Index of entries from March 2008
March 31, 2008
Not too Brightwater
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:53 PM, 39 Comments
The Seattle Times reports that King County officials are surprised by the ever escalating cost of Brightwater:The Brightwater treatment plant is now expected to cost $1.8 billion -- roughly double what the Metropolitan King County Council was told when it... [read more]

Mariners, Twilight Zone and the Shatner
by DonWard, 03:22 PM, 9 Comments
It is certainly good to be back home especially being here on time to watch Opening Day for the Mariners at Safeco Field. (Watching the game on TV). With new pitchers Eric Bedard and Carlos Silva on board the starting... [read more]

Yes, I Was Joking Last Monday
by Jim Miller, 01:11 PM, 23 Comments
When I said the Mt. Rainier picture in this post was very old.  I drew attention to the cars in the post so that people could figure that out quickly.  (And, just in case someone wanted to check, I put... [read more]

March 30, 2008
... the worst of Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:45 PM, 70 Comments
Today's Seattle Times calls for more candidates to run for state Supreme Court:An intriguing choice would be Ronald Cox, who has quietly built a solid reputation on the [state Court of Appeals]. Cox is African American.Why is Cox's ethnicity even... [read more]

March 29, 2008
Global Warming Update (XLV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:00 PM, 99 Comments
At this hour the lights are going out at public buildings in Seattle to raise awareness of global warming. Good timing! In addition to all that atypical late snow, Seattle's low today of 34° tied the record low for March... [read more]

Chicago wanderings
by DonWard, 12:45 AM, 36 Comments
Sorry for the brief respite from blogging the past fortnight. Have had a number of personal projects that I've needed to accomplish. After all trannies don't get dropped out of Fox-body Mustangs by themselves. With the rest of the gang... [read more]

Who are these Democratic Delegates?
by DonWard, 12:32 AM, 33 Comments
Seattle Weekly political reporter, brolly enthusiast and SLUT racer Aimee Curl has a must read bit about elected delegates for the Washington State Democratic Party. After doing a bit of good old fashioned shoe-leather reporting Curl writes that significant numbers... [read more]

March 27, 2008
A Random Interlude
by Eric Earling, 10:34 PM, 21 Comments
1) Trumping their already impressive array of entries into the bonehead hall-of-fame, this incident involving TSA sets a new benchmark for raw stupidity in the performance of one's duties (AP story here). 2) This man is F-A-S-T. Owning nine of... [read more]

Good Luck To The Cougars
by Jim Miller, 03:41 PM, 22 Comments
I plan to watch the game, or most of the game, because I want to see the "thrashing croc".... [read more]

March 26, 2008
Global Warming Update (XLIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:04 PM, 175 Comments
In case you haven't looked out the window tonight:Snow is falling in Seattle and a handful of Western Washington cities this evening and more could be on its way Thursday and Friday. "We normally get snow in January, but by... [read more]

Why we call him "Baghdad Jim"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:15 PM, 181 Comments
Go figure:Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers -- apparently including Rep. Jim McDermott -- during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said today.... [read more]

Kudos To The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 08:06 AM, 0 Comments
For publishing Captain Aaron Bert's blog, The Other War, describing his experiences in Afghanistan.  As I write, there are just two entries, but both are interesting.  In the first, he makes this surprising comment: There is an abundance of fresh... [read more]

March 25, 2008
Light Blogging from This Contributor
by Eric Earling, 09:26 PM, 9 Comments
I'm taking a break from the blog for about a week. It's time for a little recharge, some local enjoyment of one my true passions in life and the chance to see some Olympic athletes before this summer, plus a... [read more]

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position" (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:58 PM, 153 Comments
Newsweek:[Obama's] pitch is that he can see America as few others can, and that this ability will enable him to pull a majority of the country together and get things done. "That's what we are doing with our speeches and... [read more]

There Are No Republicans On The Seattle City Council
by Jim Miller, 02:28 PM, 55 Comments
So the Grand Old Party can't be blamed for this fiasco. The naysayers may have been right: Seattle's multimillion-dollar, high-tech public toilet program looks like a washout. . . . A recently completed report found the unattended toilets have been... [read more]

March 24, 2008
Meet Obama's new pastor, same as the old pastor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:54 PM, 149 Comments
NPR spoke last week with Otis Moss III, successor to Jeremiah Wright as pastor of Barack Obama's church. Michelle Norris asked Moss if he stood by some of Wright's notorious statements, including that the United States was "culpable in the... [read more]

Global Warming On Mt. Rainier
by Jim Miller, 01:48 PM, 44 Comments
Last Saturday, I drove down to Mt. Rainier to look at the effects of global warming on the snow pack (and, incidentally, to do a little cross country skiing).  Global warming theorists generally agree that one effect will be less... [read more]

Newly released DoJ memo confirms that McKay's "investigation" of the 2004 election was a sham
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:03 PM, 88 Comments
A year ago fired U.S. Attorney John McKay was being lionized by the mainstream media for supposedly resisting partisan political pressure to conduct a baseless investigation into Washington's 2004 gubernatorial election. The media accepted as settled fact McKay's insistence that... [read more]

Time to play "Name that Party!"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:43 AM, 94 Comments
The Seattle Times website currently carries an AP article on yet another political sex scandal:Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit's youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted... [read more]

March 23, 2008
Ruffini on Dayton
by Eric Earling, 09:38 PM, 29 Comments
Perhaps you've read about former blogger and current John McCain campaign employee Soren Dayton getting a suspension for conduct deemed unbecoming. This blogger couldn't bring himself to shed any tears for Dayton, a blogger who could find a way to... [read more]

Dino Rossi: Top of the Ticket Party Leader
by Eric Earling, 08:52 PM, 57 Comments
An interesting take from Jerry Cornfield. This bit is troublesome though: Democrats are better organized and hold more elected offices in cities, the county and the region's legislative delegation than in 2004. The Republican Party, meanwhile, is rebuilding itself and... [read more]

I like Google
by Eric Earling, 08:05 PM, 12 Comments
They have this cool search engine, thing-a-ma-jig that works pretty well. But it has always irked the daylights out of me that they can put up a logo for every holiday under the sun, but can't find it within themselves... [read more]

It's In the P-I
by Eric Earling, 07:53 PM, 1 Comments
What a splendid day to view what passes for critical thought in some liberal circles. Behold today's P-I opinion page: 1) An unsigned editorial expressing utter befuddlement about the situation in Iraq based on the number of US & Iraqi... [read more]

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position" (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:02 PM, 48 Comments
Andrew Sullivan swiftly dismissed Geraldine Ferraro's assessment of Obama's popularity as "fanning racial resentment and fear". But this Thursday Sullivan approvingly quoted an overseas columnist who "[sees] the enormous potential that Obama has to transform global politics". The quoted column... [read more]

Happy Easter Prequel
by DonWard, 09:18 AM, 0 Comments
Eric might be the only one here appreciative of the hard work the Easter Bunny does the rest of the year. So I'm sure Double E will be interested in knowing the story behind The Bunny. Who knew he was... [read more]

Happy Easter
by Eric Earling, 09:17 AM, 12 Comments
May your time in worship be blessed, your NCAA basketball viewing joyous, and your time with family, eh, survivable. Just remember, tomorrow we must renew our vigilance for the Easter Bunny:... [read more]

March 22, 2008
A Helpful Election Guide
by Eric Earling, 07:38 PM, 14 Comments
Dave Ammons provides a top 10 list of achievements from the recently concluded legislative session: -Paid family leave. -Better school financing. -Cleanup of Puget Sound. -Expanded health care. -Property tax relief. -Sales tax rebates for the poor. -Ferry financing. -Tolling... [read more]

by Eric Earling, 07:18 PM, 67 Comments
A common theme among liberal apologists - including here at Sound Politics - for Barack Obama's long-time association with Jeremiah Wright has been to point to inflammatory remarks from pastors endorsing John McCain or otherwise identified with right-of-center politics. That... [read more]

"Climate facts to warm to"
by Eric Earling, 02:05 PM, 29 Comments
Global warming is usually Stefan's beat, but this article is worth a read because it does so much to spell out the rational case for skeptics. Not necessarily of the notion that the Earth has recently experienced a period of... [read more]

The Circus Comes To Town
by Eric Earling, 01:07 PM, 7 Comments
In an attempt to try and close the loop on the infighting between state Senate Republicans, let us examine the further development of Sen. Don Benton rallying to Sen. Roach's defense, while excoriating Senate GOP leadership. To review, we have:... [read more]

March 21, 2008
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position" (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 93 Comments
Last Friday's Seattle Times demanded that Geraldine Ferraro apologize for claiming that Obama's candidacy benefits from his ethnicity. The Times attacked the straw man that: It does not follow that his campaign is based on race or that he is... [read more]

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position" (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:15 AM, 18 Comments
Senator John Kerry at the New Bedford (MA) Standard-Times It would be such an affirmation of who we say we are as a people if we can elect an African American president, a young leader who is obviously visionary and... [read more]

Come One, Come All
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 107 Comments
Lots of talk about churches these days. From Jeremiah Wright to Ken Hutcherson, we have our hands full. Yet, looking past the loud mouths who seem to find themselves most often in the news for their handiwork, there has been... [read more]

Local Tibetan Community Holds a Candlelight Vigil in Seattle
by byrond, 01:41 AM, 17 Comments
Members of the local Tibetan community and supporters held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday at Westlake Mall in Seattle to protest the recent crackdown by the Communist government of China on Tibet. You can see my coverage of this... [read more]

5th Anniversary of the Iraq War Protest at Westlake Mall
by byrond, 01:25 AM, 13 Comments
Don't mess with The Raging Grannies. They were just one of the groups that converged on Westlake Mall in Seattle on Wednesday to protest the 5th anniversary of the Iraq War. You can see my coverage of this protest... [read more]

March 20, 2008
McCain is Too Ignorant to be President?
by pudge, 01:03 PM, 94 Comments
Many on the left are trying to make the argument that John McCain is too ignorant about foreign policy to be President because he conflates "Shiite" and "Sunni." While this is not unimportant, I humbly submit that neither Clinton nor... [read more]

Obama's speech: The Wright Stuff was the Wrong Stuff
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 0 Comments
If Obama's objective with Tuesday's speech on Jeremiah Wright was to cue a standing ovation from his fully invested fans in the liberal media, it was a phenomenal success. Take, for example, yesterday's editorial from the Seattle Times:In the annals... [read more]

Change we can believe in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:15 AM, 0 Comments
Toby Nixon has announced that he is running to retake the 45th district state House seat he held from 2002 - 2007. Go Toby!... [read more]

March 19, 2008
Global Warming Update (XLIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:52 PM, 0 Comments
NPR reports on Global Warming without the Warming: "The Mystery of Global Warming's Missing Heat"Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up... [read more]

Re: I'd Like a Double Tall Grumpy with a Half Shot of Spite
by Eric Earling, 07:36 PM, 34 Comments
More on the internal dust-up among state Senate Republicans, via the TNT (plus more from the AP): Senate GOP leadership told Roach she can't have direct access to caucus staff because of her "inordinate" demands on staff time and her... [read more]

A Bit More on the Primary
by pudge, 09:26 AM, 57 Comments
Just a few legal issues to wrap up. I-872 destroys the existing presidential preference primary, the part about lists of participants, since it says that "no voter may be required to disclose political faith or adherence in order to vote."... [read more]

I'd Like a Double Tall Grumpy with a Half Shot of Spite
by Eric Earling, 07:27 AM, 30 Comments
For some time now I have feared that the Republican caucus of the Washington state Senate would soon be able to gather at a local Starbucks quite comfortably. A post here and there at the TNT's political blog seems to... [read more]

March 18, 2008
An Open Letter to the Netroots
by Eric Earling, 10:10 PM, 31 Comments
Dear Local McGovernites with Modems, A couple of your blogging comrades were kind enough to enunciate some thoughts at a recent post of mine discussing everyone's favorite Netroots candidate, Darcy Burner. Daniel K and thehim, at #1 & 2 as... [read more]

Obama's Speech and Clinton's Path
by Eric Earling, 07:34 PM, 179 Comments
Barack Obama appears to have packaged and delivered an exceptional speech that has done much to at least soothe the concerned voices of the commentariat (as Jonathan Martin adroitly predicted) on matters relating to Obama's controversial, long-time pastor. The problem... [read more]

What Was Lost in the Primary Decision, or, The Forest for the Trees
by pudge, 02:58 PM, 28 Comments
Washington voters have, for a long time, had a "blanket primary," where they could vote for any candidate for any party. For perfectly valid reasons, the parties said this makes no sense: the party should get to determine its own... [read more]

Supreme Court Upholds "Will of the People," Denies Right of the People
by pudge, 01:03 PM, 52 Comments
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court of the U.S. upholds the "will of the people" by having a primary system that allows anyone to vote for any candidate of any party, and allows any candidate to list any party... [read more]

Who is Rick Larsen Running Against?
by pudge, 12:26 PM, 17 Comments
Former Snohomish County Sheriff Rick Bart will challenge Rick Larsen for the Second Congressional District seat. His official announcement is 7 p.m., March 28th at Buzz Inn at Harvey Field in Snohomish. You may recall that Bart aborted a run... [read more]

Who Is Darcy Burner Running Against?
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 54 Comments
Josh Feit correct divines the flaw in Darcy Burner's campaign strategy: she appears to be running against of a Democratic Congress. That means she's essentially running to the left of a Congress that already isn't very popular. Coming out of... [read more]

March 17, 2008
Trinity United's Disappearing Precepts
by Jim Miller, 01:08 PM, 37 Comments
Some time ago, in the comments to this post, I learned that Barack Obama's church had dropped its precepts.  Or at least dropped what they said were their precepts.  I meant to follow up on that, but never got around... [read more]

March 16, 2008
Obama's real problem
by Eric Earling, 09:56 PM, 314 Comments
I fear some of our liberal friends are a little miffed about the now intense scrutiny being given to Barack Obama's long-time pastor. It seems to me the typical liberal objection to the affair has been to point to controversial... [read more]

Protest at the Tacoma Mall Recruiting Center
by byrond, 05:50 PM, 19 Comments
Local left-wing groups announced that they were going to "shutdown" the Tacoma Mall and the military recruiting station there to protest the upcoming 5th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. Probably due to the Times Square recruiting... [read more]

Some Advice For The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 05:47 PM, 15 Comments
Don't imitate the Los Angeles Times.   Not if you want to stay in business, anyway.... [read more]

The Weakness of the Majority
by Eric Earling, 02:31 PM, 18 Comments
Democrats in Olympia were oddly candid about their do-nothing session while heading out the door of the state capital this past week. In short, they played small ball even with a near super-majority in the Legislature and a friendly Governor... [read more]

The Key Arena Airball
by Eric Earling, 02:27 PM, 52 Comments
Good people can disagree about the merits of public money to assist in the building or refurbishing of sports arenas, as some of us have done here at Sound Politics. Often, such arguments include idealistic positions that professional sports franchises... [read more]

Daschle: Each State Should Have Equal Number of Delegates
by pudge, 10:48 AM, 16 Comments
In last week's Meet the Press, former Senator Tom Daschle said that each state's election is equivalent, from Rhode Island to California: "There's no question in my mind that the strongest candidate is the candidate who wins the most elections.... [read more]

March 15, 2008
John Kerry Defends Geraldine Ferraro
by pudge, 10:49 PM, 35 Comments
Back in December, John Kerry -- you might remember him, he ran for President once -- endorsed Barack Obama for President, in large part because Obama is black. In his own words, on This Week: Who better than Barack Obama... [read more]

Pity That
by Eric Earling, 10:31 AM, 14 Comments
Your high comedy post of the day. At least if you're not a left-of-center reader.... [read more]

How Caucuses Tend To Work
by Eric Earling, 10:27 AM, 3 Comments
Remember how some local liberal commenters seemed utterly flummoxed by the differences between Republican and Democratic caucus procedures in the Evergreen State last month? Well, their critical comments about the comparatively indecisive nature of the initial round of Republican caucuses... [read more]

"Where All The Children Are Above Average"
by Jim Miller, 07:37 AM, 25 Comments
Not just in Lake Woebegone, but in Seattle, too. In a move toward more rigorous academics in Seattle high schools, Roosevelt High School will require all sophomores to take an Advanced Placement course next year. "The idea is to really... [read more]

March 14, 2008
McCain's "Journey to Freedom" video
by DonWard, 03:26 PM, 40 Comments
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March 13, 2008
That Yawning Gap You See...
by Eric Earling, 07:25 PM, 22 Comments not just the pothole growing on I-5, it's the stunning leadership void in Olympia on seemingly all matters related to transportation. It's not just that critical Puget Sound area transportation projects are being left unaddressed or mired in never-ending... [read more]

"Please Nominate This Man"
by Eric Earling, 07:19 PM, 136 Comments
I hesitate to say recent news about Barack Obama has Republicans getting close to mirroring this famous magazine cover, but it's getting there. The steady drip, drip of opposition research in recent weeks is piling up in a way that... [read more]

Talk Radio I Could Do Without
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 27 Comments
It has been said already in many places, but Dr. Laura's fantastically idiotic comments about the Spitzers are an example of why I won't let a radio dial within earshot stay on KVI during her time slot. I get her... [read more]

Counter-Intuitive Headline of the Week
by Eric Earling, 06:34 PM, 9 Comments
"WASL May Keep Few From Diplomas": In the Edmonds School District, the most recent statistics show there are 1,563 students in the class of 2008. Of those, 47 have a sufficient number of credits to graduate but have not met... [read more]

The Latest Boeing Scuttle
by Eric Earling, 06:31 PM, 0 Comments
The Everett Herald's editorial page notes the potential disconnect between US Trade Policy and US military procurement policy. A potentially fair point, setting aside the interests of the US taxpayer. But as Danny Westneat noted, the whole issue of globalization... [read more]

What's Up with Hwy 2?
by Eric Earling, 06:20 PM, 30 Comments
Over at Crosscut, correspondent Austin Jenkins says what pudge has been saying around here for some time: Democrats in Olympia aren't taking serious, life-saving safety improvements on Highway 2 seriously because local Republicans won't vote for tax increases. That doesn't... [read more]

Perspective much?
by DonWard, 04:52 AM, 149 Comments
Bravo to the New York Times for its gritty investigative reporting tracking down the prostitute involved in former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's downfall. Guess someone was paying attention to the memo about having attributable sources for sex scandal stories.... [read more]

March 12, 2008
Boeing's Woes
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 28 Comments
Forget for a moment the controversy around Boeing's defeat in the competition for the Air Force tanker contract. The GAO serving as the referee for Boeing's protest provides as fair and impartial an evaluator of the matter as one could... [read more]

Rossi's Donors
by Eric Earling, 07:13 AM, 94 Comments
The latest Rossi email update announces that through the end of February he has raised "over $2.8 million with over $2 million cash-on-hand." Nice numbers to be sure, but not wildly newsworthy (Gregoire has around $2.9 million on hand and... [read more]

March 11, 2008
John McCain & the Evergreen State
by Eric Earling, 08:12 PM, 16 Comments
Jonathan Martin asks "Does tanker deal push Washington off McCain's map?" Maybe. Let's presume it should even be on the map. Given the last few election cycles that's an open question. And if McCain is competitive in Washington state that... [read more]

One Reason I'm Hesitant to Run for Office
by Eric Earling, 07:29 PM, 12 Comments
I'm asked by a lot by people I know when I'm going to run for serious office. There are a number of reasons why I'm not inclined to do so at this point, mostly related to wanting to spend enough... [read more]

Caption Contest
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:26 PM, 60 Comments
From June 2007, when Eliot Spitzer was here headlining Mrs. Gregoire's campaign kick-off... [read more]

Luck of the Draw
by Eric Earling, 07:49 AM, 76 Comments
Republicans should be thanking the election gods for Eliot Spitzer's fumble and the otherwise interminable Democratic nomination fight - including all the talking head attention toward what to do with Florida and Michigan. Were it a slow news cycle, Rep.... [read more]

March 10, 2008
Sonics linger, Seahawks brew
by Eric Earling, 10:32 PM, 20 Comments
Oh, dear. It seems the topic of the Sonics stirs a real hornets nest. And, it doesn't look like it's getting any less complicated with local investors saying it's now or never for their $150 million proposed contribution to a... [read more]

Liberals Are Angry
by Eric Earling, 10:16 PM, 19 Comments
Prompted by Josh Feit, I recently beheld with wonder this post from dear Andrew Villeneuve. Needless to say, they're not happy with Democrats in the Legislature. This theme has now been picked up by David Postman, who honed homed in... [read more]

Global Warming Update (XLII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:18 PM, 0 Comments
"Researcher: Basic Greenhouse Equations 'Totally Wrong'" Unfortunately, (former) NASA scientist Ferenc Miskolczi's reseach, which discredits some of the "consensus" theories of climate change, has been suppressed:NASA refused to release the results. Miskolczi believes their motivation is simple. "Money", he tells... [read more]

Time to play "Name that party!"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 AM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer website has a breaking news story from the Associated Press: "NY governor linked to prostitution ring" The New York Times is reporting that Gov. Eliot Spitzer has told senior advisers that he had been involved in a... [read more]

Change we can believe in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 0 Comments
Tim Ford, Assistant Attorney General for Government Accountability (and Open Government Ombudsman), has declared his candidacy for a position on the Washington Court of Appeals (district encompassing Thurston, Mason, Kitsap, Jefferson, Clallam and Grays Harbor Counties), running on a platform... [read more]

March 09, 2008
Oh, What To Do About those Sonics - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:29 PM, 45 Comments
James Vesely's column today correctly delineates the clash of culture occurring between the world of sports/entrepreneurship and the state capital. Essentially, no matter how compelling a case (full details here) supporters of keeping the Sonics in town make, the odds... [read more]

Mitt, Huck, 2012, and Beyond
by Eric Earling, 04:37 PM, 33 Comments
Disturbing as it is it some sense, the groundwork is already beginning to form for potential Republican Presidential candidates in 2012 and beyond. Mike Huckabee's post-Super Tuesday continuance was largely predicated on that long-term vision, and he's clearly looking to... [read more]

Different Day, Same...
by Eric Earling, 02:00 PM, 4 Comments
In news that will surprise few local political observers, the Snohomish County Council and County Executive Aaron Reardon can't came to agreement on an issue, even though Reardon's fellow Democrats control the Council 4-1. At issue is the implementation of... [read more]

March 08, 2008
Weekend Political Errata
by DonWard, 06:01 PM, 24 Comments
The national political cripple fight continues with Barack Obama winning the Wyoming Democratic Caucus by around 60 percent. It looks like there were enough rich, white liberals owning ski lodges in the "Equality State" to put the Illinois senator over... [read more]

March 07, 2008
Cryptoid Global Warming
by DonWard, 03:37 PM, 46 Comments
Conservatives tend to poo-poo the threat posed by Global Warming, suggesting it should be treated to the same scientific scrutiny as any other theory instead of blindly accepting it whole-cloth. This writer was in the same boat until news came... [read more]

To Answer Knute Berger's Question
by Eric Earling, 07:42 AM, 39 Comments
Yes, a Hillary Clinton nomination would help Dino Rossi. If for no other reason than Barack Obama's proven ability to bring newer and younger voters into the fold. King County's high turnout of 83% in 2004 was challenging enough. A... [read more]

What say you Mrs. Earling?
by Eric Earling, 07:21 AM, 18 Comments
You'll pardon my absence since my last post, I've been doing some extra housework. In all seriousness, I'm a perfect example of the trend discussed in that story. Of the housework part at least. With a wife in class three... [read more]

The lost art of the Ratherism
by DonWard, 01:13 AM, 14 Comments
In times of crisis Americans always turn to a man of strength, with a face they can trust, a voice they can heed. The 2008 presidential election has been the most historic in this Republic's history. The most historic race... [read more]

March 06, 2008
School Protest
by Jim Miller, 03:14 PM, 105 Comments
But not an ordinary school protest.  Here's the story. For a week, Totem Middle School students met after class in the library, posted messages on MySpace and whispered conversations in the hall.  They made signs, painted T-shirts and circulated petitions.... [read more]

March 05, 2008
More Proof Boeing Got Creamed
by Eric Earling, 09:56 PM, 87 Comments
As much as it isn't fun to admit it, the evidence increasingly points to Boeing having lost the competition for the Air Force tanker contract rather badly. The deep and abiding objections in Congress, even aside from Washington state's own... [read more]

Why Shouldn't Everyone Join a State Union?
by Eric Earling, 09:36 PM, 13 Comments
If you read Bruce Ramsey's column today and weren't thrilled, check out additional coverage of the topic at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's blog.... [read more]

And the next initiative in the cross-hairs is...
by Eric Earling, 09:31 PM, 2 Comments
Not content to challenge portions of I-960, Democrats in Olympia are also trying to de-fang I-900. Read about it over at the Public Blog...and consider adding your own voice to that forum.... [read more]

Delivered as Promised?
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 7 Comments
The Washington Policy Center blog questions claims from Democrats in Olympia that things are going swimmingly getting gas tax-funded projects rolling. Read their full memo on the topic here.... [read more]

On the radio - link updated
by Eric Earling, 07:05 PM, 2 Comments
I took a timeout from being a salary-slave to the man today to hop on KUOW's "The Conversation" with some fellow local bloggers. You can listen here. I came on second after the Stranger's Eli Sanders dissected yesterday's Democratic exit... [read more]

Bring Back Tammany Hall!
by Jim Miller, 02:07 PM, 10 Comments
From time to time, I have argued that most leftists are actually reactionaries.  That would explain, for instance, their support for 19th century forms of transportation, such as rail transit and trolleys, or their support for the kind of government... [read more]

Gregoire vs Rossi Rasmussen Poll
by DonWard, 11:04 AM, 28 Comments
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports has been released showing Dino Rossi ahead of Gov. Christine Gregoire 47 percent to 46 percent among a survey of 500 likely voters. Numbers geeks can see some of the details here. Both candidates... [read more]

Transportation Planning Blues
by Eric Earling, 07:34 AM, 16 Comments
The House Republicans in the state Legislature have announced a transportation plan (link here, with coverage here and here). As far as election-oriented plans go it works just fine, especially its focus on neglected roadways such as Highway 2. Yet,... [read more]

The Whims of Popular Culture
by Eric Earling, 07:11 AM, 6 Comments
I had the exact same reaction last night as Jonah Goldberg to repeated mentions of Sandusky, Ohio. Sandusky will always = Tommy Boy in my mind. That doesn't smell like mud, chucko. And speaking of Jonah Goldberg, props to him... [read more]

The Democratic Civil War and the role of Repubclintons
by DonWard, 03:29 AM, 63 Comments
Barack Obama's slogan might be "Yes We Can" but when it came to wrapping up the Democratic nomination yesterday, well, No He di-int. If you've ever watched "Halloween", "Nightmare on Elm Street", "Friday the 13th" or any of those good... [read more]

March 04, 2008
Why Mike Huckabee Got Out Tonight
by Eric Earling, 07:29 PM, 17 Comments
That is, beside the wide margin of his loss in Texas and John McCain surpassing the magic delegate number of 1,191: he once again couldn't muster substantial support outside Evangelicals and rural areas. The Ohio and Texas exit polls tell... [read more]

Mini Super-Duper-Ooper-Tuesday results
by DonWard, 04:38 PM, 15 Comments
You know. It's almost becoming too easy to mock media prognosticators. Now that Hillary is ahead in Ohio and Rhode Island and (at the moment) Texas you have to marvel at the narrative being put out now. Hillary is a... [read more]

Arena vote in Oklahoma City Passes (Update)
by DonWard, 02:18 PM, 23 Comments
Update: The Oklahoman is reporting the voters of Oklahoma City are passing their arena tax by 60 percent with 201 of 271 precincts in. More later... Every local political junkie will be paying attention tonight to the numbers coming from... [read more]

Innumeracy At The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 10:50 AM, 37 Comments
Yesterday's newspaper had an op-ed by Gary Locke and Sue Donaldson with an astonishing mistake. Low-wage workers pay a disproportionate share of their incomes to taxes.  Even if they don't pay any federal income taxes, they pay sales taxes and... [read more]

Boeing Got Whupped - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 07:31 AM, 42 Comments
That's the conclusion that seems increasingly clear as news continues to filter out about the decision making process for the Air Force tanker contract. Not only was Boeing "comprehensively beaten on almost every aspect of the competition," but "big delays... [read more]

Finally Saying It Publicly
by Eric Earling, 07:19 AM, 11 Comments
Liberal columnist Joel Connelly says in print what many politicos have been saying for years: the Sierra Club is not a fair-minded, issue advocacy group. It's a partisan front-organization. And Connelly defends John McCain. The notion of the presumed GOP... [read more]

March 03, 2008
Presidential Percentages
by pudge, 03:24 PM, 92 Comments
The last Democrat to win 50 percent of the so-called "popular vote"* for President was Jimmy Carter in 1976, with 50.081 percent. Bill Clinton never did: he got 43 and 49 percent, respectively. Before Carter it was LBJ in '64... [read more]

Viaduct vitriol
by DonWard, 01:19 PM, 15 Comments
The West Seattle Blog and Mike Seely of the Seattle Weekly have a couple posts up documenting the inconvenience suffered by commuters after an accident closed down two lanes of the Viaduct. "West Seattleites are getting a nice preview of... [read more]

Terrorists Strike in Woodinville
by pudge, 09:54 AM, 129 Comments
As reported by KING5, terrorists claiming to be from the Earth Liberation Front have burned down empty homes in Woodinville. I have nothing much to say about this, because the criticism is obvious. I would like to point out that,... [read more]

March 02, 2008
Barack Obama's church
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 PM, 0 Comments
Barack Obama said today:that he is a devout Christian who prays to Jesus every night. He told audience members they would feel right at home at his church in Chicago.I usually shy away from discussing other people's faith. But since... [read more]

Let's Not and Say We Did
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 30 Comments
An editorial in today's Everett Herald was depressingly parochial and careless in expressing dismay about Boeing's failure to win the much-anticipated contract to replace the Air Force's tanker fleet. Now, there are reasons to raise questions and expect related answers... [read more]

The Winds of Trade Will Blow Again
by Eric Earling, 06:49 PM, 7 Comments
David Postman's front page article reporting on skeptical views toward the anti-NAFTA rhetoric of the Democratic Presidential candidates is an important step forward in airing the push-back from many the party's own idealogical allies. If there was any doubt that... [read more]

March 01, 2008
The Silver Lining to Boeing's Loss
by Eric Earling, 09:58 AM, 46 Comments
Beyond the general mood of hara-kari that seemed to be emanating from Everett yesterday in the wake of Boeing's failure to win the tanker contract, there is a potentially positive nugget to come from the eventual, resulting loss of the... [read more]

Sonics on the stage
by Eric Earling, 09:22 AM, 13 Comments
Bill Simmons, aka the Sports Guy, has taken up the cause of the Sonics probable departure over at ESPN with long offerings here and here (I recommend the latter). Simmons is highly displeased at the manner in which Clay Bennett... [read more]

The Budding Challenge to I-960
by Eric Earling, 09:06 AM, 2 Comments
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) has ruled that I-960 does indeed require a 2/3 vote in the Legislature to raise taxes, not a simple majority vote as requested by Senate Democrats. Coverage from the TNT's Political Buzz blog here, here,... [read more]

Snohomish County To Hire "Inclusion Manager"
by pudge, 12:21 AM, 56 Comments
The braindeads over at Snohomish County have approved the position of a county "inclusion manager," who will "strategically focus the county's actions to ensure that everyone who lives in Snohomish County has fair access to services and that they have... [read more]

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