Index of entries from August 2007
August 31, 2007
Fred Thompson: Conservative, finally, officially announces
by DonWard, 05:10 PM, 120 Comments
Fred Thompson's campaign has announced that the actor and former senator will officially announce that he is running for President on Sept. 6. By officially announcing that you're going to officially announce your campaign, doesn't that mean that you just... [read more]

More creative fiction from the Seattle Times editorial page
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:28 PM, 14 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial page (which, BTW, admits to making stuff up) recently chastised Disney Corp. for disputing a UW press release:Disney has a lot of nerve attacking the University of Washington's scholarly research into the benefits of baby videos,... [read more]

"Substantial compliance" is not compliance
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 8 Comments
State Appeals Court rules in a recent Public Records Act decision (Zink v City of Mesa) that We hold that "substantial compliance" is an incorrect standard by which to judge an agency's compliance with its statutory duties ... The PDA... [read more]

Qwest Field Report
by Eric Earling, 08:31 AM, 16 Comments
I'm obliged to report back after raising questions about Jones Soda being served exclusively at Seahawks games this year. I partook of the glory that is Qwest Field last night for the last preseason game of the summer thanks to... [read more]

"Mixed Feelings"
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 61 Comments
That phrase might well describe how a lot of people feel about L'Affaire de Larry Craig: shock, outrage, sadness, pity, you name it. The best media coverage for capturing that mood comes from an article by the Washington Post's Howard... [read more]

August 30, 2007
AP: "Gregoire won't release 'Sunshine Committee' documents"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:57 PM, 35 Comments
Two weeks after Mrs. Gregoire was soundly criticized for apppointing an open records foe to chair the 'Sunshine Committee', she committed another open records boner:[Mrs.] Gregoire has refused to reveal the identities of some people who weren't picked for seats... [read more]

Obstructing the will of the voters
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:17 PM, 23 Comments
Toby Nixon's Times op-ed calls on the King County Council to let the voters vote on the I-25 charter change this November. Unfortunately, the Council Democrats are resisting putting it on the ballot. Why? Although King County votes 60%+ Democrat,... [read more]

Dean Logan poised to take over L.A. County Elections?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:12 AM, 13 Comments
The Los Angeles Times reports that longtime L.A. County elections chief Conny McCormack has announced she will step down later this year. McCormack's top deputy is none other than former King County Elections Director Dean Logan (remember him?), whom McCormack... [read more]

August 29, 2007
Industrial wasteland or wasted industrial land?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 PM, 23 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial page (which, by the way, admits that it makes things up) weighs in today on a kerfuffle between the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle over the Port's plan for some unused industrial-zoned land... [read more]

Erica Barnett: incompetent or deliberately untruthful?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:10 PM, 141 Comments
The Stranger's Erica Barnett continues to exploit the frightful mistakes of Seattle waitress Steffany Bell, who lost her job last week for unprofessional conduct. I won't recite here the long litany of Barnett's own unprofessional conduct and narrative-distorting inaccuracies in... [read more]

Re: Liberals Still Don't Understand Faith
by Eric Earling, 07:32 PM, 30 Comments
This post caused some lively discussion over the weekend. The topic is brewing elsewhere now too. Michael Gerson's column in today's WaPo discusses an atrocious Democratic own-goal in the process of that party trying to make itself hospitable to persons... [read more]

Remember that Ad?
by Eric Earling, 07:12 PM, 8 Comments
It was a bit before I reached full maturity in local politics (still a debatable point as I understand), but astute readers may recall an ad from the local political scene several years back similar to this newer version: The... [read more]

A Small Story From Mt. Rainier
by Jim Miller, 12:46 PM, 54 Comments
Last Friday, I went down to Mt. Rainier for a little hike.  Near the end of the hike I decided to check out Myrtle Falls, hoping for a good picture.  (The light was not quite right, so the pictures I... [read more]

"More of Us Than There Are of Them"
by Eric Earling, 05:40 AM, 38 Comments
So says Darcy Burner. Evidently polling in two blue states doesn't quite agree, and indicates there isn't a solid majority in the Northwest sold on the idea to bail on Iraq ASAP. Key point from the poll: "there is no... [read more]

August 28, 2007
"Flipper" Ferguson flips off voters (again)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:38 PM, 14 Comments
King County Councilman Bob "Flipper" Ferguson"Flipper" Ferguson explains his election reform plan"Flipper" Ferguson has once again flipped-flopped on the question of whether King County voters should get to elect the elections director. Last year he flip-flopped on putting the charter... [read more]

Michael Hood: defamer of children, slayer of waitresses
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:00 PM, 204 Comments
If you've read about the "fired waitress" kerfuffle, here is the original blog post by Nate ("mercifurious") with the false and defamatory "unedited phone interview" that waitress Steffany Bell gave Nate about my family's visit to the casual restaurant where... [read more]

August 27, 2007
Slade Moving Up?
by Eric Earling, 11:19 PM, 45 Comments
It seems unlikely, but David Postman's eye caught mention of Slade Gorton has a possible replacement for Alberto Gonzalez. There are a number of other fellows on the list with closer ties to the federal government and its operations these... [read more]

Darcy Digs Deeper
by Eric Earling, 08:21 PM, 30 Comments
"There are more of us than there are of them," she says? Uh. Then what the heck happened last November when you couldn't take out a freshman, Republican Congressman in a lean-Democrat district in a huge Democratic year? While... [read more]

Sure, He Shot a Man...But Go Easy on Him, He's a Good Tipper!
by Eric Earling, 07:40 PM, 93 Comments
Connoisseurs of the local blogosphere are well aware of the minor dust-up between Stefan and an intemperate blogging waitress, who as Stefan notes has recanted her tale, that has since gained quite a following on liberal blogs. Stefan has and... [read more]

Seattle Times editorial editor admits: "We make stuff up"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:23 PM, 60 Comments
Seattle Times editorial editor Jim Vesely responded to my inquiry about yesterday's editorial, asking for either the factual basis of this interpretation of Judge Bridge's ruling, or a retraction:Much fuss has been made about how the elections director is not... [read more]

Gonzalez Gets Gone
by DonWard, 08:51 AM, 30 Comments
It looks like Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez is going to that big federal pension fund in the sky now that news of his resignation has been announced. Good. The words "riddance" and "bad rubbish" should be included to the above... [read more]

Protest Bush. Or protest the protestors.
by DonWard, 06:35 AM, 37 Comments
President Bush is coming to Bellevue today to headline a fundraiser for Congressman Dave Reichert at the Bellevue Hyatt around 3 p.m. Having a POTUS visit is a signature event for the average get-yer-ya-yas-out professional protestor. The excitement among liberal... [read more]

August 26, 2007
The Meaning of Baird
by Eric Earling, 10:07 PM, 13 Comments
Brian Baird's shift on Iraq is getting mucho attention, especially after laying out his case in a Seattle Times op-ed. What does it mean? That's complicated. Probably somewhere between David Postman's analysis and the Washington Post coverage he reviewed. Meaning,... [read more]

On a Somewhat Lighter Note
by Eric Earling, 09:13 PM, 9 Comments
Some heavy issues on the blog as of late. But football season is upon us. Nothing could go wrong there, right? Well, maybe not: "Church Deacon, OU Fan Tears Scrotum Of UT Fan In Bar Fight." Ouch. I mean, OUCH!!!!!... [read more]

David Goldstein confesses that he is an accessory after the fact to a murder
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:53 PM, 43 Comments
Either that, or he wants his readers to know that he operates his blog with intentional disregard for the truth and to assume that everything he posts is false, unless there is independent proof to the contrary!... [read more]

Weakness Week
by Eric Earling, 05:49 PM, 6 Comments
Every candidate makes mistakes. They're human; that's what they do. In the course of a campaign office seekers and their staffs will err. The question is who makes the fewest and the least damaging blunders. In a competitive race between... [read more]

Does the Seattle Times editorial board just make stuff up?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:30 PM, 13 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial argues against I-25. The core argument is, I paraphrase, "Voters want to elect their elections director, and what do they know? So the county council shouldn't let them the vote on this question!". The editorial makes... [read more]

Liberals Still Don't Understand Faith
by Eric Earling, 02:21 PM, 100 Comments
For a case study in how the secular, liberal base of the Democratic Party still doesn't understand religion in America, digest this column from Bonnie Erbe on today's P-I editorial page. Erbe is flummoxed at leading Democratic candidates for the... [read more]

August 25, 2007
End of story
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:22 PM, 0 Comments
The waitress whose defamatory and initially anonymous account of my family's visit to her restaurant was posted on some blogs has issued a retraction:The comments made on Blatherwatch and Meetthestress about Mr. Sharkansky and his family are largely untrue and... [read more]

August 24, 2007
Where is Darcy Running again?
by Eric Earling, 09:15 PM, 27 Comments
Interesting tidbit at the P-I's Strange Bedfellows blog on the latest from Darcy Burner's campaign: It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Reichert's 8th Congressional District, made up mostly of Seattle's eastern suburbs, is a true... [read more]

August 23, 2007
John Lovick's campaign
by Eric Earling, 08:37 PM, 17 Comments
There's a bit of myth floating out in the press about John Lovick's campaign for Snohomish County Sheriff that needs correction. Seattle Times coverage on Wednesday said he, "held a slight lead despite little campaigning." Today the Times editorial page... [read more]

Arab and Muslim "groups" resent anti-terrorism investigation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:18 PM, 53 Comments
Today's NPR All Things Considered interviews Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter about the suspicious ferry riders sought by the FBI. Also today, the Times reports that "Muslim- and Arab-American leaders are upset that the FBI didn't consult them" before publishing... [read more]

August 22, 2007
Misreading the Partisan Preference Primary
by Eric Earling, 08:09 PM, 31 Comments
Despite warnings against it, Goldy is earnestly misreading primary results as the next great thing that happened to the Democratic party, crowing about the predictable gap between those selecting Democratic ballots versus Republican ballots. The crux of the previous warning... [read more]

I-25 qualifies for ballot
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 15 Comments
King County Elections has determined that I-25 has submitted enough signatures to secure a place on the November ballot. Now it's up to the County Council to determine just what goes on the ballot. Will the Council -- (a) Place... [read more]

Ferry update -or - "It's not in the P-I"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:53 AM, 100 Comments
The Seattle Times has more information on the suspicious ferry passengers that the FBI is looking for, reporting that theyrode as many as six different ferry routes in recent weeks -- snapping photos of doorways and going to areas of... [read more]

August 21, 2007
Re: The P-I Has Jumped the Shark
by Eric Earling, 10:41 PM, 11 Comments
To illustrate the point about how far out there the P-I is getting with its position on dealing with Iran, behold this editorial in the Washington Post, no lion of neo-conservatism. The Post says "the Revolutionary Guard, a radical state... [read more]

RTID/Sound Transit Ballot Contest Shaping Up
by Eric Earling, 09:04 PM, 19 Comments
Of note, the pro-side is loading up on campaign cash, not so much apparently for those opposed. Sounds like I-912. Erica Barnett also has an interesting post at the Slog weighing the pros and cons of the measure, from her... [read more]

Snohomish County Primary Results...
by Eric Earling, 08:40 PM, 22 Comments
...are in. Though these are only preliminary the ballots counted thus far are likely to be at least half of the total tally (the Auditor's office is predicting 38% turnout). Thus, short of a huge shift in later ballots or... [read more]

Have you seen these men?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:54 PM, 75 Comments
KIRO-TV reports: The Seattle [FBI] and the Washington Joint Analytical Center are asking for the public's help identifying two individuals who have been seen aboard Washington state ferries on several occasions.According to authorities, the two men have exhibited unusual behavior... [read more]

"Students are casualties of government schools"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:42 AM, 69 Comments
Today's P-I has a guest editorial about the failure of government schools to teach mathematics: "Students are casualties of math wars" Meanwhile:A coalition of teachers, parents, community groups and school districts will argue in King County Superior Court this week... [read more]

August 20, 2007
Primary Prediction
by Eric Earling, 08:40 PM, 7 Comments
The discrepancy between Democratic ballots and Republican ballots are going to be a bath this year. I predicted a similar story last year, which turned out to be true. Renee Radcliff Sinclair's campaign for Snohomish County Council is making a... [read more]

"Why Study War?"
by Eric Earling, 07:58 PM, 16 Comments
Victor Davis Hanson answers the question in a compelling way in the City Journal. I pass the essay on in particular given the mind-numbing display of ignorance of such issues one can find in current debates about Iraq, the war... [read more]

King County Council discusses statistical sampling
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:28 PM, 13 Comments
The King County Council meeting is now on KCTV. Reagan Dunn is now asking to consider the emergency legislation to approve the statistical sampling method. Ron Sims' Council liaison D'Sean Quinn testified that the verification of I-25 will be done... [read more]

Tom Carr's lame response to criticism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:20 PM, 12 Comments
Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr, whose appointment by Mrs. Gregoire to chair a "Sunshine" committee has been roundly condemned by pretty much everybody who cares about open government, responds to an item critical of his appointment at the P-I blog.... [read more]

I-25 Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 14 Comments
Seattle Times: "Election-director initiative likely to qualify for ballot" Elections Director Sherril Huff reports 31,000 signatures (of 74,000) have been checked, with 24,000 valid (towards a 52,817 target), and expects to finish this week. Good. The County Council should have... [read more]

Here's Some Advice For Nicole Brodeur
by Jim Miller, 09:45 AM, 4 Comments
Commit journalism. The Seattle Times columnist drew national attention for her confession (boast?) that she cheered in the Seattle Times newsroom when she heard that Karl Rove had resigned. I cheered in that meeting because I think Karl Rove is... [read more]

August 19, 2007
The P-I has jumped the shark
by Eric Earling, 04:26 PM, 23 Comments
Well, that's not exactly news. But today's editorial on U.S. policy toward Iran shows how far to the left the paper has gone. Not content to simply disagree with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the P-I seems upset to even... [read more]

Are Oregon's Roads Better Than Washington's?
by Jim Miller, 02:47 PM, 30 Comments
I haven't seen a formal comparison of the roads in the two states, but that's certainly my impression after driving through Oregon on my third disaster area tour.  (For the curious, I traveled on Oregon roads in this order: I-205,... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXXV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:51 PM, 35 Comments
"Getting cold to spread global warming message"Hundreds of people posed naked on Switzerland's shrinking Aletsch glacier today for US photographer Spencer Tunick as part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of global warming.As noted here earlier, the Aletsch glacier... [read more]

Gregoire's appointment of open records foe to "Sunshine committee" drawing criticism from all sides
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 8 Comments
P-I reporter Daniel Lathrop is also disappointed with Mrs. Gregoire's choice of Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr to chair the state Sunshine Committee, calling Carr an "open records foe"As an investigative reporter, I file a lot of public records requests.... [read more]

"A thousand little things"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 AM, 6 Comments
Among the "thousand little things" that folks are doing to adapt to the I-5 construction is to sit in traffic longer and burn more fossil fuel.... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XXXVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 16 Comments
"Earmark" pork-barrel spending isn't just for the U.S. Congress anymore, it's also the latest fad in the Democrat-dominated Washington Legislature, today's Seattle Times reports: "From sports complex to roads, lawmakers' pet projects on rise" Earmarked spending has reached record highs... [read more]

Pre-Labor Day Presidential Analysis
by Eric Earling, 09:07 AM, 22 Comments
The Presidential race is largely at a structural point of stasis until after Labor Day, barring a major gaffe by one of the candidates. There has also been a fair amount of movement in the Republican race the last several... [read more]

August 18, 2007
Senseless Light Rail Boondoggle (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 32 Comments
Randal O'Toole: "Debunking Portland: The Public Transit Myth"Portland officials spend more than half the region's transportation funds on transit, but that doesn't mean Portlanders ride it. In fact, since Portland began building rail transit in the 1980s, transit's market share... [read more]

"Port hopeful lone foe of tax burden"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 3 Comments
Today's P-I says that Thom McCann is the only candidate for the Port Commission seat now held by Bob Edwards who wants to reduce the property tax levy that subsidizes the port's business operations. McCann's campaign website is here... [read more]

August 17, 2007
Making Barry Bonds's integrity problems look like kindergarten...
by Eric Earling, 06:08 PM, 20 Comments
I'm probably a rare find in the Sound Politics community who would prefer not to see the Sonics blow town. But if this story keeps unfolding the way it seems headed, my sorrow may go down to about zilch. Crooked... [read more]

Countdown to Netroots Freakout...
by Eric Earling, 06:01 PM, 12 Comments
...in 5, 4, 3, 2... Well, I kid a bit. The news today, covered first in The Olympian and the The Columbian, of Brian Baird's shift on Iraq policy is a doozy. But, stillwell over at NPI isn't quite freaking... [read more]

Public (Records) Enemy #1
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:25 PM, 8 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire has named Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr to chair the new "Sunshine" committee, tasked with reviewing exemptions to the state Public Records Act. In the world of public records, Carr is perhaps best known for the notorious Hangartner... [read more]

Lamestream Media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:24 PM, 8 Comments
The P-I website carries this article about the personal blog of Imad Moustapha, the Syrian ambassador to the United States. Moustapha is an official representative for one of the most corrupt, backward and repressive regimes on the planet, and I'm... [read more]

Senseless Light Rail Boondoggle (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:13 PM, 14 Comments
An important lesson from the Minnesota bridge collapse:Representative James Oberstar, Democrat of Minnesota and the chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, sent out a news release last month boasting about Minnesota's share of a recent transportation and housing... [read more]

The King County
by DonWard, 08:45 AM, 18 Comments
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the day when Elvis Presley decided to fake his death. For those in the know, the King of Rock and Roll finally passed away due to a heart attack in the late 1990s as... [read more]

August 16, 2007
What, Was Google broken?
by Eric Earling, 08:12 PM, 18 Comments
A personal pet peeve of mine is when newspapers run terribly outdated file photos of prominent individuals in the news. Local weeklies are the usual purveyors of such errors, but today's dead tree version of the Seattle Times caught my... [read more]

Good news from the County Council
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:57 PM, 1 Comments
King County Councilmembers Reagan Dunn and Jane Hague have introduced emergency legislation to authorize the Elections office to use the state's statistical sampling procedure for verifying initiative signatures. The proposed ordinance is on the agenda for next Monday's Council meeting.... [read more]

I-24 and I-25 update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:26 PM, 1 Comments
King County Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan e-mailed:Elections staff completed signature verification on I-24 late Monday, Aug. 13. Regarding duplicate signatures, King County procedures are to count the first verified voter's signature and not a second or multiple signatures. These procedures... [read more]

Senseless Light Rail Boondoggle (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:44 PM, 28 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has a guest op-ed by transportation consultant Jim MacIsaac -- "Don't believe the hype: Tri-county transit package is flawed"If the roads-and-transit package is approved, it means Sound Transit's Sound Move (ST1) sales tax levy will be extended.... [read more]

Oh, That Liberal Media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:25 AM, 49 Comments
Editor and Publisher has an item about the Seattle Times newsroom meeting where some employees cheered the announcement of Karl Rove's resignation. E&P posts a memo from Times Executive Editor David Boardman to staff:If we wore our politics on our... [read more]

August 15, 2007
Why, Yes, I Do Have Issues
by Eric Earling, 09:18 PM, 11 Comments
Dan Savage has declared me a "Sicko" over at the Slog, based on the whimsical conjecture about the Stranger's newsroom I proffered at this post. First, Dan should know my wife, many of my friends (especially from college), and some... [read more]

Update on I-24 and I-25
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:04 PM, 20 Comments
King County Elections determined yesterday that I-24 had submitted enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. They have already started checking I-25 and expect to complete verification within 10 days. Also, it turns out that both the initiative campaigns and... [read more]

August 14, 2007
Credit Where Credit Is Due
by Eric Earling, 10:13 PM, 24 Comments
David Postman certainly didn't have to share this tale of newsroom etiquette gone awry...a breach of one of the cardinal no-no's of journalism. But he did, to his credit. Contrast that to Dan Savage's screed on the topic. Which, upon... [read more]

Postman is Wrong
by Eric Earling, 10:00 PM, 20 Comments
In a riff about the legacy of Karl Rove, David Postman regrettably recycled an incorrect MSM narrative of the 2000 Republican primary in South Carolina: that Bush won simply because of some dirty politicking in the state. That's incorrect. Postman... [read more]

I Call BS
by Eric Earling, 09:27 PM, 15 Comments
Over at the public blog, "Stewart_Street" is grumpy about the deeds of one reliably generous donor to Republican candidates in Snohomish County, Hank Robinett. "Street" thinks that because Robinett is taking a pass on supporting the Republican in the 2nd... [read more]

Anyone Wanna Bet...
by Eric Earling, 08:45 PM, 7 Comments
...this story will get some use by the surface-transit advocates as the interminable Viaduct debate unfolds? The Stranger's Erica Barnett has more coverage and colorful commentary here and here. Whether one agrees or not, it's a tangible example of the... [read more]

Who's Your Workhorse?
by Eric Earling, 08:24 PM, 0 Comments
Toby Nixon has posted over at the public blog, explaining his support for Mitt Romney and making himself available as a contact point for related grassroots organizing. While big name backers s are great - and I don't think there... [read more]

Another failure of government planning
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:16 PM, 11 Comments
Government-designed "Urban villages" in eastern King County haven't delivered on their promises to "get people out of their cars":The developments were pushed during the 1980s and '90s as a return to pedestrian centers of days past. Parks, narrow streets and... [read more]

Larry Gossett's friend James Ujaama pleads guilty to terror charges
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:53 PM, 9 Comments
Seattle Times: "Ujaama admits to terror charges"James Ujaama, the Seattle man who pleaded guilty in 2003 to aiding the Taliban, admitted to a federal judge in New York on Monday that he fled to Belize last year to avoid testifying... [read more]

Reckless Plan Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 4 Comments
Jason "Zappini" Osgood continues to do terrific work exposing the astonishing senselessness of Sherril Huff and Ron Sims's "very, very good plan" reckless plan for mail-only voting in 2008. After the County Council received strongly negative assessments of the Sims/Huff... [read more]

Democracy held hostage: Day 36
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:37 AM, 8 Comments
The Elections Office still hasn't responded to the request for a progress update on I-24 and I-25 signature verification that I e-mailed last Thursday. (I was asking for some very basic information that could and should be available and released... [read more]

Latest statewide Elway Poll
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 18 Comments
Elway found that Mrs. Gregoire isn't very popular:Gregoire's positive ratings increased through her first two years and stayed the same throughout her third year. Her negative ratings are virtually the same now as they were the day she took office... [read more]

August 13, 2007
Democracy Held Hostage: Day 35
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 22 Comments
Last Thursday I sent an e-mail to Elections spokeswoman Bobbie Egan asking for a progress update on I-24 signature verification -- specifically, how many valid, rejected and duplicates have been counted and as of what date? I also inquired about... [read more]

Rove to Resign
by DonWard, 07:25 AM, 43 Comments
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Karl Rove will resign as White House deputy chief of staff by the end of August. Good. The words "riddance" and "bad rubbish" should be included to the above monosyllabic paragraph. Probably to... [read more]

Romney is a Serious Candidate...Deal With It
by Eric Earling, 01:28 AM, 51 Comments
Ah, back from a not-so-refreshing family vacation (as if any vacation with young kids in tow leaves one fully recharged), and I see some people have had a thing or two to say about Mitt Romney's doings at the Ames... [read more]

August 12, 2007
Global Warming Update (XXXIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:43 PM, 18 Comments
A recent Washington Post article which was reprinted in the Seattle Times argues that recent weather events are consistent with predictions of global warming science!temperate zones, such as Europe and the United States, are likely to become more prone to... [read more]

Romney Loses Iowa Straw Poll
by DonWard, 04:26 PM, 15 Comments
That's what the headlines should be reading if there was any interest in reporting political realities. As has been mentioned, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney barely scraped together 31.5 percent of the paltry 14,000 votes cast during Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll.... [read more]

August 11, 2007
Romney wins Iowa straw poll, but ...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:40 PM, 50 Comments
Mitt Romney won today's Iowa straw poll. Romney is an impressive candidate and may ultimately win the nomination, but the respective 2nd, 3rd and 4th place showings for Mike Huckabee, Sam Brownback and Tom Tancredo suggests to me that the... [read more]

Democracy Held Hostage: Day 33
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:13 PM, 16 Comments
Top Ten Reasons the Seattle Times hasn't reported on King County's scandalously slow and expensive verification of I-24 and I-25 petitions 10. "$50,000 is hardly any money. Frank Blethen spends that much every time he pisses!" 9. "The last time... [read more]

August 10, 2007
Global Warming Update (XXXIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:06 PM, 39 Comments
Oops. It turns out that 1998 wasn't the warmest year on record after all. That honor goes to 1934. A computer programming error that was only recently discovered and corrected had caused NASA to misreport historic U.S. temperatures:Four of the... [read more]

Democracy held hostage: Day 32
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:21 PM, 12 Comments
Top Ten Reasons the P-I hasn't reported on King County's scandalously slow and expensive verification of I-24 and I-25 petitions 10. "Ron Sims told us that they aren't doing anything wrong and we always believe him!" 9. "This issue is... [read more]

Contempt for the initiative process
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:36 AM, 6 Comments
Opponents of Taxpayer Protection Initiative I-960, whose attempt to prevent the voters for having their say on I-960 was slapped down in King County court last month, have appealed to the state Supreme Court, The Olympian reports today. The court... [read more]

August 09, 2007
Sewer of Corruption (XXXVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:09 PM, 34 Comments
Sewer of corruption ... in Kitsap County's Karcher Creek Sewer District:Records show that taxpayers footed a $31,000 bill while board members spent three weeks jetting from Seattle to London to Munich to Salzburg, Austria. The sewer district politicians then jumped... [read more]

Newsroom priorities
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 18 Comments
Today's Seattle Times has yet another article on the senseless manufactured outrage over the Masai docents at Woodland Park Zoo. Why does the Seattle Times even consider this non-story newsworthy? It's not as if there aren't any scandals in local... [read more]

Liberals unlabelled
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:32 AM, 25 Comments
From today's Seattle Times article on a programming shake-up at radio station KIRO:The shuffle, an attempt by KIRO to retake its once-dominant position, means listeners will hear the conservative [Dori] Monson immediately after Dave Ross, whose show airs 9 a.m.-... [read more]

Sheriff Endorsement Round-up
by Eric Earling, 08:49 AM, 5 Comments
On the heels of receiving the last of the questionnaires from the candidates for Snohomish County Sheriff, an endorsement round-up is in order too. In low name ID races like this, I think newspaper endorsements actually carry significant weight. Most... [read more]

August 08, 2007
Rob Beidler Responds
by Eric Earling, 02:13 PM, 76 Comments
Below is the last of the three responses to my questionnaire to the candidates for Snohomish County Sheriff: Rob Beidler. Tom Greene's is here. John Lovick's is here. As I originally committed to, all responses have been posted without editing... [read more]

Democracy held hostage: Day 30
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:23 PM, 8 Comments
Sherril Huff's Top Ten Reasons For Not Verifying The I-25 Petitions In a Timely Fashion. 10. "Just give me two more years until my state pension is fully vested, then they can do whatever they want with the office!" 9.... [read more]

Zoo Do
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:53 AM, 19 Comments
Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo has hired some Masai tour guides from Kenya to educate zoo visitors about the Masai's culture and natural world as part of a special program this summer. An earlier P-I article reported that the Kenyans appreciate... [read more]

The Antics of Mike Cooper
by Eric Earling, 07:46 AM, 10 Comments
There is an interesting contrast in perhaps the most meaningful race in Snohomish County this year, that to succeed Gary Nelson in the 3rd Council District (southwest Snohomish County). Renee Radcliff Sinclair's low-key but effective service in the Legislature is... [read more]

August 07, 2007
Fool Proof
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:52 PM, 18 Comments
"Foolproof Performing Arts" has folded. Foolproof wasn't really about performing arts, it was about organizing liberal Democrat political events. (the website is already gone, but a list of speakers lives on in the cache). As The Stranger blog reports:Board president... [read more]

John Lovick Responds
by Eric Earling, 08:57 AM, 46 Comments
I'm on vacation (hence light posting this week), but another of the three candidates for Snohomish County Sheriff, John Lovick, has responded to my questionnaire. His answers are below. Tom Greene's are here. Still waiting on Rob Beidler's. 1. What... [read more]

August 06, 2007
Democracy held hostage: Day 28
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 38 Comments
King County Elections has now had the petitions for I-24 and I-25 for 28 days. According to their status update, they won't start on I-25 until they're done verifying I-24. At this point, they're less than halfway done checking I-24... [read more]

August 04, 2007
Debate Open Thread
by Eric Earling, 10:22 PM, 74 Comments
I'm going to be offline most of Sunday, so here's a rare Sound Politics open thread for those interested in weighing in on the topic of the Republican debate, before, during, and after it unfolds. Regrettably, Fred Thompson won't be... [read more]

On Down the Ballot
by Eric Earling, 10:51 AM, 23 Comments
It's a lower profile race but voters with their primary ballots in hand do have their choice of three candidates running for the open position of Snohomish County Clerk. I'm voting for Ron Leford. The Everett Herald supports him too.... [read more]

No way to run a county (or an editorial page)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:23 AM, 17 Comments
Last weekend the Seattle Times gave a sound argument against the twin King County Parks levies on this month's primary ballot:This is no way to run a county. The county has undertaken several measures to improve overall funding for parks,... [read more]

While I was away
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:00 AM, 4 Comments
A couple items worth mentioning that I didn't get to mention last week when I was on vacation -- * The WSJ's John Fund had a lengthy column about election fraud issues from around the country, and devoted a fair... [read more]

August 03, 2007
Red flags here
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:46 PM, 19 Comments
Monday's Seattle Times published two letters in response to Reagan Dunn's guest editorial calling for the King County Council to put the I-25 charter change on this November's ballot. One writer said: "I see red flags everywhere when any politician... [read more]

Busted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 PM, 15 Comments
David Goldstein busts disgruntled former Republican legislator turned Democrat congressional candidate Rodney Tom:Tom finally has his campaign website up online, touting his "experience" and "knowledge of the issues," and of course, slamming the Republican incumbent, Rep. Dave Reichert:The current congressman... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire: a felon's restitution to his victims equals "debtors' prison"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 50 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire answering a reporter's question whether she supports restoring voting rights to felons before they pay their legal financial obligations:I am absolutely continue to be open to that. And the reason for it is I think it cleans up... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:59 AM, 14 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly today applauds liberal "net roots" bloggers and derides other political bloggers:Web sites on the right continue to function as attack dogs. One in Seattle is still foaming at the mouth over the 2004 race for... [read more]

I'm back
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:18 AM, 2 Comments
I'm back in town after spending the week with my family at the coast. Trip report forthcoming. Blogging resumes.... [read more]

The Ideology of the 8th
by Eric Earling, 08:17 AM, 6 Comments
Goldy is upset about a couple thoughts I threw out for consideration on the already formulating race for the 8th in 2008. Ok. On one level, Goldy sounds a bit like the rascal of Redmond, Andrew Villeneuve, in proclaiming that... [read more]

The Theology of Transportation
by Eric Earling, 07:10 AM, 7 Comments
Chris Vance offers a refreshingly candid assessment of local transportation politics over at Crosscut. Agree with his assessment of November's election on Sound Transit & RTID or not, it's a thought provoking read. Its money line related to the title... [read more]

Rotten Nuts
by Eric Earling, 07:01 AM, 13 Comments
Catching up on some news, yesterday's Seattle Times presented a pretty clear case that someone needs to throw the book at ACORN. Their repeated shenanigans across the country continue to be prosecuted in silo when they get caught. It would... [read more]

August 01, 2007
Evidence, Please
by Jim Miller, 08:39 AM, 62 Comments
This PI editorial, written, it appears, by D. Parvaz, makes some harsh charges: Big ups to Rep. Jay Inslee for proposing the impeachment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.  Too bad Inslee has not yet gotten much support. According to The... [read more]

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