Index of entries from August 2006
August 31, 2006
Do bicycle sales need stronger regulations?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:53 PM, 38 Comments
Seattle Times: "Police say woman killed by bus was "bumped" by bicyclist" A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman run over by a bus in downtown Seattle Wednesday night apparently "bumped" her while he was riding... [read more]

35th District Senate race looks interesting race this year
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:19 PM, 17 Comments
Yesterday's AP report: "Democrats turn their back on senator" The party endorsed Kyle Taylor Lucas in the Democratic primary for the 35th District, saying longtime Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, was a DINO -- Democrat in Name Only. The Dems claim... [read more]

What is wrong with these people?
by Andy MacDonald, 10:01 AM, 62 Comments
War opponents beat up a national guardsman in Pierce County: National Guardsman Brutally Attacked In Pierce County The driver then got out of the vehicle, displayed a gun and shouted insults at the victim. Four other suspects exited the vehicle... [read more]

Trend to Watch this Election Season
by Eric Earling, 07:55 AM, 20 Comments
An article on falling gas prices in yesterday's USA Today is worth noting for the purposes of related effects on the local political scene. If gas prices fall notably, Republicans will fare better in November. Don't believe me? See this... [read more]

Seattle Times Flubs One
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 13 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Times editorial on Mike McGavick's current radio ad related to the trifecta bill was annoyingly fallacious. The Times seems to have two main objections. One, they apparently didn't listen to the ad - or at least that would... [read more]

August 30, 2006
The New Tenderloin?
by DonWard, 09:19 PM, 19 Comments
The long standing menage a trois between Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, the City Council and strip club operators has been a sordid affair that would make late-night viewers of Cinemax blush. Allegations of corruption, bribery, and organized crime have featured... [read more]

Wait a minute Mister Postman...
by DonWard, 06:49 PM, 7 Comments
Criticism is not taken lightly. I know. There's nothing more grating than showing up to your office and getting a voice message stating that you had misspelled someone's name or got the date wrong of some festival. Human errors are... [read more]

It's in the P-I: Fake News! (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 AM, 14 Comments
Here's some "news" that the P-I knows is wrong but refuses to correct. Earlier this month, the P-I published an editorial applauding the federal court ruling that prohibits the state from verifying the information on a voter registration form, citing... [read more]

Charlize Does Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:26 AM, 20 Comments
Dishy actress Charlize Theron will star in "Battle In Seattle," the directorial debut of her boyfriend, actor Stuart Townsend. The film will highlight the committed activism of window-smashing anti-globalization anarchists and their allies in the Seattle street riot during the... [read more]

It's in the P-I: Fake News! (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:10 AM, 20 Comments
Today's P-I: "Women's pay falls farther behind men's" the gender gap in pay grew in the county by about 4 cents from the previous year, according to a Seattle P-I analysis of the statistics in the 3 million-person national survey.... [read more]

Behold, the Poll of Polls
by Eric Earling, 08:10 AM, 12 Comments
Observers of the 2004 Election may recall the Real Clear Politics "poll of polls" strategy of taking available polls, and averaging them together in a running assessment of where a given race is at. Such a tool has now been... [read more]

Roulstone Update
by Eric Earling, 07:40 AM, 10 Comments
Regrettably, there is not more to report on Doug Roulstone's race to unseat Rep. Rick Larsen. On the good news side of the ledger, the campaign has launched a "Rolling with Roulstone" tour, as shown at the events page at... [read more]

August 29, 2006
Are Anti-Bush Moonbats The GOP's Best Friends?
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:36 PM, 31 Comments
It's fair to say President Bush has got some issues. He needs to figure out rather quickly a better and tougher Iraq strategy than "Stay The Course," and his laissez-faire attitude toward spending bloat under the GOP-led Congress is less... [read more]

Rudy For Prez
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:37 PM, 61 Comments
Choosing a president is a gut-level thing for me, and I've been leaning toward Rudy Giuliani for a while. His leadership and chutzpah as NYC mayor were evident well before 9/11. That plus the vital transformation wrought in the city... [read more]

Two steps backward, one step forward
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 PM, 8 Comments
An update on the Secretary of State's response to the ruling which prohibits the state from verifying the identification of a voter registration applicant -- As I reported earlier this month, the judge issued his fraud-friendly injunction because of the... [read more]

Last Call
by DonWard, 11:18 AM, 121 Comments
Too much may have been written already about Senate candidate Mike McGavick's admission, among other things, of driving while under the influence of alcohol in 1993. The news coverage over the last four days has been like a crowd of... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (IX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 AM, 15 Comments
Mail ballots for the September Primary are supposed to be sent out by this Friday, September 1. Secretary of State Sam Reed estimates that 2 million mail ballots will be sent, of which fewer than half will be returned. Never... [read more]

Seattle Times News Story Plays Editorial Page
by Eric Earling, 08:28 AM, 19 Comments
Today's Seattle Times includes this story by Alicia Mundy discussing the ongoing dust-up, now being played out in campaign ads, over Maria Cantwell's vote on the "trifecta" bill. The tone of the story is more worthy of an editorial column... [read more]

August 28, 2006
Ward of the State
by DonWard, 11:24 PM, 9 Comments
Greetings folks, I will be posting some entries here at Sound Politics on a somewhat frequent (or infrequent) basis. About two weeks ago I asked Stefan, during the KCGOP picnic, if I could contribute some entries. I can't thank him... [read more]

Neal Starkman Wants To Help The Republicans
by Jim Miller, 03:44 PM, 17 Comments
How do I know?  Because he wants to discourage "stupid" (his word) people from voting. Now we've entered the primary season.  I plead with you -- don't vote if you're not familiar with the issues or the candidates.  Don't encourage... [read more]

Bogus Justice Candidate Speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:43 PM, 10 Comments
Michael Leonard Johnson, who filed a bogus candidacy in an apparent attempt to confuse voters in the Supreme Court race between Susan Owens and Sen. Stephen Johnson, is profiled in today's The Olympian: "Court candidate breaks silence" [Michael Leonard Johnson]... [read more]

Suppression of Dissent in Mrs. Gregoire's Amerikkka
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 21 Comments
Rep. Toby Nixon (R-Kirkland), now running for state Senate, is the target of a bogus partisan ethics complaint for ... posting his past legislative press releases on his campaign website? Nixon poses the question: should incumbent legislators be able to... [read more]

August 26, 2006
Fallout of the McGavick DUI Story is More Evidence Civility Theme Works
by Eric Earling, 01:36 PM, 121 Comments
I imagined at first I might have much to say about Mike McGavick's preemptive move to let the skeletons out of the closet. After reviewing what's out there though, and considering the facts of the issue I'll say this: it's... [read more]

McGavick in the News
by Eric Earling, 12:40 PM, 17 Comments
Yes...but this isn't the post you think. I'll get to the more talked about news on McGavick revealing an old DUI arrest later since I just wrapped up some vacation time and am still catching up. In the meantime, here's... [read more]

More Proof Netroots Enthusiasm Doesn't Equal Electoral Strength
by Eric Earling, 12:34 PM, 11 Comments
Despite recent hype, it is prudent to remain skeptical of the true electoral impact of the netroots. Darcy Burner's race is no exception. A recent poll by Survey USA on the match up between Rep. Dave Reichert and Darcy Burner... [read more]

Public Service Announcement for King County Permanent Absentee Voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 AM, 14 Comments
KIRO: "Mail Stolen From Seattle Post Office" The U.S. Postal Service said it will investigate security at a post office on Capitol Hill following a KIRO 7 Eyewitness News report that transients stole mail from unattended bins on a loading... [read more]

August 25, 2006
Burner on Carlson Show
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:08 PM, 59 Comments
Darcy "America is under attack by both terrorists and Republicans" Burner will be on the John Carlson Show at 4pm. KVI 570. Liveblog your reactions in the comments.... [read more]

King County Bullshit Alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:58 PM, 13 Comments
Item (1): As if Ron Sims doesn't already generate enough bullshit, the federal government is now paying him to produce some more: "King County wins grant to plan manure digester". Item (2): I've spoken with several Councilmembers and/or their staff,... [read more]

Sanders to Gregoire: "Hands off these elections"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 31 Comments
In a guest editorial in today's Spokesman-Review, Justice Richard Sanders slaps Mrs. Gregoire for trying to influence the state Supreme Court races when [Mrs.] Gregoire involves herself in judicial campaigns, she is undermining the court's independence by sending an unmistakable... [read more]

August 24, 2006
FEC Tells Cantwell "No"
by Eric Earling, 11:58 AM, 21 Comments
David Postman reports the FEC has said no to Maria Cantwell's request to be considered Mike McGavick's opponent prior to September primary, thus triggering the "Millionaire's Amendment." That means Cantwell cannot, for now at least, ask individual contributors for donations... [read more]

Ferguson flip-flops, flips off voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 28 Comments
As noted yesterday, King County Councilman Bob Ferguson acknowledged that the voters would pass the ballot measure for an elected Auditor if it were on the ballot in November. Today's Seattle Times reports that Ferguson has flip-flopped, and flipping the... [read more]

August 23, 2006
"If it's on the ballot in November it will pass"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:55 PM, 24 Comments
So said King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson at last night's meeting of Washington Citizens for Fair Elections . Ferguson is convinced that if the proposal for an elected Auditor is placed on the ballot this November, it will pass. Ron... [read more]

The Times gets it right
by Jonathan Bechtle, 11:01 AM, 41 Comments
In an editorial published this morning, titled "Election housecleaning?", the Times makes some very insightful comments about Nicole Way's reinstatement. First, the Times rightly points out that while Ms. Way's superiors are at fault, she is too. Editor Bruce Ramsey... [read more]

The Seattle Times Catches Up With Sound Politics
by Jim Miller, 07:40 AM, 41 Comments
A little, anyway.   In this article by Janet Tu, the Times admits that local Jews and Muslims do not always get on perfectly. In the days immediately following the recent shootings at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, there... [read more]

August 22, 2006
Fair Elections Meeting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:29 PM, 7 Comments
As I mentioned below, Washington Citizens for Fair Elections is meeting this evening. The main item to be discussed is King County's proposal for an elected auditor. I'm told that Councilmember Bob Ferguson was invited to speak and will attend... [read more]

Courthouse Democrat Machine is afraid to let voters decide future of elections office
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:51 PM, 40 Comments
Yesterday's Council meeting and the machinations of the Democratic leadership shows that the Sims cabal is scared witless at the prospect of electing the county's Elections Auditor. This is solely about power. Sims wants to keep the elections office under... [read more]

9th Circuit upholds partisan primary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:23 AM, 21 Comments
Seattle Times: "Appeals court refuses to reinstate "top-two" primary in Washington" Richard Pope sent us the decision... [read more]

Darcy Burner untethered on TV
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:57 AM, 69 Comments
A big thanks to David Owngoalstein for posting this video of a hysterical Darcy Burner ranting and raving in front of the DNC Fall Meeting last weekend. The video gives the impression of a woman who is passionate, but more... [read more]

Heat from the Left for Darcy Burner's 1st Ad
by Eric Earling, 09:51 AM, 10 Comments
I was left unimpressed by Darcy Burner's 1st ad for this campaign season. It seems someone on the other side of the aisle agrees. Matt Stoller at MyDD complains at length here, essentially wanting a harder edge to the Burner... [read more]

August 21, 2006
Nicole Way prevails in arbitration
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:51 PM, 24 Comments
This just in: Nicole Way, the mail ballot supervisor in King County during the November 2004 fiasco who was terminated by Dean Logan last year, has prevailed in her arbitration against King County. According to a spokesman for Teamsters Local... [read more]

August 19, 2006
Testify to the King County Council on behalf of an elected Auditor (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:36 PM, 64 Comments
The King County Council is discussing the proposal for electing the county's Elections Auditor, this Monday, August 21 at 10am. Please come testify to the Council in support of this proposal. Here's another example of the astonishing behavior of the... [read more]

August 18, 2006
More on Anti-War Progressives for McGavick
by Eric Earling, 09:02 PM, 27 Comments
Matt has great analysis below of Matt Zemek's op-ed in today's Seattle Times and on recent developments on the Iraq issue in the McGavick-Cantwell race. A couple additional points worth noting: One, McGavick had the stones to disagree directly with... [read more]

Liberals Think Fighting Terrorism Is a Pain
by Eric Earling, 08:32 PM, 189 Comments
That's a reasonable conclusion one could draw from this post at the NW Progressive Blog and this post at Horse's Ass. Summary of the former: the Bush administration's terrorist surveillance program needs to be shut down (no word of what... [read more]

Testify to the King County Council on behalf of an elected auditor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:59 PM, 15 Comments
The King County Council is discussing the proposal for electing the county's Elections Auditor, this Monday, August 21 at 10am. The Councilmembers will be taking public comment. You may speak for up to 3 minutes and explain why you believe... [read more]

Balter's no Woodward and Bernstein
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 20 Comments
Joni Balter's latest dollop of journalistic prowess and political insight thumbsucking is yesterday's column: "Cantwell's no Lieberman" Sen. Joe Lieberman, pro-war Democrat, got a deserved comeuppance in his primary loss to a well-heeled Democratic challenger. There is no pith or... [read more]

Anti-War Progressives For McGavick?
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:34 PM, 10 Comments
Well, maybe not too many. But in a Seattle Times op-ed today, Seattle author Matt Zemek - a self described "anti-war progressive" - reveals his disgust with both Connecticuit Democratic Senate primary victor Ned Lamont and Washington incumbent Senate Democrat... [read more]

It's not just a bad idea, it's against the law
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:08 AM, 7 Comments
"[Seattle] School tax initiatives said to violate law"... [read more]

August 17, 2006
A man, no plan, a canard: Ron Sims!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:40 PM, 17 Comments
Ron Sims discussing his mail-only voting scheme on KUOW Weekday, June 15: 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 KUOW starts... [read more]

Darcy Burner passes gas, burns Cantwell, Dicks, Larsen
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:03 PM, 40 Comments
The Darcy Burner campaign released this howler of a web site: "Gas Pump Man", which claims: Congressman Dave Reichert's solution [to the high cost of gasoline] is to give the oil companies YOUR MONEY Burner's answer: We need a real... [read more]

Voodoo Economics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 23 Comments
"Tunnel is well worth extra money, study says" Danny Westneat is less impressed.... [read more]

August 16, 2006
I'm Running for Office
by Eric Earling, 09:00 PM, 16 Comments
Actually I'm not. But Jerry Cornfield at the Herald thinks I am, and says so in this article which describes me as "Eric Earling, a Republican who says he one day will seek office in Snohomish County." I think he... [read more]

Port of Seattle terminal evacuated in bomb investigation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:42 PM, 12 Comments
"Possible explosives force Port of Seattle terminal evacuation": Seattle's Terminal 18 on Harbor Island was evacuated this afternoon and a bomb squad is now examining two containers for possible explosives. The cargo containers came from Pakistan. UPDATE: A P-I article,... [read more]

Chief Justice Alexander is "Very Well Qualified" to legislate from the bench
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:13 PM, 40 Comments
Constitutional Law PAC issued its judicial candidate ratings yesterday. Each candidate was judged on qualifications and given a letter grade on Judicial Philosophy ("deference to the law, constitution and established legal precedent."). The competitive Supreme Court candidates:Steve Johnson -- Very... [read more]

IE 7 Display Problem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 21 Comments
I've received a number of complaints about problems with displaying the main blog page in Internet Explorer 7. Today I received an email from Microsoft with a suggested workaround, which I just implemented. I don't have IE 7 installed yet... [read more]

Israeli Flag Prompts Tacoma Vandalism & Cross-Burning
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:12 AM, 27 Comments
Paul Sand of the Tacoma News Tribune reports today that the Israeli flag flying with an American flag outside the home of Rebecca and Keith Yale of Northeast Tacoma, has prompted malicious harrassment. Monday night, a rock labelled "Jew" broke... [read more]

More Troops Needed To Secure Baghdad?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:26 AM, 11 Comments
Both U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and her GOP challenger Mike McGavick are engaging in some fancy footwork lately on Iraq, to woo suburban Seattle and other swing voters. The Seattle Times today urges both to reveal more about whether... [read more]

August 15, 2006
Sam Reed: King County should elect Auditor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 PM, 14 Comments
Secretary of State Sam Reed sent an Open Letter to the King County Council urging the Council to change the county's top election job to be an elected office, directly accountable to the voters. Read the whole thing. hat tip:... [read more]

Come Blog With Us! New SP Public Blog FAQs Make It Easy
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:33 PM, 2 Comments
Be Vocal, Local and Link-y As you've probably noticed, we want to see you jump into the fray here, not only with comments and story tips, but with your own posts at our Public Blog, which Stefan worked quite hard... [read more]

Blogger Conference Call with McGavick and Frist
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 10 Comments
Yesterday Eric and I took part in a blogger conference call with Mike McGavick and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. More details and the podcast are here. I thought McGavick was at his best in his answer to Patrick Bell's... [read more]

Suspect In Cop's Traffic Death Should Have Been In Jail
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:50 AM, 39 Comments
Commenting on the traffic death of young Seattle cop Joselito Barber - hit two days ago in a 80-mph "T-bone" crash by a drug-addicted repeat offender out of jail early under a state-approved "alternative sentencing" scheme - the Seattle P-I... [read more]

Esser Beating Tom Out of the Gate
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 46 Comments
A Seattle Times editorial declared the race for the 48th Legislative District Senate seat "one to watch" after Rodney Tom switched parties in March and declared his candidacy against incumbent Senator Luke Esser. Time for a check-up. As of today,... [read more]

August 14, 2006
Transportation Round-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:15 PM, 39 Comments
KOMO: "Anti-Tailgating Strategy Backfires On Interstate 5" Seattle Times: "Digging up the past under the Alaskan Way Viaduct" (hint: guess what would happen if they were to find any artifacts halfway through digging a tunnel)... [read more]

King County Bar: Stephen Johnson more qualified than Susan Owens
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 37 Comments
The King County Bar Association has issued its ratings in the State Supreme Court races. State Sen. Stephen Johnson was rated "Well Qualified". The incumbent Justice he is challenging, Susan Owens, was rated "Qualified". The other incumbent Justices running for... [read more]

Liberals Hate Money...When It Isn't Theirs
by Eric Earling, 07:50 AM, 19 Comments
The liberal blogosphere and liberal media outlets are already wailing about Mike McGavick's choice to loan his campaign $2 million. There are a number of blatantly obvious reasons Democrats have no room complaining about this turn of events. One, Maria... [read more]

August 13, 2006
Of Spacious Skies: North Cascades Majesty
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:28 PM, 10 Comments
Driving back to Seattle after a weekend with friends in Twisp, our family today had an eyeful of the North Cascades National Park, seen from Washington State Route 20. Here's a shot I took this afternoon of Silver Star Mountain... [read more]

Liberals Remain Miffed About Religion
by Eric Earling, 03:12 PM, 61 Comments
It's no secret to observers of the 2004 election that many Democrats, liberals in particular, are flummoxed by the influence of religion between the coastal, urban centers of the United States. Bluntly, the secularism of the increasingly dominant liberal wing... [read more]

Plaintiff in state voter registration lawsuit implicated in voter fraud again
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:23 AM, 22 Comments
The Columbus Dispatch reports: Workers paid by [liberal Democrat voter registration group ACORN] to register voters in Franklin County [Ohio] have turned in more than 500 forms with nonexistent addresses and potentially fake signatures, elections officials said yesterday ... Elections... [read more]

August 12, 2006
The Politics of the Gadfly
by Eric Earling, 09:12 PM, 44 Comments
Those readers who are familiar with the political scenes of mid-to-small town America are likely familiar with a particular form of curmudgeon, who thinks local politics is their raison d'etre. Such individuals tend to dislike change, because well, change is... [read more]

Follow-up on Lieberman, Lamont, & Schlesinger
by Eric Earling, 01:53 PM, 123 Comments
Per my pledge in this post discussing the fall-out of the Connecticut Senatorial primary, here is the first major poll out since that election. Short story: Lieberman 46%, Lamont, 41%, Schlesinger 6%. The broader discussion at the link is worth... [read more]

August 11, 2006
More on Cantwell & ID
by Eric Earling, 09:09 PM, 34 Comments
Maria Cantwell's spokesperson, Katherine Lister, has a very lame response to Cantwell's past vote related to ID, as noted in David Postman's coverage of the issue, which includes discussion of my post on the topic. Lister says: Cantwell spokeswoman Katharine... [read more]

More resume inflation from Darcy Burner?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 67 Comments
Karl Swenson says that Darcy Burner's TV ad falsely plants the impression that she is an "Air Force Veteran".... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 32 Comments
The P-I editorial board comments on the foiled terrorism plot, concluding: despite bold promises of success in a "war on terrorism," we may well have to learn to live with the prospect of terrorism as long as social and economic... [read more]

Seattle news round-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 16 Comments
Seattle Times editorial trashes the "transportation tax package": "Overly expensive, tax-hungry Seattle" Mayor Greg Nickels still embroiled in controversy for accusing local strip clubs of links to organized crime: "Nichols [sic] turns down audit challenge by Rick's strip club" (oddly,... [read more]

More Inconsistent Cantwell
by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 24 Comments
Maria Cantwell has not been shy about taking inconistent positions in politics or policy as of late. Now there is more. Cantwell recently told the Stranger, she "'believes that intelligent design has no place in the science curriculum of our... [read more]

August 10, 2006
Darcy Burner's 1st Ad
by Eric Earling, 09:49 PM, 30 Comments
Darcy Burner has released her 1st ad, as covered by David Postman, and fawned over by Horse's Ass and the NW Progressive blog. I'm with Postman, it really doesn't end well at all. I would argue 60 seconds is too... [read more]

A Moderate Republican Deservedly Bites the Dust
by Eric Earling, 09:30 PM, 15 Comments
David Postman recently covered the primary defeat of Congressman Joe Schwarz by Tim Walberg in the GOP Primary for the 7th Congressional District in Michigan. I've been known to take a dim view of some conservative challengers to leading Republicans,... [read more]

Memo to Fellow Republicans: Republican Nominee in Conn. Has No Chance
by Eric Earling, 07:24 PM, 36 Comments
Several commenters at recent threads on post-Connecticut primary observations and Mike McGavick's endorsement of Joe Lieberman have gone off the mark discussing the Republican nominee, Alan Schlesinger. Some have proclaimed Lieberman's independent candidacy opens the door for a Republican victory,... [read more]

Al Gore: Energy Hog
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:06 PM, 77 Comments
Blowhard Al Gore came to Seattle in May to share some "Inconvenient Truth" about global warming. But Peter Schweizer has some incovenient truths about Gore in today's USA Today. Al currently uses no green energy sources in either his 20,000-square... [read more]

McGavick endorses Lieberman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 19 Comments
Mike McGavick has endorsed Sen. Joe Lieberman, now running for re-election as an independent candidate. It is probably unusual for a Republican Senate candidate to back someone other than his fellow Republican in another Senate race. But in this case,... [read more]

"This nation is at war with Islamic fascists"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 31 Comments
As Matt noted, President Bush said this morning: The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists ... This is a turning point of clarity... [read more]

"Islamic Extremists" Behind Vast Plane Bomb Plot
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:26 AM, 33 Comments
It is not yet clear whether they were "mentally ill" or put up to it by Bush, Blair and The Mossad, but The Australian reports British authorities have indicated the 21 suspects arrested so far in the ambitious Britain to... [read more]

August 09, 2006
The Religion of Peace Marches On
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 PM, 145 Comments
The Seattle Times alerts us to a traffic-disrupting "peace march": A number of organizations within the local Muslim community will sponsor a peace march and demonstration on Friday from a Northgate mosque to the Northgate Mall, and back. The march... [read more]

More on the bogus finding in the voter registration court case
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:09 PM, 23 Comments
I have more details confirming my report that the recent federal court injunction, forbidding Washington State from verifying the identities of voter registration applicants, was based on bogus evidence. And there's an ironic twist here -- one of the voters... [read more]

Missing Egyptian "student" arrested in Minneapolis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 23 Comments
As an update to yesterday's item about the 11 Egyptian "students" who failed to show up at Montana State University 10 days ago -- one has been arrested in Minneapolis. No word yet on the other 10, who, for all... [read more]

Seattle City Council approves massive, open-ended tax increase
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 AM, 22 Comments
The Seattle City Council this week approved a "transportation" tax package, to raise at least $1.6 billion over at least 20 years. One ordinance in the package proposes a property tax increase, subject to voter approval in November. But the... [read more]

Steve Beren: From Socialism To The GOP
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:53 AM, 21 Comments
Leaving the Left beats anti-depressants. The Seattle Times' Bruce Ramsey today profiles Steve Beren, the forthright GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Tikrit). Beren is a former member of the Socialist Workers Party, and former Democrat who finally came... [read more]

Lessons from Lieberman
by Eric Earling, 07:24 AM, 44 Comments
Call me a skeptic, but I'm having trouble buying into the great import being placed on Ned Lamont's close victory over Joe Liberman by some in the liberal blogosphere and the MSM. At its core, what last night's Democratic primary... [read more]

August 08, 2006
Seattle Police Response Comes Under Fire - Again
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:00 PM, 34 Comments
Jaylynn Chambers is a Seattle public relations professional who writes a reader blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about nightlife and entertainment. Police protection is not a typical topic for her, as she concedes. But a recent incident involving a neighbor... [read more]

FBI Searches For 11 Egyptian Men Missing in U.S.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 AM, 41 Comments
"FBI Warns Law Enforcement to Look Out for 11 Missing Egyptian Exchange Students" The men, who range in age from 18 to 22, were scheduled to attend a month-long program in U.S. history and culture, plus English language instruction, at... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 29 Comments
"Cost of tribal tax deal increases" Agreements between [Mrs.] Gregoire and two American Indian tribes over sharing gasoline-tax collections will shift $800,000 more to the two tribes than was previously disclosed. The written agreements, which settle claims by the Squaxin... [read more]

Siddiqui, Haq and "Sudden Jihad Syndrome"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 23 Comments
Here's another recent op-ed by Jafar "Jeff" Siddiqui, the local Muslim leader who wrote the not-very-sympathetic letter to the Jewish Transcript regarding last month's deadly terrorist attack at the Seattle Jewish Federation. From the Everett Herald, July 19, just 9... [read more]

Conservatives and Initiatives
by Eric Earling, 07:08 AM, 30 Comments
Recent events surrounding citizen initiatives, including their frequent use in recent years, beg an important philosophical question. Those initiatives largely have their root in the Progressive Era, where the vox populi was given profound credence by those such as Williams... [read more]

Doug Parris Thinks I Hate Conservatives...Or Something Like That
by Eric Earling, 06:44 AM, 14 Comments
It will come as no surprise to some that Doug Parris and I are not pals. Doug serves up a reminder of this divide in comments at two of my recent posts at Sound Politics regarding a Republican opponent to... [read more]

August 07, 2006
Local Muslim leader reluctantly expresses sympathy over terrorist attack at Jewish Federation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:56 AM, 45 Comments
Regarding the recent terrorist attack at the Seattle Jewish Federation by a Muslim man motivated by anger with Israel, a leader of a local Muslim organization sent this letter to the Jewish Transcript (published August 4, 2006). I'm underwhelmed. It... [read more]

Jeff Jacoby In P-I On "Sudden Jihad Syndrome" In Seattle
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:56 AM, 14 Comments
Give the Seattle Post-Intelligencer opinion pages some credit for restoring a bit of balance that has largely eluded excuse-disposed daily local news reporters and news editors in covering Naveed Afzal Haq's Seattle Jewish Federation killings. A day after it first... [read more]

Maria Cantwell Plays to Stereotype
by Eric Earling, 07:55 AM, 33 Comments
When Mike McGavick first came out with "civility" as a campaign theme, I didn't initially think much of the notion. As the depth of anti-incumbent mood this year has become clear, however, the theme is clearly more meaningful than expected.... [read more]

A Good Start to Your Monday
by Eric Earling, 07:37 AM, 14 Comments
Joel Connelly laces into David Owngoalstein and the lawsuit against Mike McGavick in today's PI: McGavick is latest victim of poisonous politics.... [read more]

August 06, 2006
An Unproductive Electoral Gimmick
by Eric Earling, 10:35 PM, 23 Comments
Jerry Cornfield covers a story that raised my eyebrow during filing week: the appearance of a Republican opponent to Doug Roulstone. The article appears to indicate Teri Moats is running as a one-issue candidate, or close to it, driven seemingly... [read more]

The Monorail is Racist
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:45 AM, 16 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's article on Umoja Fest in Seattle this weekend quotes supposed community activists saying black advancement here requires more meetings on police oversight, more money for (failing) public schools, and that gentrification and income differentials are de facto... [read more]

August 05, 2006
Unimpressive Work
by Eric Earling, 02:24 PM, 18 Comments
Ryan Blethen. Sigh. He's been the topic of criticism before at Sound Politics, including from Stefan, and notably from Jim Miller. His latest column is but another reminder that this man, whatever his personal attributes and strengths, does not merit... [read more]

"The Brink of Madness"
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:55 PM, 10 Comments
The murder and five attempted murders last week at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle were explicitly linked by the alleged killer, a self-proclaimed Muslim-American, to U.S. support of Israel and America's presence in Iraq. The political dimensions of Naveed... [read more]

Insight into the Netroots
by Eric Earling, 11:21 AM, 31 Comments
It's no secret those of us at Sound Politics aren't exactly wildly impressed with the netroots (I've been directly critical here and here). Now, here's some great anecdotal evidence that supports one of the key critiques of the netroots movement:... [read more]

The Economist imitates Sound Politics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 6 Comments
This week's The Economist has an article about the woman who is known at Sound Politics as "Mrs. Gregoire" [subscription only]... [read more]

August 04, 2006
"The Flags of Our Sons"
by Eric Earling, 07:26 PM, 6 Comments
This op-ed in the NY Times falls outside of the normal topics covered at Sound Politics, but my God is it good. Excellent writing, moving content. Hat tip: K-Lo at the Corner.... [read more]

Voter registration ruling was based on bogus evidence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:55 PM, 72 Comments
As noted earlier, a federal judge issued an injunction to prevent the state from verifying driver license and social security numbers before accepting a voter registration. The ruling is here. It hinged on this:The Court finds that plaintiffs have adequately... [read more]

Public vote on viaduct tunnel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 24 Comments
"Licata wants public vote on replacing viaduct with tunnel" [Seattle City Council President Nick] Licata said Thursday that he will introduce a resolution later this month that calls for a public vote on tunnel replacement. He wants the ballot question... [read more]

August 03, 2006
Memo to Democrats: Medicare Drug Plan Actually Works
by Eric Earling, 10:16 PM, 25 Comments
I've taken a dim view of the state Democrats' hack job website attacking Mike McGavick's Open Mike Tour. A large part of that dim view is based on the pathetic questions posed at the site, which I've already described as... [read more]

"Just another crazy guy"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:13 PM, 5 Comments
From Dry Bones by Ya'akov Kirschen. hat tip: reader J.C.... [read more]

God Bless the Founding Fathers: Part 144,321
by Eric Earling, 01:08 PM, 28 Comments
The PI reports more evidence it's a rather good thing our nation is a constitutional republic, not a direct democracy such as ancient Athens. I'll be in the corner sucking my thumb for a while now.... [read more]

Legislators question Nickels' Viaduct Plan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 9 Comments
Seattle Times: "Funding for viaduct questioned" "We have serious concerns about the viability of several funding sources outlined by the mayor of Seattle for the additional, $1 billion cost of the tunnel alternative," wrote House Speaker Frank Chopp and Reps.... [read more]

John Koster May Not Love the Everett Herald
by Eric Earling, 12:05 AM, 16 Comments
An issue has been percolating in Snohomish County that I remain ambivalent about, but which probably deserves further discussion. County Councilman John Koster opposed taxpayer support to publicize an event by the Seattle Men's Chorus in Everett. The specific issue... [read more]

August 02, 2006
Blood In The Water
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 36 Comments
Matt and Stefan have great coverage of the this transparently political lawsuit filed against Mike McGavick, though some hilariously unserious bloggers would like you to think no such motivations exist. If you haven't yet seen it, you should also watch... [read more]

The lawsuit that dropped from the Horse's Ass
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:51 PM, 13 Comments
George Howland Jr confirms that the "shareholder lawsuit" against Mike McGavick is a pile of horseshit. Postman has more. For the complete picture, see David Owngoalstein's original posts on the topic: April 26 and June 16.... [read more]

It's not in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:07 PM, 11 Comments
As I noted earlier, the folks at the Shi'ittle Post-Intelligencer have a habit of parroting the Hezbollah propaganda blaming Israel for the deaths of innocent Lebanese civilians. But here's an essential part of the story you haven't read in the... [read more]

Yet another tax-and-spend liberal activist implicated in tax evasion
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:36 PM, 35 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that a U.S. Senate investigation alleged that the Seattle-based Quellos Group used a bewildering series of fake securities deals between offshore shell companies to help rich clients shelter more than $2 billion in capital gains from... [read more]

Prosecutor Maleng: Haq Case "Aggravated" And "Heinous"
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:25 PM, 4 Comments
King County has filed charges against Seattle Jewish Federation killer Naveed Afzal Haq: one count of first-degree murder, five counts of attempted first-degree murder, and more. King County Prosecutor and moderate Republican Norm Maleng has 30 days to decide whether... [read more]

Illegal immigrants allowed to sue employer for replacing them with legal workers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 AM, 26 Comments
AP: "Judge grants class-action status to farm workers' lawsuit" [U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Leavitt] has granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by Yakima Valley farm workers who contend a Los Angeles-based labor contractor illegally and intentionally displaced them with... [read more]

Bullitt Heiress Sues Safeco Over McGavick Pay
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:30 AM, 62 Comments
What matters most in the 06' contest between Repubican challenger Mike McGavick and Dem incumbent Maria Cantwell of Washington for U.S. Senate are issues and character. Issues such as as national security, social security, energy, immigration and federal spending. The... [read more]

August 01, 2006
Federal Judge gives green light to voter registration fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:50 PM, 27 Comments
AP: "State's new voter registration rule shouldn't be enforced, judge decides" [U.S. District Judge Ricardo S. Martinez] today barred the state from enforcing a new law that keeps people from registering to vote if their names do not perfectly match... [read more]

Debate, Schmebate
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:13 PM, 19 Comments
From Cox and Forkum........ [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire grows state government
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 26 Comments
March 16, 2005 [Mrs.] Gregoire today announced a "change in the culture of state government," including eliminating 1,000 middle-management positions ... "We must change the culture of state government," [Mrs.] Gregoire said. "We must reduce bloated management, cut reckless spending... [read more]

Terrorism here and there
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 11 Comments
Not yet in the English language media, but the German press reports that bombs have been found in the train stations of two different cities, Dortmund and Koblenz. Authorities are conducting a terrorism investigation. I'll be interested to see how... [read more]

It's OK - He Was Bipolar, Or 'Blackout Drunk,' Or.....
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:19 AM, 39 Comments
The Seattle P-I reports Spokane murder suspect Ryan Snow slashed his grandfather's throat but is stressing he's bipolar, a not uncommon tack. We'll see if defense attorneys pick up that theme, as seems likely. A "bipolar" defense seems increasingly likely... [read more]

This News Won't Make Dwight Pelz Happy
by Jim Miller, 07:54 AM, 21 Comments
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is seriously ill, so ill that he has had to temporarily relinquish power. Little was known of Fidel Castro's condition Tuesday after he underwent an operation and temporarily turned over the Cuban presidency to his brother... [read more]

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