Index of entries from October 2006
October 31, 2006
McGavick on Kerry
by Eric Earling, 09:01 PM, 65 Comments
Mike McGavick issued an excellent statement on John Kerry's massive fumble, and Maria Cantwell's not so surprisingly vague and dodgy statement. Thanks to Kerry being in town today for a Cantwell fundraiser, McGavick's statement got some well-deserved national coverage. The... [read more]

Comments under testing
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:30 PM, 17 Comments
I'm testing some adjustments to the comments service in order to protect the server from being brought down by spam attacks. You shoud be able to read and post comments now, but there might be intermittent glitches. thanks for your... [read more]

Darcy Burner's Job Interview
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:01 PM, 35 Comments
The Reichert campaign's latest ad.... [read more]

Justice and prejudice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:25 PM, 4 Comments
The more I think about Justice Owens's latest excuse for bailing on last week's debate, the more profoundly disturbing it seems. She refused me as co-moderator because I am a blogger: I don't take questions from bloggers. I just don't... [read more]

Suppression of dissent in Maria Kantwell's Amerikkka: The Video
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:48 PM, 28 Comments
Here's a video of the Republican students being banned from the Cantwell rally at Bellevue Community College. hat tip: Patrick Bell was first of a few readers who e-mailed this.... [read more]

Darcy Burner outsourcing volunteers from other states
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:43 PM, 32 Comments
Darcy Burner really wants to be a Congresswoman. Unfortunately she can't find enough supporters in her own district, so she's importing volunteers from other states (and countries, for all we know). The Daily Kos has the details: "Darcy Burner's campaign... [read more]

Liberal Pundits and Leading Democarts Think You are Dumb...
by Eric Earling, 01:36 PM, 16 Comments
...or racist. Take your pick. The Seattle Times today ran E.J. Dionne's column, continuing the coverage of the RNC ad against Harold Ford that has had the chattering class in a tizy the last week. The Real Clear Politics blog... [read more]

More on Yon photograph
by DonWard, 01:13 PM, 5 Comments
News is already spreading regarding the unauthorized usage of a copyrighted photo in Democratic campaign literature. Stefan wrote about it first, below, and Postman has followed up. For soldiers at Fort Lewis and their families, the photograph will be easily... [read more]

What You Can Do To Annoy Liberals During the Next Week
by Eric Earling, 12:52 PM, 8 Comments
You can help with a GOTV effort. I'm taking time off part of this week and next to volunteer, on top of the blogging I do in my spare time to advance the conservative cause. For those needing some pointers... [read more]

Senate Race News
by Eric Earling, 12:25 PM, 10 Comments
Mike McGavick has a fascinating ad out worth taking a look at (for those that can't stand the thought of Windows Media Player you can read about it here). The ad is clever on several fronts though it's tough to... [read more]

Update on Darcy Burner mailer with unauthorized Michael Yon photo
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 7 Comments
Update to last night's post on the Washington Democrats Darcy Burner mailer that misappropriated Michael Yon's photograph of the American soldier carrying the Iraqi girl. I spoke with Yon's attorney/spokesman John Mason, who confirmed that Yon did not authorize the... [read more]

"Voter Intent"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:08 PM, 3 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation reports that the Secretary of State has released guidelines for canvassing boards to divine "voter intent" from mismarked ballots. The 37-page guidelines document is here. It's one positive step, anyway, beyond the insconsistent and arbitrary process... [read more]

John Kerry is in Seattle at this hour
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 65 Comments
John Kerry is reportedly in Seattle today for a Cantwell fundraiser lunch. The even bigger Kerry news of the day is his "get stuck in Iraq" comment, above. Kerry says he meant to disparage the President, not the troops, but... [read more]

Dueling Polls
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 2 Comments
Yesterday's SurveyUSA poll shows Cantwell at 54%, McGavick at 41% But yesterday's Wall Street Journal/Zogby poll shows Cantwell at 50%, McGavick 46%. They can't both be right. Check out Brett Malin's Public Blog entry "The Reliability of Polling" for some... [read more]

Back in service
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 5 Comments
The blog server has been suffering from comment spam attacks lately, leading to occasional outages, such as most of this morning. Unfortunately, even the comment spam defenses in the current version of Movable Type put a strain on the server.... [read more]

Darcy Burner mailer misappropriates Michael Yon's photo
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 AM, 27 Comments
Several readers e-mailed to alert me to this Darcy Burner flyer which came in Monday's mail. It includes Michael Yon's famous image of an American soldier carrying an Iraqi girl who had been fatally injured by a terrorist bomb. Yon... [read more]

October 30, 2006
Democrats Pitch on Stem Cell Research Stinks
by Eric Earling, 10:52 PM, 15 Comments
[Reader note: see also additional discussion in the updates below on Rick Larsen flip-flopping on the stem cell issue.] I say that as someone who actually supports expanding federal funding to include embryonic stem cell research using excess embryos that... [read more]

A Confused Candidate
by Eric Earling, 10:20 PM, 3 Comments
Does anyone else find Susan Owens' statements about the Legislature "behind the times socially" totally incongruent with this statement: I don't answer questions from bloggers, and that was apparently the moderator's only credentials ... I don't take questions from bloggers.... [read more]

It's in the P-I New York Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 PM, 11 Comments
Today's P-I (sorry, it's the New York Times. The latter's ever-falling standards had me confused) has an article about Bellevue and the 8th District: "Liberal Republican Suburb Turns Furious With G.O.P.". The article is mostly notable for its exemplary liberal... [read more]

Does Senator Cantwell Favor Higher Energy Prices?
by Jim Miller, 03:09 PM, 13 Comments
You won't find the answer to that question at her official web site or her campaign web site.  At those sites, we learn that she wants to "stabilize" energy prices, that she is against "price gouging", that she favors energy... [read more]

Absence of Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:58 PM, 6 Comments
Prof. David DeWolf, Andrew Cook and Seth Cooper, of the local Federalist Society, have released The Washington Supreme Court: A Special Issue Report, which examines many of the more recent rulings of the state high court. It opens: In Federalist... [read more]

Suppression of Dissent in Maria Kantwell's Amerikkka
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 51 Comments
The ACLU is following up on the complaint of the Bellevue Community College students who were barred from last week's Obama/Cantwell rally at BCC for wearing Mike McGavick T-shirts. Meanwhile, somebody uprooted my Mike McGavick yard sign again last night... [read more]

Theocracy alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:17 PM, 20 Comments
Quiz question. Who said the following in a recent political speech? I'm a Christian and I've got a relationship with somebody upstairs. And it's a wonderful one. I understand from the outset he knows more than I will ever know.... [read more]

A vote for Darcy Burner is a vote for Jim McDermott
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:09 PM, 26 Comments
(photo credit) From Sunday's Seattle Times: "Democratic win would strengthen state's clout" I'm not sure that the state's clout would be strengthened as much as that of certain Democrats in the state's delegation: If Democrats win control of the... [read more]

Justice "No Show" refuses to take questions from bloggers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 11 Comments
Justice Susan Owens has a new excuse for chickening out of last Monday's debate with challenger Stephen Johnson that I co-moderated. (An earlier excuse was exposed as disingenuous, here). In this weekend's online chat at The Olympian, Owens said: I... [read more]

"Denounce the Ad, Darcy Burner"
by Eric Earling, 07:25 AM, 15 Comments
That would be this ad, which the Seattle Times editorial board agrees is in poor form: But there is one TV ad benefiting Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner that is beyond the pale, not because of what it says but... [read more]

October 29, 2006
"Ask an Uptight Seattleite"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:15 PM, 18 Comments
The recently remodeled Seattle Weekly started out with a Q&A column called "Ask a Mexican", borrowed from its Southern California sister weeklies. "Ask a Mexican" fell flat in Seattle and was thankfully terminated. It's now been replaced with "Ask an... [read more]

The Seattle Times Confesses
by Eric Earling, 07:31 PM, 7 Comments
Yes, editorial page editor Jim Vesely spilled the beans today about how they endorse candidates. Contrary to conspiracy-laden assertions of the liberal blogosphere, the Times editorial board actually uses their brains. Granted, while one may not find it easy to... [read more]

About that ad
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:41 PM, 30 Comments
A couple of readers e-mailed to complain about the DSCC "Quack! Help make George a lame duck" ad in the right hand side bar. One reader, "Peaches Marie", posted a comment here accusing me of "selling my soul". Uh, I'm... [read more]

E-mail city hall, get spammed for life
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:11 PM, 4 Comments
On Friday I received this spam e-mail from "Bridging the Gap", the campaign for Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' never-ending tax for street repair (and tree-planting) (and renovation of a train station). The most surprising thing about this particular email is... [read more]

We're already getting enough, thanks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:36 PM, 7 Comments
Today's New York Times magazine article headlined "Winning Women?" leads with a mention of Darcy Burner: The online version is helpfully sponsored by something called "Do you want lies with that?" I think we're already getting enough of those from... [read more]

October 28, 2006
Mail Ballot Horror Show(XXIII): Increased "turnout"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:01 PM, 50 Comments
Certain elections officials believe all voting should be done by mail: Secretaries of State Sam Reed and Bill Bradbury today advocated voting by mail as a secure, popular way of voting proven to increase turnout. Well it does increase turnout,... [read more]

Absence of Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:26 PM, 4 Comments
TVW has now posted the video of Monday's debate between Supreme Court candidates Stephen Johnson and [the empty chair of] Justice Susan Owens. Phil Bevis, who organized the event first makes an opening statement to explain that Owens chickened out.... [read more]

Darcy Burner, in the eyes of her neighbors
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:11 PM, 43 Comments
Darcy Burner's neighbor from Ames Lake (poster of this public blog entry) e-mailed after reading this bit in yesterday's Seattle Times: Jeff Cook, who preceded Burner as president [of the Ames Lake club], said Burner was the only resident willing... [read more]

"Absentee voting is NOT advisable"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:59 PM, 0 Comments
Black Box Voting also says that Absentee voting is NOT advisable... [read more]

October 27, 2006
Marcy Burner?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:55 PM, 47 Comments
I can't find anything on the media sites, but I've seen a few emails and comments to the effect that Barack Obama called her "Marcy Burner". Anybody have more specifics? UPDATE: See the comments. If Obama runs for President, he'll... [read more]

Tardy Truth from the Press
by Eric Earling, 08:07 PM, 10 Comments
In a long overdue turn of events, a major Washington state newspaper, the Tacoma News Tribune, has actually condemned Maria Cantwell's recent TV ads. Of note, this comes from a paper that endorsed Cantwell nearly two weeks ago. They say... [read more]

What does "pragmatist" mean?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:30 PM, 15 Comments
Merriam-Webster: prag.ma.tism ... a practical approach to problems and affairs ... an American movement in philosophy founded by C. S. Peirce and William James and marked by the doctrines that the meaning of conceptions is to be sought in their... [read more]

Here and There
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 AM, 16 Comments
Today's P-I: "Sims undervalues airport, critics say". No, silly. He's just creating wealth more efficiently! Today's Times covers Democrat Deb Eddy's alleged theft of GOP campaign signs. Francisco Franco is still dead and Sound Transit light rail is behind schedule.... [read more]

Darcy Burner is no Rick White
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Times examines Darcy Burner's (non)record of community engagement: "Burner: weak resume or refreshing outsider?" The article makes a bit of a stretch, I think, by comparing Burner favorably with Rick White, who, as a political newcomer, unseated the... [read more]

A Joke For Josh Feit
by Jim Miller, 09:39 AM, 6 Comments
It's an old joke, but it often applies to current events.... [read more]

Die Nanny State, Die
by Eric Earling, 08:25 AM, 38 Comments
Could someone please tell me why vice cops citing dancers at Rick's is an important use of Seattle Police Department resources? We've already had the debate here at Sound Politics on the broader philosophical issues around regulating strip clubs. But... [read more]

Media Coverage Enraging the Republican Base
by Eric Earling, 07:54 AM, 22 Comments
Lost in the shuffle of events since the revelations of the Mark Foley affair, is the steady drumbeat of news stories unifying the Republican base. A notable theme in recent weeks of media coverage, nationally and locally, has been that... [read more]

October 26, 2006
It's on the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 PM, 7 Comments
I should read the P-I's group blog, Strange Bedfellows, more often. Joel Connelly posted a worthwhile write-up of Monday's Johnson v. Empty Chair debate that Connelly co-moderated. I regret I didn't see the post earlier. Today Daniel Lathrop looks at... [read more]

Conservatives Are "Haters"
by Eric Earling, 09:11 PM, 13 Comments
Did you know you're a cretin pig, a racist, a bigot, and an intolerant ass if you support the Republican party. Really, you are. So says Josh Feit, as reported by Stefan below in the discussion of the hilarious ad... [read more]

Who is your LEAST favorite Washington Supreme Court justice?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:15 PM, 8 Comments
Who is your LEAST favorite Washington Supreme Court justiceSusan OwensGerry AlexanderCharles JohnsonBarbara MadsenRichard SandersBobbe BridgeTom ChambersMary FairhurstJames Johnson  Free polls from Pollhost.com [Inspired by an item at Instapundit]... [read more]

The soft bigotry of low expectations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:45 PM, 35 Comments
My good friend Josh over at The Stranger blog is falling in line with other media Democrats who are claiming that the Republican video against Tennessee Senate candidate Harold Ford is racist. The ad itself is here. The allegation of... [read more]

Democrat House Candidate Deb Eddy Admits Theft of KCGOP Property
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:00 PM, 45 Comments
Democrat Deb Eddy, 48th District state House candidate, has admitted to illegally removing lawfully posted campaign signs belonging to the King County GOP. (documentation here) : (KCGOP) is asking that [Bellevue Police Dept.], in conjunction with Prosecutor Maleng, take the... [read more]

Congratulations, Maria!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:40 PM, 28 Comments
... for being named the 99th most powerful Senator... [read more]

Rosenberg Radio
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:50 PM, 4 Comments
I'll be on Dori Monson's show on KIRO-AM 710 at about 1:05 p.m. PST this afternoon, to discuss the state of Seattle's Public Schools, and my recent, related SP post. Tune in!... [read more]

Endorsements!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 27 Comments
By popular demand (I mean one or two readers e-mailed and asked me to do this), I give you my 2006 general election endorsements. These represent my opinions only and not necessarily those of any of the other editors or... [read more]

Censorship Encouraged At UW
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:45 AM, 28 Comments
By failing to speak out forcefully against appalling censorship in the public square at the University Of Washington, the hyper-liberal school's administration is so far - in characteristically Seattle passive-aggressive fashion - endorsing the political policing of thought. The P-I... [read more]

The Press, the Supreme Court, and You
by Eric Earling, 07:52 AM, 16 Comments
The Everett Herald takes exception to recent remarks by US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in an editorial today. The Herald seems to miss the point of Scalia's statements. Perhaps Scalia scans too many tabloid headlines and doesn't spend enough... [read more]

October 25, 2006
What's Going on in the 5th Congressional District?
by Eric Earling, 11:47 PM, 19 Comments
Perhaps not as much as we think. Recent news from the AP and David Postman indicates things are tighter than originally hoped for in the race between Cathy McMorris and Peter Goldmark, or as indicated by September's primary. Yet, while... [read more]

Metronatural
by DonWard, 02:36 PM, 70 Comments
It looks like a guy can't leave town for one week without someone changing the name of his hometown. Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau announced a new slogan for the City of Seattle, re-branding the Emerald City "Metronatural" in order... [read more]

Absence of Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:20 PM, 3 Comments
It's bad enough that Susan Owens has been the absent Justice at several recent candidate events, but the even bigger concern is that justice itself was absent from many of Justice Owens' rulings on the Court. Last month I posted... [read more]

Bottom story of the day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:12 PM, 7 Comments
Local news makes Best of the Web Today's "Bottom Story of the Day" list: P-I: "State, city show no interest in taking over district"... [read more]

New Jersey Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage rights
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:57 PM, 36 Comments
From the How Appealing blog "[T]he Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes to include same-sex couples or create a parallel statutory structure, which will provide for, on equal terms, the rights and benefits enjoyed and burdens and obligations borne... [read more]

Justice "No-Show" and her many absences
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 AM, 3 Comments
Monday's debate in Seattle is not the only time that Justice Susan Owens chickened out from a scheduled appearance with opponent Stephen Johnson. According to the Johnson campaign, Owens was absent from editorial board interviews at the Seattle Times and... [read more]

King County Journal endorses Reichert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:12 AM, 9 Comments
Today's editorial: "Reichert deserves re-election in 8th"... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 08:58 AM, 2 Comments
"Neo-neocon" interviews 7th district candidate Steve Beren here and here.   Having gone through a somewhat similar shift from left to right, she is sympathetic to Beren.   (As am I, though I was never as far to the left... [read more]

Liberal PACs not yet investing much in Esser race
by Eric Earling, 07:46 AM, 6 Comments
A while back David Postman reported on liberal PACs lining up to take a swing at state Senator Luke Esser during this campaign season. While the reporting is true, the potential impact of the move should strike observers as odd... [read more]

October 24, 2006
Jerry Zucker's "The Taxman"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 PM, 47 Comments
The Taxman -- a humorous video that explores the consequences if tax-raising Democrats (is there any other kind?) were to re-assume control of Congress. (or increase their majority in the Washington Legislature)... [read more]

Dotzauer (Cantwell) divorce file to remained sealed until after the election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 PM, 25 Comments
I attended today's hearing on the Dotzauer divorce file. Gene Johnson of the AP has a write-up: A longtime friend and adviser to U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is fighting the unsealing of his divorce case to hide his "bad behavior... [read more]

Justice "No-Show" is a hypocrite
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:51 PM, 43 Comments
As noted earlier, Justice Susan Owens chickened out of yesterday's debate with challenger Sen. Stephen Johnson with the excuse that one of the idelogically balanced duo of moderators (me) had donated to Sen. Johnson's campaign. But Justice Owens saw no... [read more]

Congressman Inslee Should Pledge Not To Vote For Pelosi
by Jim Miller, 02:26 PM, 15 Comments
Before the November election. Last April, I wrote an open letter to my congressman, Democrat Jay Inslee, asking him, politely, to explain why he thought Nancy Pelosi was qualified to be Speaker (and second in line to be President.)  After... [read more]

Ads with a "Negative Tone"
by Eric Earling, 08:14 AM, 25 Comments
[Reader Note: see updated discussion of the Michael J. Fox stem cell ad below] While berating the Tri-City Herald in a recent post, I alluded to the fact we here in Washington state (and it would seem especially in the... [read more]

Justice "No-Show"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:30 AM, 29 Comments
Justice Susan Owens' entire presence at the only scheduled public debate between herself and her challenger, Sen. Stephen Johnson. The AP reports: "Justice Susan Owens pulls out of debate". Chickened out would be more accurate. These are my questions... [read more]

October 23, 2006
Break Seattle School District In Four
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:30 PM, 27 Comments
Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas has announced he'll resign; this follows the board's embarrassing failure last week to approve two planned school mergers. The district needs to do much more than complete planned closures and mergers, and repair finances.... [read more]

Supreme Court Candidate Forum at Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:00 PM, 41 Comments
Tonight's meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club will be a forum with for State Supreme Court candidates Susan Owens and Stephen Johnson. UPDATE: Owens backed out of the program this afternoon. She's concerned that with me as a moderator... [read more]

Ethics In Seattle?
by Jim Miller, 10:52 AM, 34 Comments
Some times, small stories* can be revealing, for example, this one on the P-Patch community gardens in Seattle. Harvest-season thefts have been challenging the good will, optimism and sense of harmony in the city's 50-plus P-Patches.  Tomatoes vanish.  Peppers disappear.... [read more]

The Real Geoff Simpson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 163 Comments
State Rep. Geoff Simpson (D-47) is running for re-election as a family man, featuring his wife and kids in this mailer: But court documents tell a different story. Republican Donna Watts is campaigning to replace Geoff Simpson.... [read more]

Darcy Burner, proud to be Jim McDermott's protege
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 AM, 39 Comments
Discredited former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and discredited Congressman "Baghdad" Jim McDermott headline a fundraiser for discredited Congressional candidate Darcy Burner. From a DailyKos blog entry in the Socialist Realism style. Appears that Burner is a McDermott protege. Go figure.... [read more]

The Question to Ask Darcy Burner on Taxes
by Eric Earling, 07:54 AM, 11 Comments
David Postman took an interesting look over the weekend at the back-and-forth between Darcy Burner and Dave Reichert on the issue of taxes, and their discussion in various campaign ads. Let me pull out one aspect of that recounting for... [read more]

October 22, 2006
Understanding Newspaper Endorsements
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 18 Comments
It seems some of our friends in the liberal blogosphere are immensely confused about the process of newspaper endorsements. Indeed, some conservatives would question the value I place on them at times. A brief discussion of both points is in... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 PM, 3 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has endorsed incumbent Republican state Sen. Luke Esser over his (former Republican, now Democrat) challenger, Rep. Rodney Tom. The P-I's reasoning is a bit tweaked, prefering the more conservative Republican out of fear that the nominal Democrat... [read more]

Netroots Corrupt Goldmark Campaign
by Eric Earling, 05:53 PM, 23 Comments
One of the clearest criticisms levied against the netroots is their influence on the discourse of campaigns. Yes, they can help raise money and enhance campaign activism, but their left-of-center beliefs and shrill rhetoric tend to pull candidates in the... [read more]

Snohomish County Ballot Measures
by Eric Earling, 04:25 PM, 8 Comments
Voters in Snohomish County will see six countywide measures on the ballot, all proposed changes to the County's charter. As Vice Chairman of the County's Charter Review Commission that placed the measures on the ballot I am not allowed to... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 37 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer endorses Darcy Burner over Dave Reichert. The endorsement itself is no surprise. What's worth noting is its intellectual dishonesty. Note how the editors lowered their past standards for the same seat in order to portray Darcy Burner... [read more]

Mrs. Shark replies to the liar
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 AM, 33 Comments
A couple of weeks ago I busted Blatherwatch blogger Michael Hood as a serial liar. Among Hood's sillier lies was that a "Republican sugar-daddy" is paying me to write this blog. Hood replied here that his lies are okay because... [read more]

Sunday's Netroots Implosion Alert
by Eric Earling, 08:49 AM, 6 Comments
On the heels of the Seattle Times' endorsement of Mike McGavick, now available online after yesterday's news, there's more to warm the hearts of Sound Politics readers. In today's paper, the Spokane Spokesman-Review endorsed Cathy McMorris (the editorial is hiding... [read more]

Seattle nutroots trying to buy Eastern Washington congressional seat for nutty candidate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:10 AM, 4 Comments
Peter Goldmark, the Democrat challenging Spokane Congresswoman Cathy McMorris, is something of a nutcase. He reportedly told a Seattle fundraiser that "9/11 was directly attributable to George Bush and the Republican administration." His ads show him riding a horse and... [read more]

October 21, 2006
Seattle Times endorses McGavick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:36 PM, 38 Comments
According to an email announcement from the McGavick campaign, Sunday's Seattle Times endorses Mike McGavick for Senate.... [read more]

The P-I isn't in it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:28 PM, 2 Comments
The Washington News Council is holding an open hearing today to air grievences alleged by the King County Sheriff's Office against the Seattle Post-Intelligencer over the P-I's recent series of articles about the Sheriff's Office, "Conduct Unbecoming". The News Council... [read more]

ACORN screws-up, disenfranchises 1,100 voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 17 Comments
Seattle Times: "Registration forms' late delivery makes 1,100 ineligible to vote". ACORN collected the registration forms and shipped them to King County via UPS. RCW 29A.08.115 is clear on the effective date of registrations submitted by organizations and ACORN missed... [read more]

Terrorist Detainee Reprise
by Eric Earling, 10:15 AM, 14 Comments
Discussions at Sound Politics at posts on positions taken by Maria Cantwell and Darcy Burner on the topic of policy toward terrorist detainees drew out of a number of liberal commenters raising objections. In follow-up to their concerns, allow me... [read more]

October 20, 2006
The Tri-City Herald is Soft Like Butter
by Eric Earling, 08:37 PM, 16 Comments
And not because they endorsed Maria Cantwell today. I don't agree with their editorial, but it does weigh relevant policy issues carefully before rendering judgment. Putting aside their endorsement though, someone has got to take umbrage with their wimpish whining... [read more]

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Ninth Circuit Decision to Bar Voter ID Requirements
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:40 PM, 27 Comments
The EFF reports Today the U.S. Supreme Court voted unanimously to overturn a recent Ninth Circuit decision barring the enforcement of an Arizona voter ID law. Enacted in 2004 by citizen initiative, the law required proof of citizenship for new... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show(XXII): Misprinted ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:34 PM, 9 Comments
The Skagit County Auditor screwed-up and omitted from every ballot the legally required language explaining each statewide initiative. (The trail of correspondence from Josef Kunzler who discovered the error to the Secretary of State's office and the Skagit Auditor is... [read more]

Condotta clarifies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 22 Comments
State Rep. Cary Condotta (R-Wenatchee) sends this follow-up to the Star of Grand-Coulee article about the tax proposal that I quoted below: You uncovered an obscure article on a little test marketing I was doing in a small town in... [read more]

Ewwwwwww
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 AM, 38 Comments
"Spanaway man first arrest under state's new bestiality law" A Spanaway man accused of having sex with a dog is apparently the first person in the Washington charged under a new bestiality law. Pierce County prosecutors say 26-year-old Michael Patrick... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 AM, 10 Comments
State Democrat Party Chairman "Cuba" Dwight Pelz has been fined $1,750 for violating campaign-finance reporting rules during his unsuccessful 2005 bid for City Council. Richard Pope first publicized the issue of Pelz's financial report irregularities back in January, when Pelz... [read more]

Senate Race Roundup
by Eric Earling, 08:10 AM, 16 Comments
Several things to cover on various developments in the Senate race: 1) Ads Mike McGavick's campaign has a couple new ads out, responding to run-of-the-mill attack ads from Maria Cantwell. One responds to Cantwell's ad about Safeco. Note Cantwell's ad... [read more]

Netroots Implosion Alert
by Eric Earling, 06:40 AM, 28 Comments
The Tacoma News Tribune endorsed Dave Reichert in today's paper. This from the same editorial board that endorsed Maria Cantwell last Sunday. Much like the Seattle Times' endorsement of Reichert, however, it's the content of the editorial itself, not just... [read more]

October 19, 2006
Shame On City Of Selah For Rebuffing Minuteman Meetings
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:51 PM, 20 Comments
Worried about police manpower and possible violence from illegal immigrant rights activists, administrators and the board of the city-owned civic center in Selah, Washington have denied an application from the anti-illegal immigration group known as The Minutemen to rent space... [read more]

"Condotta discloses radical tax plan"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:52 PM, 35 Comments
From The Star of Grand-Coulee, Oct. 4State Rep. Cary Condotta Thursday mentioned details previously not public about a "radical" new tax plan being designed for the state that would eliminate property taxes. The 12th Legislative District Republican said he and... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire's well-earned 'F'
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:41 PM, 25 Comments
The Cato Institute has issued fiscal report cards to the nation's governors. Mrs. Gregoire was included at the bottom of the list with an F. The narrative evaluation[p. 38]: Christine Gregoire, one of the worst new governors [sic] in the... [read more]

Don't be So Modest, Mr. Westneat
by Jim Miller, 01:44 PM, 19 Comments
In this column, Danny Westneat slams our current campaign: This is the 10th local or national election I've covered as a journalist, dating to 1990.  It's the shallowest, most platitudinous campaign I've ever seen. And then blames — I'm not... [read more]

Latest Democrat stunt ad criticizes Reichert for telling the truth
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 15 Comments
Sadly, Darcy Burner and the DCCC don't have much to offer other than misrepresentations. Their latest attack ad [video] quotes Reichert out-of-context, distorting his remarks: So when the leadership comes to me and says 'Dave, we need you to take... [read more]

Darcy Burner's Campaign May Be On Tilt
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 20 Comments
Stefan has some great work below on a stunt pulled by Darcy Burner in her latest ad. Clearly, the false claim of independent verification from the Seattle Times, to protect her from legitimate charges she'll vote to raise taxes, is... [read more]

Upset Special for the 2006 Campaign
by Eric Earling, 07:05 AM, 11 Comments
Inevitably during any campaign season a race usually unfolds which surprises people, where regardless of macro-electoral trends a candidate pulls off an upset. For those looking for a good bet as to where such an upset special may occur, I... [read more]

October 18, 2006
Post Debate and Beyond
by Eric Earling, 06:45 PM, 22 Comments
UPDATE: The commentary below discusses potential attack ads against Mike McGavick to slow his recent momentum. They've just started. I caught an ad from the Cantwell campaign bashing McGavick over his tenure at Safeco; it's not exactly a puff piece.... [read more]

Pressure Building For More Seattle Cops
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:11 PM, 12 Comments
Seattle's long-suffering disaffected majority of sane denizens is becoming increasingly mobilized around the pressing need for more police and better crime protection, as you will see below the fold in an excellent column that appeared in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer. First,... [read more]

Ron Sims and his 42-story tower
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:22 PM, 19 Comments
"Sims wants tower to replace King County's "ugly" building" King County Executive Ron Sims wants to tear down one of downtown Seattle's least attractive buildings -- the county Administration Building -- and replace it with a tower of up to... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XXI): Unpredictable postage costs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:53 PM, 16 Comments
King County announced that absentee ballots are in the mail today. Because of an unexplained decision to increase the size and weight of the ballot, returning the ballot by mail will require extra postage (63¢ instead of 39¢) Some will... [read more]

Judicial Activism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:19 PM, 13 Comments
Seattle P-I editorial endorsing re-election of Susan Owens and other Supreme Court incumbents: the courts in general have come under increasing special-interest attack for "legislating from the bench" -- a rhetorical extension of the "activist judges" slur. A fair, impartial... [read more]

Darcy Burnocchio
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:58 PM, 40 Comments
Darcy Burner's latest ad delivers more lies. [Video]:Now newspaper reports prove that Reichert and his Republican friends aren't telling the truth about Darcy Burner's position on taxes. They know their attack ads are lies. First, Reichert's ad [video] correctly cites... [read more]

Darcy Burner needs to disclose her performance reviews from Microsoft
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:40 PM, 22 Comments
Darcy Burner is turning her job performance at Microsoft into a campaign issue. Seattle Times online Q&A: I have more than a dozen years of experience in the business world where I managed multi-million dollar budgets and was responsible for... [read more]

Rodney Tom: 100% opposed to telling the truth
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 AM, 8 Comments
State Rep. Rodney Tom (D-Today), now challenging Sen. Luke Esser, sent this dishonest mailer. The flyer calls Esser "extreme" and purports to quote him: "I am 100% opposed to stem cell research". Not true. Esser has championed funding for stem... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XX): Opportunities for ballot theft
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 4 Comments
Second tidbit from Sunday's Herald "Mail-only vote makes for one long Election Day" volunteers who once might have driven people to the polls are now preparing to deliver people's sealed ballots to the elections office. What a great idea. Any... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XIX): It raises the cost of campaigns
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 0 Comments
From Sunday's Herald: "Mail-only vote makes for one long Election Day" "Your get-out-the-vote starts three weeks out but you still need people doing the other things every day," [former state GOP chairman Chris Vance] said. Cathy Allen, an adviser to... [read more]

Thoughts on the Debate
by Eric Earling, 06:55 AM, 27 Comments
Interesting debate last night between Maria Cantwell, Bruce Guthrie, and Mike McGavick, even before you get to Aaron Dixon's arrest. I've spent a good amount of time dissecting Maria Cantwell's policy positions, such as on Social Security and terrorist detainees,... [read more]

October 17, 2006
Today's Senate Debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:27 PM, 26 Comments
Postman is live-blogging the Senate debate, which was recorded this afternoon for 9pm broadcast on KING-5. UPDATE: I watched the debate this evening. Big winner: Mike McGavick who came across as the most statesmanlike and best equipped to cope with... [read more]

Judicial Integrity (or lack thereof)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:51 PM, 29 Comments
I've heard Susan Owens's radio ads claiming she has support from Democrats and Republicans, and is endorsed by newspapers around the state. [ I'll post audio when I can] But Owens' partisan supporters are so overwhelmingly Democrat that it is... [read more]

Seattle Times Q&A with Dave Reichert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 32 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert answered reader questions at the Seattle Times website yesterday. I won't say I agree with all of his positions and I think his response on Social Security warrants elaboration, but I agree with most of what he... [read more]

A man, no plan, a canard -- Ron Sims!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 10 Comments
Seattle Times: "County Council OKs new absentee-ballot equipment after plan completed": The Metropolitan King County Council agreed Monday to authorize the purchase of new equipment to count and keep track of absentee ballots -- but only after election officials complete... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XVIII): "probably the riskiest way to vote"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 2 Comments
NPR today reports on the fact that more and more election officials are encouraging voters to vote absentee. But also warns that "absentee is probably the riskiest way to vote". Sam Reed, call your office!... [read more]

Rodney Tom's questionable ethics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:16 AM, 12 Comments
Retiring State Rep. Rodney Tom (D-When he thinks it benefits him personally) is the subject of an ethics complaint for billing the state for per diem reimbursement on days when he wasn't actually working. The complaint, helpfully posted by one... [read more]

"Re-elect McMorris in 5th District"
by Eric Earling, 01:14 AM, 9 Comments
So says the Seattle Times. As a matter of electoral impact the endorsement is likely to play a rather minimal role. As a matter of inducing netroots anger, well, that might be worth watching.... [read more]

Darcy Burner Can't Seem to Get Enough of the Far Left
by Eric Earling, 12:33 AM, 12 Comments
The fondness of the liberal blogosphere for Darcy Burner, and vice versa, is well documented. As the Seattle Times recently exposed, however, that symbiotic meld may not be paying off so well. But please, don't let reality stop a good... [read more]

October 16, 2006
Darcy Burner's muddled position on Iraq
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:24 PM, 13 Comments
Seattle Times: "Burner carefully balances her position on Iraq war". The sympathetic headline undermines the devastating article about Burner's position on Iraq, best summarized by a non-partisan analyst: "a muddled message: It's time to end the status quo without offering... [read more]

Darcy Burner's record of "community leadership": 5 e-mails, 3 meetings, 0 achievements
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 31 Comments
Effective service as a Congressman is less about passionate partisanship and more about working with others to solve problems for the benefit of one's constituents. Dave Reichert has a record of working with others to get things done, as a... [read more]

Mayor Gridlock
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:23 AM, 34 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is dead-set against rebuilding the Viaduct, even though it is (a) by far the most popular solution, and (b) then only solution for which the funding exists.... [read more]

Vote by E-mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:23 AM, 19 Comments
A reader from Olympia sent us this photo from the Thurston County Voters' Pamphlet The Thurston Auditor's website has a similar flyer. Write or e-mail the Auditor and they'll e-mail you a ballot that you can print off and send... [read more]

Why Won't Maria Cantwell Show Her Own Ad?
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 27 Comments
One of the more helpful results of the Internet in political campaigns is the practice of candidates who are serious about the medium placing all their ads online for all to see. This is good. But, when a candidate chooses... [read more]

October 15, 2006
WaTF?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:14 PM, 14 Comments
The Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development has yanked the "Say WA" tourism marketing slogan What Say WA mostly evoked was not a discussion about the state's tourism attractions but about the slogan itself. Most opinions were... [read more]

Media fixation with Mark Foley -- on-target or wishful thinking?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:09 PM, 38 Comments
Postman, in Friday's column: Mark Foley's "Do I make you a little horny?" has replaced President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" as the phrase most likely to sweep Democrats back into power The column elicited a disputatious voicemail which Postman transcribed on... [read more]

The Nanny State Lives!
by Eric Earling, 06:56 PM, 23 Comments
Unfortunately, that is. Danny Westneat covers the City of Seattle rejuvenated fondness for jaywalking tickets. Great. Perhaps I'm being naive, but I join Westneat is saying this is a poor allocation of limited resources. Especially after having been in several... [read more]

Re: Seattle Times Endorses Reichert
by Eric Earling, 02:02 PM, 22 Comments
Stefan provides coverage of the news of the day below, though I'll pile on with a couple additional points worth bearing in mind. First, the news of the Seattle Times endorsing Dave Reichert is important not just because they did... [read more]

Darcy Burner is running away from what her campaign is really about
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:32 PM, 41 Comments
Other than Postman's blog, I still find no news or photos anywhere on House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi's Friday campaign stop for Darcy Burner. That's odd, given that the Burner campaign is really more about Nancy Pelosi than it is... [read more]

Seattle Times endorses Reichert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 65 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial page endorses Congressman Dave Reichert's re-election, citing his "impressive record of public service" and "conscience-driven independent streak". Opponent Darcy Burner, on the other hand is nailed for (among other things) her lack of community service, "spotty... [read more]

October 14, 2006
Reichert-Burner KING 5 debate
by DonWard, 08:52 PM, 35 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert and his Democratic opponent Darcy Burner will appear on King 5 News "Upfront with Robert Mak" tomorrow. The half-hour debate will be broadcast at 9:30 a.m. on KING 5, 6 p.m. on KONG 6/16 and at 8... [read more]

When Is Violence Justified?
by Eric Earling, 03:28 PM, 26 Comments
Unless you have led an exceedingly fortunate life, you are aware of the existence of Fred Phelps, one of the more vile people in America. He has soiled western Washington with his presence in the past. Phelps and his crew... [read more]

Reichert-Burner Ad Update
by Eric Earling, 02:30 PM, 25 Comments
Interesting news in the last couple days about the pending escalation of TV ad wars in the race between Dave Reichert and Darcy Burner. David Postman covers the news the NRCC is shifting resources to support Reichert, while Andrew Villeneuve... [read more]

October 13, 2006
Nancy Pelosi stumping for Darcy Burner
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:35 PM, 80 Comments
Postman interviews House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi(D-San Francisco), who is in town campaigning for Darcy Burner: we're up against Republicans who are unconcerned about money, truth or decency. They will say anything." That sounds more like Darcy Burner, who, as... [read more]

Voter database update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:20 PM, 18 Comments
I've updated the voter database with the Secretary of State's September month-end release. You might notice that some voters are credited with voting in the Sep. 19 primary. The data must have been produced in the middle of canvassing, as... [read more]

McGavick v. Cantwell Connelly and Balter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:55 PM, 12 Comments
KING-5's Robert Mak's recent profiles of the Senate candidates are online and worth watching: "Who is Mike McGavick?" and "Who is Maria Cantwell?" Most of the McGavick profile was an interview with the candidate himself. The Cantwell profile includes file... [read more]

Vote by phone
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 AM, 16 Comments
What could be even less trustworthy than vote-by-mail? Vote-by-phone! It's vote-by-mail but without the paper trail. And Victoria Taft reports that partisan Democrat Secretary of State is expanding Oregon's vote-by-mail through administrative fiat. I wonder if this move has anything... [read more]

Politicians personal lives. A double standard?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:28 AM, 20 Comments
How has the local media covered Republican politicians' personal lives in the recent past? Consider Congressman Rick White, who unseated Maria Cantwell in 1994. White divorced in April 1998. The local media seems to have made White's personal life an... [read more]

Darcy Burner Wants More Rights for Terrorists
by Eric Earling, 07:15 AM, 75 Comments
Yes, Darcy Burner thinks terrorist detainees are entitled to Constitutional rights just like American citizens who haven't taken up arms against our country. That's the only reasonable conclusion one can draw based on her answer to a question on the... [read more]

October 12, 2006
Of screenwriters and journalists
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 PM, 8 Comments
Flipping through the TV channels I stumbled across Six Degrees. Hope Davis's character was faced with a dilemma: A friend of mine is getting married next weekend and I haven't RSVPed. It's her fiance. He hit on me at the... [read more]

Maria Cantwell: Verbose, Ineffective & Powerless
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:22 PM, 19 Comments
GovTrack.us is an exemplary non-partisan site using government data sources to track the Congress and Senate; and gaining notice from the NYT and WaPo. GovTrack's profile of Washington's junior Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell isn't pretty. (Lead) sponsored bills classified as... [read more]

New Poll Has Reichert +3%
by Eric Earling, 06:12 PM, 40 Comments
A Constituent Dynamics "Majority Watch" poll released today has Reichert up 48% - 45% over Darcy Burner. Good news: the same pollster, with a very similar sample, had Burner up 49% - 46% at the end August (see all major... [read more]

Darcy Burner, the publicity-shy candidate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:51 PM, 15 Comments
Darcy Burner seems to be trying to conceal some of her campaign events from a general audience. Postman has a hilarious post about Burner hiding from the cameras at campaign events. Her bizarre insistence that campaign speeches are private conversations... [read more]

Another fascinating Dotzauer campaign contribution
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 9 Comments
Last week I mentioned Cantwell buddy Ron Dotzauer's astonishing admission of using corporate funds to make federal campaign contributions (big no-no) Here's another interesting one -- A donation of $2,000 to Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Nebraska) for his 1994 re-election campaign... [read more]

"From a former Darcy Burner classmate"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 16 Comments
Orrin Johnson, one of Darcy Burner's classmates during her aborted attempt at law school (now conveniently airbrushed out of her official biography), has an interesting blog post about Burner. Johnson wasn't favorably impressed with law student Darcy Burner and he's... [read more]

"Interim elections chief elects to go on vacation for three weeks"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 9 Comments
King County Interim Elections Director Jim Buck ("Jimron") is on vacation just in time to prepare for the general election Much like a traditional absentee voter, Jim Buck is out of town for a big chunk of this election season.... [read more]

Questions for Darcy Burner on Social Security
by Eric Earling, 08:03 AM, 27 Comments
Darcy Burner seemed to develop a newfound interest for the topic of Social Security during yesterday's online Q&A for the Seattle Times. She was asked directly about the issue and said: Darcy, how do you think we can best protect... [read more]

Score One for the Good Guys
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 1 Comments
Dave Schmidt, running for re-election in the 44th Legislative District (centered on Mill Creek, Snohomish, and Lake Stevens), has garnered the endorsement of the Everett Herald. A helpful boost in a tough Republican year and one of the few competitive... [read more]

October 11, 2006
Sorry, low-income children of Washington, you lose
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:21 PM, 21 Comments
AP: "Gates Foundation spending $30 million for charter schools" SEATTLE - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is spending $30 million to help build 200 new charter schools for low-income students around the country. "around the country" as in "everywhere... [read more]

Burner Aided By Rapist's Apologist At Fundrai$er Tomorrow
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:28 PM, 11 Comments
Darcy Burner, the Democratic challenger to Republican Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8th), will be joined tomorrow at a local private fundraiser by luminaries including California Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. Uh-oh. In her attempt to unseat Republican Reichert, Burner echoes the hypocritical furor... [read more]

Veiled Author Of Elmer Fudd Koran Grants Exclusive Interview
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:36 PM, 0 Comments
His name is "Nolan McHenry" and he's a hunted man, living on the edge. Seattle writer/blogger Doug Anderson caught up with him recently at donut shop in Rainier Valley. Here's the exclusive from Anderson's blog, Sunbreak City.... [read more]

Reichert/Burner Debate at first glance
by DonWard, 06:55 PM, 23 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert debated his Democratic challenger Darcy Burner last night at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The forum was hosted by the Seattle Times. Since I was not on the pad last night I did not get exact quotes. TVW... [read more]

Darcy Burner Can't Tell the Truth About Her Voting Record
by Eric Earling, 05:55 PM, 17 Comments
The Seattle Times hosted Darcy Burner today for an online Q&A (Dave Reichert will do a similar appearance on October 16th). More on a couple issues later, but for now, let's look at a glaring gaffe Burner made on the... [read more]

"Maria Cantwell And Ron Dotzauer: Making Music Since 1983"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:54 PM, 46 Comments
The NRSC created this video about Senator Maria Cantwell and lobbyist Ron Dotzauer. From the press release: "Maria Cantwell can avoid reporters and refuse to debate all she wants, but that won't provide answers to numerous questions out there about... [read more]

Reichert-Burner debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:37 PM, 11 Comments
I hoped to blog about last night's debate, but by the time I got to Meydenbauer, the theater was full. The debate will be on TVW tonight at 7pm. The Reichert campaign e-mailed late yesterday asserting that Burner made many... [read more]

NYT Columnist Frank Rich Visits Seattle
by Jim Miller, 03:25 PM, 2 Comments
The Seattle Times assigned staff writer Mark Rahner to interview Rich.  That may have been a mistake, as you can see from the first two questions in the interview. Q: How did your background in theater prepare you to write... [read more]

P-I's Connelly: GOP's Conrad Burns An Enabler for Bush-Hitler
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:40 AM, 35 Comments
Veteran Seattle Post-Intelligencer political columnist Joel Connelly had to go and ruin what for him was actually a fairly decent piece on Montana's bumptious, pork-friendly, but appropriately tough-on-terrorism incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, who faces a stiff challenge from... [read more]

Cantwell on the Attack
by Eric Earling, 06:59 AM, 57 Comments
I got $5 that says Maria Cantwell's campaign has some polling which shows the issue of providing Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants doesn't sell very well with a lot of people. On the heels of discussion that Cantwell is... [read more]

October 10, 2006
Reichert-Burner Ad Review
by Eric Earling, 09:52 PM, 43 Comments
UPDATE: Debate coverage is available from the Seattle Times, the Seattle PI, and the Tacoma News Tribune. Darcy Burner will also be doing an online Q&A with the Seattle Times today at 11 am for those interested. **** As observers... [read more]

America's Mayor in town to support McGavick
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:20 PM, 29 Comments
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was here last night campaigning for Mike McGavick. (photo credit: Seattle Times) This morning's Times and P-I articles on the event were pretty good. The McGavick campaign site has excerpts from Giuliani's speech to... [read more]

Comments are back
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:21 PM, 4 Comments
Comments were down all afternoon for some reason. I was out of the office, but now that I'm back I rebooted the blog database and it seems to be working again. Flame away.... [read more]

Dotzauer divorce file hearing update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 24 Comments
To all the Cantwell surrogates who are manufacturing outrage over the fact that anybody would want to unseal a divorce file, the Judge found that the original seal was "overly broad" and is moving forward to open the file. Unfortunately,... [read more]

Why Was Daniel Culotti Even ON The Street?
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:29 AM, 57 Comments
UPDATED, 10/11/06: (See below fold). Attacker Daniel Culotti, who was shot dead justifiably by his 52-year-old victim this weekend in downtown Seattle, set fire to his mother's Phinney Ridge home and daycare center in 2001. His mother, workers and seven... [read more]

Dotzauer divorce file hearing
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:11 AM, 24 Comments
I'm off to today's hearing in Snohomish County Superior Court over the re-unsealing of the Dotzauer divorce file. It's a huge file and I only got to see it for a few hours. There are whole volumes I didn't even... [read more]

October 09, 2006
Ah, Abortion...that Harmonious Issue
by Eric Earling, 04:16 PM, 71 Comments
The Seattle Times carries an intriguing AP story today on a statewide vote set to occur on Election Day in South Dakota, to determine the fate of a legislative ban on almost all abortions in the state. The Legislature's actions... [read more]

"Laramie Project:" Get Me Re-Write
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:28 PM, 69 Comments
School distict administrators in Yakima have put on indefinite hold plans by Davis High School students to stage "The Laramie Project" because of concerns the pro-tolerance play might be perceived as promoting homosexuality. Yakima Herald Republic reporter James Joyce III... [read more]

Shawn Kemp Loves Children
by Jim Miller, 01:57 PM, 17 Comments
And the former NBA star is trying for a comeback.  Those were the two conclusions I found in this column by the Seattle PI's Robert Jamieson.  The second I am willing to believe; the first is harder to swallow, in... [read more]

Strip Club Elections Are Fun
by Eric Earling, 01:50 PM, 10 Comments
A recent item at David Postman's blog has an eye-catching headline: "Pro-strip club ads hit TV" The topic of course is a bit more serious than the headline implies, on an issue that has received some robust discussion here at... [read more]

Michael Hood, serial liar
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:38 PM, 24 Comments
Postman today links to Michael Hood's blatherwatch blog. Whether you agree or disagree with Hood's politics, you should assume that whatever you read on his site is fiction, unless you have independent verification to the contrary. I know this from... [read more]

Eric Oemig, half-time voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:06 PM, 13 Comments
Eric Oemig, the nutroots Democrat running against Rep. Toby Nixon for the 45th district state Senate seat, does not have a very impressive record of civic engagement. . This page shows his voting record, according to King County Elections. He... [read more]

Bad Reporting Snapshot
by Eric Earling, 07:45 AM, 11 Comments
Charles Pope of the PI embarrasses himself today with this article on this year's Congressional races in Washington state. Pope does accurately convey, the two districts held by Republicans -- the 4th District by Doc Hastings and the 5th District... [read more]

Senate Race Needs One More Ingredient
by Eric Earling, 07:18 AM, 38 Comments
Let's be candid. Mike McGavick isn't winning his race for the US Senate. He still might, but he's trailing, and recent events in the national discourse make an already sketchy year for Republican electoral prospects look bleaker (fairly or not),... [read more]

October 08, 2006
Foley vs. Cantwell?
by Brian Crouch, 09:25 PM, 11 Comments
An AP article on Mike McGavick includes this partisan aside: He uses phrases like "Rose Garden" and "recluse strategy" to describe Cantwell's above-the-fray, run-out-the-clock campaign. He trails in the polls -- even before the Mark Foley scandal broke -- and... [read more]

When Elected Officials Make Fools of Themselves
by Eric Earling, 06:31 PM, 16 Comments
As a general rule this author tends give local, non-partisan elected officials the benefit of the doubt. They tend to be well-meaning, hard working individuals, committed to the betterment of their communities. There are exceptions to the rule, but regardless... [read more]

Signs that your local media suffers from liberal bias (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 40 Comments
While the liberal media studiously avoids the 800-pound corpse in Maria Cantwell's closet, they'll eagerly parrot any silly accusation that left-wing crackpots level at Mike McGavick. The latest such charge is that McGavick's ad which uses the word 'illegal' to... [read more]

Successful self-defense shooting in Seattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:55 AM, 65 Comments
"Assault victim fatally shoots assailant outside Westlake Center" The man in the yellow shirt apparently focused in on the second man, saying, "I am going to kill you," ... He then began punching and kicking the second man until the... [read more]

October 07, 2006
Voter secrecy dead in King County
by DonWard, 07:06 PM, 36 Comments
Horsesass David Goldstein has publicly outed and named a Seattle resident and published how that individual voted on his secret ballot during last September's primary election. In his most recent post he dumps on Tim Borders of SEA 43-2064. The... [read more]

Where Does Burner Stand on Tax Cuts?
by Eric Earling, 11:10 AM, 24 Comments
As readers can see in posts below, Darcy Burner's "Truth Watch" is really a splendidly helpful tool. Even since this writer first posted on the matter, new "Claims" and corresponding rebuttals have been posted on immigration and border security. But,... [read more]

October 06, 2006
Cantwell speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:50 PM, 35 Comments
This week's revelations of Maria Cantwell's documented insinuation into another couple's marriage hasn't gotten as much coverage as, say, an unproven accusation against a Republican candidate might get, but the Tri-Cities Herald asked Cantwell about this yesterday. The response: "Attacking... [read more]

Burner-Social Security bleg - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:30 PM, 21 Comments
The "Truthwatch" page at Darcy Burner's website, referenced at the previous post, tries to defend her against a claim she said she supports raising payroll taxes to help fix Social Security. Specifically saying: Claim #2: "Darcy Burner wants to take... [read more]

Memo to Prospective Candidates: Vote!
by Eric Earling, 06:07 PM, 16 Comments
Darcy Burner's website has an amusing page called "Truth Watch," the obligatory location where the candidate attempts to defend oneself against punches landed by the other side. Her first point is a hilarious attempt to duck the fact, as detailed... [read more]

Rules for Gay Republicans And Others
by Matt Rosenberg, 03:32 PM, 37 Comments
The resignation of closeted gay Republican Florida Congressman Mark Foley for pursuing young male Congressional pages with sexual intent, via e-mail and instant messaging, carries several lessons. Number One: gay closeting by GOP office-seekers and office-holders must end, as I... [read more]

Seattle To Explore Co-Host Bid For World Cup Or Olympics
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:20 PM, 8 Comments
Joining forces with Vancouver, B.C. - which will host the 2010 winter Olympics - Seattle convention officials are looking at a joint regional bid to host either the 2018 World Cup, a World's Fair around 2020, or the 2028 summer... [read more]

King Cantcounty lost 62 ballots in recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:25 PM, 22 Comments
The King Cantcounty Canvassing Board yesterday certified the manual recount in the District Court race. Frank LaSalata will now face Richard Pope in the general election. Oddly, the number of ballots shrunk from the first count to the recountThe total... [read more]

Anti-"Reptilians" Must Hie To High Desert Battleground
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:18 AM, 29 Comments
Honestly, these people are so clueless. If they want the "Reptilians" outta D.C., well, they should be spending their organizing capital on phone-banking and other GOTV activities. But it feels so much better to vent, over and over. One big... [read more]

Cantwell Follows the Democratic Playbook on Social Security
by Eric Earling, 08:25 AM, 21 Comments
Faithful readers of Sound Politics know without fear of contradiction that Democrats have great trouble being serious about Social Security during the campaign season. Thus, it comes as no surprise that a new radio ad from Maria Cantwell exploits the... [read more]

October 05, 2006
Bad Seed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:54 PM, 24 Comments
ACORN is in the news again: "Allegations trip up voting rightsfraud group" Philadelphia's municipal voter registration office has rejected about 3,000 cards submitted by ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- since April because of missing... [read more]

Jim McDermott implicated in Foley pederasty scandal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:57 AM, 40 Comments
A newly uncovered shocking photograph reveals that Seattle Congressman "Baghdad" Jim McDermott was in cahoots with disgraced pederast e-mailer Mark Foley. This photograph of the 108th Congress House Ways and Means Committee, on which both McDermott and Foley served, is... [read more]

Rahm Emanuel should resign for flirting with underage candidates
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 47 Comments
DCCC Chairman Rahm Emanuel, who is responsible for grooming Democrat House candidates, should resign for his flirtations with underage candidates, notably Darcy Burner. Although Burner is chronologically eligible to serve in Congress, it's clear from her conduct that she's not... [read more]

Time To Flush Seattle's Street Toilets?
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:18 AM, 25 Comments
I give the P-I deserved, ah, crap, sometimes but they can do good reporting. Like today's story about fancy public restrooms downtown. The grand pissoirs are overflowing with drug deals inside or in front, and too often the intended toilet... [read more]

October 04, 2006
Beren - McDermott to debate in Shoreline
by Andy MacDonald, 09:15 PM, 18 Comments
File this under "when pigs fly." Through sheer persistence, Republican congressional candidate Steve Beren has forced Jim McDermott into a debate. It's happening tomorrow night, the 5th, at 8:30 pm at the Shoreline Conference Center. More details are available on... [read more]

Cantwell advisor: political contributions are a "necessary business expense"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:11 PM, 36 Comments
During the same period that Cantwell advisor Ron Dotzauer was found in contempt (even jailed briefly) for failing to meet his financial obligations to his ex-wife and daughter, having his earnings garnisheed to satisfy other debts, and borrowing money from... [read more]

Suppression of dissent in Mrs. Gregoire's Amerikkka
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 23 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire realized that people other than the safe Democrat constituencies such as trial lawyers, labor unions, Indian tribes, environmentalists, feminists and newspaper editorial boards want a voice in selecting Supreme Court judges, so she is seeking to restore the... [read more]

October 03, 2006
Cantwell divorce file resealed by court, yet to be explored by mainstream press
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 75 Comments
The Cantwell divorce file was resealed yesterday. Dotzauer's attorney argued that the pro-tem commissioner who unsealed it last week at my request was out-of-line. It's also clear from yesterday's filing that somebody had been trying to unseal the file before... [read more]

The Saga of Global Warming
by DonWard, 03:59 PM, 82 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert has drawn the ire of the Sierra Club for his "controversial" stance on Global Warming. Seattle Times reporter Jonathan Martin writes about it here. The Stranger piles on at their Slog here. At stake is whether The... [read more]

October 02, 2006
Another Fatwa Coming? (Caption Contest)
by Matt Rosenberg, 04:45 PM, 75 Comments
Eventually, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's chronic insolvency may no longer be papered over, via the Joint Operating Agreement with the Seattle Times. That's because the JOA could be declared null and void under its existing terms, in ongoing binding mediation. If... [read more]

Surprise, surprise
by Jonathan Bechtle, 12:17 PM, 23 Comments
Washington state voters still don't trust their election system, according to poll results just released by Strategic Vision. From the poll: Are you confident that Washington has overcome the problems that hindered the 2004 Election and that there will be... [read more]

Maria Cantwell was the "other woman" in lobbyist's divorce
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 148 Comments
The Seattle Times has recently reported on the close ties between Sen. Maria Cantwell and former boyfriend, boss and campaign consultant, lobbyist Ron Dotzauer. Begging explanation is a $15,000-$50,000 personal loan to Dotzauer reported in Cantwell's financial disclosures since... [read more]

Darcy Burner, Gunslinger
by Matt Rosenberg, 08:25 AM, 96 Comments
I'm all for women carrying guns, as I've noted more than once. But self-defense is about readiness, not macho posturing. Unless cheap political symbolism is the intent. A fulsomely sycophantic profile of the Democratic challenger to incumbent U.S. Rep. Dave... [read more]

October 01, 2006
Al-Qaeda's American Recruiter Wants You.....
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:14 PM, 12 Comments
I should have posted this sooner - better late than never. Enjoy the September '06 recruiting video issued by Al Qaeda's American convert and ambassador to the stateside kuffar, Adam Gadahn (Azzam The American). With a nice intro from Ayman... [read more]

Speechless...
by Eric Earling, 06:49 PM, 28 Comments
...at least that's likely the reaction of a lot of serious political observers to the news Bruce Guthrie is loaning his campaign $1.2 million, immediately injecting a degree of incredible unpredictability into Washington's US Senate race. I join others in... [read more]

George Will on Censorship of Political Speech
by Ron Hebron, 05:05 PM, 11 Comments
George Will highlights Washington's censoring speech by court order in Newsweek. He is not covering the State Public Disclosure Commission's announcement Thursday that the wrong people are financing campaigns. See Interest groups have taken over elections, panel fears. They are... [read more]

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