Index of entries from June 2006
June 30, 2006
Will Seattle MSM Cover Canadian Islamist Hate Speech Story?
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:48 PM, 36 Comments
Seattle's daily newspapers are typically one to three days late on certain big out-of-town stories, usually the ones showing the excesses of leftists or anti-Western extremists. Much easier to run another hit piece on Republicans in Congress, the Bush Administration... [read more]

First responders support Reichert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 17 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert continues to make steady progress toward re-election, while his unserious opponent Darcy Burner goes down in, uh, flames. Back in March, Reichert won the endorsement of the Seattle Firefighters Union. Burner's campaign manager said this to Eli... [read more]

Oh, That Innumerate Media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:53 AM, 41 Comments
Oops. In their tirades against I-920, which would repeal the state's death tax, some in the local media seriously misreported the number of state residents who are subject to the tax. According to the state Department of Revenue, the number... [read more]

Callaghan: Seahawks Pull "State Of The Art" Scam
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:30 AM, 59 Comments
Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan says it's hard to really buy the line that the sprawling new $65 million "state of the art" training facility planned in Renton by the Seattle Seahawks is "privately funded" because after all, the... [read more]

June 29, 2006
A good day for Mike McGavick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:33 PM, 17 Comments
National Journal's Hotline (subscription only) has moved the Washington Senate race into their Top 10 most competitive: With the climate improving ever-so-slightly for the GOP, and with Cantwell unable to capitalize on voter angst over Iraq, McGavick's chances get a... [read more]

Yet another Transportation Boondoggle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:03 PM, 22 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims is claiming strong public support for his scheme to raise taxes to pay for expanded bus service, promising that his proposal: will get more than 50,000 drivers a day out of their cars and onto... [read more]

Around the Sound
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 14 Comments
* Secretary of State Sam Reed's office has cancelled the voter registrations of 848 incarcerated felons. Good. Current state law, recently struck down by King County Superior Court, would also empower Reed to cancel the registrations of thousands of unincarcerated... [read more]

June 28, 2006
Joel Connelly Agrees With Me
by Jim Miller, 04:25 PM, 27 Comments
In this post, I argued that Congressman Reichert would defeat Darcy Burner by about eight points, basing that conclusion mostly on past election results.  The post was pure analysis, and would have been written the same way, even if I... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire, globetrotter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:46 AM, 30 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on Mrs. Gregoire's1 frequent foreign travels: Since taking office in January 2004 [sic], [Mrs.] Gregoire has traveled to France, Germany, England, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Canada to promote Washington state. Though some critics say... [read more]

State High Court hears felon voting case
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:11 AM, 23 Comments
The State Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the felon voting case. Attorney General Rob McKenna personally presented the state's case that felons can regain their voting rights only once they have paid their debt to society. The ACLU... [read more]

June 27, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 AM, 38 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on King County Councilman Reagan Dunn's public concerns over the county website posting social security numbers in certain property records. Curiously, the article seems to be more critical of Dunn's exposure of the issue than of... [read more]

June 26, 2006
Seattle Needs More Police; Not More Police Oversight
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:56 PM, 21 Comments
The Olympian carries an AP story by Michael J. Sniffen today on a newly-released Department of Justice survey of policy brutality claims lodged with large police forces nationwide. Eight percent of the investigations yield enough evidence to warrant discipline; 34... [read more]

King County Records and Elections puts thousands at risk for identity theft
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:26 PM, 33 Comments
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn held a press conference today to discuss this recent discovery: King County's Records, Elections, and Licensing Services (REALS) Division has posted the social security numbers for potentially thousands of current and former King County residents... [read more]

Yet another limousine liberal nanny-stater who advocates fuel savings and physical activity for other people
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:21 PM, 37 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1, June 22 "The Western states are leading the way to reduce toxic emissions and address global warming," Mrs. Gregoire, June 24: while she occasionally walks, Gregoire is driven to work "a vast majority of the time," said spokesman... [read more]

Vote-by-mail "transition plan" appears to be little more than vaporware
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 16 Comments
Oops. When the Democrat majority on the King County Council approved mail-only voting last week, they were nominally relying on Ron Sims' representations that the Elections section had produced a plan for the transition. But responses from Elections and the... [read more]

More evidence of man-made global warming
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 30 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports on cataclysmic floods in Eastern Washington. I blame SUVs.... [read more]

June 25, 2006
Glass House Shatters For Ex-UW Engineering Dean
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:38 AM, 72 Comments
When then-Harvard President Lawrence Summers told a conference one possible reason for so few women choosing careers in math and science might be innate differences between the sexes, he caught a lot of flack, perhaps quite deservedly, perhaps not, as... [read more]

June 24, 2006
And speaking of the death of the mainstream media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 AM, 15 Comments
Seattle Times heir Ryan Blethen is calling on his readers to "Demand an independent press". In fact, what Blethen is really demanding is that the FCC impose competition-restricting regulations that would help the Blethen family in its financial tousle with... [read more]

June 23, 2006
Pope v. Costco
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:12 PM, 103 Comments
Bellevue attorney Richard Pope has filed a class action lawsuit against Issaquah-based Costco Wholesale Corporation and its top executives for selling a "3-month emergency food supply" product, which Pope alleges is fraudulently labeled --... [read more]

Time For A "Susan Lynn West Law"
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:21 PM, 26 Comments
As one who often leans libertarian, I don't typically find myself saying, "There ought to be a law....." Such plaints tend to paper over the paramount role of the individual and the family. But when it comes to criminals getting... [read more]

Why Darcy Burner doesn't have a chance of winning
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 AM, 42 Comments
Do read Matt's post below and the linked column -- "Why The Dems Don't Have A Chance Of Winning". And locally, the Dem's hope for unseating Congressman Dave Reichert seems to have a particularly poor chance of winning --... [read more]

"Why The Dems Don't Have A Chance Of Winning"
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:08 AM, 24 Comments the thought-provoking headline on this Victor Davis Hanson op-ed in today's Chicago Tribune. Hanson says the Ds chances of taking back the U.S. House or Senate in '06 and the White House in '08 are slim, for several reasons.... [read more]

Tunnel to be built with lottery winnings, or something
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:36 AM, 17 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has released what he calls a "plan" to pay for the viaduct tunnel. The Times: "Mayor finds $2.6 billion more to pay for viaduct tunnel plan". On closer inspection, this "plan" assumes funding sources that don't... [read more]

Culture of Corruption
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:21 AM, 14 Comments
Mayor Ron Gonzales of San Jose, California was indicted yesterday in a fraud and bribery scandal. The Seattle Times article didn't mention Gonzales' party affiliation, so you can safely guess what it is. The San Francisco Chronicle fills in the... [read more]

June 22, 2006
The Fight For Washington's 8th District
by Jim Miller, 02:56 PM, 79 Comments
This misleading New York Times article by Timothy Egan started me wondering whether the Democrats do have a chance to win Washington's 8th congressional district.  The question has more than local importance because, if the Democrats are to regain control... [read more]

Partisan Patterson has been busted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 13 Comments
King County Councilmember Julia Patterson is noticeably defensive about the suggestion that the Democrats rammed the all-vote-by-mail through the Council in order to gain a partisan advantage. Tuesday's P-I: Patterson said the idea that an all-mail system provides a partisan... [read more]

The many hallucinations of Joni Balter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:07 PM, 15 Comments
Joni Balter, in today's column, "And the governor in 2012 is ...": The young boy in the movie "The Sixth Sense" sees dead people. I see future elections.The poor woman. Balter still hasn't responded to my inquiry about last week's... [read more]

What about Bob?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 8 Comments
"Bob's a special kind of friend. The kind that drives you crazy!" Okay, we do like King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson and he doesn't really drive us crazy. We supported him in his primary campaign last fall because he's... [read more]

Enhancing diversity in higher education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 16 Comments
The state Higher Education Coordinating Board Advisory Council is meeting at this hour in Puyallup to figure out how to "enhance diversity in higher education". In a letter to the Advisory Council , HECB Executive Director James Sulton writes: Obviously,... [read more]

June 21, 2006
Highlights from Monday's Council meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:28 PM, 31 Comments
King County TV now has the video of Monday's Council hearing that approved forced mail-voting. The link is here (If it doesn't work in your browser, open it directly in Real Player) The discussion of vote-by-mail begins at 26:49. If... [read more]

Rasmussen: "Cantwell Slide Continues"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:48 AM, 85 Comments
Rasmussen reports today that Republican challenger Mike McGavick continues to close the gap, calling the Washington Senate race a toss-upIn the latest Rasmussen Reports poll of an increasingly competitive U.S. Senate race, Senator Cantwell now leads former Safeco CEO Mike... [read more]

June 20, 2006
A man, a plan, a canal, Smisnor!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 AM, 44 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims issued a self-congratulatory news release yesterday upon the Council's approval of compulsory mail-voting As always, our goal is to conduct fair, accurate and transparent elections. But enough easy laughs at Sims' expense. The main target... [read more]

June 19, 2006
Gregoire: Eviscerate I-747 And Bring Iraq Troops Home
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:40 PM, 58 Comments
AP's David Ammons reports tonight that Mrs. Gregoire says she'll support some sort of cap on annual property tax increases, but not a 1 percent cap like that embodied in voter-approved I-747, just overturned in King County Court. She also... [read more]

Wanna Buy A Newspaper?
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:56 PM, 11 Comments
The King County Journal is up for sale. Current ownership says it can't afford to bring the publication and other smaller papers it owns to their full potential. More from the Seattle Times and the the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the latter... [read more]

County Council Hearing on Vote-By-Mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:52 PM, 43 Comments
UPDATE: The County Council approved forced mail-voting on a party line vote, 5 Democrats YES, 4 Republicans NO. Most of the Republican amendments similary failed 4-5. My running liveblog commentary from the gallery is in the extended entry.... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (VII): [Lack of ] Transparency
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 PM, 11 Comments
The King County Council is voting this afternoon on the forced vote-by-mail ordinance. The Council meeting starts at 1:30pm (agenda here), but there's a lot of business before they'll get to vote-by-mail. The vote-by-mail ordinance, 2006-0191 is item #8. I... [read more]

June 18, 2006
Ron Sims Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:50 PM, 27 Comments
Ron Sims will be the featured guest for an infomercial on KIRO 710 from 7 - 8pm. Sims will try to explain why vote by mail should be mandatory and why we can trust him to count our mail ballots.... [read more]

Happy Father's Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:49 PM, 31 Comments
I celebrated this Father's Day by going on a hike with the little man to whom I am "Daddy".... [read more]

June 17, 2006
Bring It On
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:44 AM, 149 Comments
Leaving Boeing Field yesterday after his visit to Puget Sound, President Bush got a little bit of Seattle love from the skies above. Below (right) you see his reaction, courtesy of the King County Journal. In the same circumstances, Kerry... [read more]

Moonbats on Display
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:07 AM, 72 Comments
Byron Dazey has a terrific gallery of photos from yesterday's anti-Bush protest in Medina.... [read more]

Forced Mail Voting: Waste of Money?
by Jason Osgood, 09:29 AM, 7 Comments
[I should have posted this last week.] For the most part, King County Council asked us great questions during our testimony opposing forced mail voting. If you haven't watched it, please do (online here, fastforward ~40 minutes). Below is my... [read more]

June 16, 2006
A picture is worth a thousand words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:41 PM, 67 Comments
Darcy Burner with State Democratic Party Chairman "Cuba" Dwight Pelz, at an anti-Bush rally at Westlake Center. If Darcy Burner wants to represent the 8th District, why is she campaigning in Seattle?... [read more]

Help stop forced vote-by-mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:40 PM, 15 Comments
I hope the County Council will act on the suggestions I made in the previous post for bipartisan cooperation on elections reform. First on the list is suspending a decision on forced mail voting. Nevertheless, the Council Democrats are still... [read more]

"Can't we all just get along"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:35 PM, 14 Comments
King County GOP Chairman Mike Young issued a statement upon Dean Logan's resignation. It's posted at Postman's blog: [Logan's] departure offers the citizens of King County a unique opportunity to resolve the one issue that has divided us so bitterly.... [read more]

Mac Radio
by Andy MacDonald, 12:09 PM, 6 Comments
I'll be on the Dori Monson Show on KIRO 710 at 2pm today, speaking about prayer in the public schools.... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 20 Comments
* The Tacoma News-Tribune reports that Democratic Reps. Adam Smith and Norm Dicks are lobbying the state legislature to provide financial support for the proposed NASCAR racetrack in Kitsap County. Curiously, James France, the businessman behind the racetrack proposal and... [read more]

CSM: Recovered Memo Shows Iraq Jihadists In Disarray
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:50 AM, 62 Comments
As President Bush arrives in Seattle this morning, anti-Iraq War protestors prepare for a march, and the display of protest banners in the water and on the roads. The P-I hopes for a quick and complete U.S. exit. And the... [read more]

June 15, 2006
City of Olympia Rejects Corporate Scorecards
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:48 PM, 13 Comments
Olympia City Council member T.J. Johnson recently joined protestors against Iraq-bound military vehicles loading onto cargo ships at the local port, but the council as a whole is not entirely daft. The Olympian reports today the council has rejected a... [read more]

Washington Schools Participate in Establishment of Religion
by Andy MacDonald, 02:48 PM, 132 Comments
David Montgomery reports in the Seattle Times about ways that public schools are responding to the prayer needs of Muslim students: Muslim students get help juggling school and faith. Montgomery interviewed me at length last week about the issue, but... [read more]

Restore your right to cast a secure secret ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:10 PM, 14 Comments
If you became a "permanent absentee" voter before you realized that you were sold a bill of goods and that voting by mail is a seriously flawed process that is far less secure and convenient than promised, perhaps you're ready... [read more]

Darcy Burner praises Bush success in Iraq War
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 PM, 18 Comments
President Bush is visiting Medina tomorrow to headline a campaign event for Congressman Dave Reichert, who by the way is the most centrist member of the state Congressional delegation. Reichert's independent voting record notwithstanding, the local nutroots are suffering from... [read more]

Political Correctness -- The Revenge of Marxism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:58 AM, 30 Comments
Read this magnificent essay, "Political Correctness --The Revenge of Marxism". It's not specifically about Puget Sound, but it provides an interesting framework for understanding our dysfunctional mainstream media and political institutions.... [read more]

Ron Sims on KUOW
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 7 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims is on KUOW's Weekday at this hour, 10 -11 am. Listen online or at 94.9FM. Sims is talking about the departure of Dean Logan and ongoing changes. Sims says that he's going to be "very,... [read more]

ICE Initiative Raises Bar For Locals, Feds
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:20 AM, 6 Comments
The Seattle Times today runs an AP story datelined Boston which highlights an attempted federal crackdown on illegal immigrant criminals in the U.S., including deportees who're still here. The story notes: In a blitz that began May 26, U.S. Immigration... [read more]

Where's Balter? Somewhere, drooling
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:47 AM, 20 Comments
When I first read Wednesday's Seattle Times editorial, presumably by Joni Balter, I wasn't sure whether I was going to laugh or vomit: "Where's Logan? Somewhere, smiling" Outgoing King County Elections Director Dean Logan is a competent professional and solid... [read more]

State Chief Justice whines about opponent's legal campaign contributions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:13 AM, 7 Comments
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander is whining about the fact that his opponent, John Groen, accepted some perfectly legal campaign contributions. "We followed the law," said Charlie Klinge, one of Groen's law partners and chairman of his fundraising... [read more]

June 14, 2006
Sims and Phillips expected to move forward with vote-by-mail scheme
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:31 PM, 19 Comments
Ron Sims and Larry Phillips appear to be forging ahead with their scheme for forced mail voting, in spite of Dean Logan's resignation, according to today's P-I report and Chairman Phillips' press release: "The vote-by-mail ordinance remains on our agenda... [read more]

Follow Up On Bureaucrats Not Protecting Children
by Jim Miller, 03:52 PM, 6 Comments
This post drew a thoughtful email, and many thoughtful comments at Sound Politics.  What I want to do here is to expand a little on the argument made in the first post, and to answer a question raised by some... [read more]

KCJ: "Logan Can't Take Heat, Gets Out of Kitchen"
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:16 AM, 42 Comments
I've never seen how leaving a mess behind amounted to much of an accomplishment. Or how blaming others for your failures solves problems. But then I'm not a Democrat. Today's editorial in the King County Journal on the resignation of... [read more]

What Some People Believe
by Jim Miller, 08:31 AM, 55 Comments
Continues to astonish me. Take, for example, the letter from Heather McKey, published yesterday in the Seatle Times.  It begins as follows: Have we entered a new era of barbarism?  I wake up to front-page news that we have killed... [read more]

June 13, 2006
"Rossi Forms Business Lobbying Group" [not]
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 PM, 10 Comments
The AP is reporting that "Rossi Forms Business Lobbying Group" Former Republican candidate for governor Dino Rossi has formed a group to lobby the Legislature on business issues. Oops. Rossi's spokeswoman Mary Lane e-mails: FYI -- just wanted to clarify... [read more]

Kayak Attack On Friday Bush Fundraiser
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:55 PM, 15 Comments
Darcy Burner's Last, Best Hope? From, the latest on earned media protest plans this Friday June 16 while POTUS raises money for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (WA-8th) in Medina. First came news of a "Walking Dead" march from Bellevue... [read more]

Victory Party
by Jason Osgood, 03:36 PM, 27 Comments
I can hardly believe Logan resigned and forced mail voting is delayed, perhaps indefinitely. We're scoring this as a victory. So let's celebrate! At The Liberty Bar tonight at 7:00pm (517 15th Ave. E. Seattle, WA). It just so happens... [read more]

Judge strikes down I-747
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:15 PM, 40 Comments
KING-5 reports that "Judge strikes down property tax I-747" Washington State Initiative 747 has been struck down by the Washington State Supreme Court. The measure generally limits increases to State and local property tax levies to 1 percent per year.... [read more]

"Dog Bites Man," Again
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:32 PM, 6 Comments
Spokane's unsurpassed TV news team strikes again. More here.... [read more]

They Were Asking For It
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:53 AM, 2 Comments
Racism means different things to different people. On behalf of Vancouver, Washington's daily The Columbian, attorney Michele Earl-Hubbard of Davis Wright Tremaine has helped convince a Clark County Superior Court Judge to order the release of a 2006 report by... [read more]

Deanron's Parthian Shot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 AM, 22 Comments
I'll have more to say later about Dean Logan's career in King County and the future of King County Elections (elect the Auditor!). For now, some more thoughts on Deanron's parthian shot at his critics. Logan cited the "toxic" political... [read more]

Today in Speculation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:52 AM, 8 Comments
Karl Rove will not be indicted in the "CIA leak case". My breath is bated while I await Eli Sanders' reaction.... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:29 AM, 9 Comments
I have a couple of radio appearances this morning: * Kirby Wilbur, KVI 570 at 8:45 * Dave Ross, KIRO 710 in the 9:00 hour, following Dean Logan... [read more]

Dean Logan has resigned
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 AM, 75 Comments
Tuesday's P-I: "County elections director resigns" Dean Logan, the politically battle-weary director of King County elections, is resigning to take the No. 2 elections job in Los Angeles, prompting County Executive Ron Sims to delay moving the county to a... [read more]

Yes, but which small nation?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:11 AM, 49 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1, upon announcing the upcoming visit of the Danish Prime Minister, said that Washington is more like a small nation than a state Yes, but which small nation? Cuba? Turkmenistan? Honduras? Post your thoughts in the comments. Which small... [read more]

June 12, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:48 PM, 9 Comments
Jason Osgood has a great post below about the P-I's weekend editorial in favor of forcing everybody to vote by mail. Be sure to read Jason's post. A few more comments about the P-I's editorial -- First, a note of... [read more]

Why Are The Bureaucrats Charged With Protecting Children So Bad At That Job?
by Jim Miller, 11:04 AM, 40 Comments
That's something I have wondered about for years, and this latest scandal gives me one more reason to wonder. The foster father arrested in Redmond on suspicion of child rape and molestation was investigated dozens of times by Child Protective... [read more]

Dumb E-mails from Elected Officials
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 25 Comments
Today's entry in our occasional series of Dumb E-mails From Elected Officials is from King County Councilmember Larry Gossett. Reader Mike Costello e-mailed all of the Councilmembers to express his disappointment with last Monday's hearing (his complete email is in... [read more]

June 11, 2006
Congressman Inslee Responds.  Sort Of
by Jim Miller, 09:41 AM, 48 Comments
In this post I published an open letter to my own Congressman, Jay Inslee, asking him why he thought that the Democratic House leader, Nancy Pelosi, was fit to be speaker, and possibly president.  After three weeks, not having received... [read more]

John Carlson teams up with transportation tax advocates
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:27 AM, 66 Comments
The Tacoma News Tribune reports that former Gov. Gary Locke is organizing a campaign to win passage for a hefty package of transportation taxes in the Puget Sound area . [Locke] is inviting movers and shakers in Pierce, King and... [read more]

June 10, 2006
"Walking Dead" March From BV, Then: "Die-In" Planned For Bush In Medina
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:59 PM, 22 Comments
Well, I don't know if any of the Camp Wellstone students in Seattle the same day will be participating, but denizens of the putative Moonbat Left are planning to gather in a park near Bellevue Square and stage a "walking... [read more]

A Horse's Ass on the radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:49 PM, 76 Comments
One of the least significant non-events of this weekend, but vaguely amusing in a train-wreck sort of way, is the debut of The Horse's Ass Show on 710-KIRO Sunday evening. It's hard to imagine why KIRO thought this would be... [read more]

Earned Media "Exercise" For Camp Wellstone Students During June 16 Bush Visit?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:45 AM, 5 Comments
Tuition is only $75; $35 for students and low-income or unemployed progressives. It's.......Camp Wellstone in Seattle, this Friday June 16 through June 18. Classes start Friday at 2:30 p.m. June 16.....isn't that when President George W. Bush comes to town... [read more]

PI Enthralled by Forced Mail Voting
by Jason Osgood, 10:24 AM, 22 Comments
Tomorrow's PI has the editorial County Elections: Make it mail. Nauseating. Yes. I'm sickened that forced mail voting enthusiasts (like the Editorial Board of the PI) have ignored the issues and made this about personalities. Apparently Juli Pettingill, Gentry Lange,... [read more]

June 09, 2006
Johnson declines to participate in KCBA's biased judicial candidate evaluation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:26 PM, 16 Comments
Supreme Court candidate Sen. Stephen Johnson has written to the King County Bar Association to decline to participate in what he says is a biased candidate evaluation process, Postman reports. Johnson, a Republican state Senator, observed in his letter to... [read more]

Near-term cost of forced mail-voting is $3 million+
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 AM, 5 Comments
This is the fiscal note to Deanron's forced mail-voting proposal. The price for forcing us to change our habits and vote the way Deanron thinks we're supposed to vote starts at $3 million through 2008. That includes $784,000 for "outreach... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire Proclaims LGBT Month
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:42 AM, 49 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire has proclaimed June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Month (LGBT). To acknowledge this event, the state Department of Health LGBT Display Planning Committee (a subgroup of the agency Multicultural Committee) has developed and installed displays on the... [read more]

Watada, Meet Al-Zarqawi
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:08 AM, 67 Comments
Ehren Watada, the Fort Lewis Army Lt. who's refusing orders to deploy to Iraq, held a media availability yesterday. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that nationwide, he's not exactly winning a lot of hearts and minds with his claim the... [read more]

June 08, 2006
Freedom of the Press
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 PM, 17 Comments
The Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments Thursday in the case involving KVI radio hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur and whether their on-air discussions in favor of the I-912 gas tax repeal were reportable campaign donations. Attorney Mike Vaska... [read more]

Dunn 1, Patterson 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:54 PM, 4 Comments
KUOW's The Conversation covered the King County vote-by-mail proposal today. Councilmembers Julia Patterson and Reagan Dunn were on sequentially. Personally, I thought that Reagan Dunn's argument for respecting citizen concerns and letting people vote the way they trust most was... [read more]

Deanocchio (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:02 PM, 9 Comments
Thanks to Lynne in Arlington!... [read more]

Dean Logan, qualified professional partisan activist
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:06 PM, 102 Comments
Seattle Times editorial, January 30, 2005 One bad idea would make the elections director a directly elected nonpartisan auditor instead of an executive appointee ... The more important goal is to have a qualified professional lead the office, and that... [read more]

Mega-Church Coming to West Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:30 PM, 13 Comments
I wasn't at all fazed to hear a secular humanist academic claim that in fact Jesus may have actually walked on ice rather than water. But I am nonetheless awfully tickled to learn that a prominent conservative Seattle mega-church, Mars... [read more]

Headline of the day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:28 PM, 7 Comments
From the Seattlest, which I really should read more often: "Al-Zarqawi Found. Dean Logan Still on the Loose"... [read more]

Lady Patterson Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:44 PM, 22 Comments
Among the more revealing moments in Monday's Council meeting on forced mail-voting were when Councilmember Julia Patterson lashed out at me from her seat. [The video is just now online, here, starting at 37:00] (if the link doesn't open in... [read more]

Mail Voting Silently Disenfranchises
by Jason Osgood, 12:03 PM, 16 Comments
I just realized something. Voters are not notified when their mail ballot is not cast. For whatever reason. That is wrong. Imagine if 1%, 5%, or even 20% of your financial transactions simply didn't go through and no one told... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:41 AM, 9 Comments
I like Neil Modie. But his article yesterday about Tim Eyman and the failure of Referendum 65 has a few tidbits of inaccuracy, inappropriate editorializing and unintentional irony that are just too good to pass up "Eyman fails to deliver"... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 14 Comments
This one from Scott in Spokane. (and check out his online political button shop) This one from a reader who calls him/herself "That's Regrettable" From Andy in Olympia... [read more]

An absence of leadership
by Jonathan Bechtle, 09:06 AM, 21 Comments
This morning's Seattle Times has a great piece by Keith Ervin discussing the mysterious absence of Dean Logan, and his staffers' attempts to explain his whereabouts. Where was elections chief Dean Logan on Monday when the Metropolitan King County Council... [read more]

An Absence of Credibility
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:32 AM, 11 Comments
Dean Logan Pinocchio As Jonathan Bechtle posted above, Keith Ervin of the Seattle Times reports today that Dean Logan was busted telling a lie about his whereabouts during Monday's Council meeting on mail-only voting. Logan has a long record... [read more]

June 07, 2006
"And they change from day to day as well"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:30 PM, 15 Comments
Of the Democrats on the King County Council who have until now supported the proposal for mail-only voting, the one who is most familiar with the inherent inaccuracy of mail ballot processing is Dow Constantine. I would hope that he... [read more]

What kind of "community leader" is Darcy Burner? (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:23 PM, 60 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert Darcy Burner An entire day has passed since I posed some questions on this blog and to the Burner campaign asking for more information about Darcy Burner's accomplishments as a "community activist" and "community leader" (as... [read more]

Litigation Phobia Births A Tragedy, And Carries A Price
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:34 AM, 10 Comments
Fear of civil litigation can result in silliness, but also tragedy. The Tri-City Herald reports today that a federal court ruling in Louisiana has lowered from $7.5 million to $1.4 million the amount that the insurer of Kadlec Medical Center... [read more]

Failure of Eyman's R-65 shows why "gay civil rights law" wasn't really needed in the first place
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 35 Comments
Today's P-I editorial on Tim Eyman's failure to gather enough signatures to make the ballot with Referendum 65, which would repeal the state's "gay civil rights law" that was enacted earlier this year: "Voters reject bias" The failure of proponents... [read more]

Another nutroots candidate goes down in flames
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 23 Comments
Republican Brian Bilbray beat Democrat Francine Busby in the special election to fill the San Diego congressional seat vacated by the convicted Randy "Duke" Cunningham. The media dubbed this race a "bellwether" for the fall midterm elections. (For whom does... [read more]

June 06, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:51 PM, 10 Comments
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the Seattle School District can use race as a tiebraker for school assignments. Tuesday's P-I editorial calls this a "welcome review". Yes it is. Oh, wait: The P-I welcomes it for... [read more]

USA Today: Growth Management Drives Up Our Housing Prices
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:40 PM, 40 Comments
Seattle progressives like to wring their hands about the dearth of affordable housing within city limits. Which reflects an unspoken if hypocritical wish to eschew practicing the diversity faith they fervently preach, by buying into a minority Seattle neighborhood with... [read more]

But draw your own conclusions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:11 PM, 18 Comments
I wish I'd saved a copies of the King County Council's home page as they appeared both yesterday morning and yesterday evening. Yesterday morning, the page look much like the May 27th version that I saved from the google cache... [read more]

What kind of "community leader" is Darcy Burner?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 98 Comments
Here's how Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner describes herself on her campaign website: Along with the thoroughly debunked claim that she was an "executive at Microsoft", she also claims to be a "community leader" and "active in her community". The... [read more]

The King County Council has gone to the dogs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:55 AM, 16 Comments
Just before the forced vote-by-mail measure came up on the agenda, Council Chairman Larry Phillips and his wife introduced their new Golden Retriever puppy Chase (I think this was Chairman Phillips way of expressing his commitment to strengthening animal... [read more]

Forced vote-by-mail in the news
by Jonathan Bechtle, 09:02 AM, 19 Comments
This morning the Seattle Times, the King County Journal, and the Seattle P-I ran stories on the vote-by-mail debate at the King County council meeting yesterday afternoon. One interesting point mentioned by Keith Ervin of the Times: "A council staff... [read more]

King County Council Postpones Decision on Forced Mail Voting
by Jason Osgood, 01:29 AM, 10 Comments
King County Council decided to delay their decision on forced mail voting for two weeks. Also, all of the Republican amendments to Sims' vote by mail ordinances will now be considered. (We don't yet know the text of those amendments.)... [read more]

June 05, 2006
"A big victory"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:07 PM, 37 Comments
In light of the overwhelming public opposition, the King County Council tabled the proposal for forced mail voting for two more weeks. More than a dozen citizens, Republicans, Democrats, Greens and independents, spoke against forced mail voting. Not a single... [read more]

Council meeting on forced mail voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:11 PM, 24 Comments
I'm off to attend the King County Council 1:30 meeting to speak against Deanron's proposal to force everybody to vote by mail (which would flush elections accuracy and integrity down the toilet). I hope to see some of you there.... [read more]

It's in the P-I (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 29 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial gives a free pass to the Seattle School District's idiotic "Equity and Race Relations" project and its bizarre and racist "definition of racism". The P-I: "Seattle Schools: Only a stumble" most everyone can agree that minor... [read more]

It's in the P-I (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial applauds the protesters at the Port of Olympia who attempted to interfere with the shipment of military supplies to Iraq. "Civil Disobedience: Tilting at war" their non-cooperation with something judged as evil is worthy of note... [read more]

June 04, 2006
Help stop Deanron's forced vote-by-mail scheme
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:08 PM, 12 Comments
This Monday afternoon, June 5, the King County Council will vote on Deanron's proposal to force all county voters to vote by mail. At this time, support for the proposal falls strictly on party lines, with only the Democrats favoring... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire: Mexican border is optional
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:03 PM, 25 Comments
AP: "Gregoire: Border duty will be optional for state's National Guard" [Mrs.] Gregoire1 said she will not compel any of the state's National Guard troops to serve on the Mexican border if they're asked. "I'm not going to force any... [read more]

Seattle Times sanitizes news of Canadian Islamist terror plot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:57 PM, 50 Comments
Today's Seattle Times includes this article "Canadians arrest 17 in alleged terror plot", syndicated from the New York Times. Or I should say it includes selected portions of the original NYT piece. I marked up the NYT original version to... [read more]

June 03, 2006
State Dem Convention Channels Kucinich
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:38 PM, 78 Comments
David Postman of the Seattle Times has the news from Yakima. Democrats voted to approve a resolution calling for creation of a U.S. Department of Peace. The resolution calls on the state's Congressional delegation to "support and cosponsor a Cabinet... [read more]

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:01 PM, 40 Comments
And no, the headline does not refer to our bungled governor's election. Various local left-wing bloggers are working themselves into a blather over Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s article in Rolling Stone this month alleging that the Republicans stole the 2004... [read more]

CA-50 Dem Candidate Busby: "You Don't Need Papers For Voting"
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:18 PM, 27 Comments
Photographer Byron Dazey documented voter registration efforts at the big May 1 Seattle rally for the "rights" of illegal immigrants, an ethically dubious initiative considering the lax safeguards against related vote fraud. Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Francine... [read more]

June 02, 2006
Viaduct madness
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 20 Comments
This week's Seattle Weekly broke the story that Mayor Greg Nickels' spoof video promoting his multi-billion dollar Viaduct-replacement tunnel scheme was paid for with city funds and may have violated election laws. Today's Times reports that an ethics complaint against... [read more]

Caprice Hollins needs to go
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:23 AM, 49 Comments
Today's P-I has a news article on the swirling controversy over the Seattle School District's bizarre definition of racism and the woman responsible for it, "Director of Equity and Race Relations" Caprice Hollins. The P-I's headline reiterates what I noted... [read more]

June 01, 2006
"Mayor Moves to Hybrid Car"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:24 PM, 36 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has announced today that he is trading in his 17-mpg Cadillac DTS for a more fuel-efficient hybrid vehicle. When I reported recently that Mayor Kyoto was guzzling 5 gallons of gasoline a day, his spokesman mentioned... [read more]

Legislators And Math Reform
by Jim Miller, 03:21 PM, 6 Comments
It will be easier to reform math education in Washington state if we can gain the support of a majority of the state's legislators.  (The support is not essential, since the Washington constitution provides ways to go around the legislature.)... [read more]

Speaking of excessive self-promotion at taxpayer expense
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:18 PM, 18 Comments
The issue of taxpayer-funded campaign brochures for incumbent legislators was raised in the comments to the previous post. Here in the 43rd legislative district, we received brochures from Speaker Chopp, Sen. Thibaudeau and Rep. Murray all congratulating themselves on spending... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire goes shopping
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 25 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire1 is appearing in a taxpayer-funded television commercial, ostensibly to promote Washington state produce, but really to promote her own 2008 election campaign. A video of the commercial, which features the implausibly elected officeholder, implausibly strolling through a grocery... [read more]

Seattle School District update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:10 AM, 16 Comments
Update on the Seattle School District 's bizarre "definition of racism", that Andrew's Dad noticed last month and we've commented on a number of times. The District has just pulled the "definition of racism" statement from its website in light... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:52 AM, 19 Comments
The Port of Seattle arranged a make-work consulting gig for current state House Transportation Committee Chairman (and state Senate candidate) Ed Murray , the Seattle Weekly reports. Although Murray and some Port officials claim that the arrangement is legal. If... [read more]

Mental Health Dodge Fails - For Now - For Alleged Cop Shooter
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:15 AM, 14 Comments
The King County Journal reports this morning that Wilford Armstead, the man charged with attempted first degree murder in the January shooting of Renton police officer Larry Strauss (pictured below, right) has been finally been declared mentally competent to stand... [read more]

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