Index of entries from July 2008
July 31, 2008
Washington State's Article I
by pudge, 11:31 PM, 4 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has published its first book, To Protect And Maintain Individual Rights: A Citizen's Guide to the Washington Constitution, Article I. It was written by Michael Reitz and Jonathan Bechtle, with a foreward by Washington Supreme Court... [read more]

Memo to Republican Legislative Candidates
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 13 Comments
An important point was made in today's P-I article on Dino Rossi (coverage which merits a separate discussion at a later time): "Generally speaking, (voters) care about them when they are asked, but they are not top-of-the-mind issues these days.... [read more]

Young Voices in the Conservative Commentariat
by Eric Earling, 06:55 PM, 13 Comments
Note there appears to a be a delineation between Republicans embracing McCain's new ad, as discussed below, versus those opposed. The old guard types like John Weaver and Mike Murphy are squeamish. The new guard like Rich Lowry, Patrick Ruffini,... [read more]

Your Daily Rossi
by Eric Earling, 06:50 PM, 1 Comments
I put up a post this morning at The Next Right discussing Dino Rossi's latest TV ads, if you're interested. That post includes mention of the latest poll in the race that again shows a tight race: Gregoire 47% to... [read more]

"A Curious Ambivalence"
by Jim Miller, 01:34 PM, 18 Comments
That's what the Seattle Times feels about the indictment of Senator Ted Stevens. The indictment of Alaskan Sen. Ted Stevens on seven counts of making false statements on financial-disclosure forms stirs a curious ambivalence.  The long-serving Republican is the meanest,... [read more]

July 30, 2008
The McCain Ad Strategy
by Eric Earling, 10:28 PM, 110 Comments
A couple recent ads from John McCain's campaign have drawn much fire from the MSM, which has declared their content unfair and too snarky. First, the latest one: Now, the precursor with a similar theme: These ads turn comfortable conventional... [read more]

The Republican Rift of the Present & Future
by Eric Earling, 09:13 PM, 24 Comments
There was an interesting story earlier this week in the Washington Times, detailing the concerns of some prominent Evangelicals with the idea of Mitt Romney on the national ticket. Regardless of the outcome of the VP stakes, this heralds a... [read more]

Ron Dotzauer: Smooth Operator
by Eric Earling, 07:20 PM, 2 Comments
A little while back, Ron Dotzauer's consulting firm brought on former Patty Murray staffer John Engber, who himself has a solid reputation across partisan lines. But, the press release** announcing this new addition to the "top strategic communications firm in... [read more]

PDC update
by Eric Earling, 06:58 PM, 1 Comments
With a significant July 29th reporting date behind us and the PDC's website mostly cooperating, a quick review of notable fundraising numbers in key statewide races: Governor: Christine Gregoire leads Dino Rossi in cash-on-hand by a slight $4.30 million to... [read more]

Some Numbers On Gore's Plan
by Jim Miller, 09:02 AM, 28 Comments
Rough numbers, but numbers nonetheless, from Ron Bailey. As a very rough low estimate, Gore's 10-year no-carbon energy plan would cost about $300 billion per year for the next ten years.  According to the Brattle Group consultancy, "new and replacement... [read more]

Continue Cleaning Up Alaska
by Eric Earling, 08:19 AM, 4 Comments
One of the best long-term outcomes of this election year for Republicans might be the expunging of Members of Congress who made the "culture of corruption" line possible. As such, David Postman's breakdown of the potential electoral impact of Ted... [read more]

July 29, 2008
Conservative Must-Read of the Week
by Eric Earling, 09:01 PM, 7 Comments
Fred Barnes digs deep on the Conservative resurgence in the United Kingdom. Beyond merely being an interesting read, it offers assorted lessons that can be applied - in varying degrees - from the federal all the way down to the... [read more]

Dino's 1st TV ad
by Eric Earling, 07:28 PM, 11 Comments
It's heavy on the same theme of new leadership that worked so well - albeit under different circumstances - in 2004. Gregoire's campaign no doubt wishes this ad wouldn't resonate. A year ago that might have worked; not now.... [read more]

McCain and the Keating Five
by pudge, 01:59 PM, 41 Comments
I've been hearing more about McCain and the Keating Five scandal lately. Pretty much none of it is true. There's not a lot of recollection about it, so here's the basic facts. In 1991, Democratic Senators Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini,... [read more]

Sell City Light - Endow Parks
by warrenpeterson, 12:58 PM, 36 Comments
A consortium has offered to buy Puget Sound Energy (PSE) for $7.4 billion. Determining a price for PSE involved looking at assets and liabilities, ROI (return on investment), cash flow, future sales and profitability among other factors. A similar process... [read more]

Re: New PDC Website is Crack for Political Junkies
by Eric Earling, 12:09 AM, 10 Comments
A caveat/correction accompanying my praise for the redesigned PDC website (regarding which David Postman has similar thoughts): the "cash-on-hand" numbers I provided have to be taken with a major grain of salt. You can see in the "candidates" section of... [read more]

July 28, 2008
More on that Spokane legislative contest
by Eric Earling, 08:50 PM, 13 Comments
A follow-up to this post about the race between Kevin Parker and Mel Lindauer ; I heard from some readers, did a little research, and have one major point to make. Lindauer is obviously trying to exploit the fact Parker... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption: Part Umpteen
by Eric Earling, 07:21 PM, 12 Comments
Yes, this line of threads is usually Stefan's gig, but here's a couple news bits worth mentioning. 1) It would appear the fellas at Acorn ACORN - who have never, ever, ever, ever been involved in voter registration fraud -... [read more]

Carbon Free In Ten Years?
by Jim Miller, 10:49 AM, 52 Comments
After former vice president Al Gore gave this demagogic speech, I thought that everyone — well, almost everyone — would laugh at what he was proposing. Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity... [read more]

July 27, 2008
New PDC Website is Crack for Political Junkies
by Eric Earling, 09:42 PM, 12 Comments
It was nice of the PDC to enter the modern era of web accessibility; their redesigned site does that in spades. The Search the Database function is now actually highly useful, providing assorted summaries and full breakdowns where they often... [read more]

More on the VP stakes
by Eric Earling, 04:25 PM, 42 Comments
With rumors swirling that McCain may name his VP choice in the next few days for a pre-Olympic bump (meaning we probably still have no idea when it's going to happen), let me note I concur almost entirely with this... [read more]

The State's Achievement Gap & Dino's Donors
by Eric Earling, 04:14 PM, 5 Comments
There is a fundamental issue driving the competitiveness of our Governor's contest and the grassroots contributor base building behind Dino Rossi. This dynamic stretches beyond fervor one would expect in the ranks of the GOP in the wake of the... [read more]

Extra Obama Coverage Justified
by pudge, 02:39 PM, 25 Comments
A lot of conservatives complain that Obama gets more news coverage. While it is, of course, true that Obama gets a lot more coverage, the point of news coverage is to try to tell us things we don't know, and... [read more]

July 24, 2008
Why the Governor's Race is Close
by Eric Earling, 11:13 PM, 82 Comments
For starters Joel Connelly has enough material to write a firmly negative take on Christine Gregoire's re-election campaign. In not so stunning news, Connelly finds that just like 2004, Gregoire is a much more effective bureaucrat than campaigner. More importantly,... [read more]

Have Any Jury Experiences You Want To Share?
by Jim Miller, 04:51 PM, 31 Comments
Then go to the Jury Experiences site and tell everyone what happened to you.   Or go there just to read some of the strange experiences others have had, such as the prospective juror whose "religion was number one", or... [read more]

July 23, 2008
Thus, the bias
by Eric Earling, 09:53 PM, 41 Comments
A note from an otherwise interesting P-I article on the environmental activism/beliefs of some fervent Christians: Even opposition from evangelicals, the Christian group considered least likely to embrace warnings of climate change, might be lessening. This is the problem with... [read more]

But, hey, everything will be ok in Washington, right?
by Eric Earling, 09:34 PM, 18 Comments
Tomorrow's Wall Street Journal reports: The stumbling U.S. economy is forcing states to slash spending and cut jobs in order to close a projected $40 billion shortfall in the current fiscal year. That gap -- identified Wednesday in a survey... [read more]

Republican Battle in the 6th LD
by Eric Earling, 08:45 PM, 4 Comments
Over in Spokane, things seem to be getting testy in the Republican race to squeeze through the top two primary and topple sitting Democratic Representative Don Barlow. I caught wind of that in noting a post over on the public... [read more]

Bill Maher Meets Religion...
by Eric Earling, 07:20 PM, 68 Comments
...what could go wrong there, right? Well, one really gets the strong impression from watching the trailer below that Bill Maher never learned the very important lesson that being a smart-ass skeptic who thinks he knows it all, but doesn't,... [read more]

About that Nanny State
by Eric Earling, 06:45 PM, 11 Comments
More proof Seattle is one: Seattle has always had an identity conflict. Gay bathhouses are allowed, street protests are legendary, and marijuana is, by voter initiative, the police department's lowest enforcement priority. Each summer a two-day event called Hempfest draws... [read more]

Coverage Of Veterans For McCain Rally
by Jim Miller, 02:09 PM, 18 Comments
You can find it here and here.   The first post has more pictures, the second a better description of what was said, including a powerful quote from Mark Halpern.... [read more]

Senator Cantwell Edges Toward Honesty
by Jim Miller, 09:50 AM, 46 Comments
In this post, I argued that many of our politicians, definitely including the junior senator from Washington, want higher energy prices in order to force us to use less energy, especially the energy that comes from fossil fuels.  They can't... [read more]

"He's running for President of Earth"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 AM, 65 Comments
Patrick Ruffini posted this image of a German language poster for 0bama's upcoming speech in Berlin, prompting Glenn Reynolds to quip "He's running for President of Earth" Don't laugh. Be sure to read the current New Yorker article by... [read more]

And speaking of 0bama...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:38 AM, 10 Comments
What kind of Barack Obama supporter are you?... [read more]

Another Milestone for Rossi
by Eric Earling, 07:33 AM, 14 Comments
Dino Rossi's campaign announced yesterday that he has already raised more money in 2008 than that which he compiled in his entire 2004 campaign (he's over $6,250,000 already this year). This should come as little surprise when one considers that... [read more]

And the first ad belongs too...
by Eric Earling, 07:25 AM, 3 Comments
Behold, the first TV ad of the campaign season from either Christine Gregoire or Dino Rossi: Objectively, partisan politics and fisking of content aside, it's a very good ad. Upbeat, good visuals, touting accomplishments (or trying to at least), and... [read more]

July 22, 2008
Research shows more oil drilling will lower prices
by Ron Hebron, 09:02 PM, 43 Comments
Professor Morris Coates and another professor recently conducted a study to examine what the impact of opening up ANWR would be on today's oil prices. Their conclusions speak for themselves: "We find that oil that is expected to reach the... [read more]

A Message from Don Ward
by Eric Earling, 08:12 AM, 17 Comments
Former Sound Politics contributor Don Ward sends the below note now that his new gig at the Seattle Weekly has started (you can read his big cover story and catch him on assorted Weekly blogs): About two years ago I... [read more]

Credit to Tim Eyman
by Eric Earling, 08:09 AM, 15 Comments
Long-time readers will recall I'm not Tim Eyman's biggest fan (ahem), but it must be noted he deserves particular credit for a recent turn of events. When Eyman was making the rounds at the Snohomish County GOP convention this year,... [read more]

Democratic Ads Against Reichert
by Eric Earling, 07:51 AM, 14 Comments
That didn't take long. Just a short time after some had the gall to think Darcy Burner wouldn't receive ample support from national Democrats, the TV cavalry has arrived Of note, this is a big ad buy. 2,400 points means... [read more]

July 21, 2008
People Versus Planners In California
by Jim Miller, 01:57 PM, 77 Comments
(And elsewhere.)  In his essay, "The Me Decade and the Third Great Awakening" (which you can find in his collection, Mauve Gloves & Madmen, Clutter & Vine), Tom Wolfe describes the goals of planners more than a half century ago.... [read more]

Speaking of light bulb jokes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:31 AM, 56 Comments
Q: "How many Washington state employees does it take to change a light bulb?" Answer 1: "31% more than it took 4 years ago." Answer 2: "256. No, make that 42. I mean 129. Or maybe it's 133. I have... [read more]

July 20, 2008
People, It's July
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 23 Comments
One of the great crimes of any election season are pundits who proclaim current circumstances are sure to be set in stone for months on end. At the risk of beating one of the great dead horses in the Seattle-area... [read more]

About those sagging pants
by Eric Earling, 07:11 PM, 22 Comments
The P-I runs a wire story on its website about new laws against sagging pants. On this topic, it must be noted that recent coverage in the Detroit Free Press of similar municipal efforts resulted in one of the great... [read more]

An Interesting Governor's Race Nugget
by Eric Earling, 03:44 PM, 3 Comments
Jerry Cornfield reports on a Democratic poll in the 44th Legislative District showing Dino Rossi leading Christine Gregoire by seven points. The 44th is a perfect symbol of Democratic ascendancy in recent electoral cycles. By virtue of demographics, this suburban/exurban... [read more]

The Latest VP Chatter
by Eric Earling, 03:30 PM, 22 Comments
I'm curious to hear what readers think, given that the public VP talk on the Republican side and generally boiled down recently to Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty, Rob Portman, and Mitt Romney. Since first raising the topic (here and here)... [read more]

re: Think "Gorge"-oire
by Eric Earling, 02:44 PM, 0 Comments
Another way to think of the information contained in the Times story, per Stefan's initial post: Spending increases under Gregoire have been crazy big, though not nearly as insane as periods of Democratic governance gone by, thanks in no small... [read more]

Change we can believe in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:15 PM, 18 Comments
Q: "How many Obama supporters does it take to change a lightbulb?" Answer 1: "Only one. And Obama is not funny." Answer 2: "I'm saddened that the lightbulb burned out. This isn't the lightbulb I knew." Answer 3: "None. President... [read more]

Think "Gorge"-oire
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 48 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that Mrs. Gregoire1 has increased state spending by $8 billion, or 31% since 2004. Raise your hand if you feel you are receiving 31% more value from state government than you were four years ago. 1... [read more]

I am back - part-way
by Ron Hebron, 06:21 AM, 5 Comments
I am returning to regular posting at Sound Politics after self-imposed retraining. I was a contributer from the beginning, but I was spending my time on other things, so first posted irregularly, then not at all for about a year.... [read more]

July 19, 2008
Sexual Harassment and Politics
by warrenpeterson, 02:31 PM, 16 Comments
Several years ago, then Governor Mike Lowry paid over $ 97,000 to settle a sexual harassment charge. A female employee claimed Lowry had inappropriately touched her. I don't know Governor Lowry personally and I certainly don't agree with him politically... [read more]

Debut on the Main Page & McIver on Public Financing of Campaigns
by warrenpeterson, 01:09 PM, 5 Comments
I have a blog called clearfogblog postings from which you may have seen on the Sound Politics Public Blog. I will continue my blog but will be cross posting to the Sound Politics Main Page from time to time. You... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:03 PM, 22 Comments
Dorothy Parvaz is applauding Seattle initiative I-97 ("Divest from War"), "An ordinance to divest Seattle Employees' Retirement System funds from stocks and bonds funding war and occupation in the Middle East". I-97 is a one-sided campaign to both undermine the... [read more]

Boeing's Up & Down Week
by Eric Earling, 11:31 AM, 1 Comments
A top exec confirms that the current and much revised 787 schedule is holding steady, though not without some concerns. The delays in scaling up assembly - especially on a scale for regular delivery to customers - has been painful... [read more]

Gary Locke: Man of Intricate Words
by Eric Earling, 10:40 AM, 6 Comments
Apropos of nothing, Joel Connelly's take on the wit and wisdom of Gary Locke's remarks at the Obama/Gregoire fundraiser this past week is worth a read...and a chuckle. Cross-posted at the Examiner.... [read more]

Cantwell tackles investors
by Ron Hebron, 06:30 AM, 34 Comments
Senator Maria Cantwell says commodity investors are enemies of the state, because the price of oil went up. She decided that the run up in oil prices is due to an evil genus of people called speculators. Not due to... [read more]

July 18, 2008
Clown of the Day: Richard McIver, Tim Burgess, Sam Reed
by Juvenal, 04:50 PM, 25 Comments
Juvenal goes out of town for a few days and we return to find an onslaught of clownishness. Today is a joint award for 3 unrelated performances. Seattle City Councilman Richard McIver has been fined for ethics violations for steering... [read more]

The Solution Is Obvious
by Jim Miller, 12:10 PM, 55 Comments
Today, on KUOW's Gang of Four show, Eli Sanders (subbing for Knute Berger) was complaining that Republicans had mocked Al Gore and John Kerry, and are now — horror of horrors — beginning to mock Barack Arugula Obama.... [read more]

An interesting coincidence
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 18 Comments
Seattle Times editorialist Bruce Ramsey is complaining about the US. DoJ's efforts against Peter Egner, the Serbian-born Bellevue resident who is accused of lying on his U.S. citizenship application to conceal his membership in a Nazi death squad which slaughtered... [read more]

July 17, 2008
State of the Polls
by Eric Earling, 09:16 PM, 48 Comments
Polls aplenty as of late in our Governor's race. Moore Information says we're all tied up, SurveyUSA says Gregoire by 3, and Rasmussen says Gregoire by 6. Nothing much new in all that. With all polls being conducted during or... [read more]

"Change we can believe in"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:23 PM, 35 Comments
Barack Obama is complaining to Glamour Magazine that some Americans have criticized Mrs. Obama's public speeches:... the apparatus of conservative columnists, blogs and the like. Talk shows, talk radio....When you see in the span of two or three or four... [read more]

Mrs. Post-Racial
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:21 PM, 15 Comments
The Seattle Times report on Michelle Obama's campaign event in Bellevue today quotes Mrs. Obama's anecdote of her initial reaction upon meeting her husband:At first, she admitted, she thought "he must be weird" -- in part because he was biracial... [read more]

If You Like To Play In The Snow
by Jim Miller, 03:42 PM, 6 Comments
Now is a good time to visit Mt. Rainier.  (Not the best time — that was earlier in the year — but a good time.)... [read more]

EFF's Transparency in Government Project
by pudge, 11:55 AM, 1 Comments
This is a great video by the EFF highlighting their upcoming Transparency in Government Project, which goes up September 1. The video highlights the worst offenders in our state legislature, in terms of the cost of proposed legislation. No bonus... [read more]

Are You Proud of Your Country?
by pudge, 11:49 AM, 62 Comments
Even if Michelle Obama had never been proud of her country before this year, most of us are, as shown in this video from the WSRP.... [read more]

July 16, 2008
Barack Hussein Carcetti
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:01 PM, 24 Comments
We've all been hearing about the current cover of the New Yorker magazine, featuring a hilarious satire on Barack and Michelle Obama and the alleged prejudices of those who won't be voting for Obama. But all we've really learned from... [read more]

Pudge Performs at SnoCo GOP Picnic, Releases New CD
by pudge, 12:21 PM, 4 Comments
Yours truly will be performing some tunes at the Snohomish County GOP Picnic on July 26. I will have my new CD, Nandor's White Castle, available for sale, with some proceeds going to the 38th District (which is organizing the... [read more]

Now that is funny
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:33 AM, 37 Comments
Lynne Varner of the Seattle Times editorial page says, without irony, that "The Obamas are not that funny"It is difficult to spoof the couple who may occupy the White House because they do very little that could be deemed ha... [read more]

Jury Duty Again
by Jim Miller, 08:24 AM, 25 Comments
Maybe.  Speaking of coincidences, I have been called again for jury duty.  And this is beginning to get a little odd.  In March 2006, I was called for jury duty by King County.  In the previous four decades, I had... [read more]

July 15, 2008
It Could Be Worse
by Jim Miller, 03:46 PM, 12 Comments
I spent this morning, and the first part of this afternoon, at the Washington Policy Center's annual Environmental Policy Luncheon and Conference.  I'll have more to say about the presentations over the next few weeks.  For today, I just want... [read more]

More Lies About McCain
by pudge, 10:39 AM, 41 Comments
I am watching Meet the Press from July 13. Senator Claire McCaskill is ... amazing. And not in a good way. Much of what she is saying is simply bald-faced lies. The most clear example: "[I]t was interesting that Carly... [read more]

July 14, 2008
A modest proposal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:29 PM, 63 Comments
The Seattle Times applauds Greg Nickels' proposal to tax disposable grocery bags, both plastic and paper:The mayor goes further by including the fee on paper bags, arguing it takes a lot of energy and resources to make paper bags as... [read more]

Clown of the Day: Jay Rodne
by Juvenal, 12:11 PM, 30 Comments
Today's Clown is state Rep. Jay Rodne, selected for his sadly laughable efforts to frustrate the public's right to know what our government is doing. The Olympian reports that legislators on the state "Sunshine Committee"', constituted to review exemptions to... [read more]

July 12, 2008
On the Road Again
by Eric Earling, 07:50 PM, 2 Comments
No posting for a bit. I'm off to DC shortly for work, with my wonderful wife in tow to enjoy the sights during the day while I suffer on the clock. Thus, there is no way on God's green earth... [read more]

The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 12:46 PM, 0 Comments
May need another proofreader.  The death of James Paroline is a sad story, which didn't need this comic touch. According to police, the girls were in a car and argued with Paroline to move the cones.  He refused.  Things went... [read more]

Too Cute by Half
by Eric Earling, 10:22 AM, 12 Comments
It is always a risky proposition in a campaign to excessively exaggerate an opponent's flaws or too fawningly promote one's own candidate. Yes, the benefit of getting away with it can be high. But, the risk of getting caught with... [read more]

How Much Help from DC?
by Eric Earling, 09:41 AM, 35 Comments
Via Postman, I note Eli Sanders at the Stranger is commenting on the fact Democrats don't have Darcy Burner's race on their initial ad buy list, saying: And every time you ask Democrats in the 8th why it didn't work... [read more]

July 11, 2008
Kudos To Don Gulliford
by Jim Miller, 05:09 PM, 22 Comments
For catching an error in this op-ed by University of Washington assistant political science professor, Christopher Parker.  Here are the first two paragraphs of Gulliford's letter. As a U.S. Air Force veteran, I thought University of Washington political science professor... [read more]

Not that it's not "smart politics", but ...
by Juvenal, 04:30 PM, 18 Comments
Sports Illustrated reports that Barack Obama's campaign is in talks to sponsor a race car in NASCAR's premier series next month.... [read more]

Who Runs Gregoire's Campaigns?
by Eric Earling, 08:11 AM, 18 Comments
This is pure speculation, but an intriguing notion if true. Christine Gregoire's campaign was widely derided in political circles after 2004 for letting a low name-ID state senator catch and nearly overtake her down the home stretch. Supposedly, the flaw... [read more]

July 10, 2008
Redefining Small Ball
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 41 Comments
Team Gregoire assembled a cast of characters to express their earnest outrage about... ...a bunch of political yard signs. Has our politics really become this small? Besides, I thought we already hit "rock bottom"? If Gregoire will complain this much... [read more]

Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Civic-Minded Public
by Eric Earling, 07:23 PM, 3 Comments
Depressing yet not so surprising news from a SurveyUSA poll conducted for KING 5. 1) Respondents think negative ads are starting early this year. Duh. 2) They claim they ignore such attacks. Whatevs. 3) Less than a quarter of adults... [read more]

Those Budget Numbers Must Be Pretty Tough To Figure Out
by Eric Earling, 07:09 PM, 10 Comments
Today Christine Gregoire told the Olympia press corps that she "wished to wait until her own Office of Financial Management analyzes the budget until anyone began to panic about the potential $2.7 Billion deficit." Interesting point. As was pointed out... [read more]

A Case Study in Going Off-Message
by Eric Earling, 08:08 AM, 34 Comments
The more I think about it, the more I think Phil Gramm's "whiners" comment is just about the dumbest thing a high-profile McCain adviser could have said on the issue of the economy. He may have in one fell swoop... [read more]

Stealing One From Your Opponent
by Eric Earling, 07:53 AM, 12 Comments
Attorney General Rob McKenna's campaign sends out news that the Pierce County Deputies Guild has endorsed him over his competitor, Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. Besides the obvious rhetorical benefit of an endorsement in the heart of an opponent's expected... [read more]

July 09, 2008
Why Isn't Gregoire Running on Her Record? - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:15 PM, 47 Comments
Christine Gregoire's campaign is now on its second radio ad, which can be found buried on her campaign blog in a July 7th entry (hint to the campaign staff: permalinks are a beautiful thing in the blogosphere). Much as with... [read more]

So Far, No Response From Representative Quall
by Jim Miller, 02:06 PM, 27 Comments
On June 23rd, I sent an email to Washington state representative Dave Quall, asking him about an op-ed he had written.  In the op-ed, Quall said: Bottom line: Most school districts do not have the resources they need to provide... [read more]

Clown of the Day: Greg Nickels
by Juvenal, 10:32 AM, 17 Comments
Today's award goes to Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, who counts among his top priorities: increasing the supply of affordable housing and increasing housing density to reduce sprawl. Yet as we read in today's paper, when the market actually delivers... [read more]

"Smart politics" maybe, but still a circus
by Juvenal, 10:30 AM, 7 Comments
We (Juvenal) don't disagree with Eric's argument that telling the audience of the day what it wants to hear ("Save the Sonics!") is an effective campaign strategy. At the same time, Eric would seem to be affirming our thesis that... [read more]

Summer Reading
by Eric Earling, 08:17 AM, 26 Comments
Do make Grand New Party part of your reading list for the near future (as previewed earlier). While not perfect, it is a thought provoking read. The authors lay out a compelling case of how and why working class -... [read more]

July 08, 2008
The Smart Politics of the Sonics' Departure
by Eric Earling, 09:25 PM, 37 Comments
It is little secret that many conservatives - including a vocal portion of the Sound Politics readership - loathe public subsidies for sports facilities benefiting private enterprise. Moreover, it's difficult not to argue with detractors who criticize the current product... [read more]

More Historical Mistakes From Joel Connelly
by Jim Miller, 06:24 PM, 8 Comments
Hoping, perhaps, to spoil my July 4th celebration, the Seattle PI columnist produced this reminiscence on World War II, and managed to get several facts wrong.  Even so, I probably would have not have bothered to do this post except... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XLVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:05 PM, 30 Comments
KIRO-7 reports that Sound Transit and King County Metro are "skirting laws on lobbying and gifting", with hundreds of thousands of dollars of in donations over the years to charities and non-profit advocacy groups. The Washington Policy Center's Mike Ennis... [read more]

Taxpayer-funded Dissimilation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:15 AM, 35 Comments
The Seattle Times celebrates a local preschool operated by La Raza/The Race: "Bilingual child-development center serves Latino families". The Jose Marti Child Development Center is funded by the City of Seattle's Family and Education Levy. There might be reasonable arguments... [read more]

July 07, 2008
This is good news
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:03 PM, 49 Comments
The state Court of Appeals, ruling in favor of the Citizens' Alliance for Property Rights, has unanimously struck down King County's "Critical Areas Ordinance". The decision is here.... [read more]

Walser Pleads the Fifth in Harvie Civil Suit
by pudge, 06:00 PM, 5 Comments
Gayle Harvie, the woman whose public records requests eventually led to former Sultan Police Chief Fred Walser's yearlong jail sentence last month, is suing Walser's former assistant, Carol Pepperell, whom Harvie believes poisoned her dogs. Walser was deposed in that... [read more]

Clown of the Day: Dow Constantine and Jane Hague
by Juvenal, 09:30 AM, 45 Comments
Today we recognize King County Councilmembers Dow Constantine and Jane Hague for leading the parade for the King County Ferry District., which is now an extremely silly reality. The clown jewel in the ferry system is the Vashon foot... [read more]

July 06, 2008
Has David Goldstein Gone Too Far?
by Jim Miller, 05:27 PM, 0 Comments
Let me begin by saying that, like Stefan Sharkansky, I hope that Darcy Burner and her family recover quickly from the fire that destroyed their home. At a time like this, it is inappropriate to attack her personally.  So I... [read more]

The Poetess is Back!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:30 PM, 2 Comments
A.K. Allin, who served as The Poetess at Green Lake last year, is back at the lake today for a one-day special poetry event:At noon [until 9pm], on Sunday 6 July, this participatory, site-specific performance will take over Green Lake.... [read more]

Vote fraud finally prosecuted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:05 PM, 19 Comments
A year ago February I mentioned the case of Port Townsend Democrat activist Todd McGuire, who was suspected of forging his wife's signature on an absentee ballot envelope, in addition to casting his own ballot. (these documents tell the story).... [read more]

July 04, 2008
Four for July Four
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:55 PM, 101 Comments
Sound Politics fans read The Declaration of Independence. Peggy Noonan: A Day at the Beach. Victor Davis Hanson:we should remember two truths about America. First, the United States remains the most free and affluent country in the history of civilization.... [read more]

Happy Fourth Of July!
by Jim Miller, 03:55 PM, 3 Comments
And thank you to all those who made it possible. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics (Picture taken at the beginning of the Kirkland 4th of July parade.)... [read more]

July 03, 2008
Obama's Current Iraq Policy
by pudge, 05:35 PM, 79 Comments
It must be a tough job being a speechwriter for Obama. I tried my hand at writing this press conference speech about his Iraq policy. "What I've said before is always what I've said and what I'm still saying, that... [read more]

Circus leaves town, disbelieving fans cry foul
by Juvenal, 05:31 PM, 17 Comments
Those who are bawling about the Sonics' decision to leave town are behaving like a five-year-old whose parents won't take him to the circus. If the Sonics are a "cultural institution", then so is Chuck E. Cheese. But neither... [read more]

Dino Rossi's reaction to Sonics decision
by DonWard, 01:21 PM, 40 Comments
With the announcement that the City of Seattle had settled with Clay Bennett and his Oklahoma City ownership over the Sonics lease at Key Arena a new chapter has been written in Seattle sports. And with a general election coming... [read more]

Look At The Bright Side
by Jim Miller, 01:20 PM, 5 Comments
By accepting the cash settlement for the early departure of the Sonics, Mayor Nickels will have enough money, or almost enough money, for another trolley. (I admit to being less disturbed about the Sonics leaving than some, though I loved... [read more]

Happy Independence Day
by pudge, 11:25 AM, 11 Comments
The EFF put up this Fourth of July video: Which reminded me of a video I put up last year, a cover of "Fireworks" from Schoolhouse Rock: Happy Independence Day! Having fun blowing up little bits of paper and cardboard... [read more]

July 02, 2008
Summer storms and other issues
by DonWard, 09:29 PM, 13 Comments
A massive summer storm is rolling over me as I write. God how I love the sound of thunder as it echoes across the Cascade foothills while lightning plays against the outline of nearby Mount Si. Unfortunately, this also means... [read more]

John McCain: Tough guy?
by DonWard, 09:04 PM, 49 Comments
You know, just when I was about to talk myself out of voting for Sen. John McCain, the Drudge Report links to a Mississippi newspaper article about the man's temper. GOP Senator says McCain roughed up Nicaraguan. Apparently back in... [read more]

Sonics and the P-I
by DonWard, 07:50 PM, 21 Comments
Royal Brougham must be rolling over in his grave right now. Okc Sonics: It's a fair deal. The Seattle P-I editorial board waxes enthusiastic about "unexpectedly good settlement" the city received from the Oklahoma ownership group. Honor and civic pride... [read more]

Sonics stolen. Re-elect Dino Rossi
by DonWard, 05:05 PM, 60 Comments
The Seattle SuperSonics have officially been stolen. The City of Seattle has cut a deal with Clay Bennett and the Oklahoma City ownership group allowing the team to leave the Emerald City in exchange for the paltry sum of $45... [read more]

Yes we can!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:49 PM, 13 Comments
I am cautious in my optimism, but the Seattle Times reports that Seattle city government has actually done something useful: "Downtown traffic signals updated for better flow, less waiting":Seattle transportation officials say they've synchronized the traffic signals at all 258... [read more]

The Public Shaming They So Richly Deserve
by Eric Earling, 07:59 AM, 43 Comments
The organizers of the Seafair Marathon are very, very, very, very high on my list of people I'm not impressed with at the current time. Let's see: Failure to provide adequate transportation for runners to get from their assembly point... [read more]

Re: Washington State Budget Deficit Grows
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 13 Comments
As astute reader points out an interesting twist to a recent post on the state's looming, $2.7 billion budget deficit. Gregoire budget chief Victor Moore said the Office of Financial Management wasn't going to run fresh budget projections in the... [read more]

July 01, 2008
Clown of the Day: Richard Conlin
by Juvenal, 04:25 PM, 24 Comments
Bret Stephens of the Wall Street Journal writes today on "Global Warming as Mass Neurosis". That could also be "Mass Clown Gnosis". Seattle City Councilman Richard Conlin has invited the public to comment on his proposed legislation to ban... [read more]

Yes we can!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 AM, 24 Comments
Seattle Times: "Puget Sound-area commuters are getting creative to avoid rising gas prices"Feeling the pinch at the gas pump, local workers and employers are not waiting for City Hall, the federal government or OPEC to ease the pressure. Instead, they... [read more]

This is terrible news
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:41 AM, 0 Comments
"Fire damages home of congressional candidate Darcy Burner" Let us all express relief that everyone in the Burner family got out of the house safely and wish the Burners the best for getting back on their feet.... [read more]

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