Index of entries from May 2007
May 31, 2007
This Story Is Touching
by Jim Miller, 06:18 PM, 52 Comments
But incomplete.  King 5's Susannah Frame tells us about the scandal. KING 5 News has learned that a court has paved the way for a little boy to sue the state agency who was supposed to protect him. Snohomish County... [read more]

Ferguson, Satterberg to run for King County prosecutor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:20 PM, 25 Comments
The Seattle Times reports:King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson plans to file as a Democratic candidate for prosecuting attorney, and Acting Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg also has decided to enter the race as a Republican, both political parties said today.I've found... [read more]

The Thompson Effect
by Eric Earling, 12:39 AM, 56 Comments
In case you somehow missed it, Fred Thompson is likely in the Presidential race. Given the local Fred Thompson fans that seem so energetic in past comment threads, there's some more to discuss. The immediate question on many a politicos... [read more]

May 30, 2007
Should the GOP listen to Ron Paul?
by Eric Earling, 11:35 PM, 84 Comments
Bruce Ramsey thinks so, in a thought-provoking editorial column. Let's examine it. While Ramsey argues Paul's "noninterventionist [foreign] policy is too radical a change for Republicans," he seems to embrace a healthy portion of Paul's thinking. In weighing the motivations... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XVI): "Let's all pray for wide margins of victory"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 PM, 20 Comments
As everybody with a clue has come to realize, but that few public officials will admit openly, King County Elections is simply not capable of making an accurate determination in a close contest. We can have confidence in a statewide... [read more]

Clowncil backs surface/gridlock
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:51 AM, 33 Comments
The Seattle City Clowncil voted yesterday to create a plan to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with surface/gridlock. This continues the Clowncil's practice of working against the people's wishes for a Viaduct replacement. The Clowncil earlier backed the tunnel, which... [read more]

May 29, 2007
RE: "$100 million jobs fund was mistake..."
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:54 PM, 23 Comments
Another point about this article that Eric linked this morning: "$100 million jobs fund was mistake, lawmakers say".Gregoire had her doubts, too. Certain projects deserved the money, she thought, like a $471,000 grant to the Port of Ephrata that allowed... [read more]

Satterberg named interim Prosecuting Attorney
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:49 PM, 20 Comments
Chief-of-Staff Dan Satterberg has been chosen by the King County Council as the temporary temporary Prosecuting Attorney. Meanwhile, as per the State Constitution, the King County Republican Party will nominate 3 candidates, from whom the Council will select a permanent... [read more]

Who has the best bagels in Seattle?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:03 PM, 42 Comments
This question is not about politics. It transcends politics. It is arguably more important than politics. What prompts this post is that I bought the worst bagel I've ever eaten in my entire life this morning (at the Safeway on... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XV): More VIPs who tried to vote by mail, and more VIPs who don't vote by mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:37 PM, 7 Comments
As mentioned earlier, King County Elections wanted to convince more voters to vote by mail usingFlyers featuring VIPs who are converting to VBM which we can hand out at special events, booths, public meetings, etc.We also found several well-connected people... [read more]

Crunch time for I-25
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 3 Comments
First, the good news -- the I-25 signature drive is still on track to gather enough signatures (54,732 valid ones) by the June 20 deadline, only 22 days away. But "on track" does NOT mean that it's done, it only... [read more]

"$100 million jobs fund was mistake..."
by Eric Earling, 07:51 AM, 11 Comments
The headline tells the tale, but you can read the details here.... [read more]

May 28, 2007
Re: The Netroots Are Angry
by Eric Earling, 07:20 PM, 24 Comments
Here's a couple links in follow-up to this post on the rage of the netroots in the wake of Democrats in Congress bowing to reality on the Iraq spending bill: Will at Horse's Ass has some thoughts. He's not happy.... [read more]

The Far Right v. the Mainstreamers: They're Both Wrong
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 94 Comments
Last week I highlighted a comment from John McKay in his speech at the recent Mainstream Republican conference as needing some additional discussion: "What we've done is take issues like gay marriage and rubbed people's noses in it. ... We... [read more]

May 27, 2007
Raging Moderate?
by Jim Miller, 05:03 PM, 63 Comments
It doesn't take much deviation from a hard left line to get called a moderate by our "mainstream" media.  There's an example showing just how easy in this Seattle Times profile of Congressman Adam Smith, which is headlined: "Can a... [read more]

May 25, 2007
We need solutions, not boondoggles
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:27 PM, 43 Comments
The [un]Sound Transit component of the RTID/light rail joint ballot measure has been approved:The numbers might be enough to make voters dizzy: a full 50 miles of light rail, to be built over 20 years, at a long-term cost of... [read more]

'Schrammie' forces evacuation of corrections dept.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:00 PM, 22 Comments
KOMO-TV reports: More than 300 people were evacuated from the state Department of Corrections here Friday morning after a box containing a "Schrammie" bobblehead aroused suspicion in the mail room. ... Calkins said the mail clerk was suspicious of the... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XIV): Ron Sims urged targeted get-out-the-vote drives
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 18 Comments
I found only a few e-mails from Ron Sims directly to elections officials. But this one is pretty interesting:From: Sims, Ron Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 9:31 AM To: Buck, Jim; Whitney, Sheryl Subject: Mobilevoter.org Jim - Cayan showed me... [read more]

Can voters rescue Seattle from civic atrophy?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 19 Comments
Joel Connelly asks that question in today's column, concluding:Can two races revitalize the council? Can we get an effective bloc of advocates for a middle class that is being overly taxed, harassed, lectured to and -- ultimately -- driven out... [read more]

May 24, 2007
The Netroots are Angry. Now What?
by Eric Earling, 10:59 PM, 27 Comments
It's a grumpy day for the netroots. Nationally and locally. Seems the "McGovernites with modems" are some kind of pissed that the Democratic Congress had to cave on Iraq war funding. While this latest twist in the Iraq debate gets... [read more]

Norm Maleng has died
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:47 PM, 64 Comments
King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng died unexpectedly of a heart attack this evening. My condolences to his family.... [read more]

And the candidate is...
by Eric Earling, 08:25 PM, 35 Comments
Well, pudge beat me to it at the public blog. And a number of you have been discussing it in the comments here. Nonetheless, the Republican candidate for Snohomish County Executive has been announced. I'm ambivalent about it. Structurally, the... [read more]

Congratulations
by Jim Miller, 06:52 PM, 3 Comments
To Caitlin Snaring, a smart, and very hard working, scholar. (I would have missed the final question, though I once knew the answer.)... [read more]

Worth Reading:
by Jim Miller, 06:46 PM, 16 Comments
"Patterico" reacts to Stefan's interview with John McKay.  Here's Patterico's summary: So you have a U.S. Attorney who thought the election stank, but still waited for a confession or an informant before investigating — and consequently was unable to uncover... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XIII): Maricopa County Elects its Elections Director
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:39 PM, 8 Comments
Last July after County Councilmembers Dunn and Ferguson introduced a proposal to elect the Elections Director, elections office staff went into full bore campaign mode to shoot down the proposal, by, as they often do, distributing incorrect and/or misleading information... [read more]

Mayor Nickels' son indicted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:55 PM, 34 Comments
"Nickels' son indicted with dozens in scheme to cheat casinos" Jacob Dyson Nickels, the son of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, has been indicted as part of an investigation into a multi-state casino-cheating ring that allegedly stole millions of dollars by... [read more]

Balterdash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:12 PM, 22 Comments
Joni Balter in today's column reports on a Pew survey of 18-25 year olds. Balter trumpets the finding that these young voters "are identifying more and more with the Democratic Party"Candidates hoping to do big business in 2008 should carefully... [read more]

Greg Nickels, Guzzler of Gas
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 19 Comments
The Seattle Weekly gives us an update on Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels' campaign to encourage city residents to get out of their cars and reduce their greenhouse emissions: "After Adding a Hybrid to His Fleet, Mayor Nickels Gulped Even More... [read more]

Watch the I-25 panel discussion
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:13 AM, 13 Comments
Last week's Downtown Seattle Republican Club panel discussion on I-25 (the King County initiative for electing the Elections Director) is now available on TVW. The online video is here. It will be cablecast today at 11am and at other times... [read more]

Not looking good for Port Commissioner Pat Davis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:21 AM, 3 Comments
The petition to recall Port Commissioner Pat Davis, for offering an unearned retirement bonus to former director Mic Dinsmore, is moving forward. Meanwhile Port Commission President John Creighton has called for Davis to resign. Let's hope she does.... [read more]

May 23, 2007
It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:38 PM, 3 Comments
P-I: "Jury still undecided whether guard had sex with inmates"... [read more]

John McKay and the 2004 Election
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:08 PM, 87 Comments
Here's my wrap-up of my interview with John McKay, the recently fired Seattle U.S. Attorney. After his speech to the Mainstream Republicans, the (relatively) liberal wing of the state GOP, he spent nearly an hour answering questions from a small... [read more]

Explaining Some Global Warming Skepticsm
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 106 Comments
A few wire stories recently run in the Seattle Times illustrate the reason for conservative skepticism toward global warming "solutions." 1) We're told carbon dioxide emissions are rising, driven by large increases in emissions from non-Western countries that have little... [read more]

Dino Rossi Wants Your Ideas
by Eric Earling, 06:49 AM, 29 Comments
Possible, and sometimes presumed, gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi wants your ideas to address the state's problems. He's soliciting them at this website. Here's one idea on a problem begging a solution before the 2008 election: "Viaduct solution elusive as work... [read more]

May 22, 2007
The Life of a Candidate Part II
by Eric Earling, 08:37 PM, 3 Comments
Following up to this look over the weekend at the grind of fundraising for local candidate comes an interesting insight into the solicitation of coin on the Presidential trail. This Chicago Tribune profile of Mitt Romney includes an amazing statistic:... [read more]

He's signing up with Ron Paul?
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 90 Comments
Former Jack Metcalf staffer and 1999 Republican candidate for Snohomish County Executive Lew Moore is working for Ron Paul's Presidential campaign. Moore has some pretty good street cred in certain political circles, but this is an odd move. I'm sure... [read more]

Boeing's Mad Dash
by Eric Earling, 07:44 AM, 20 Comments
The last sprint to get the 787 rolling on schedule begins. This quote sums up the pressure pretty well: The industry is watching closely to see if Boeing can do what Airbus did not -- deliver an all-new plane on... [read more]

More Clues in the Snohomish County Exec. Race
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 63 Comments
County GOP Chair Ger Modrell sent out some hints to the party faithful about the "secret candidate" soon-to-be-announced that will run against incumbent Democrat Aaron Reardon. Here they are: Fact One: He's worked in the private sector since 1979 in... [read more]

May 21, 2007
Romney Rising
by Eric Earling, 11:08 PM, 25 Comments
The P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog covers a new poll in Iowa showing some surprising numbers in favor of Mitt Romney. The real story though isn't the specific poll numbers themselves, it's the increasing number of indicators showing growing strength for... [read more]

John McKay, in his own words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:34 PM, 31 Comments
Here's a partial transcript of John McKay's interview with bloggers and newspaper reporters at the Mainstream Republican conference yesterday. Complete audio here. [13MB]. (Other participants and their reports listed here. Audio of McKay's breakfast speech to the conference audience, here).... [read more]

It's OK To Recycle An Old Joke
by Jim Miller, 03:21 PM, 8 Comments
But they ought to get the punch line right.... [read more]

Why do I have to pay for the Oxygen & Lifetime Channels?
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 67 Comments
Everybody has channels on TV they really don't want to pay for. Those are a couple of mine. My family also hasn't spent much time watching BET or the Golf channel lately either. Whatever one's personal preferences, the idea of... [read more]

Behold, the New Me
by Eric Earling, 07:17 AM, 64 Comments
UPDATE: Based on Michelle McIntyre's comment at #28 I have to revise and extend my original comments below. It would appear the alter-ego post in question was written by sometimes Sound Politics commenter and Reagan Wing contributor "Jefferson Paine." Therefore... [read more]

May 20, 2007
John McKay at the Mainstream Republican conference
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:38 PM, 39 Comments
I just got back from the Mainstream Republicans conference in Wenatchee. There were a number of interesting speakers and panel discussions, of which the most notable to me were Prof. Matt Manweller's comments in the panel on the Iraq war;... [read more]

May 19, 2007
The Life of a Candidate
by Eric Earling, 01:51 PM, 10 Comments
Casey Corr offers up an inside view of how much of the down and dirty work of fundraising actually unfolds in a serious campaign. It isn't glamorous, it is a grind, but it's the price candidates pay to compete. David... [read more]

May 18, 2007
On TV this weekend
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:31 PM, 32 Comments
This weekend, KING 5's Up Front with Robert Mak will feature three bearded Jewish bloggers. Be sure to watch. Sunday on KING-5 @ 9:30 a.m. and NWCN @ 8:00 p.m.... [read more]

The Eastside Sun
by Jim Miller, 03:11 PM, 25 Comments
For almost a year now, I have been seeing piles of another free newspaper, the Eastside Sun, around Kirkland.   I paid little attention to it, thinking it just another Stranger or Seattle Weekly, with slightly different advertisers.... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XII): The $315,500 Vote-by-mail marketing campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:10 PM, 21 Comments
Last week I mentioned the elaborate advertising campaign the Elections Office conducted last fall to convince poll voters to switch to vote-by-mail before the November election. Yesterday I obtained the detailed budget and project plan. They budgeted $315,500 for the... [read more]

Last night's I-25 panel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:17 AM, 10 Comments
Last night's Downtown Seattle Republican Club panel discussion on I-25 was quite interesting. The program, moderated by Phil Bevis, featured four Republican elected officials: Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman, Secretary of State Sam Reed, State Rep. Glen Anderson, King County... [read more]

Hillary Needs a New Theme Song
by DonWard, 12:56 AM, 62 Comments
On the topic of hanging political curveballs waiting to be lined in the gap for a double, Hillary Clinton's campaign is looking for a new theme song and needs your help. The Democratic presidential candidate has a poll of nine... [read more]

May 17, 2007
"The name of the Republican candidate for Snohomish County executive is a secret for now."
by Eric Earling, 06:16 PM, 27 Comments
Well, that's an interesting sub-headline at least. The odds that such a late entrant will make the race truly competitive are slim, but more peculiar things have certainly occurred in politics. Oh, and it isn't me. It's been brought to... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (XI): What did they do about double voters?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:30 PM, 11 Comments
King County Elections seems to prefer not to talk about double voters. Last October Secretary of State staffer Pam Floyd sent this e-mail to the counties asking about follow-through on double voters:1. How many double voters have you sent on... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire "pulls a fast one"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 40 Comments
So says today's Wall Street Journal "Paycheck Protection End Run"[Mrs.] Gregoire pulled a fast one last Friday when she quietly signed a bill that guts a state paycheck protection law currently being debated in a case before the U.S. Supreme... [read more]

Where Do Your Taxes Go?
by Eric Earling, 07:35 AM, 13 Comments
County Councilman Reagan Dunn has an op-ed in the Seattle Times today about the long overdue need for the citizens of King County to receive itemized statements of their property tax bills. As Dunn explains, persons paying their taxes through... [read more]

Vote McKay '08
by DonWard, 01:24 AM, 34 Comments
Congressman John McKay (R-Seattle). How does that sound to folks? Me? I think I kind of like it. Before you all go thinking I'm doing another one of my lousy parodies, just wait. The story is in the Seattle P-I... [read more]

May 16, 2007
Pay raises for state elected officials
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:22 PM, 25 Comments
State elected officials were awarded substantial pay increases yesterday by the Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials. Mrs. Gregoire's salary goes up from $150,995 to $163,618 this September and to $166,891 in September 2008. With any luck, she'll... [read more]

Re: It's in the PI - Third Reich art
by DonWard, 01:43 PM, 30 Comments
Historical ignorance bugs me. It annoys me even more than hyperbolic political rhetoric. So after reading P-I columnist Joel Connelly's most recent column and Stefan's subsequent post I felt compelled to correct a few mistakes. To recap, Connelly alludes to... [read more]

Light rail across the I-90 bridge?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:16 PM, 34 Comments
An op-ed in today's Seattle Times by George Kargianis and Phil Talmadge: "The hidden costs of light rail across the I-90 bridge" The proposed taking of the I-90 center corridor should be viewed for what it really is: an unwarranted,... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (X): VIPs who vote by mail and VIPs who don't
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 AM, 9 Comments
As noted earlier, one of the advertising gimmicks proposed for marketing vote-by-mail to skeptical poll voters was:Flyers featuring VIPs who are converting to VBM which we can hand out at special events, booths, public meetings, etc.I'm not sure if they... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 30 Comments
In today's column, contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly characterizes Republicans who seek to limit taxpayer funding for the National Endowment for the Arts as Nazis:With a view of culture more befitting the Third Reich than the Third Millennium, reactionaries in... [read more]

May 15, 2007
Another Debate Round-up
by Eric Earling, 10:40 PM, 65 Comments
Since posts at this site about the last Republican debate drew a good response in the comments I'll throw some quick thoughts out here for everyone to chew on and discuss. In quick summary: if Mitt Romney won the first... [read more]

Jerry Falwell
by DonWard, 03:06 PM, 36 Comments
It looks like they won't have Jerry Falwell to kick around anymore although that probably won't stop some people. Political millstone or inspirational leader; man of God or sinner? Whatever his legacy the folks on the other side of the... [read more]

Have you donated to I-25 yet?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:34 AM, 10 Comments
I-25 is well on track to gather enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, provided that the campaign continues to raise enough money to finish the signature drive. Time for a motivational poll. Have you donated to I-25?No way!... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (IX): I was right. There never was a vote-by-mail plan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 9 Comments
Recall last August when I exposed Ron Sims's claim of having a "very, very good plan" for the transition to mail-only voting as a baseless fabrication? In this Aug. 18, 2006 e-mail, Bobbie Egan confirmed that I was correct:The report... [read more]

Signs Of Intelligent Life At The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 10:18 AM, 21 Comments
Well, one sign anyway, in David Postman's blog.  Postman actually thinks that journalists should find out the facts in the fired US attorneys controversy, and that journalists should ask those making serious charges to substantiate those charges.  Or, as I... [read more]

Passivity as activism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 12 Comments
Two recent P-I articles celebrate some activists who seek to change the world -- by doing nothing. Yesterday: "Washington state joins a silence that shouts for a better world" But it's not the state, it's a handful of individuals standing... [read more]

May 14, 2007
I-25 program
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:36 PM, 6 Comments
The Downtown Seattle Republican Club is hosting a panel discussion this Thursday evening about I-25, the King County initiative to elect the Elections Director. Panelists include Secretary of State Sam Reed and State Auditor Brian Sonntag, State Rep. Doug Ericksen,... [read more]

Why Did Congressman Inslee Vote To Make Nancy Pelosi Speaker?
by Jim Miller, 04:24 PM, 0 Comments
Last year, I wrote an open letter to my own congressman, Jay Inslee, asking him why he thought that Nancy Pelosi was a suitable choice to be speaker of the House of Representatives, and second in line to be president.... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (VIII): What problems is Sherril Huff concealing?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 AM, 10 Comments
According to this Sep. 29, 2006 e-mail from Sherril Huff to staff, Huff's reaction to a proposed workplan from IT staff was:spending a fitful night remembering all the possible problems we can experiece. Probllems that jeopardise the ability to have... [read more]

King County Elections' "Reckless Plan to Buy Diebold's New Ballot Counters"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:17 AM, 4 Comments
Jason Osgood at liberal group blog Washblog alerts us to tonight's hearing of the Citizens' Elections Oversight Committee, to take public testimony on the Elections' Office plan to buy new ballot tabulating equipment as part of the planned transition to... [read more]

May 13, 2007
Bruce Guthrie Wasted Our Time
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 38 Comments
Remember how Bruce Guthrie indicated he was investing his life's savings into playing a significant role in last year's U.S. Senate race? Remember how that earned him a prominent place in the televised debate on KING 5? It was a... [read more]

Will Local Democrats Lead?
by Eric Earling, 06:39 PM, 24 Comments
Congressional Democrats have a problem. Their agenda is stymied in Congress and their poll numbers are no better than the President's. Bluntly, they need to get something done. After being elected because they weren't Republicans, they still have to govern... [read more]

Happy Mother's Day!
by Jim Miller, 02:22 PM, 17 Comments
To all the mothers out there. And, especially happy Mother's Day to new mother (and congresswoman) Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Four weeks earlier than anticipated, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and husband Brian Rodgers welcomed the arrival of their son, Cole... [read more]

May 12, 2007
"Conservatism Has Failed"
by Eric Earling, 05:06 PM, 112 Comments
Really, it has. We can all pack up and go home now. Just thought you should know...... [read more]

Why Was This Woman Driving a Bus?
by Eric Earling, 11:45 AM, 23 Comments
The lede pretty much says it all in this case: The Metro bus driver involved in a fatal crash last month was the subject of dozens of complaints about her driving -- many from alarmed motorists and passengers accusing her... [read more]

May 11, 2007
Asked
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:14 PM, 16 Comments
Chuck Taylor in Crosscut asks some "Unasked questions in the U.S. attorney firings". The questions have been asked by me (and Taylor acknowledges that), but not by anybody in the establishment media that either he or I are aware of.... [read more]

Nice work if you can get it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:49 PM, 12 Comments
Seattle's finest are fighting crime ... by having fun in strip clubs:One Seattle cop reported that he grabbed an exotic dancer's breasts several times as she gyrated in his lap. Another undid his belt for the dancer grinding against him... [read more]

Can Democratic Politicians be Blamed When Things Go Wrong?
by Jim Miller, 02:25 PM, 14 Comments
By the "mainstream" media, that is.  I ask that question because my post on Governor Sebelius reminded me of the little windstorm that hit this area last December, killing 15 people and knocking out much of the area for days.... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (VII): The marketing of Sherril Huff
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 6 Comments
More poor judgment at the Elections office -- using public resources to advertise its bureaucrats. And the result also reveals poor judgment and questionable ethics over at the P-I. Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan wasn't just providing information to the public, she... [read more]

Mrs. Union Signs Gregoire Bail-Out Bill
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 AM, 13 Comments
(The headline should of course read "Mrs. Gregoire Signs Union Bail-Out Bill", but I started out with a typo and thought I'd keep it) The EFF has the story: "Gregoire "preserves union power" at the expense of teachers and voters;... [read more]

A good question
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 7 Comments
A comment posted yesterday (#7 by "Laszlo Toth") asksIf the allegations about voter fraud by both parties have any merit, why hasn't Sullivan brought indictments yet?Good question. Pseudonymous "Laszlo" should sign his/her real name. Some possible reasons, pure speculation: 1)... [read more]

Dog bites man: "Public transportation" boondoggle cost overruns
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:37 AM, 11 Comments
On the [un]Sound Transit light rail boondoggleTwo days after a contractor finished drilling a commuter-rail tunnel under Beacon Hill, there was another acknowledgement that work there is costing more than planned ... Sound Transit board members Thursday approved nearly $1... [read more]

John McKay and evidence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:22 AM, 15 Comments
Here are, in my opinion, the most interesting bits from John McKay's interview on KUOW Weekday yesterday. 11:00: Host Marcy Sillman brings up the 2004 governor's election and asks "Why didn't you feel you could empanel a grand jury to... [read more]

Questions for the Fred Thompson Fans
by Eric Earling, 07:33 AM, 56 Comments
Lord knows there are some enthusiastic supporters of Fred Thompson as seen in the comments at various threads here, and locally as well. So, I've got a few questions for you. Based on Rudy Giuliani's notable struggles discussed below, and... [read more]

May 10, 2007
Giuliani Fading?
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 67 Comments
Eric Devericks's cartoon today in the Seattle Times speaks to just part of the troubles facing Rudy Giuliani as of late. One component of those struggles has certainly been Giuliani's fumbling on abortion. Pro-choice Republicans are not automatically dead in... [read more]

John McKay in the news today
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:30 PM, 42 Comments
AP: "Gonzales: McKay's handling of 2004 election raised "concern"" Attorney General Alberto Gonzales acknowledged today there was a "great deal of concern" in some quarters about former U.S. Attorney John McKay's handling of election-fraud allegations during the 2004 election in... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (VI): The marketing of vote-by-mail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:54 PM, 5 Comments
One of the inappropriate, politically-motivated things that King County Elections spent tax dollars on last year was an aggressive marketing campaign to try to convince more poll voters to vote by mail, e.g.:Flyers featuring VIPs who are converting to VBM... [read more]

Joni Balter, Luddite
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 13 Comments
Joni Balter says: "Thumbs down to text messaging"I'm all for new ways of communicating, though this mode has a certain anonymous, no-face-time quality to it. Phone manners are neither learned nor necessary. Good grammar and spelling r 2 b 4... [read more]

What side is Mrs. Gregoire on?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 22 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire is scheduled to take action tomorrow morning on HB 2079 the emergency-claused bill to let public employee unions use non-members' mandatory fees for political purposes without permission. The drama is: will Mrs. Gregoire sign the bill as is,... [read more]

May 09, 2007
Interview Ad Reprise
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 24 Comments
There's a new ad out in the Presidential race that may have some familiarity to Sound Politics readers: It should remind you in a way of this devastating ad from the Reichert-Burner race last year: Richardson's two-part ad is pretty... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (V): Political Bias
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:57 PM, 24 Comments
Last September the P-I published this op-ed by Jonathan Bechtle of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan e-mailed her colleagues:Subject: Kind of surprised the S.Times [sic] printed this garbage For those of you who are not familiar with the... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (IV): Fuming at the uncooperative press
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 PM, 4 Comments
The folks at King County Elections have a habit of throwing temper tantrums when the news coverage is something other than obsequious praise for the Elections office. Aug. 3 : Spokeswoman Bobbie Egan confesses to once having:a very embarrassing altercation... [read more]

Spot the bias
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:46 AM, 27 Comments
The AP reports on yesterday's state Supreme Court hearing on property tax limit measure I-747, which had been overturned by a lower court:Attorney General Rob McKenna asked the state Supreme Court Tuesday to uphold a voter-approved property tax limit, saying... [read more]

May 08, 2007
Straw Poll Follow-up
by Eric Earling, 06:34 PM, 13 Comments
Stefan first reported the straw poll taken at the annual state GOP auction & dinner. David Postman chimed in, and the P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog followed suit. The significant news is that Fred Thompson won. Postman wondered "how many people... [read more]

Words Versus Deeds
by Jim Miller, 05:05 PM, 7 Comments
Joel Connelly looked at what John Edwards says.  I just finished looking at what John Edwards has done, and gave him a 0.1 on the Vilsack meter.  I think you will find the comparison between our two approaches interesting. (If... [read more]

Yet another tax hike
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 31 Comments
Today's P-I reports there will be two park levies for the August Primary, one for maintenance, the other for expansion, each adding $0.05 per $1,000 assessed property value. Resistance is futile!Each will appear separately on the ballot, and if rejected... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (III): They read Sound Politics!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:46 AM, 15 Comments
I'm pleased to discover that King County Elections staff not only read Sound Politics, but recognize it as a credible source of information and even act on our reports to investigate election problems and improve processes. No, really. But read... [read more]

May 07, 2007
Thompson wins Washington GOP straw poll
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 PM, 34 Comments
Not that this necessarily means a whole lot, but it's worth noting. According to the official state party report on Saturday's annual statewide auction dinner:Fred Thompson was the runaway winner, taking half of all votes cast. Clearly the other candidates... [read more]

Read-Up on the Netroots
by Eric Earling, 08:58 PM, 6 Comments
David Postman covers a recent in-depth look by Jonathan Chait in the New Republic on the emergence of the netroots as a player in Democratic politics. It's a l-o-n-g article, but worth the time. I read it last week when... [read more]

Still a Bad Poll
by Eric Earling, 07:40 PM, 16 Comments
Chris Grygiel at the P-I responds to my post questioning the importance of a recent Newsweek poll. He offers up a defense of sorts from pollster.com. The basic argument is something to the effect of, "well, it's not too bad... [read more]

Because they want more people to drive out of town to go shopping, or something
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:41 PM, 20 Comments
The Seattle City Clowncil has authorized an $8.1 million appropriation to study how to replace the Viaduct with surface-gridlock. City officials also want to reduce parking in commercial districts in an attempt to "get [other] Seattleites out of their cars"... [read more]

Signs Of The Religious Left In Kirkland
by Jim Miller, 02:46 PM, 0 Comments
Last week, I saw this sign in front of a church just a few blocks from where I live.... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (I): Introduction
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:16 PM, 4 Comments
Last year I made records requests for all work-related e-mails sent to/from certain King County Elections officials during July - November 2006. On Friday I received a CD that partially fulfilled this request. Unfortunately, many of the requested records were... [read more]

King County Elections E-mails (II): "Professional and non-partisan"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:15 PM, 3 Comments
Last July 25, Councilmembers Dunn and Ferguson introduced a proposal to change the King County charter to have a separately elected elections Auditor. Ron Sims immediately fired back with an angry press release opposing the measure, as did state Democrat... [read more]

Bad Poll = Bad Analysis
by Eric Earling, 07:14 AM, 20 Comments
The P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog has a post up from Politics Editor Chris Grygiel speaking quite earnestly about a recent Newsweek poll. The crux of the swoon is: A national poll conducted by Newsweek has some disturbing news for the... [read more]

May 06, 2007
Fred Thompson Round-up
by Eric Earling, 03:32 PM, 35 Comments
Today's Seattle Times runs a decent profile of Fred Thompson from the LA Times, covering the basic pros and cons of his background. That's a decent start for those still seeking to bone-up on Thompson. Those seeking a little more... [read more]

Re: Sarkozy Wins
by Eric Earling, 02:27 PM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Times has a solid, concise editorial in today's paper summarizing Sarkozy's comparative strengths heading into the run-off election. Credit to the Times for having the editorial in print even before voting commenced today in France.... [read more]

Sarkozy wins
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 AM, 57 Comments
Nicolas Sarkozy has won the French presidential race.... [read more]

Re: Higher Car Tab Fees
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 45 Comments
Eric seems okay with Mrs. Gregoire's signing the law that permits local governments to jack-up car tab fees without voter approval. But I find it appalling. Voters demanded $30 car tabs by passing I-695 in 1999. In spite of a... [read more]

Higher Car Tab Fees?
by Eric Earling, 09:16 AM, 32 Comments
**Reader Note: See updates below original post.** Yes, I know, somewhere in Mukilteo someone's head just exploded at the thought. But, it looks like the Legislature has authorized cities and counties to add $20 to car tab fees at their... [read more]

A Little Intensity is Good
by Eric Earling, 08:55 AM, 10 Comments
Campaigns for elected positions in county government can be sleepy affairs, especially outside of the major positions such as Executive and Council or Commissioner. Looks like that might not be the case for the Snohomish County Sheriff's contest this year.... [read more]

My Apologies
by Jim Miller, 07:24 AM, 1 Comments
For the early Mother's Day post some of you may have seen.  I noticed my error just after I had published it, so I checked "delete" on the editing page.  That had the odd effect of making the post inaccessible,... [read more]

May 04, 2007
Republican Debate Roundup: The profane 3 a.m. edition
by DonWard, 03:09 AM, 64 Comments
**It looks like Eric beat me to this post since I had to go listen to Bryan Suits speak to the YRs in Bellevue last night.** I too watched the GOP Presidential debate. Twice. Using great literary creativity I'll list... [read more]

May 03, 2007
Republican Debate Roundup
by Eric Earling, 10:14 PM, 34 Comments
Some might consider this a bit off topic, but if there's a bigger political story out there right now I'm not aware of it, and since such posts always seem to get a robust response in the comments, here we... [read more]

Transparency in Taxation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:05 PM, 43 Comments
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn introduced legislation today to provide Transparency in Taxation. The legislation would require that every property taxpayer in the county receive an itemized statement showing where their property taxes are going. Currently, the many property owners... [read more]

Surface-gridlock option
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:21 AM, 19 Comments
How is traffic rerouting itself around the closed University Bridge? KING-5:The break closed the bridge in both directions, causing a traffic nightmare in the area.P-I: ...a traffic nightmare expected to continue through at least Thursday evening's commute.Seattle Times:More than 31,400... [read more]

Why 4 PM?
by Jim Miller, 09:39 AM, 0 Comments
That's what local talk show host Kirby Wilbur was wondering about the latest pro-illegal immigration demonstration.  Why, he wondered, were they having this demonstration at the most inconvenient time for commuters?   Another local talk show host, David Boze, also... [read more]

May 02, 2007
Ron Sims is taking my advice!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 PM, 38 Comments
As Eric noted below, Ron Sims is following my lead and endorsing toll roads. Toll roads is one of those concepts that environmentalists and free marketeers should readily agree on. To the former, it's a way to discourage driving. To... [read more]

Al Gore for President?
by Eric Earling, 07:27 PM, 32 Comments
It's not uncommon to find a critique at this site of various writings in the local MSM, but to their credit both the P-I and the Times seem to do a decent job of keeping the true nutjobs off their... [read more]

May 1st, 2007 Seattle Rally for Illegal Immigration
by byrond, 07:17 PM, 90 Comments
For those of you who were actually working yesterday and couldn't make it, I covered the May 1st rally and march for illegal immigration in Seattle. You can see more pictures and my comments at this post on the... [read more]

Stefan Agrees with Ron Sims!
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 0 Comments
Well, kind of. Stefan has made no secret of his support for tolls as a primary, or even sole, source of funding for roads improvements. According to Danny Westneat, Ron Sims just might agree. In a way. As Westneat alludes... [read more]

Seattle's infrastructure continues to deteriorate
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:58 PM, 30 Comments
In the last few months we've witnessed several serious failures of Seattle Public Utilities -- * Antiquated storm drainage system fails during winter storm, kills woman in Madison Park. * Seattle Public Utilities admits fault in last week's water main... [read more]

Steve Beren On The McDermott Decision:
by Jim Miller, 03:29 PM, 22 Comments
You can hear him on the Brian Suits show at 4 this afternoon. Beren will speak on the May 1 decision by the U.S. District Court of Appeals upholding a lower court ruling that McDermott had violated the law by... [read more]

An honest discussion of illegal immigration?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 101 Comments
The Seattle Times reports on yesterday's gathering of thousands of self-proclaimed illegal immigrants:Seattle police, out in full force, reported no arrests.Maybe they didn't notice anything illegal. The P-I's Robert L. Jamieson, Jr. questions Seattle's happy embrace of illegal immigants and... [read more]

Being Honest About Who We Fight
by Eric Earling, 07:37 AM, 70 Comments
A few days back the Seattle Times offered several laments about the current situation in Iraq, among them, the complaint that current efforts in Iraq are "too much a case of American troops standing amid civil conflict between Sunnis and... [read more]

May 01, 2007
Global Warming Update (XXVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:39 PM, 132 Comments
NPR reports that the remains of a prehistoric elephant were recently discovered on a beach in England. This illustrates that the earth's climate has been fluctuating long before there were SUVs:Today, the climate in Britain is pleasant. But every hundred... [read more]

McDermott loses appeal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 AM, 90 Comments
Not that he ever had much appeal to most of the people who read Sound Politics, but Rep. "Baghdad" Jim McDermott suffered another legal defeat today:Rep. Jim McDermott had no right to disclose the contents of an illegally taped telephone... [read more]

The glories of central planning
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:09 AM, 28 Comments
The P-I reports that Seattle officials have found that taxicab service response times are increasing and are considering whether to issue more taxi licenses. The final paragraph makes clear why current license holders strenuously oppose new licenses:Annual fees for taxi... [read more]

Whither the Presidential Primary?
by Eric Earling, 07:45 AM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Times has some harsh words today for the Democratic party's actions regarding our state's potential Presidential Primary: Ok, it's official. State Democratic Party insiders don't give a damn about ensuring Washington's unique assets, and challenges are on the... [read more]

Donations Kindly Accepted
by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 8 Comments
Tuesday Update: We almost never mention money here at Sound Politics, at least money benefiting this site or its contributors. In follow-up to the below post from Sunday, please take a minute and throw some money in the tip jar... [read more]

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