Index of entries from February 2007
February 28, 2007
Boeing News Roundup
by Eric Earling, 07:31 PM, 6 Comments
Some articles of note from the last several days: -Thomas Lifson at the American Thinker continues his in-depth look at the troubles confronting Airbus. Short story, the role of politicians in the Airbus decision-making process presents the company with real... [read more]

Re: Your criminal justice system at work
by Eric Earling, 06:54 PM, 14 Comments
UPDATE: The P-I adds more in a story to run Thursday on the policy of early release of felons. The article does not paint a pretty picture of the current state of affairs. Seems reasonable to expect prompt action from... [read more]

Your criminal justice system at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:16 PM, 23 Comments
As reported yesterday:Eighty-three convicted criminals -- including high-risk sex offenders and violent felons -- have been released from two King County jails because they exceeded the total that the state Department of Corrections was allowed to place there.Today: Mrs. Gregoire... [read more]

February 27, 2007
Steinbrueck won't run for re-election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 PM, 26 Comments
Seattle City Clowncilman Peter Steinbrueck announced today that he will not seek re-election this fall. Instead he will campaign full-time for the surface/gridlock option to replace the Viaduct:I want to put all my time and effort toward an environmentally responsible,... [read more]

Yet another reason why King County needs a separately elected non-partisan elections director
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 AM, 44 Comments
King County Elections has a new Assistant Superintendent for Voter Services, responsible for voter registration and provisional ballot processing-- Laura Lockard. Except for a few months as understudy, Lockard has no experience in elections management. She's been a Democrat political... [read more]

County Finds More Tax Errors
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 6 Comments
The fine folks at Snohomish County have discovered even more omissions from the property tax rolls. As with the previous round of error disclosures, the impact on the average property tax bill is quite modest. The bigger issue is the... [read more]

Will The Times Or PI Publish This Story?
by Jim Miller, 07:25 AM, 74 Comments
It's amusing and timely. Last night, Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore's mansion, located... [read more]

February 26, 2007
70% , 62% , who's counting?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 PM, 4 Comments
King County Elections is inflating the vote-by-mail numbers again:A majority of Seattle voters, about 62 percent, are registered as permanent absentee votersFewer than 60% are permanent absentee by choice (i.e. excluding military, overseas, out-of-town students etc.)and between 70 to 80... [read more]

All we are saying...
by DonWard, 03:43 PM, 43 Comments
The Seattle Times has an op-ed in its paper which probably qualifies as the most asinine piece of opinion writing of 2007. So far. That it's penned by Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott should come as no surprise. This time he's... [read more]

An international laughing-stock
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:21 PM, 21 Comments
From this week's issue of The Economist of London. "Tunnel vision"The spectacle of the bulky, dark-haired Mr Nickels mud-wrestling with the diminutive, honey-haired Ms Gregoire has not been edifying. "These people are going to go down as some of the... [read more]

Some Democrats Want Impeachment Debate Stopped
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 14 Comments
Interesting report from David Postman about Congressional Democrats wanting their counterparts in the Legislature to tone down talk of Impeachment. Smart political analysts on both sides of the aisle will likely agree Democrats are more apt to harm than aid... [read more]

February 25, 2007
Convenient Fiction
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:13 PM, 109 Comments
Al Gore's sci-fi film Inconvenient Truth has won the Oscar for Best Documentary. Meanwhile, in other global warming headlines, "Nine die as snow, freezing rain sock US midwest, east"... [read more]

Wanted: Effective, Green-Speaking Republicans
by Eric Earling, 07:35 PM, 60 Comments
Off the top of your head, name a prominent Republican in Washington State who talks a good game on the environment. You know, someone who has stood on the proverbial stage with Democrats and offered a compelling case for Republican... [read more]

Citizens for Accountable Elections
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 15 Comments
I hear that the Oscars are on TV tonight. Oscars, schmoscars. I'll be listening to the David Goldstein Show tonight at 8pm on 710 KIRO. No really. The guest that hour will be former state Rep. Toby Nixon, discussing the... [read more]

February 24, 2007
McCain makes nice with Washington
by DonWard, 12:09 AM, 30 Comments
Mariners ballplayers are reporting in Arizona to prepare for the upcoming baseball season. Maybe as a sign of reciprocity the Grand Canyon State has sent Sen. John McCain north to curry favor in Seattle for his expected presidential run. For... [read more]

February 23, 2007
Suspected double voter
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:43 PM, 22 Comments
The Jefferson County Auditor has referred to the county prosecutor a case of suspected double voting in this month's special election. These documents tell the story. Rebekah McGuire's ballot was set aside for signature mismatch. The challenged voter stated that... [read more]

Elections officials respond to vote fraud
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:25 PM, 20 Comments
The BIAW obtained several King County Elections e-mails regarding the fraudulent ACORN registrations. Read the e-mails. I applaud King County Elections for proactively dealing with this fraud. I also think they could have been more proactive informing the public last... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 17 Comments
King County Councilman Bob Ferguson has an op-ed in today's P-I arguing against a massive public subsidy for the Sonics: "Put the ball in voters' court". I agree with Ferguson that the Sonics don't deserve a subsidy for the new... [read more]

Bad Seed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:02 AM, 18 Comments
Yesterday I alluded to a breaking story about ACORN submitting a large number of fraudulent voter registrations in King County last fall. Today's Seattle Times has an article "Potential fraud feared in drive to sign up voters" Problems were found... [read more]

February 22, 2007
McKenna Endorses...
by Eric Earling, 10:27 PM, 88 Comments
...John McCain for President. Please discuss. UPDATE: Doug Parris raises an important topic in the comments, despite the usual charm with which he presents his argument: immigration is a base-killer for McCain. Just so happens it will be in the... [read more]

Viaduct-Related Pressure on Gregoire Builds
by Eric Earling, 10:13 PM, 21 Comments
Recently I theorized Governor Gregoire is causing herself gratuitous grief with her own base. A couple commenters disagreed. David Postman also expressed skepticism about serious political fallout, albeit before the issue began to spiral the last couple weeks. So, where... [read more]

Today Is George Washington's Birthday
by Jim Miller, 04:11 PM, 9 Comments
His 275th, to be precise.  His life deserves celebration, though few "mainstream" journalists seem to think so.  (A search at Google News on the phrase, "Washington's birthday", got just 981 hits.) Nor do many political leaders think his birthday deserves... [read more]

Who's the Idiot?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:42 PM, 94 Comments
Recall my Feb. 3 post which busted the Secretary of State for disseminating incorrect information about initiative signature gathering campaigns. See the comments signed by "PDC expert", which tried to argue the SoS line that the Washington Education Association used... [read more]

Bad Seed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 AM, 21 Comments
October 21, 2006: "Registration forms' late delivery makes 1,100 ineligible to vote"About 1,100 King County residents are not eligible to vote in the November election because a box containing their voter-registration forms was sent by UPS rather than U.S. mail,... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:30 AM, 20 Comments
The House Committee on State Government & Tribal Affairs yesterday approved, on a party line vote, HB 2079 "Concerning use of agency shop fees". The bill, which would allow public employee unions to use non-member mandatory fees for political purposes... [read more]

What Should We Call Hillary Clinton?
by Jim Miller, 08:19 AM, 46 Comments
Last week, Seattle PI columnist Susan Paynter said that calling her "Hillary", or "Mrs. Clinton" is unfairly dismissive.  (That column got enough reactions so that Paynter wrote this follow-up.)  We should, said Paynter, call her "Senator Clinton".... [read more]

The MSM & McCain
by Eric Earling, 07:21 AM, 17 Comments
John McCain's upcoming visit to Seattle, with an event co-hosted by the Discovery Institute, seems to have finalized the termination of the MSM's love affair with the "maverick" Senator from Arizona. Locally, Joel Connelly has reached a point of total... [read more]

February 21, 2007
A Word of Caution
by Eric Earling, 10:15 PM, 18 Comments
In the context of modest discussions here at Sound Politics about the early-starting Presidential race, Captain Ed raises an important point today that should be of interest to partisans on both sides of the aisle: Inconsistency has to be considered... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:10 PM, 17 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation made a public disclosure request last November for government documents generated during negotiations between the state and public employee unions: to give legislators and the public a better perspective on how the contract was negotiated. In... [read more]

Deja vu all over again
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:33 PM, 8 Comments
Last year Ron Sims announced he had a "very, very good plan" for the county's transition to mail-only voting. But his plan was exposed as nothing but vaporware. Sims was back before the County Council last week with the latest... [read more]

The cynical movement for publicly funded judicial campaigns
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 17 Comments
Bruce Ramsey: "Court campaign-fund debate is a fight for political power" Last fall's barnyard battle for a seat on the Washington Supreme Court has led to a proposal for public financing of appellate judicial campaigns. Seattle attorney Jenny Durkan spoke... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:33 AM, 74 Comments
An urgent report on climate change in today's Chinook Observer "Pliocene Epoch: Ice, erosion and uplift shaped modern mountains and river valleys" The Pleistocene Epoch was not constantly cold. Climates varied from very cold and dry to wet and warm,... [read more]

Editorial Cartoons The Times And PI Won't Publish, #1
by Jim Miller, 05:37 AM, 29 Comments
Yesterday, I received a call from a woman who wanted to sell me a subscription to a Seattle newspaper.   I gently explained that I thought a 46-2 imbalance in editorial cartoons showed too much bias for my tastes.  (She... [read more]

February 20, 2007
Credit where credit is due
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:02 PM, 18 Comments
The AP reports:More than 176,000 names were removed from the state's voting rolls last year under a new statewide voter database that was developed to help counties find duplicate registrations and dead voters, Secretary of State Sam Reed said today.The... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:28 PM, 23 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire is expressing her support of the Sonics boondoggle proposal, but the AP's David Ammons calls bullshit on her claims:Gregoire said repeatedly, and incorrectly, that the package affects only area citizens. "No state dollars are going to be used,"... [read more]

Word of the Day
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 PM, 13 Comments
The Word of the Day is "tunicate", as in today's Seattle Times article: "The blob that's invading the Sound"It's a 6-inch-long blob of goo called a tunicate, a siphon-feeding animal much like a clam without a shell. I just upgraded... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:19 AM, 25 Comments
The House elections oversight committee passed, on a party-line vote, HB 1363, which would make voter registration services available to every person who "applies in person for public assistance, disability services, or makes an in-person report of an address change"... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 49 Comments
Ron Sims' "Global Warming Action Plan" is intended to "invest the money needed to adapt to less snow in the mountains". A week and a half ago we were told that the local snowpack this year is "slightly above normal".... [read more]

February 19, 2007
Re: Million Dollar Bash
by Eric Earling, 07:34 PM, 23 Comments
On a related note, the sound you're hearing as we approach the now pointless March 13th ballot is the rarely heard groan of a politician impaling themself on the sharpened sword of their own base. Yes, that's harsh analogy, but... [read more]

Million Dollar Bash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:25 PM, 7 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire reconfirms that the $1 million Viaduct advisory ballot being held at her insistence is totally pointless:Calls to reconsider a surface street and transit option for replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct have not swayed [Mrs.] Gregoire, who on Monday... [read more]

Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:58 PM, 3 Comments
February's meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club features two of Washington's greatest advocates for individual liberties and accountability in government -- Bob Williams of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center. They will discuss... [read more]

Heritage Center
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:24 PM, 22 Comments
Secretary of State Sam Reed on Thursday presented a funding plan for the Heritage Center, a $111 million building proposed for the Capitol Campus. The building would be paid for in part by a $5 increase in the corporation filing... [read more]

February 18, 2007
Global Warming Update (XI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:55 PM, 73 Comments
Global warming has wreaked havoc on athletes across Florida this week. Women's tennis:The fourth-ranked Florida women's tennis team opened a challenging weekend with a 5-2 win Saturday over No. 22 Texas on an unseasonably cold Saturday afternoon at Linder Stadium... [read more]

"A voice from Iraq worth hearing"
by Eric Earling, 04:59 PM, 54 Comments
Robert Jamieson had a thought provoking column yesterday about the thinking of one soldier in support of the fight in Iraq. A passage from Jamieson jumps out in the course of his discussion of Lt. Ehren Watada's refusal to deploy... [read more]

February 17, 2007
What About those Border Patrol Agents?
by Eric Earling, 04:56 PM, 69 Comments
Today's Seattle Times runs a story on the two border patrol agents currently serving time for events related to the shooting of a fleeing suspect. This story has received no small amount of attention in a number of conservative circles.... [read more]

Can Charismatic Candidates Offer Substance?
by Eric Earling, 02:21 PM, 29 Comments
Sound Politics commenter and Reagan Winger Michelle McIntyre thinks my recent mention of a column extolling Mitt Romney's telegenic appeal means I prefer charisma over substance. Um, no. Based on her blog response and her comment at my original post... [read more]

February 16, 2007
Netroots in the News
by Eric Earling, 09:04 PM, 14 Comments
A provocative column at the Politico today has some interesting things to say about the Netroots, specifically describing them as "impudent, impotent, unreflective and unaccountable." Of course, coming from a former Lieberman campaign staffer it was guaranteed to needle the... [read more]

About that Surge Vote
by Eric Earling, 08:35 PM, 101 Comments
Color me unimpressed by the vote in the House to oppose the "surge" in Iraq. 246-182 isn't much of a margin after a week of predictions reported in the media of 30, 40, or more Republicans jumping ship. Today's Seattle... [read more]

Credit where credit is due
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:50 AM, 33 Comments
I don't often get to praise local Democrats for fiscal responsibility, but I always welcome the opportunity to do so. State House Speaker Frank Chopp all but pronounced the Sonics' $500 million boondoggle proposal "dead on arrival at the Legislature"... [read more]

15% decrease, or 200% increase?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 13 Comments
Today's P-I reports that "Auto theft in Seattle drops 15 percent in year". More sophisticated law enforcement and tougher penalties have made a dent in the recent rise, but there are still 3 times as many auto thefts than there... [read more]

February 15, 2007
Line of the Day
by Eric Earling, 06:30 PM, 42 Comments
From a column in the Politico discussing Mitt Romney's telegenic appeal: "Mitt Romney is Bill Clinton with his pants up." I doubt Romney himself would embrace that comparison, but it made me laugh. And the topic of the column is... [read more]

Re: The ever-expanding nanny state
by Eric Earling, 06:22 PM, 16 Comments
A couple points worth drawing out on the healthcare giveaway Stefan highlighted below: 1) The bill means children of illegal immigrants at 300% of poverty will be covered but an adult citizen at 201% of poverty is not. I'm by... [read more]

Million Dollar Bash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:37 PM, 13 Comments
Times: "Viaduct vote will proceed"Efforts by two Seattle City Council members to cancel the March 13 advisory vote have failed. Stephanie Pure, aide to Councilman Peter Steinbrueck, who said the ballot measures on how to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct... [read more]

The ever-expanding nanny state
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 26 Comments
The Nannycrats want to take care of you, no matter how much money it means they'll have to take from you:Senate Bill 5093, which offers health care insurance to all children in Washington by 2010, passed in the Senate today... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 AM, 9 Comments
Ted Van Dyk in today's P-I - "Questionable aspect of city's recent past gets an update" Van Dyk says that Seattle's corruption scandals of recent decades involving gambling, vice and shady union rackets pales in comparison with the massive public... [read more]

Global Warming Update (X)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 110 Comments
Global warming has caused record snowfall in VermontThe Valentine's Day blizzard is one for the history books. The storm set records in Vermont for the greatest amount of snowfall in a 24-hour period and earned a spot as the second-greatest... [read more]

Surface Street Option, Please
by Eric Earling, 08:27 AM, 37 Comments
Today's Seattle Times hits the nail on the head on the topic of the Viaduct mess: With Gov. Christine Gregoire saying a tunnel cannot replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels vowing a new viaduct will never... [read more]

Re: More good news for Giuliani
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 25 Comments
There's one point I should make about the recent boomlet for Giuliani: despite my preference for Romney, I definitely think Giuliani has eclipsed McCain as the front runner. Lingering discontent about the Senator from Arizona coupled with his lackadaisical performance... [read more]

February 14, 2007
Global Warming Update (IX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:12 PM, 38 Comments
"Kathmandu gets first snowfall in 63 years"... [read more]

The mayor who just doesn't know when to stop
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:17 PM, 14 Comments
Seattle Times: "Defiant Nickels promises to campaign hard for a tunnel" Nickels said he would spend every possible moment campaigning against a new viaduct and for a tunnel before the March 13 all-mail election.Geez what a waste. In an earlier... [read more]

Global Warming Update (VIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:17 PM, 9 Comments
Speaking of Greg Nickels, the Mayor was in San Francisco this week "attending a conference on climate change". With all the unseasonably cold weather California has been having lately, climate change is indeed a big deal down there:As the cold... [read more]

Elect the King County Elections Director
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:59 PM, 6 Comments
A campaign committee called Citizens for Accountable Elections has filed with the PDC for the purpose of supporting a Nov. 2007 ballot initiative to "create the position of an independently elected elections director in King County". The campaign isn't releasing... [read more]

Time for new leadership in the Secretary of State's Office
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:02 PM, 23 Comments
A recap of yesterday's public hearing on HB 1742, which would re-exempt voter birthdates from public disclosure, and forbid the copying and publication of absentee ballot signatures -- only making it easier for election officials to sweep problems under the... [read more]

More good news for Giuliani
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 31 Comments
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is doing very well in various early Presidential opinion polls, from the scientific (latest USA Today/Gallup poll) to the informal (GOP bloggers straw poll) and in GOP party straw polls. (He won the Clark... [read more]

Global Warming Update (VII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:17 AM, 20 Comments
The U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality has postponed today's hearing on "Climate Change: Are Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Human Activities Contributing to a Warming of the Planet?" due to "inclement weather", i.e. "A massive sleet and ice... [read more]

February 13, 2007
Million Dollar Bash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:03 PM, 17 Comments
Finally, after flipping, flopping, and flip-flopping over weeks of wiggling, wafflling, wavering and wobbling, Mrs. Gregoire made a decision. "Tunnel option is dead, say state leaders" "Today we need to move forward with the one option that meets safety standards... [read more]

Is Lornet Turnbull Prejudiced?
by Jim Miller, 01:11 PM, 13 Comments
After reading this Seattle Times article, James Taranto thinks the answer is obvious. So when "conservative Christians" complain of religious discrimination, it's because they are "more provocative," "less tolerant" and "more emboldened." When Muslims do it--and they do it more--their... [read more]

In Olympia
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:34 AM, 27 Comments
I'll be in Olympia this morning testifying against HB 1742 "Providing for privacy protection for certain voter registration information". The bill would exempt voter birthdates from public disclosure and exempt absentee ballot envelope signatures from being copied. This bill was... [read more]

February 12, 2007
"GOP chairman Esser must think suburban"
by Eric Earling, 07:14 PM, 9 Comments
No kidding. Of course today's Seattle Times editorial is hardly groundbreaking stuff. Matt and I delved into related issues here and here respectively. Speaking of which, today's announcement from Republican transportation leaders in Olympia is a good start. It's realistic... [read more]

New Sonics Arena? Sure, Why Not?
by Eric Earling, 06:18 PM, 52 Comments
The Everett Herald chimed in yesterday on the proposal for a new suburban arena to house the Sonics and other major events. The Herald deems the plan acceptable; I can't say I disagree. Based on the use of existing specialty... [read more]

Carte Blanche For "Mentally Incompetent" Perps?
by Matt Rosenberg, 06:06 PM, 11 Comments
Citing the defendant's mental incompetence to understand charges and assist her defense, King County Superior Court Judge Helen Halpert recently dismissed a dual murder rap against a woman who drank herself stuporous while two of her kids died of starvation... [read more]

About that trip into the future...
by Eric Earling, 05:36 PM, 4 Comments
So, I know I'm going to hell for bringing this up, but Joel Connelly's Onion-like look into Seattle's future got me thinking, especially this passage: Magazines with pictures of male torsos were permitted, while the PCP removed publications displaying naked... [read more]

Today Is Lincoln's Birthday
by Jim Miller, 05:13 PM, 7 Comments
If I were to judge by our news organizations, his birthday is not something we should celebrate, or even notice.  A search of Google News on "Lincoln's birthday" this afternoon got just 323 hits, an absurdly small number.  But I... [read more]

More non-citizen voters discovered
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:34 PM, 8 Comments
We previously reported three non-citizens who voted in recent King County elections (see posts here and here) I queried some recently obtained King County records on cancelled voters. The following individuals had their registrations cancelled for reason "NOT A US... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:15 PM, 12 Comments
The Herald: "Land sale to lawmaker raises ire" SNOHOMISH - The City Council may change some of its ways after selling [Democrat] Rep. Hans Dunshee a sliver of park land so he can build a home overlooking Blackmans Lake. Mayor... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 12 Comments
P-I: "If it's under $241,000, Seattle's a no-bid city"City Councilman Richard McIver didn't have to look far when he recently chose a company to examine how the city auditor runs her office: He gave the $37,000 job to a firm... [read more]

Global Warming Update (VI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 28 Comments
Record snowfall in New York state:Oswego County, a rustic string of towns and villages on the southeastern rim of Lake Ontario, received 5 to 10 feet of snow over eight days. In one town, Redfield, the National Weather Service reported... [read more]

February 11, 2007
Re: Global Warming Update (V)
by Eric Earling, 05:40 PM, 51 Comments
Stefan has been beating the drums lately on global warming, for good reason. I whole-heartedly agree the London Times column he cited below is a must read; so does Jonah Goldberg. It's a reminder of the importance of skepticism in... [read more]

Global Warming Update (V)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:57 PM, 13 Comments
In today's Seattle Times, "Gregoire's green road map": [Mrs.] Gregoire's pronouncements [on climate change] were spurred by an international scientific consensus on the existence of global warming and the link to human causes.In today's Sunday Times, "An experiment that hints... [read more]

I read the news today, oh boy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 AM, 11 Comments
P-I headline: "Sheriff's car found full of bullet holes" Okay, some lame-brain fired a bunch of bullets into an unoccupied sheriff's vehicle. But what a headline. It makes about as much sense to describe a car as being full of... [read more]

February 10, 2007
Million Dollar Bash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:15 PM, 7 Comments
More reasons why Mrs. Gregoire's million dollar advisory ballot on the Viaduct replacement options might not be taken seriously by state officials. Today's Seattle Times reports "No time to study tunnel idea, panel says of its dissolution"A state-appointed panel of... [read more]

Global Warming Update (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:55 PM, 39 Comments
Linda Wertheimer on NPR this morning:We officially have global warming, according to a major scientific report. And just when we get the report, all of a sudden the temperatures drop and 8 feet of snow falls on the New York... [read more]

Remember to Vote on Tuesday
by Andy MacDonald, 02:10 PM, 10 Comments
There's an election on Tuesday the 13th -- the King Conservation District election. Each year one member of the three member board is up for election. This year the King County Republicans are urging a vote for rural landowner Matt... [read more]

Walker-Ames and Danz Lectures At The UW
by Jim Miller, 02:04 PM, 8 Comments
In 1936, a bequest from the estates of Maud Walker-Ames and Edwin Gardner Ames established a fund that the university uses to "bring to campus many of the most outstanding scholars in the academic profession".  In 1961, a gift from... [read more]

February 09, 2007
Back in the Saddle
by Eric Earling, 07:16 PM, 18 Comments
I've returned after a little hiatus. Posting hasn't been much of an option the last couple weeks between a little car crash then a work trip to DC with my wife in tow. Work during the day for me while... [read more]

Culture of Corruption
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:17 PM, 16 Comments
The new online political journal The Politico reports: "Kerry, Casey Benefit From Indicted Philly Pol's Favors" A powerful Philadelphia politician charged with a litany of federal corruption offenses is accused of illegally using state government resources to help his political... [read more]

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but mean web sites are cause for disciplinary action
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:06 PM, 22 Comments
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is successfully advancing SB 5288 "Requiring cyberbullying to be included in school district harassment prevention policies".(2) "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to... [read more]

Global Warming Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:51 PM, 49 Comments
Two days after Ron Sims announced his plan to "invest the money needed to adapt to less snow in the mountains", UW Atmospheric Science Professor Cliff Mass tells KUOW that the snowpack this year is "slightly above normal". Elsewhere around... [read more]

February 08, 2007
The only thing temporary about a "temporary tax" is the pretense that it's temporary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 PM, 30 Comments
Postman reports on the Senate proposal for "Extending temporary taxes to pay for Sonics' arena"... [read more]

Senator Moonbeam
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:59 PM, 49 Comments
State Senator Eric Oemig seems to be setting himself up as a local version of far-left Congressman Dennis "Moonbeam" Kucinich Eric OemigDennis Kucinich Oemig has announced he'll be announcing his sponsorship of a state Senate resolution to impeach President Bush... [read more]

Kitsap Commissioner Josh Brown stays, for now
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 24 Comments
The legal residency challenge against newly elected Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown was dismissed yesterday:[visiting Judge Craddock] Verser ruled that in spite of phone and utility records, and an energy usage expert, as well as engaging a private investigator, Ross... [read more]

Global Warming Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:33 AM, 42 Comments
Today's P-I reports that "Plans to combat global warming heat up" "Global warming will be the defining issue for humankind in the 21st century," Sims said. Mrs. Gregoire has also joined the fight against global warming. And just in the... [read more]

Coup plotters suffer a setback
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 16 Comments
The legislative coup against the people's constitutional right to initiative is meeting resistance -- both from the House Democrats' adult supervisors (see the remarks from Speaker Frank Chopp) and from us citizens who are offended by the legislature's disingenuous assault... [read more]

February 07, 2007
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:53 PM, 38 Comments
Former Seattle U.S. Attorney John McKay was forced to resign, the Times reports:John McKay, the former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, said he was ordered to resign in early December by a senior official at the U.S.... [read more]

"The year of the felon"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:31 AM, 38 Comments
Democrats in the legislature are using their outsized majority this session to elevate felons into the latest aggrieved minority in their electoral coalition of celebrated victim groups. Senate Democrats, posing as fiscally responsible, introduced a bill to require detailed fiscal... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:30 AM, 24 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation notes that Democrats in both houses of the state legislature have introduced bills to allow public employee unions to use mandatory fees from non-members for political purposes without permission -- an end-run around the Davenport v.... [read more]

February 06, 2007
Public Non-Disclosure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 13 Comments
Armen Yousoufian won his latest appeal in his 10-year battle with King County over withheld public records about the (once) new Seahawks Stadium. The State Court of Appeals ordered the trial court to increase the fine above the prior award... [read more]

Global Warming Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:03 AM, 189 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial:Global warming is real. Now move on to coaxing out mitigating solutions.Meanwhile, folks across the country are struggling to mitigate the unseasonably cold weather they've been experiencing. And King County Executive Ron Sims may already be able... [read more]

February 05, 2007
Kitsap County Foot-Ferry Tax
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:59 PM, 11 Comments
(Some) Kitsap County voters get to vote by tomorrow whether to raise the local sales tax to pay for passenger-only ferry service. Sharon Gilpin and Beth Wilson had a recent op-ed in the Times giving Five reasons to vote "no"... [read more]

"The heavyweight fight for the waterfront"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 26 Comments
Today's Times on the backroom brawling over the Viaduct, summarized in these snippets about the politicians involved. Greg Nickels' fiscal incontinence:Nickels likes big transportation projects. He was an enthusiastic backer of Sound Transit even through its dark days when the... [read more]

The legislative coup against the citizens' constitutional right of inititiave (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 17 Comments
Tomorrow there's a committee vote on SB 5182 "Requiring signature gatherers to sign initiative and referendum petitions" (Sam Reed's lobbyists testified in favor last week). If this passes, the state would reject valid signatures if the gatherer neglects to sign... [read more]

The legislative coup against the citizens' constitutional right of inititiave (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 6 Comments
In addition to the legislature's bills which would (a) criminalize fair and effective compensation to professional signature gatherers and (b) toss valid volunteer-collected signatures into the trash, these are some more of the bills in the fusillade of anti-initiative measures... [read more]

My endorsement: No on Seattle School Levies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 42 Comments
Seattle School District residents vote on two levies tomorrow -- A 6-year $490 million capital levy and a 3-year $397 million operations levy. Melissa Westbrook, a longtime schools supporter and member of the closure advisory committee wrote a position paper... [read more]

February 04, 2007
Million Dollar Bash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:19 PM, 9 Comments
One of my favorite albums of all time is Bob Dylan and the Band's "The Basement Tapes", recorded in 1967. Seattle's meaningless $1 million advisory ballot on the future of the Viaduct reminds me of the song Million Dollar BashThe... [read more]

Schumer: Dems Can Ride Middle-Class "Angst" Into White House
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:30 PM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Times today runs a four-day-old WaPo piece showcasing the not-so-yeasty thoughts of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). He seeks "a cure for middle-class angst that will carry Democrats into the White House." Too bad his "face" of the issue... [read more]

Your tax dollars at work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 AM, 30 Comments
P-I: "Faulty design delays bus stops' openings" The opening of new Sound Transit bus stops on Interstate 405 in Kirkland will be delayed several months while crews repair damage that resulted from what proved to be faulty design. ... The... [read more]

Sam Reed should retract and apologize for issuing false information
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 AM, 7 Comments
As noted yesterday, Secretary of State Sam Reed is lobbying the legislature to criminalize per-signature compensation to initiative petition gatherers, on the basis of false information purporting to show that paid gatherers have a higher invalidity rate. Here's more confirmation... [read more]

February 03, 2007
Sam Reed's position on restoration of voting rights to non-incarcerated felons
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:42 PM, 16 Comments
Assistant Secretary of State Steve Excell disputed my assertion that Sam Reed supports restoring voting rights to all non-incarcerated felons. Listen to the committee hearing, including testimony from Reed's lobbyist Katie Blinn. Discussion of this bill starts at 58:40, Blinn's... [read more]

Tim Eyman - 1, Sam Reed - 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 35 Comments
Tim Eyman has scored a bull's eye calling bullshit on Secretary of State Sam Reed's dishonest attack on citizen initiatives. As noted earlier, Reed's government-salaried lobbyists testified in favor of criminalizing per-signature compensation to initiative petition circulators on the grounds... [read more]

"Articulate" Biden Tastes Shoe Leather
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:45 AM, 21 Comments
"Ghetto" speech relates partly to class, but is largely a personal choice not about race. The concept of the "articulate black man" is problematic. And the presidential candidacy of logorrheic U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware) is bruised after he said... [read more]

February 02, 2007
Sex, Drugs And HIV
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:05 PM, 34 Comments
Public Health - Seattle King & County reports four men using meth and having gay sex with mostly anonymous, multiple partners tested positive for a similar, drug-resistant strain of HIV, the virus that can develop into AIDS. The Seattle P-I... [read more]

The party of robbers, rapists and killers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:14 AM, 52 Comments
Democrats in the legislature, joined by Sam Reed, seek to restore voting rights to all non-incarcerated felons. This includes criminals who have served their time but still owe fines and restitution to their victims. It also includes those who haven't... [read more]

Boeing Soars, Most Employees Gain
by Eric Earling, 07:18 AM, 11 Comments
More interesting news about Boeing as of late. The Seattle Times reported yesterday on the upcoming boon for many Boeing workers from the company's recent success. Meanwhile, RealCleaPolitics guru and Seattle-native Tom Bevan added some commentary on the company's good... [read more]

February 01, 2007
Should Journalists Correct Their Errors?
by Jim Miller, 05:12 PM, 0 Comments
That's the question I have for four local journalists*, Knute Berger, Susan Paynter, Steve Scher, and Danny Westneat. First, some background:  Last September, after the Plame "scandal"** collapsed, David Broder wrote a column urging journalists who had hyped this "scandal"... [read more]

Harvest Of Shame
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:32 AM, 24 Comments
Remember those state-supplied, then "plastinated" Chinese corpses on artful display in Seattle - with no documentation provided publicly of permission for their posthumous commercial use? I recently blogged about that controversy at SP, here. Well, the groovy action figures just... [read more]

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