Index of entries from January 2008
January 31, 2008
The Joy of Illogical Upset
by Eric Earling, 10:24 PM, 34 Comments
We could have a regular post here every time Joni Balter goes to press at the Seattle Times. But that's boring, so we don't. Today's column, however, merits some push back. First, it must be noted Balter is perturbed about... [read more]

The Sad Sight of Trying to Have Things Both Ways
by Eric Earling, 08:22 PM, 19 Comments
Read today's coverage of the looming payouts to many Boeing workers as a result of the company meeting incentive targets. Note the caption for the first photo in the story: "Hourly production workers are not eligible for incentive payouts." Let's... [read more]

The case for Mitt Romney
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 0 Comments
I agree with Mark Levin:[McCain] would be an exceedingly poor choice as the Republican nominee for president. ... McCain is an intemperate, stubborn individual, much like Hillary Clinton. ... none of the candidates are perfect ... But McCain is the... [read more]

McDermott Pays Debt to Society, erm, Boehner
by pudge, 09:28 AM, 47 Comments
As reported at CQ Politics, Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) -- a Sound Politics favorite -- has paid $64,169 in punitive and statutory damages (plus interest) to Congressman John Boehner (R-OH, and now minority leader) for having leaked an illegally wiretapped... [read more]

KIRO cancels Goldy
by DonWard, 01:08 AM, 44 Comments
As the Western Union of local radio show cancellations here at Sound Politics I have the duty to inform you of the demise of the "David Goldstein Show" on KIRO 710. Personally I am rather sorry. It is obvious that... [read more]

January 30, 2008
Hey Look, We're Gonna Go Broke!
by Eric Earling, 10:08 PM, 32 Comments
To the surprise of few, recently provided long-term budget estimates confirm that low and behold, years of overspending in Olympia mean big deficits coming down the pike...even before the budgetary complications of a slowing economy. How does a $2.5 billion... [read more]

Worried About Even the appearance of Conflict of Interest
by Eric Earling, 09:54 PM, 8 Comments
I think the story of the Seattle Times encouraging all newsroom employees not to participate in the upcoming party caucuses and primaries is fascinating. Encouraging the political reporters to stay out of it is one thing, though I don't see... [read more]

More Prop 1 Fall-out
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 2 Comments
Not sure if it'll get anywhere, but it's a start: local cities prodding Snohomish County to use its authority under the legislation creating the RTID to move forward with needed roads projects. This may or may not mesh with current... [read more]

Rudy's Departure, Romney's Swan Song, and McCain's Contempt
by Eric Earling, 09:26 PM, 51 Comments
With Rudy now officially out of the race, there is one key lesson to take from his candidacy - besides the obvious: running for President is a brutally time-consuming and intense undertaking. To win it, you have to want it.... [read more]

Washington State Republicans Trust The Voters
by Jim Miller, 04:28 PM, 40 Comments
At least half way.  But Washington state Democrats trust the voters not at all. This week, many voters will begin receiving their ballots for the state's Feb. 19 presidential primary election. But here's the catch — well, actually, there are... [read more]

I Won't Miss John Edwards
by Jim Miller, 01:43 PM, 36 Comments
Now that he is leaving the race.   Here's what the New York Times had to say about his exit: John Edwards, the progressive Democratic candidate who made a populist, antipoverty message the centerpiece of his campaign, announced his exit... [read more]

Flaying the UW
by Eric Earling, 07:17 AM, 27 Comments
The biggest water cooler story in local news these days is the Seattle Times' in-depth look at the troubled recent past of the University of Washington football program. The series itself is worth a read, in no small part because... [read more]

January 29, 2008
Florida Win Makes McCain the Clear Front-runner
by Eric Earling, 08:19 PM, 163 Comments
There can be no doubt now, even with the ever-present anti-McCain mood in significant corners of the conservative base: John McCain is the man to beat for the GOP nod. Even with Mitt Romney emerging as the clear alternative to... [read more]

Rudy's on a train to nowhere
by DonWard, 06:51 PM, 17 Comments
Rudy Giuliani's disappointing performance in Florida has all but nailed the coffin shut on the New Yorker's presidential campaign. That's what conventional wisdom states at any rate. Giuliani has gotten a lot of guff for his unusual campaign strategy of... [read more]

Florida Flashback
by DonWard, 04:37 PM, 17 Comments
You know just for old time's sakes it would have been nice to see a tie in the Florida primary between John McCain and Mitt Romney that required a recount. About them Dems: Bill Cruchon below is a fan of... [read more]

Earmark Reform
by pudge, 11:11 AM, 28 Comments
In his State of the Union address last night, President Bush said all future earmarks that are not passed as law will be ignored by the Executive branch. This is clearly his right: Congress can pass laws, but they have... [read more]

January 28, 2008
Maybe Years of Gratuitous Spending Weren't Such a Good Idea After All?
by Eric Earling, 08:25 PM, 39 Comments
Yes, no surprise. But today's article in the P-I on reality rearing its head in Olympia does nevertheless contain some worthwhile nuggets: Gone are the halcyon days of a skyrocketing real estate market and a ballooning economy that had led... [read more]

Join the fray on the Public Blog
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:29 PM, 0 Comments
What with the presidential nominating contests in full bloom, the state legislature back in session, and a wave of global warming-induced extreme winter conditions around the globe, surely many of you must have some opinions and observations to share. I... [read more]

State of the Union
by DonWard, 03:20 PM, 86 Comments
Only a few hours are left before President Bush gives his final State of the Union Address. *Waits for competing cheers between Democrats, whack-job progressives and disillusioned Republicans to die down...* To be honest this is one of the few... [read more]

Barack "John F. Kennedy" Obama
by DonWard, 10:33 AM, 40 Comments
Sen. Ted Kennedy has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama and was joined by several surviving members of the Camelot clan. This endorsement, we're being told, is quite a piece of political machination with America's Royal Family giving a collective rum-running middle... [read more]

January 27, 2008
Gregoire's Greatest Hits
by pudge, 07:12 PM, 74 Comments
So I was just thinking about various things our governor has done, and I was looking around for a list of accomplishments. I couldn't find a really good one -- most of it is silliness about giving us a great... [read more]

A Note on Obama-mania
by Eric Earling, 04:57 PM, 46 Comments
Goldy offers a post representative of local fervor for the candidacy of Barack Obama. A couple thoughts: 1) I think I share the view of many Republicans in taking some measure of satisfaction at the sight of Obama-supporters recoiling at... [read more]

McCain & Me
by Eric Earling, 04:45 PM, 86 Comments
Loyal readers know full well this writer doesn't harbor much fondness for John McCain. Yes, he's a hero, a patriot, and his service to the country on issues of national defense in the Senate is worthy of praise. Yet, short... [read more]

Endorsements Away
by Eric Earling, 08:57 AM, 69 Comments
The Seattle Times has endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for President. Their GOP endorsement is forthcoming next Sunday. I would like to place a wager that we'll see the Times backing John McCain, with many a kind word... [read more]

Chicken or the Egg Questions
by Eric Earling, 08:51 AM, 5 Comments
Dean Barnett had an insightful look into the medium of talk radio last week that deserves to be read. Fundamentally, Barnett asks which comes first, the talk radio host or the interested listener? The answer, logically, is the listener. The... [read more]

"WASL isn't the No. 1 threat to diplomas"
by Eric Earling, 08:12 AM, 14 Comments
Interesting story in the Everett Herald. Mostly because the data presented is a conventional wisdom buster: Dave Pavelchek, senior research manager for Washington State University's Social and Economic Science Research Center, studied 15 school districts' WASL results and academic credits... [read more]

January 26, 2008
Maybe I'm a Jerk...
by Eric Earling, 11:49 AM, 61 Comments
...maybe it's because I'm of a younger generation that seems less hung up on identity politics, but I don't quite understand the story about Washington having the 2nd largest gay caucus in its state legislature. Let's pretend for a minute... [read more]

Not This Topic Again
by Eric Earling, 11:30 AM, 9 Comments
As if we needed for more fodder for the debate about the Seattle area's pathetic inability to deal with the topic of strip clubs: a new venue may be coming to downtown Seattle as law enforcement continues its very important... [read more]

Dead But Not Buried
by Eric Earling, 11:24 AM, 20 Comments
House Speaker Frank Chopp may have declared the demise of renovation proposals for Husky Stadium in this legislative session, but odds are it'll come back. Initial reaction to the proposal in Olympia seems to have included a fair amount of... [read more]

January 24, 2008
Higher Property Taxes?
by Eric Earling, 09:51 PM, 49 Comments
An observant reader asks if I missed this story. No. It just struck me as a he said/she said kind of story that really wasn't all that definitive. If any of you have other thoughts please have at it in... [read more]

Would You Be Surprised to Learn...
by Eric Earling, 09:49 PM, 30 Comments
...that Olympia's expansion of state-funded health care for middle class kids has resulted in much higher enrollment than expected? I didn't think so.... [read more]

Boring
by Eric Earling, 08:00 PM, 74 Comments
That's your one word summary of the GOP debate in Florida. With John McCain and Mitt Romney edging out front in a tight Sunshine State race and with time running out on Rudy Giuliani's candidacy, the forum was remarkably tame.... [read more]

Let's Help KUOW's Gang Of Four
by Jim Miller, 07:06 AM, 41 Comments
I came back from Britain feeling charitable and decided I should offer some help to the gang.  And I hope some commenters will join me in helping these four journalists understand one of our great problems. The gang often discusses... [read more]

January 23, 2008
Post Prop 1 Transportation Debates are Frothy
by Eric Earling, 09:37 PM, 62 Comments
Notice, however, I didn't say quick and decisive. There's a bill brewing in Olympia to meld Sound Transit into a larger, regional transportation agency with an at least partially elected board. The P-I calls it an enlargement of Sound Transit.... [read more]

Good Point
by Jim Miller, 12:28 PM, 32 Comments
The Seattle PI approves of banning plastic bags at "large chain grocery stores", but thinks the ban should be more general.  Letter writer Patricia Warren replied, suggesting that the PI give up its own plastic bags.  (Don't count on that... [read more]

Impeachment Revisited
by pudge, 10:59 AM, 55 Comments
Washington State legislators want to impeach the President. Some say this is not the state's business, but it is true that House rules allow states to submit requests for impeachment. So that's all fine. What isn't fine, however, is that... [read more]

The News of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 19 Comments
Let's be honest with ourselves, sometimes the big story of the local news cycle isn't related to our relatively quiet political scene. And on a related note, sometimes the most clueless person in Seattle isn't a politician (most Seahawks fans... [read more]

A Note on Polls & Electability
by Eric Earling, 07:19 AM, 141 Comments
A number of commenters, including former WSRP Chair Chris Vance, have in recent days made arguments in assorted threads that John McCain is the most electable Republican for President based on surveys querying voters about hypothetical general election match-ups. I... [read more]

January 22, 2008
Fred's Dead, Baby (Update: Mitt Said Fred?)
by DonWard, 02:36 PM, 121 Comments
Fred Thompson has pulled the plug on his campaign. Officially that is. His lackluster effort throughout the primary combined by his "will-he-won't-he, time-is-wasting, get-off-the-fence-already!" delay whether he'd run or not foreshadowed this capitulation weeks ago. Probably the two things that... [read more]

Fool Me Once ...
by pudge, 02:17 PM, 41 Comments
Members of the IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) are claiming that their unit commanders encouraged them to commit war crimes, and that these decisions are coming from the top down. They are having an event in March, and calling... [read more]

Underground And Underwhelmed
by Jim Miller, 01:44 PM, 31 Comments
Riding the London Underground (which is mostly above ground) reminded me of what I like — and what I dislike — about rail transit. What I like are these three things:  Rail transit is usually the quickest way to get... [read more]

Wanted: Snohomish County GOP Web Site Help
by pudge, 10:54 AM, 6 Comments
The Snohomish County GOP web site could use some work, and we are short on personnel who have the time, inclination, and ability to work on it. If you're interested, give me a holler at wagop@pudge.net, or comment below. And... [read more]

Government Intervention That Looks Good
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 23 Comments
Even some of the biggest free-market advocates aren't going to complain too wildly about a passenger bill of rights. Making such moves at the state rather than federal level may not be terribly wise. But if such proposed legislation prompts... [read more]

January 21, 2008
And They're Off...
by Eric Earling, 07:53 PM, 51 Comments
It has already been an enlightening day on the campaign trail in Florida, giving us some trends to watch leading up to Thursday's GOP debate in Boca Raton, especially since the first two post-Nevada/South Carolina polls say "scrum!" 1) This... [read more]

A Little Bit of Conservative Skepticism
by Eric Earling, 03:47 PM, 31 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial page carries two op-ed columns, one local and one syndicated, touting a Democratic proposal for universal health care in our lovely Evergreen State. At the risk of sounding like a cynic, let's compare and contrast that... [read more]

Didn't See That One Coming
by Eric Earling, 12:00 PM, 45 Comments
I haven't yet had a chance to delve into the details of proposals to use the same tax revenue that helped build pro-sports stadiums for Husky stadium too. Nonetheless, reading fabled sports columnist Art Thiel taking a hammer to Frank... [read more]

January 20, 2008
GOP Race Going Forward
by Eric Earling, 09:22 AM, 197 Comments
Want to see the political equivalent of a cage match? Watch the race in Florida the next ten days. Here's a candidate-by-candidate breakdown: Fred Thompson - he's functionally out of the race at this point after finishing 3rd in South... [read more]

January 19, 2008
Gregoire Blames Environmentalists For Viaduct Delays
by pudge, 05:38 PM, 46 Comments
On Up Front with Robert Mak, Governor Gregoire was asked if the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct is the biggest public safety threat in Seattle, why has nothing been done for the last seven years, including three years with... [read more]

South Carolina Thread - Updated: McCain wins
by Eric Earling, 05:13 PM, 37 Comments
Sounds like we might be waiting a bit on a declared winner between John McCain and Mike Huckabee in South Carolina. In the meantime, two quick thoughts from the exit poll on questions we've been talking about recently. 1) How... [read more]

Memo to Olympia
by Eric Earling, 04:52 PM, 10 Comments
If you're trying to avoid voter backlash from an increasingly restive electorate, you might want to at least appear to be trying to address the great problems of the day. I realize it's early in the legislative session, when bills... [read more]

Quick Nevada Thoughts
by Eric Earling, 02:06 PM, 28 Comments
Important wins for Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton in Nevada this morning. For Romney because it's a decisive win in the state that has the largest number of pre-Florida delegates, thanks to machinations of other states being penalized by the... [read more]

January 18, 2008
Bill would force vote-by-mail on King, Pierce
by Jonathan Bechtle, 11:49 AM, 20 Comments
On Wednesday, Representative Hunt (22nd District-Thurston) introduced House Bill 2833, a 70-page bill that scours any mention of precinct polling places from the law. Since Pierce is the only county not vote-by-mail or moving in that direction, the bill might... [read more]

Maralyn Chase's Greatest Hits, Volume 2008
by pudge, 09:19 AM, 34 Comments
As Eric Earling noted the other day, Maralyn Chase (D-Econuts) has been busy. But her ban on plastic grocery bags is just the beginning. You may have heard about her carbon tax, or her use of the carbon tax to... [read more]

January 17, 2008
Here's an idea for you
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 67 Comments
I've been ruminating on Lynne Varner's latest column. Despite my quibbles - which are many - with a number of the individual points, I think Varner's thesis is essentially on the mark: Republican legislative candidates are getting hurt quite badly... [read more]

The People's Business is a Priority...
by Eric Earling, 07:04 PM, 22 Comments
...in Olympia. I mean, when bills like this are given a hearing rather than placed in the file drawer it so richly deserves, how could one think otherwise?... [read more]

Boeing's Mixed Bag
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 10 Comments
The 787 program is not doing well. It hasn't entered A380 territory yet, but the delays thus far are now starting to have notable financial impacts on the company. Further delays are likely to become painful. Either way, it probably... [read more]

I don't have much sympathy
by Eric Earling, 06:04 AM, 77 Comments
I'll confess to thinking that Tim Eyman's I-960 tried to squeeze too much into one initiative. The 2/3 vote to increase taxes was an excellent, surefire winner based on the open wallet ways of Olympia in recent years. The other... [read more]

"A Few Words in Defense of Our Liberals"
by pudge, 01:03 AM, 22 Comments
"A Few Words in Defense of Our Liberals" is a combination parody/response to Randy Newman's song, "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," performed at the keynote for Macworld Expo 2008. You can hear his original version if you... [read more]

January 15, 2008
Rep. Kristiansen Proposes U.S. 2 Safety Bills
by pudge, 10:47 PM, 16 Comments
As reported in the Herald, Rep. Dan Kristiansen has proposed three bills to raise revenue to fix "safety corridors," including U.S. 2. A key passage in the article -- damning to Democrats, if only people will wake up and pay... [read more]

A Good Use of the Legislature's Time...
by Eric Earling, 10:27 PM, 29 Comments
...or maybe not.... [read more]

Michigan Observations
by Eric Earling, 09:31 PM, 35 Comments
A big win tonight for Mitt Romney, though his Michigan roots will mitigate some of its perceived impact, even as his campaign will welcome the good round of press coverage. The rapid turnaround to Nevada and South Carolina on Saturday... [read more]

Michigan, McCain, and Momentum
by Eric Earling, 07:28 AM, 110 Comments
A couple things to watch for in the results from Michigan tonight...besides of course who wins: 1) How does Mike Huckabee do among non-Evangelicals? Even while utilizing a late-starting campaign, Huckabee hit the trail pretty hard in Michigan and had... [read more]

January 14, 2008
Rumor has it...
by Eric Earling, 10:29 PM, 33 Comments
...we have a ferry system in this state. If someone could let me know when it actually runs according to plan I'd appreciate it. Thanks.... [read more]

Media Fascination with Moderates is Mystifying
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 13 Comments
We've all seen it before: the media pundit who speaks glowing platitudes about moderates and the virtue of consensus to "get things done." Now don't get me wrong, I've been accused here at Sound Politics of being the resident liberal... [read more]

Dino Rossi's State of the State
by pudge, 01:40 PM, 31 Comments
Some people have wondered, what is Dino Rossi up to? Apart from the fundraising that Eric mentioned, he has a bunch of plans, starting today, at 6 p.m., when he delivers his own State of the State address on dinorossi.com.... [read more]

Connelly in Nevada
by Eric Earling, 07:45 AM, 10 Comments
In the era of dwindling newsroom budgets, the P-I has again stepped up to the plate by sending Joel Connelly to cover the Democratic caucuses in Nevada. We have our disagreements with Connelly here at Sound Politics, but I applaud... [read more]

Stop Excusing It, Just Fix It
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 59 Comments
I respect the current challenge facing Olympia, trying to solve the dreadful gap between demand for road projects versus available money in the transportation budget. That said, the state has made a number of choices over the years. One of... [read more]

Rossi & Gregoire Continue Brisk Fundraising
by Eric Earling, 07:24 AM, 12 Comments
Both candidates for governor have all the appearances of being adequately, if not richly, funded for this year's featured electoral show. Through the end of December, PDC reports show Christine Gregoire had collected over $4.1 million, with approximately $3.1 million... [read more]

January 13, 2008
Snohomish County GOP Caucus Locations Posted
by pudge, 03:37 PM, 16 Comments
The Snohomish County Republican Caucus will be held on 9 February at 1:00 p.m. You can find your precinct via the county auditor, then find your location, by precinct, on the county GOP web site.... [read more]

January 12, 2008
Seahawks and Green Bay
by DonWard, 02:13 PM, 55 Comments
As a lifelong Seahawks fan, I've assumed my customary football viewing position. Curled up in a tiny ball on the couch hoping nothing bad will happen again. Something bad did happen. With less than a minute left in the half,... [read more]

Re: What Is It About Race?
by Eric Earling, 11:05 AM, 156 Comments
As one might expect, my Thursday post on the topic of race drew some robust discourse in the comments, a couple of which need to be dissected. There seemed to be two dissents to the notion that I reject the... [read more]

January 11, 2008
520 Fix Moves Forward s-l-o-w-l-y
by Eric Earling, 07:46 AM, 65 Comments
The latest plan to replace 520 probably moves the interminable debate on this issue just a little bit closer to conclusion. On the specific points of the proposal, the only thing I'll say is tolling before a replacement plan is... [read more]

January 10, 2008
See Fred Help John
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 183 Comments
Tonight's Republican debate was at times thrilling, at times maddening, at times a bore. The lede will be Fred Thompson taking an absolute hammer to Mike Huckabee - or as Jonathan Martin aptly said, Thompson dropped a "daisy cutter" on... [read more]

What is it About Race?
by Eric Earling, 07:47 AM, 177 Comments
I may never understand the fascination some people have with issues about race. Maybe it's because I'm of a generation where the 60's are history, not a formative experience. Maybe it's because I'm part of the white, male, upper-income oppressor... [read more]

January 09, 2008
The Day After New Hampshire: Gazing Back and Looking Forward
by Eric Earling, 09:54 PM, 27 Comments
Aside from the continued and fast paced day-to-day grind and message wars, a few key facts control the respective Presidential nomination races: 1) No Republican currently has critical mass More specifically, no Republican has accumulated a recognizable core of support... [read more]

More Trouble for the Port
by Eric Earling, 08:41 PM, 10 Comments
This agency can not afford to appear to be dragging its feet while cleaning up its operations.... [read more]

First National Change Party
by pudge, 06:45 PM, 18 Comments
I know it's long over -- a whole five days ago -- but just for fun, I wanted to count the uses of the word "change" in the Democratic debate last weekend. (No, I didn't count by hand ... I'm... [read more]

A post not about primary races
by DonWard, 05:54 AM, 20 Comments
The television screenwriters strike has been a welcome sideshow to this dreary winter of TV viewing. In fact coverage of bearded, over-weight picketers lining up outside network studios has been more entertaining then anything which the writers themselves have created... [read more]

Clinton, Obama tied in New Hampshire
by DonWard, 02:06 AM, 70 Comments
Another minor annoyance with coverage of the presidential races is how who "wins" a state and who "loses" is actually defined. With tonight's results it's quite obvious that Hillary Clinton won New Hampshire right? After all, she got 39 percent... [read more]

January 08, 2008
Washington GOP Caucuses
by pudge, 10:28 PM, 28 Comments
The Washington GOP precinct caucuses are coming up on February 9th, four days after "Super Duper Tuesday." If the GOP nomination is still up for grabs after February 5th, Washington becomes very important. However, it is even more complicated here... [read more]

Ain't Politics Fun?
by Eric Earling, 09:33 PM, 56 Comments
Well, mostly. As a strong supporter of George W. Bush in 2000 and a serious fan of Mitt Romney in this cycle, let's just say I'm not terribly fond of the Granite State. At all. Now that I've got that... [read more]

A Story That Just Looks Like It Will Get Worse
by Eric Earling, 07:47 PM, 9 Comments
The news of the last few weeks on the Port of Seattle increasingly feels like an ugly story that is going to drip, drip, drip with a steady flow of increasingly disturbing revelations. Talk of criminal probes doesn't exactly lower... [read more]

New Hampshire candidate speeches
by DonWard, 07:02 PM, 9 Comments
Judging a candidate by their eloquence on the stump often times is a shallow and superficial thing to do. But John McCain's victory speech was about as dull and underwhelming as any I've seen. It wasn't for lack of enthusiasm... [read more]

First New Hampshire Thoughts
by DonWard, 04:45 PM, 36 Comments
If you thought the Clintons would have the reins of power snatched out of their hands by some upstart Illinois legislator without a fight, then you don't know anything about Hill and Bubba. Although the results are just coming in... [read more]

Don't dig Dixville
by DonWard, 04:26 PM, 4 Comments
No offense to the good residents of Dixville Notch - home of the sophomoric double-entendre since 1856 - but it was rather fatiguing to be inundated with the constant updates about the primary results from this tiny little burg. "Well... [read more]

Burn Ban Proposed For King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties
by pudge, 10:28 AM, 47 Comments
More from your Friendly Neighborhood Nanny State. Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Can we still get a Grand Slam at the Ballard Lenny's?
by DonWard, 04:50 AM, 23 Comments
That's Denny's. The local press and bloggers have glommed onto the story about the Ballard Denny's possibly being nominated on Feb. 6 as a local landmark by Seattle's Landmark Preservation Board; saving the site from transformation to a large mixed... [read more]

Universal Health Care for Washington
by pudge, 12:31 AM, 85 Comments
Hot on the heels of passing R-67, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is now trying to pass universal health care for everyone in the state of Washington. Now, I go in skeptical, for two reasons: first, I despise the idea of... [read more]

January 07, 2008
Presidential Race Q&A: New Hampshire is voting edition
by Eric Earling, 10:30 PM, 45 Comments
Have you been smitten by Obama-mania yet? Heh. No. But the media has, as have Democratic leaning voters. Barack Obama's campaign is now a virtually unstoppable tide, vulnerable only to a truly massive gaffe or scandal of his own commission.... [read more]

Check Out Cornfield's Blog
by Eric Earling, 07:16 PM, 4 Comments
Everett Herald political reporter Jerry Cornfield has joined the blogosphere. Cornfield regularly outperforms his paper's reputation and thus his blog will provide not only more welcome content on the Snohomish County political scene, but on state government as well. Recent... [read more]

Have At It
by Eric Earling, 07:25 AM, 59 Comments
I'm playing catch-up after going to the Seahawks game on Saturday (it was fun) and a long overdue date with my wife much of Sunday (ditto). Plus, you know, I have a job. As such, this is an open thread.... [read more]

Is Anyone Surprised?
by Eric Earling, 07:17 AM, 9 Comments
In case you missed it, all-mail voting in King County is likely to be delayed, at least for 2008.... [read more]

King County Young Republican Presidential Forum
by DonWard, 06:36 AM, 2 Comments
Most of the people reading this have seen one or more of the presidential debates, watched candidates give speeches or interviews on television and the Internet or read about their views in the local newspaper or online columns. Often times... [read more]

January 06, 2008
FOX snubbing of Paul slimy, cowardly
by DonWard, 07:48 AM, 155 Comments
It's time to call BS on the decision by FOX News to exclude Ron Paul from its GOP presidential roundtable tonight. Political junkies will already know that Fox producers decided arbitrarily to limit participation in the forum to candidates that... [read more]

January 05, 2008
Desperation Breeds Delusion
by pudge, 09:17 AM, 62 Comments
John Edwards said that because of the Iowa results, it is now a two-man race -- literally, two men, Edwards and Obama. That doesn't even make sense on the surface: Edwards only beat Clinton by 0.28 percent, and she actually... [read more]

January 04, 2008
King County Land Deal Under the Microscope
by Eric Earling, 10:46 PM, 72 Comments
I haven't had time to digest this story about a controversial land deal in King County. I'm sure others have and have things to say. Go for it.... [read more]

Are You Talking?
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 25 Comments
Ryan Blethen has a column lamenting that the also-ran Presidential candidates are finally starting to be excluded from Presidential debates. Blethen says this does "voters a disservice by excluding serious candidates." Specifically, he is troubled by these criteria: The limits... [read more]

Re: Locally Known Pollster A Big Part of National Story
by Eric Earling, 08:27 PM, 8 Comments
There appears to be confusion about the story discussed below. Davis Postman's reporting discusses the issue in terms of Moore Information being accused of "push polling," which they deny. Josh Feit's liberal heart leaps with the joy at the hope... [read more]

January 03, 2008
Locally Known Pollster A Big Part of National Story
by Eric Earling, 09:16 PM, 28 Comments
A client for Moore Information, a well-known GOP pollster in the Pacific Northwest, appears to be the source for anti-Mormon telephone calls under investigation in New Hampshire. Based on available coverage, including here and here, it seems the NH AG's... [read more]

And The Winner Is . . .
by Mrs. Shark, 08:53 PM, 14 Comments
No, not Obama or Huckabee, although they are the big winners in Iowa tonight. I'm referring to Stefan, who recently won two contests of interest to SoundPolitics readers. Since he is still on hiatus from the blog, I thought I... [read more]

Turnout Drives Obama & Huckabee to Wins
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 133 Comments
Incoming Iowa results are backing up the network exit polls (CNN polls here for Republicans and Democrats), which say Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee just benefited from huge spikes in relevant demographics to key their respective victories in the Iowa... [read more]

Maybe They Don't Have Any Significant Accomplishments
by Jim Miller, 04:49 AM, 112 Comments
In December, I made this offer to supporters of the three leading Democratic candidates. If you are a local supporter of any of the three leading Democratic candidates, Clinton, Edwards, or Obama, I'll give you a chance to put up... [read more]

January 02, 2008
Iowa Prediction Time
by Eric Earling, 08:45 PM, 38 Comments
Except I'm not fool enough to actually make predictions in this chaotic set of Iowa caucuses. Nevertheless, here are some thoughts on tomorrow evening's events based on my heavy intake of political news over the holidays. I welcome your own... [read more]

Pop Quiz
by pudge, 06:02 PM, 51 Comments
Pick the statement below that makes the sentence true. There is only one correct answer. "The Constitution of the United States ..." a. "... requires a complete separation of church and state." b. "... creates three coequal branches of the... [read more]

January 01, 2008
The Growth Management Conundrum
by Eric Earling, 05:11 PM, 16 Comments
Former Snohomish County Councilman Jeff Sax recently penned a commentary on the growth issues facing the county. One point in particular bears mention in the broader debate on such issues throughout the Puget Sound area: The voters who just elected... [read more]

Joel Connelly Does Iowa
by Eric Earling, 04:56 PM, 20 Comments
We here at Sound Politics often find ourselves in disagreement with the P-I's Joel Connelly, but props to that paper for actually investing the resources in sending its top political reporter to Iowa to cover the political story dominating the... [read more]

A Long Overdue Fix, Blame Aplenty to Go Around
by Eric Earling, 04:27 PM, 15 Comments
Two eastern Snohomish County lawmakers are prepared to go the mat in support of safety improvements for Highway 2 in the coming legislative session. Both gentlemen have been fighting on this issue for years, scraping against the urban and suburban... [read more]

I Got My Schrammie
by pudge, 05:46 AM, 30 Comments
I finally got my Schrammie! For the complete story, see the original song that Ken Schram hated (called "Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday"), listen to the studio version of the song, and watch Schram give me my... [read more]

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