Index of entries from September 2007
September 30, 2007
Future Light Rail Votes
by Eric Earling, 08:18 PM, 36 Comments
Josh Feit raises some good points at the Slog about the broader purpose of Ron Sims's current position on Proposition 1 and the possibility of a vote in the near future just on Sound Transit Phase 2 if this November's... [read more]

Democrat Proposes Cutting Taxes...
by Eric Earling, 05:21 PM, 20 Comments least a little bit. Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon is proposing a modest cut in general property taxes paid to the County. Having seen first hand the conservative manner in which the County budgets, especially with its robust general... [read more]

The Big Seattle Book Sales
by Jim Miller, 05:01 PM, 6 Comments
They happen twice a year, in April and September.... [read more]

Early State Contests Take Shape
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 27 Comments
Since this discussion a couple weeks back the early state Presidential contests have come into clearer focus. Let's review before news of the Q3 fundraising totals holds sway and permutations of the expectations game dominate the discourse. First, here's a... [read more]

September 29, 2007
King Kounty's Keystone Kops
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:50 PM, 49 Comments
"Wife missing for days before police responded"Hours after his wife was found clinging to life in a wrecked car, Tom Rider struggled to restrain his rage at the King County Sheriff's Office, which on Friday defended its decision to wait... [read more]

Credit to the P-I
by Eric Earling, 09:54 AM, 24 Comments
An editorial in yesterday's paper included two facts one doesn't often hear from the left-of-center side of the Social Security debate. 1) Social Security was a great deal for some generations, it's terrible for those younger than workers currently nearing... [read more]

Compliments for Postman
by Eric Earling, 08:53 AM, 9 Comments
RealClearPolitics's Reid Wilson has paid our own David Postman a high compliment, in a post summarizing the latest in a pending Gregoire v. Rossi rematch, calling him: "irreplaceable" and "Washington State's version of David Yepsen or John DiStaso." That's high... [read more]

Palin Watch
by Eric Earling, 08:37 AM, 7 Comments
On the heels of this, GOP Internet guru Patrick Ruffini is out with a column on Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Check it out.... [read more]

September 28, 2007
Boondoggle Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:03 PM, 17 Comments
The Seattle Weekly reports on the newly light-railified Rainier Valley. The best part?the really big news for the previously scruffy thoroughfare is sidewalks. They might as well be paved with gold, they're so valuable, and rare, in many neighborhoods around... [read more]

KUOW's Gang Of Four Meets Ahmadinejad
by Jim Miller, 01:16 PM, 29 Comments
Today, KUOW's Gang of Four began the Weekday program with Mahmoud's Ahmadinejad's appearance at Columbia University.  The four journalists agreed on what they clearly considered the main point:  Columbia University President Bollinger was rude to this mobster's mouthpiece.   Bollinger... [read more]

Boeing's Big News
by Eric Earling, 07:25 AM, 9 Comments
The news that a long awaited order from British Airways was split between Boeing and Airbus was a mixed blessing for the local aerospace giant. Even at that, however, the fact British Airways went solely with the 787 and not... [read more]

September 27, 2007
Darcy Only Kind of Hearts the Netroots
by Eric Earling, 08:22 PM, 29 Comments
I'm not sure whether it's a knock against Darcy Burner or not that's she's refusing to take a clear position on's "Betray Us" ad. In a sense it's recognition of reality. Local Democratic Members of Congress Baird, Dicks, Larsen,... [read more]

Parsing Ron Sims
by Eric Earling, 07:58 PM, 26 Comments
Give credit to Ron Sims, he does know how to make people talk. Beyond that, however, it's difficult to be so charitable to the specifics of his op-ed. Now, reasonable people can disagree about the merits of Roads and Transit... [read more]

Animal lovers should vote for I-25
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:36 PM, 9 Comments
"Report: County animal shelters "deplorable""The animal shelters run by King County in Bellevue and Kent are "deplorable," with dogs and cats suffering from high rates of disease and inadequate housing, exercise and social contact, according to a report today from... [read more]

Taking kids for a ride
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 AM, 7 Comments
Seattle Times: "School-bus snafu takes kids for ride"Seattle Public Schools is blaming a software glitch for 900 incorrect student bus schedules during the first weeks of school.... [read more]

Kudos To The Seattle PI
by Jim Miller, 09:58 AM, 22 Comments
And to reporters Jessica Blanchard and Casey McNerthney, for this special report. Here are the first three paragraphs: King County prosecutors on Wednesday charged two Seattle teenagers in a sexual assault on a developmentally disabled female classmate in a Rainier... [read more]

Sims comes out against Roads-and-Transit measure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:52 AM, 41 Comments
After months of signaling his displeasure by declining to state his position, Ron Sims is now firmly and publicly against the $157 billion "Roads-and-Transit" ballot measure. Some of his objections (based on not entirely scientific beliefs regarding global warming) are... [read more]

September 26, 2007
Democrats seek to charm college graduates
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:34 PM, 24 Comments
The Politico reports that "Democrats try to get hip to young voters"Convinced that increased turnout among young voters in 2006 helped them regain control of Congress in 2006, Democratic congressional leaders have launched a major charm offensive aimed at college... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire campaigns at taxpayer expense
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 39 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire is ratcheting up her re-election campaign -- at taxpayer expense:Gregoire, who is expected to run for a second term next year, soon will embark on a six-city "listening tour," a reprise to her statewide series of community town... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:50 AM, 22 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly writes in today's P-I:The Senate received a blood transfusion in 2006. Several of its reactionary and intellectually challenged members -- Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., Conrad Burns, R-Mont., and George Allen, R-Va. -- went down to... [read more]

Remember Norm Dicks' UW Commencement Speech?
by Jim Miller, 06:01 AM, 14 Comments
Not everyone enjoyed it, since it was more a campaign speech than a commencement address. At the time, two things puzzled me about the speech, why the UW had picked Dicks, who is not a scholar, and why he hadn't... [read more]

September 25, 2007
More Transporation Poll News
by Eric Earling, 09:52 PM, 13 Comments
In addition to Stefan's coverage of the Elway Poll now out and about, the Yes on Roads and Transit has been out in the field too...about a week after Elway in this case. Their findings were modestly higher than Elway's... [read more]

Fell moves from King to Snohomish
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:44 PM, 10 Comments
Garth Fell, Assistant Superintendent of Ballot Processing and Delivery since 2004, has accepted the post of Snohomish County Elections Manager (top deputy to County Auditor Carolyn Diepenbrock). Fell's last day at King County Elections is early October. Fell was rumored... [read more]

What Would Change Parvaz's Mind?
by Jim Miller, 01:35 PM, 8 Comments
In her column last Saturday, D. Parvaz recounted some of the charges against Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the mouthpiece for the evil Tehran regime. He's tight with President Bush's bombastic nemesis, Hugo Chavez. He's quoted as saying that Israel should be wiped... [read more]

The more voters learn, the less they like it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:17 PM, 29 Comments
A new Elway Poll suggests that:The more that voters learn about the $47 billion road and transit package on the November ballot, the less they like about itGo figure. If you want to learn more about the measure, or suggest... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:09 AM, 53 Comments
The folks over at the P-I have developed a strange and muddled fascination with Holocaust denial. Contumelious columnist Joel Connelly now habitually uses the epithet "Holocaust denier" to disparage anybody who raises scientific questions which challenge his personal beliefs about... [read more]

A Gem for the Ages
by Eric Earling, 07:10 AM, 31 Comments
An apparently earnest and perturbed member of left one of the great comments of all-time at Sound Politics yesterday, at #19 of this post discussing his group's follies. I reproduce it in full: I am a member of MOVE... [read more]

Say What?
by Eric Earling, 06:50 AM, 2 Comments
I have to confess I'm completely with Dan Savage on yesterday's editorial in the Seattle Times on the topic of...what I'm not quite sure. Following a paragraph discussing the porn industry with this sentence is simply mind boggling: "The Beaver... [read more]

September 24, 2007
Oh you nasty boys
by DonWard, 08:42 PM, 18 Comments
Joel Connelly's latest column has his take on the possible gubernatorial rematch between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi in 2008. Basically it is a list of what advantages and disadvantages both candidates go into the race possessing. Curiously, Connelly couldn't... [read more]

September 23, 2007 still the topic
by Eric Earling, 10:40 PM, 42 Comments
The Seattle Times editorialized today against the "childish ad hominem attacks on a general" from a group that "embarrassed itself and its position on the war with an over-the-top and unnecessary attack." This from an editorial page that currently finds... [read more]

Mike Cooper is Delightfully Inconsistent
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 4 Comments
Snohomish County Council candidate Mike Cooper is continuing his path of cognitive dissonance when discussing affordable housing issues on the campaign trail. At a recent forum he said: "People need transit-oriented, smart growth, where they have the opportunity to climb... [read more]

The Power of Polls
by Eric Earling, 05:13 PM, 10 Comments
Related to the influence of the internet discussed below on the main page, some consideration on the power of polls in the fluid race for the Republican Presidential nomination is in order. Because, let's be honest, we in the blogosphere... [read more]

September 22, 2007
The Power of the Internets
by Eric Earling, 01:44 PM, 27 Comments
Take a look at this op-ed in the P-I on the topic of the growing power of online political engagement; it makes some salient points. Yet it also acknowledges in way that as much as the Internet has mightily changed... [read more]

September 21, 2007
Crystal Ball Time
by Eric Earling, 06:23 PM, 6 Comments
Allow me to amplify and expand on David Postman's discussion of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Postman makes a number of prudent points in his coverage about Palin's rise and its significance. What also bears mentioning is that she may well... [read more]

Dueling headlines
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:45 PM, 12 Comments
Seattle Times: "Survey: State still falling short in foster care services" P-I: "Foster care survey 'good news' overall, says DSHS" When in doubt, I always believe the government. And the P-I.... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXXVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:52 PM, 44 Comments
The New York Times reports some astonishing news of a changing climate:Sea ice around Antarctica has seen unusual winter expansions recently, and this week is near a record high.(it's the very bottom of a story that is mainly about the... [read more]

Veterans Still Fighting for Freedom
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:28 PM, 31 Comments
American Legion Post 149 in Bremerton considers itself to be a private club, exempt from the statewide smoking ban. The nannies at the Kitsap County Health District disagree and have spent more than a year suing Post 149 to prohibit... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXXVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 AM, 10 Comments
"Seattle launches campaign to educate public about global warming"Seattle is launching a public awareness campaign to educate individuals on how to reduce greenhouse emissions and slow global warming, Mayor Greg Nickels said this morning.Some of the suggestions are sensible measures... [read more]

Today in public transportation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 24 Comments
King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson reportedly threw a temper tantrum at yesterday's "road and transit" debate after Sierra Club chairman Mike O'Brien called the proposed light rail extension from Federal Way to Tacoma "not the most efficient use of tax... [read more]

Redmond Politics
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 5 Comments
A reader draws my attention to a new blog, "Redmond Politics", covering, um, Redmond Politics. It starts with a rundown on the Redmond mayoral campaign.... [read more]

Jack Murtha And Norm Dicks
by Jim Miller, 10:39 AM, 4 Comments
Turns out that our 6th district congressman shares something with unindicted Abscam co-conspirator* Jack Murtha.  There's a pattern to their earmarks. Murtha's record of receiving at least some campaign cash from every one of his private earmark beneficiaries makes him... [read more]

If were around in 1942
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:35 AM, 120 Comments
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September 20, 2007
The "Wives" Debate
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 12 Comments
Love David Horsey's politics or hate them, there's are reasons he won a Pulitzer Prize. Here's one of them.... [read more]

Re: is a gift from the campaign gods...
by Eric Earling, 09:44 PM, 14 Comments
So, I'm really dying to write a response to Lee's response to my response to his response to my original post. Really, I am. Or maybe I'll just point out that in today's Senate vote only 25 of 50 Democrats... [read more]

Turnout Analysis of the August Primary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:33 PM, 13 Comments
In a recent press release analyzing turnout in the first August primary, the Secretary of State's office claimed the outcome showed that holding the primary in August instead of September did not depress turnout. But this claim is unfounded. The... [read more]

Today in public transportation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:47 PM, 24 Comments
* Traffic jams this morning on I-5 when a Metro bus caught fire. * Yet another cost overrun on the light rail boondoggle:Sound Transit is adding $100 million to its cost estimate for a future tunnel from downtown to Capitol... [read more]

September 19, 2007
Re: is a gift from the campaign gods...
by Eric Earling, 07:39 PM, 57 Comments
I would like to personally thank Lee over at Horse's Ass for so ably proving my original point on this topic. His frothy indignation over the fact attacks against Rudy Giuliani are actually helping his candidacy is a delightful... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XXXVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:17 PM, 32 Comments
I just started reading the book "Useless Arithmetic: Why Environmental Scientists Can't Predict the Future" Written by two geologists, the book seems reasonably balanced. It highlights examples of bad mathematical models that have contributed to environmental disasters and also points... [read more]

Lost Cause
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:36 PM, 21 Comments
Chris Vance has a two-part article on Crosscut about the failure of Washington state's education reforms, which he co-sponsored in the legislature in the early '90s. Part 1 -- "The WASL test: What went wrong" Part 2 -- "How to... [read more]

Those who supported unconstitutional acts should pay the consequences
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:15 PM, 35 Comments
Liberal journalists are outraged that the attorneys who successfully represented Seattle school parents to overturn the unconstitutional race-based student assignment plan are asking the Seattle school district to pay their fees, which they're entitled to collect under federal law (see... [read more]

Sims doesn't endorse light rail expansion
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 AM, 24 Comments
King County Executive (and former Sound Transit board chairman) Ron Sims is not endorsing this fall's road-and-transit ballot measure. He's not opposing the measure either, but his witholding of support is notable and prompts the question: why? Is he siding... [read more]

Horsey on RomneyCare
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 21 Comments
David Horsey takes a shot in his latest toon at Mitt Romney and his reaction to Hillary Clinton's health care plan. Horsey's argument, like others on the subject bandied about the new fangled Internets, is that any similarities between Romney's... [read more]

September 18, 2007 is a gift from the campaign gods...
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 36 Comments
...for Rudy Giuliani at least. Behold more evidence that and the netroots community - including our own local friends in that following - have lost touch with political reality. Their attack against Giuliani in Iowa after his response to... [read more]

Stop Using that Poll!
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 7 Comments
Eric Erica Barnett at the Stranger is the latest to fall victim to the flawed SurveyUSA poll I explored yesterday on the Roads & Transit measure. She says: Tellingly, voters the roads part of the package by a much larger... [read more]

It's all Bob Ferguson's fault
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:12 AM, 24 Comments
The Seattle Times reports on yet another fiasco at King County Elections. Sherril Huff proposed spending $345,000 on VoteHere mail ballot tracking software, but neglected to tell the Council that VoteHere has gone out of business and the product is... [read more]

Road-and-transit measure challenged
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:36 AM, 20 Comments
The Eastside Transportation Association has filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the RTID/Sound Transit ballot measure, arguing:the measure violates one-man, one-vote because it gives greater weight to voters in Sound Transit's service territory over the larger number of voters in... [read more]

September 17, 2007
The Roads & Transit Measure Defined
by Eric Earling, 09:45 PM, 23 Comments
Updated with information on SurveyUSA poll below. The poll mentioned in Stefan's broader post on November's transportation ballot measure raises an interesting point. It explicitly raises the scope of the tax increase in the language of the poll questions, in... [read more]

Brier Dudley Is Worried
by Jim Miller, 06:40 PM, 15 Comments
Here's why. Microsoft is saying its upcoming "Halo 3" video game "will make entertainment history." I wonder, though, if the company will make another kind of history by releasing a provocatively themed war game in the throes of a horrible,... [read more]

$157 billion for trains that few will ever ride
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:53 AM, 49 Comments
Robert Mak devoted yesterday's UpFront to the RTID/Sound Transit ballot measure. Highlights: Environmentalist Emory Bundy describes Sound Transit's results to date as "pretty pathetic". Independent transportation analyst Jim McIsaac says the total cost of the new rail package would reach... [read more]

September 16, 2007
The Greatest Race Ever
by Eric Earling, 05:03 PM, 59 Comments
That might be a bit of an overstatement, but the current Republican Presidential campaign contest is shaping up to be a barn burner. Contrast that with the hammerlock Hillary Clinton seems to be putting on the Democratic contest. Using the... [read more]

by Eric Earling, 04:25 PM, 22 Comments
Seahawk fans know what I'm talking about.... [read more]

September 14, 2007
Velazquez changes the subject
by Andy MacDonald, 08:01 PM, 99 Comments
Stefan catches city council candidate Venus Velazquez below in a thinly veiled appeal to race. Her campaign responded this afternoon with an email dodging the issue and changing the subject. Rather than explaining her comments, she labels her opponent, Bruce... [read more]

Third Party Paul?
by DonWard, 07:41 PM, 88 Comments
In my last post on the GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire I briefly touched upon the notion of a Ron Paul third party run. Even though the Texas congressman has denied any plan, the notion is plausible since he... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:24 PM, 16 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly is shocked, shocked! that political parties are engaged in partisan campaigning over the officially partisan office of King County Prosecutor, with the Democrat Party accusing the Republican nominee of being "partisan", and vice-versa:It's time to... [read more]

A Salute to the Candidates
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 6 Comments
Driving my daughter to dance class in Edmonds this week I was reminded of what it takes to run a competitive race even in local campaigns. Within less than a minute's drive I ran into Edmonds Mayor Gary Haakenson popping... [read more]

Like 1995 All Over Again
by Eric Earling, 06:57 AM, 70 Comments
The depth of's Petraeus ad blunder is steadily becoming more apparent as a budding war between the Democratic Party and their liberal base begins to brew. Firmly left-of-center columnist Froma Harrop - who sometimes graces the pages of the... [read more]

September 13, 2007
...put up a mixed-use Condo development
by DonWard, 07:06 PM, 22 Comments
What's good for the Canada goose is sauce for the gander. The loud, annoying feathered invaders from the north, who have flown to Seattle, chased off the native species and left their droppings over the landscape are quite familiar to... [read more]

The unsavory racial politics of Venus Velazquez
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:42 PM, 33 Comments
Seattle City Council candidate Venus Velazquez speaking at a "Hate Free Zone" candidate forum in June: You need to look at this leadership up here and decide: are we the people who look like you? who come from you? And... [read more]

Pork Versus Safety
by Jim Miller, 04:47 PM, 33 Comments
As many have noted, one reason we have safety problems on our highways is that many politicians prefer to spend money on wasteful, but high profile, projects, rather than on maintenance, which is dull and does not allow them to... [read more]

"Maximizing public involvement in government"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:20 PM, 9 Comments
King County Councilman Bob Ferguson in his September 2007 e-mail newsletter:As a public official my top priority is to promote public trust by maximizing public involvement in government.Ferguson must think that refusing to let the public vote on the I-25... [read more]

September 12, 2007
Always look on the bright side
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:05 PM, 44 Comments
The National Center for Health Statistics announced today that "U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High of Nearly 78 Years" and that:"This report highlights the continued reduction in deaths from the three leading killers in the United States - heart disease,... [read more]

Take note of these local conservative blogs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 18 Comments
The Washington Policy Center unveiled its blog today unveils its blog tomorrow. The Evergreen Freedom Foundation launched a blog a couple of weeks ago. The Association of Washington Business has been blogging for several months. The Discovery Institute has several... [read more]

Voter Database Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:59 AM, 5 Comments
I hadn't updated the online voter database in a few months, but the data is now up-to-date with the Secretary of State's release of August 31. (voter credits for the August 2007 primary are NOT included). One glitch -- the... [read more]

Maple Valley Donut Hole
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 AM, 28 Comments
And we're not talking about Krispy Kreme. Maple Valley City Manager Anthony Hemstad writes that "A little "donut hole" creating a big problem for Maple Valley":The donut hole is a 160-acre rural unincorporated island in the geographic heart of Maple... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:28 AM, 50 Comments
Today's P-I reports on a UW study which found an association between a neighborhood's median property values and its prevalence of obesity. One proposed explanation is that residents of poorer neighborhoods have less access to affordable healthy food, particularly fresh... [read more]

Business-backed research group reviews I-960
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:00 AM, 11 Comments
The Washington Research Council yesterday issued a policy report on Taxpayer Protection Initiative I-960. The analysis section, which initiative sponsor Tim Eyman characterizes as "very accurate", objectively reviews I-960's provisions and debunks the misinformation spread by initiative opponents. The opinion... [read more]

Affordable Housing shortage? Raise Taxes!
by Eric Earling, 07:19 AM, 20 Comments
That's Mike Cooper's answer at least. Last week at an affordable housing forum he left even his fellow Snohomish County Democrats behind in saying he would "support a tax increase to fund affordable housing." By itself this is a bit... [read more]

September 11, 2007
Thanks for answering my question
by Eric Earling, 08:08 PM, 44 Comments
A few weeks back I raised the question: "Why study war?" Sometimes NPI contributor Richard Borkowski offers up some evidence as to why at comment #24 at this post on the recent story: "Wars are started by the military... [read more]

"Why fix dangerous bridges when you can build new pet projects?"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:20 PM, 22 Comments
So asks Emory Bundy in Crosscut:In the aftermath of the Minneapolis bridge collapse, it's apparent that local politicians would rather earmark dollars for sexy new transit lines and highways than stick to basics. Seattle's coming roads-and-transit vote is a classic... [read more]

Obsession Now Available In Stores
by Jim Miller, 01:25 PM, 3 Comments
The documentary on the threat of radical Islam that I wrote about last January is now available in stores, at Amazon, and, of course, directly from the producers.  (I'll be buying at least two copies, maybe more.) Cross posted at... [read more]

"Median price for house in Seattle tops $500,000"
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 71 Comments
...and people wonder why Snohomish County is one of the fastest growing in the state: A worker would have to earn $57 an hour -- about $119,000 a year -- to afford that Seattle home, according to the Seattle chapter... [read more]

September 10, 2007
MoveOn made itself the story
by Eric Earling, 10:10 PM, 38 Comments
Today's ad may become a case study in bad PR timing. Instead of applying heat on General Petraeus's testimony, it forced Democrats to play defense themselves in the old and new media, rather than spending their time playing offense... [read more]

The Stranger & GOP operatives share a bond
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 2 Comments
The post immediately below this one discusses news of a Democrats endorsing a major Republican candidate for local office. Joel Connelly speculated Jenny Durkan's name on that list would be cause for concern here at the lovely confines of Sound... [read more]

Satterberg Unveils Major Democratic endorsements
by Eric Earling, 07:08 PM, 10 Comments
Dan Satterberg's campaign has released a potent round-up of Democratic endorsements. Major Republicans already fill his list of backers - with names like Dunn, Gorton, McKenna, & Reichert highlighting the collection. Quoting from today's release: Today, a coalition of prominent... [read more]

Profile In Some Courage
by Jim Miller, 03:09 PM, 4 Comments
In my youth, the book, Profiles in Courage, was immensely influential.  There was a lesson, most thought, in the stories the book told of eight senators — John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Thomas Hart Benton, Sam Houston, Edmund G. Ross,... [read more]

Taxpayers -1, Taxeaters - 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:09 AM, 8 Comments
The State Supreme Court Friday rejected all of the arguments made by the SEIU and "Futurewise" to prevent I-960, the Taxpayer Protection Initiative from appearing on the November ballot. I almost feel sorry for Futurewise lawyer K.Lowney whose meritless case... [read more]

From the cradle of American liberty to its grave
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:51 AM, 10 Comments
I returned late yesterday from a brief visit with family in Boston. I left Seattle early Friday, so I missed the King County Council's vote on I-25. The punchline, as expected: the democracy-fearing Democrats obstructed urgently needed and widely demanded... [read more]

September 09, 2007
A Not So Subtle Statement
by Eric Earling, 10:33 PM, 77 Comments
On the heels of Robert Jamieson recognizing the vitriol of the left isn't helping their cause (discussed by Jim Miller here), is making the point in spades. Let's stipulate that calling General Petraeus a traitor may not be the... [read more]

Are Voters More Willing to Pay?
by Eric Earling, 09:25 PM, 30 Comments
When it comes to transportation that's a good question. People who disagree on transportation issues tend not to understand one another well. For years the political establishment has remained largely perplexed at the electoral success of Tim Eyman's tax initiatives.... [read more]

That Was Brave
by Eric Earling, 05:03 PM, 17 Comments
I attend a pretty laid back church where the emphasis is on the spiritual, not the ritual. We pretty much try to avoid the modern, negative stereotype of a stuffy, mainline church at all costs. As such, sports apparel at... [read more]

September 08, 2007
Sound Politics Survey: the War & 2008
by Eric Earling, 08:47 PM, 42 Comments
I'd like some input from readers on a specific question. At the heart of the "McCain might be back" stories already percolating is the notion that the strength of his remaining candidacy is his outspoken support of the "surge" (see... [read more]

He Gets It, Partly, But It Took Him A While
by Jim Miller, 04:24 PM, 124 Comments
Seattle PI columnist Robert Jamieson notices something about the American left. Whatever your answer, it seems we've lost the fine art of polite disagreement.  People are unwilling to hear something that jousts with their point of view.  They just can't... [read more]

September 07, 2007
The Worst Clinton Era Scandal?
by Jim Miller, 11:08 AM, 0 Comments
Unquestionably, Chinagate. The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the People's Republic of China (PRC) to influence domestic American politics prior to and during the Clinton administration and also involved the fund-raising practices of the... [read more]

More Rememberances of Jennifer Dunn
by Eric Earling, 07:54 AM, 7 Comments
A few more worth reading if you haven't already: a Seattle Times editorial from yesterday, Chris Vance's take at Crosscut, and an exceptionally worthy op-ed from John Carlson.... [read more]

Well, That Was Quick
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 40 Comments
When I said in my quick debate wrap-up (complete with regrettable typos that demonstrate my haste and which I'm none too proud of) that the John McCain revival story was brewing I didn't think it would be so soon. New... [read more]

Wisdom From A Mexican Day Laborer
by Jim Miller, 07:25 AM, 32 Comments
(And, almost certainly, illegal immigrant.)  The Seattle PI interview (through a translator) with Ricardo Boiso Franco included this judgment on his adopted city. Would you like them to come live in Seattle? "No, I don't want my children here because... [read more]

8th CD in the News
by Eric Earling, 07:14 AM, 10 Comments
Here's the profile of the 8th Congressional District RealClearPolitics has been forecasting the last couple days. It's pretty solid though the faithful on both sides of the aisle won't find much new in it, except perhaps this: [Darcy Burner] favors... [read more]

September 06, 2007
King County Council expected to punt on I-25
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 PM, 18 Comments
The County Council votes on I-25 tomorrow, Friday, morning at 8:30 at its offsite (and presumably off-camera) meeting in Mercer Island. The latest is that Bob Ferguson's laughably obscurant "alternative" ordinance doesn't have the votes. Expect a party line vote,... [read more]

Is Darcy Burner a Moderate?
by Eric Earling, 07:25 PM, 32 Comments
Behold today's Seattle Times coverage of Rodney Tom's abrupt halt to his primary challenge against Darcy Burner. Here's a passage loyal readers of Sound Politics will find familiar: Primaries bring out the party faithful, said [Democratic State Rep. Deb] Eddy,... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:53 AM, 32 Comments
Contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly has a second-hand report on Sen. Maria Cantwell's visit to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which he opens by disparaging the first-hand reports of others who have visited ANWR:In their drive to drill for oil... [read more]

"No jail time for woman who registered dog to vote"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 AM, 53 Comments
Jane Balogh, the Federal Way woman who registered her dog to vote as a protest against lax voter registration procedures, has accepted a one-year deferred sentence, KOMO reports:[Balogh] can get the charge of making a false or misleading statement to... [read more]

September 05, 2007
Dumbest Story of the Year
by Eric Earling, 11:50 PM, 44 Comments
"Seahawks duo blitzed by Bush backlash" I first caught this issue brewing in the comments on the Seattle Times Seahawks blog (scroll down to the 4:01 pm post on 8/28). OMG! Professional athletes are human and have their own political... [read more]

Re: All Eyes Turn to Fred
by Eric Earling, 11:32 PM, 72 Comments
Last night's post on Fred Thompson evoked a couple comments rejecting the notion that staff turnover stories for his campaign are bad. I disagree, strongly, and believe news today bears out the concern. The issue is not the staff departures... [read more]

Very Quick Debate Thoughts
by Eric Earling, 10:04 PM, 38 Comments
Just a really boring debate tonight. Almost no new material other than a few new twists on immigration and Iraq, already the most over-asked topic of the debates thus far. Interestingly, the questions to almost all the candidates were very... [read more]

Jennifer Dunn's Death Evokes Wide Response
by Eric Earling, 08:35 PM, 6 Comments
The diversity and grace of the reactions to Jennifer Dunn's sudden death speak much to the kind of life she led and the substantive presence she carved for herself in the state and national political scene. Seattle Times and Seattle... [read more]

GOP Debate (and Mariners) Almost Live Blog
by DonWard, 05:02 PM, 6 Comments
The first fall GOP debate has ended. That's one less debate now to watch. Cheers all around. Now for the post-game talk. Pretty bland stuff. It doesn't look like there were any clear winners or losers. One thing we can... [read more]

An Open Letter To James Vesely*
by Jim Miller, 01:36 PM, 9 Comments
Dear Mr. Vesely: Today's column by journalism professor Floyd McKay contains much nonsense.  Here's the worst paragraph: At home, the president has often stated that he pays little attention to the news.  He reads little and is known for... [read more]

County Council authorizes statistical sampling
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 2 Comments
The King County Council yesterday voted unanimously to authorize the use of the state's statistical sampling process on county initiative petitions. Good. This will save considerable time and tax dollars on future initiative petitions. The legislation was introduced by Reagan... [read more]

Rodney Tom throws in the towel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:25 AM, 23 Comments
The Seattle Weekly reports that disgruntled former Republican legislator Rodney Tom is now a disgruntled former Democrat congressional candidate.... [read more]

Former Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn has died
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:59 AM, 34 Comments
KING-5 reports:Dunn, 66, collapsed from a pulmonary embolism in her Alexandria, VA apartment and never regained consciousness, her son, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn, said in a press release. She passed peacefully surrounded by family.My condolences to Reagan Dunn and... [read more]

787 Slipping Behind Schedule
by Eric Earling, 06:39 AM, 12 Comments
The P-I adds today to the Times's report over the weekend on the 787 falling behind schedule. The question becomes whether the delay in the first flight eventually results in delayed deliveries to the first customers. Minor, temporary delays are... [read more]

"UW gets $10M stem-cell grant"
by Eric Earling, 06:26 AM, 18 Comments
Interesting little story about the UW today. A reminder that the U is one of the great medical research powerhouses in the country. And a reminder that despite the annoyingly simplistic campaign rhetoric one hears around election time, there actually... [read more]

September 04, 2007
All Eyes Turn To Fred
by Eric Earling, 10:07 PM, 25 Comments
Nary a post at this site mentioning Fred Thompson goes by without some commenters rejecting the notion that he's joining the race too late in the game. Likewise if one browses through posts across the blogosphere touching on the same... [read more]

Score One for Team Clinton
by Eric Earling, 08:44 PM, 24 Comments
The news reported below by Stefan about Ron Sims endorsing Hillary Clinton is more than just the tale of a major "get" in the endorsement race for local Democrats, it's a brief look at a powerhouse campaign in action. Read... [read more]

Auditor: Washington State Ferries wasting millions
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:15 PM, 21 Comments
State Auditor Brian Sonntag has released his I-900 report on the Washington State Ferries system and finds that the WSF is overspending by about $10 million a year (out of a total operating budget of $186 million). hat tip: The... [read more]

Kos is media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:42 PM, 6 Comments
Ken Vogel of the Politico reports "Kos is media, federal ruling determines"Bill O'Reilly blasts Daily Kos as a "hate site," but according to a federal ruling released Tuesday, the popular liberal blog is as much a part of the media... [read more]

Sims joins Clinton campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:55 PM, 58 Comments
The Hillary Clinton campaign today announced that King County Executive Ron Sims "Will Serve as Co-Chair of Washington Campaign, Join Environment and Energy Task Force""Ron's courage and achievements in King County have produced environmental programs that are models for other... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 5 Comments
The P-I recently reported on Tim Eyman and I-960, the Taxpayer Protection Initiative. Unfortunately, the article was chock full of errors. See Tim Eyman's rebuttal in the Sound-Off section:They say that I-960 requires 2/3's legislative approval for tax and fee... [read more]

September 03, 2007
What is this trade of which you speak?
by Eric Earling, 11:02 PM, 15 Comments
One of the more significant outstanding issues in Congress these days are languishing trade deals awaiting approval. Last month the Seattle Times came out in favor of all four such pending agreements, with Columbia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. Yet... [read more]

Signs, Signs, Everywhere There's Signs
by Eric Earling, 07:49 PM, 9 Comments
A while back at Crosscut, Casey Corr asked some questions about the use of yard signs in local political campaigns. That's a topic worth considering as Labor Day comes to a close and sign activity in assorted local races picks... [read more]

Want to save Puget Sound?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:41 AM, 9 Comments
...Do the science first. So writes Daniel Jack Chasan in Crosscut:Inadequate data to measure results have undercut restorations of other large bodies of water, like Chesapeake Bay. Leaders of the new Puget Sound Partnership know this, but whether they can... [read more]

PDC contemplating Internet regulations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:27 AM, 23 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports on moves by the state Public Disclosure Commission to consider new regulations for the Internet. Reporter Alex Fryer captured my view perfectly with this quote:"I don't see any need [for state rules]," Sharkansky said. "There's nothing... [read more]

September 01, 2007
Random TV recommendation
by Eric Earling, 12:04 PM, 4 Comments
If you happen to catch it re-running on CNN or can access it through On Demand I highly recommend the "Anvil of God" special done by Tom Foreman for the Anderson Cooper show (described in this post). It chronicles the... [read more]

Sports Analogy Time
by Eric Earling, 11:50 AM, 6 Comments
It's one of the slowest news weekends of the year, so let's take a look at an analysis of the Republican Presidential nomination contest worth perusing from pollster Scott Rasmussen. His thesis is the MSM coverage of the race thus... [read more]

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