Index of entries from November 2005
November 30, 2005
Important Recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:03 PM, 13 Comments
Three local races in King County are close enough to trigger automatic recounts. The closest of these races and the one which is most interesting to me is for District #1 on the Federal Way School Board. Holding a lead... [read more]

Roads, Transit, And Re-Org In '06
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:38 PM, 71 Comments
The gas-tax-hike-rollback initiative, I-912, didn't just lose statewide. It was pounded in King and Snohomish counties, and failed to come across strongly in Pierce County. I-912's rejection by suburban voters - many of whom voted for Republican Dino Rossi for... [read more]

Signature Verification
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 34 Comments
On the basic question whether signature verfication is a credible method for maintaining security on mail-in and provisional ballots: Sam Reed in chat with The Olympian, February 15, 2005 In fact, mail ballots seem to be a pretty secure way... [read more]

Original reporting
by Andy MacDonald, 09:54 AM, 12 Comments
Michelle Malkin was interviewed by Right Wing News yesterday, and she has some kind words for Sound Politics:The top political blogs I always look at, but I'm always looking for new blogs that are doing investigative reporting, something different. The... [read more]

Norm Maleng to Ron Sims: Pound Sand
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 AM, 44 Comments
Ron Sims wants the Prosecuting Attorney to initiate a formal perjury investigation of Lori Sotelo for the inadvertent errors in the challenges of the illegal mail box voters. But County Prosecutor Norman Maleng will not be joining Sims to applaud... [read more]

November 29, 2005
More Votes than Voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 PM, 14 Comments
According to this year's Mail Ballot Report, there were 23 more votes counted than voters accounted for. On its face, that's certainly an improvement over the still unexplained discrepancy of 390 ballots from this year's primary, not to mention the... [read more]

UW Study: Charters Can Be Viable; Especially For Minorities
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:46 PM, 10 Comments
The National Charter School Research Project at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs has released an 84-page report titled, "Hopes, Fears And Reality: A Balanced Look At American Charter Schools in 2005" (access page to full study... [read more]

I do believe, I do believe
by Andy MacDonald, 06:27 PM, 12 Comments
Well, am I beginning to, anyway. At last night's meeting of the City Neighborhood Council, Susan Crowley and David Foster (the Director of Seattle's Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Seattle's head lobbyist in Olympia, respectively) reported on the Mayor's draft... [read more]

In these Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:15 PM, 31 Comments
Today's Seattle Times includes me in a photograph of the canvassing board The caption implies that the canvassing board is examining ballots from the challenged mail box voters. In fact, the picture was taken before the ruling on the challenges,... [read more]

Challenged Decision
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 51 Comments
The punchline of yesterday's voter challenge rulings is that the standards that Dean Logan and the Democrats want to use to maintain the integrity of the voting rolls is impossibly high and they've effectively announced open season for voter registration... [read more]

November 28, 2005
One Out Of Three Isn't Good
by Jim Miller, 01:11 PM, 31 Comments
While sorting through old clippings I found this column by Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie.   He made three predictions about last year's election — and got just one right, and that one the easiest of the three. Here... [read more]

Yakima Jail Break: Overcrowding Is Only Half The Backstory
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:37 PM, 20 Comments
Media outlets worldwide and across Washington state have reported on on the Thanksgiving weekend escape of nine inmates from the Yakima County Jail. Now, a Teamsters Local 706 spokesman says in today's news that overcrowding at the jail helped make... [read more]

Challenged Ruling
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:42 AM, 98 Comments
The King County Canvassing Board is scheduled to issue rulings on the challenged mail box voters on this morning at 9am. I'll plan to be there unless I get snowed out. UPDATE: The canvassing board voted to accept only those... [read more]

November 25, 2005
Problems with comments
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:26 PM, 41 Comments
A few readers reported problems posting comments. There was a corrupted file in the "spam filter". I believe it's now fixed. If you still have problems posting comments, post a comment and let me know ;)... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 44 Comments
The front page headline of today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer is screaming about a PAC that was recently formed to promote conservative judicial candidates "State PAC to push for right-wing judges": The development alarms some court observers, who say an agenda-driven PAC... [read more]

November 24, 2005
"Seattle Bashing Is So Yesterday"
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:48 PM, 58 Comments
As a Seattle Republican I'm glad to see U.S. Senate Republican candidate Mike McGavick, understands this, too. Joni Balter in today's Seattle Times: "Seattle bashing is so yesterday." Railing against Seattle liberals doesn't win the party any votes in the... [read more]

November 23, 2005
What Are You Thankful For?
by Matt Rosenberg, 03:45 PM, 49 Comments
As you've probably gathered by now, it's the day before Thanksgiving. The United States of America is a land of plenty, of freedom, and opportunity. It's the world's greatest nation - and not just because our military kicks butt, and... [read more]

The beauty and majesty of voting by mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 AM, 68 Comments
Most of yesterday's meeting of the King County Canvassing Board was spent trying to determine the validity of various weird mailed in ballots -- whether envelopes that were received damaged and open had been tampered with or were merely mangled... [read more]

November 22, 2005
Why "voter intent" determinations matter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 67 Comments
Even though none of the high-profile election contests are close this year, there are a number of local races in King County where the winner and the loser are separated by a handful of votes. Some of these close races... [read more]

Tent City Backers Play Religous Freedom Card
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:25 AM, 37 Comments
Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue, and the leading light of our region's Religious Left - The Church Council of Greater Seattle - last night held a vigil to protest enforcement of Bellevue's rules on homeless encampments. Unfortunately, the Council and... [read more]

Just another friend of Ron on the public payroll
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 41 Comments
When King County Councilmember Carolyn Edmonds lost her re-election bid to fellow Democrat Bob Ferguson, those who said "good riddance!" to Edmonds may have spoken too soon. She will likely receive as a consolation prize a cushy job in Ron... [read more]

Foster to Leave Seattle NAACP
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:33 AM, 18 Comments
Seattle NAACP president Alfoster Garrett Jr. has finally resigned his post, having badly embarrassed the organization by botching a high profile legal case, and exhibiting serious additional problems with personal and professional responsibility. It marks the end of a another... [read more]

November 21, 2005
How to Start Fixing Seattle Public Schools
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:59 AM, 64 Comments
I've watched in a public meeting as Seattle parents wanting to be sold on the city's public schools shook their heads in disgust when school officials answered no, they wouldn't do away with teacher seniority perks that keep low performers... [read more]

Beyond Election Reform
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:37 AM, 26 Comments
The King County Republican Party continues its quest to get illegal voter registrations purged from the rolls, and there will be related voter challenge hearings you can attend today Nov. 21 (4:30 and 6:30 p.m.) and tomorrow Nov. 22, at... [read more]

November 20, 2005
Unitarian Jews Oppose Alito
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:23 PM, 56 Comments
Feh. UPDATE: I have deleted a ridiculous and incendiary comment by a fake "Stefan Sharkansky," and several responses to same by a commenter who should have known better.... [read more]

Maleng does need to review the case for criminal violations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 51 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer is upset about the Republican challenge of nearly 2,000 people who registered to vote illegally by providing a private mail box instead of their valid residence. For once we agree with the conclusion of a P-I editorial,... [read more]

November 19, 2005
Take a Stand, Jim
by Andy MacDonald, 09:32 AM, 104 Comments
Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott went to Baghdad before the war to lobby for saving Saddam. He voted against authorizing force to liberate Iraq. He has repeatedly denounced the war on the floor of the House. But last night he couldn't... [read more]

November 18, 2005
Amateur on Parade
by Andy MacDonald, 03:00 PM, 33 Comments
If there is anyone unconvinced the death of the monorail is a good thing, The Stranger's interview, A Chilling Effect, with acting-chairwoman Kristina Hill should change their minds. Hill's statements are the very opposite of professional. Her answer to the... [read more]

Learning The Wrong Lessons From Katrina
by Jim Miller, 02:40 PM, 14 Comments
In a Seattle Times editorial urging faster decisions on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle, I found this paragraph: Hurricane Katrina taught leaders everywhere they dither at their own peril on projects that must be done.  The fragile viaduct is... [read more]

Read my lips
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 29 Comments
Sound Transit claims it can extend light rail to Husky Stadium without raising taxes. How will this financial perpetuum mobile actually work? the project hinges on getting a $700 million federal subsidy to ease the pain of the $1.45 billion... [read more]

Limousine Socialism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:54 AM, 31 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that "Seattle's council members among highest-paid in U.S.". Councilmembers Jan Drago, Nick Licata, Richard Conlin and Richard McIver are scheduled to get a $10,000 raise to nearly $104,000 next year: Drago, the council president, defended the... [read more]

Deuce Four
by Andy MacDonald, 09:43 AM, 12 Comments
Reporter Michael Yon has been sending back amazing accounts from Iraq. He has been following the activities of the Deuce Four battalion -- their fight in Mosul, their activities during the elections, the daily life of the men. Now they... [read more]

November 17, 2005
Challenged Voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 PM, 76 Comments
The first of the hearings on the challenged mail box voters was held this afternoon. I was only able to stay for a little while , but I did catch the first part of the hearing on this voter: Teri... [read more]

The Mystery of the Bloody Ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 PM, 24 Comments
Perhaps the weirdest thing to come before the King County Canvassing Board is the above absentee ballot, apparently cast by Betty Kobbe of Bellevue. The envelope is stained all over with a dark red liquid resembling blood. I don't... [read more]

Crime And Punishment: Sajahklan Shawn Hatfield
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:27 PM, 21 Comments
As a newspaper reader I want to know, right away, when a horrific crime is committed, what is the sentencing range if the accused were to be convicted? Very, very basic stuff: crime and punishment; actions, consequences. Republicans, Democrats? Gee,... [read more]

Santa-style government
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 30 Comments
The NASCAR promoters who want to build a race track near Bremerton are asking for a massive public subsidy on the $330 million project -- "NASCAR firm wants to split track cost 50-50 with taxpayers". While the race track promoters... [read more]

Putting government first
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 26 Comments
The Seattle City Council is spending an unexpected surplus of tax revenue like a bunch of drunken sailors: Libraries, social services, transportation projects and a "rainy day" fund received the bulk of $15 million in unexpected tax receipts the Seattle... [read more]

November 16, 2005
Fickle Finger of Fate (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:10 PM, 46 Comments
Yet another illustratration of the rules the King County Canvassing Board uses to determine "voter intent" on the ballots that it examines. Last Thursday's rule: when a voter has a lightly colored oval for YES and a darkly colored oval... [read more]

Seattle Republican Tobias In Biodiesel Quest
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:33 PM, 74 Comments
He's an ex-Microsoftie and ex-Loudeye CEO, Ignition Venture partner, real-estate developer, blogger and yes, Seattle Republican. And Martin Tobias is featured along with his Seattle Biodiesel business partner John Plaza in Newsweek's Nov. 21 article "Ten Eco-Friendly Companies." Biodiesel's obstacles... [read more]

Fickle Finger of Fate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:42 AM, 36 Comments
The following photographs illustrate the rules the King County Canvassing Board uses to determine "voter intent" on the ballots that it examines. Last Thursday's rule: when a voter fills in both ovals, X's them both out and creates a new... [read more]

November 15, 2005
The party of the little guy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:20 PM, 52 Comments
The Washington State Democrats are defending the "rights" of the illegally registered mail box voters to commit election fraud. David McDonald, attorney for the WSDCC, asserts that a private mailbox is a legitimate "non-traditional" address, like maybe the voter really... [read more]

Sexual Harassment Stench At WSU
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:05 PM, 26 Comments
With a big hat tip to Sound Politics commenter and Palousitics blogger Tom Forbes, here's some news you haven't read in Seattle's daily newspapers about sexual harassment at Washington State University in Pullman. As it happens, a central figure -... [read more]

Thurston County's Reluctant Prosecutor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:46 AM, 19 Comments
Thurston County Prosecutor Ed Holm is not doing his job: More than a year has passed since disbarred Thurston County attorney Alan J. Martin was accused of voting in violation of state law. No charges have been filed. It's been... [read more]

Your tax dollars at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 17 Comments
The King County Council yesterday voted to spend $7 million on a maintenance barn for the frivolous Metro waterfront trolley. Before approving the $7 million expenditure, the council discussed whether it made economic sense to build a new barn because... [read more]

Solidarity Forever
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:51 AM, 32 Comments
Today's The Olympian reports: More than 700 state workers could lose their jobs if they do not cooperate with their unions and agree to pay for their representation. Over 50,000 government employees are now required to pay union dues as... [read more]

Shoreline Boy Makes Good
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:27 AM, 6 Comments
It's not every day that a young conservative from Puget Sound successfully launches a career in print journalism. Chris Collins, formerly of Shoreline, is now working as a county government reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in Merced, California. It's a... [read more]

November 14, 2005
Diversity Schmiversity
by Marsha Michaelis, 01:01 PM, 36 Comments
My latest column in the Tacoma News Tribune: Ideas are not created equal. Some are better than others. And some are just plain bad. Among the bad ideas is the exaltation of “diversity” that prevails in many public institutions today.... [read more]

WSU Burned By FIRE, While Seattle Dailies Doze
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:48 AM, 29 Comments
One month ago, a nationally-known and highly-regarded organization named the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) issued a fairly damning summary of enforced political correctness at Washington State University in Pullman. Rich with links to internal documents and e-mails,... [read more]

November 13, 2005
Dino Rossi Book Kickoff
by Timothy Goddard, 09:47 PM, 10 Comments
We've mentioned Dino Rossi's new book before (and, of course, it's hanging out there on the sidebar, too). Dino is kicking off his booksigning with a great event at the Everett Events Center on Thursday, presented by the Snohomish County... [read more]

Because the cost is the benefit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 101 Comments
A very good op-ed in the Seattle Times this morning presents the case for Bus Rapid Transit instead of light rail. But light rail will probably prevail, in spite of the fact that BRT is more flexible, has more capacity... [read more]

Above the law
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 AM, 17 Comments
I was disgusted to read this item the other day: "Officer who quit early to have sex gets suspension shortened" SEATTLE -- A police officer was suspended for 30 days after quitting his shift early to have sex with a... [read more]

November 11, 2005
Remember The Campaign Against I-912?
by Jim Miller, 02:14 PM, 60 Comments
If you live in Washington state, you certainly do.  We voters were told, again and again that, if we voted to repeal the gas tax slipped through the legislature, then the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle would fall down, and... [read more]

What "Voter Intent" really means
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 58 Comments
Most of yesterday's canvassing board meeting was spent "interpreting voter intent" on several dozen ballots. Click here for a photo essay of some of the frightening "voter intent" determinations made yesterday, or keep reading for more background.... [read more]

Let the Feast Begin
by Andy MacDonald, 09:41 AM, 45 Comments
The voters killed the monorail three days ago, but rather than giving it a proper burial some city councilors want to feast on the carcass. The Seattle Times has the proper reaction: Monorail assets aren't for the taking. To paraphrase... [read more]

The railroad to hell is paved with good intentions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:39 AM, 28 Comments
Danny Westneat thinks our government should follow Canada's example and raise billions more in taxes without our consent in order to build more railroads for our own good. "It's time we curb votes on transit" For some reason, the autocrats... [read more]

November 10, 2005
I-912 and mass transit, then and now
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 PM, 25 Comments
October 24 "Daily No On I-912: Transit untouched": The campaign in support of Initiative 912 is rife with fallacies and falsehoods. Here's one of them: Voting for I-912 will choke off money to those transit, light rail and monorail projects.... [read more]

Canvassing Bored
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:48 PM, 27 Comments
I attended most of this afternoon's canvassing board meeting. More weird things to report later. Oy vay. All I'll say for now is we're lucky there aren't any close races this year. Former Superintendent Bill Huennekens was resurrected and was... [read more]

City Journal: A Stellar Conservative Resource
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:33 PM, 18 Comments
If you haven't come across City Journal yet, you must check it out, and not merely because I have a commentary just posted today in their current online edition. City Journal is a print quarterly of urban affairs, published by... [read more]

Mail Boxes, etc.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 AM, 96 Comments
The party of perpetual vote fraud has leapt to the defense of the mail box residents: King County Democrats, who claimed that the Republican challenges were an attempt to intimidate and disenfranchise voters and discredit County Executive Ron Sims, are... [read more]

November 09, 2005
Conniver
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 PM, 97 Comments
It's amazing what you can find when you read the statute: RCW 29A.84.655 Repeaters -- Unqualified persons -- Officers conniving with. Any precinct election officer who knowingly permits any voter to cast a second vote at any primary or general... [read more]

Hey, I found a pony!
by Timothy Goddard, 09:55 PM, 10 Comments
It was in Snohomish County. Sort of. In the past few elections, when Democrats on the national level have gotten shellacked, they have looked to the lower level elections to soothe themselves. Now, it's my turn. Yesterday was unequivocally a... [read more]

Sims re-election in context
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 113 Comments
While many of us are disappointed with David Irons' loss to Ron Sims, it's important to put this result in perspective. King County has been an overwhelmingly Democrat county for years. In fact, an incumbent Democrat County Executive would have... [read more]

Three Questions For Joel Connelly
by Jim Miller, 02:43 PM, 30 Comments
Buried deep in Connelly's column today were these two paragraphs: After insisting on error-free work by the county elections office, the King County Republican Party mounted a ballyhooed challenge to 1,944 county voters. It turned out that 50 people on... [read more]

Now for a separate referendum on Dean Logan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 22 Comments
Sims' re-election should not be taken as a mandate for his handling of the Elections scandal, as even the Seattle Times editorial page admits in a rare moment of common-sense Step one, as he and everyone else knows, is restoring... [read more]

But the P-I likes him
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 13 Comments
What a relief it is that this opponent of the First Amendment failed in his attempt to get elected state Attorney General.... [read more]

Trust but verify
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:08 AM, 55 Comments
Danny Westneat thinks that the defeat of I-912 means that "Voters tilt toward trust" Hard to say what's really responsible for the survival of the gas tax. Westneat forget to mention that I-900, the performance audits initiative, is ahead by... [read more]

November 08, 2005
A Bit Of Good News Tonight
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:47 PM, 27 Comments
For the first time in quite a while, an out-of-the closet Republican has been elected in a Seattle-wide contest, albeit a non-partisan race. Jim Nobles, Republican, is the voters' pick for one of the two Seattle Popular Monorail Board seats... [read more]

Sims Leading Irons (Update: Sims Wins)
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:08 PM, 48 Comments
Incumbent Democrat Ron Sims is leading Republican challenger David Irons in the election for King County Executive. The current totals are updated here, and as I write, Sims has 55.5 percent of the vote so far, to Irons' 39.59 percent.... [read more]

Fifth Time Is the Charm
by Andy MacDonald, 10:02 PM, 21 Comments
After four pro-monorail votes, the voters are turning against the monorail in the fifth vote. With the early absentees and six percent of the precincts counted, Proposition 1 (which would continue the monorail) is losing badly: 33% yes, 67% no.... [read more]

King, Snohomish Voting Against I-912 (Update: I-912 Tanks)
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:48 PM, 103 Comments
The Secretary of State's link to statewide ballot measures is here. In early returns, a whopping 62 percent of King County voters have weighed in AGAINST Initiative 912 - to repeal the 9.5 cent a gallon gas tax hike approved... [read more]

Dean Logan's fraud-addicted elections office forbids poll judges to obey law
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:37 PM, 224 Comments
In a nutshell, I quit as a poll judge because the inspector threatened me for doing my job of dissuading an ineligible individual from voting. The poll judge's statutory oath says: we will not give our consent to the receipt... [read more]

Bill Huennekens Sighting
by Andy MacDonald, 04:15 PM, 5 Comments
I was out poll watching today, when who did I run into but Bill Huennekens. He was at the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Ballard, demonstrating the new Diebold touch screen voting machine that the county will be using next year... [read more]

VOTE
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:23 AM, 50 Comments
I'll be working at the polls again, so won't be blogging on Tuesday. Be sure to vote if you haven't already voted by mail. If you have an absentee ballot and haven't cast it yet, do NOT put it in... [read more]

Buy Dino's book
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:17 AM, 6 Comments
On the first anniversary of the bungled (and yes, fraudulent) 2004 election, we pause to honor the man who in all likelihood would now be serving as governor -- if Dean Logan hadn't screwed it up and then covered it... [read more]

November 07, 2005
Dean Logan admits own work is "unacceptable"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 PM, 17 Comments
Dean Logan, criticizing state GOP chairman Chris Vance for the King County Republicans' newbie mistakes made when challenging nearly 2,000 illegally registered mail box voters: Logan said the GOP error rate was too high. "His effort resulted in a at... [read more]

Ugly tactics
by Timothy Goddard, 11:13 PM, 17 Comments
Another local blog, with which many of you may be familiar, has, with typically foul-mouthed aplomb, accused the campaign of Snohomish County Councilman Jeff Sax of gay-baiting. Specifically, his campaign is accused of posting "Gay endorsed" stickers on his opponent,... [read more]

Circulation Plummets at Times, P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 64 Comments
P-I: "Seattle newspapers lose circulation" The P-I slipped by 9 percent, to 132,694 papers sold Monday through Friday in average total paid circulation for the six months ended Sept. 30, according to figures released Monday by the Audit Bureau of... [read more]

Mail box dwellers with a separate mailing address
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:08 PM, 35 Comments
The most amazing thing to me about the list of challenged mail box voters is that some list both a mail box for their "residence" as well as a different mail box for their mailing address. A man who claims... [read more]

Some Brief Explanations For My Endorsements
by Jim Miller, 02:26 PM, 44 Comments
I-330 and I-336:  In general, I think that lawsuits are a poor way to control medical errors and to compensate those who suffer from them.  The choice to sue appears to be affected by many irrelevant factors, including the area... [read more]

Dean Logan counted unlawful ballots at behest of group involved in vote fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 37 Comments
Here's the wrap-up of the astonishing story of politically-motivated official election fraud under Ron Sims and Dean Logan, its ongoing cover-up, and the failure of the local newspapers to report what they know about the scandal. On February 8th I... [read more]

Berkowitz campaign implodes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 AM, 29 Comments
Mark Griswold sent me an e-mail exchange he had with David Bailey, manager of Rich Berkowitz's rapidly imploding campaign for Port Commission. (For background, see this post) In his e-mail, Bailey, who is officially speaking on behalf of Berkowitz, demeans... [read more]

Mail boxes, etc.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 AM, 32 Comments
Here are just a few more of the many examples of the "apartment buildings" where some of the nearly 2,000 illegally registered voters challenged by the GOP claim to live. Thanks to readers for sending in the photos! UPS Store,... [read more]

November 06, 2005
Endorsements From Our Contributors
by Jim Miller, 05:00 PM, 53 Comments
The tables below give you the endorsements by our contributors.  These are all I have so far, but if more come in before tomorrow I will add them to the tables. Statewide Measures measureSharkanskyGoddardMillerRosenberg I-330yesyesyes-- I-336nonono-- I-900yesyesyesyes I-901noyesnoyes I-912yesyesyesno SJR... [read more]

Fake but accurate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 79 Comments
This item illustrates the dishonesty in the loonie liberals' manufactured outrage over the errors in the GOP's challenges of nearly 2,000 illegally registered voters. The front page of yesterday's P-I had this photograph depicting residents of 320 Cedar St in... [read more]

November 05, 2005
Now back to those nearly 2,000 illegally registered mail box voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:48 PM, 108 Comments
While the daily newspapers and other loonie liberals are fixated on the GOP's idiotic but admitted mistakes in their attempted challenge of illegally registered mail box voters, I'm more interested in the much larger number of people who were properly... [read more]

Yes On I-912
by Jim Miller, 03:52 PM, 48 Comments
A reluctant yes, but still a yes. For years I have thought that Washington state needed to spend more money on roads.   Nonetheless, I intend to vote for I-912 this Tuesday to roll back the gas tax passed in... [read more]

Constantine should resign from canvassing board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 42 Comments
King County Councilmember Dow Constantine should immediately resign from the county canvassing board which is responsible for overseeing and certifying next week's election. Constantine has discredited himself as both too careless and too partisan to be trusted to conduct a... [read more]

Liberal media misses the biggest issue in the mailbox voter challenge story
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 63 Comments
Seattle's liberal newspapers are interested in only one angle of the story that hundreds of voters are illegally registered at private mailboxes -- the fact that some GOP volunteers attempting to help clean up the problem made some mistakes. The... [read more]

Sims insider refuses to participate in desperate smear attempt against Irons
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 AM, 18 Comments
Ron Sims' off-the-books spokesman has been trying to build anticipation for weeks that he has some "bombshell" smear against David Irons in the works -- if only he can get his sources to go on the record. Of course, the... [read more]

McKenna proposes "reporter shield bill"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:57 AM, 17 Comments
Attorney General Rob McKenna has proposed a bill to shield news reporters from having to reveal confidential sources. I've posted the text of the proposed legislation. Protecting confidential sources is a good idea and I commend the Attorney General for... [read more]

November 04, 2005
Snohomish County Endorsements
by Timothy Goddard, 10:52 PM, 3 Comments
Much attention has been placed on the Sims-Irons race, and rightly so. For those of us in Snohomish County, though, there's plenty of important races to vote in and watch. I'm happy to provide my two cents on who I... [read more]

Sims denies ballots were left uncounted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:33 PM, 25 Comments
This is yet another update to an earlier post, incorporating an official denial of reports I've heard from other sources. I've heard from a few independent sources that the discrepancy of 390 in the Primary Mail Ballot Report is attributable... [read more]

Irons, Lange and Sims on Carlson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:26 PM, 22 Comments
King County Executive candidates David Irons, Gentry Lange and Ron Sims are facing off live right now on the John Carlson Show KVI 570. Irons mentioned the e-mail I posted the other day about the race track operator who was... [read more]

Hypocritical hit piece in port race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:22 PM, 23 Comments
Rich Berkowitz, who is running against Lloyd Hara for an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission, sent out this hit piece against his opponent Get it? Lloyd Hara "solicited endorsements from the King County Republicans". Yes he did, but... [read more]

Lunatic fringe blogs spread false and unsubstantiated rumors
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:57 PM, 45 Comments
My good friend Dan Savage at The Stranger regrettably jumped the gun and rebroadcast an as yet unsubstantiated claim by an anonymous poster. The poster claims to be one of the voters challenged by the GOP on the grounds that... [read more]

A catalog of unlawfully counted ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:04 PM, 27 Comments
You've seen the photos of the various provisional ballots that were unlawfully counted last November -- * the provisional ballots from people who also cast absentee ballots * the provisional ballots from people who had returned unsigned registration forms and... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 AM, 16 Comments
Today's P-I reports on the flood of campaign contributions in the County Executive race -- "If dollars were votes, Sims would win big" The article's implication is that Sims is getting contributions from developers because he is somehow pro-business. But... [read more]

November 03, 2005
Greg Nickels: Rolling Stone's Green Avenger
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:01 PM, 41 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels gets a glowing profile in the new issue of Rolling Stone. The article is titled, "Warriors and Heroes: 25 Leaders Who Are Fighting to Stave Off The Planet-wide Catastrophe." My fellow West Seattle-ite Nickels is in... [read more]

Ron Sims in his own words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 45 Comments
Here are some sound bites of Ron Sims on the Mike Siegel Show yesterday. [click on the microphones to hear the sound clips] Sims says the buck stops with him , so let's hold him responsible for what he says.... [read more]

What are Sims and Logan hiding?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:21 PM, 55 Comments
The judge handed down a postponement in my Public Disclosure Act lawsuit against King County yesterday. He's not willing to hold a "Show Cause" hearing before the Nov. 8 election and suggested we all reconvene in 30 days. I'll be... [read more]

State Supremes Says Jilted Lesbian May Seek "DeFacto Parent" Status
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:35 AM, 37 Comments
In a decision this morning which may signal a looming near-term victory for gay marriage advocates in an entirely different case, the Washington Supreme Court affirmed that a lesbian jilted by her partner for their child's sperm donor can seek... [read more]

RTFM
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:40 AM, 31 Comments
Ron Sims was on the Mike Siegel Show yesterday and made a number of hilariously incorrect statements. For example, when Siegel asked him about the fact that King County has thousands of duplicate voter registrations, which have led to double... [read more]

Dean Logan still can't count ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:04 AM, 20 Comments
The Thursday newspapers report on the bogus Mail Ballot Report from the September primary election which showed that 390 ballots were missing.... [read more]

November 02, 2005
Sims campaign shakes down county permit applicant
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 PM, 54 Comments
Pacific Raceways in Kent is seeking county permits to build a karting track on an existing parking lot. I obtained this very interesting e-mail written by someone with an interest in helping Pacific Raceways: Ron Sims' campaign folks have said... [read more]

Deja Vu: Primary Mail Ballot Report was bogus!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:50 PM, 52 Comments
It's time for King County to change its name to King Cantcounty. King County's Mail Ballot Report from this year's primary election is as bogus as last November's Mail Ballot Report. Whoever created the 2005 primary mail ballot report used... [read more]

Where's Waldo?
by P. Scott Cummins, 09:48 AM, 34 Comments
Blogger Patrick Bell wants to know, where's Waldo, err, Gregoire? As he put it in this post at Respectfully Republican: Much like where's Waldo, I want to know what our state's most powerful and outspoken Democrat is up to these... [read more]

November 01, 2005
It costs more, but offers less value (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 PM, 26 Comments
The state's asphalt executives and bond lawyers must be encouraged by the latest KING-5 poll showing that support for I-912 is softening. Nevertheless, voters still have doubts about the gas tax: In September, 65 percent said they didn't think the... [read more]

Sims and Irons on the radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:39 PM, 20 Comments
Ron Sims will be on with Mike Siegel tomorrow, Wednesday, from 8-9am; KTTH 770. David Irons and Ron Sims will debate on the John Carlson Show, KVI 570, on Friday afternoon. UPDATE: KVI also has MP3 files from recent candidate... [read more]

It costs more, but offers less value
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:58 PM, 10 Comments
Ron Sims has finally brought in the turnaround team to redecorate the elections office, months behind schedule, at 3-4 times the earlier cost estimate, and too late to come up to speed to be of any use to anybody, except... [read more]

Great Moments in Public Education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:08 PM, 59 Comments
A group of Seattle high school students are planning to harm their own educations on Wednesday in order to riot against democracy in the United States and Iraq: A planned student walkout Wednesday to protest the Iraq war is causing... [read more]

Rispoli wins step in retaliation suit against King County
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:27 PM, 12 Comments
Karen Rispoli, a King County employee who is suing King County for retaliating against her for voicing concerns about misconduct and sexual abuse at the juvenile jail, cleared a significant hurdle today. A federal judge dismissed the county's request for... [read more]

Double voter votes twice for the fourth time!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:59 PM, 20 Comments
Patricia A Levesque, who is registered twice and is reported to have voted twice in the primary and general elections in 2004 and again in this year's primary, has already voted two absentee ballots in next week's election! Levesque is... [read more]

Fraudulently Counted Ballot du Jour (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:22 PM, 20 Comments
This voter's registration record indicates that she did not sign her registration form last fall. She was not eligible to vote last November. Her provisional ballot envelope was correctly marked "fatal pending", but it was unlawfully counted. Her registration record... [read more]

Fraudulently Counted Ballot du Jour (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:33 PM, 13 Comments
A pre-election special! An extra helping of fraudulently counted ballots! This voter did not sign her registration form last September and was not eligible to vote last November. Her provisional ballot envelope was correctly marked "fatal pend / sig", "not... [read more]

Fraudulently Counted Ballot du Jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:14 PM, 12 Comments
This voter's registration record was correctly classified as "Fatal Pending" last October because she registered only with a P.O. Box and did not give a residence address. Accordingly, she was not eligible to vote. Her provisional ballot envelope could have... [read more]

King County Journal Endorses Irons
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:45 AM, 24 Comments
The King County Journal today endorsed David Irons for King County Executive. Let's hope it has an effect in the vote-rich suburban crescent east of Seattle. The Journal says: A string of embarrassing failures and miscalculations have shown Ron Sims... [read more]

Mao Biography Authors At UW
by Jim Miller, 08:46 AM, 29 Comments
Jung Chang and Jon Halliday, authors of an already controversial biography of the Chinese dictator, will be speaking on the book this Thursday night at the University of Washington.  The book begins with this chilling sentence: Mao tse-tung, who for... [read more]

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