Sculpted Pork
by Brian Crouch, 03:45 PM, 22 Comments
I like sculpture as much as the next guy... ...but 86 US Senators voted against 3 anti-pork amendments written by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK. Coburn's changes would have held back half-a-million dollars slated for a 'sculpture park,' of all things,... [read more]

Solidarity Forever
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:37 AM, 21 Comments
Teachers in the Sprague-Lamont School District voted last week to decertify the Washington Education Association as their bargaining representative Among other things, teachers voted October 10th to break away from the WEA because teachers were fed up with annual dues... [read more]

WA Supreme Court demolishes private property rights
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 AM, 59 Comments
In a stunning defeat for private property rights, the Washington Supreme Court ruled today that the Seattle Monorail Project was justified in taking more property than it needed to build a station. Concurring with Justice Madsen's majority opinion in the... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:55 AM, 12 Comments
H.E.L.P., the Honest Elections Project, needs your help. The Honest Elections Project is the campaign for Initiative 23, the King County ballot measure for changing the county Elections director from an appointed position to an elected position. King County is... [read more]

October 19, 2005
A Group Grope At Kiona-Benton City High School, To "Heal"
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:57 PM, 29 Comments
Last year, popular Benton City, Wa., sports coach and teacher Bob Mars was robbed and knifed to death, it is alleged, by two Hispanic youths who came from Kennewick with pre-meditated intent to commit a robbery. This instance of youth... [read more]

Mixed Doubles
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:57 PM, 17 Comments
As I mentioned the other day, I found a bunch of voters who cast both absentee and provisional ballots where both were counted. Here are some photos of the ballot envelopes for the matching pairs that have been found to... [read more]

After the Deluge
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:41 AM, 8 Comments
At the risk of raining on Ron Sims' celebratory parade, I'll only point out that FEMA's determination that King County's flood prevention efforts earns it a discount on flood insurance would have more credibility if FEMA hadn't determined that New... [read more]

Noblesse Oblige
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:29 AM, 29 Comments
Opposition to rationalizing the gas tax is no longer limited to asphalt executives and the Davis-Bacon union bosses. The No on I-912 campaign just received a large charitable donation from a civic-minded coalition of gazillionaires (including Paul Allen) who have... [read more]

Disenfranchised voter du jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 AM, 23 Comments
In all fairness to King County Elections, they didn't just count provisional ballots from ineligible voters. It also looks like they disenfranchised some legitimate voters by not counting what appear to be properly cast provisional ballots. For example, this voter... [read more]

October 18, 2005
Unregistered Voters du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:01 PM, 16 Comments
Two more voters who were identified and documented as "not registered" before their provisional ballots were counted (photos here and here). Same profile as the ones I posted the other day -- assigned to precinct 1823, but no record of... [read more]

Elway Poll: I-912 In Trouble
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:58 PM, 50 Comments
I'm guessing somebody will have a really new poll on Initiative 912 out before long, but there are some just-now-released results of a Sept. 22-25 Elway Poll. It was an independent survey done by phone, with live interviewers, of a... [read more]

A new career for Ron Sims?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:22 AM, 74 Comments
The latest KING-5 poll shows a neck-and-neck race for King County Executive between incumbent Ron Sims and challenger David Irons, with Irons slightly favored. A full 46 percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Republican David Irons now,... [read more]

October 17, 2005
Truth held hostage
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:43 PM, 39 Comments
One of the most troubling things I've discovered from looking at the processed ballot envelopes from last November's election is that many of the corresponding computer records appear to have been suspiciously modified after the fact. A few examples --... [read more]

TNT: UW "Holistic" Admissions Are Suspect
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:19 AM, 26 Comments
The often-sensible Tacoma News Tribune Editorial Board has weighed in on the University of Washington's recently-announced plans to drop its fusty old, quantifiable "Admissions Index" next year, in favor of something the U is calling "holistic" admissions. Now, in addition... [read more]

Crook donates to Sims' campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 16 Comments
Seattle businessman Brent L. Crook has donated a total of $175 to Ron Sims' re-election campaign. That a man named Crook donated to Sims' campaign is a mildly amusing fact which by itself is neither relevant nor enlightening. Just as... [read more]

October 16, 2005
"Not registered"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 43 Comments
Here's more on the story of the "not registered" provisional ballots that I mentioned on Thursday. So far, after searching only a fraction of the counted provisional ballot envelopes, we've found 9 envelopes whose ballots were counted, even though somebody... [read more]

Washington Reservist Aids Iraq Constitution Vote
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:24 PM, 8 Comments
Early reports have the Iraqi constitution passing, as ballots come in from this weekend's vote (below). It would be a crucial step forward. And Washington state reservists are in the thick of it, as the Tacoma News Tribune reports today... [read more]

October 15, 2005
Even the liberal media like I-900
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:55 PM, 32 Comments
The AP's David Ammons has an article today about Tim Eyman and I-900, the Performance Audits Initiative. Ammons makes most of the same points about I-900 that I did in my column for The Stranger last week: I-900 is sensible... [read more]

King County Capitulates: Alleged Double Voter is not two different people
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 18 Comments
King County Elections acknowledged in Friday's Seattle Times that the alleged double voter is really only one person, retracting an earlier claim that there were two people living in a single-occupancy apartment having identical names and signatures and whose birthdates... [read more]

Mailbox Dweller
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:19 AM, 15 Comments
Among the various weird provisional ballots discovered in the Archives this week was this one. The matching voter is listed in the election day voter database with a proper residence address. The provisional envelope lists only a private mailbox address.... [read more]

October 14, 2005
The Discovery Institute and the 'Open Architecture' of Democracy
by P. Scott Cummins, 05:16 PM, 4 Comments
Discovery Institute: passionate about blogging. After attending a Discovery Institute forum last night on economics and democracy featuring Ghana's Franklin Cudjoe of the Imani Centre for Humane Education, I just have to say, the DI is impressive. DI President Bruce... [read more]

Density: Not Just For Blockheads
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:52 AM, 37 Comments
A lot of my fellow Seattle-ites, especially liberal Democrats and Greens, have a sneering and dismissive view of the suburbs and suburbanities, straight out of the 1960s counter-culture. Split-level homes, strivers, drivers, highways, malls? A package deal of bland conformity... [read more]

Bob Williams at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 AM, 7 Comments
Space is still available. This will be a great event. RSVP today! The special guest speaker at next Monday's (October 17) meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is Bob Williams of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. Williams will talk about... [read more]

October 13, 2005
Mystery revealed: why there were more votes than voters!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:41 PM, 62 Comments
Why did the numbers make it appear that King County counted more votes than voters last November? If you listen to Dean Logan, it was because of "human error during the crediting process and when voters sign the poll books".... [read more]

A story that only Ron Sims could believe
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:40 AM, 54 Comments
Today's Seattle Times and P-I both have articles about the dueling press conferences outside the King County Elections office yesterday P-I: "Many on voter rolls twice? GOP says thousands in county could cast 2 ballots" Times: "Voter names found twice".... [read more]

October 12, 2005
Irons: I-912 Passage Would Be "Tragedy"
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:15 PM, 92 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer posted online earlier today an editorial quoting an e-mail they received from King County Council Member and Republican candidate for King County Executive David Irons. Irons wants to make it crystal clear where he stands on Initiative... [read more]

Dean Logan Responds to my article in The Stranger
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:31 PM, 59 Comments
Big day today for Dean Logan. First, my article in The Stranger which reported that Logan instructed staff to count hundreds of votes from ineligible voters. Next, the King County Republican Party holds a press conference outside Logan's office to... [read more]

"Fatally Flawed"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 58 Comments
My article, based on my recent research into ballot envelopes at the King County Archives, appears in print in this week's The Stranger. The article was just posted online: Fatally Flawed King County Knowingly Counted Hundreds of Ineligible Votes in... [read more]

October 11, 2005
Green Card Voter?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:03 PM, 53 Comments
This provisional ballot was counted last November for someone identified by a poll worker as a "green card voter". "Green card voter" is not an official elections term, so I'm not exactly sure what it means here, but I fear... [read more]

Double Voter du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:34 AM, 24 Comments
Here's a voter who cast both an absentee and a provisional ballot where both were counted. The voter was 84 years old in 2004 and can be forgiven if he cast a second ballot because of a memory lapse. But... [read more]

Judge Michael Spearman Must Go
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:29 AM, 33 Comments
I've always been a bit of a slacker when it comes to local judicial elections. I mean, how many people really know how to vote in each race on the ballot? Or in any? We're supposed to know what sorts... [read more]

"Fight for Public Access"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:09 AM, 7 Comments
Both the Times and P-I have editorials Tuesday (here and here) supporting Attorney General Rob McKenna and his efforts to strengthen the Public Disclsosure Act. Tonight McKenna is holding the final public forum in his tour of the state soliciting... [read more]

October 09, 2005
Skilful Mike Speaks
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:17 PM, 34 Comments
The other day, before a meeting in downtown Seattle, I found myself in Westlake Plaza, where many transient folk, including one Skilful Mike, hang out. He was seeking exactly $960 for a vasectomy, and told me he was just $896... [read more]

October 08, 2005
Rossi, writer
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:32 PM, 105 Comments
Dino Rossi has unveiled his new book "Dino Rossi: Lessons in Leadership, Business, Politics and Life"... [read more]

Join the Provisional I.R.A.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:39 AM, 5 Comments
No, not that Provisional IRA -- the Provisional Ballot Envelope Independent Research Audit! King County has finally granted me access to all of the provisional ballot envelopes that were processed in the November 2004 election. Neither of the "blue-ribbon" groups... [read more]

October 07, 2005
License to kill
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 PM, 6 Comments
A former state Department of Licensing employee has been sentenced for selling fake driver's licenses and ID cards. Several of her customers were criminal fugitives One person who obtained one of Kendrix's driver's licenses has used that identification to evade... [read more]

Lather, rinse, repeat
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:25 PM, 30 Comments
Some Lynnwood police detectives, in the course of fighting crime or something, discovered some creative new uses for shampoo: On April 27, an officer entered the shop and paid $60 for and received a full "body shampoo," which included genital... [read more]

Signature Verification
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:49 PM, 63 Comments
Sam Reed in chat with The Olympian, February 15, 2005 In fact, mail ballots seem to be a pretty secure way of voting because we have more control over the ballot when it gets back to the county courthouse, more... [read more]

Is This A Joke?
by Jim Miller, 01:51 PM, 24 Comments
That was my first reaction when I read this guest column in the Seattle Times.  And then I briefly flirted with an even more paranoid hypothesis, that an editor in the Seattle Times had a grudge against the authors and... [read more]

First Reaction To The UW's "Holistic" Admissions
by Jim Miller, 01:13 PM, 18 Comments
John Rosenberg has it here.  Tim Eyman isn't the only one who suspects this change in policy may be motivated by a desire to get around I-200.   And I must confess that experience has led me to suspect anything... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 AM, 17 Comments
Today's P-I editorial -- "Elections: Still finding votes" When it was reported that King County elections officials had discovered 18 uncounted ballots in the sheriff's race, one wag e-mailed us: "Let me guess; they were all for Christine Gregoire." Teehee.... [read more]

Don't Squander Political Capital On A Nude Statue
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:50 AM, 22 Comments
Political capital is precious and must be spent wisely. Pastor Jospeh Fuiten of the Cedar Park Assembly of God Church in Bothell is the dominant evangelical Christian political force in Washington state and continues to lead a legitmate fight against... [read more]

Meth Watch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 AM, 13 Comments
“Meth Watch” is a new program, targeting methamphetamine-based crimes in King County. The program is organized by the King County Sheriff's Office and Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. It seeks community assistance in finding individuals suspected of meth-related crimes. Every... [read more]

October 06, 2005
On The Jim West Recall, And Gay Republicans
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:57 PM, 53 Comments
Spokane Mayor and former Republican powerhouse State Senator Jim West will face a Dec. 6 recall vote prompted by reports he used his office and position to seek sexual relationships with young men. KATU-TV confirms here the recount is on.... [read more]

State House Republicans on Tour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:07 PM, 7 Comments
The state House Republican Caucus is travelling the state on a listening tour to hear the concerns of constituents. The first meeting is tonight in Renton. Thursday, October 6 (6-8:00 p.m.) Nelson Middle School cafeteria 2403 Jones Avenue South Upcoming... [read more]

"Democrats for Eyman"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:44 PM, 10 Comments
My article about I-900 in this week's The Stranger is up! Ironically, I-900's most effective advocate could turn out to be the Democratic legislator who sponsored the bill that was meant to render I-900 moot, Rep. Mark Miloscia (Federal Way).... [read more]

Missed ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:59 AM, 43 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "Missed ballots raise questions" King County election workers' discovery that 18 ballots weren't counted in the September primary has set back efforts to restore confidence in the election process and could hurt County Executive Ron Sims in... [read more]

October 05, 2005
Double Voter du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:58 PM, 32 Comments
Same last name, same address, same signature, same postmark date, same Buckminster Fuller stamp. The only difference is that when King County processed her second voter registration in October 2004, they misspelled her name Sakima (with an 'm') instead of... [read more]

Sheriff Recount Results
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 18 Comments
Seattle police Lt. Greg Schmidt prevailed in the countywide recount in the Sheriff pirimary, beating Sheriff deputy Jim Fuda for second place and the right to have his ass handed to him by Sheriff Sue Rahr in November. 18 previously... [read more]

Pigs don't fly, but pork sometimes does
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:44 AM, 34 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Times reported on the Alaska Airlines jet that was painted to look like an Alaska salmon Most of the cost of the paintjob was paid for with federal tax dollars. Danny Westneat is appropriately displeased: "Any way you... [read more]

Sound Politics Nominated
by Jim Miller, 08:26 AM, 6 Comments
For "Best hard news blog" by this Canadian site.  Credit for this should go, almost entirely, to Stefan Sharkansky. (I enjoy the site and read it regularly for its coverage of Canadian politics, for the wit of Kate McMillan, and... [read more]

October 04, 2005
Seattle's Funky Elephant
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:14 PM, 3 Comments
The personal IS political. And the prime morning meditation spot for all you Seattle Republicans, after your Qi Gong regime in Woodland Park, is the 57th Street underpass, below Phinney Ave. N. For there, you will espy.....this: Breathe deeply, grasshopper,... [read more]

There's A Pentagon In That There Pentacle, Bub
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:20 PM, 42 Comments
Just another fine example of why Seattle needs to remain a two-newspaper town. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today has the 411 on Wiccan veterans of the Northwest, who are a bit cheesed off at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Seems D.V.A.... [read more]

Ineligible Voter du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:30 PM, 19 Comments
No double voters today. Instead I offer you an ineligible voter who managed to have his ballot counted. 19th Ave in Seattle is one of those funny streets with an address discontinuity. The addresses run up through the 1100s south... [read more]

Support our Troops
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:10 AM, 113 Comments
Army veteran Ken Potts of Shoreline has been the repeated victim of political vandalism: The house has been egged. Paint has been thrown on the house too. The flags have been torn down and ripped up more than once. And... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 12 Comments
This morning's P-I: "Election 2005: County elections office passes audit" Unfortunately, the reporter failed to realize that the audit was so junky as to be meaningless. Kind of like the Arthur Anderson audit that Enron passed. Keith Ervin at the... [read more]

October 03, 2005
Double Voter du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:31 PM, 34 Comments
I found both of these absentee ballot envelopes only a dozen or so envelopes away from each other in the same batch!... [read more]

Review For Riley
by Jim Miller, 05:42 PM, 15 Comments
In today's Seattle Times, Kate Riley attacks Initiative 912, which will repeal the nine cent gas tax, and its supporters.  There is much wrong with the arguments she makes in the column, but I was most struck by this: Just... [read more]

Sewage day at the County Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:09 AM, 12 Comments
The King County Council is convening at 10am Monday to discuss the bogus audit of the Elections Office that is supposed to be released today. But first, the Council deals with a different kind of sewage -- Brightwater. Tune in... [read more]

Freedom Matters
by Marsha Michaelis, 09:27 AM, 35 Comments
My latest column in The News Tribune: I’m not convinced most Americans today know what it means to be free. If they did, I can’t imagine that so many would trade their freedom for the false promise of security.... [read more]

October 02, 2005
WSDOT Waste? Not!
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:13 PM, 118 Comments
WSDOT a hellhole of road project waste? Uh, not exactly. "Nickel tax" projects completed so far (thanks to a 2003 legislative hike of the gas tax by five-cents-per-gallon) AND DOT's 349 construction projects in the 2003-2005 budget cycle tell a... [read more]

October 01, 2005
Bogus Audit (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:44 PM, 11 Comments
An update on the bogus audit of the elections office that was performed in response to the County Council's request for a real audit --... [read more]

Another illegal voter in Ron Sims' inner circle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 39 Comments
Does anybody remember Cynthia Sullivan, the former chairwoman of the King County Council, who was unseated by Bob Ferguson in 2003? Rejected by the voters, Sullivan was rewarded for her years of service to the Sims machine with a sinecure... [read more]

"Now Can We Get Back To The Issues?"
by Jim Miller, 11:13 AM, 18 Comments
This Joni Balter column recycles some gossip about David Irons and his family.  I read the column carefully — so you don't have to — and found nothing in it that should influence a voter's choice.  Irons doesn't get along... [read more]

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