Index of entries from April 2007
April 30, 2007
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:04 PM, 34 Comments
In today's column, contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly interviews Democrat presidential contender John Edwards:Edwards described as "deeply troublesome" the sudden firing of eight U.S. attorneys -- including John McKay in Seattle -- with unfolding evidence of political and ideological motives.... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorializes on the state Supreme Court ruling upholding John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur's right to advocate for initiatives on the radio:they have the right to talk (and even be activists), but is that a fair use of... [read more]

Kitsap County Commission
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 13 Comments
Larry Coppola writes that Kitsap County Commissioner Chris Endresen will resign on June 28 to become State Director of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's office. In March, two-term Republican Commissioner Jan Angel announced she wouldn't seek a third term. With Endresen... [read more]

April 29, 2007
The Real McCain
by Eric Earling, 08:40 PM, 89 Comments
David Broder's recent column, run in the Seattle Times, opines a bit on the prospects of John McCain capturing the Republican nomination for President. Broder has a couple odd hypotheses worth examining. He says, After years of cozying up to... [read more]

Should Online Gambling Be A Crime?
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 24 Comments
This blogger thinks not. Danny Westneat explores the issue in his column today. Perhaps I'm biased because I play the occasional game of poker at non-gambling sites, but making online gambling a felony seems beyond ridiculous. The law took effect... [read more]

Re: How Joel Connelly can become relevant
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:56 PM, 17 Comments
Along with other errors in Joel Connelly's Friday column that we've already mentioned (here and here), one other falsehood is worth debunking, as it's not unique to Connelly:The Republican and right-wing think tanks regularly deliver snarling attacks on teachers unions.... [read more]

Question for Rosie
by Eric Earling, 05:53 PM, 35 Comments
Alright, this is off topic, but I have to ask. If one were to believe Rosie O'Donnell's crazy conspiracy theories about fire being unable to melt steel at the World Trade Center, how does one explain this story from Oakland:... [read more]

Child Abuse
by Jim Miller, 05:23 PM, 17 Comments
That was my first reaction to the list of ten books in this Seattle Times article, books recommended by children's librarian Nancy Pearl.  (Or, as the headline in the print copy calls her, our own "rock star librarian".)... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:37 PM, 16 Comments
In today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Joe Copeland celebrates Rachel Corrie, the Olympia student who perpetrated an act of suicide terrorism by throwing herself in front of an Israeli military vehicle while it was conducting an anti-terrorist operation: "Activist Corrie personified Northwest... [read more]

Democrat leadership votes against democracy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:02 PM, 20 Comments
The Tacoma News-Tribune reports on yesterday's meeting of the state Democrat party central committee:Leaders of the state Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly Saturday to support Lt. Ehren Watada, the Fort Lewis officer who refused orders to serve in Iraq The endorsement... [read more]

April 28, 2007
The Story That Won't Die
by Eric Earling, 12:56 PM, 2 Comments
The ongoing rift between the Snohomish County Council and County Executive Aaron Reardon continued unabated this past week. The Everett Herald covered increasing, rather than dwindling, tensions between the two branches. Now Reardon has released a public statement on the... [read more]

Re: How Joel Connelly can become relevant
by Eric Earling, 12:30 PM, 31 Comments
Let me add another point to Stefan's response of Joel Connelly's latest column. In addition to the just objection to labeling this site as an "unofficial Republican voice," it's fair note Connelly is arguing with a caricature of the GOP.... [read more]

Charlie Chong
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 7 Comments
I never knew Charlie Chong. His years on the Council were before I moved here. But the tributes and obituaries make me wish I had gotten to know him:Chong was rarely reluctant to express those opinions. At a 1994 public... [read more]

How Joel Connelly can become relevant
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:36 AM, 15 Comments
You have to feel sorry for Joel Connelly, the contumelious liberal columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. His relevance is dwindling with the P-I's circulation and the poor fellow isn't very good at his job to begin with. He writes obsessively... [read more]

April 27, 2007
Mrs. Gregoire has been telling fibs to the news media.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:46 PM, 15 Comments
Postman reported that Gregoire told The Olympian a whopper, claiming she was "irked" that non-union state employees would receive pay raises later than union members, complaining she "got rolled" by the Legislature. But the proposal was in Gregoire's own budget!... [read more]

Battling YouTube entries
by Eric Earling, 07:45 PM, 44 Comments
The P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog recently highlighted an, uh, awkward response from former local pundit Michelle Malkin to Harry Reid's "this war is lost" blunder: Personally, I like Mary Katharine Ham's witty retort better, but maybe that's because I still... [read more]

State Transportation Chief resigns
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 PM, 18 Comments
State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald has resignedMacDonald, who has held the top transportation post for six years, "led WSDOT with energy and enthusiasm," [Mrs.] Gregoire said. "The many successful projects and positive results from WSDOT during his time as secretary... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXXV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:48 PM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that the campaign committee for "Bridging the Gap" (Seattle's November 2006 streets and landscaping levyballot proposal initiated by Mayor Greg Nickels), donated $31,557 in surplus campaign to various non-profit organizations, political committees and campaign workers. Among... [read more]

C-Rossi-cut
by DonWard, 11:49 AM, 19 Comments
Crosscut's publisher, David Brewster has a somewhat interesting post about former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi and whether he'll run again in 2008. Brewster appears offended over Rossi's B'rer Fox political strategy - Dino Rossi, he lay low - and acts... [read more]

April 26, 2007
Balterdash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:41 PM, 34 Comments
In today's column, Joni Balter wonders why the voters don't like Mrs. Gregoire very much. Gregoire is proving to be an adept governor, but for whatever reason, the public warms to her ever so slowly ... Why hasn't she gained... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXXIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 8 Comments
Literally: "Broken water main a 1.5-million-gallon problem for South Lake Union"After a city contractor broke a water main and flooded a South Lake Union neighborhood with as much as 1.5 million gallons of water Wednesday, city officials still don't know... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXXIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:19 AM, 6 Comments
Literally: "Sims' plan for sewer contracts slammed"... [read more]

State Supreme Court rules for free speech
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:45 AM, 40 Comments
The State Supreme Court ruled in favor of KVI, John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur in the San Juan County v. No New Gas Tax case.We hold that RCW 42.17.090 did not require NNGT to disclose the value of KVI's radio... [read more]

More new planes from Boeing?
by Eric Earling, 07:45 AM, 14 Comments
After announcing yet another big order for the 787, Boeing is talking publicly about an updated model of the already successful 777. The totality of news coverage on the 777 twist indicates the new version may even supercede the anticipated... [read more]

Re: What Did They Expect
by Eric Earling, 07:16 AM, 13 Comments
There are several frustrating components to that debate about "air condos," beyond even the basics covered in the original story. I live right in the corridor of county land near Ash Way north of Lynnwood discussed in the article as... [read more]

April 25, 2007
What did they expect?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:48 PM, 21 Comments
Everybody around here says they want "growth management" and "affordable housing" until they see what that looks like.... [read more]

Ron Sims, superstitious idiot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:01 PM, 28 Comments
Ron Sims has dedicated the nation's first public reflexology pathsBoost your health- one bumpy step at a time- with a visit to cobblestone "reflexology" footpaths at King County's Marymoor and White Center parks. "Health and wellness are vital to the... [read more]

Muddied Waters in a Complex Debate
by Eric Earling, 07:40 PM, 32 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial on the recent partial-birth abortion decision by the Supreme Court is a case study on the travails of being imprecise in describing intricate and divisive issues. The Times says, "The most troubling part of the ruling... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:02 PM, 14 Comments
The following letter was published in Tuesday's Seattle Post-Intelligencer:To have a real Earth Day, first we need to have a wake for Tim Eyman. After that, we could all breathe a huge sigh of relief and get down to creating... [read more]

Here's A Question For David Postman
by Jim Miller, 01:40 PM, 10 Comments
Does he think that these kinds of decisions on what goes in the "newshole" have anything to do with these kinds of results? Anyone thinking the declines in circulation should ease when the Audit Bureau of Circulations releases its spring... [read more]

Darcy's Back!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 46 Comments
Darcy Burner is tan, rested and ready and resuming her perennial campaign for Congress. Check out her two new campaign videos. The first was recorded in the car on her road trip to Wenatchee. The second was recorded in the... [read more]

April 24, 2007
Reporter Shield Bill
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:27 PM, 14 Comments
Mossback explains the provisions in the "reporter shield bill" that were designed to apply solely to legacy media institutions, but not to cover most bloggers or other alternative media. Rowland Thompson, the newspaper trade association executive who lobbied for the... [read more]

Maybe Khami World should also offer 'spelling pens'
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:18 PM, 3 Comments
P-I headline: "Khami World to ofer 'talking pens'"... [read more]

Bad Choice of Words Department
by Eric Earling, 08:09 PM, 23 Comments
Dan Savage has the catch. A Bentonville, Ark., man is seeking $20,000 from the city after his two teenage sons found a book on lesbian sex on a public library bookshelf. He also wants the library director fired. Earl Adams... [read more]

It ain't beanbag
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:30 PM, 9 Comments
KIRO: "Commissioners' Brawl Lands 1 In Jail, Other In Hospital"One Pierce County Fire Commissioner is in the hospital and another in jail Tuesday after the two men got into a fight Tuesday morning during a break in a commission meeting,... [read more]

Why we call it the Clowncil
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: " Clowncil member wants city's goal to be "greener""Seattle City Clowncilmember Peter Steinbrueck and several colleagues want to "outgreen" Mayor Greg Nickels. Steinbrueck proposed Monday that the clowncil set more aggressive environmental goals than Nickels has recommended.... [read more]

Lying bastards prefer Diebold
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 AM, 23 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "County election officials prefer Diebold". The Lying Bastards at King County Elections are pushing the Council to spend $1.7 million on Diebold high-speed ballot tabulation equipment for the transition to forced mail voting. This is dumb. Not... [read more]

Seattle City Council Speaks on 520
by Eric Earling, 07:13 AM, 22 Comments
From the Seattle Times: A future Highway 520 bridge should have narrow lanes, big lids and as few columns in the water as possible, the Seattle City Council says. ... Council members voted unanimously for the resolution, after working on... [read more]

April 23, 2007
It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 PM, 11 Comments
The P-I celebrates the Legislature's "accomplishments" in this article, with the online headline "Families, education win in Olympia". (Not the families whose taxes were raised yet either pay through the nose for private school or are dissatisfied with their kids'... [read more]

Dumb Story Gets Dumber
by Eric Earling, 06:50 PM, 6 Comments
The silly tiff between the County Council and the County Executive over rumored costs related to a possible bash to celebrate the roll-out of the Boeing 787 got some frontpage coverage in the Everett Herald today. I read through the... [read more]

A Comment from Jeff Sax
by Eric Earling, 06:29 PM, 3 Comments
A recent back and forth between former Snohomish County Councilman Jeff Sax and I has concluded, I hope, with a response worth reading from him. See comment #15 at this post, itself a rebuttal to Sax's comments at this original... [read more]

ST2/RTID Deathwatch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 24 Comments
The Washington Policy Center has released a new Policy Brief on the ST2/RTID ballot measure, which estimates that the measure will cost the average Puget Sound household $268 a year, a 24% increase in total transportation taxes. And the punchline... [read more]

Undignified Mess at Seattle Times Editorial Board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 AM, 4 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial, "Undignified mess at Port of Seattle", criticizes the attempt to give recently retired Executive Mic Dinsmore an unearned golden parachute.What remains at the Port of Seattle Commission is an undignified mess. Commissioners need to make some... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire, the felon's friend
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 23 Comments
The state GOP has released a video about Mrs. Gregoire's felon release program... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 08:43 AM, 18 Comments
Art Thiel explores alternatives for the Sonics, though he does put the best one in second place. Build it privately The owners of the San Francisco Giants tried four times to get public funding for a new ballpark before paying... [read more]

Snohomish County Sheriff's Race
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 9 Comments
State Representative John Lovick (D-44th) admits to David Postman he's thinking about a run for Snohomish County Sheriff. Lovick is playing coy. Word on the street for months has been that he's going to run. Anyone who saw his TV... [read more]

April 22, 2007
Ignorance is Strength
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:51 PM, 53 Comments
AP: "House votes to delay math, science WASL requirement"The Washington state House passed a measure Sunday to delay the requirement that students pass the math and science portions of Washington's high-stakes high-school graduation test. The bill would delay the math... [read more]

Happy Earth Day!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:32 PM, 14 Comments
I celebrated Earth Day by walking to Gregg's Greenlake Cycles to buy a bicycle for my 5-year-old, demonstrating once again that conservative and conservation come from the same word. Meanwhile, Seattle's Enviro-Mayor Greg Nickels celebrated by driving around town from... [read more]

Democrat legislature recklessly overspends; media applaud the restraint
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 17 Comments
Today's Seattle Times sums up the legislative session "Democrats spent big but showed restraint"The Democrats put together a $33.4 billion two-year budget that spends $4 billion more than the previous biennium ... The budget adds nearly 3,000 new state jobs,... [read more]

Suppression of Dissent in Deborah Jacobs' AmeriKKKa
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:02 AM, 22 Comments
The Seattle Public Library yesterday deprived an I-25 signature gatherer of his First Amendment rights, when library security ordered him off the entrance plaza of the downtown Public Library. He was told instead to petition on the "public sidewalk", as... [read more]

April 21, 2007
Global Warming Update (XXV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:25 PM, 106 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire in Friday's Seattle Times: "It's time to get serious about climate change"Here in Washington, we are experiencing the effects of climate change already ... Our state's glaciers have lost one-third of their volume since 1950. The snowpack in... [read more]

Members of Congress Play "Insider"
by Eric Earling, 10:47 AM, 2 Comments
A number of members of Washington's Congressional delegation took part in a recent in a series of "insider" polls done by the National Journal on the state of the Presidential race. On the Democratic side, Jim McDermott and Adam Smith... [read more]

Reardon v. the Council follow-up
by Eric Earling, 10:34 AM, 16 Comments
Former Snohomish County Councilman Jeff Sax took umbrage with my commentary on a spat between the current Council and County Executive Aaron Reardon (see comment #4). A couple points in response: Sax cites a controversial contract Reardon utilized to hire... [read more]

April 20, 2007
4:20 on 4/20
by DonWard, 02:30 PM, 25 Comments
Today is April 20. All of you fans of cannabis sativa and the lifestyle surrounding it know what that means. The holiest of all holy holidays has been happening, Holy Hemp Day. Although not yet a federally recognized holiday thousands... [read more]

Appeals court upholds proof of citizenship for voting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 30 Comments
The (notoriously liberal) 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has just upheld Arizona's Prop. 200, which requires proof of citizenship for voter registration. The ruling is here.... [read more]

State Senate debates Iraq war
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:42 AM, 22 Comments
The State Senate yesterday debated the Iraq War and impeachment of the President. Postman has quotes from both sides. By pushing the state legislature to debate national issues over which it has no real influence, Senator Eric Oemig (D-Kirkland) demonstrated... [read more]

Mannekin P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 AM, 2 Comments
hat tip: Eli Sanders. And this is totally off-topic, but of course the Mannekin Pis will always remind me of my honeymoon, which included a few days in Brussels.... [read more]

There's no place like home
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 8 Comments
From today's Kansas City Star: JOHNSON COUNTY | Election commissioner will stay The county won't be losing its election commissioner to the Seattle area. Brian Newby said he had applied for a similar job in King County, Wash., and was... [read more]

April 19, 2007
Re: It deserves to be doomed
by Eric Earling, 10:36 PM, 8 Comments
Stefan says this fall's Puget Sound transportation measure should fail. Readers know I'm more amenable to it, but let's look at the issue differently based on the Times story Stefan cites. Didn't the Legislature create the RTID because it refused... [read more]

"Reardon Put on Short Leash"
by Eric Earling, 09:23 PM, 12 Comments
There's a headline for which many a Snohomish County Republican would like to see an editorial cartoon drawn to match. At issue is a spat between the Snohomish County Council and County Executive Aaron Reardon. Coverage from both the Herald... [read more]

Say You're Sorry
by Eric Earling, 06:15 PM, 6 Comments
Postman covers an odd incident with a state legislator publicly disparaging lobbyists hired by the Sonics for this year's session. The legislator, Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, has since apologized for claiming "I think they took the money and ran." I... [read more]

She-Ron
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 41 Comments
Ron Sims has named Assistant Elections Director Sherril Huff-Menees [rhymes with "Buff My Knees"], aka She-Ron, to be the placeholder Elections Director until I-25 passes this November and enables the voters to elect a non-partisan Elections Director in February. She-Ron:... [read more]

Deanron2
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:39 AM, 19 Comments
Ron Sims will introduce the new King County elections director today at noon. I have a prior engagement, cannot attend the press conference and will be away from my desk. Feel free to watch the Executive's website for the press... [read more]

It deserves to be doomed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:13 AM, 25 Comments
Times: Is transportation plan "doomed to failure"?A $16 billion regional transportation measure headed for the November ballot has serious flaws and could fail without significant changes, several key state lawmakers say.Most of the money would go to expand the light... [read more]

Pork of Seattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:51 AM, 12 Comments
P-I: "Davis denies acting alone on port CEO's pay"But no one else on port recalls pay memoA majority of the commissioners deny ever approving the golden parachute, so it doesn't look like it will have to be paid. Still, Pat... [read more]

April 18, 2007
It's on the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:18 PM, 7 Comments
Finally, the Horse's Ass blog has a post that's worth reading. I wouldn't necessarily believe anything I read over there, but the story is moderately amusing, though scatological, and not inconsistent with my expectations of the people who write for... [read more]

Deanron2
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:45 PM, 14 Comments
Ron Sims has announced that he will announce his pick for King County Elections Director tomorrow at noon. Whoever is appointed to the post should expect to run for the job next February. And please welcome Deanron2 by making a... [read more]

Shooting backlash
by DonWard, 12:43 PM, 96 Comments
We're going to be talking about the Virginia Tech shooting for weeks to come. In its aftermath, there'll be discussion about why and how the shooter committed his actions and what needs to be done to prevent a similar tragedy... [read more]

A Solomonic solution
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 24 Comments
The anti-car lobby (e.g. Sierra Club, Transportation "Choices" Coalition and The Stranger) are criticizing the RTID/Sound Transit joint ballot proposal because it would force them to swallow $5 billion for road construction in order to get $11 billion in light... [read more]

Welfare reform in reverse
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:23 AM, 8 Comments
SB 6016, "Concerning good cause reasons for failure to participate in WorkFirst program components" has passed the legislature and awaits Mrs. Gregoire's signature. Rep. Bruce Chandler explains this is welfare reform in reverse:The historic Welfare Reform Act of 1997 requires... [read more]

Interesting lawsuit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 68 Comments
P-I: "Bellevue hit with bias complaint against gay workers" They seek same health benefits that married couples receiveThis raises a good point. Why should an employee who happens to be married receive more benefits than an employee who isn't married?... [read more]

Maybe the House should have pulled off the road before sending Gregoire the ban
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:32 AM, 5 Comments
AP headline: "House sends Gregoire ban on text messaging while driving"... [read more]

A Reasonable Question
by Eric Earling, 07:16 AM, 113 Comments
Yesterday some folks at the Stranger got mighty upset about a post by John Derbyshire at the Corner. Derbyshire was wondering "out loud" why no one rushed the killer at Virginia Tech. In the fashion one might expect from a... [read more]

April 17, 2007
Why we need more laws
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 PM, 17 Comments
New Jersey's Democrat Governor Jon Corzine remains in critical condition after the SUV in which he was being chauffeured was travelling at 91 mph and struck another vehicle. Corzine was not wearing a seat belt. Gov. Corzine would never have... [read more]

The Value of the New Media
by Eric Earling, 10:39 PM, 5 Comments
Ryan Blethen at the Seattle Times likes to talk about the value of local newspapers for a healthy public discourse (latest example here). He has a point to a degree, and I'll even acknowledge Seattle's media is more interesting with... [read more]

Joe R. Hicks Made Me Do It
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:35 PM, 4 Comments
The former head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Joe R. Hicks, penned a weekend WaPo op-ed that got me thinking about Don Imus, Seattle's mental disability on race, and something I call racialism. More here.... [read more]

They Keep Us Hanging On
by Jim Miller, 07:07 PM, 2 Comments
On Monday, the court reporter drew six names for the jury.  After the voir dire, the questioning of the jurors by the prosecution and the defense attorney, one juror was dismissed.  The fourteen extra jurors (including me) were sent home... [read more]

What did McKay do and when did he do it?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:03 PM, 26 Comments
Postman reports that former U.S. Attorney John McKay is speaking at next month's Mainstream Republicans conference. I plan to attend and look forward to asking McKay what nobody in the mainstream media seems to have asked (at least I can't... [read more]

Shield for journalists and sources or for dying businesses?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:18 PM, 20 Comments
The legislature has passed a "reporter shield bill":Journalists who refuse to reveal confidential sources would have greater protection in a measure the House approved Monday, and Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign it. The bill would protect people who... [read more]

It's the priorities, stupid
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 26 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels announced last month that he would hire more police. Except that he won't because he can't find the money to pay for them. Maybe we can help. The City Clowncil is on the verge of approving... [read more]

Buh-bye
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:24 AM, 34 Comments
The Sonics schnorrers failed to get their boondoggle, so they're threatening to take their ball and go home:Sonics and Storm owner Clay Bennett said the teams now have "little hope of remaining in the Puget Sound region" after state lawmakers... [read more]

April 16, 2007
How dense? Very.
by Eric Earling, 09:28 PM, 19 Comments
Knute Berger provides a choice critique of Seattle's density zealots, whose religious fervor for their cause is truly as obnoxious as Berger laments, including this shot from Mossback: "They moralize globally while disdaining locally." That said, as long as the... [read more]

Another tragic failure of an abstinence-only policy
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:44 PM, 57 Comments
Dan Savage on today's horrible massacre at Virginia Tech:When a plane drops out of the sky, we search for the cause and pass laws if needed to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Why do we not do the same... [read more]

Re: Fred? Fred, Who?
by Eric Earling, 07:33 PM, 15 Comments
A couple related notes to coverage of Fred Thompson below: 1) Postman's coverage of the King County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner noted Thompson and Mitt Romney seemed to have done best in the informal, show-of-hands poll conducted by MC... [read more]

A fabulously subsidized party train
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 PM, 30 Comments
As part of the drumbeat for the fall ST/RTID ballot proposal, yesterday's Seattle Times had a "news article"-style infomercial for Sound Transit's Commuter rail boondoggle. "Commuters find convenience, companionship aboard the Sounder" Party on, ladies! But the infomercial doesn't say... [read more]

The P-I is the Voice of the Northwest
by Eric Earling, 06:56 PM, 4 Comments
Well, that's debatable...and mighty arrogant, if I might add. Circulation numbers tell a different story (click "next" at the link to see the 2nd picture with relevant graph). The P-I plunged from 191,167 in average weekday circulation in 1999 to... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:27 PM, 40 Comments
More evidence of environmental and economic devastation attributable to man-made global warming:Lobsters have rarely been as scarce or expensive as they have been in the last few weeks, thanks to a confluence of bad weather, extremely cold water and a... [read more]

A tutorial for the new Superintendent
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:01 PM, 8 Comments
Sunday's Seattle Times had a "little tutorial" for Seattle's incoming Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. It's a list of recommendations from familiar faces in the "public school community" who have spent the last several years applauding the school district into its current... [read more]

Gentle PC Toilet Seat Liners
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:03 PM, 17 Comments
The Seattle Times Co. and Hearst have settled their dispute over the Joint Operating Agreement such that we'll still have the Seattle Post-Intelligencer to kick around for the indefinite future. Oh well. This also means that Darcy Burner will have... [read more]

Axis of evil
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:56 PM, 19 Comments
The Olympian reports: "Olympia looks at Rafah for sister city"Proponents of the sister-city relationship say it would result in cultural exchanges and friendships.But the proposal is not without controversyBecause of the controversy surrounding the Middle East conflict between Israel and... [read more]

Elections Director Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:42 AM, 4 Comments
Ron Sims' spokesman Sandeep Kaushik answered my question whether Brian Newby was "under active consideration for any job at King County Elections?":We expect to announce a new Records and Elections director shortly. In the interim, we are not going to... [read more]

His ideas are terrible, but they're big!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 7 Comments
Saturday's P-I: "Friends, critics alike call Sims 'big ideas' man" I don't want a politician with 'big ideas'. 'Big ideas' is a euphemism for making big government even bigger. When I think of politicians with 'big ideas', I think of... [read more]

Fred? Fred, who?
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 57 Comments
Oh, that Fred. The buzz around Fred Thompson reveals itself even here at Sound Politics, drawing comments at appropriate posts. Now, the Weekly Standard has a fluffy, cover story out on his Presidential musings. Despite the enthusiasm, including here in... [read more]

April 15, 2007
The Bush Chain Gang Protests Karl Rove
by byrond, 05:39 PM, 20 Comments
Karl Rove was in town yesterday to speak at the 2007 King County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner, so I trucked on down there to cover the inevitable protest. You can view pictures and my comments at this post on... [read more]

Juror Abuse
by Jim Miller, 02:13 PM, 27 Comments
Let me start by saying that I am not complaining because this third call to serve on a jury, in a little more than a year, is a great imposition.  For me, it is, at most, an annoyance.  But for... [read more]

Weird problem with pop-up comments window is fixed!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 9 Comments
The weird problem plaguing the pop-up comments window and voter database since last week has been fixed! (it was taking several seconds for the text to materialize completely).I originallly thought it was caused by a delay with the google ad.... [read more]

Meet Brian Newby
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 PM, 22 Comments
See comment #5 on recent post "Sims claims to have an elections director candidate (again)":Do you think for a moment, just for the sake of argument, that your I-25 dream is a fantasy? You won't get enough signatures, valid at... [read more]

Transportation Poll Surprises
by Eric Earling, 09:13 AM, 26 Comments
The conventional wisdom - including from this author - has been this fall's planned RTID/Sound Transit ballot measure faced serious challenges in the wake of the Viaduct fiasco. Maybe that's not quite true. Goldy first covered an interesting poll, then... [read more]

April 14, 2007
What's happening in the Senate today?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:33 PM, 13 Comments
Senate Republican leader Mike Hewitt has an update. Among other things: The unions are getting some big wins, including: * HB 2074 (using nonmembers' union fees for political campaigns without their permission) passed yesterday * Empty promise paid family leave... [read more]

Saved by the bell
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 11 Comments
The deadline for bills to pass the second (non-originating) house was 5pm Friday. Three fraud-friendly Democrat "election reform" bills which originated in the Senate failed to come up for a House vote by the deadline and are presumably dead: SB... [read more]

April 13, 2007
Scamily Leave
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:09 PM, 40 Comments
The House is currently debating SB 5659, the "family leave" scam. Rep. Schindler (R-Spokane): "Taking from one family to give to another is not pro-family" Rep. Walsh (R-Walla Walla): "One of the reasons I'm a Republican is because I'm sick... [read more]

Emergency gift to public employee unions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:27 AM, 20 Comments
The Senate at this hour is debating HB 2079 "Concerning use of agency shop fees", which would do an end run around the pending U.S. Supreme Court case and allow unions to use mandatory non-member fees for political purposes without... [read more]

Goodloe-Johnson named Seattle Superintendent
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:17 AM, 51 Comments
Charleston, SC Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson has been selected as the new Superintendent of Seattle public schools. I wish her well, but some of the comments by Seattle school board members come off as more than a little optimistic:"I think we... [read more]

April 12, 2007
Dan Savage Speaks Truth...
by Eric Earling, 09:29 PM, 31 Comments
...about the Duke Lacrosse case: And at the risk of incurring ECB's wrath, I gotta say that I think the stripper ought to be prosecuted too. Back in the bad ol' days a woman who claimed to have been raped... [read more]

House Republican Blogger Conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:01 PM, 7 Comments
Some highlights of today's House Republican leadership conference call with bloggers, featuring Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-15) and Rep. Doug Ericksen (R-42) [these are not exact quotes except where indicated, but paraphrased to the best of my ability] Chandler, the ranking... [read more]

Illegal immigrants committing child abuse
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 85 Comments
No, I'm not talking about Maribel Gomez, the illegal immigrant residing in Ephrata who was convicted of beating her 2-year-old son Raffy to death and sentenced to be a guest of the Washington taxpayer for 26 years (or until she... [read more]

Simple majority for school levies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 69 Comments
The Washington Senate joined the House and passed EHJR 4204, the proposed Constitutional amendment to allow simple majorities to pass school levies, under the theories that1) It's only fair! = Somebody's else's vote to confiscate your wealth has the same... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 AM, 72 Comments
Did you know that Washington State isn't just warming. It's so damn hot the whole place is on fire! At least that's what the photo at the top of Mrs. Gregoire's Dept. of Ecology Climate Change home page seems to... [read more]

Sex-ed bill
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 11 Comments
The House passed the "medically accurate" sex-education bill yesterday on a nearly party-line 63-34 vote, after four hours of debate and after rejecting all 30+ amendments offered by Republicans. The punchline is that any public school district that chooses to... [read more]

April 11, 2007
Lunch with Speaker Pelosi, only $1,000 a plate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:38 PM, 65 Comments
Postman reports that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be in Seattle Friday. The highlight of her visit will be a $1,000 a plate luncheon to benefit the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. This shows how different the Democrats are... [read more]

Sims claims to have an elections director candidate (again)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:52 PM, 10 Comments
King County Interim elections director Jim Buck (Jimron) told the CEOC today that Ron Sims expects to announce a permanent elections director in 7-10 days. Sims has previously claimed to have an elections director candidate, only to have the nominee... [read more]

What's next, universal food insurance?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:05 PM, 20 Comments
State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has an op-ed in today's P-I opposing consumer choice in health care:Yes, pulling the young and healthy from the pool will certainly bring the cost of their insurance coverage down. But abandoning older and less-well... [read more]

House floor debate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:29 PM, 8 Comments
The House is currently debating SB 5037 to regulate cell phone use while driving. Next up is SB 5297 on sexual health education. Watch the festivities live on TVW... [read more]

House Republican blogger conference call
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:02 PM, 8 Comments
House Republican lawmakers will host their weekly conference call with Blog writers tomorrow (Thursday) at noon. Topics will include:An update Democrats plans for election reform, including same-day voter registration and limiting access to voter registrations. Information on a global warming... [read more]

Kudos To Dan Sytman And David Boze
by Jim Miller, 01:42 PM, 9 Comments
For bringing physicist John Cramer on to their talk show to discuss Cramer's efforts to test one of the stranger ideas from quantum physics, time travel. The Seattle scientist who wants to test a controversial prediction from quantum theory that... [read more]

Follow the Expansion Joint
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 PM, 4 Comments
The 100-ton expansion joint for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has been released from detention at the Idaho border and is heading west on I-90:The truck hauling the joint is equivalent to the weight and the length of five semi trailers... [read more]

"Zero evidence" of election crimes, or poor allocation of investigator resources?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 9 Comments
Today's P-I reports that the FBI expanded counter-terrorism efforts at the expense of investigating other serious crimes:Thousands of white-collar criminals across the country are no longer being prosecuted in federal court -- and, in many cases, not at all --... [read more]

Hit and Run
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:32 AM, 32 Comments
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Washington State Labor Council) committed a hit-and-run Monday evening when she drove over a traffic calming device and knocked over a sign:"I probably should have reported it at 7:30 [Tuesday] morning but I didn't." Olympia Police Department... [read more]

"Putting Politics Ahead Of Kids"
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:44 AM, 26 Comments
That's the title of a guest op-ed I have in today's Seattle Times, on Seattle Public Schools' dubious investment in flogging institutional racism and white privilege. Two additional background post are at my own blog, on the SPS "expectations" (indoctrination... [read more]

About Those Polls
by Eric Earling, 08:09 AM, 20 Comments
The P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog recently posed the question: "Has Giuliani locked up the GOP nomination?" In answering the question, the post relies on a Pew study that examines in part the value of early national polls in predicting Presidential... [read more]

April 10, 2007
Domestic Partnerships
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:55 PM, 24 Comments
The House is currently debating the domestic partnerships bill, SB 5336. Watch live on TVW. UPDATE: The bill passed on a nearly party-line 63-35. As I've said before, the artful compromise would be to make domestic partnerships available to any... [read more]

Institutional racism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:44 PM, 53 Comments
Postman reports that the Seattle Education Association claims that the consensus in the legislature to delay WASL math tests as graduation requirements, but not do the same for reading and writing, is an act of racism. In an intemperate letter... [read more]

Financial Literacy?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:53 AM, 7 Comments
Today the Senate passed HB 1980 to "increase the financial literacy of public school students in our state". A good concept. But the Democrats in Olympia would have more credibility on this issue if they increased their own financial literacy... [read more]

State amphibian
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 17 Comments
The Senate just passed HB 1069 "Designating the Pacific chorus frog as the state amphibian". At least it's better that they spend some of their time on frivolous nonsense legislation than spend more of it on really harmful nonsense legislation.... [read more]

Fraud-friendly bills advance through the Legislature
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 10 Comments
Coming up for a vote in the House: SB 5566, which would prohibit copying of voter signatures (ballot envelopes, poll books, etc), thereby enabling election officials to cover-up their misconduct. For example, it would prohibit me from exposing the hundreds... [read more]

Diversity in the newsroom
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:29 AM, 26 Comments
A guest editorial in today's P-I complains "Nation's newsrooms preach but don't practice diversity":When is [the American Society of Newspaper Editors] going to come clean with the Hispanic community -- as well as the black, Asian and American Indian communities... [read more]

Why the Skepticism?
by Eric Earling, 07:57 AM, 68 Comments
The liberal blogosphere tends to get its underwear in a full twist when conservatives question the "consensus" on global warming shown in the media (see here, here, and here for recent, local examples). Here's just a couple reasons why conservatives... [read more]

User fees are good; Fares are fair
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:53 AM, 26 Comments
"State treasurer pushes tolls on I-90 and 520 bridges", calling for $2.7 of the estimated $4.4 billion cost of the new 520 to be paid through tolls. Having the users pay the lion's share is the fairest and most sensible... [read more]

Groundbreaking, Are You Sure?
by Eric Earling, 07:36 AM, 4 Comments
Yesterday's AP profile in the Seattle Times of a gay, men's college lacrosse coach raised an eyebrow with me. The story made a big to do of Kyle Hawkins, declaring him "the nation's first openly gay male coach at the... [read more]

April 09, 2007
America's Greenest Mayor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 AM, 18 Comments
Newsweek has an article about "America's Greenest Mayors", starring Seattle's Greg Nickels, featuring a photo of Nickels "standing on the energy-reducing 'green' roof of city hall". The lead describes how Nickels launched the Mayors' Kyoto initiative during the 2004-2005 winter,... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:47 AM, 105 Comments
Jerry Large is convinced that sunny weather is proof of global warming:Remember Friday? The sun was out and the temperature rose into the 70s. It was glorious, but I couldn't enjoy it without also thinking about the bad side of... [read more]

Dino Rossi interview
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:59 AM, 11 Comments
Dino Rossi gave an interview the other day to Liz Mair at GOPProgress.com. Read the whole thing.... [read more]

Evidence Would Be Helpful
by Jim Miller, 06:59 AM, 18 Comments
Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie began a piece on the problems of Puget Sound with these two assertions: Puget Sound is ailing and in decline.  The problem is, almost no one believes it.... [read more]

April 08, 2007
Pay No Attention to that Agenda Behind the Curtain
by Eric Earling, 03:00 PM, 34 Comments
Now that Congress is approaching the 100-day mark in its current term, the new Democratic majority is getting a review from the MSM. The Seattle Times runs a LA Times story today, titled "A blizzard of bills, a lack of... [read more]

We and they
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 AM, 15 Comments
Danny Westneat reports hundreds of readers responded to his recent column on the Seattle School District's obsession with race. Be sure to read public school principal Chris Drape's response. And also this one:Elliott Bronstein, who is white and works in... [read more]

Happy Easter
by Eric Earling, 07:58 AM, 9 Comments
That is all. Thanks for reading and enjoy the day.... [read more]

April 07, 2007
Tip Toeing Around Outrage
by Eric Earling, 08:51 PM, 60 Comments
A Friday editorial in the Seattle Times fell woefully short of expressing adequate condemnation of recent Iranian actions in the affair of the seized British sailors and Marines. To be fair, the editorial was written before the full news of... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:37 PM, 51 Comments
Everybody1 who reads this blog knows that I know that cherry-picked anecdotes of cold weather don't necessarily disprove anything about global warming. Of course, all such posts here are ironic commentary on earnest mainstream media reports which suggest that cherry-picked... [read more]

Kudos To The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 03:13 PM, 5 Comments
For this sensible editorial on same-day registration. Voter registration all the way up to Election Day is an idea full of hazard and cost, and yet a bill that would accomplish this sailed through the state Senate.  It is a... [read more]

Affordable housing crisis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:05 PM, 19 Comments
Sen. Patty Murray met with a bunch of folks in Seattle yesterday:to see what she can do at the federal level to help people with low and moderate incomes find affordable housing.Lower taxes? Dismantle regulatory obstacles to home construction? Then... [read more]

Seattle Superintendent Interviews
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 28 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that Seattle Superintendent candidate Maria Goodloe-Johnson says she relies on research for tough decisions. Today's P-I reports that Seattle faces some of the same challenges as other urban districts, such as closing the achievement gap between... [read more]

Editorial Comic
by Ron Hebron, 09:34 AM, 0 Comments
Brian Bassett (our former neighbor here) gets into controversy in his Adam @ Home comic strip on Friday in the Seattle Times. The characters loudly proclaim that entire continents are at risk due to flooding caused by global warming. Is... [read more]

Letters from my hometown
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:22 AM, 11 Comments
I don't know what could explain this, but today's Seattle Times Letters to the Editor page has 5 letters and every one of them makes sense -- 3 letters criticizing Greg Nickels' $240 million bicycle plan 1 letter that starts... [read more]

April 06, 2007
Sam Reed was anything but neutral
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:45 PM, 4 Comments
Knute Berger's aforementioned profile of Toby Nixon was generally fair and accurate, but has one line that smacks of ignorance and/or bias:Republican Party conservatives are angry that [Secretary of State Sam] Reed played a neutral role in state and judicial... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:04 PM, 47 Comments
* Record high temperatures at SeaTac. * Meanwhile, unseasonably cold weather in Maryland, Texas, New York, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee and Missouri. * Global warming has spread to Mars. Must be Bush's fault. * A photo of stranded polar bears has... [read more]

"Sound Transit's rising costs belie logic of light rail"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:36 PM, 9 Comments
Mike Ennis of the Washington Policy Center has a guest editorial in the Puget Sound Business Journal on the nugatory benefits from the $35 billion Sound Transit plan.... [read more]

Danny Westneat Learns Something About Immigration Policy
by Jim Miller, 02:14 PM, 28 Comments
On Friday mornings, I sometimes listen to the KUOW Weekday program at 10.  I do so in somewhat the same spirit that a pathologist looks at diseased tissue; I think that "mainstream" journalism has serious problems, and I am interested... [read more]

An elections office in receivership
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:53 PM, 3 Comments
Ohio's [newly elected Democrat] Secretary of State has taken control of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The top reason: "The Board is operating without a permanent director or deputy director". That's similar to King County, which as been without... [read more]

Maybe he can also deal with education?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:19 PM, 11 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports on yesterday's invitation-only meeting with Superintendent candidate Gregory Thornton: "Superintendent candidate Thornton says "let's deal with" race":Many of the questions related to race, prompting him to say: "In the community, everywhere I go it's about race.... [read more]

"Incompetence was the problem at the King County Elections Division"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 7 Comments
I agree with Eric, go read Knute Berger's nice profile of Toby Nixon. Also note George Howland's comment asserting that the problem at King County Elections is "incompetence" (as opposed to, say, inevitable random errors that occur even in competently-run... [read more]

Missing Toby Nixon
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 11 Comments
Knute Berger, aka "Mossback," muses at Crosscut on the void in Olympia left by Toby Nixon's defeat. It's a thoughtful piece and worth a read. Berger will not soon agree with many Sound Politics readers on a number of issues,... [read more]

April 05, 2007
Credit Where Due
by Jim Miller, 05:17 PM, 27 Comments
Richard Morrill says that he predicted high housing costs in this area. I told them so!  Back in 1988, when the Legislature was debating growth management, I warned (again and again) of the risks of including the urban growth boundaries... [read more]

And because it's the only way King County will have any elections director
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:49 PM, 6 Comments
Many people support I-25, the King County initiative to make the Elections Director a separately elected non-partisan office, because they're fed up with Ron Sims and the lying bastards who currently run the elections office. Even if you don't agree... [read more]

"Seattle's 'Sanctuary Law' helped kill Rebecca Griego
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:03 PM, 88 Comments
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms notes that Jonathan Rowan, who murdered Rebecca Griego at the UW Monday, was an illegal immigrant, protected by Seattle's sanctuary law:Seattle newspapers reported Thursday morning that gunman Jonathan Rowan... [read more]

White Privilege Conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:44 PM, 45 Comments
The Seattle School District is sending high school students to attend the annual "White Privilege Conference" I still want somebody to explain to me why, if white people have "privilege", do the Asian students get better grades and test scores?... [read more]

Be the next State Poet Laureate
by DonWard, 01:43 PM, 13 Comments
Listen ye bards and you writers of prose Poets and rhymesters and wearers of hose. Since our culture's dearth of artists so great. The State will hire a Poet Laureate. To travel the state cross forest and hill Through Vader,... [read more]

The Seattle Times editorial board is also a weak link
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 24 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial, calling Seattle public schools "the weak link of a thriving city", illustrates why the Seattle Times editorial board is also a weak link:The achievement gap between white and minority students persists. A third of the city's... [read more]

One down, one to go
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 16 Comments
The NASCAR boondoggle is dead, but the Sonics boondoggle isn't totally dead yet.... [read more]

More fallout from Mrs. Gregoire's felon release program
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:23 AM, 10 Comments
Seattle Times: "Early-release felon held in Federal Way rape, assault"A felon who didn't report to the Department of Corrections after being conditionally released from jail in February was arrested Wednesday in connection with the alleged rape of a former girlfriend... [read more]

Keep an Eye on This
by Eric Earling, 07:44 AM, 4 Comments
The Washington Post editorialized yesterday in favor of pending trade agreements between South Korea and some key countries in Latin America. The Seattle Times had some similar things to say on the general topic of trade prior to the new... [read more]

In Case you Missed It Round-up
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 8 Comments
1) Here's some free advice to state Senator Brian Weinstein: if you want to get your bill passed through the Legislature, don't publicly insult arguably the 2nd most powerful man person in Olympia, House Speaker Frank Chopp (see coverage from... [read more]

April 04, 2007
Bicycle Porn
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 PM, 42 Comments
Seattle Times: "Nickels unveils bicycle master plan, aims to triple commuter cycling"Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels this morning released an ambitious bicycle master plan, which he hopes will triple the number of city residents who pedal to workI'm a big fan... [read more]

Election-day voter registration
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:30 AM, 24 Comments
The ACORN-backed election-day voter registration bill, SB 5561, passed out of House committee Friday. The bill is strongly opposed by the Secretary of State and the county Auditors, because of the enormous added cost and complexity of processing the expected... [read more]

Transportation quagmire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:15 AM, 35 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire has no idea how she's going to pay for the new 520 bridge:State leaders are beginning the Highway 520 bridge rebuild with an uncertain and speculative finance plan that would fall short of the project's estimated $4.4 billion... [read more]

Sound Politics Trivia
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 21 Comments
So, how did you do in your March Madness bracket? Listeners of local sports radio know it's time for a different bracket-filling-out contest: the Bigger Dance. As you can see at the link, instead of picking college basketball teams, you're... [read more]

April 03, 2007
Nobles to run for City Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:10 PM, 9 Comments
The Seattle Weekly reports that Monorail Board member (and fiscally conservative/socially libertarian/environmentalist/busriding Republican) Jim Nobles has declared his candidacy for the Seattle City Clowncil seat currently held by Peter Steinbrueck. Good move. And if Nobles wins we will call him... [read more]

Seattle School District nominates non-finishers as Superintendent finalists
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:00 PM, 33 Comments
The Seattle School District has announced two finalists for the Superintendent position -- Charleston, SC Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and Philadelphia Chief Academic Officer Greg Thornton. Thornton has been at the Philadelphia post less than three years and in his previous... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire endorses Tim Eyman's Taxpayer Protection Initiative!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:57 PM, 5 Comments
(sort of). The Taxpayer Protection Initiative requires "either two-thirds legislative approval or voter approval for tax increases". At yesterday's news conference, Mrs. Gregoire endorsed voter approval for tax increases, at least for the "paid family leave" proposal:"If people are going... [read more]

Now is the time to step up and fire the lying bastards
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:24 PM, 14 Comments
The paid signature gatherers have started deploying around the county to circulate petitions for I-25, the initiative to fire the lying bastards make the King County Elections Director a separately-elected non-partisan office. This is a popular initiative. People are eager... [read more]

Enough with these lying bastards already
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:33 PM, 1 Comments
The lying bastards at King County Elections put out this dishonest self-congratulatory press release about the March Viaduct vote, implying that Seattle's first mail-only election increased turn-out among poll voters, and claiming that they "tested several new features of the... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XIX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:38 AM, 94 Comments
Sen. and Mrs. John Kerry in today's Seattle Times call on government to do more to fight climate change:People across this country are grasping the scientific reality that we are in the middle of a crisis. The Earth's poles and... [read more]

At Crosscut: A Lesson For Seattle, From San Jose
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:57 AM, 21 Comments
Come on over to the new online publication Crosscut, and check out my piece there today. The title is, "It isn't racism that's oppressing Seattle public school students, it's inflexibility." Feel free to add constructive comments at the Crosscut post.... [read more]

Guerillas Usually Lose
by Jim Miller, 09:05 AM, 50 Comments
That conclusion is not controversial among military historians.  But that conclusion would surprise many journalists.  Yesterday, for example, an editorial writer for the Seattle PI wrote this: Very well, the troop-surge deployment is still in its earliest stages and, sure,... [read more]

April 02, 2007
Forget the Ticket, Shoot 'em
by Eric Earling, 07:35 PM, 17 Comments
Ok, maybe that's a bit harsh. But for some reason I thought we already ticketed the drivers of vehicles trying to cut their way into ferry lines. Apparently we don't, the Legislature is trying to remedy that. Set aside for... [read more]

Crosscut saw
by DonWard, 04:35 PM, 8 Comments
The long awaited debut of Crosscut has finally arrived... The entirely online "newspaper" debuted this morning. It is the creation of David Brewster, "founder of the Seattle Weekly and creator of Town Hall Seattle". So is Crosscut a lousy read?... [read more]

Let me guess: lower taxes and fewer restrictions on development?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:44 PM, 17 Comments
P-I front page headline: "City looks for solution to no affordable housing" [article here]... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 35 Comments
Can modern climate science predict the next century's climate any better than it predicts next week's weather? Seattle Times April 2, 2:01AM "Above-average temps and rainfall for March" March's average temperature was slightly above normal for the month [by 0.9°]... [read more]

Bloated Budget
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 AM, 8 Comments
The Senate passed its $64.5 billion 479 page budget bill in the usual whirlwind schedule that left little time for public review. The News Tribune has highlights:Did you know that state workers probably will be paid 48.5 cents a mile... [read more]

April Fool!
by Jim Miller, 10:25 AM, 18 Comments
Yesterday, the Seattle Times celebrated the first of April by running this very funny spoof, satirizing the hyperpartisan Democrats who have been trying to create a scandal where there is none.... [read more]

Transportation Plans
by Eric Earling, 07:58 AM, 12 Comments
I took a look at the bill Stefan highlighted on Friday and happened to catch Sen. Pflug's press conference re-running over the weekend on TVW. If I were in the Legislature I wouldn't vote for the bill as it currently... [read more]

April 01, 2007
The Republican Candidate for Snohomish County Executive
by Eric Earling, 08:17 PM, 7 Comments
It's no surprise many Republicans were disappointed when John Koster decided not to fill the void left by Rick Bart, to take on sitting County Executive Aaron Reardon. Indeed, even members of the press are hoping for a Republican candidate,... [read more]

Thank you
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 03:40 PM, 22 Comments
Thank you for the opportunity to address you directly. In an ideal world, I'd have the state patrol pick up Mr. Sharkansky and work him over until he became as sensible as David Ammons. But in our system, for good... [read more]

Ask the Governor (VI)
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 02:41 PM, 9 Comments
pbj asked about the disputed election of 2004. Many of you were troubled by perceived irregularities in the 2004 election. No election is perfect and I know you wouldn't believe me if I told you that that election was. But... [read more]

Ask the Governor (V)
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 12:14 PM, 11 Comments
Several of you expressed concerns about tribal gaming. We Americans have mixed attitudes about gambling. As individuals we love to gamble, but as a society we frown on it. So we have to allow it, but it's politically difficult to... [read more]

Ask the Governor (IV)
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 11:34 AM, 2 Comments
Skyeyedgal asked:Why was the viaduct vote limited only to Seattle proper?The Viaduct is an essential state highway but the people of Seattle are most directly affected by its footprint on their city. It was important to give Seattle an opportunity... [read more]

Ask the Governor (III)
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 11:21 AM, 5 Comments
Patrick asked:Why is there no discussion in this state of lowering construction costs for roads, bridges, rails, etc. by using competitive labor ... I.e. for our tax dollars we could get 2x times more roads and bridges for our money... [read more]

Ask the Governor (II)
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 11:05 AM, 3 Comments
Thank you all for your thoughtful questions below. Doug asked: "When will taxes and spending in this state return to reasonable levels?" I think most Washingtonians believe they get good value from government in return for the taxes we all... [read more]

Ask the Governor
by Gov. Chris Gregoire, 09:00 AM, 35 Comments
Greetings Sound Politics Readers, Mr. Sharkansky invited me to guest-blog today as an April Fools prank. I think I surprised him (and my staff) when I overcame my initial skepticism and accepted his offer. Although I frequently disagree with Mr.... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 07:45 AM, 10 Comments
Architectural writer Lawrence Cheek has second thoughts about Seattle's new Central Library, which was designed by trendy architect Rem Koolhaas.  The new library has, Cheek admits, some minor defects. This library, incredibly, is an uncomfortable place to read.  The third-level... [read more]

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