Index of entries from July 2006
July 31, 2006
Transportation Challenge to Sound Politics Readers
by Eric Earling, 11:35 PM, 46 Comments
Debate on transporation and taxes isn't likely to become less heated since Tim Eyman's I-917 failed to make the 1st cut of signature review to get on the ballot, and now faces unfavorable odds of surviving a full signature check... [read more]

Errant Calls for a Ceasefire
by Eric Earling, 07:29 PM, 15 Comments
Stefan and Matt have must-read posts below about events and media coverage surrounding the Middle East. There is one other angle worth mention and discussion though, which I was reminded of by this wire story carried by the Seattle Times.... [read more]

Dueling Bloggers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:20 PM, 7 Comments
David Goldstein and I were the guest speakers at today's Microsoft PAC lunch. An audio of the discussion is here (.WMA, 1 hour, 15MB). I was told that some of the attendees would be liveblogging the event. Send me the... [read more]

Journalist, Heal Thyself
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 AM, 78 Comments
Today's P-I editorial "Downtown Shooting: Education is vital" decries the undercurrent of anti-Semitism that inspired Friday's fatal terrorist attack on the Jewish Federation of Seattle: the decision to attack good people ... grew out of the anti-Jewish bias that is... [read more]

Hezbollah Is Responsible for Current Civilian Deaths In Lebanaon
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:55 AM, 16 Comments
Seattle's ever-present "Blame Israel First" contingent, and gullible readers who buy the deceptive blame-casting of incomplete reports such as this: heed Charles Krauthamer in today's Seattle Times: "Hezbollah hides its fighters, its rockets, its launchers, its entire infrastructure among civilians.... [read more]

July 30, 2006
Compassion And Hatred In The Aftermath
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:50 PM, 28 Comments
Woodinville photographer Byron Dazey, well known to SP readers for his revealing shots at various nutbar leftist rallies around Puget Sound, has started his own blog, My Own Side, adding political commentary to his trenchant online photojournalism. In this post,... [read more]

King County Prosecutor Maleng Must Seek Death Penalty For Jew-Killer Haq
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:25 AM, 27 Comments
King County Prosecutor and putative Republican Norm Maleng must seek the death penalty for the Seattle Jew Killer Naveed Afzal Haq; anything less would be justice denied, including life in prison. Today's Seattle Times cites Maleng spokesman Dan Donohoe saying... [read more]

It's Bush's Fault
by Eric Earling, 08:58 AM, 36 Comments
Maria Cantwell hasn't had the best week staying consistent on various issues. Now, on Friday she offered us another foible. In this article in the Seattle Times she notes the following while discussing the problem of Hezbollah's presence in southern... [read more]

July 29, 2006
Bogus Supreme Court Candidate has criminal file
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:45 PM, 24 Comments
Michael Leonard Johnson, the Seattle trial lawyer who filed a transparently bogus Supreme Court candidacy for the sole purpose of confusing voters, in likely violation of state law, already has an interesting criminal file. The intrepid Richard Pope obtained this... [read more]

The Tulalips Are Good At Irritating People
by Eric Earling, 03:30 PM, 28 Comments
The Seattle Times recently profiled the growing economic impact of development on the Tulalip Reservation in Snohomish County. While that impact has been generally positive both for the county as a whole and of tribal members themselves, there are a... [read more]

Yes, It Was Terrorism
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:14 AM, 50 Comments
It's insufficient to simply condemn the murder of one and the wounding of five at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle by Pakistani gunman Naveed Afzal Haq, who said he was a Muslim-American angry at Israel. Robert Jamieson is reminded... [read more]

July 28, 2006
Terrorist, victims identified
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:14 PM, 20 Comments
The KING-5 11pm news broadcast identified the terrorist who shot six women today at the Seattle Jewish Federation as 31-year-old Naveed Haq of Pasco, an American citizen of Pakistani origin. He has a criminal record and was awaiting trial on... [read more]

A Stain On Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:12 PM, 31 Comments
Following on to Andy's earlier heads-up post this evening about the horrendous shooting at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle: An eyewitness quoted in this Seattle Post-Intelligencer piece confirms earlier reports the suspect believed responsible for the killing of one... [read more]

Shooting at Jewish Federation of Seattle
by Andy MacDonald, 06:09 PM, 12 Comments
At least one dead and five injured. Early reports say a Pakistani who is "angry at Israel" is the shooter. Please pray for the victims.... [read more]

Now, Will Jim Vesely Apologize?
by Jim Miller, 05:34 PM, 22 Comments
In this post, I argued that the Seattle Times should not have published a letter saying that "neocons" should be weeded out, especially under the inflamatory headline they chose: Eradicate those who have put us in the Middle East.  The... [read more]

Yet another left-wing lawyer files bogus candidacy in Supreme Court race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:00 PM, 20 Comments
Richard Smith, in photo at left [source] is the second left-wing Seattle lawyer to file a bogus last-minute candidacy for the Supreme Court seat currently held by Susan Owens and challenged by Sen. Stephen Johnson. He's an environmental lawyer and... [read more]

Eyman's $30 Car Tab Tax Limit Fails 1st Petition Test
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:55 PM, 15 Comments
Brad Shannon of The Olympian reports Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman's I-917 has failed a first test by Secretary of State Sam Reed's office to qualify for the fall ballot. Based on a check of petition signature validity from a... [read more]

Blogroll Additions
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:45 PM, 3 Comments
I'm continuing to (very) gradually build the Sound Politics blogroll - to see the whole thing, click on "Full Blogroll" on the main page's right-hand column, or for right now, here. The aim is to eventually pull together a great... [read more]

Public Blog
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:18 AM, 0 Comments
New feature: we now list the latest headlines from the Public Blog on the right hand sidebar of the home page, under the heading "ON THE PUBLIC BLOG". Right now, the Public Blog still only has starter posts from Matt... [read more]

Your Tax Dollars at Work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 25 Comments
The State Auditor reports that: A former employee of the company that provides administrative services for the Washington State Asparagus Commission misappropriated $36,106.61 in public funds between July 24, 2003 and December 15, 2005. Remind me again, why do we... [read more]

One Angry Inch At A Time?
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:52 AM, 21 Comments
David Klinghoffer notes the state Supremes' ruling on gay marriage is nothing for conservatives to celebrate. Gay marriage advocate and Democratic state legislator Ed Murray of Seattle promises he'll run a gay marriage bill in Olympia next year and predicts... [read more]

July 27, 2006
McGavick News Roundup
by Eric Earling, 11:18 PM, 11 Comments
Lots of news worth noting recently regarding Mike McGavick's race against Maria Cantwell: 1) Josh Feit at the Stranger has an intriguing profile of McGavick's challenge, and Cantwell's weakness. There's no doubt who he's cheering for, but his general observations... [read more]

Memo to Ron Sims: Nobody Agrees With You
by Eric Earling, 07:06 PM, 13 Comments
Below, Stefan covers Ron Sims' truly lame response to the King County Council calling for a charter amendment to establish an elected Auditor, including biting examples of Sims ignoring previous recommendations on this issue. There is even more evidence, however,... [read more]

Seattle lawyer files bogus Supreme Court candidacy to confuse voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:51 PM, 20 Comments
Postman has the scoop that a man named Michael Johnson has filed as a candidate for the state Supreme Court position currently held by Susan Owens and already challenged by Sen. Stephen Johnson. Postman says that Michael Johnson was refusing... [read more]

Seattle Weekly Writer Finds "Carlessness" A Solid Bust
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:37 PM, 28 Comments
At the Seattle Weekly's blog Daily Weekly, staff writer Philip Dawdy reports on his failed experiment living without a car. Dawdy writes: I am here to tell you...the liberal paradigm is, in this respect, an abysmal failure. Or at least... [read more]

Public Blog
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:09 PM, 2 Comments
We now have a Public Blog for readers to post their own blog entries. This will replace the scoop-based "diaries" feature which we launched earlier this month. The end-goal is the same. It's a place for our very smart and... [read more]

Reminder: "No Tunnel" meeting tonight
by Andy MacDonald, 01:45 PM, 1 Comments
Just a reminder that opponents of the Mayor's tunnel plan are meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in the University Baptist Church, corner of NE 12th Ave and 47th St NE in Seattle. More details on the calendar page. Hope to... [read more]

Transportation Round-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 14 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "Nickels presents vision for waterfront", which hinges on the Alaskan Way Viaduct being replaced by a tunnel. The Times calls the vision still vague, and full of lofty hopes for "a feeling of sinuosity" and "activity zones,"... [read more]

"Hoodwinked" Blog Targets 35th District Democrats
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:40 AM, 4 Comments
Mary Jean Hrbacek of Shelton, nom de plume "Hoodwinked," sends word she has started a poli-blog titled "Hoodwinked At The Hood Canal," focusing on entrenched incumbent Democratic State Rep. Bill "Ike" Eickmeyer of the 35th District. Hrbacek supports Eickmeyer's GOP... [read more]

Inconsistent Cantwell
by Eric Earling, 07:57 AM, 16 Comments
Maria Cantwell and the state Democrats are showing a lot of gall this week. First she declined to consider Mike McGavick's debate invitation, citing the fact both parties had primaries to sort out first. Never mind the fact the Senate... [read more]

July 26, 2006
43rd District Democrat race could use another candidate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:32 PM, 11 Comments
The most watched and contested partisan primary race this year is probably the 43rd Legislative District Democrat fight to succeed Rep. Ed Murray. There are six candidates in the race, all offering essentially the same tried and failed far-left foolish... [read more]

Ron Sims reacts badly to proposal for elected auditor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:18 PM, 34 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims is not happy that a majority of the County Council now supports a ballot measure that would make the county's election chief an elected official. Sims' press release -- "Executive Sims reaction to proposal for... [read more]

Eradicate?
by Jim Miller, 01:38 PM, 66 Comments
Fortunately, I had finished my lunch when I came across this Seattle Times headline, which says that I should be eradicated. Eradicate those who have put us in the Middle East... [read more]

A Bridge Too Far (No More)?
by P. Scott Cummins, 09:05 AM, 29 Comments
Not exactly a slow news day, but even so the Viaduct issue looms. Be sure to check out this op/ed piece from retired UW prof Earl Bell in today's Seattle Times. The option of replacing the viaduct with a bridge... [read more]

State Supreme Court upholds current definition of marriage
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:38 AM, 113 Comments
"Washington Supreme Court Rules Defense of Marriage Act Does Not Violate State Constitution" Justices Madsen, C. Johnson, J. Johnson, Sanders and Chief Justice Alexander in the majority. Justices Owens, Bridge, Chambers and Fairhurst dissented. The ruling, and concurring and dissenting... [read more]

Tip for the Campaign Season
by Eric Earling, 07:37 AM, 12 Comments
Here's a helpful hint for handling one issue that is bound to crop up in this election season and in the future: Elway polls. My advice is don't trust them, whether you like the results or not. Moderate Washingtonian comments... [read more]

July 25, 2006
"Best Practices", maybe. But only in a world of pitifully low expectations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 PM, 19 Comments
King County Elections announced today that it "receives top honors for excellence in mail ballot processing" from a national association of election officials. We should all be appalled that the standards of excellence in election operations could be this low.... [read more]

No Surprise Here
by Eric Earling, 07:51 PM, 13 Comments
Mike McGavick wants nine debates with Senator Cantwell. Amen to that. Though anyone who has watched the clips of McGavick on the Open Mike Tour won't be surprised at such a challenge.... [read more]

Things Worth Fighting For
by Eric Earling, 07:45 PM, 18 Comments
The Seattle Times' op-ed page today included two columns regarding current events in the Middle East, one a guest op-ed from former Seattle City Councilman and journalist Jim Compton, and a syndicated column from Eugene Robinson. Both showcase a classic... [read more]

WA Supremes To Issue Gay Marriage Ruling Tomorrow
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:59 PM, 53 Comments
Like others, I had suspected this might wait until after November. But AP is reporting the Washington State Supreme Court has announced it will issue its gay marriage ruling tomorrow. At stake - among other things - is the 1998... [read more]

"Dunn and Ferguson: Let Voters Decide on Elected Auditor"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 21 Comments
King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson held a press conference today announcing that a majority of the Council is now ready to put the question of electing a County Auditor on the November ballot. When adopted by the... [read more]

Out of commission
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 14 Comments
I'm mostly out of commission today with terrible muscle pain in my neck and shoulders. I wish I could say I was flat on my back, but that's the least comfortable position for me right now, and as a result... [read more]

July 24, 2006
Exurbanites for sprawl control
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:47 PM, 59 Comments
Speaking of that UW professor who lives on Vashon Island, but recommends that people should live and work in the same place, I was reminded of this recent Seattle P-I editorial. "Sprawl: Planning for health" Seattle, King County and Washington... [read more]

Despite planners' best efforts ...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:26 PM, 40 Comments
Saturday's Seattle Times had an interesting article about the fact that so many people choose to live far from where they work -- "Despite planners' best efforts, many people choose the commute" The article cites Prof. Dan Carlson of the... [read more]

Proper Perspective
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 24 Comments
I think David Postman is jumping to some overly-ambitious conclusions in today's entry about Eric Earling's recent critical post about Tim Eyman. Postman: "The conservative critique of Tim Eyman" it is of note, and should be reason for concern for... [read more]

I-917 signature kerfuffle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:03 AM, 36 Comments
Today's developments in Tim Eyman's kerfuffle with the Secretary of State's Office regarding the signature count for the I-917 $30 car tab initiatitive. Eyman made this statement this morning to dispute the report that the Secretary of State issued a... [read more]

July 23, 2006
Tim Eyman: Your 15 Minutes Are Up
by Eric Earling, 11:25 PM, 41 Comments
Observers of local politics know there's a bit of a dust-up occurring about Tim Eyman's efforts to qualify I-917 for the ballot. The PI has covered it here, as has David Postman here and here. Now Orbusmax covers a scheduled... [read more]

Democrats Keep Playing Electoral Games with Social Security
by Eric Earling, 02:21 PM, 47 Comments
The sun rises, the sun sets, and Democrats won't talk seriously about Social Security. These are the events we can count on this election season. The state Democratic party has devised a website response to Mike McGavick's "Open Mike Tour",... [read more]

July 22, 2006
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:50 PM, 15 Comments
Today's P-I has a report on something called the Freedom School, headline "Freedom School teaches what others don't". But some of what the Freedom School teaches appears to be rather questionable. The school's purpose, according to one of its leaders,... [read more]

Man at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:56 PM, 8 Comments
I think I've worked around the back-end network problem. At least for now. Comments, the events calendar, the voter database and diaries should all be working now.... [read more]

Jim West has died
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 11 Comments
Former Spokane Mayor Jim West has died. Postman has more.... [read more]

July 21, 2006
New look and feel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:22 PM, 17 Comments
I'm experimenting with a new look and feel for the main page. Brief entries will appear on the main page in their entirety. Longer entries will show an excerpt followed by a bright red link to "read the rest". Unlike... [read more]

Trying this again...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:12 PM, 3 Comments
LATEST UPDATE (17:12): The blog has been running on the new machine most of the afternoon. There's an intermittent problem with the backend network, which causes the database to become unavailable for brief periods at unpredictable times. As a result,... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (VIII): "Signature Verification"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 3 Comments
Bob Edelman, who has been diligently following up on suspected double voters, sends some recently obtained images of absentee ballot envelopes. Edelman's explanation is after the jump. The punchline: this is yet one more example of the general worthlessness of... [read more]

Axis of Evil (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:58 AM, 31 Comments
Darcy Burner gazing admiringly at her mentor, Baghdad Jim McDermott. The photo was originally posted as part of this blog entry from the "Northwest Progressive Institute", which reports on the Burner/McDermott mutual-admiration-fest at which the photo was taken. For... [read more]

Axis of Evil (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:09 AM, 32 Comments
The House of Representatives yesterday passed H.R. 921, reaffirming its "steadfast support for the State of Israel", condemning Hamas and Hizbollah for "engaging in unprovoked and reprehensible armed attacks against Israel on undisputed Israeli territory, for taking hostages, for killing... [read more]

Dangerous boondoggle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:53 AM, 23 Comments
The Seattle Times reports: "I-90 floating bridge can be made safe for rail, officials say" Sound Transit says it has figured out how to run trains across the Interstate 90 floating bridge without being derailed by wind and waves ...... [read more]

July 20, 2006
Stay tuned...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 PM, 7 Comments
Oops. I tried to move the blog to a new machine as part of an "upgrade". It worked for a few minutes and then the new server went belly-up. We're back on the old machine.... [read more]

Voters disenfranchised, subject to identity theft, through Democrat negligence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 11 Comments
Today's Spokesman-Review reports "Voter registration forms stolen" [paid subscription only]. The registration forms were stolen out of a car after having been collected in Spokane during a registration drive by the Washington State Democratic Coordinated Campaign. An estimated 100 people... [read more]

Our Impartial Judiciary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 AM, 25 Comments
Today's P-I reports on a forum for Supreme Court candidates at the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association in Seattle. "Lawyers hear from top-court candidates". [Justice Susan] Owens was applauded by her trial-lawyer audience, meeting at the Westin Hotel, when she... [read more]

More on the Sonics
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 52 Comments
Here's an interesting editorial in today's Everett Herald. I abstractly like the idea of a new NBA/NHL arena outside of Seattle proper, as the editorial advocates. Such multi-use arenas, especially with two professional teams, are the most fiscally viable in... [read more]

July 19, 2006
"Pelosi's no Gingrich"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:58 PM, 10 Comments
Former Republican Congressman and 2004 U.S. Senate candidate George Nethercutt has an op-ed in today's Wall Street Journal editorial page: "Pelosi's No Gingrich: Is it 1994 all over again? Not just yet". His point is that in order for the... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 36 Comments
"Washington Learns" describes itself as: [Mrs.] Gregoire's initiative to examine our state's education system--from early learning to K-12 to higher education--and find ways to improve it. It should really be called "Washington Taxes and Spends", because the main focus seems... [read more]

RINO alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 44 Comments
Yesterday's post on McGavick's support for the Senate stem-cell bill (which, by the way, was also supported by Majority Leader Bill Frist) elicited this comment from "Mark" (#8) Just what the Senate needs yet another Senator nominally a Republican who... [read more]

"Nobody has ever been able to account, monitor and verify the figures of postal votes"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:23 AM, 10 Comments
The Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) reports "How Zimbabwe poll was fixed" A former Zanu-PF provincial chairperson has spilled the beans on how the ruling party rigged the 2002 presidential election, which President Robert Mugabe won against most expectations ... Now... [read more]

Cantwell's Ineffective PAC Pledge
by Eric Earling, 07:56 AM, 8 Comments
The media have given some play to the fact Sen. Maria Cantwell's pledge, going back to her 2000 campaign, not to take PAC money isn't exactly rock solid. Josh Feit at the Stranger has weighed-in here (you have to give... [read more]

Politicians and the Sonics
by Eric Earling, 07:33 AM, 44 Comments
Some interesting quotes from various elected officials regarding the sale of the Sonics: Seattle City President Nick Licata says, "'they chose profits over our offer.'" Egads! A business that is losing money on an annual basis actually cares about it's... [read more]

July 18, 2006
McGavick supports stem cell research as does Senate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:14 PM, 70 Comments
Josh Feit at The Stranger blog reports that Mike McGavick went on the record in support of the stem cell research bill pending before Congress. The bill passed the Senate today 63-37 with the support of Majority Leader Bill Frist... [read more]

Proof: County Council Democrats approved Sims' vote-by-mail proposal without seeing a plan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:21 PM, 8 Comments
Ron Sims on KUOW Weekday, June 15, speaking about his proposal for mail-only voting: We do have a very good plan. And Dean has really put together a very, very good plan [audio clip of quote. complete exchange online at... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire embarks on partisan campaign for "impartial" justices
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 AM, 23 Comments
Postman reports that [Mrs.] Gregoire says she's worried about the escalating costs of Supreme Court races and she plans to do something about: Raise more money. What she's really worried about is the increasing amount of conservative money going into... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire sends feds bill to cover the costs of illegal immigration that she encourages
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:44 AM, 23 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire has sent an invoice to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, demanding $50 million reimbursement from the federal government to cover the state's costs of incarcerating criminal illegal aliens in Washington prisons. Surely, it's primarily the feds' responsibility to protect... [read more]

Horsey on the Middle East
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 8 Comments
David Horsey has an insightful cartoon on current events in the Middle East in today's PI. Too bad the rest of the PI editorial board seems to have missed the memo that it's nigh impossible to negotiate when one side... [read more]

July 17, 2006
Whither Peter Goldmark?
by Eric Earling, 10:26 PM, 27 Comments
As Stefan and I have posted recently, the netroots are falling all over themselves to declare to anyone that will listen that Darcy Burner is riding an inevitable tide of liberal, Seattle...er...excuse me, I meant 8th Congressional District, enthusiasm to... [read more]

Darcy Burner's claim of "raising more money than Reichert" is bogus
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 AM, 43 Comments
The Seattle Times reported yesterday that "Democrats pumped as challenger outpaces Reichert on fundraising" For the second straight quarter, political newcomer Darcy Burner raised more money than U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, bolstering Democrats' view that he is vulnerable for an... [read more]

The Real Good News About McGavick's Press
by Eric Earling, 07:55 AM, 12 Comments
If you haven't seen it yet, this editorial from Sunday's Seattle Times is worth a read. In short, it compares the Senate race to a boxing match and gives the early rounds to Mike McGavick over Maria Cantwell. I agree,... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:27 AM, 13 Comments
Listen to me today from 5-9am on KTTH 770, substituting for David Boze, co-hosting with Dan Sytman... [read more]

July 16, 2006
More on Roulstone
by Eric Earling, 01:55 PM, 9 Comments
Jerry Cornfield from the Everett Herald covers Doug Roulstone's fundraiser with Newt Gingrich yesterday here, and also offers an astute analysis of the race in this column. Cornfield's column touches on a theme I raised in a post on Roulstone... [read more]

Campaign Antics
by Eric Earling, 09:32 AM, 20 Comments
This clip from KING 5's Robert Mak discussing the Democrats videotaping McGavick is interesting. It's pretty neutral, though McGavick seems to come out the better of things in the end. Give McGavick credit for how he's choosing to embrace the... [read more]

July 15, 2006
Much Ado About Burner
by Eric Earling, 05:11 PM, 31 Comments
Some folks in the liberal blogosphere, including Horse's Ass and the Northwest Progressive Institute, are gushing about recent fundraising totals from Darcy Burner and Dave Reichert. They would be well-served to temper their enthusiasm based on past history with trends... [read more]

July 14, 2006
Organize July 27th to stop the Mayor's Big Dig
by Andy MacDonald, 04:53 PM, 32 Comments
A truly bi-partisan coalition is forming to stop the Mayor's plans for a Boston-like Big Dig to put SR 99 in a tunnel through downtown. People on both sides of the aisle understand how distructive building a tunnel will be:... [read more]

Deanron's last day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:38 PM, 30 Comments
Today is Dean Logan's last day as King County's Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services Division. (In case you need a refresher course on Dean Logan, you can start here) Logan becomes the No. 2 elections official in Los... [read more]

Shark Radio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 7 Comments
I'll be filling in for David Boze on KTTH-770 Monday morning, as co-host of the 5-9am program with Dan Sytman. Listen and call in!... [read more]

Unsound trains, unsound economics, unsound editorials
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 38 Comments
The Unsound Transit board voted yesterday to expand the unfinished, unproven, behind schedule and over-budget light rail boondoggle with a rail link from Seattle across I-90 to Redmond. Unsound Transit estimates that the project will cost $3.9 billion and be... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:11 AM, 43 Comments
As anybody who reads the P-I could have predicted, its editorialists couldn't wait to condemn Israel for defending itself from unprovoked attacks. The world community can and should condemn the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers as well as the military incursions... [read more]

July 13, 2006
The Stink of the Cantwell-Wilson Deal Grows
by Eric Earling, 07:34 PM, 29 Comments
Maria Cantwell is paying Mark Wilson $8,000 a month. David Postman breaks the story; I'm still a bit amazed by that figure. Anyone who has worked on major campaigns knows that $8,000 a month is a huge slice of payroll,... [read more]

Reichert votes with Democrats to retain foreign language ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:24 PM, 18 Comments
The House of Representatives voted today to extend the Voting Rights Act in its present form for another 25 years. Congressman Dave Reichert was one of only 44 Republicans who voted with nearly all Democrats to defeat the King amendment... [read more]

But they don't give us any reason to believe that it will be "done right"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:23 PM, 5 Comments
King County Council Chairman Larry Phillips has a guest op-ed in today's Seattle Times: "Done right, vote-by-mail will improve county elections". The flip side is that "Done wrong, vote-by-mail will cause the wrong people to get 'elected'". One can only... [read more]

The Seattle Times Has A Question For You
by Jim Miller, 01:23 PM, 8 Comments
Specifically: We're trying out Prickly City.  What do you think? You can see today's strip here.  I think I like it.  (And I like the Tuesday and Wednesday strips even more.) You can email your opinion to: timescomics@seattletimes.com.  You'll have... [read more]

Crystal Ball (I)
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:09 PM, 7 Comments
As these blindingly insightful premonitions flash by I must share them quickly. Or else I will forget them. I predict: 1) Retiring Seattle Weekly editor Knute "Skip" Berger will assume the helm of an as-yet unlaunched online-only Seattle daily news... [read more]

It's in the P-I (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 AM, 18 Comments
Yesterday's P-I published this guest op-ed "'Never again' gone mad in Israel". For some reason, the P-I editorial page has a fetish for printing op-eds from depraved individuals who shrug their shoulders at terrorists who attack random Jews for the... [read more]

Seattle Conservative Goes Bebop - You're Invited
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:19 AM, 2 Comments
Seattle writer Doug Anderson was raised in Everett, where his dad was mayor and U.S. Sen. Henry "Scoop" Jackson a family friend and lasting political influence. Anderson lives in Rainier Valley. He helps run a group home for foster children,... [read more]

Political Tidbits
by Eric Earling, 08:00 AM, 19 Comments
A couple of items worth reading if you missed them: 1) Bruce Ramsey's column in yesterday's Seattle Times addresses differences between the Republican and Democratic parties. I don't agree entirely with his analysis, but he does have one very insightful... [read more]

July 12, 2006
It's in the P-I (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 PM, 85 Comments
Ben Schiendelman, who occasionally posts comments here, has a guest op-ed in Thursday's P-I "Send light rail to the Eastside" I started working on the Eastside five years ago this month ... now I leave at 7 a.m. to beat... [read more]

Quality Of Life, Seattle Style.....
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:06 PM, 5 Comments
....It's still possible. Note the presence of....children. Bless the lil' critters, truly. I shot this yesterday shortly after low tide - lowest of the year in fact - at Alki. My son was off kayaking and sculling. (He comes home... [read more]

Who's not laughing at Ron Sims?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 125 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "Global warming: They're not laughing at Ron Sims now" The first time Ron Sims tried to set up a county office to study the effects of global warming, he was mocked ... Now county executive, Sims has... [read more]

Republican Congressman breaks no law; Democrats cry foul
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 AM, 30 Comments
KING-5's Up Front with Robert Mak reports on mailings that Congressman Dave Reichert sent to his constituents under the centuries-old "franking privilege". Mak delivers the damning indictment at 3:23 into the video: It's "all perfectly legal". Oh, well. No Pulitzer... [read more]

Roulstone Update
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 11 Comments
Doug Roulstone, the Republican candidate against Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2nd), is having a couple big events in the next several days. One with Newt Gingrich in Everett on July 15th, and another with Interior Secretary and former Idaho Governor Dirk... [read more]

July 11, 2006
Democrats Need Your Paperclips!
by Eric Earling, 10:04 PM, 38 Comments
Here's an odd tidbit on the Washington State Democratic Party's webpage. It's a wish list for office supplies and such for their coordinated campaign offices (offices where state party-hired staff usually work with local legislative and Congressional campaigns). It's funny... [read more]

The Religious Left's Political Impotence
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:40 PM, 44 Comments
Seattle Times (via WaPo), May 21, 2006: "Religious Liberals Gain New Visibility With Books, Web Sites, Conferences." Recently, there has been an increase in books and Web sites by religious liberals, national and regional conferences, church-based discussion groups and new... [read more]

Sound Voices Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:24 PM, 3 Comments
We're still evaluating the "scoop" software which we're using for the "Sound Voices" reader diaries, which you can try out here. Our goal is to expand our coverage by enabling you, our very smart and engaged readers, to share more... [read more]

The Three Blogateers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:49 PM, 8 Comments
I participated in a brown bag lunch panel on "Blogging and the Media" for staff of the Washington State Legislature this afternoon. Also on the panel were David Postman of the Seattle Times and Adam Wilson, who writes the State... [read more]

"Independent judiciary", my foot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:26 PM, 16 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has this guest op-ed "Preserving an independent judiciary", by former Washington State Bar Association president Ron Ward. Ward complains about the fact that citizens, including the BIAW, are organizing to help elect judges (which, by the way,... [read more]

"Thrive by Five": More Misguided Philanthropy
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:28 AM, 74 Comments
The phrase "high-quality child care" packs the same punch to me as "high quality frozen dinner," or "high-quality rap video." Some are better than others, but the basic premise is still a loser. Yet along with that hoary old shtick... [read more]

Cantwell's 1st Ad
by Eric Earling, 08:05 AM, 20 Comments
With a hat tip on this to David Postman, I took a look at Maria's 1st ad. From a neutral political perspective it's a pretty solid intro of the candidate, though I noted this at the end: "Approved by Maria... [read more]

July 10, 2006
Curiouser And Curiouser
by Jim Miller, 07:52 PM, 16 Comments
In 2000, I was impressed by the campaign that Maria Cantwell ran — from the point of view of a political technician, a Dick Morris if you will.  There was much about it that I disliked, even despised, but it... [read more]

IE7 Rendering Problem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:37 PM, 19 Comments
I've received numerous complaints today similar to this one: I'm having trouble viewing the main SoundPolitics page in the latest beta of IE 7--once the 'sound events' renders in the right column, everything in the left column is blanked out... [read more]

A Goat Rights Manifesto
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:37 PM, 13 Comments
I'm all for state government-sanctioned "population control" of Alaskan wolves by airborne marksmen (or is that now "markspersons"?). The wolves have been decimating the caribou and moose population, and many rural Alaskans need their caribou stew and moose burritos, ribs,... [read more]

Viewer Mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:49 PM, 16 Comments
A woman named Janine from Woodinville sent me an e-mail this afternoon complaining about the Sound Politics online voter database, all of the information in which, by the way, was made public last year by a decision of the Washington... [read more]

Darcy Burner, call your office
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 9 Comments
AP article in Sunday's Seattle Times: "Tempted to pad your resume? Don't" hat tip: Patrick Bell... [read more]

The root causes of out-of-control federal spending
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 26 Comments
P-I: "Sound Transit asks U.S. for more rail extension money" Sound Transit has increased its request for federal money to help it extend passenger rail service to the University of Washington ... It originally asked for $700 million in federal... [read more]

July 09, 2006
McGavick v. Cantwell: Current State of the Race
by Eric Earling, 09:40 PM, 26 Comments
Is Maria Cantwell in trouble, or is she not? As David Postman reports, Cantwell helped herself over the weekend by getting her highest profile Democratic opponent, Mark Wilson, to drop out of the primary and endorse her. Of course, one... [read more]

County Charter Issues in the News
by Eric Earling, 09:08 PM, 3 Comments
Stefan has a good post below on the topic of electing the elections director in King County. Can anyone seriously imagine Dean Logan standing for election after events of the last couple years? Heh. The King County charter should be... [read more]

Yes, it is time to elect the elections director
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 11 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial argues against the Hague/Dunn proposal to make King County's Director of Elections an elected position: "Not another campaign". The editorial is unsigned, but has the hallmarks of Joni Balter: slavish support for Ron Sims, backed by... [read more]

Sound Events Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 0 Comments
Sound Events, our brand new Community Calendar, is already starting to attract event announcements! We're also linking to selected events announcements in the right hand sidebar on the Sound Politics front page -- the 3 soonest upcoming events are posted... [read more]

July 08, 2006
On the ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:33 PM, 23 Comments
Four statewide initiatives appear to have submitted enough signatures by yesterday's deadline to qualify for the November ballot: * I-917, Tim Eyman's "the third time is a charm" $30 car tab initiative. * I-920, the death tax repeal * I-933,... [read more]

Sound Events
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 AM, 4 Comments
I'm pleased to unveil Sound Events -- The Sound Politics Community Calendar. Sound Events is a free listing of events of interest to our reader community -- political group meetings, campaign events, lectures on timely topics, etc. Posting an event... [read more]

July 07, 2006
Viewer Mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:18 PM, 34 Comments
Every once in a while I receive an e-mail like the one I just received from a guy named Tim at Boeing. Subject: Unlawful release of PII To whom it may concern, I was shocked to find out that my... [read more]

Initiative Signature Deadline Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 10 Comments
Today is the deadline for submitting signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot. The AP reports on the status of various initiative efforts: I-933, the property fairness measure will likely qualify, as will I-937, the "renewal energy" boondoggle.... [read more]

Oxygen Burner
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 AM, 112 Comments
Darcy Burner is at this hour burning oxygen and taking calls on KUOW Weekday with Steve Scher. (Congressman Reichert was originally scheduled for this hour, but had a last minute schedule change. He is after all a Congressman and not,... [read more]

Unserious About Social Security: Part II
by Eric Earling, 07:46 AM, 16 Comments
It seems my previous post on Social Security caused some upset. As semi-interesting as that might be, the more notable fact is Goldy's response makes my point for me: most Democrats are "unserious" about Social Security reform. He trots out... [read more]

July 06, 2006
Seattle Sub-Bourgeoisie Angst & The Revolutionary Dialectic
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:41 PM, 9 Comments
Seattle Weekly's George Howland does the whole soup-to-nuts rundown on the commited anarchists residing at the Emma Goldman Finishing School collective in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. I'm glad to hear their vegan-only food supply is only partially harvested from dumpsters.... [read more]

The Failing And Risky Leftist Agenda Of Same-Sex Marriage
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:07 PM, 29 Comments
Unlike Washington state's Supreme Court - which may really be playing politics by delaying a favorable gay marriage ruling until after the November elections - the high courts of New York and Georgia today upheld, respectively, a state legislative ban... [read more]

Sundance, Meet Enumclaw?
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:50 PM, 3 Comments
Face it, the story has everything a Seattle filmmaker could want.... [read more]

"Nickels Campaigns on Your Dime"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 12 Comments
Kudos to Josh Feit at The Stranger for busting Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and his inappropriate use of city funds to produce campaign materials for the proposed $1.8 billion transportation levy. Josh's post last Friday broke the story: "Nickels Campaigns... [read more]

Money Burner
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 AM, 111 Comments
David Postman reports that 8th district congressional candidate Darcy Burner seduced her Democrat contributors to burn $1.1 million dollars on her implausible campaign to unseat Congressman Dave Reichert. But as Postman noted last week, elections maven Larry Sabato downgraded the... [read more]

July 05, 2006
Cantwell's Social Security Stance Hurts My Head
by Eric Earling, 07:26 PM, 35 Comments
David Postman had an interesting review of Mike McGavick's position on Social Security just before the long holiday weekend. McGavick's overall position looks sound, though I could quibble with a few points (my thoughts on reform published here). On the... [read more]

Sound Voices
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:00 PM, 4 Comments
Be sure to check out Sound Voices, the new () reader diaries feature that makes it easier for you to join the fray. Is there an important issue in your local community that isn't getting media coverage? A great op-ed... [read more]

Courthouse Furniture Fight
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 15 Comments
Ron Sims, who believes his role is to "help create wealth more efficiently", has asked the Council for $6.8 million for new furniture. But Councilman Bob Ferguson wants to make sure the county first looks at buying used furniture:Ferguson doesn't... [read more]

What we could learn from Mexico
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:51 AM, 13 Comments
Michael Barone has been blogging from Mexico on that country's recent election: In 1990, the government set up an independent election monitoring agency, IFE, which seems to be well above partisan politics and to be competently run. For 1994 and... [read more]

Mossback moves on
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 0 Comments
Seattle Weekly editor Knute "Mossback" Berger has announced his resignation. I don't always agree with Mossback, but he's always thoughtful. And he has hit a few out of the park lately, such as when he lambasted the Seattle School District,... [read more]

Welcome, new Americans!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:55 AM, 3 Comments
Nearly 500 people from 76 countries became American citizens at a special Independence Day ceremony in Seattle yesterday. Welcome, all.... [read more]

July 04, 2006
Mountain Majesty
by Jim Miller, 04:22 PM, 2 Comments
For the 4th of July, another picture of Mt. Rainier, taken yesterday.... [read more]

God Bless America, AND Western Washington
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:04 PM, 10 Comments
What keeps or draws us to Western Washington? It's certainly not the politics. Unless of course the idea of altering the dominant paradigm excites you. (It does me). Family, work and the grace of nature all contribute. Especially that last... [read more]

Sound Politics Diaries Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 0 Comments
Thanks to everyone who tried the new Sound Politics diaries feature. There were some initial configuration glitches which prevented a number of people from setting up a user account, but I believe that has now been fixed. Check it out,... [read more]

The Seattle PI Hates George Bush: Part 6,742
by Eric Earling, 10:00 AM, 22 Comments
Another day, more gratuitous shots at George W. Bush in the PI. Yawn. Did you know that President Bush is the most competent, lying bastard ever...and he's a brick too (try and figure out that irony)? You can read it... [read more]

July 03, 2006
Appreciating the True Cost of Freedom
by Eric Earling, 11:56 PM, 15 Comments
One can hardly pick up a newspaper in the Seattle area today without seeing an article, an editorial, or a letter to the editor showing the current, left-of-center groupthink bemoaning violence in Iraq, no matter what other good news might... [read more]

Take part in the Virtual Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:00 PM, 7 Comments
Repost, 6pmMonday To celebrate Independence Day, we're organizing a virtual public reading of the Declaration of Independence here on Sound Politics. If you want to participate, send me an e-mail (theshark AT usefulwork DOT com) and I'll assign you a... [read more]

Testing a New Feature for Sound Politics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:01 PM, 4 Comments
We're testing a new feature for Sound Politics -- the ability for readers to post articles and "diary" entries, (similar to what is available on some other sites, such as Daily Kos and RedState). Our goal is to expand... [read more]

Fight! Fight! Fight!
by Eric Earling, 02:24 PM, 10 Comments
Readers of Sound Politics know discussions of Republican Party politics can quickly descend into sharp divisions between different components of the Republican coalition (seen recently here, here, and here). Too many times I have seen comments at this site and... [read more]

Call me Congressman Ishmael
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:31 AM, 9 Comments
Sammamish business consultant Larry Ishmael, a Republican, has announced that he will run against Rep. Jay Inslee, the Democratic incumbent, in the 1st Congressional District. (Press release, here). Ishmael has a long track record of community service and is currently... [read more]

July 02, 2006
Cattle Call For The Sound Politics July 4 Beef Recipe Contest
by Matt Rosenberg, 05:42 PM, 46 Comments
On a Ford Ranger pickup with California plates parked in West Seattle today, I espied this sticker (below left). It proclaims, "Beef - It's What's Rotting In Your Colon," a take-off on the well-known ad tagline of "Beef - It's... [read more]

A Muddy Stew, Indeed
by Jim Miller, 05:28 PM, 19 Comments
For sheer entertainment — assuming that you are entertained by a journalist making a fool of himself — it is hard to beat the lead editorial in today's Seattle Times. Here's the first sentence: The muddy stew of American democracy... [read more]

Sound Pleasures
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:00 PM, 6 Comments
Tradition Lake, Tiger Mountain State Forest, near Issaquah.... [read more]

Thoughts for Independence Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 11 Comments
In time for Independence Day, Rep. Toby Nixon has a great essay about the Declaration of Independence and its relevance today. And while you're at Nixon's website, also read his remarks about environmental protection that he made at his State... [read more]

Why People Get Annoyed with Public Schools
by Eric Earling, 09:04 AM, 30 Comments
Some people on the liberal side of the aisle seem continually amazed when others take exception with some decisions made in our public schools. Well, I think lots of people find this decision silly. The Everett School District blocked a... [read more]

A New Voice at Sound Politics
by Eric Earling, 08:15 AM, 39 Comments
What do you want to hear about at Sound Politics? Really, tell me. Stefan and Matt have asked me to become a contributor, with the intent of stirring the pot a bit. Some readers will know me from comment threads... [read more]

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