Index of entries from June 2007
June 30, 2007
An expensive lesson
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 37 Comments
The Seattle School District's failed legal effort to use racial profiling in school assignments will cost the district a fortune:Seattle Public Schools, already stung from losing its long-running legal fight over voluntary [sic]desegregation measures, now faces a new trial: paying... [read more]

Liberal Confusion Part II
by Eric Earling, 11:30 AM, 21 Comments
Perhaps you've seen a funny little story in the news recently about Mitt Romney and his dog. Seems an article in the Boston Globe examining Romney's family life - part of a broader, in-depth series on the man - included... [read more]

Liberal Confusion Part I
by Eric Earling, 10:17 AM, 13 Comments
Over at the famously astute Northwest Progressive Institute, stilwell has announced the demise of the immigration bill in the Senate foretells the doom of the conservative movement. Let's dissect that a bit. stillwell describes it as a "victory for the... [read more]

June 29, 2007
Transportation Ballot Questions
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 47 Comments
** UPDATED ** A couple questions came up in the comments on yesterday's post on the roads and transit measure up for a vote this November worth answering in a separate thread. Essentially they were "Who is voting on the... [read more]

Public safety
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 AM, 9 Comments
A guest editorial in today's Seattle Times by the presidents of the county and state corrections officer unions claims that years of inadequate funding for jails and staff now threatens public safety. Of course they have some self-interest an making... [read more]

Election integrity has gone to the dogs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 14 Comments
Australian shepherd Duncan MacDonald is still registered to vote, and owner Jane Balogh, who registered Duncan as a protest against lax voter registration standards, will take her protest to court:Balogh last week said she planned to plead guilty. She changed... [read more]

"Do as I say, not as I do"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 21 Comments
Today's P-I has an op-ed from Sen. Ted Kennedy lamenting yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the Seattle School District's racial-profiling school assignment system. Kennedy characterizes the SCOTUS decision as a vote "to block voluntary efforts to achieve... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:59 AM, 25 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly writes today that Mrs. Gregoire is a force to be reckoned with. Connelly, whose own contributions to voter fraud probably account for 2 votes of Gregoire's 133-vote margin of "victory", issues a predictable column: he... [read more]

June 28, 2007
She's Back!
by Eric Earling, 08:25 PM, 26 Comments
My fears have come true, we have a Congressional campaign trying to run full steam ahead the summer before an election year. Lord help us. Goldy covers the news of Darcy Burner's new ad: Now, partisan differences aside I actually... [read more]

As Usual, Many Were Called, But Few Were Chosen
by Jim Miller, 10:09 AM, 17 Comments
Perhaps, none, though I don't know for certain.  When I arrived at the courthouse in Kent, I was checked for weapons at the entrance as usual, and then went up to the jury room, where I heard the end of... [read more]

Immigration Bill es Muerte
by DonWard, 09:57 AM, 48 Comments
Maybe I should say that Team Red has hit the exacta this morning. The U.S. Senate has killed the fatally flawed U.S. immigration bill. Grab your garlic, wooden stake and firebrands and make sure you lop off the bill's head... [read more]

SCOTUS strikes down racial-tiebreaker
by DonWard, 09:38 AM, 35 Comments
It looks like today is a good day for Team Red. The United States Supreme Court struck down the Seattle Public School District's controversial "racial tie-breaker" policy which assigned school preference based upon the skin color of a student. As... [read more]

Yes, No, Maybe So
by Eric Earling, 08:07 AM, 17 Comments
A new poll on November's transportation ballot indicates the measure could go either way. It's an Elway poll, and as usual the internals aren't available which makes skepticism a very good choice, but it shows the public leaning toward the... [read more]

June 27, 2007
Affordable housing crisis
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:37 PM, 23 Comments
Danny Westneat is bemoaning rising housing costs: "Rents soar through the roofs" Rising rents might have something to do with demand for housing outpacing supply, exacerbated by government action which constrains development, artificially raises construction costs, continually inflates property taxes,... [read more]

Non-citizen voters, conveniently swept under the rug
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 25 Comments
The non-citizen vote merits more scrutiny, especially with the case of Jane Balogh, now being prosecuted for her stunt to draw attention to lax voter registration procedures, which she believes permit non-citizen voting. The evidence I've found to date suggests... [read more]

The Gay-Friendly Bundler Story
by Eric Earling, 07:50 AM, 13 Comments
In addition to the local discussion of the story of gay-friendly donors from around the country bundling donations to selected legislative races, there's an in-depth poll of note coming out on Republican voter attitudes related to some of the issues... [read more]

Reading Between the Lines
by Eric Earling, 12:25 AM, 0 Comments
"U-turn by Gregoire on oil-spill panel" reads the headline in the Seattle P-I. There doesn't appear to be a rational policy reason for the switch. It wouldn't have to do with wanting to give the Chair of the Oil Spill... [read more]

Most Terrifying News of the Day
by Eric Earling, 12:04 AM, 7 Comments
Somewhat buried in one part of David Postman's recent blogging on the budding Democratic primary in the 8th CD was a troubling passage: The e-mail urges donors to give before the June 30 cutoff for second quarter fundraising. The sort... [read more]

June 26, 2007
Endorsement Round-up
by Eric Earling, 11:48 PM, 7 Comments
As the Presidential endorsements from prominent local elected officials and party poo-bahs pile up, here's a collection of what I could find: Jennifer Dunn just endorsed Mitt Romney. Dave Reichert is backing Rudy Giuliani. Slade Gorton and Rob McKenna are... [read more]

Open Government Notes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:59 PM, 1 Comments
* The Washington Coalition for Open Government (WashCOG) is seeking nominations for the James Madison Award and the James Andersen Award for individuals who have promoted open government in Washington state. Nominations are due July 1. (I will nominate Armen... [read more]

Shouldn't Ads Be Clearly Marked?
by Jim Miller, 02:17 PM, 13 Comments
Today the Seattle Times ran this ad for Michael Moore and his new movie, Sicko.  But they did not mark it as an ad, as they usually do.  Even stranger, whoever created the ad hired a Seattle Times reporter, Mark... [read more]

Truth about the "Roads and Transit" package
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:27 PM, 94 Comments
A new website RoadsAndTransitFactual.info has a treasure trove of information about the proposed $38 billion roads and transit package. There's a lot there. One thing to start with is the Table comparing Sound Transit's 1996 light rail commitment and the... [read more]

Democrats push reckless vote-by-mail plan
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 14 Comments
King County Elections has been developing a plan to run the November 2008 election entirely by mail. This stems from a political decision by Executive Ron Sims and the state Democrats. They're apparently convinced that Mrs. Gregoire and fellow Democrats... [read more]

Should "Mainstream" Journalists Hold Democratic Officials Accountable For Their Failures?
by Jim Miller, 09:48 AM, 10 Comments
Put that directly, most people, maybe even most "mainstream" journalists, would say yes.  But in practice, those journalists are unwilling to make the most obvious follow-ups on the most horrific of failures, such as this one.... [read more]

Another DSHS Failure?
by Jim Miller, 09:16 AM, 13 Comments
It certainly appears so. It took 10 years for the state of Washington to decide Chornice Lewis was an unfit foster mother. The price of official inertia was a young girl's vision. Lewis, 33, is awaiting trial on two charges... [read more]

Animal Farm
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:49 AM, 15 Comments
Tim Eyman: "PIGs don't trust state voters"... [read more]

June 25, 2007
Desperate Democrats dredge (non)-dirt (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 PM, 21 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire, through her proxies at the state Democrat party, criticized private citizen Dino Rossi1 for using 501(c)(4) organization Forward Washington for the perfectly legal purpose of non-partisan issue advocacy. e.g. the Washington Idea Bank. What Gregoire's desperate, meritless complaint... [read more]

Desperate Democrats dredge (non)-dirt (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 PM, 2 Comments
King County Prosecutor candidate Bill Sherman, through his proxies at the state Democrat propaganda organ, the "Seattle Post-Intelligencer", published what may well be the lamest non-story ever to appear underneath a front-page headline: "Prosecutor's deputy asks lawyers to endorse boss".... [read more]

No Mas!
by Eric Earling, 11:19 PM, 3 Comments
The Everett Herald put a local twist on a national news story I could have done without today...or ever. It's not the Herald's fault really. The story is too good not to tell, but this warning from the maker of... [read more]

Can't We all Just Get Along?
by Eric Earling, 11:12 PM, 3 Comments
The mediator paid for by the state to sort out the conflicting interests involved in replacing 520 is getting to work. Ed Murray takes credit for pushing this idea along, which is seemingly one of the few possible ways to... [read more]

If the Shoe Fits...
by Eric Earling, 10:55 PM, 3 Comments
Local journalists reading Sound Politics may not enjoy periodic references and allusions to the liberal bias in the MSM perceived by many conservatives. Here's polite hint accordingly to avoid being tagged with that label: when you do a story about... [read more]

Bad seed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:40 AM, 15 Comments
The King County Prosecutor is considering criminal charges against the ACORN voter registration activists who allegedly submitted over 1,800 fraudulent registrations last October. Good. Curiously, when the ACORN story was first reported last October 21, the only controversy mentioned was... [read more]

A beacon of boondoggle spending
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 AM, 44 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has an article on the Beacon Hill light rail station, buried 165 feet (about the height of a 16 story building) beneath the hilltop, "Underground Link station a beacon of engineering":"It is probably the most challenging construction... [read more]

June 23, 2007
Speak Softly and Punch Your Enemies in the Wallet
by Eric Earling, 01:26 PM, 16 Comments
A passage from a Washington Post story run in yesterday's Seattle Times was an eye-catcher: North Korea had pledged in February to disable its Yongbyon reactor, but it missed an April deadline because of a dispute over $25 million in... [read more]

Who Will Run Against Darcy?
by Eric Earling, 11:35 AM, 31 Comments
David Postman had two posts this past week related to the 8th Congressional District race in 2008, one about potential Democratic primary challenges to Darcy Burner, the other about Burner's own activities on the trail. It's natural for a primary... [read more]

June 22, 2007
Busted!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:55 PM, 27 Comments
Donna Watts challenged incumbent state Rep. Geoff Simpson (D-47) last November. Before the election she caught some knuckleheads in the act of stealing her campaign signs. She tells me it was four people with two vehicles, methodically pulling signs along... [read more]

Pierce County Auditor seeks to outlaw polling places
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:50 PM, 26 Comments
Pierce County Auditor Pat McCarthy has revived her scheme to close the polling places and force everybody to vote by mail. A Pierce County task force rejected mail-only voting two years ago: The savings from closing polling places are more... [read more]

Scandal at Valley Medical Center
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:13 PM, 13 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Times: The state Auditor's Office is considering an audit of Valley Medical Center as the Renton hospital prepares to defend itself against charges that it misspent tax money to promote ballot measures in 2005 and 2006. Valley Medical... [read more]

Global Warming Cooling Update (XXIX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:50 PM, 34 Comments
From Madison, Wisconsin:Reid Bryson, known as the father of scientific climatology, considers global warming a bunch of hooey. The UW-Madison professor emeritus, who stands against the scientific consensus on this issue, is referred to as a global warming skeptic. But... [read more]

A dogged pursuit of voter fraud, King County-style
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:44 PM, 85 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that King County resident Jane Balogh has been prosecuted for registering her dog to vote -- as a protest against lax voter registration standards."I wasn't trying to do anything fraudulent. I was trying to prove that... [read more]

June 21, 2007
Re: Pick on the Stranger day
by Eric Earling, 08:13 PM, 3 Comments
When I said last night I liked the Stranger, this is but one kind of post I was thinking of that makes the Slog worth reading...besides of course the obnoxious liberalism that has its own entertainment value. Unexpected, off-beat, and... [read more]

Socialist Realism in the Seattle Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:51 PM, 33 Comments
Lynne Varner's editorial in yesterday's Seattle Times reminds me of this painting Gregoire herself recounts a story that places her in soft lighting but also serves as a headline for her tenure as leader of our state. The narrative goes... [read more]

What Can You Do With A Journalism Degree?
by Jim Miller, 05:16 PM, 17 Comments
You can become a hip-hop artist who advocates the assassination of President Bush. Sage Francis never flinches when discussing the instigative ingredients he sometimes uses to season his edgy raps. Well, almost never. Questioned about a potentially controverisal [sic] line... [read more]

Mitt Romney in Bellevue yesterday
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:37 AM, 31 Comments
I attended Gov. Mitt Romney's luncheon in Bellevue yesterday. Some observations and quotes from his talk. Worth noting that it was former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn who introduced Romney. That's a good endorsement to have. Romney opened his talk by mentioning... [read more]

Fighting democracy with everything they've got
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 AM, 11 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims is on KUOW Weekday today in the 10am hour. The web page lists other topics on the agenda, but the on-air announcements implied that the main topic is whether to elect the head of the... [read more]

Air Show Round-up
by Eric Earling, 07:59 AM, 4 Comments
Airbus has had a pretty good week at the Paris Air show, including some desperately needed good news for the A350 program. Nearly 200 of the almost 550 planes "sold" at the event are of that model, which until this... [read more]

Evil Partisanship
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 4 Comments
It's not uncommon to read coverage of politics in the modern era that includes a bemoaning of the supposedly excessive partisanship that clouds Washington, DC. Not to say there's not some merit in the critique at times, but in the... [read more]

Congratulations To Speaker Pelosi And Majority Leader Reid
by Jim Miller, 06:08 AM, 33 Comments
(And, in Washington state, to Congressmen Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, McDermott, and Smith.)  This was fast work. The percentage of Americans with a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in Congress is at 14%, the lowest in Gallup's... [read more]

June 20, 2007
Pick on the Stranger day
by Eric Earling, 10:09 PM, 6 Comments
Well, if you define a day loosely. Anyway, Joel Connelly started things off yesterday expressing his undying fondness for the crew at the Stranger. David Postman followed it up today with a lengthy, public chiding of Josh Feit for playing... [read more]

MoveRed.org
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:55 PM, 35 Comments
The King County Republican Party is launching a young adult group, called MoveRed.org, which the website describes:MoveRed.org is the youth coalition (ages 16-28) of the King County Republican Party. We are a group of students and young professionals with a... [read more]

The Seattle-area transportation proposals: a vast waste of money
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 52 Comments
Richard Morrill on Crosscut today rips apart the RTID/Sound Transit proposal. I don't agree with every point he makes, but he is right about the need to use existing road capacity more efficiently. And he's spot on about the insanity... [read more]

June 19, 2007
Welcome to Seattle!
by Eric Earling, 10:54 PM, 13 Comments
It just wouldn't be right for a major Republican to come to town without being greeted by a shot across the bow from Joel Connelly. Mitt Romney: welcome to town! Connelly is disgruntled with Romney's position on abortion, tossing out... [read more]

A big step towards accountable leadership at King County Elections
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 19 Comments
The petitions with 74,000+ signatures that the I-25 campaign turned in this morning. And over at Washblog today, Zappini describes another instance of failed management at King County Elections and why I-25 is needed.... [read more]

Initiative tampering
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 6 Comments
In yesterday's editorial, ("Careful, initiative tampering is dangerous") the Seattle Times expresses disapproval with a lawsuit filed by environmental nudnik group "Futurewise" and the SEIU to block Taxpayer Protection Initiative I-960. The Attorney General's response to the Futurewse/SEIU suit on... [read more]

Swirlie
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:49 AM, 19 Comments
P-I: "Questions swirl around King County sewer plant" In a few weeks, contractors will break ground on the high-tech treatment plant at the heart of Brightwater, King County's $1.8 billion expansion of its regional sewage system. The project has overcome... [read more]

Rudy in Town
by Eric Earling, 07:44 AM, 20 Comments
Do read Stefan's reporting on Rudy Giuliani's visit to town last week. While you're at it catch David Postman's coverage of the topic. Here's one thing that keeps nagging at me. The clumsy way in which Postman describes the press... [read more]

Big Week Across the Pond
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 5 Comments
The annual Paris Air Show is this week, replete with the expected competition between Boeing and Airbus announcing assorted orders for airplanes of various sizes. Some of the orders will have been rumored in advance, others more of a surprise.... [read more]

June 18, 2007
Re: Presidential Round-up
by Eric Earling, 08:55 PM, 10 Comments
I should add a footnote to this morning's post on recent Presidential news with some local twists: it's a good idea to remain wary of individual poll numbers. The national polls are interesting, not to mention prevalent. Yet, I'm still... [read more]

I-25 will turn in 74,000 signatures Tuesday
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:56 PM, 18 Comments
The I-25 campaign met its fundraising goal today and announced that campaign chairman Toby Nixon will turn-in petitions tomorrow:"We have collected over 74,000 signatures of King County voters in 90 days. We need 54,732 signatures to qualify the issue for... [read more]

Rudy Giuliani's Seattle visit
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:27 PM, 62 Comments
Rudy Giuliani was in Seattle Friday evening, speaking at a private fundraiser at a home in Capitol Hill. I'm not committed to any Presidential candidate, but Giuliani is one of the candidates I'd be most enthusiastic about. His track record... [read more]

I-25: 2 days left to qualify (or not)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 AM, 2 Comments
I-25's deadline for turning in petitions is this Wednesday, only 2 days away. The campaign is closing the funding gap and is within reach of having enough money to obtain the remaining signatures to qualify for the ballot. I'm pleased... [read more]

Presidential Round-up
by Eric Earling, 07:47 AM, 26 Comments
I guess no one has posted on it here yet, but Dave Reichert endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President. The P-I runs an AP story on Mitt Romney's momentum in Iowa and New Hampshire. The analysis by one pol that Romeny... [read more]

June 17, 2007
Some Members of the Grassroots Do the Darndest Things
by Eric Earling, 10:29 PM, 10 Comments
One of the most incorrect notions you can run across in the two-party system is the errant belief that one party is consistently united while the other is an impossible assemblage of warring factions. It's not uncommon to hear a... [read more]

Civic Entrepreneurialism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:12 PM, 38 Comments
Last weekend I asked readers to suggest a word to represent the opposite of "Statism". Thanks to all who participated in the ensuing discussion. Among the best suggestions: classical liberalism, small-l libertarianism, objectivism, Americanism, capitalism. My personal favorite, suggested by... [read more]

Transportation Ballot Round-up
by Eric Earling, 08:28 PM, 17 Comments
James Vesely's longer than normal editorial column today expends a good deal of print space discussing the roads-transit package up for a vote this November. Much like Goldy, I was left not really clear with where he was going with... [read more]

Sure You Are, Reverend Redding:
by Jim Miller, 04:08 PM, 0 Comments
This delusion is funny, at first glance. Shortly after noon on Fridays, the Rev. Ann Holmes Redding ties on a black headscarf, preparing to pray with her Muslim group on First Hill. On Sunday mornings, Redding puts on the white... [read more]

Christians in the Public Square
by Eric Earling, 03:06 PM, 20 Comments
There's a new group being formed in Washington state to pursue a new means by which to advocate for conservative social issues. Jerry Cornfield at the Everett Herald has the story: Rarely do those on the left and the right... [read more]

A preview of Mrs. Gregoire's 2008 campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 AM, 26 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire is in full-bore campaign mode, reports the AP's David Ammons: "Eager Gregoire Jump-Starting '08 Re-Election Bid". Yet even after sending out "a four-page fundraising letter this month" and holding a "splashy campaign event in Seattle this week" which... [read more]

June 16, 2007
Props to Sam Reed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:24 PM, 26 Comments
I attended Sam Reed's Pig Feed at the Puget Sound Yacht Club in Seattle this afternoon. Yummy pork sandwiches and side dishes and good beer. Sam gets props for three very important things this year: * Quashing the attempt by... [read more]

I-25: 4 days left to qualify (or not)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:59 AM, 7 Comments
Today's Seattle Times: "Initiative group says it has signatures, needs cash to retrieve them" Initiative 25 organizer and spokesman Toby Nixon said the campaign has 58,000 signatures in hand but is $20,000 short of being able to pay Citizen Solutions... [read more]

June 15, 2007
I-25: 5 days left to qualify (or not)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:55 PM, 2 Comments
Wow. In the 24 hours since I posted yesterday's update, more than 30 readers stepped up and donated over $3,000 online. Others e-mailed to say they were sending checks. A big thank you to all. Over 200 people have donated... [read more]

Cargo Cults And Light Rail
by Jim Miller, 01:33 PM, 72 Comments
You have probably heard of these strange religions, which sprang up, mostly in the Pacific, after primitive groups encountered Europeans.   If not, here's a brief description. Discussions of cargo cults usually begin with a series of movements that occurred... [read more]

What's the deal with I-90?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 AM, 21 Comments
Headlines from the last two days: "Trooper gets eyeful from nude couple in I-90 stop" "Wheel falls off another semitrailer on I-90" "Motorcycles clocked at 132 mph on I-90" UPDATE: Now there's another one! "French Fries spill onto I-90 at... [read more]

June 14, 2007
I-25: 6 days left to qualify (or not)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:29 PM, 29 Comments
Visualize this: Ron Sims and a handful of people who desperately want I-25 to fail, high-fiving, drinking champagne and laughing so hard they're peeing their pants. Because I-25 (with 60% approval in opinion polls) has not only failed to qualify... [read more]

Who's the nitwit?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:27 AM, 16 Comments
Rick Anderson of the Seattle Weekly continues to look into the official automobile usage of Seattle's self-styled Green Mayor: "Mayor Greg Nickels Continues to Blow Off His Own Gas-Saving Advice". Since April 2004, taxpayers have spent $83,000 buying and leasing... [read more]

SCOTUS rules for teachers, EFF
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:06 AM, 23 Comments
AP:In a Washington state case, the U.S. Supreme Court said today that states may force public sector labor unions to get consent from workers before using their fees for political activities.The unanimous decision, authored by Justice Scalia, is here. A... [read more]

Boeing Rolls On
by Eric Earling, 07:51 AM, 3 Comments
Yesterday's news of a pending big order for the 787 is highly significant. The fact the world's largest airplane customer - the International Lease Finance Corporation - and bellwether of broader airline market thinking still isn't ready to commit to... [read more]

Kirby Wilbur on Fred Thompson
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 50 Comments
Kirby Wilbur added a constructive comment at #40 in this thread on Fred Thompson : Eric, I'm sure the fact that George Will, whom I admire greatly, has endorsed one of Fred's opponents, didn't in any way color any of... [read more]

June 13, 2007
Transparency in Taxation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 PM, 13 Comments
As noted earlier, Councilman Reagan Dunn recently proposed the "Transparency in Taxation" ordinance, to mail all county property owners an itemized statement detailing what their property taxes are spent on. A great idea. The proposal was heard in committee yesterday... [read more]

Why People Don't Trust Liberals with National Security
by Eric Earling, 10:51 PM, 23 Comments
It's no secret Democrats have struggled for years at the national level to rid themselves of the residue of liberal foreign policy excesses toward the end of the Vietman era. Simply put, liberals - though not always Democrats writ large... [read more]

The Party Hack
by Jim Miller, 10:44 AM, 18 Comments
Mentioned in this post.  Was a substitute for another party hack. Al Gore may be thankful he avoided a sudden change in climate at Husky Stadium over the weekend. It turns out the former vice president was the mysterious speaker... [read more]

Dino Rossi speaks
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:10 AM, 33 Comments
... to Bruce Ramsey for today's column: "Rossi ponders the future -- his own, and the state's" Also be sure to catch Rossi's talk to the Mainstream Republicans last month, TVW video, here... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 18 Comments
In today's column, contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly mentions:Ted Stevens -- the tantrum-prone, self-enriching, pork barreling senator-for-life from Alaska.Good thing Connelly is above name-calling!... [read more]

June 12, 2007
Get Those Kids Outdoors!
by Eric Earling, 10:00 PM, 18 Comments
Knute Berger dislikes the decline of kids going to summer camp. A lamentable trend, indeed. My son will be trotting off to camp for the second straight year. It's his favorite summertime activity, and one which Mrs. Earling and I... [read more]

Where are the heirs of Rachel Corrie?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:46 PM, 21 Comments
Palestinians in Gaza are getting the snot kicked out of them ... by other Palestinians:Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused Hamas of staging a "bloody coup" to try and take full control of the Gaza Strip. His allegations... [read more]

Be Skeptical of Every Presidential Candidate
by Eric Earling, 09:45 PM, 16 Comments
Some commenters at today's follow-up post on Fred Thompson took umbrage with my skepticism toward some elements of his budding campaign. Make that skepticism also of the thinking of some of his campaign's supporters, of whom there are not an... [read more]

I-25 Countdown: 8 days left to qualify
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 3 Comments
8 days remain until the June 20 deadline for submitting petitions. If you have any signed petitions, mail them in today. The initiative has almost enough signatures to qualify. 200 donors have contributed $120,000 ($18,000 in June alone!). Thanks to... [read more]

Re: The Challenges Facing Fred Thompson
by Eric Earling, 07:54 AM, 47 Comments
A few comments in this weekend's post on Fred Thompson exemplified one of reasons for my skepticism about his campaign. Some Thompson enthusiasts come close to becoming the right wing version of the netroots, blindly extolling their candidate and the... [read more]

Follow Up On John Cramer's Experiment
by Jim Miller, 07:48 AM, 6 Comments
As you may recall, two months ago UW physicist John Cramer was looking for contributions so that he could try to make light particles go backward in time. Today, we learn from Tom Paulson's PI article that Cramer has received... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:41 AM, 25 Comments
Another inconvenient truth for Al Gore:Pictures of [Tanzania' Mt. Kilimanjaro], which has lost 90 percent of its ice cover, were featured in Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Greenpeace activists once held a satellite news conference on the summit to... [read more]

June 11, 2007
Why Do We Need to Call it a Hate Crime?
by Eric Earling, 06:42 PM, 79 Comments
Today's Seattle Times includes an intriguing tale of the coverage - or lack thereof - a horrific double rape & murder. The two victims are white. The four alleged criminals are black. The story details the lack of media attention... [read more]

Washington Presidential Primary to be held on Feb. 19
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:42 PM, 13 Comments
... according to an e-mail announcement from Republican State Sen. Pam Roach praising the decision of the Presidential Primary Date Selection Committee Good. UPDATE: The AP has the story.... [read more]

I-25: Only 9 days left to qualify
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:48 AM, 6 Comments
Only 9 days until I-25's June 20 deadline to submit petitions. It's not a done deal, but will get done if enough people care enough to make it succeed. Over 200 donors have together contributed over $100,000. Dozens more have... [read more]

Party Hack Gives Campaign Speech
by Jim Miller, 11:10 AM, 31 Comments
Instead of a commencement address.   Students and parents jeer and heckle. The University of Washington on Saturday awarded degrees to more than 4,000 students in a chilly, soggy ceremony during which some of the students, their parents and friends... [read more]

Go, Frank, Go!
by Eric Earling, 07:23 AM, 17 Comments
House Speaker Frank Chopp wants to join state Republicans in trying to give the state Presidential primary some meaning. Good. The Times editorial discussing the issue chided other state Democrats involved in the date selection process for seeking a meaningless... [read more]

June 10, 2007
What's the opposite of Statism?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 70 Comments
I'm searching for a good word to represent the opposite of "Statism" (specifically over-reliance on state attempts to manage economic and social outcomes). It's tempting to use an "-ism". Concepts I want to invoke but can't find an ideal "-ism"... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:47 AM, 19 Comments
CWU Prof. Matt Manweller has a guest op-ed in today's Seattle Times: "Liberty: A capital idea". The column is adapted from Manweller's talk at last month's Mainstream Republican conference Iraq War panel, the video of which is at TVW, here... [read more]

June 09, 2007
Good News, Bad News Week for Boeing
by Eric Earling, 09:14 PM, 2 Comments
A big order from Aeroflot is the good news, though it's more political than economic in benefit. The bad news is the revelation a major supplier for the 787 has issues. It's a reminder that the spreading of capital risk... [read more]

The Challenges Facing Fred Thompson
by Eric Earling, 08:51 PM, 42 Comments
A few points about Fred Thompson's candidacy are worth examining based on enthusiasm seen in comments at times at this site, as well as the vocal presence of local Fred enthusiasts, including Kirby Wilbur and Bryan Suits at KVI, and... [read more]

Snohomish County filings
by Eric Earling, 11:56 AM, 30 Comments
No great surprises in the candidate filings in Snohomish County. The three-way race for Snohomish County Sheriff is on between Rob Beidler, Tom Greene, and John Lovick. I'm working on a questionnaire to send to all three over the weekend.... [read more]

June 08, 2007
Candidate filings are in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:24 PM, 28 Comments
King County has posted what appears to be the final list of candidate filings. Updates since this morning: * Jim Nobles is Republican candidate for Assessor * Richard Pope is running against Jane Hague (as a Democrat) [hint: Richard, you're... [read more]

(Your name here) is mad as hell
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:47 PM, 31 Comments
My reply to a letter posted by Postman:Subject: Your Name wants to keep the Sonics in Washington, but only if the Sonics can support themselves in the marketplace Dear Legislators: I am writing this letter to encourage our local government... [read more]

More on Bill Sherman's PDC Reports
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 5 Comments
See the amended C4 (Summary of Receipts and Expenditures) dated 9/12/2006 for the period ending 9/11/2006Line 17: Total cash and in kind expenditures during campaign: $80,739.28The subsequent and most recent C4, for the period 9/12 - 10/30/2006 was filed on... [read more]

Last day to file for the fall ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:27 AM, 7 Comments
Today's the last day for fall candidates to file with the county elections office. King County posts the list of filed candidates here. (The page should be updated again today at noon and 6pm). There's been speculation whether Eastside Republican... [read more]

June 07, 2007
A Shark and a Jet
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:31 PM, 8 Comments
Mrs. Shark and I got to see West Side Story at the 5th Avenue Theatre this evening. Pictured with me above is Michael Jablonski, who played the part of Riff. It was a terrific show and runs through June... [read more]

For the uninitiated
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 32 Comments
The Seattle Times' Lynne Varner had an editorial yesterday about the Technology Access Foundation, a private organization that teaches technology skills to K-12 students. Varner's main point is a good one:My applause for all of this is bittersweet because I'm... [read more]

I-25: Accountable elections are only a few thousand dollars away
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:45 AM, 16 Comments
An update to last Friday's post where I mentioned that the I-25 campaign needed to raise the last $20,000 by today to finish gathering signatures. (The goal is really only $15,000, as I've pledged the last $5,000) The campaign tells... [read more]

Coffee without the heat
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:42 AM, 40 Comments
The Edmonds School District has purchased a $15,000 espresso machine for the administration building breakroom. It's obviously for the children! But maybe it would be a better deal for everybody if they returned the $15,000 espresso machine and replaced it... [read more]

The Gore Effect
by Jim Miller, 06:16 AM, 17 Comments
Hits Seattle. (Of course I don't really think that Al Gore causes cold weather.  But it is amusing, and a little puzzling, to see how cold weather follows him around.  Puzzling because he is such an energy glutton that one... [read more]

June 06, 2007
Keith Scully files for Prosecutor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:28 PM, 5 Comments
Environmental lawyer Keith Scully has filed as a Democrat candidate for County Prosecutor. I perused Scully's campaign website. His top 3 issues:Death Penalty Diversity LaborHe wants to expand the purview of the criminal justice system:As we get serious about protecting... [read more]

Time for some modest proposals
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 PM, 23 Comments
The Seattle City Clowncil wants to reduce waste:City leaders are looking at ways to bump recycling and composting rates from the current 44 percent up to 72 percent -- a goal that could be hit by 2025 if sweeping changes... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 32 Comments
Physicist Freeman Dyson has some doubts about the validity of global warming science. Among his specific critiques are that the current science is based too heavily on computer models, instead of on empirical data gathering, and that the influences of... [read more]

June 05, 2007
Alright Don, Here are My Debate Thoughts...
by Eric Earling, 08:19 PM, 32 Comments
Just some quick thoughts on the debate, per Don Ward's prediction. Easily the most substantive of the debates thus far, but also the least instructive. It basically confirmed that yes, the Big Three are at the top of the heap... [read more]

Republican debate:Almost Live Blog
by DonWard, 03:26 PM, 40 Comments
The third round of Republican Presidential debates is about to begin. CNN is taking its turn this go-around doing the hosting duties. The same ten candidates who were in the last Battle Royale will be grappling again. Topping the card... [read more]

An Assault on Reason
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 29 Comments
Joel Connelly reports on Al Gore's speech in Seattle yesterday:In "The Assault on Reason," Gore decries the declining participation in America's public life, blamed on the fact that the average American watches more than four hours of television a day.... [read more]

June 04, 2007
Sound Transit Light-rail: decades of debt
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 AM, 67 Comments
Times: "Light-rail debt a 50-year ride"If Sound Transit wins voter approval to extend light rail far beyond Seattle at a cost of more than $23 billion by 2027, taxpayers would still owe an additional $14 billion in construction debt afterward.ouch.... [read more]

June 03, 2007
Ladenburg's Gambit
by Eric Earling, 06:58 PM, 26 Comments
Imagine the Chairman of Sound Transit resigning that position to actively campaign against a ballot measure boosting that same agency. Jim Vesely's column in today's Seattle Times discusses the issue (discussed also in recent news coverage in the TNT and... [read more]

Pick Up A Copy Of The June Eastside Sun
by Jim Miller, 04:00 PM, 7 Comments
If only for the two page spread on what our Marines are doing in Iraq.  The article ends with this story: Got a tough but heartwarming story and a picture of a medical Chief, John Gebhardt in Iraq This little... [read more]

June 02, 2007
Abort Goldstein?
by DonWard, 06:08 PM, 116 Comments
As a rule, I don't generally comment* about what goes on over at Horsesass. Mostly this is because the site's proprietor, Mr. Goldstein, is a little more than irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. Besides, life is just too... [read more]

Truth in Tax Talk
by Eric Earling, 11:12 AM, 31 Comments
One of the undying frustrations of policy wonks is the difficulty the media has in covering complex issues, particularly when the issue in question is not the primary focal point of a given story. Take this from David Postman's coverage... [read more]

June 01, 2007
I-25: Accountable elections are only $20,000 away
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:12 PM, 19 Comments
The I-25 campaign reports that the only thing needed to ensure enough signatures to qualify for the ballot is to raise $20,000 to pay the signature gatherers for the final weeks of work. The rest of the funding for the... [read more]

Bobbe Bridge resigns
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:43 PM, 23 Comments
State Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge announced today that she'll retire at the end of the year. Bridge is one of the more reliably liberal and statist justices. She is perhaps best known for her 2003 DUI arrest. In our... [read more]

Democrat field for Proscuting Attorney remains open
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:21 AM, 11 Comments
According to today's P-I, King County Councilman Bob Ferguson hasn't decided whether to enter the race for Prosecuting Attorney after all:[Republican Dan] Satterberg's strength would be that he is regarded as a non-partisan professional in Maleng's mold. Ferguson has some... [read more]

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