Index of entries from February 2008
February 29, 2008
Boeing Loses Tanker Deal
by DonWard, 02:41 PM, 72 Comments
Eric normally posts about Boeing and is no doubt penning something. I just got in front of a computer and am putting this out as an open thread. So Chicago-based Boeing lost out on its bid to replace the Air... [read more]

WFB Tribute (Update)
by DonWard, 12:48 AM, 12 Comments
Erstwhile Sound Politics commenter Scott St. Clair "Piper Scott" took time away from his bagpipes - and baiting emotionally handicapped trolls on HA - to pen a eulogy about William F. Buckley's passing; explaining how the founder of National Review... [read more]

February 28, 2008
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 4 Comments
Shamelessly influenced by the "Remainders" feature of Politico bloggers Ben Smith and Jonathan Martin, I'm introducing "Chasers," a periodic offering to provide a round-up of material related to recent Sound Politics posts...with some random additions as well. Accordingly, here they... [read more]

February 27, 2008
Senator Haugen Blows Off U.S. 2, Too
by pudge, 10:31 PM, 51 Comments
Like her Democratic colleagues in the House, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10) -- chair of the Transportation Committee -- refused to put any money for much-needed safety improvements for U.S. 2 into the budget. Haugen earmarked $95 million for her... [read more]

Truth in Advertising
by Eric Earling, 09:28 PM, 33 Comments
The Washington Education Association has put out a radio ad in an attempt to ding Dino Rossi. Funny thing, they refer to a Rossi budget, rather than a Rossi-Locke-Chopp-Reardon budget. Because along with Dino Rossi as Senate Ways and Means... [read more]

Yes, Less Whining Would Be Nice
by Eric Earling, 08:03 AM, 25 Comments
The Crosscut blog provides a definitive rebuttal to the whining, including from local editorial boards, on the topic of our state's system of primaries and caucuses. Short version: it's the political parties' "own damn business" how they ultimately decide on... [read more]

by Eric Earling, 07:59 AM, 13 Comments
Count this voter - who routinely says yes to local tax increases for transportation and schools - as seriously annoyed with talk of another Snohomish County sales tax increase under discussion. The proposed hike could ironically be a budget saver,... [read more]

February 26, 2008
GOP Fundraising in the Era of Obama
by Eric Earling, 09:45 PM, 6 Comments
Patrick Ruffini weighs in with his usual trenchant analysis of the current state of Presidential fundraising (think big picture), and what it means for the GOP the rest of this cycle. Students of modern campaigning should digest the full post.... [read more]

What WAS Ken Hutcherson trying to say?
by Eric Earling, 07:18 PM, 178 Comments
Perhaps you've caught wind of the latest brouhaha regarding the words of Pastor Ken Hutcherson. A column in the Seattle P-I may have been first to break the story, followed by predictable outrage from Horse's Ass and the Slog. After... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XLI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:13 PM, 0 Comments
"Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling"Twelve-month long drop in world temperatures wipes out a century of warming Yes, I know that one unusually harsh winter does not by itself disprove the theory of anthropogenic global warming . And I... [read more]

Mayor Walser Costs Taxpayers $275,000
by pudge, 01:36 PM, 30 Comments
Former Monroe councilman Chad Minnick tells an insider's tale of how Monroe Mayor Donnetta Walser has cost the city taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and perhaps a lot more, through "incompetent" planning.... [read more]

Democrats Fail on U.S. 2 Safety
by pudge, 01:03 PM, 28 Comments
When the Democrats on the House transportation committee refused to vote on three proposals to fund U.S. 2 improvements that are intended to save lives, Democrats said ""We are going to do something on Highway 2 this session in our... [read more]

Tom Cruise Gets Fired For Paine Field Incident
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 41 Comments
Well, kind of. If you've seen Top Gun you get the point.... [read more]

King County Breaks State Election Law
by pudge, 12:47 AM, 32 Comments
For the presidential preference primary last week, King County gave out a single ballot for the Republican and Democratic parties. So if you signed on the sheet for one party or the other, when you voted, you could choose to... [read more]

February 25, 2008
Trade War in the General? Maybe Not.
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 7 Comments
Thanks to David Postman for making a point to cover the topic of trade in his year's election cycle. While the issue isn't always high profile, it's importance to Washington state's economy is clear. As such, some recent coverage has... [read more]

The Most Human of Moments
by Eric Earling, 09:44 PM, 23 Comments
Given that my age, 32, makes me a relative young buck in the world of politics, I always enjoy reading about younger folk taking on the spotlight in that realm. As such, I read the New York Magazine's recent profile... [read more]

Prescient Economists
by Jim Miller, 05:50 PM, 15 Comments
AP reporter David Ammons says that he knows some.  (In an article on Washington state's budget problems.) Economists say the U.S. is in a mild recession, and the Senate budget panel says the state faces a deficit of $937 million... [read more]

No Criminal Acts Committed
by Eric Earling, 08:19 AM, 7 Comments
That's the best news to report from my chaperoning of a field trip to Olympia. Plus, I think the statute of limitations has expired on my pilfering of a Senate page jacket back when I served in that august position.... [read more]

February 24, 2008
The Theme Song of the 2008 Presidential Campaign
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 PM, 0 Comments
Inspiring my selection for this year's campaign season theme song are Ralph Nader:pledging to repeat a bid that will "shift the power from the few to the many."Mike Huckabee:[outlining] a strategy which has him not winning the GOP nomination outright,... [read more]

No Oscar for you
by DonWard, 05:29 PM, 36 Comments
You know you really have to hate those spineless Hollywood writers. If they just held out a couple weeks longer on the picket lines there might have been a fine chance this year's Academy Awards could have been cancelled. Or... [read more]

Conventional Wisdom Sets In
by Eric Earling, 04:29 PM, 14 Comments
When the state's current budget troubles, and overspending in Olympia, become the topic of Dave Ammons's weekly column then it's a safe bet that Democrats have a political headwind of their own creation to run against this fall. The news... [read more]

The Wrong Line of Defense
by Eric Earling, 02:11 PM, 12 Comments
David Horsey doesn't think much of critics of the New York Times's recent attempt at an expose on John McCain. His reasons why leave something to be desired. He says critics allege the Times "concocted" the story. That really misses... [read more]

Nader in 2000, er, 2004, no wait in 2008! (Update: Assassination watch)
by DonWard, 10:35 AM, 38 Comments
Ralph Nader has announced he will be seeking the office of president as a third party candidate. The conventional wisdom states a run by the 73-year old consumer advocate will draw votes away from either Democratic candidate. Perhaps. Although honestly,... [read more]

February 23, 2008
Change we can believe in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:30 PM, 0 Comments
Mercer Island City Councilman Steve Litzow is running for the state House seat being vacated by Fred Jarrett.... [read more]

February 22, 2008
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:05 PM, 0 Comments
Kathleen Parker: "Obama the Messiah of Generation Narcissism" Robert Samuelson: "The Obama Delusion" David Brooks: When the Magic Fades: Obama Comedown Syndrome Clive Crook: "What Obama's ideas look like, when you see past the brilliant salesmanship, is boilerplate leftism". but... [read more]

High Water Mark in Democratic Debate
by DonWard, 02:48 PM, 218 Comments
Sadly there wasn't much of a chance for me to watch the Democratic Presidential Debate yesterday evening. Was too busy dining with a friend over sushi and drinks to bother to tune in. Afterwards the time was filled with more... [read more]

Barack Obama's "Patriot Employer Act"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:29 PM, 0 Comments
One of Obama's few legislative accomplishments is co-sponsoring the as yet unpassed "Patriot Employer Act":we should encourage corporations to be patriot employers that create good jobs with good benefits for American workers," said Senator Obama. "Patriot employers help maintain American... [read more]

Kudos To The Seattle PI
by Jim Miller, 07:45 AM, 61 Comments
And Managing Editor Dave McCumber.  For what they didn't print. I chose not to run the New York Times story on John McCain in Thursday's P-I, even though it was available to us on the New York Times News Service.... [read more]

February 21, 2008
The Age of Gregoirius
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:45 PM, 0 Comments
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Poor Timing
by Jim Miller, 07:04 AM, 22 Comments
Two examples, one from each Seattle newspaper. On Monday, the Seattle Times editorial board made this prediction. How will he do it, how will President Gen. Pervez Musharraf rig Pakistan's parliamentary elections today to ensure his hold on power?... [read more]

February 20, 2008
Short Break
by Eric Earling, 10:41 PM, 43 Comments
No blogging from me until the weekend. I'm helping chaperone the entire 5th grade class at my son's school on an overnight field trip to Olympia. So, if you hear of any reports of a student being hung by their... [read more]

Re: McCain's Task
by Eric Earling, 07:30 PM, 29 Comments
On cue, the New York Times makes my point for me about budding adversarial press for McCain, unleashing their long-pending story questioning his ethics. McCain's camp is fighting back vigorously, though the story will inevitably both leave a mark now... [read more]

Turn off the lights!
by DonWard, 04:49 PM, 11 Comments
Remember when your dad always pestered you about forgetting to turn the lights off after you leave a room? Looks like he wasn't just being a cheapskate and had the health of your mother in mind. You can read a... [read more]

Political drama in the primaries
by DonWard, 02:14 PM, 18 Comments
This would have been written yesterday except for the geographical fact that I was in Wenatchee all day Tuesday. The next time you're in the Apple Capitol of the World make sure you eat lunch at Dusty's In-N-Out. Best burger... [read more]

Time To Help The Danes Again
by Jim Miller, 02:09 PM, 8 Comments
As you may have heard, they have been having a little trouble with "youths", whose motivations are obscure, at least to the BBC.  And with terrorist plots.   And with murder conspiracies. How to help?  We can offer our support,... [read more]

Remember This Offer?
by Jim Miller, 12:08 PM, 115 Comments
From last December. 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 your argument here.  There are three conditions: First, your argument should... [read more]

Teamsters Endorse Obama
by pudge, 10:30 AM, 64 Comments
The Teamsters have endorsed Barack Obama, most likely because Obama denies the right of employers to hire and fire at will. According to Obama's own Blueprint for Change (pdf), he is for the Employee Free Choice Act, but oddly, does... [read more]

McCain's Task
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 40 Comments
The confirmed emergence of two party front-runners last night and their resulting verbal sparring from afar provide a good time to mention one challenge John McCain will have to juggle. Peter Wehner summarized it well yesterday. McCain has to run... [read more]

Call Me a Cynic...
by Eric Earling, 12:11 AM, 46 Comments
...but when I read passages in articles about new environmental policies passed in the Legislature: The legislation would provide a framework and goals, including one to cut the number of miles driven by state residents. Details would be worked out... [read more]

February 19, 2008
Obama is Going to Win Washington's Primary
by Eric Earling, 10:46 PM, 3 Comments
None of the media organizations seems ready to call it yet, but it sure looks like Barack Obama will win our non-binding Democratic primary. He's leading the statewide vote count by 2.6%. He's winning in King County 54.2% to Hillary... [read more]

McCain Wins, Huckabee barely beating Romney
by Eric Earling, 10:10 PM, 14 Comments
John McCain's victory in the Washington State Presidential Primary tonight should surprise no one. His thrashing of Mike Huckabee, however, and the latter's poor overall showing, is a fascinating storyline. McCain's win in another non-Southern state tonight was likewise anti-climatic,... [read more]

Open Post
by Jim Miller, 08:16 PM, 10 Comments
For a discussion of the Washington state primary results.   You may want to look at this county map from time to time.  (Or put in another link to results, if you can find a better one.... [read more]

An Easy Choice
by Jim Miller, 07:19 PM, 8 Comments
Today, a little after two o'clock, I walked a few blocks to the Lakeview school and voted in the Republican primary.  The choice was easy; there is only one viable candidate left — assuming no miracle — and so I... [read more]

My unenthusiastic vote for McCain
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 0 Comments
Like Eric, I voted for McCain and without any enthusiasm. But given the other remaining choices -- Billarama and their harebrained socialism on one hand, and genitalia-obsessed science-phobic yahoo Huckabilly on the other hand1 -- the most reasonable option is... [read more]

I Feel Dirty
by Eric Earling, 07:29 AM, 61 Comments
As promised, I cast a vote for John McCain solely because he is the most visible and aggressive anti-Mike Huckabee option on our primary ballot. The problem is that after doing so, I immediately felt painfully close to the morning... [read more]

February 18, 2008
What is this Sound Thinking With Which You Speak?
by Eric Earling, 07:55 PM, 11 Comments
Jonathan Martin over at the Politico makes a point today about John McCain wish more journalists would grasp: immigration, not the Iraq war, was the cause of McCain's campaign implosion last summer. Well, that and the poor fundraising coupled with... [read more]

A Flawed Critic
by Eric Earling, 07:47 PM, 1 Comments
UPDATE: I realized after finally publishing this post that I started earlier in the day that Jim Miller has one up, below on the main page, on the same topic. Thus, I'm turning off the comments on this one. Count... [read more]

Does Reed Davis Know What He Is Talking About?
by Jim Miller, 05:10 PM, 31 Comments
You may have read his odd column in today's Seattle Times, where he seems to say that Washington Republicans would control the state if only the state party had been nicer to activists of all sorts.  Now, I think that... [read more]

Michelle Obama: "For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country."
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:03 PM, 0 Comments
An observation:[Mrs. Obama's] adult life has spanned from about 1985 to the present. She's found nothing in all that time to make her proud of her country? Not the fact that it won the Cold War and liberated tens of... [read more]

Councilman Dave Somers And Enviro-Extremism
by pudge, 12:43 PM, 37 Comments
In a guest commentary in the Herald, Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers is telling us that because "vehicle emissions comprise half of the state's greenhouse gases that fuel global warming," that therefore we should "devise ways that allow us to... [read more]

Rossi v. Gregoire Brewing
by Eric Earling, 11:36 AM, 18 Comments
Beyond the obvious local interest in this year's Governor's race, expect the contest to grab a healthy share of national attention as well. For a flavor, read dispatches from Reid Wilson at Politics Nation here and here.... [read more]

Attacks on the initiative process
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:18 AM, 0 Comments
As Eric noted below, Joel Connelly argues today against the latest attack on the iniatitive process by Democrats in the legislature. On the other hand, the P-I has perhaps the only editorial board in the state which thinks it's a... [read more]

Wisconsin Primary
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:05 AM, 0 Comments
Wisconsin holds its Primary tomorrow. The unusually cold weather (even for Wisconsin) could reduce turnout. Current forecast for my hometown of Madison:High: 11° Low: -2° Wind chills may approach -15F.That's well below the February 19 average high of 34° and... [read more]

February 17, 2008
Not Exactly a Tidal Wave of Support
by Eric Earling, 09:41 PM, 13 Comments
How bad is the proposal in the state Legislature to put limits on the initiative process that that we discussed last week? Joel Connelly finds much not to like about the measure, in his own way of course. When Sound... [read more]

Barack Obama: "The Magical Democrat"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:11 PM, 0 Comments
Mark Steyn:Barack Obama is an elevator Muzak dinner-theater reduction of all the glibbest hand-me-down myths in liberal iconography ... The problems facing America - unsustainable entitlements, broken borders, nuclearizing enemies - require tough solutions, not gaseous Sesame Street platitudes.Unfortunately, Steyn... [read more]

The State Primary Debate
by Eric Earling, 03:34 PM, 18 Comments
Is anyone thrilled with our state's Presidential primary system? The Everett Herald loathes it. The Seattle Times' op-ed page gives some prominent discussion to serious reform of how the primary is conducted. And of course the signed "oath" required for... [read more]

Is Either Side of the Aisle Free of Religious Intolerance?
by Eric Earling, 03:22 PM, 20 Comments
Dan Savage seems pretty sure religious intolerance more likely resides on the right side of the political spectrum than on the left. He uses the question of Mitt Romney's Mormonism and its related impact on his Presidential run versus Romney's... [read more]

February 16, 2008
I Can't Believe I'm Saying This
by Eric Earling, 09:10 PM, 80 Comments
But I'm going to vote for John McCain in our state's Presidential primary. Mind you, this is out of no allegiance to McCain - as the regular reader knows. It's a vote against Mike Huckabee. And the best way to... [read more]

Open "Stefan Sharkansky" Thread
by pudge, 05:49 PM, 102 Comments
A lot of people have been asking about Stefan Sharkansky -- the proprietor of this establishment -- most particularly why he is posting without allowing comments. I have no answers; I don't really care. My guess is that he doesn't... [read more]

"Girl You Know It's Not True"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:11 PM, 0 Comments
Bob Owens compares Barack Obama with Milli Vanilli. It's possible that Obama really is more than a Milli-Vanilli-style vapid crowd-pleaser. It's also possible that he's a different kind of politician who really will deliver on all of his implausible campaign... [read more]

February 15, 2008
Gov. Gregoire's Budget Roller Coaster
by pudge, 05:34 PM, 56 Comments
A video from the WSRP:... [read more]

The Gang Of Four Get Obamania
by Jim Miller, 01:54 PM, 22 Comments
Today, there were two substitutes in KUOW's Gang of Four.  KUOW's Marcie Sillman was filling in for host Steve Scher, who is ill, and Naomi Ishisaka of Colors Northwest was filling in for Danny Westneat of the Seattle Times.  The... [read more]

Coming Next: the Page 3 Girls
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 27 Comments
It not a bad guess to presume the P-I will end up becoming a liberal tabloid-style newspaper or an online-only publication at some point. Today's Joel Connelly's column on our tight local race for Governor hastens the move toward the... [read more]

February 14, 2008
Romney Endorses McCain (Update)
by DonWard, 01:18 PM, 51 Comments
Which is no big surprise According to news reports he has released his delegates who are now free to either support McCain, either of his two remaining opponents or, one can assume, remain uncommitted. The most important issue is whether... [read more]

Vote for the Stupid Bill of the Year
by pudge, 12:19 PM, 17 Comments
Vote for the Stupid Bill of the Year at the EFF site (as mentioned previously).... [read more]

Seattle Rules, Seattle Costs
by Jim Miller, 09:46 AM, 107 Comments
University of Washington professor Theo Eicher did the research that verifies what many of us already knew.  Seattle housing rules impose enormous costs. An intriguing new analysis by a University of Washington economics professor argues that home prices have, perhaps... [read more]

Yes we can
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:35 AM, 0 Comments
hat tip... [read more]

February 13, 2008
Huck Hearts WA
by Eric Earling, 09:42 PM, 28 Comments
The American Spectator asked me to do a write-up on Mike Huckabee getting some mileage out of contesting the GOP caucuses held this past weekend. You may have heard about them. Anyway, here it is. I have to say, I've... [read more]

Our next president...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:23 PM, 0 Comments
Obama: Faith-healer? fascist? Another JFK? or merely a guy whose main talent is reading from a tele-prompter? Billary: Terror pardons? McCain: Multiculturalist?... [read more]

That Insight Madrassa Story Pops Up Again
by Jim Miller, 05:05 PM, 12 Comments
Today, the Seattle PI published Joel Connelly's column listing errors by other pundits in the region.  Amusingly, Connelly makes a mistake of his own in the column.  Here are the key paragraphs: The conservative online magazine Insight "reported" last year... [read more]

Feb. 9 Caucus results by County
by DonWard, 04:05 PM, 7 Comments
Here are the latest numbers from the Washington State Republican Party giving a breakdown of the Feb. 9 GOP caucus. Of note, these are the delegate presidential "preferences" as recorded last Saturday. These "preferences" are not binding and are subject... [read more]

Some Perspective From 2004
by Jim Miller, 03:32 PM, 8 Comments
As I suspect most of you have done, I have followed the controversy over Luke Esser's release of partial caucus results, and his claim that McCain was most likely the winner, with some bemusement.  For one thing, as a number... [read more]

Democrats vs. Republicans
by pudge, 12:02 PM, 41 Comments
Many Democrats have been coming out in the wake of the GOP caucus in Washington claiming that in the GOP, it is the "elite" and "party bosses" who keep down the "average voter." The reasoning is hard to follow; they... [read more]

Another Shot at the Initiative Process Brewing in Olympia
by Eric Earling, 07:48 AM, 27 Comments
In case you missed it, the Legislature's sniping at the initiative process is continuing in Olympia. HB 2601, currently moving through the House, places new restrictions on signature gathers, including the invalidation of legally collected signatures if the paid signature... [read more]

Problem Solved
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 45 Comments
I'm sure many of you were upset to read our elected leaders still can't seem to resolve the issue of how to replace the 520 bridge. Thankfully, the issue is in Olympia's hands now so a prompt and decisive resolution... [read more]

February 12, 2008
Reality Check
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:12 PM, 0 Comments
1. One can both believe in God and acknowledge unequivocally that the Earth is more than 6,000 years old. 2. Regulating people's sexual lives is not the primary function of the federal government. 3. Mike Huckabee is less a conservative... [read more]

Global Warming non-update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:30 PM, 0 Comments
Barack Obama gave tonight's Potomac Primary victory speech in my hometown, Madison, Wisconsin. For some reason he didn't say anything about his plan to combat global warming.... [read more]

Dean Logan Scores Yet Again
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:39 PM, 0 Comments
This time a lot of votes for Democrats may be thrown in the trash:An estimated 49,500 votes were cast incorrectly in Los Angeles County by nonpartisan voters in the presidential primaries and cannot be counted because the voters' intentions are... [read more]

Lincoln's Birthday
by Jim Miller, 04:32 PM, 20 Comments
Nothing about the event in today's PI, though they did run this story two days ago.  The Seattle Times, breaking from previous practice, does have this mildly interesting article on a Lincoln exhibit at the Museum of History and Industry.... [read more]

February 11, 2008
The Snohomish County Caucus Snafu - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:39 PM, 68 Comments
UPDATE II: In addition to releasing updated results last night, The WSRP issued a letter from Luke Esser discussing the issue below as well as questions discussed in a previous post. I note the problem identified in Snohomish occurred in... [read more]

Um, what sort of change do these people believe in?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:40 PM, 0 Comments
Volunteers on the Barack Obama campaign in Texas have decorated their office wall with a Cuban flag and picture of Che Guevara It suggests to me that some of Obama's supporters are less concerned with Obama's actual policy proposals than... [read more]

Clearing Up Caucus Confusion - Updated
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 63 Comments
There are several issues to clear-up regarding the now much-discussed Washington State GOP caucuses and the consequent objections from the Huckabee campaign. I'll cover the problems in Snohomish County in a later post. 1) The myth that the Washington State... [read more]

McCain Media Press Conference
by DonWard, 04:29 PM, 11 Comments
As promised here is the audio from the rolling press conference aboard McCain's Magical Media bus. After the Arizona senator touched down at Boeing Field he parried questions from Seattle's finest political writers for 30 minutes. A lot of presidential... [read more]

More Caucus News Tonight on KING5
by pudge, 02:48 PM, 32 Comments
I just got word that the Snohomish County GOP will be featured tonight on KING5 news at 5 p.m., regarding some of the caucus news. Snohomish County reported its counts of preferences of all participants, not just the delegates, and... [read more]

McCain Westin Rally Audio
by DonWard, 11:02 AM, 4 Comments
As promised here is the audio from Sen. John McCain's rally at the Westin in Seattle on Feb. 8. It seemed like most of the local GOP hierarchy was in attendence - at least from Western Washington - and on... [read more]

Not Bad
by Jim Miller, 09:36 AM, 22 Comments
But he should have asked some follow-up questions.  As regular readers know, I am quite critical of most "mainstream" journalists.  (For an example, see this post.) But I had a good experience with one local journalist, KOMO Radio's Charlie Harger.... [read more]

February 10, 2008
What The Washington GOP Precinct Caucus Results Mean
by pudge, 05:30 PM, 274 Comments
Nothing. People from all over the media, from Josh Marshall to Tim Russert, and Mike Huckabee, are talking about the party declaring a winner, whether it was too soon, and so on. But what the party said about the results... [read more]

Washington Caucuses Highlight Clinton's Momentum Problem
by Eric Earling, 04:45 PM, 15 Comments
Barack Obama winning yesterday's caucuses in Washington state was not a surprise. The smashing margin of victory was. Moreover, it feeds a clear narrative favoring Obama from this weekend, what this another huge victory in Nebraska to go with wins... [read more]

Nominate the "Stupid Bill of the Year" and Win a Prize
by pudge, 04:37 PM, 14 Comments
Read the details on the EFF web site. Nominations take place through Wednesday, voting begins Thursday. I already nominated HB 2425 - Regarding the sale and use of small-scale powered equipment, so pick something else!... [read more]

On the lighter side
by DonWard, 04:35 PM, 5 Comments
Since it's the weekend there's nothing wrong with a little water cooler palaver about local sports news. If you're a Mariners fan you have to be thankful that the much vaunted "Erik Bedard trade" is in the books. Finally it... [read more]

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:30 PM, 0 Comments
To Charles Mackay's fascinating collection of mass hysterias ("The Mississippi Scheme", "The Southsea Bubble", "The Tulipomania", "Alchymysts", "Modern Prophecies", "Fortune-Telling", "The Magnetisers", "The Witch Mania", "Haunted Houses", "Popular Follies of Great Cities", "Popular Admiration of Great Thieves" , "Influence of... [read more]

The Intolerance of the Left
by Eric Earling, 02:48 PM, 70 Comments
The recent story of controversy about a speaking appearance by Rev. Ken Hutcherson is both bizarre and revealing. The upset is about Hutcherson's views on homosexuality and related issues, even though the talk itself was about "growing up as an... [read more]

The Tone of Huckabee's Campaign
by Eric Earling, 02:30 PM, 36 Comments
Footnote to the caucus results post below: Mike Huckabee's campaign is disputing yesterday's results (more here). Given the circumstances it's not a stunning turn of events. Indeed, I have my own question about how the results were reported that I'm... [read more]

McCain Wins - No Candidate Looks Strong
by Eric Earling, 02:09 PM, 16 Comments
Our state's GOP caucus results exemplified the mixed results John McCain and Mike Huckabee found across the country yesterday. McCain won a narrow and exceedingly modestly victory in the Evergreen State and scored a strong 2nd place finish to Huckabee... [read more]

February 09, 2008
Caucus Report II
by DonWard, 09:00 PM, 49 Comments
Extra VII: Frequent SP commenter "TB" passed along some information about the 45th LD and a few observations. Not surprisingly McCain had a strong showing in this Eastside district garnering 141 delegates; Huckabee received 91, Romney 75, Paul 60, Uncommitted... [read more]

New feature with Sound Politics (Preview)
by DonWard, 08:03 PM, 4 Comments
I'm in the process of uploading and cleaning up my digital audio recordings of McCain's Westin rally and the rolling press scrum with the senator. These should be completed very late tonight or very early tomorrow. I'm hoping this will... [read more]

I'd Like No Sense of Humor for $400, Alex
by Eric Earling, 08:03 PM, 7 Comments
Dan Catchpole, intern reporter and contributor to the P-I's Strange Bedfellows Blog evidently thinks cracking jokes with a Biblical reference isn't funny. Um, if a former Southern Baptist minister - typically considered one of the most fundamentalist denominations in the... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire says Washingtonians are ready for change
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:34 PM, 0 Comments
Postman quotes Mrs. Gregoire1:"I do think Washingtonians are very concerned about where we are domestically and equally concerned about where we are in terms of our image abroad ... And we want someone who has the capacity to really unite... [read more]

Caucus Report
by Eric Earling, 02:12 PM, 41 Comments
If my caucus location with 36 precincts in the 1st Legislative District is indicator, Washington will go the way of Kansas today by favoring Mike Huckabee by a solid margin...though that's hardly scientific so don't read too much into it.... [read more]

February 08, 2008
McCain in Seattle
by DonWard, 09:31 PM, 88 Comments
Just left John McCain's rally at the Westin in Seattle tonight. Got to ask some face-to-face questions with the rest of the Seattle media elite. Working on a transcript and should have further details when I return from my standard... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XL)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:22 PM, 0 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire was on KUOW yesterday talking about her "final Climate Advisory Team report and the state's plans for dealing with global warming moving forward". Meanwhile:Washington's three major mountain pass highways all closed Friday afternoon because of foul weather and... [read more]

Tomorrow's Caucus: I'm Still for Mitt
by Eric Earling, 07:22 PM, 26 Comments
Former Sound Politics contributor and local blogger Tim Goddard has made an appearance on the public blog, all the way from Brazil, to make the case for caucusing on behalf of John McCain. Tim makes his case well and lays... [read more]

Gregoire: Economy Gooooood
by pudge, 05:45 PM, 7 Comments
The Tim posts about Gregoire's feel-good claims about the economy, as reported in the P-I. Actually, I don't have a big problem with her optimism. I am personally optimistic, and I think that economic pessimism often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy... [read more]

Democrats Refuse a Vote on U.S. 2 Safety Bills
by pudge, 12:49 PM, 36 Comments
This morning, on the last day for the House transportation committee to hear bills and vote them out of committee for this legislative session, the Democrats refused to allow a vote on Rep. Dan Kristiansen's three U.S. 2 safety bills,... [read more]

Gregoire Finally Goes with Obama
by Eric Earling, 08:24 AM, 46 Comments
Dave Ammons breaks the story and quickly divines a key factor: But Obama is quite popular in the Democratic strongholds of Seattle and other urban areas, and the Obama endorsement could help centrist Gregoire there. Better put, Gregoire's leap onto... [read more]

Programming Note
by Eric Earling, 08:17 AM, 3 Comments
I suspect, though cannot guarantee, the Presidential news will subside a bit on this blog as the race itself begins to fade in prominence - at least on the Republican side. Once the chaos of our own state's caucuses are... [read more]

Brief Thoughts on Yesterday's Bevy of News
by Eric Earling, 08:15 AM, 22 Comments
John McCain's CPAC speech as a step in the right direction, but only the beginning of the process he'll need to pursue to adequately calm his party's conservative base. Even at that there will still be understandable doubters. Mitt Romney's... [read more]

The Myths of McCain v. Huckabee v. Romney
by Eric Earling, 07:58 AM, 15 Comments
Mike Huckabee's continued presence in the Presidential race is quixotic at best, though certainly his right. The delegate math just simply doesn't add up. Karl Rove pointed out on Fox News last night that Huckabee would need to win over... [read more]

February 07, 2008
Scoop Jackson's Son Switches to Republican Party [UPDATE]
by pudge, 09:06 PM, 49 Comments
Pete Jackson, son of Democratic Senator Scoop Jackson, voted in the Republican presidential preference primary (for Senator John McCain), and, as such, has -- as is required of every Republican primary voter -- declared "that I am a member of... [read more]

Some Help For Local "Mainstream" Journalists
by Jim Miller, 12:52 PM, 21 Comments
The Democratic candidates for president, and their surrogates, will be visiting Washington in the next few days, hoping to capture the hearts of the party apparatchiks, and the votes of the Democratic caucuses.  Some of our local journalists may have... [read more]

McCain CPAC speech
by DonWard, 12:48 PM, 53 Comments
McCain just got through giving one heck of a speech at CPAC. The one thing I've always appreciated with the man is that he is straight-forward and honest. You might not agree with him but damn-it you know where he... [read more]

Romney Suspends Campaign
by DonWard, 10:47 AM, 63 Comments
During a speech in front of conservative activists at CPAC this morning Mitt Romney formally announced he is suspending his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. For most of the salutatorian address Romney spoke about values and America's place in... [read more]

A man, no plan, a canard
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:48 AM, 0 Comments
Ron Sims on KUOW Weekday, June 15, 2006, discussing his plan to implement mail-only voting in King County in time for the November 2008 election:We do have a very good plan. And Dean has really put together a very, very... [read more]

Making Election Day a Federal Holiday
by pudge, 09:11 AM, 22 Comments
Apparently State Senator Steve Hobbs (D-44), whose district is found entirely within Snohomish County, doesn't realize that Snohomish County (like most of Washington State) is all vote-by-mail,* because he introduced a bill asking the federal legislature to make election day... [read more]

Quote of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:41 AM, 20 Comments
From an Everett Herald story on the questions that will be asked of Democratic caucus attendees: "We're not as obsessed with categorizing Americans as our Democratic friends," state Republican Party Chairman Luke Esser said.... [read more]

February 06, 2008
Game Changer
by Eric Earling, 10:42 PM, 16 Comments
Casey Corr has single-handedly made me more enthusiastic for the GOP Presidential ticket this fall: the notion, remote as it might be, that Jay Inslee could be the Democratic nominee for Vice President. No. Thank. You.... [read more]

The Huckabee as VP Candidate Twist
by Eric Earling, 10:32 PM, 31 Comments
One aspect of the now eager talk in some circles of having Mike Huckabee run for VP on a ticket with John McCain perplexes me. The logic apparently goes that Huckabee secures McCain's right flank with social conservatives, Evangelicals, and... [read more]

McCain as Nominee
by Eric Earling, 10:17 PM, 33 Comments
The must read post in the conservative blogosphere today was from uber-Romney backer Hugh Hewitt, making the case for why the GOP nominee - and thus John McCain - should be supported this year. I've said before that simply on... [read more]

Will it be McKenna vs. Ladenburg? (Update)
by DonWard, 05:32 PM, 35 Comments
In news that really isn't new Democrat John Ladenburg announced he is running for Washington State Attorney General. There have been hints that the Pierce County Executive and former Prosecutor has been interested in tilting against incumbent Rob McKenna ever... [read more]

Caucuses & the Primary
by Eric Earling, 07:19 AM, 36 Comments
With attention turning to Washington state, remember you can find out more about attending your Republican caucus here and your Democratic caucus here. If you can't find and don't know your own precinct information to find your caucus with either... [read more]

Romney, West Virginia & Myths (Big Stick Update)
by DonWard, 03:55 AM, 92 Comments
Mitt Romney needs to get a grip on his supporters pretty darn quick and how. Especially, and none too soon, he has to reprimand any of his backers who are spouting the line about not voting for John McCain if... [read more]

McCain is the Clear Front-runner. Period.
by Eric Earling, 01:17 AM, 80 Comments
Just a final thought for the night separate from my other post of observations. John McCain basically met expectations tonight by winning the states he expected to win with the exception of a big, big victory in California. Moreover, because... [read more]

February 05, 2008
Super Duper Tuesday Results
by pudge, 10:16 PM, 45 Comments
Results are coming in. So far, the only one we've got is that Huckabee won West Virginia. They had a state convention to determine delegates, and Romney was clearly ahead with 41 percent, followed by Huckabee at 33, McCain at... [read more]

Obama tonight - Updated
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 17 Comments
He's winning more states than I expected even as of a couple days ago (he's up to 9 projected victories tonight as I type). The way delegates are apportioned in the Democratic race meant things would be close either way... [read more]

Super Duper Tuesday Observations - Updated
by Eric Earling, 08:15 PM, 10 Comments
Pre-California as I type...initial thoughts [Note: updates below, including post-California results]: I hear a lot more chatter about a Mike Huckabee as VP possibility. More on that later, but my first reaction is I don't like it because it only... [read more]

Repealing The Common School Code
by pudge, 07:08 PM, 9 Comments
State Senators Rosemary McAuliffe (D-1), Rodney Tom (R, I mean D-48), Marilyn Rasmussen (D-2), and Joseph Zarelli (R-18) have sponsored a bill, SB 6929, that would repeal Title 28A, the common school code. Almost all of it. The bill is... [read more]

Huckabee on Tuesday
by DonWard, 04:45 PM, 46 Comments
Super Tuesday is being capably covered by my cohorts here at Sound Politics. Have one thing to add since it is obvious the allegiance of my compadres is elsewhere. If you're a supporter of the last real (conservative) Republican candidate... [read more]

Campaign Songs
by Jim Miller, 04:12 PM, 6 Comments
By way of Dori Monson, who featured the article on his show, I learned about this compilation of the song choices of the remaining presidential candidates.  Take a look at them and decide whether you like their choices, or can... [read more]

Mark Your Primary Ballot Properly Or It Won't Count
by pudge, 04:05 PM, 5 Comments
Reports from the Snohomish County Auditor's office tell us that "many, many, many" ballots are not being counted because the box for party preference is not being checked. The box is on the outside of the purple envelope, so it... [read more]

Dean Logan scores again!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:54 AM, 0 Comments
At the top of the Drudge Report:The board of elections failed to deliver voting equipment to polling places ALL OVER LOS ANGELES... Developing... UPDATE: The L.A. Times has more:At the Westside Jewish Community Center on Olympic Boulevard, officials didn't get... [read more]

Anyone Out There With Any Video Skills?
by Jim Miller, 10:15 AM, 9 Comments
Anyone out there who can imitate Barack Obama's voice?  Because the grandiose promises in his TV ads simply beg for parodies.... [read more]

McCain's Electability Problem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:00 AM, 0 Comments
Be sure to read Eric's comprehensive Super Tuesday pre-cap below. His final point and link to Mark Levin on McCain's electability problem deserve an extra highlight. McCain's most touted advantage is his purported bi-partisan appeal and electability. But I think... [read more]

Liberal Fascism and Daycares
by pudge, 12:41 AM, 85 Comments
I was accused of reading a book by Jonah Goldberg the other day when I linked liberals to fascism. I am not now reading, nor have I ever read, a book by Jonah Goldberg. Not that I have anything against... [read more]

February 04, 2008
Washington's Caucuses
by Eric Earling, 09:31 PM, 25 Comments
There's some truth to the P-I's story on the possible impact of the Evergreen State caucuses on Saturday. That impact is likely to be more serious on the Democratic side, with both candidates looking for wins in what looks to... [read more]

Presidential Race Q&A - Super Duper Tuesday Edition
by Eric Earling, 09:23 PM, 31 Comments
Alright, fess up, is John McCain going to win this thing tomorrow? Well, he's going to be at an advantage come February 6th. The real question is whether he's the presumptive nominee or not. Here's a quick gauge for the... [read more]

The Seattle PI And The Stranger Agree With Me
by Jim Miller, 11:23 AM, 43 Comments
Tacitly.  Both the PI and one of our local alternative newspapers have endorsed Barack Obama.  (You can find the PI endorsement here; I generally don't link to the Stranger because it is not suitable for sprogs, but you should be... [read more]

What does/will John McCain stand for?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:11 AM, 0 Comments
Who knows? As far as I can tell, he hasn't expressed a coherent vision beyond "War Hero. Maverick." As Lisa Schiffren wrote:McCain, who may indeed have been inspired by Reagan, is not a Reagan conservative and doesn't even seem to... [read more]

February 03, 2008
Please stop saying foolish things
by Eric Earling, 10:08 PM, 15 Comments
I've been generally disappointed with the overall quality of local news coverage via newspapers, radio, and TV of Presidential race topics, but this article from the P-I really takes the cake for amateur analysis. Equating number of donors to projected... [read more]

Super Bowl Upset
by DonWard, 07:18 PM, 101 Comments
Folks. You just witnessed the biggest upset in Super Bowl history - with the possible exception of the New York Jets toppling the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. My greatest disappointment is that we'll have to listen to the... [read more]

Obama Rising
by Eric Earling, 01:33 PM, 44 Comments
For obvious reasons we spend much of our time here talking about the GOP rather than Democratic race for President, but I have to say I increasingly think Barack Obama might grind this race out. Let's be honest, the more... [read more]

When a Republican candidate is the darling of the liberal media
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:48 PM, 0 Comments
As Eric noted, both Seattle papers have endorsed McCain. (As have the LA Times and New York Times). McCain will undoubtedly tout these endorsements as indications of his "broad appeal", and therefore that he is the Republicans' best hope for... [read more]

February 02, 2008
P-I Presidential Endorsements - UPDATE: Times for McCain too
by Eric Earling, 04:36 PM, 94 Comments
Sunday's editorial discussing their chosen ones for both is online. Barack Obama for the Democrats. No surprise. John McCain for the Republicans. No surprise. Key reasons for the McCain endorsement: "very sensible positions on immigration, fiscal policy, global warming and... [read more]

Senator Specter is a Slimy Little Weasel
by pudge, 11:09 AM, 69 Comments
It has been widely reported that several months ago, the New England Patriots were heavily penalized by the NFL for, in violation of NFL rules, videotaping the New York Jets' play calling in the first half of the first game... [read more]

February 01, 2008
A home for Ron Paul Supporters? (Updated)
by DonWard, 04:11 PM, 171 Comments
I'm in the process of writing (re-writing actually) a piece about Ron Paul's visit to the Seattle area yesterday. Contrary to an account in the Seattle P-I about 300, not 75, energetic supporters came out during the afternoon to hear... [read more]

Shark Sightings
by DonWard, 12:13 PM, 19 Comments
For the past several weeks it's been harder to find a coffee barista on Capitol Hill who doesn't have tats or facial piercings than any evidence of Sound Politics founder Stefan Sharkansky. This has led to wild speculation by friends,... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:14 AM, 0 Comments
James Taranto:The economy is not John McCain's strong suit, by his own admission. You would think this would inspire a bit of humility, but humility is not what comes across from reading the transcript of last night's CNN debate at... [read more]

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