Index of entries from October 2008
October 31, 2008
Reichert Campaign Closing Ad Again Features a Woman
by Eric Earling, 08:12 PM, 6 Comments
No, it isn't going down the same path as the famous ad that made Democrats cry "sexism!" but it does feature a speaker who is female, a Democrat, and a union member. I've had Democrats state their belief to me... [read more]

Could Have Done Without that Jeopardy! Question
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 6 Comments
I knew it was coming as soon as "Recounts" appeared as a cateogry in the Double Jeopardy round tonight. Sure enough, the $2000 question was on our 2004 Governor's race. I could have done without yet another flashback to that... [read more]

Endorsements - Statewide Offices
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:07 PM, 23 Comments
Governor - Dino Rossi Of the two major candidates in 2004 whose vote totals were separated only by the margin of illegal votes, Rossi would have been the better governor by far. We can't undo the disaster of the Mrs.... [read more]

Endorsement - Sound Transit Prop. 1
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:47 PM, 10 Comments
Proposition No. 1 - Mass Transit Expansion - NO and Hell NO What's being billed as "Mass Transit Now" is just the latest con from the same fleecers who still haven't delivered a single 1 of the 21 miles of... [read more]

Endorsements - King County Charter Amendments
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:30 PM, 0 Comments
Charter Amendment #1 - Electing the Elections Director - Enthusiastic YES! The Elections Director should be accountable directly and solely to voters, unlike today where the Elections Director is support staff for the County Executive's political patronage machine. Vote NO... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XXXVIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:00 PM, 7 Comments
KIMA-TV: "Forged Signatures On Voting Ballots"YAKIMA -- When Action News reporter Audrey Asistio received another person's ballot in the mail, she couldn't help but wonder if some voters are filling out other people's ballots, trying to get that extra vote... [read more]

Tactical Differences in Independent Group Spending
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 8 Comments
There is a significant contrast between the work of the pro-Rossi independent expenditures by the RGA and BIAW/"It's Time for a Change" versus that of Evergreen Progress and a couple last minute Democratic heavyweights. To be fair, there are some... [read more]

October 30, 2008
Endorsements - Seattle Ballot Measures
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 PM, 30 Comments
Prop. 1 - Pike Place Market Levy. NO! If the Pike Place Market wants to remodel itself, fine. Just pass the costs on to its tenants who can pass the cost on to its customers. If the customers are willing... [read more]

Endorsements - Statewide Ballot Initiatives
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:59 PM, 95 Comments
I-985 -YES, enthusiastically! Will free up unused capacity in the wasteful "HOV" lanes; and if those red-light cameras really do contribute to traffic safety, then your city will keep them, even if they don't get to divert the revenue. The... [read more]

Sub-Prime Fiasco -The Best Explaination Yet
by warrenpeterson, 10:02 PM, 7 Comments
A friend sent me the below link that explains the sub-prime mortgage mess about as well as any I've seen. Fair warning though, it contains obscene language including the well known four letter words beginning with "F" and "S" but... [read more]

Evergreen "Regress" and the Oh, Sh*t Button
by Eric Earling, 09:33 PM, 8 Comments
Delightful news in the latest PDC filings [pdf] from anti-Dino Rossi PAC, Evergreen Progress - or "Evergreen Regress" as Joel Connelly has reported some Democrats are calling it. They've raised $6.19 million through October 28th (which is pretty much it... [read more]

Dino Rossi's Closing Ad
by Eric Earling, 06:54 PM, 6 Comments
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Tax Deadweights
by Jim Miller, 05:43 PM, 6 Comments
Almost* all taxes impose a deadweight loss on society.  If that idea is new to you, consider this simple example.  Suppose a foreign power imposes a tax of $100 on a small community.  The foreign power collects the $100 and... [read more]

In case you missed it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:18 PM, 74 Comments
Former Microsoft non-executive Darcy Burner tries to explain to KOMO's John Carlson and Ken Schram how not having a degree in Economics from Harvard is the same as having a degree in Economics from Harvard.... [read more]

Pudge Does Bob Roberts
by pudge, 12:33 PM, 9 Comments
I've added a couple of new political songs to my repertoire from the movie Bob Roberts. The first is "Don't Vote," a song about how you shouldn't vote if you love terrorists, and the second is "Complain," a classic anthem... [read more]

October 29, 2008
What are these political connections of which you speak?
by Eric Earling, 10:21 PM, 15 Comments
From the P-I's coverage of today's judicially sponsored farce: There are connections between the lawsuit and Gregoire's political allies. Fuse Washington, a nonprofit group acting as press agent for the plaintiffs, recently received a $35,000 political action committee donation from... [read more]

McCain
by Eric Earling, 10:15 PM, 63 Comments
I think it's safe to say the bulk of the independent, daily tracking polls are showing tightening of the race (excluding the snapshot polls being conducted for assorted media organizations). Given the lag we've seen this election cycle between national... [read more]

Tit, Meet Tat
by Eric Earling, 09:23 PM, 10 Comments
PDC investigating Gregoire donors The Public Disclosure Commission announced today that it was investigating five political action committees who have donated a combined $12,200 to Gov. Chris Gregoire because the PACs lacked local donors. [snip] "We have urged the PDC... [read more]

Darcy Burner Wins...
by Eric Earling, 09:17 PM, 19 Comments
...a Schrammie. You know why. Watch it here.... [read more]

Student Newspapers for Rossi
by Eric Earling, 08:34 PM, 18 Comments
Who woulda thunk it? First the WSU paper, then the UW's. The latter: The Daily recommends Dino Rossi as the next Washington State governor. In tough economic times, we need a candidate who can balance the budget and Dino is... [read more]

"Farce": Part III
by Eric Earling, 08:18 PM, 3 Comments
It addition to coverage below, here and here, there's a broader point that needs to be made about how moronic today's deposition became. Earlier this month I said our campaign finance system is broken, saying in part: The ultimate issue... [read more]

"Farce": Part II
by Eric Earling, 07:40 PM, 11 Comments
A writer at the Seattle Weekly of all places offers his take on the political theater of Dino's Rossi's deposition: The attorneys questioning him seemed to play into exactly the Republicans' portrayal of this whole thing as a political stunt.... [read more]

"Farce": Part I
by Eric Earling, 07:32 PM, 2 Comments
A quick read through the first part of the deposition of Dino Rossi proves yes, indeed, it was "judicially enforced political theater." Anyone with a basic understanding of the supposed legal justification for the deposition could tell as much reading... [read more]

The Shrinking Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 04:00 PM, 0 Comments
No, I am not about to discuss their shrinking circulation, or even their shrinking staff. Instead, I am going to discuss their their shrinking ideological boundaries.  A newspaper which was once open to many views has become, more and more,... [read more]

Of Course People Vote Illegally
by pudge, 10:11 AM, 80 Comments
I am being told by many on the left that there is no massive voter fraud out there (well, not from THEIR side ... only Republicans would do such a thing!!!!!zomg). But let's look at the facts. FACT: it is... [read more]

Nixon's the good man in this race
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:20 AM, 15 Comments
There are few true heroes in local politics. But Toby Nixon is a hero. He's a principled, tireless and effective advocate for open and accountable government, election integrity and fiscal responsibility. And he's a decent human being who works well... [read more]

Sick Joke: Rossi Deposition Might Be 4 Hours
by Eric Earling, 07:17 AM, 35 Comments
Bumped, because the more we learn about this "lawsuit," the more apparent it is what Rossi supporters are up against as the status quo fights back through any and all means possible. Read through to the end and get to... [read more]

The Netroots Hero candidate
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 21 Comments
Darcy "FISA sucks!" Burner explains why moderation is out, netroots immaturity is in (warning: the audio sounds like it was recorded in a tin can).... [read more]

October 28, 2008
Mail Ballot Horror Show (XXXVII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 PM, 15 Comments
Oh boy, Here we go again:More than a hundred Yakima county voters mistakenly get an extra ballot in the mail.But have no fear:Elections officials explain why those extra ballots won't change the results of any race. ... Auditor Corky Mattingly... [read more]

More Governor's Race Polls: Another Tight Race
by Eric Earling, 09:39 PM, 16 Comments
SurveyUSA: Gregoire 50% - Rossi 48% Strategic Vision: Gregoire 49% - Rossi 47% Differentiation: The former has McCain down 17%, the later has Obama leading by 12%. No doubt Stu Elway can assure us, however, that Dinocrats don't exist. Back... [read more]

Dear Governor: About that Income Tax...
by Eric Earling, 09:28 PM, 7 Comments
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Lt. Gov Race Below the Radar Screen
by Eric Earling, 09:04 PM, 8 Comments
The Seattle Times endorsed Republican Marcia McRaw for Lt. Governor today. I note that in part because if any major statewide officeholder engaged in the sort of conflict of interest that incumbent Brad Owen has engaged in they would already... [read more]

Boeing's Future in the Evergreen State
by Eric Earling, 08:08 PM, 15 Comments
Short-term news of the potential end to the Machinists strike aside, an aerospace analyst is now saying what this blogger has been saying for some time after watching how events unfolded with the aforementioned work stoppage: This strike, following myriad... [read more]

I Am Not Voting for John McCain
by pudge, 03:31 PM, 36 Comments
I am not voting for John McCain. And neither is anyone else. Nor is anyone voting for Barack Obama. I am voting for representatives to the electoral college who will vote for John McCain. You do not get to vote... [read more]

Fred Walser and Gall
by pudge, 11:54 AM, 11 Comments
Fred Walser has been claiming that his court-ordered 240 hours of community service, which he has been fulfilling at the Sky Valley Food Bank, is "volunteer" work. He even had the gall to mention it in his biography under "community... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (L)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:53 AM, 14 Comments
Peninsula Daily News: "Jefferson Dem Loses Right to Vote" Todd McGuire, a prominent Democrat activist in Port Townsend who had been charged with voter fraud, has effectively admitted guilt, accepting a diversion agreement under which he will not vote for... [read more]

Sewer of Corruption (XLIX)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 AM, 2 Comments
The Olympian: "House Speaker Chopp faces ethics complaint"[The complaint] alleges that the Democrat improperly gave four state contracts totaling $90,563 to a political consultant. The consultant, Christian Sinderman, has done work during legislative sessions since January 2005, helping the House... [read more]

Open Post For Candidate Endorsements
by Jim Miller, 08:55 AM, 11 Comments
Positive only.  (And I will toss out any negative comments.) Let give you an example:  Were I a resident of the 7th district, I would vote for Steve Beren for Congress, happily.  He's a good fit for the district, with... [read more]

McKenna "Endorsements" Ad
by pudge, 08:08 AM, 7 Comments
This ad from Rob McKenna's campaign says it all: he has done a good job and almost every newspaper says he should be re-elected. Don't get much clearer than that.... [read more]

Worth Buying
by Jim Miller, 06:11 AM, 30 Comments
David Freddoso's The Case Against Barack Obama.  (Worth buying is my highest accolade, by the way.  Or perhaps I should say, worth paying for, as that would allow for contributions, as well as purchases.) If every voter read this book,... [read more]

October 27, 2008
Is Evergreen Progress funding the politically motivated "lawsuit" against BIAW?
by Eric Earling, 10:06 PM, 16 Comments
A read through the PDC filings of Evergreen Progress (interesting for other reasons this blogger will get to in a later post) reveals an October 13th "political contribution" of $35,000 [pdf] to Fuse Votes. What has that liberal activist group... [read more]

WSU Student Newspaper Endorses...
by Eric Earling, 09:28 PM, 5 Comments
...Dino Rossi. No truly profound turn of events, but interesting and unexpected nonetheless (h/t: Tom Forbes). Their headline for the endorsement: "It's the economy, stupid: Vote for Dino Rossi."... [read more]

Interesting Results from the Washington Poll
by Eric Earling, 08:17 PM, 17 Comments
A statewide poll done through the University of Washington (results available via PowerPoint at this site) declares Barack Obama ahead of John McCain 55% - 34% and Christine Gregoire ahead of Dino Rossi 51% - 45%. Depressingly, the poll samples... [read more]

Gregoire official intervenes on behalf of tribes
by Eric Earling, 07:59 PM, 8 Comments
The Olympian has been digging deeper on an interesting little dispute over a Thurston County property tax bill for a casino partially owned by the Chehalis tribe. Surprise: an official with the Gregoire administration weighed in on the tribe's side:... [read more]

Gregoire Administration Still Releasing Felons Early
by Eric Earling, 07:20 PM, 2 Comments
Yes, yet again: Scott Blonien, assistant secretary of the Washington Department of Corrections, said a few minutes ago that his staff estimates 70 to 75 ex-convicts were released from community supervision too early. An undetermined number of additional inmates --... [read more]

Unintentionally Comedic Headline of the Day
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 3 Comments
"Gregoire campaigns in Lynnwood, says Rossi would create deficit" The mind reels.... [read more]

Socialism in America
by pudge, 05:58 PM, 67 Comments
Socialism has meant many things to many people over the years and continents. Socialism does not mean the same thing to me as it does to those in Eastern Europe over the last half-century. But I like the definition provided... [read more]

First Cartoon
by Jim Miller, 02:56 PM, 0 Comments
In this post, I asked for some help, since I can't draw.   Specifically, I asked for someone to draw this cartoon: Obama, looking much like Lucy in Peanuts, is holding a football labeled "tax cuts".  Joe Voter, looking much... [read more]

Geoff Simpson and His Sock Puppets
by pudge, 01:34 PM, 31 Comments
Democratic state legislator Geoff Simpson is fighting against Republican Mark Hargrove for election in the 47th District. Democrats recently slimed Hargrove, falsely implying he was not good on combatting sex offenders just because a sex offender contributed to his campaign.... [read more]

Patterico's Site Has Been Moved
by Jim Miller, 08:31 AM, 2 Comments
At least temporarily.  Here's the latest in the strange story.  I read the site often, and sometimes learn something from the posts.  (That's next to my highest accolade.) Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

October 26, 2008
Darcy Burner's Peculiar Defense - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:01 PM, 52 Comments
In defense of the accusation that Darcy Burner said she has a degree in economics she doesn't hold, the Burner campaign put out a video that says an old professor likes her but never says she actually has that degree... [read more]

A Sign Gregoire is Unserious about the Looming Budget Deficit
by Eric Earling, 08:48 PM, 4 Comments
Her plans for healthcare continue unabashed: And despite a looming budget crunch, she has not backed down from her goal of providing health care access to for everyone in the state by 2012. Her plan relies on a mix of... [read more]

Good sign for Rossi or sign of the apocalypse?
by Eric Earling, 07:53 PM, 9 Comments
Joni Balter: I have been predicting, yes, even betting friends and relatives, that Republican Dino Rossi will win the super-close governor's race in Washington. Dude.... [read more]

The Good & the Bad on I-985
by Eric Earling, 07:49 PM, 29 Comments
There are two ways to look at I-985, Tim Eyman's latest, this time on "traffic congestion." 1) As a statement to Olympia - they of few transportation solutions - it is a delightful middle finger from the populace to the... [read more]

Slime from WA Democrats, Part III: Geoff Simpson
by pudge, 05:04 PM, 28 Comments
The Democrats are sending out lies about Republicans, on behalf of Democrat Geoff Simpson -- like Fred Walser and Liz Loomis before him. This piece of slime is accusing Mark Hargrove of accepting a donation from a sex offender. That's... [read more]

October 25, 2008
Why I won't be voting for Sam Reed (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:33 PM, 31 Comments
Mail-only voting. Many, perhaps most, of the problems in the 2004 scandal were specifically attributable to vote-by-mail. Unfortunately, Sam Reed's main pretense at "reform" was to lead the charge for mail-only voting, only expanding the potential for future problems. It's... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XXXVI)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:16 PM, 17 Comments
Voters in Island County, whose polling places were taken away from them so they could enjoy the security and convenience of mail-only voting, are now enjoying a post office screw-up that has delayed delivery of their ballots:"A lot of people... [read more]

That's a lot of early voting
by Eric Earling, 11:35 AM, 7 Comments
Per this post at Political Buzz, I just checked ballot return statistics at the seven counties offering such data online. Unless otherwise noted the numbers are through October 24: King - 17.74% Pierce [pdf] - 14.21% Spokane [pdf] - 24.27%... [read more]

Latest Big Spend in the Governor's race
by Eric Earling, 11:16 AM, 19 Comments
According to PDC filings, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees dumped just over $1 million into an independent ad buy starting this past Thursday. They did it out of their general fund rather than set up a... [read more]

October 24, 2008
Reichert Takes to the Airwaves To Talk "Economics"
by Eric Earling, 07:42 PM, 32 Comments
You have to hand it to the Burner campaign, they muddied the waters enough with their pushback on the topic of which Congressional candidate holds what degree to pull off this front-page article. Problem: when it comes down to it,... [read more]

Gregoire's minimum wage Attack under the microscope
by Eric Earling, 07:30 PM, 13 Comments
Better late than never, nearly two weeks after the ads started rolling out, the Seattle Times gets around to fact-checking the Gregoire campaign's assertion that Dino Rossi hates people earning the minimum wage: Would Republican Dino Rossi really lower the... [read more]

Style Versus Substance
by Jim Miller, 02:06 PM, 0 Comments
Yesterday, the New York Times and the Seattle PI had big front page stories on Sarah Palin's campaign wardrobe, a matter of no importance to voters.  On Wednesday, the National Review published this fine summary article on Palin's record as... [read more]

Eat American
by pudge, 01:08 PM, 19 Comments
My new song, Eat American, is now available. The idea hit me a couple of weeks ago. It's pretty self-explanatory.... [read more]

October 23, 2008
Obama's Secruity Free Online Donations
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 38 Comments
The most interesting story in the conservative blogosphere was host of talk about the gaping holes in the security of Barack Obama's online contribution system. Patrick Ruffini and Mark Steyn have two of the more encapsulating posts. Jim Gerghaty also... [read more]

Tonight...
by Eric Earling, 08:08 PM, 18 Comments
...I ran the table in the Jeopardy! category on "Economics." Can I claim a degree on the subject now if I run for Congress...or do I have to stay at a Holiday Inn Express first?... [read more]

More on that Democratic plan to kill 401(k)'s
by Eric Earling, 07:35 PM, 32 Comments
James Pethokoukis at U.S. News & World Report digs deeper on that talk - including our own Jim McDermott - of taking a sledge hammer to how most Americans now save for retirement. Pehtokoukis lays out a host of reasons... [read more]

The Rossi Ad You Knew Was Coming
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 13 Comments
This one draws some blood.... [read more]

Rasmussen Does't Agree with Elway. What a surprise.
by Eric Earling, 07:00 PM, 11 Comments
Rasmussen: Gregoire 50, Rossi 48. Still, the Democratic incumbent is viewed favorably by just 50% of voters statewide while Rossi earns positive reviews from 52%. Greogoire leads by six percentage points among women but trails by three among men Proving... [read more]

Amusing: Burner campaign attempts to spin candidate's "economic degree" problem
by Eric Earling, 06:55 PM, 25 Comments
Trying to change the subject from Darcy Burner's "I have a degree in economics" fumble, her campaign managed to find an independently prepared website that doesn't state Dave Reichert's education credentials correctly. This apparently is Dave Reichert's fault...or so the... [read more]

Election Suggestions
by warrenpeterson, 06:32 PM, 11 Comments
King County Charter Amendments: #1 - Elected Elections Director - This is in response to the King County elections scandal of 2004 when votes for Gregoire kept appearing until she had enough to declare victory. In the long run, it... [read more]

Why I won't be voting for Sam Reed (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:26 PM, 35 Comments
First in a series. There are many reasons. But the biggest reason is Sam's appalling response to the 2004 election scandal. What he should have done was to respond with complete openness, like Johnson & Johnson in the face of... [read more]

Congratulations Fred Walser!
by pudge, 01:57 PM, 3 Comments
According to Whatcom County Court, Fred Walser, you have no balance on your account: you paid the $20,000 restitution owed to the City of Sultan for your crimes. That was a remarkable achievement, and now you likely won't be going... [read more]

Another Virtual Cartoon
by Jim Miller, 12:50 PM, 13 Comments
(They have to be virtual, unless I can get help from someone who can draw.) Obama, looking much like Lucy in Peanuts, is holding a football labeled "tax cuts".  Joe Voter, looking much like Charlie Brown, is getting ready to... [read more]

I-1000 Requires Death Certificate Falsification
by pudge, 09:06 AM, 74 Comments
Amazing, but true: I-1000 requires doctors to write down a false cause of death. In a sane society where we value truth from our government and public documents, this would be enough to kill the initiative. The attending physician may... [read more]

Another less than brilliant idea from Baghdad Jim
by Eric Earling, 08:14 AM, 35 Comments
I cannot begin to describe how absolutely furious this idea makes me: ...all workers would receive a $600 annual inflation-adjusted subsidy from the U.S. government but would be required to invest 5 percent of their pay into a guaranteed retirement... [read more]

More on Reichert v. Burner
by Eric Earling, 06:06 AM, 6 Comments
For what it's worth, SurveyUSA's latest says Burner is ahead by four. That comes before word of Burner playing whack-a-fact with the details of her college degree. Either way, SurveyUSA's previous 10-point margin in Reichert's favor was too high. Even... [read more]

October 22, 2008
New twist from the RGA
by Eric Earling, 10:20 PM, 6 Comments
"On Her Watch" has moved from sex offenders to other issues. A logical shift based on the course of our gubernatorial race. Here are the ads, I like the first much, much more than the second: On a related note,... [read more]

Doubling Down on Connelly
by Eric Earling, 07:24 PM, 6 Comments
Earlier this week I pushed back against an errant critique by Joel Connelly against our own Stefan Sharkansky. It seems the Spokesman Review's Jim Camden doesn't want to be left out of the party that includes some quality intra-4th Estate... [read more]

Smooth: Darcy Burner fibbed about her college degree - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:54 PM, 63 Comments
The Seattle Times breaks the news: In recent weeks, congressional candidate Darcy Burner has touted her Harvard degree in economics when talking about the nation's financial crisis and her opposition to the bailout package passed by Congress. At two debates... [read more]

Mail Voting
by pudge, 02:52 PM, 8 Comments
In Washington, most of the state is "all-mail" voting. For many reasons, I dislike mail voting, most particularly because it is far more prone to intentional and unintentional error. I've written a lot about this in the past and won't... [read more]

ACORN's Troubles In Washington State
by Jim Miller, 07:51 AM, 50 Comments
Since there is so much interest in the group, I thought I should provide this brief summary of their recent legal problems in our state. One of the most serious cases involving ACORN came out of Seattle, where prosecutors in... [read more]

"Time for Seattle to say no to taxes"
by Eric Earling, 07:22 AM, 19 Comments
Those still miffed at why property taxes can be a big issue, even in communities that otherwise vote Democratic, should read Joel Connelly's latest.... [read more]

George Appel for Judge
by Eric Earling, 06:48 AM, 14 Comments
**This post originally appeared in August, noting my support for George Appel in the only seriously contested judicial race in Snohomish County. Appel and his opponent Joe Wilson have moved through the primary and are facing off now. Appel remains... [read more]

Worth Saving
by Jim Miller, 05:07 AM, 2 Comments
And sharing.  Today's Michael Ramirez cartoon.  (Which will almost certainly not appear in your daily newspaper.) Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

October 21, 2008
The Disgruntled Sam Reed
by Eric Earling, 09:35 PM, 29 Comments
Sam Reed isn't exactly thrilled with a recent KIRO story on felons having access to ballots this year. Accordingly, he sent an email to supporters that KIRO obtained; it includes this: But, as happened during the 2004 gubernatorial recount, a... [read more]

A Note to Obama Supporters
by Eric Earling, 07:35 PM, 43 Comments
Foul-mouthed man about the liberal blogosphere Lee Rosenberg (known in the comment threads here as "thehim") has take a conversation that began with a comment at this post to his own extended thoughts on the exchange at Horse's Ass. I... [read more]

NRCC on the air for Reichert
by Eric Earling, 07:04 PM, 3 Comments
I was skeptical the comparatively underfunded National Congressional Campaign Committee would follow through on its pledge to pump some money into the 8th CD. They have. I've seen the ad. It's good, not great. Judge for yourself: Compared to the... [read more]

Ridiculous: Elway - Gregoire 51 v. Rossi 39 - UDPATED
by Eric Earling, 06:45 PM, 10 Comments
The latest chuckle inducer from Stu Elway says as much. This time the results include: One of the major story lines of state polling has been that Gregoire has lagged behind Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) considerably more... [read more]

Loomis Better For Women?
by pudge, 03:48 PM, 6 Comments
Last week a hit piece from liberal activist groups (including one that the incumbent, Liz Loomis, sits on the board of) attacked Mike Hope, Representative candidate for the 44th District, as "bad for women, bad for women's health." This week,... [read more]

Why Submit False Registrations?
by Jim Miller, 02:04 PM, 41 Comments
By now everyone should know that ACORN has submitted thousands and thousands of bogus registrations in many states, in multiple elections.  Some of the false registrations are laughably false, such as the one in Florida for Mickey Mouse. (Here are... [read more]

Randy Dorn will teach your children to write like a pro
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:50 AM, 43 Comments
Randy Dorn is running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction as an "experienced educator". Indeed, his Voter's Guide statement1 provides something of an education in English composition. For example, you can learn all about run-on sentences:[Dorn and his wife] are... [read more]

October 20, 2008
Shameless Plug for a Political Friend
by Eric Earling, 11:03 PM, 5 Comments
Demonstrating the sometimes dichotomy that is Joel Connelly, he follows the post I criticized below with a classy acknowledgment of one of my favorite people in local politics: Tony Williams. Tony is a valued friend and mentor...who also happens to... [read more]

Sign of Doom For McCain?
by Eric Earling, 08:47 PM, 41 Comments
If reports are true that the McCain campaign thinks Colorado is a substantial problem and some other states (like Iowa) are probably lost then this confirms recent pessimism that things do not look good. Yes, the national race could close.... [read more]

Darcy Burner: Big Spender
by Eric Earling, 08:28 PM, 10 Comments
What to make of a candidate who is without question dramatically outraising her opponent with vigor, yet who is still required to loan her campaign $140,000 to respond to a supposedly pending ad buy from the Reichert campaign? Did Burner's... [read more]

Gregoire Push Polling?
by Eric Earling, 08:21 PM, 5 Comments
Tom Forbes makes the case. Based on his report, I hesitate to say it's Gregoire campaign...but it is obviously someone playing in the left-of-center political world. And yes, push polling is often misunderstood. Polls can include questions that test messages... [read more]

Joel Connelly should check blog post time stamps
by Eric Earling, 07:33 PM, 12 Comments
The remaining dean of the local political press corps takes issue with our own Stefan Sharkansky today over at Strange Bedfellows. Connelly has a host of issues with Stefan that I wouldn't presume to get in the middle of, yet... [read more]

Holy falling highway, Batman!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:23 PM, 6 Comments
A vehicle hit the guardrail on an Alaskan Way Viaduct off-ramp this morning, knocking a 30-foot concrete section 55 feet to the ground below. That would be the same Alaskan Way Viaduct that Mrs. Gregoire still has no plan to... [read more]

Our Friends on the Left
by Eric Earling, 07:11 PM, 21 Comments
Unless you have been totally ignoring campaign discourse lately, you're aware of the absolute outrage from our friends on the other side of the political spectrum over the notion of questioning Barack Obama's fitness for office. Such indignation is generally... [read more]

Dan Quayle Was Right
by Jim Miller, 02:56 PM, 26 Comments
In the 1992 vice-presidential debate, Quayle made one prediction, again and again:  If elected, Bill Clinton would raise taxes, and not just on the wealthy. Well, thank you, Senator Gore, for reminding me about my performance in the 1988 vice... [read more]

End of Free Markets?
by Eric Earling, 07:24 AM, 38 Comments
Some on the left are promulgating the idea with no small sense of glee. The Washington Post editorial page of all places says no. The lede: IS THIS the end of American capitalism? As financial panic spread across the globe... [read more]

Left of Center Editorialists Like Left of Center Governance
by Eric Earling, 07:20 AM, 7 Comments
Dino Rossi got a big boost endorsement of the Seattle Times, in a coveted and long Sunday editorial. At the same time, Christine Gregoire nearly ran the table of other western Washington papers endorsing yesterday (Kate Riley at the Times... [read more]

October 19, 2008
Reichert Sweeps Newspaper Endorsements
by Eric Earling, 08:41 PM, 17 Comments
Break out the brooms, the Tacoma News Tribune is endorsing Reichert in tomorrow's paper. They join the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I in doing likewise. The P-I was the one switch from 2006, when the Times and the TNT endorsed... [read more]

Linc Chafee Called Himself a Republican Too
by Eric Earling, 08:34 PM, 35 Comments
Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama today is what it is: little surprise to those that watched his tenure as Secretary of State grow into a series of repeated disagreements with the mainstream of conservative foreign policy thought. Like Chuck Hagel,... [read more]

Obama's March to the Sea
by Eric Earling, 08:23 PM, 9 Comments
Patrick Ruffini declares the potential down-the-ballot impacts of Obama's massive money machine to be "the political equivalent of Sherman's March." All too true, perhaps. For the true military history buff, I might offer the crushing pursuit of the Prussians by... [read more]

Tim Eyman v. Ron Sims
by Eric Earling, 11:14 AM, 39 Comments
This is a bit tardy, but the photo below from a story in Friday's Seattle Times cries out powerfully for a photo caption contest. Fire away in the comments.... [read more]

New Media vs. Old
by Eric Earling, 11:09 AM, 6 Comments
Today's Seattle Times includes a story on the frontpage of the local section discussing the RGA's ads hitting Christine Gregoire's dealing with tribal casinos. Funny thing is those casino ads started running on September 3rd. The RGA switched over to... [read more]

October 18, 2008
Dino Rossi Wants to Control Your Vagina
by Eric Earling, 01:10 PM, 50 Comments
So sayeth state Democrats. My lovely bride's comparative youth and original, maiden name voter registration means she receives a healthy dose of mail from the state Democratic party - younger, single females being a target audience of most left-of-center candidates.... [read more]

What Do Leftwing Journalists Think Of Conservatives?
by Jim Miller, 05:43 AM, 36 Comments
Timothy Egan, who works for the New York Times, tells us. This was the one where Bill Ayers finally came up.  The "old, washed up terrorist" in John McCain's words, who went from entitled brat with bomb fantasies to Chicagoan... [read more]

October 17, 2008
Seattle Times (?!) endorses Dino Rossi for Governor
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:27 PM, 49 Comments
The Seattle Times has endorsed Dino Rossi for Governor. Not that I look to the Seattle Times Editorial Board for voting advice. But when even the state's leading liberal newspaper abandons Mrs. Gregoire, it's a pretty good sign she's in... [read more]

Snohomish County Auditor on Underage Voters
by pudge, 01:20 PM, 17 Comments
A couple of weeks ago I noted that the EFF filed suit against the Washington Secretary of State regarding underage voters. I noticed three of the voters on the list were from my county, so I contacted my county auditor,... [read more]

Loomis Connected to Hit Piece on Hope
by pudge, 09:36 AM, 6 Comments
Liz Loomis, Democrat Representative in the 44th LD, is on the executive board of NARAL Washington, which sponsored a hit piece against Mike Hope, claiming a classic ad hominem: he shares for the alleged positions of some of his donors,... [read more]

McCain's Chances
by Eric Earling, 07:35 AM, 67 Comments
Loyal readers know this blogger is something of a pessimist on hopes for a GOP defeat of Barack Obama at this juncture. Without rehashing all the reasons why that it is, here's why I hold out hope that McCain can... [read more]

October 16, 2008
Snobama is campaigning against plumbers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:07 PM, 107 Comments
I, for one, am grateful for the plumbers who have fixed things in my home. And, yes, judging from their well-deserved invoices, I can imagine there are quite a few plumbers who make $250K or more a year. hat... [read more]

Gregoire Couging It?
by Eric Earling, 08:04 PM, 15 Comments
So says WSU's Daily Evergreen (h/t: Tom Forbes): The Cascade Mountain range is becoming an ideological barrier - rather than merely a physical one. Though it may still be traversable, the divide between the east and west sides of the... [read more]

Latest Hints that Ballots Are in the Mail
by Eric Earling, 07:57 PM, 5 Comments
The gubernatorial candidates have switched to ads heavy on a personal pitch to the voters. Still some contrast, but not true "attack ads" - and heck, with all the independent money in this race, why do the candidates themselves need... [read more]

Stop Whining
by Eric Earling, 07:51 PM, 0 Comments
Peter Callaghan uses a column to chide the whiners on all sides of the Evergreen State gubernatorial contest. Given that just about every political hack out there expected this would be an exceptionally hard fought, competitive race - with all... [read more]

Follow-Up on the Felon Voter Story
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 20 Comments
Here's the actual KIRO story on the thousands of felons still on the voter rolls. And here's the response from the Secretary of State's office, via Political Buzz. In sum: yes, the SoS's excuse is lame (as expected). Regrettably it's... [read more]

Online Dominance for Which Gubernatorial Candidate?
by Eric Earling, 07:29 PM, 0 Comments
Think about it and it shouldn't be a surprise. One candidate has over 52,000 contributors (many online) and has a website the campaign markets constantly - including by the candidate himself in the debates. Web traffic stats from Quantcast.com: -... [read more]

Better Future PAC Breaks the Law for Fred Walser
by pudge, 02:00 PM, 18 Comments
The Public Disclosure Commission concluded that Better Future for Washington, a PAC fully funded -- to the tune of $250,000 -- by the Washington State Senate Democrats violated RCW 42.17.565(2), in delaying filing of a report about a lying hit... [read more]

$$ in the Gov Race
by Eric Earling, 07:30 AM, 4 Comments
I have a post up at The Next Right running through the state of affairs with our gubernatorial contest, including a look at fundraising since July 29th that will surprise some people. Read the whole thing.... [read more]

October 15, 2008
Twists in the Reichert Race as Ballots Go Out
by Eric Earling, 09:27 PM, 18 Comments
Reichert's latest ad goes right after Burner on the image of youth, inexperience, and partisanship that has been forged since the start of her 2006 run: The netroots and Burner backers will protest, but the same themes seen in Reichert's... [read more]

Stunner: Felons Casting Ballots by the Thousands?
by Eric Earling, 09:24 PM, 39 Comments
John Barnes of the Washington Policy Center has more on the topic over at the Examiner. Short version: doesn't look pretty. Countdown to lame explanation from Nick Handy in 5, 4, 3...... [read more]

Last Governor's Debate
by Eric Earling, 09:16 PM, 7 Comments
No big changes in tonight's final debate of the Governor's race, on King 5 (and I believe on cable in some non-Seattle markets). The core race dynamics remain the same: Dino Rossi is the change agent, hoping to "change the... [read more]

Prez Debate Open Thread - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:27 PM, 69 Comments
I'm watching, with precious little enthusiasm. I'll post thoughts on both debates later tonight. Live blogging isn't going to work this evening. Have at it in the comments for now. UPDATE: I'm not even going to say much about this... [read more]

Boeing, Machinists Still Don't Agree
by Eric Earling, 06:53 AM, 67 Comments
The odds of a terribly long strike affecting the local economy look greater than ever. See coverage from the Times & the P-I for more. In short, neither side has budged from positions that seem intractable. More importantly for the... [read more]

October 14, 2008
Governor's Race: Still a Barn Burner
by Eric Earling, 09:09 PM, 29 Comments
SurveyUSA: Gregoire 48, Rossi 47 Compare that to the same pollster's take on the Presidential race in the Evergreen State: Obama 56, McCain 40. That's a lot of Dinocrats, to which SurveyUSA alludes in their write up of the gubernatorial... [read more]

Money in the Governor's Race: Connelly is Outraged! - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:44 PM, 5 Comments
Would you be surprised that a rematch of the closest Governor's race in our nation's history has both sides pouring money into the contest? You shouldn't. Joel Connelly evidently is. That damn thing called free speech sure does let people... [read more]

Shark TV (bumped)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 PM, 38 Comments
I recorded an interview earlier, to be broadcast on TVW tonight at this hour(7pm). Jerry Cornfield of the Everett Herald is hosting "TVW Election Tuesdays", and had State Elections Director Nixon "Nick" Handy and myself on for a segment to... [read more]

Thanks To Kirby Wilbur
by Jim Miller, 09:12 AM, 31 Comments
For the nice plug he gave to this site, this morning.  (He liked our coverage of the gubernatorial race, so Eric Earling probably deserves the biggest share of credit.)... [read more]

Does Paper Running Earmark Frontpagers Understand Earmarks?
by Eric Earling, 07:32 AM, 21 Comments
The Seattle Times has been doing special investigative work on earmarks, the latest of which lead last Sunday's front page. Yesterday, a reporter at the Politics Northwest blog - or better put, Darcy Burner's campaign - tried to play gotacha... [read more]

Frivolous Lawsuit Flashback
by Eric Earling, 07:12 AM, 23 Comments
In 2006, a "shareholder" lawsuit was filed against former Safeco CEO Mike McGavick in an earnest attempt to...earn negative press against the man. The legal action was nakedly partisan and itself never went anywhere, but it accomplished its mission of... [read more]

October 13, 2008
Guess Who Else Is Concerned About Homeless Sex Offenders? - UPDATED: So are Seattle cops
by Eric Earling, 02:44 PM, 36 Comments
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, in letter to an undisclosed recipient released by the Rossi campaign: Most distressing is the connection between the State Department of Corrections and homelessness in Seattle. For the fiscal year ending June 30 of this year,... [read more]

Budget Problems Predictable - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 02:25 PM, 15 Comments
Timothy Ellis, over at the otherwise apolitical "Seattle Bubble" real estate blog, lays out the case that Christine Gregoire relied on a predictably unreliable stream of real estate related taxes to fuel the excess state government spending that occurred on... [read more]

Mike Hope Breakfast Thursday
by pudge, 02:05 PM, 3 Comments
I've mentioned it before, but one of the most troubling trends for Republicans in this state is that we haven't gained net seats in the House in any election since 1994. Due to steady losses, and not having many more... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 09:33 AM, 43 Comments
(Even if you don't live in Washington state.)  High school calculus teacher Ted Nutting explains why so many of our students are failing to learn math. The problem is national in scope, but in Washington state our difficulties can be... [read more]

October 12, 2008
Contrast in the Governor's Race Ads: The Candidates
by Eric Earling, 08:09 PM, 22 Comments
Dino Rossi is on offense, speaking to top voter concerns, offering himself as a common sense problem solver: Christine Gregoire isn't doing that. She's on defense, against those RGA ads we've already discussed. Meanwhile, her other ad is playing small... [read more]

Contrast in the Governor's Race Ads: Independent Groups
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 3 Comments
A fair amount has been said already about the comparative effectiveness of BIAW/ChangePAC versus Evergreen Progress. It's on display right now. Neither side makes their ads emedable, but they are viewable at their respective websites: The two ads featured at... [read more]

Advertising on the Most Watched Show in Seattle
by Eric Earling, 02:43 PM, 9 Comments
Just saw this heading into halftime of the Seahawks game...the ad was just released today:... [read more]

Songs For Candidates
by Jim Miller, 02:35 PM, 10 Comments
The songs candidates choose for themselves are rarely the songs I would choose for them.  For some candidates, it's easy to find an appropriate song.   For years, even before he ran for the presidency, I knew that John Edward's... [read more]

Campaigns Got the Memo: They're Starting Early
by Eric Earling, 12:58 PM, 0 Comments
A little discussed fact that is making the race for Governor so competitive is that for the first time in state history, we are seeing candidates and independent supporters who are fully aware of the importance of reaching voters well... [read more]

Ah, Liberal Tolerance - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 09:49 AM, 46 Comments
Something about the warm embrace of free speech demonstrated below reminds me of the morons who came out of the woodwork on Capitol Hill during Seattle's WTO fiasco to oppose police officers with the gall to try and disperse unlawful... [read more]

Cold, Hard Truth
by Eric Earling, 09:32 AM, 28 Comments
Current trajectory: McCain isn't winning this race. Jay Cost explains: So long as the newspapers and the televisions are full of stories about [economic] contraction, which as you can see dominated every day this week here in Pittsburgh, John McCain's... [read more]

October 11, 2008
Because of Obama...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:34 PM, 16 Comments
I'm inspired to link to these columns: Thomas Sowell: "The Real Obama: Part IV" Kimberley Strassel: "Obama's Magic" Michael Barone: "The Coming Obama Thugocracy" Victor Davis Hanson: "Not Over Yet"... [read more]

Selective views of the politically deranged
by Eric Earling, 11:25 AM, 55 Comments
Why does the top of the frontpage of today's Seattle Times [pdf] headline a story of McCain pushing back against nutjobs at a campaign rally? Honestly, because the MSM is much more comfortable assuming that the Republican faithful are ignorant... [read more]

Surprise: Liberal Legal Activist Bending Rules to Embarass Rossi
by Eric Earling, 11:03 AM, 8 Comments
Shocking as that gambling in Casablanca. Nevertheless, the state Attorney General's office says liberal legal activist Knoll Lowney is indeed ahead of himself in filing a "citizen's complaint" against BIAW - in an attempt to ensnare Dino Rossi - on... [read more]

October 10, 2008
"W" is Pure Fiction
by pudge, 11:59 PM, 62 Comments
On Thursday, Stephen Colbert had a clip of Oliver Stone's new movie "W" about George W. Bush, showing Bush being asked his biggest mistake at a White House press conference in April 2004 (see the clip on that page at... [read more]

Sunday's news today: Times endorses Reichert - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 06:33 PM, 22 Comments
The Ed cetera blog breaks the news, you can read the full Sunday editorial here. One passage in particular should stand out to regular readers of Sound Politics: On the important issue of trade, the most significant differences arise. Burner... [read more]

Governor's Race in a Nutshell
by Eric Earling, 08:24 AM, 18 Comments
Via profiles in the Seattle Times: Dino Rossi - likable guy and upbeat, problem solver. Christine Gregoire - "not so much." Throw in some head in the sand campaigning and you've got all the ingredients for a close race in... [read more]

October 09, 2008
Suppression of Dissent in Christine Gregoire's AmeriKKKa
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:53 PM, 39 Comments
The Gregoire team's attempt to stifle the opposition has made Friday's Wall Street Journal: "Scoundrel Country - II --Further evidence campaign-finance 'reformers' muzzle free speech".If you're wondering why business groups tend to stay neutral in elections these days, take a... [read more]

Sort of Live Blogging the Governor's Debate
by Eric Earling, 07:01 PM, 18 Comments
That would be the one conducted in Spokane earlier today, on tape delay at 7 pm on PBS. This won't be a blow-by-blow account but some observations as event unfold...since it doesn't seem much new ground has been broken in... [read more]

Somebody is Worried about those RGA ads
by Eric Earling, 06:54 PM, 5 Comments
Yes, those would be the ads we talked about yesterday, also available here. Within hours of their release, Gregoire had this spot up in response, notable for two reasons: first, Gregoire's defensive rebuttal was obviously already produced, meaning the campaign... [read more]

Pretty Much
by Eric Earling, 06:33 PM, 15 Comments
The latest from Horsey...... [read more]

Netroots Disaster: P-I Backs Reichert
by Eric Earling, 06:31 PM, 29 Comments
Yes, that would be the one major newspaper that endorsed Darcy Burner in 2006. This year, the New York Times west says Reichert has earned another term: In the 8th Congressional District, Eastside and neighboring voters have a race that... [read more]

Learning From 1992, Part 1
by Jim Miller, 03:31 PM, 24 Comments
Here's what Bill Clinton promised in 1992: Back when Mr. Clinton was campaigning for president in 1992, he made a pretty direct pitch:  Raise taxes on people making more than $200,000, and use those revenues to fund tax relief for... [read more]

Sam Reed On ACORN
by Jim Miller, 12:42 PM, 103 Comments
This morning, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed was on the Kirby Wilbur show, discussing ACORN's registration campaigns.  Reed has come to the same conclusions that I have: By now, there have so many of these incidents, in so many... [read more]

October 08, 2008
The Latest Democratic Dodge on Taxes
by Eric Earling, 09:25 PM, 12 Comments
The TNT's Joe Turner catches Senate Democrats playing the Christine Gregoire game of dodge, duck, dip, dive...and dodge on the topic of tax increases. The gist: Democratic talking points for responding to queries about tax increases to solve the looming... [read more]

Reichert & Burner Debate
by Eric Earling, 08:06 PM, 57 Comments
Coverage from the Seattle Times and the P-I tells part of the tale. Two points to extract from their coverage: 1) Reichert has Burner dead-to-rights on the "pay-go" issue. According to the "pay-go" principles Congressional Democrats and Burner have committed... [read more]

Did You Try Google?
by Eric Earling, 07:40 PM, 8 Comments
I hate to appear to be picking on Joe Turner since he is a relatively prolific contributor to the best political blog from a local newspaper left standing in the wake of glaring attrition in the Olympia press corps. Yet,... [read more]

RGA Turns the page
by Eric Earling, 07:33 PM, 17 Comments
Mercy has shined upon us as the RGA has moved off of its Casino Chris ads into different territory. Their latest two spots: The first ad seems more effective than the latter. Either way, it's backed by a large buy... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:33 PM, 34 Comments
In today's P-I, contumelious liberal columnist Joel Connelly reminisces fondly about his meeting with unrepentant domestic terrorist and Obama patron Bill Ayers. Connelly conveniently ignores or downplays Ayers' acts of terrorism, lack of remorse, current radicalism, extent of his alliance... [read more]

EFF Sues WA Secretary of State
by pudge, 05:23 PM, 16 Comments
The Evergreen Freedom Foundation has filed lawsuit against Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed for allowing underage voter registrations. Incredibly, voters are allowed to register even if they are not going to be 18 before the next election, and in... [read more]

Pre-Debate Syndrome:
by Jim Miller, 02:29 PM, 11 Comments
Yesterday, I was feeling a little bit down and realized that I was not looking forward to last night's "debate".  That may seem strange for a political junkie, but in fact I have despised these "debates" for years. My objection... [read more]

Property Tax and Local Government Spending - Scandal?
by warrenpeterson, 01:05 PM, 10 Comments
If the current national financial debacle and the government's role in causing it anger you, take a look at local government. The Washington Policy Center has just released a brief on property taxes and government spending that is a real... [read more]

Gregoire's Latest Fib: Dino Rossi hates you, O minimum wage worker!
by Eric Earling, 07:35 AM, 43 Comments
Christine Gregoire's campaign wants you to believe Dino Rossi will personally slash the earnings of minimum wage employees: What the ad ignores is that the debate question he answered referred to a training wage for employees under 18. Why does... [read more]

Late Debate Wrap
by Eric Earling, 07:07 AM, 55 Comments
After thinking about it a bit, there's really not much worth saying about the Presidential debate last night. There is near universal opinion that the format and moderation turned the event itself into a complete bore. Unless you are one... [read more]

October 07, 2008
Reichert takes to the airwaves - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:12 PM, 16 Comments
On TV as of today: Note that the ad is generally positive, with only a soft contrast with Darcy Burner at the end. Furthermore, the US Chamber of Commerce ad that's on the airwaves now too - though not on... [read more]

Voter Registration News
by Eric Earling, 08:09 PM, 14 Comments
Shot: Washington state has the largest number of registered voters in history, even after the scrubbing of the voter rolls after 2004. Chaser: Surprise of all surprises, the good folks at ACORN are in trouble again for voter registration fraud.... [read more]

Debate Open Thread
by Eric Earling, 06:12 PM, 32 Comments
As usual, I'll offer comments after the debate is concluded. In the mean time, have at it in the comments. Possible fodder: compare Obama's rant on deregulation (which is now common in Democratic talking points) versus left-of-center columnist Sebastian Mallaby's... [read more]

Rossi and the Judges
by warrenpeterson, 04:28 PM, 9 Comments
In the Vice Presidential debate, the candidates were asked if they could think of a single issue where they changed a long held view. Joe Biden answered that when he "went on the Judiciary Committee as a young lawyer, I... [read more]

October 06, 2008
Because of Obama...
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 113 Comments
... I'm inspired to post about the creepy personality cult that he seems to inspire.... [read more]

Bulldog v. the Monkey
by Eric Earling, 08:17 PM, 18 Comments
Current state of affairs in the Governor's race: The incumbent and her allies are continuing their approach to the race of throwing a fresh batch of feces against the wall and hoping it sticks, since nothing else has so far.... [read more]

Boeing Sticking to its Guns
by Eric Earling, 07:24 PM, 55 Comments
Today's statements from Boeing's CEO makes me feel even less warm and fuzzy about Boeing's long-term presence in Washington state: McNerney warned that the International Association of Machinists' (IAM) "track record of repeated union work stoppages" is "earning us a... [read more]

Our Campaign Finance System Is Broken
by Eric Earling, 07:15 PM, 13 Comments
The state's regime of campaign finance law is supposedly designed to ensure an equitable playing field, limit and/or expose the "corrupting" influence of money, and generally provide information about the campaigns to the public. Well, read through the major campaign... [read more]

October 05, 2008
Mo' Money in the 8th CD
by Eric Earling, 10:00 PM, 13 Comments
Joel Connelly reports that the US Chamber of Commerce and the NFIB are about to weigh in on the race between Dave Reichert and Darcy Burner. In a stunning turn of events, they're not backing the candidate (Darcy Burner, D-Netroots)... [read more]

Fight for Us Senator McCain, Fight for Us!
by warrenpeterson, 05:01 PM, 132 Comments
OK, the bailout bill has passed. Now it's time to call out the culprits. Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Chuck Schumer, Barney Frank and a host of other Democrats lay the whole problem at the feet of... [read more]

Balterdash: Sunday Edition
by Eric Earling, 01:29 PM, 58 Comments
Kidding via the title aside, today's Joni Balter column is a fair representation of the center-left Establishment's befuddlement with the extremely close nature of our not-so-low-profile race for Governor. Within that construct, there is not much with which to argue..... [read more]

October 04, 2008
Governor's Race Fundraising Update
by Eric Earling, 06:06 PM, 31 Comments
Dino Rossi outraised Christine Gregoire by half a million bucks in August. PDC reports available as of this typing show deposits of cash contributions by the campaigns from September 1 through September 28th. The tally during that time period by... [read more]

Is Anyone Impressed by Evergreen Progress?
by Eric Earling, 05:45 PM, 8 Comments
Rumor has it I think the anti-Dino Rossi ads from Evergreen Progress are ineffective, and at times comically bad. Joel Connelly's take, in the midst of a chuckle-worthy analysis of Christine Gregoire's official press shop: Gregoire is the statewide Democratic... [read more]

Gregoire's BFF?
by Eric Earling, 05:20 PM, 15 Comments
This afternoon I took one for the team and listened to the podcast discussion previewing Joni Balter's Sunday column on the Governor's race. In the midst of the Q&A, Balter declares the BIAW to be Rossi's "BFF." Question for the... [read more]

October 03, 2008
Dave Reichert: that crazy, Bush Republican
by Eric Earling, 08:22 PM, 38 Comments
More pricks in the bubble of Democratic talking points that Dave Reichert is a right-wing zealot...or something like that. 1) Reichert is about to receive an award recognizing him as one of the three "Greenest Republicans" in Congress. From Connelly's... [read more]

Rasmussen: Gove Race Tied
by Eric Earling, 08:07 PM, 15 Comments
The latest from Rasmussen Reports has the race between Dino Rossi & Christine Gregoire locked up at 48% apiece (sound familiar?). Why is the race so close? Rasmussen says: The latest poll shows Gregoire still struggling among unaffiliated voters in... [read more]

Darcy Burner (D-Netroots)
by Eric Earling, 07:37 PM, 10 Comments
Apologies for the late post on the topic, though yesterday's profile of Darcy Burner as a child of the netroots largely speaks for itself: Burner is of the netroots as the article attests. One indicator: her campaign this year still... [read more]

Crunch Time
by pudge, 04:10 PM, 3 Comments
The Snohomish County GOP has a Central Committee meeting Saturday morning, and then most of those in attendance are going to head on out to ring doorbells for Mike Hope (meet at Archbishop High School in Everett at 10 a.m.).... [read more]

Seattle ... A Solar America City!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:20 PM, 48 Comments
KUOW reports on a government-funded non-profit which pays Seattle residents to install solar electric panels. (Hint: Seattle has one of the lowest levels of sunshine of any major U.S. city) The reporter spoke with Fiona Jackson, who spent $20,000 to... [read more]

Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow
by pudge, 12:17 PM, 21 Comments
If you have not yet registered to vote in Washington, register today! Many other states also have a deadline of Friday or Saturday. Also, if you're in Washington, sorry the Mariners are so terrible, but how about Tacoma native Jon... [read more]

Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 09:31 AM, 31 Comments
Dominic Lawson on guilty Democrats.  Here are the first two paragraphs: Of all the characteristics of a successful politician, none is more essential than bare-faced cheek.  Never has this been more evident than in the past fortnight, as senior Democrat... [read more]

October 02, 2008
Calling It Like I See It
by Eric Earling, 10:43 PM, 35 Comments
Regular reader and commenter "swatter" raised an interesting point in comment #1 at this post: Sorry, Eric, but I am going to have to take my frustrations on "conservative" and "Republican" bloggers fueling fires they don't need to fuel. Why... [read more]

VP Debate Wrap
by Eric Earling, 08:59 PM, 65 Comments
That debate was much more enjoyable to watch than the first Obama-McCain clash; the exchanges were spirited and robust. Big picture: Joe Biden didn't pull a Joe Biden. He was solid, on message, and exuded confidence in spades on foreign... [read more]

Palin-Biden VP Debate
by warrenpeterson, 07:43 PM, 44 Comments
You go girl!... [read more]

VP Debate Open Thread
by Eric Earling, 06:09 PM, 42 Comments
Same deal as the Presidential debate, I'm watching the debate and want to pay attention to the visual aspect of the debate as well as the content. I'll offer thoughts afterward. Fire away in the comments in the meantime.... [read more]

Distributed Campaign Finance Fraud
by Jim Miller, 11:03 AM, 22 Comments
In 2004, I argued that we had a growing problem of distributed vote fraud, vote fraud committed not by a party or candidate, but by individual voters, mostly operating independently.  I argued that a party could increase the amount of... [read more]

Sarah Palin and the Supreme Court
by pudge, 09:05 AM, 125 Comments
I talk a lot about the Supreme Court and its cases. While watching Palin late last night, I struggled for several seconds to come up with a Supreme Court case other than Roe I disagreed with. And if I were... [read more]

The Race for Governor on the National Stage
by Eric Earling, 08:26 AM, 12 Comments
From The Fix: 2. Washington (D): The minute former state Sen. Dino Rossi (R) decided he was running again, this race had "barnburner" written all over it. Rossi lost to Gov. Christine Gregoire by 129 votes four years ago in... [read more]

October 01, 2008
Rossi v. Gregoire in Yakima
by Eric Earling, 11:01 PM, 24 Comments
That was one spirited debate tonight. Takeaway: these are two candidates who are fired up about this race. They were exceptionally energetic tonight. Even more so than the previous two such gatherings. Message: Rossi is still most definitely the change... [read more]

The Start of the Financial Crisis
by warrenpeterson, 10:01 PM, 25 Comments
When the final report on the root causes of our current financial crisis is written, poor journalism and resulting government policy may be found as the seed and soil of the problem. Steven Malanga, an editor for RealClearMarkets and a... [read more]

Gov Debate Open Thread
by Eric Earling, 07:28 PM, 31 Comments
My evening is too hectic to live blog the Governor's race debate in Yakima that is being broadcast on PBS stations across the state. I'll be watching via DVR and offer thoughts later. For now, consider this an open thread... [read more]

Worth Study
by Jim Miller, 05:14 PM, 7 Comments
This Associated Press article on potential gains for the Democrats in the Oregon legislature.  The article's central argument is this:  If the Democrats gain a few seats in the Oregon House, they will have a big enough majority to raise... [read more]

Calendar, what calendar?
by Eric Earling, 07:39 AM, 32 Comments
I'm in haste, but a point on the latest faux controversy that has some on the left - well, let's be honest here - pounding pud. Now, the reader is saying, "Earling, that was gross." Fair. But, I dare you... [read more]

Connelly Joins the Free Sarah Express
by Eric Earling, 07:24 AM, 62 Comments
Joel Connelly's latest places him in the "let Sarah be Sarah" camp - at least in a way. Without a doubt there is once again a huge amount of pressure on Sarah Palin to perform on a big stage, this... [read more]

Gregoire on Taxes
by Eric Earling, 07:15 AM, 18 Comments
I'm usually not a fan of web-only videos in campaigns. Heck, if the message is that good why don't you put some money behind it and put it on TV? The below video from the Rossi campaign, however, rises above... [read more]

Memo: Reichert Passes Legisation
by Eric Earling, 07:08 AM, 6 Comments
Darcy's Burner's latest ad says Dave Reichert "hasn't passed one bill." Problem: the Reichert campaign put out a press release yesterday noting the House just recently approved a bill....that Reichert introduced. See the back and forth from the campaigns on... [read more]

God Bless Evergreen Progress
by Eric Earling, 06:48 AM, 4 Comments
Checking out the PDC website recently, I noticed the anti-Dino Rossi PAC, Evergreen Progress, was sitting on a couple million bucks, including recent contributions of $1 million from the Democratic Governor's Association and $200,000 from the WEA. Obviously, I was... [read more]

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