Index of entries from April 2006
April 30, 2006
Oh, that innumerate media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 PM, 35 Comments
In today's weekly column, Seattle Times editorial page editor James Vesely laments the high price of gasoline: "At the pump, the movie never ends"Those little brass cap-lock keys became ubiquitous on key rings and they will certainly return again as... [read more]

April 29, 2006
New PAC to back judges on the left
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:52 PM, 33 Comments
Today's P-I reports "New PAC to back judges on the left". The new PAC's supporters include former Gov. Gary Locke, King County Executive Ron Sims, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon, Naral Pro-Choice Washington, Washington Conservation Voters, Washington State Labor Council,... [read more]

April 28, 2006
Transaction Log Status Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:54 PM, 18 Comments
The good news is that I'm now receiving the voter database transaction logs from the various counties. So far: King, Snohomish and Clark counties have all delivered their log files, Kitsap is ready to ship, and Pierce and Yakima have... [read more]

Final KCGOP Draft Platform
by Andy MacDonald, 04:59 PM, 22 Comments
The King County Republicans platform committee had its final pre-convention meeting on Wednesday, and made some changes to the draft platform. The new draft is here (same link as the old draft): King County 2006 Republican draft platform (1.0 MB... [read more]

So long, Sonics!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:40 PM, 27 Comments
finethenleave.com is throwing the Sonics a going-away party, Thursday May 11th, noon, at City Hall "We'll toast the team, remember the good times, and collect going-away cards that we'll ask the City Council to deliver to the Sonics for us.... [read more]

Cantwell Flunks Econ 101.
by Andy MacDonald, 03:19 PM, 36 Comments
Mary Catherine Hamm at Wizbang points out Maria Cantwell's total ignorance of economics, in particular her inability to understand that lower supply coupled with steady demand will increase prices. Cantwell's pre-Senate job was Vice President of Marketing at Real Networks,... [read more]

Axis of Evil Descends Upon Port Townsend
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:35 PM, 14 Comments
Dumb dumb me. Here I thought the problem with the lovely town of Port Townsend, Washington was that the kids can't spell, and an anarchist publisher wants to help terrorists get into the U.S. from Canada. I had it all... [read more]

Sound Transit, welfare program
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:28 AM, 22 Comments
The Seattle dailies are reporting that a group of protesters picketed a Sound Transit construction site yesterday demanding more jobs and contracts for African-Americans. The Times: "No black contracts — no light rail". My first reaction was "is that a... [read more]

"$1 Billion in Medicaid Expenses Questioned by the State Auditor"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:26 AM, 47 Comments
The State Auditor released an audit of DSHS Medicaid spending yesterday and it is a damning indictment of Mrs. Gregoire's1 administration: A state audit has questioned nearly $1 billion that Washington's Medicaid program spent last year -- including $75 million... [read more]

April 27, 2006
Full Kyoto: Greg Nickels' city car uses 5 gallons of gasoline a day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:51 PM, 37 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is being hailed as an eco-hero by the likes of Vanity Fair [photo] for his Mayor's initiative to implement the Kyoto Protocol and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nickels #1 goal is to "Reduce Seattle’s dependence on... [read more]

Whoopemup Hollow
by Andy MacDonald, 02:43 PM, 3 Comments
Totally not political and a bit off the path of our normal Puget Sound-related beat, but I just have to put in a plug for the Whoopemup Hollow cajun restaurant in Waitsburg (pop. 1,224). My wife and I were touring... [read more]

Morton Brilliant: Web Saboteur
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:28 PM, 11 Comments
Links, have we got links - to the batch of repulsively sleazy, anonymous, blatantly partisan, transgressive Wikipedia edits traced back via his IP address to Morton (Not So) Brilliant, the ex-campaign spokesperson of Washington Governor Christine Gregoire. Brilliant was effectively... [read more]

Nixon announces for Senate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:26 PM, 1 Comments
Rep. Toby Nixon (R-45) e-mailed this press release announcing his candidacy for the state Senate seat vacated by Bill Finkbeiner. Rep. Nixon's campaign website is tobynixon.com... [read more]

Finkbeiner will not seek re-election to Senate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 25 Comments
Sen. Bill Finkbeiner (R-Kirkland) just sent out this press release: OLYMPIA…Senator Bill Finkbeiner announced today that he will not run again for his Senate seat this fall. Finkbeiner serves the 45th District which includes Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall and Sammamish.... [read more]

Lawmakers talk gas, drive away in SUVs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:35 AM, 26 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has this WaPo article about gas-guzzling Senators "Lawmakers talk gas, drive away in SUVs". Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., hopped in a GMC Yukon (14 mpg). Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., climbed aboard a Nissan Pathfinder (15). Sen. Ben... [read more]

The Stranger's lame attempt to defend Peter Steinbrueck only confirms that Steinbrueck is a hypocrite and a lousy policy maker
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 17 Comments
The other day I reported that Seattle City Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, who is leading the fight to tear down the Viaduct without a replacement in order to force people to reduce automobile trips, is the hypocritically the most prolific user... [read more]

April 26, 2006
Ex-Gregoire Spokesman Resigns After GA Sleaze Revealed
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:23 PM, 24 Comments
UPDATED, 16:08, 4/26/06: Washington Governor Christine Gregoire's ex-campaign spokesperson last year reportedly altered online Wikipedia biographies of three candidates he worked against, including Washington Republican Dino Rossi, and has resigned today at the request of his current employer, a candidate... [read more]

Democrats accuse Gary Locke of federal campaign finance violations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:52 PM, 27 Comments
Today's headline in the P-I: "'Illegal' McGavick funds alleged" After Mike McGavick became a U.S. Senate candidate but while still chief executive of Safeco, the company agreed to give him a lucrative "golden parachute" that amounted to an illegal corporate... [read more]

Johnson for Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:40 PM, 6 Comments
Sen. Stephen Johnson, running for state Supreme Court against incumbent Susan Owens, is having a campaign kick-off breakfast on Wednesday, May 10 in Bellevue. I will attend, and if you care about replacing the current statist court majority with a... [read more]

How do you turn $940 million in savings into a $718 million deficit?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:40 AM, 61 Comments
Let Mrs. Gregoire1 and the Democrats in the legislature manage the money. Mrs. Gregoire, March 31 "DELIVERED: Fiscal Responsibility, Targeted Investments" The budget saves over $940 million and makes targeted investments in ... The Associated Press, April 25: "Olympia eyes... [read more]

April 25, 2006
The race to succeed Ed Murray in the 43rd L.D.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 15 Comments
Kudos to The Stranger for its series of posts on the six major candidates who are vying for the Democratic nomination to succeed Rep. Ed Murray in the 43rd Legislative District (my district). The candidates themselves are competing with each... [read more]

Mayor Nickels' 168 pages of luxury automobile expense records
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:45 AM, 30 Comments
One of Mayor Greg Nickels biggest policy initiatives these days is to get people out of their cars: Promote transportation options such as bicycle trails, commute trip reduction programs, incentives for car pooling and public transit; I've been curious about... [read more]

Driving Mrs. Gregoire
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:16 AM, 29 Comments
Over the years, D.W. "Brownie" Brown has driven 'em all - one top dignitary or another - in Tacoma's annual (Daffodil Festival) Grand Floral parade, in the backseat of his snazzy 1948 Jaguar convertible. The vigorous 81-year-old was scheduled to... [read more]

Site upgrade
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:14 AM, 7 Comments
I upgraded the site to use a newer version of MySQL on a bigger and faster machine. The changes should not be apparent to any blog readers, but if you notice any weird bugs, please let me know. UPDATE(8:21am): Thanks... [read more]

April 24, 2006
Upcoming events
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:27 PM, 12 Comments
Two very interesting events this Tuesday evening, April 25th -- Where's The Math is holding a public forum on reforming math education: Bellevue High School Auditorium, 6:30-9:30PM Washington Citizens for Fair Elections is sponsoring "Fixing Elections", a panel discussion on... [read more]

The Seattle City Council's hypocrisy on automobile "trip reduction"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:07 PM, 18 Comments
A few weeks ago I mentioned Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck's call for tearing down the Viaduct in order to promote "trip reduction". i.e. force people to reduce their automobile trips by making it harder to move through the city.... [read more]

North Seattle shooter identified
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:41 PM, 10 Comments
The man who shot at a police officer and then committed suicide in North Seattle on Sunday morning has been identified by the county medical examiner as Pablo Gonzalez.... [read more]

County GOP draft platform
by Andy MacDonald, 10:45 AM, 46 Comments
The King County Republican convention is this Saturday. (Details at kcgop.org.) The major business of the convention will be adopting a county platform. According to the bylaws, a draft of the platform must be available a week before the convention,... [read more]

Ignoratio Elenchi
by Jim Miller, 09:02 AM, 0 Comments
That may be the most common logical fallacy I see in comments at Sound Politics.  Here's a brief article on the fallacy, with this definition: Ignoratio elenchi (also known as Irrelevant conclusion) is the logical fallacy of presenting an argument... [read more]

April 23, 2006
Making the case for toll roads
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:59 PM, 31 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial page makes the case for toll roads in this unsigned editorial and in this unsigned editorial and in James Vesely's column. I agree. Charging tolls, with peak pricing, is the most reasonable way to pay for... [read more]

"Vote counting and recounting"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 11 Comments
The federal Election Assistance Commission met in Seattle Thursday to discuss the topic "Vote Counting and Recounting". Jonathan Bechtle of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation attended and gives the session a mixed review. His trip report follows --... [read more]

April 22, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:03 PM, 72 Comments
National Guardsman Aric Catron from Onalaska wrote "Dispatch from Iraq: A tiny bit of comfort" No quote or comment will do this piece justice. Just read the whole thing. Hat tip: Erik F... [read more]

How much attention will Seattle's liberal media give to the latest House ethics scandal?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:43 PM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer have published dozens of news articles on the topic of "DeLay" and "ethics" since 2005. The Times published four unsigned editorials and a number of signed columns on with the keywords "DeLay" and "ethics"... [read more]

Gen. Kimmitt in Seattle
by Andy MacDonald, 10:54 AM, 0 Comments
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, best remembered as the chief military spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, will be speaking in Seattle on May 24. His topic will be long term planning for the Global War on Terrorism. The... [read more]

April 21, 2006
Maria Cantwell is the 82nd most popular senator
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:43 PM, 19 Comments
according to the latest SurveyUSA poll hat tip: KV... [read more]

Darcy Burner concedes that Dave Reichert is the most moderate member of state Congressional delegation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:38 PM, 58 Comments
The Darcy Burner campaign now concedes that Congressman Dave Reichert is the most moderate and independent member of the Washington state congressional delegation. Seriously. Courtesy of the Burner campaign, I produced this graphic which shows that Reichert has joined with... [read more]

Monorail death: 71 days
by Andy MacDonald, 01:50 PM, 20 Comments
The Monorail board has voted to end the monorail tax on June 30th, two months earlier than expected. The real estate market is so strong, the properties that the monorail acquired two years ago are being sold for substantially more... [read more]

‘Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote’
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 44 Comments
The advocates for illegal immigration are not content with erasing the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants. Their real agenda is to eliminate any distinctions between illegal immigrants, legal immigrants and citizens. In their view of the world, everybody who... [read more]

Valley Medical forced to rewrite deceptive ballot title
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:24 AM, 27 Comments
The King County Journal reports "Valley Medical annexation foes win change" A King County Superior Court judge Monday forced Valley Medical Center to include information on the tax burden residents in east and southeast King County would have to pay... [read more]

Why does it seem that Washington is the only state that doesn't enforce integrity in elections?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 AM, 33 Comments
Earlier this week the Tennessee State Senate ousted newly elected member Ophelia Ford because of election irregularities [An investigating committee] found that 12 votes were not valid because the voters were either dead, felons or residents of other districts. Ford... [read more]

Book Sale Tomorrow And Sunday
by Jim Miller, 06:48 AM, 5 Comments
The Friends of the Seattle Public Library are having their spring book sale this weekend.  I'll be there, probably both days, and you should be, too, if you like book bargains.   Here are the essentials: The Friends of The... [read more]

April 20, 2006
Deanron proposes spending $1.8 million in order to make elections less reliable
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 PM, 17 Comments
P-I "Mail-only balloting closer in county" The switch to vote-by-mail-only elections in King County moved closer to realization Thursday as County Executive Ron Sims formally asked the County Council to approve the change and get the process rolling.... [read more]

Monorail MVET, R.I.P.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:50 PM, 8 Comments
Good news from tonight's meeting of the Seattle Monorail board: The motor vehicle excise tax will end on June 30th. Those who renew their vehicle registrations at a Seattle address after that date will not be billed for the tax.... [read more]

Which Way Should Lady Liberty Turn Her Backside?
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:14 PM, 20 Comments
Seattle's replica of the Statue of Liberty on Alki Beach (below, right) in beautiful and ever-more metro-textural West Seattle has been abused over the years. Additionally, it was not made to withstand moisture very well, and has been slowly disintegrating,... [read more]

But What Kind of Discipline?
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:24 PM, 52 Comments
At least a week too late, Bellevue Community College has made it known it will begin a disciplinary proceeding against the professor who ignited justifiable outrage by linking - in a math quiz question - our nation's (black) Secretary of... [read more]

Today's David Horsey Cartoon Is Funny
by Jim Miller, 01:25 PM, 5 Comments
That shouldn't be news, but it is.  At one time, I enjoyed most Horsey cartoons, even when I disagreed with them.  But the quality of his cartoons has been declining in recent years, enough so that he even received one... [read more]

Another Campaign Contribution
by Jim Miller, 01:00 PM, 40 Comments
This time from KIRO TV.  I was watching the local news two days ago when I saw a piece on gas prices that could have been done by the Maria Cantwell campaign.  The piece began with a discussion of rising... [read more]

McDermott's Own Little Terror Supporter
by Andy MacDonald, 09:24 AM, 29 Comments
Front Page Magazine is reporting that Congressman Jim McDermott's new intern is a terror supporter. Very little McDermott does surprises me any more.... [read more]

Paul Allen South Lake Union Boondoggle even more expensive than expected
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:55 AM, 20 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that the City of Seattle will end up paying $4.2 million more than expected in renovations to South Lake Union Park as part of a boondoggle deal with Paul Allen. [City Councilmember Richard] McIver, who leads... [read more]

April 19, 2006
So much for the "Urban Archipelago" strategy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 PM, 37 Comments
In the wake of President Bush's re-election in 2004, our good friends at The Stranger published what they believed to be a winning blueprint for the Democratic Party -- "The Urban Archipelago" It's time for the Democrats to face reality:... [read more]

Schools Aren't Parents
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:08 PM, 29 Comments
The bucolic community of Key Peninsula in Pierce County is wrestling with who exactly is responsible for keeping teenage boys from doing, or contemplating doing, horrible things with guns. The Tacoma News Tribune reports on a community meeting last night... [read more]

Hao Wu
by Andy MacDonald, 10:44 AM, 21 Comments
Stefan has already linked at the end of From One Unelected Socialist to Another, but just so everyone sees and remembers: Hao Wu is still in prison. Hao is a Chinese blogger and filmmaker who has been held without charge... [read more]

Externalities of mail-only voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 AM, 9 Comments
Today's South Whidbey Record reports: "County investigates possible voter fraud" Island County Auditor Suzanne Sinclair recently turned over 400 ballots from last year’s general election and February’s special elections to law enforcement officials for investigation. hat tip: reader L.H.... [read more]

From one unelected socialist to another
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:56 AM, 33 Comments
Today's Seattle Times' reports on yesterday's meeting between Mrs. Gregoire1 and Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao Asked if she brought up the question of human rights with Hu, Gregoire replied, "Rather than pressing a specific agenda, I simply... [read more]

April 18, 2006
Lake Washington Swamp Rat Blues
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:26 PM, 29 Comments
At least we're not overrun with iguanas. That'd be real trouble. But a newly-created state Invasive Species Council currently priced at $200,000 per annum will look into battling what could be a burgeoning nutria populatrion along the shores of Lake... [read more]

Lawskys cancel voter registrations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:24 PM, 24 Comments
Island County Auditor Suzanne Sinclair e-mailed this update regarding Ellen and David Lawsky, the Washington DC couple who were registered to vote at Joel Connelly's Whidbey Island vacation cabin: We received a letter from the Lawskys requesting our office to... [read more]

President Gregoire
by Andy MacDonald, 12:40 PM, 33 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire just gave herself a promotion. From a press release from her office about Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit, sent over her name:Washington is like a small nation, rather than a state, and in order to succeed in a... [read more]

More findings from the transaction logs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 PM, 11 Comments
Here's another finding from the voter registration database transaction log that Deanron finally released earlier this month, more than six months after I requested it-- Recall the challenges filed by GOP activist Lori Sotelo against several hundred voters who were... [read more]

Ron Sims proposes yet another unnecessary tax hike
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 69 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that "Sims wants to boost sales tax to add buses" I'm actually with Ron Sims on the part about enhancing the bus system. Frequent, flexible, efficient bus service makes more sense than most other forms of... [read more]

Seattle's Math-challenged School District
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:34 AM, 12 Comments
Ripped from the headlines in Tuesday's P-I: "Seattle's teaching of math adds up to much confusion" And it's not just the students who have difficulty with numbers: "School district faces higher budget shortfalls" Seattle Public Schools faces even higher budget... [read more]

April 17, 2006
Darcy Burner Accident Report
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:06 PM, 70 Comments
Courtesy of Richard Pope, the police report on the 4-car chain collision that Darcy Burner caused on June 15, 2005, the day she filed as a Congressional candidate. The officer who filed the report concluded: Based on my investigation of... [read more]

24 more possible double voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:12 PM, 16 Comments
I've been slogging through the King County voter registration transaction logs that Deanron finally released this month, more than six months after I requested them. Among the things I've discovered -- up to 24 more people credited with voting twice... [read more]

Tax Day Open Comments
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:08 PM, 43 Comments
Take a break from filing your federal tax return or extension and share your feelings about high taxes and bloated wasteful government, or something.... [read more]

Update on the 8th Congressional District Race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:41 AM, 27 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert kicks off his re-election campaign with a breakfast tomorrow at Meydenbauer. Meanwhile, this is from a weekend print-only article in the King County Journal about challenger Darcy Burner: (hat tip: Richard Pope) What's odd here is that... [read more]

Open Access to Electronic Records
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 AM, 2 Comments
The Washington Coalition on Open Government (a top-flight group which defends the public records portion of the Public Disclosure Act) is holding a public forum in Tacoma this Wednesday on access to electronic records. You may recall that the Attorney... [read more]

Where's the math?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 29 Comments
Sunday's Seattle Times reports that math education is a problem here in Washington. Reader Shalimar informs us about an organization called "Where's the Math?", which is dedicated to reforming math education in this state. The group is holding a conference... [read more]

April 16, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:28 PM, 22 Comments
Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial page editor Mark Trahant has a laudable proposal in today's column: "We should decide how our money is spent" What if the United Way approach were forced on the federal government? What if We, the People, instead... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire promotes entitlements for illegal immigrants
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:27 AM, 35 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1 objects to a new federal law that would require Medicaid recipients to document citizenship or legal immigration status, the New York Times reports: "Medicaid Hurdle for Immigrants May Hurt Others" "This provision is misguided and will serve as... [read more]

April 14, 2006
Speaking of the death of the mainstream media...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:13 PM, 37 Comments
Seattle Times heir Ryan Blethen writes today that "Politicians should seriously consider" subsidizing a proposed NASCAR racetrack to the tune of nearly $200 million.... [read more]

Replace the Viaduct? Maybe just fix it instead
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 46 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports: "Engineer brings plan to brace viaduct to marine coalition". Retired structural engineer Victor Gray says: the viaduct could be braced to withstand a 500-year earthquake at a cost of about $800 million, including replacing the Alaskan... [read more]

Discovery Blogs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 AM, 6 Comments
I attended yesterday's talk at the Discovery Institute by George Gilder on the topic "Is the Blogosphere the Death of the Mainstream Media?". I'm not sure if he quite answered that question, but he made a number of interesting points... [read more]

Darcy Burner makes the national news. Ouch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 AM, 40 Comments
Today's Washington Times reports that the FEC is investigating the GOP complaint that Darcy Burner failed to report donations from "Eastside Democracy for America". The article also exposes inconsistencies in the stories of the Burner campaign and Andrew Tsao of... [read more]

Ron Judd Smears Scott McClellan
by Jim Miller, 09:33 AM, 15 Comments
I have often wondered why the Seattle Times employs Ron Judd, and even gives him plum assignments.  And I have wondered even more why they tolerate smears from him like this one: Q: This sea-lion thing is getting out of... [read more]

April 13, 2006
"Pluralism" At BCC To Abate GOP-Bashing
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:52 PM, 40 Comments
As Ron Hebron noted in an earlier SP post, an instructor at Bellevue Community College included a question on a math test about someone named Condoleezza dropping a watermelon. But it turned out to be about the velocity of the... [read more]

Vote Fraud Wrap-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:41 PM, 51 Comments
A number of readers e-mailed about John Fund's article in today's Opinion Journal "Voter fraud in Pennsylvania? Gov. Rendell isn't worried" Take the bill the GOP-controlled Legislature passed, which would require voters show a form of official ID or a... [read more]

Score two for McGavick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:18 PM, 27 Comments
Josh Feit at The Stranger says "Score one for McGavick". No, really. And Taegan Goddard observes that "McGavick Closes In on Cantwell"... [read more]

Darcy Burner campaign finance flap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:33 AM, 18 Comments
The Darcy Burner campaign late yesterday afternoon reposted the video that was the subject of the state GOP's campaign finance complaint. The video, posted here, was produced for the Burner campaign under the name of "Eastside Democracy for America", an... [read more]

Quarter poll still easy to manipulate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 37 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire's1 online poll for the Washington State Quarter design, which was taken down earlier this week after Sound Politics reader Jeff Boly reported that it was being manipulated by a bot, is back online. Vote for your favorite state... [read more]

Not-too-brightwater
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:30 AM, 16 Comments
Ron Sims broke ground yesterday on his Brightwater sewage treatment plant/public art showcase. Danny Westneat is not favorably impressed with the $1.6 billion price tag.... [read more]

Campaign Contributions From News Organizations
by Jim Miller, 08:54 AM, 18 Comments
There are many ways to contribute to a campaign, but the most effective is often to run a story that supports one candidate, or attacks another, in a newspaper or on a TV program.  (I say often, rather than always,... [read more]

Let her serve
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 AM, 64 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports: "Lesbian challenges military policy". A decorated Air Force nurse from McChord Air Force Base was suspended for being a lesbian. Major Margaret Witt has now filed suit in federal district court in Seattle to prevent her... [read more]

April 12, 2006
Five Dollars A Day
by Jim Miller, 02:59 PM, 12 Comments
That's what jurors receive in Idaho.  Which makes me feel a little better about my own pay.  But not much, since parking is probably cheaper in Idaho. (Several commenters said that Washington's ten dollars a day dates back to 1959;... [read more]

A reader reports from the illegal immigrant rally
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:48 PM, 133 Comments
Reader R.S. sends us this photo, which he says was taken at Monday's "no controls on immigration" rally in downtown Seattle: He adds: There were people running around registering illegals to vote. And it was obviously illegals they were focused... [read more]

Darcy Burner pulls non-compliant video
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:11 PM, 20 Comments
The Darcy Burner campaign has already pulled down the video that was the subject of today's campaign finance complaint by the state GOP. I'll take this as an admission that the GOP's complaint was not without merit. Maybe Darcy Burner... [read more]

Seattle Traffic
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:10 AM, 16 Comments
Timothy Ellis e-mails us about his new blog "Seattle Traffic", dedicated, unsurprisingly to: News and discussion about traffic, roads, parking, and other related issues in the Seattle area. Among other things, this blog links to a recent KOMO-TV report that... [read more]

Darcy Burner target of campaign finance complaint
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 AM, 21 Comments
The Washington State Republican Party has filed a formal complaint with the FEC alleging that the Darcy Burner campaign has committed a number of federal campaign finance violations. This complaint paints a picture of a campaign that is unable to... [read more]

Racism at Bellevue Community College
by Ron Hebron, 08:19 AM, 90 Comments
A math professor at Bellevue Community College wrote an exam question that takes a vacuous swipe at Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. And the college doesn't appear to be bothered by it. Update 4/13 - The Smoking Gun has a... [read more]

April 11, 2006
"How to start an initiative?"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:32 PM, 37 Comments
Reader Peggy Uppiano e-mails "How to start an initiative?": I live in Ferndale, and the city is planning to install a roundabout at an intersection near the high school. The configuration of the intersection, as it is, is workable. The... [read more]

What Happened To All Those Mexican Flags?
by Jim Miller, 01:55 PM, 57 Comments
As part of my preparation for my own post on the demonstrations yesterday in Seattle, I have been studying the accounts in the Seattle PI and the Seattle Times.   And I must say that our two Seattle newspapers have... [read more]

Where does Joel Connelly's friend David Lawsky live?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 47 Comments
Let's ask him. Oh, wait. Somebody did. As an update to yesterday's post about the four people registered to vote at Joel Connelly's 737 sq. ft weekend cabin on Whidbey Island (photos here!)-- Reader G.S. refers us to Connelly cabin... [read more]

Images from yesterday's "no controls on immigration" rally
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:35 AM, 61 Comments
There are a number of pictures from yesterday's "no controls on immigration" rally in downtown Seattle yesterday. The Seattle Times article and photos here . The P-I's article and photos here. Reader Byron Dazey sent us a link to his... [read more]

Libertarian to run against Cantwell
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 38 Comments
The Bellingham Herald reports A perennial Libertarian candidate from Bellingham has announced he will run against U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell this fall. Bruce Guthrie, 42, will focus his campaign on social issues, including his opposition to the war in Iraq... [read more]

April 10, 2006
Darcy Burner, reckless driver?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 PM, 33 Comments
I don't believe that a person's driving record is necessarily relevant to their fitness for public office, and no, I wasn't looking for this sort of thing, a blog commenter brought it to my attention. But Darcy Burner's traffic infraction... [read more]

Bogus Voting Residences (X): Joel Connelly's Whidbey Island vacation retreat
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:27 PM, 62 Comments
Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has 4 people registered to vote claiming residence at his 737 sq. ft cabin on Whidbey Island. These registered voters are: Connelly himself, Virginia Snyder, who Connelly informs me is... [read more]

Double voter du jour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 10 Comments
Bob Edelman has been following up on the apparent double voters identified in the statewide database, and requesting the physical evidence from the county auditors. Today we have two absentee ballots cast by (or at least in the name of)... [read more]

Massive pro-illegal immigration rally in Seattle today
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 66 Comments
The media reports on the massive pro-illegal immigrant rally to be held in Seattle today. P-I headline: "Immigrant rights protest today" Times headline: "Immigration march, rally today" The P-I's article, as careful as it is to blur the distinction betwen... [read more]

Quarter Poll taken offline
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 27 Comments
The Washington State Quarter public opinion poll has been "temporarily suspended". Even the "results" page is unavailable. UPDATE: The story has been picked up by the Associated Press: Reporter Curt Woodward contacted me after seeing Sunday's blog post. As I... [read more]

Want To Help Provide More Local Photo Journalism?
by Jim Miller, 08:55 AM, 0 Comments
There are some kinds of stories that our local newspapers routinely distort.  For instance, when there were competing rallies in Bellevue in August, 2003, the Seattle Times and the King County Journal gave their readers no idea just how extreme... [read more]

April 09, 2006
Vote as many times as you want for the Washington State Quarter Design
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:51 PM, 78 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1 is holding an online election where you can vote for your favorite design for the Washington State Quarter. Unfortunately, like all other Washington elections, this one is on the honor system and appears to be hijacked by those... [read more]

Westneat on immigration redux
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 67 Comments
Most Americans make a distinction between legal immigrants who contribute to the economy versus illegal immigrants, especially those who are a net burden on the social welfare system. For example, this recent poll reports that 54% of Americans want the... [read more]

April 08, 2006
DeanRon on national radio
by Ron Hebron, 10:51 PM, 2 Comments
The dean of political reporter/commentators joked about the work of DeanRon Friday. Michael Barone was being interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, heard here on KOL AM 1300. They were going over hot Congressional races and got to McGavick versus Maria Cantwell... [read more]

Snark, Snark
by Jim Miller, 03:56 PM, 17 Comments
That's what I say when I get snarky about the PI's "Snark Attack".  Here's what had me snarking today: P-I reader Eugene S. Mongan says, "How stupid is Bush?  Mexico is invading our country.  Where are the Army and National... [read more]

April 07, 2006
Open Comments
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:41 PM, 62 Comments
I just got back fom an optometist apponitment where my eys were dilated. I won't be albe to typ34 very wll this aftenon. Have a good discussion in the comments.... [read more]

Darcy Burner and the whirlwind spring of 2005
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 AM, 62 Comments
One of Darcy Burner's fans is trying to explain that the year she spent in law school and doesn't mention on her campaign bio was a "methodical" attempt to learn more about the law while she focused on her race... [read more]

John Groen for Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 33 Comments
Bellevue attorney John Groen is running against Chief Justice Gerry Alexander.... [read more]

April 06, 2006
Darcy Burner's story makes absolutely no sense
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:33 PM, 71 Comments
This is what Eli Sanders wrote in his profile about Darcy Burner for the March 16 The Stranger 18 months ago, she decided it was time to pursue her interest in politics and retired from Microsoft in order to focus... [read more]

Deanron releases transaction logs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:52 PM, 9 Comments
King County Elections made the long-awaited transaction logs available to me yesterday -- six months and a week after I first requested them. I'm still going through the data and won't have much to report just yet, but one thing's... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 AM, 8 Comments
I'll be on KUOW Weekday tomorrow morning at 9am. Topic: "politics and blogs". The other guest is Jerome Armstrong of MyDD.com and co-author of Crashing the Gate... [read more]

Darcy Burner is looking flakier by the day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:59 AM, 47 Comments
Darcy Burner's campaign is now caught in a pretty serious lie. Her campaign's About Darcy page claims: She left Microsoft to spend the time necessary to be elected to the United States Congress in the 8th District. Actually, no. As... [read more]

April 05, 2006
Darcy Burner was never a Microsoft Executive
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:04 PM, 109 Comments
The various Democrat blogs are all pretty excited about Darcy Burner, who is challenging Congressman Dave Reichert for his Eastside seat. But this seems to be more about liberal out-of-district Democrats desperate to try anything to help get a Democrat,... [read more]

Seattle Gets NEA Grant For Culturally Relevant Teacher Training
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:00 AM, 8 Comments
Seattle Public Schools are not alone among Puget Sound districts, in their embrace of foolishness. To one degree or another, all public school systems in the region would rather champion the gospels of managed outcomes and diversity pandering, over the... [read more]

Another Reason Not To Shop At Borders
by Jim Miller, 09:28 AM, 30 Comments
At least the one in Redmond.  (I have shopped there in the past.  I don't plan to do so in the near future.  But I do plan to share that picture with the management the next time I am in... [read more]

April 04, 2006
Schram's Pratfall
by Jim Miller, 05:44 PM, 47 Comments
Expecting substantive commentary from Komo's Ken Schram is, generally, as foolish as expecting nutrition from bubble gum.  The purpose of Schram's commentary is the same as that of bubble gum: Both are used to make a spectacle and a loud... [read more]

Life imitates Sound Politics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:10 PM, 15 Comments
My weekend post about Democrat (was Republican) legislator Rodney Tom changing his religion and gender was of course an April Fool's joke. On the other hand, there is this item from yesterday's Deseret News about a candidate for the Utah... [read more]

Anybody who thinks that I can be mean to Democrat politicians ...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 PM, 13 Comments
... should hope that they never get on the wrong side of Democrat Dan Savage.... [read more]

Larry Gossett plays race, poverty cards
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 AM, 20 Comments
Today's Seattle Times "Son of King County Council member sues Seattle police" The 25-year-old son of King County Councilman Larry Gossett has sued the city and two Seattle Police officers, saying he was roughed up when he was mistaken for... [read more]

Seattle activists seek to outlaw military
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 34 Comments
Seattle Times: "Initiative targets military recruiting in Seattle" A group of anti-war activists wants a citywide vote this fall on whether military recruiters should be allowed on Seattle city property and in schools. Speaking on behalf of the the initiative... [read more]

Seattle City Councilman says illegal immigrants are the "backbone of our country"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:56 AM, 20 Comments
IN today's P-I "Immigration legislation criticized" "Immigrants are not criminals. Immigrants make up the backbone of our country and our local communities and businesses," City Councilman David Della said. This is in the context of criticizing legislation that would affect... [read more]

Kudos To Bill Virgin
by Jim Miller, 09:40 AM, 28 Comments
For thinking the unthinkable. Now, you want to know what I think of living in the suburbs? I like it. There, I said it.  I like the convenience, flexibility, independence and, yes, safety, that having a car brings.  And I... [read more]

April 03, 2006
Federal Way Library Bond Bait and Switch?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:20 PM, 15 Comments
NWCN videoFederal Way voters approved millions of dollars to replace their beloved library, but now they say the deal is dirty. The library is now located on 320th Street, but it could be moved to South 317th Street, near the... [read more]

Question about Microsoft
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:13 PM, 0 Comments
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who responded to my inquiry about Microsoft. I think I now have the information I needed.... [read more]

Rodney Tom in his own words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:25 PM, 13 Comments
Before erstwhile Republican Rep. Rodney Tom joined the House Democrat Caucus, he was a harsh critic of the Democrats in the legislature. In Tom's own 2005 Legislative Report, which is now posted at his House Democrat Caucus news page, he... [read more]

Extending the vote to convicted child rapists
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 50 Comments
The weekend's AP story discusses the controversy of reenfranchising unincarcerated felons "Battle over felon voters likely to head to state Supreme Court" To some, felons don't deserve the privilege of the vote until they complete all of their obligations —... [read more]

April 02, 2006
KUOW Has Finished Their Spring Fund Raiser
by Jim Miller, 02:48 PM, 34 Comments
Our local "public" radio station just finished their spring fund raiser.  I didn't contribute.  For the same reasons I won't buy from organizations where I can't work (with a few legitimate exceptions), I won't contribute to organizations where I can't... [read more]

Danny Westneat hails illegal immigrants sucking up tax money
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 AM, 49 Comments
The Seattle Times' Danny Westneat says he wants to convince us that illegal immigrants are something other than "derelicts sucking up tax money", so he tells us the story of Zenaida Lopez, who crossed the border illegally with her then... [read more]

April 01, 2006
You don't say
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:29 PM, 18 Comments
P-I headline: "'Normal' people don't commit mass murder"... [read more]

Party-changing legislator also changes religion, gender, ethnicity
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 61 Comments
State Representative Rodney Tom of Medina, who changed parties from Republican to Democrat last month, has disclosed some even more astonishing changes in his life: He converted to Islam and has successfully undergone gender and racial reassignment surgery. The former... [read more]

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