Index of entries from March 2009
March 31, 2009
Sharkansky 1, King County 0
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:40 PM, 22 Comments
My public records lawsuit against King County, over their serial failures to release documents about the 2004 election in a timely fashion, is scheduled for trial in Snohomish County Superior Court on April 15. King County, hoping to avoid trial,... [read more]

This is not the all-cuts budget
by Ron Hebron, 07:41 AM, 21 Comments
The Senate budget proposal released Monday will require a 2/3 super-majority vote to pass because it contains tax and fee increases. Thanks to Tim Eyman's team and Initiative 960 they can't increase taxes with a 50% majority. Senator Lisa Brown... [read more]

March 30, 2009
The Taxman Cometh
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:27 PM, 37 Comments
Seattle Times:Senate Democrats delivered on a promise to slash state spending, unveiling a proposed budget this morning that includes more than $1.3 billion in cuts to public schools and higher education.Something tells me that these well-publicized cuts to education are... [read more]

"Election Director Gone Wild"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:54 PM, 9 Comments
Rumor has it that Brad Nelson, Elections Director of Pima County, Arizona, is Sherril Huff's first choice for Superintendent of Elections here in King County.... [read more]

March 28, 2009
"Earth Hour" Reminder for Puget Sound
by pudge, 08:10 PM, 73 Comments
Very little of our electricity comes from fossil fuels here in Puget Sound. My provider is about 82 percent hydro, and about six percent coal. Earth Hour is significantly less meaningful here than in most places ... which is saying... [read more]

Spokane residents become smugglers for clean dishes
by Ron Hebron, 06:48 AM, 66 Comments
Citizens join the smugglers, just so they can get their dishes clean. Criminals! Watch your rear-view mirror for flashing lights. Now it only affects the Spokane area. In July, 2010, the entire state. The Washington Lake Protection Association is proud... [read more]

March 27, 2009
Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:02 PM, 29 Comments
Dear Mrs. Shark, Thank you for the best 10 years of my life. Love, Me... [read more]

Global Warming Update (L)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 PM, 71 Comments
Seattle weather -- Last March: 5 record lows, 0 record highs This March: 7 record lows, 0 record highs (so far) I'm just saying.... [read more]

March 26, 2009
Mind Boggling
by Jim Miller, 12:30 PM, 22 Comments
Pick your favorite metaphor for an unlikely event.   Perhaps you like pigs are flying, or possibly the more traditional hell is freezing over.  Whatever you pick will apply to this piece by David Horsey. I won't give away the... [read more]

California Looks to Ban Black Cars
by pudge, 08:28 AM, 51 Comments
And it is not even April Fool's Day yet. This is real. Dark colors make your car hotter meaning you use more AC meaning you use more fossil fuels meaning you are killing the planet. *facepalm* Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

March 25, 2009
Gregoire: Beyond Belief
by pudge, 08:54 PM, 27 Comments
Governor Gregoire said this week, in backing a new bond measure, that "it ... prepares us for the next version after this recession so we're ready to really kick-start the economy now. But we're also investing in the economic future... [read more]

March 23, 2009
Your Legislature at Work
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:40 PM, 52 Comments
Toby Nixon e-mails about HB 2316 (text), which is sponsored by several leading Democrats. The bill would make it illegal for any lobbyist to:threaten any legislator, or any government official, with the relocation of manufacturing jobs including, but not limited... [read more]

Brilliant Analysis Of The Reasons For Newspapers' Decline
by Jim Miller, 03:09 PM, 62 Comments
From the business columnist of a newspaper that just dropped its print edition, the Seattle PI.  Three samples: It has become fashionable to attribute this industry's woes entirely to external forces including: the Internet and its components draining away advertisers... [read more]

Great moments in local journalism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 AM, 18 Comments
Erica Barnett, "news" editor for The Stranger, made some news of her own last week, per the Seattle Weekly:Barnett took a deal [Mar. 17] to avoid trial and dodge a criminal record after allegedly boosting an $8.99 bottle of wine... [read more]

Great moments in national and local government
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:00 AM, 6 Comments
The Associated Press on Ron Sims and the Yousoufian public records scandal: "Sims oversaw huge public-records fines" The man President Barack Obama selected to be his top deputy at the Department of Housing and Urban Development is leaving his last... [read more]

Best Wishes, Eric!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:40 AM, 0 Comments
Congratulations and best wishes to Eric Earling on his new position as Senior Communications Manager for Media Relations at Premera Blue Cross. And many thanks to Eric for his passionate and well-informed commentary here for the past nearly 3 years.... [read more]

Some Demonstrations Are More Equal Than Others
by Jim Miller, 07:49 AM, 14 Comments
Last week I saw a story on an anti-AIG bonuses demonstration here in Seattle.  The brief video clip on Q13 was up long enough so that I could count the demonstrators.  (Who all looked as if they had come from... [read more]

March 22, 2009
Goodbye, For Now
by Eric Earling, 09:47 PM, 43 Comments
The good news: I'm starting a new job tomorrow at Premera Blue Cross as Senior Communications Manager for Media Relations. The bad news: I'm signing off of the blogosphere for the foreseeable future. That wasn't an easy decision, but it's... [read more]

Would You Keep Your AIG Bonus?
by pudge, 05:47 PM, 77 Comments
If I got a bonus from AIG, and I was not a super-rich executive or someone else who was to blame for this mess, and Obama or my CEO came to me and said "please give your bonus back," I'd... [read more]

Peter Principle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:45 PM, 17 Comments
Ted Van Dyk, Obama supporter:It is hard to imagine someone less qualified as Deputy Housing and Urban Development Secretary than Ron Sims. Sims' weak suit, as King County Executive, was his administrative competence. His troubles with the county jail, elections... [read more]

The Mysterious Frank Chopp
by Eric Earling, 12:54 PM, 5 Comments
Andrew Garber poses some fair questions he'd like to ask House Speaker Frank Chopp...if he ever spoke to the press with any regularity: - Will he oppose efforts to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct with a tunnel? - Does he... [read more]

Political Truths to Remember
by Eric Earling, 12:50 PM, 6 Comments
Our politics at the federal level are going to be dominated in coming months with talk of battles over budget and policies. Overlaying all will be the economy and steps the government may - or may not - be taking... [read more]

March 21, 2009
Democrats to Rule of Law: We Still Hate You
by pudge, 09:18 PM, 65 Comments
I don't know a lot about bills of attainder -- it's not something that comes up much -- so I don't have an opinion on whether the bill to tax some bonuses of bailout receipient employees at 90 percent constitutes... [read more]

Tea Party - 2009
by warrenpeterson, 06:16 PM, 7 Comments
Old Thomas Paine of Revolutionary War fame and author of "Common Sense" comes back to speak to us in this You Tube video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA clear fog blog... [read more]

There is a God: Savage to run for Mayor?
by Eric Earling, 01:25 PM, 17 Comments
Dan Savage appears serious about running for mayor [profanity warning], in a way. Note the understandably bitter experience Savage had trying to express his intent to run to the ever-customer-service-friendly City bureaucracy. I don't think this addresses my lament of... [read more]

Cap & Trade on the Ropes
by Eric Earling, 01:10 PM, 17 Comments
We've talked about cap & trade running into several roadblocks in Olympia, most recently here. The simple reality is that an unproven regulatory system with a potentially huge (& negative) economic impact would be a tough sell in any year,... [read more]

March 20, 2009
Laugh or Cry?
by Eric Earling, 11:06 AM, 100 Comments
Maybe both. I'm laughing at this. I think I may be crying at this, serving as the icing on the cake for the tutorial on "let's see how we can fumble a visit by the Prime Minister of our most... [read more]

Here's Hoping Ron Hebron Has A Speedy Recovery
by Jim Miller, 06:00 AM, 2 Comments
Unfortunately, he has had to have another hip operation.  But he sounds chipper, which is a good sign.... [read more]

March 19, 2009
Lurking Behind the Scenes
by Eric Earling, 02:47 PM, 18 Comments
The overall political mood of the populace remains a trend to keep an eye on as 2010 is never to far from the minds of many politicos. President Obama's personal ratings remain solid (if trending down) and ratings for Congress,... [read more]

Shame of the Year
by Eric Earling, 01:51 PM, 24 Comments
Confirmation of the City of Seattle's atrocious handling of December snow storms is a reminder that there is no greater travesty in local politics than the fact there is no major candidate to challenge Mayor Greg Nickels. If ever there... [read more]

Missing Ingredient in WA Education Reform
by Eric Earling, 01:37 PM, 16 Comments
An op-ed column in yesterday's Seattle Times made a highly worthwhile comparison between our Evergreen State and Massachusetts: Washington and Massachusetts are both home to approximately 6.4 million people and are both geographically divided in similar proportion between urban and... [read more]

Provocation of the Day
by Eric Earling, 10:22 AM, 17 Comments
Many conservatives learned a lesson in the wake of 1994 and at various points in Bush 43's first team that Republican victories should not be construed as an assurance of conservative policies. Not all Republicans are conservatives, while the circumstances... [read more]

March 18, 2009
The Dangerous Arne Duncan
by pudge, 06:44 PM, 53 Comments
The new U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan seems like a good guy who means well, but he's pretty scary. He's this month's NRA cover boy for Obama's anti-gun administration -- following such well-known gun rights foes as Hillary Clinton,... [read more]

Keeping Boeing
by Eric Earling, 05:40 PM, 15 Comments
It's a serious question. Organized labor's recent and repeated attempts to ram through a "worker privacy" bill are but another example of that interest group insisting on legislation when there is a lot more at stake than they publicly acknowledge.... [read more]

Darcy Burner Moving On - UPDATED & BUMPED
by Eric Earling, 03:58 PM, 43 Comments
Bumped, per update below. - E Original post: 10:11 am, 3/17 Former Dave Reichert Chief of Staff and current NRCC staffer Mike Shields has this in a Facebook status update: Darcy Burner got a job as ED of the cong.... [read more]

Drama in the WSLC email fumble - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 02:32 PM, 7 Comments
Public release of emails reveals a large number of House Democrats who were not thrilled about the prospect of having to vote for the "worker privacy" bill on floor, but might well have done so if confronted with the choice... [read more]

SeattlePI.com
by Eric Earling, 10:59 AM, 14 Comments
In a way, it "debuts" today. Early reviews are not good, here and here. I'm willing to give a little more slack as the staff makes the tricky jump from print-based institution to online-only denizen. And surely the last few... [read more]

Macro-Trend to Watch: Wheels Possibly Coming Off the Obama agenda - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:43 AM, 22 Comments
We're not quite talking Bill Clinton prior to the 1994 election, but there is an increasing alignment of events signaling that Obama is going to run into a brick wall working with Congress if he holds to the path of... [read more]

Least Obeyed Law in WA...Evah
by Eric Earling, 09:10 AM, 8 Comments
NCAA's bracket pools are bad. [howls of laughter from reading audience] You can gamble your life away at a tribal casino but the most widely practiced way of killing office productivity every March and a two-bit hand of online poker... [read more]

Did The Seattle PI Make Mistakes?
by Jim Miller, 08:10 AM, 33 Comments
On this post, I need your help.   Yesterday I watched the Q13 story and read the Seattle Times story on the newspaper's closing.  Neither mentioned any mistakes by the PI.  In particular, neither mentioned the way the newspaper has... [read more]

March 17, 2009
No Joy in Mudville: Labor Council Email Not Criminal - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 04:06 PM, 17 Comments
The offending email that torpedoed must-have legislation for the Washington State Labor Council? Nothing criminal to see here. Bummer, I was half-hoping Goldy would feel honor-bound to deliver on the scatological pledge made here, had it been the reverse. For... [read more]

My Vote Fraud Project
by Jim Miller, 12:29 PM, 20 Comments
From the very beginning of my site I have looked for stories on vote fraud.  I have done that because I believe that, after many decades of decline, vote fraud has been increasing in the last three decades, and because... [read more]

The most conservative candidate for King Co. Exec...
by Eric Earling, 10:22 AM, 6 Comments
...is Fred Jarrett; at least thus far. Party switch aside, and all the baggage that brings (which is quite a bit), Jarrett would be a better choice than Dow Constantine or Larry Phillips. Depending on the kind of campaign he... [read more]

March 16, 2009
Seattle P.I. - The Chickens Come Home
by warrenpeterson, 07:53 PM, 94 Comments
Yes, there were numerous factors leading to the death of the Seattle Post Intelligencer. TV with its 24/7 news channels, Al Gore's World Wide Web with free access to newspapers local and national, rising costs, competition from the "P.I in... [read more]

The Gift of Rhetorical Cover
by Eric Earling, 04:08 PM, 14 Comments
I've been beating the drum and I'll say it again: the rhetoric coming from the Obama Administration on the topic of education reform is a gift to those willing to use it: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says schools must make... [read more]

Three Keepers
by Jim Miller, 04:03 PM, 0 Comments
As you probably have heard already, the Seattle PI will publish its last print edition tomorrow, and will become a pure on-line newspaper. As such, it will need far fewer staff.  There are two current employees and a contributor, that,... [read more]

The Key to New Media
by Eric Earling, 03:53 PM, 0 Comments
Make it personal. Keep it authentic. Part of the appeal of Twitter is the brief window into the real life of major political figures. Blogs & YouTube are the same way. If it's stale and unoriginal, it won't draw viewers... [read more]

Know Any Good Northwest Blogs?
by Jim Miller, 12:48 PM, 0 Comments
I have started (finally!) on the long-promised site revision, and am beginning by revising my list of Northwest blogs, which you can see on the left side of my site.  If you know of other blogs that should be on... [read more]

Demise of Cap & Trade Follow-Up
by Eric Earling, 10:57 AM, 20 Comments
The Seattle Times reports on that which we discussed yesterday, the seeming death of cap & trade legislation in Olympia. Notable clips: Both the state House and Senate have balked at adopting the so-called "cap-and-trade" system that would have forced... [read more]

Official: Last print P-I is tomorrow - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 10:32 AM, 22 Comments
...and then its online only. Related note, David Horsey has stated his intention to stay on with the digital version. That could be beneficial if it works out. We here at Sound Politics may disagree with Horsey a lot, but... [read more]

March 15, 2009
Welcome to Post-Partisanship
by Eric Earling, 08:02 PM, 12 Comments
The news: The White House on Sunday began harnessing every part of the Democratic Party's machinery to defend President Obama's budget and portray Republicans as reflexively political, according to party strategists. [snip] And officials throughout the party plan to hammer... [read more]

Digging Deeper on Cap & Trade
by Eric Earling, 06:04 PM, 18 Comments
The Seattle Times editorial board seems to speak for much of our local, center-left Establishment in expressing befuddlement at the fate of cap & trade legislation thus far in the 2009 legislative session. They surmise: If the Legislature, with the... [read more]

The Netroots Should Not Wonder Why They're Viewed as Intolerant
by Eric Earling, 02:41 PM, 31 Comments
Reports of Kos speaking at this conference: Kos says being a "comment Nazi" and banning right-wingers from comments was instrumental to Daily Kos's success. Says it all, no? Needless to say, that's not how we do business at Sound Politics.... [read more]

The Challenge Facing Education Reformers
by Eric Earling, 01:05 PM, 7 Comments
A school district that made a name for itself pushing rigorous courses (AP classes in high school) for greater numbers of students is in the process of hiring a new superintendent, revealing this: The district's schools annually rocket to the... [read more]

Cathy McMorris Rodgers Leading Effort on Earmarks
by Eric Earling, 12:48 PM, 11 Comments
Eric Cantor discussed it on Meet the Press today. The relevant exchange begins at 1:37, the specific mention of her work at 3:20:... [read more]

Political Communication in the Era of New Media
by Eric Earling, 12:43 PM, 0 Comments
McClatchy discovers that Members of Congress are flocking to various social media tools as a means to communicate with constituents. True, and that movement will only grow. Meaning, the communications plans and tactics of elected officials will change both in... [read more]

ICYMI: Seattle Times Plays Name that Party
by Eric Earling, 12:28 PM, 15 Comments
It's an oft-found trick: Republicans accused of malfeasance find their party affiliation in the headline, story lede, and repeated ad nauseum. Democratic counterparts? Not so much. The latest, a local conservative blogger and prominent Twitterer catches the Seattle Times being... [read more]

March 14, 2009
Coming to a town near you
by Eric Earling, 06:33 PM, 9 Comments
With all the talk of fiscal difficulty at the federal and state levels, we're overdue for sustained discourse on inevitable difficulty facing local governments. Generally speaking, the smaller a government is, the less fat there is to trim without truly... [read more]

Boring Can Be Good
by Jim Miller, 03:54 PM, 27 Comments
Thursday afternoon, while driving back from Mt. Rainier, I saw a billboard advertising Valley Bank of Puyallup.  There was enough traffic so that it would have been imprudent to read the entire billboard, but I did read two of the... [read more]

Cause & Effect?
by Eric Earling, 01:25 PM, 6 Comments
The chair of the political Science Department at my alma mater likes to tell his students that he is training them to be "good, cynical political scientists." Accordingly, I think there is more probability of linkage between the recent US-China... [read more]

Provocation of the Day
by Eric Earling, 11:40 AM, 56 Comments
Is the Jon Stewart-led critique of Jim Cramer really all about rejecting his shtick? Anyone who has ever watched five minutes of Mad Money knew Cramer has long since been due for a major, public comeuppance. Or is it about... [read more]

March 12, 2009
Labor Council Email Fumble Round-up
by Eric Earling, 07:41 PM, 19 Comments
1) Part of the curious nature of this whole affair is how close this is to business as normal, implied political consequences being pretty common fare. It was the technicality of turning that into explicit, written (thus traceable) language that... [read more]

Provocation of the Day
by Eric Earling, 09:37 AM, 16 Comments
In recent years there have been grumblings in some Democratic circles that arms of the organized labor community were becoming too strident. Whether it was hardball tactics by the WEA, opposing reform uber alles, or SEIU trying to take out... [read more]

March 11, 2009
Washington State Not Qualified for some Stimulus Money?
by Eric Earling, 10:04 PM, 24 Comments
No joke. Lynne Varner's column today on the broader topic of education reform mentioned the potential problem: While Washington crawls toward change, some of the money to implement it will be lost if we don't get the lead out. A... [read more]

Media Training 101
by Eric Earling, 05:28 PM, 49 Comments
Aside from being a classic TV exchange, period, Ari Fleischer's appearance on Hardball below is a case study in how to maintain your cool, stay on message, and refuse to be thrown off-kilter by an incredulous, hostile questioner:... [read more]

Talk About Overt Political Pressure - UPDATED THRICE
by Eric Earling, 11:24 AM, 18 Comments
Scroll down for updates - E. A potentially troublesome bill on "worker privacy" has been shelved according to multiple reports. Most interesting is this bit from the Times coverage: Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Democratic leadership in the House and... [read more]

The Face of the GOP According to Democrats
by Eric Earling, 10:32 AM, 50 Comments
So, let me get this straight. Democrats, who were just recently trying to prop up a highly controversial (though obviously successful), overweight, balding, old guy in Rush Limbaugh as the supposed leader of the Republican party, are now trying to... [read more]

Obama's Gift on Education
by Eric Earling, 10:09 AM, 13 Comments
That would be his gift to the Evergreen State GOP if properly handled. Obama's education speech yesterday was very One-like: exceptionally centrist in language, which I repeat, were remarks thematically similar to that which could have been given by George... [read more]

March 10, 2009
Pragmatism Bites: Cap & Trade Bill But a Shell of Itself
by Eric Earling, 10:18 PM, 7 Comments
Earlier today it dawned on me we haven't heard much of the cap & trade legislation pending in Olympia, so I did a little digging. It would seem the House version of the bill continues to be altered, with a... [read more]

You Don't Say: "Stimulus" Isn't Very Stimulative - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 01:02 PM, 25 Comments
Round 2 coming? The report by a group of economists including Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody's Economy.com, says the recently enacted $787 billion stimulus package will fall far short of the Obama administration's goal of saving or creating 3.5-million... [read more]

Footnote on Reichert's Moderation
by Eric Earling, 09:15 AM, 8 Comments
A final thought on the discussion of Dave Reichert below on the main page: why do the netroots and some other arms of the left keep earnestly insisting that Dave Reichert is some sort of partisan-minded fool? Jim Miller pointed... [read more]

The False Glimmer of Easy Tax Increases
by Eric Earling, 08:47 AM, 28 Comments
Governor Gregoire says "sin" taxes aren't the answer to our state's budget woes. Why? Buried in an AP story over the weekend, extolling public support for such measures, was this: However, those targeted sources don't provide much money when compared... [read more]

March 09, 2009
Dave Reichert: Moderate or Not?
by Eric Earling, 06:28 PM, 35 Comments
Point: Goldy earnestly declares: Thanks in part to the complicity and/or laziness of our local media, Reichert has done a good job in recent years portraying himself as a "moderate" (whatever that means) while continuing to vote the Republican party... [read more]

Scientists Declare that Up is Down; Journalists Believe It
by pudge, 02:07 PM, 48 Comments
CNN sports the headline today, "Obama moves to separate politics, science." How did he supposedly do this? By removing Bush's limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. On what planet is increased funding for scientific research an increased... [read more]

Breaking: Elected Officials Use Facebook
by Eric Earling, 09:31 AM, 10 Comments
Yes, not exactly a newsflash, yet it finally makes the pages of the Seattle Times. No doubt we'll get an article focusing some new fangled thing called Twitter in a few months. Priceless moment in the article: In several weeks... [read more]

An Issue Journalists Keep Getting Wrong
by Eric Earling, 09:04 AM, 31 Comments
The headline from the P-I: Federal stem cell funding renewed From the text of the article: Bush limited taxpayer money for stem cell research to a small number of stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001. The... [read more]

March 08, 2009
Decisive Leadership in Seattle
by Eric Earling, 10:10 PM, 1 Comments
Yes, an almost unheard of combination in that title. Nonetheless, today's Seattle Times profile of Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson is well worth the read. The job of urban school superintendent is one of the most demanding in the country... [read more]

"David Frum Does Not Speak for Me Any More Than Rush Limbaugh Does" - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 09:45 PM, 20 Comments
I second Patterico's thoughts on Rush Limbaugh, David Frum, et. al. (yes, that makes it a double dose of Patterico today). Rush Limbaugh is an important voice in the conservative movement, but probably not a leader of it, nor certainly... [read more]

Did Democrats Want Bush "to Succeed"?
by Eric Earling, 08:26 PM, 26 Comments
Patterico offers a necessary course correction for doe-eyed faithful of the One who remain absolutely flabbergasted that anyone could not hope for the successful implementation of hope-n-change (aka standard fare left-of-center dogma). He points out that in the midst of... [read more]

March 07, 2009
Do You Ever Conceal Your Political Views?
by Jim Miller, 01:46 PM, 109 Comments
Some months ago, I ran across an interesting blog, Bookworm, written by a conservative who lives in Marin County — which is not a place that welcomes conservatives.  The author of the blog has chosen to be anonymous and, as... [read more]

March 06, 2009
Where's that federal "stimulus" money going?
by Eric Earling, 12:03 PM, 48 Comments
Well, Mike Ennis makes a compelling case at the Washington Policy Center that it sure isn't going to boost employment (I thought that was the whole point of the stimulus?): Over half the money ($180) million is going toward 5... [read more]

Provocation of the Day
by Eric Earling, 11:26 AM, 46 Comments
Does anyone doubt for a second that if George W. Bush had publicly fumbled aspects of his first Presidential meeting with our nation's preeminent ally that the tut-tutting from the press would be absolutely deafening? When it reaches the point... [read more]

Why 2010 could be so interesting
by Eric Earling, 11:07 AM, 16 Comments
A statistic that in a nutshell that explains why next year's "off-year" elections might be so worth watching: Fun Fact: 46 House Dems are currently sitting in Cong. Districts that McCain won in '08. Not districts W won in '04... [read more]

It's Official: Online only P-I in the works
by Eric Earling, 10:45 AM, 8 Comments
Per the AP: SEATTLE (AP) -- Hearst Corp., owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has made offers to some staffers to participate in an online-only version of the newspaper, the P-I reported Thursday. An unspecified number of the P-I's 181 employees... [read more]

March 05, 2009
Important: Joel Connelly Thinks Tim Eyman Controls GOP
by Eric Earling, 09:11 PM, 36 Comments
Connelly's latest: Just as Rush Limbaugh has seized the soul of the national Republican Party, professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman seems to set the Republican agenda in this state. [snip] In this Washington, Eyman holds sway. He has set the... [read more]

RNC Bummer
by Eric Earling, 06:35 PM, 6 Comments
Cyrus Krohn, an RNC staffer widely loved by the younger set of tech savvy GOP operatives emerging in the wake of '08, has moved on from the RNC. His note of farewell speaks to much of his accomplishments, which were... [read more]

The Obama "Administration"
by Eric Earling, 06:07 PM, 23 Comments
Per this post, the drumbeat goes on... A major piece of the puzzle to join Tim Geithner at Treasury (that's going well, isn't it?), is withdrawing from consideration. Meanwhile the drip, drip of stories about the general level of vacancy... [read more]

Provocation of the Day
by Eric Earling, 09:26 AM, 22 Comments
Josh Feit covers the interesting story of a moderate Democrat pushing to amend I-937, on the topic of renewable energy: State Sen. Chris Marr (D-6, Spokane), the Democratic majority whip in Olympia, is sponsoring a bill that will gut the... [read more]

Truth in Advertising
by Eric Earling, 09:02 AM, 56 Comments
Defenders of Obama will no doubt recoil at Karl Rove pointing out the increasingly profound differences between the way Obama coyly campaigned versus many of the actual steps he is taking as President. Fine, if you think Karl Rove is... [read more]

WEA = status quo - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:54 AM, 6 Comments
The below takeoff on Dr. Suess was sent out by a WEA VP Mike Ragan to some folks within the union. Short version of the message: as long as there are budget cuts on the table, we're not interested in... [read more]

Expanding Conservative Blogosphere
by Eric Earling, 08:46 AM, 1 Comments
...and speaking of the state Supreme Court (see below on the main page), the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has started a blog dedicated to covering our state Supreme Court.... [read more]

Hope-n-change for rural land owners
by Eric Earling, 08:43 AM, 14 Comments
That would be hope-n-change in a good way: Rural property owners who fought a King County law severely restricting how much land they can clear have won a huge victory. The state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review an... [read more]

Least Surprising News of the Day
by Eric Earling, 08:30 AM, 21 Comments
A major stake in the Seattle Times valued at... ...zero: The McClatchy Co., which owns 49.5 percent of The Seattle Times Co., has again cut the value of its share of the Seattle newspaper company -- this time to nothing.... [read more]

March 04, 2009
You can't tell me...
by Eric Earling, 11:52 AM, 8 Comments
...that someone wasn't thinking of a classic movie exchange between Bob Barker and Adam Sandler when they created this:... [read more]

Mystery Tax Hikes
by Eric Earling, 09:19 AM, 24 Comments
Austin Jenkins goes hunting for information on tax increases in the works in Olympia, and gets stonewalled: Translation: The Legislature maintains it can invoke "legislative privilege" when it doesn't want to make public certain documents. This includes emails. It also... [read more]

Footnote to our Limbaugh discussions - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 08:51 AM, 134 Comments
Shot: Rush Job: Inside Dems' Limbaugh plan Chaser: Just 11% of Republicans Say Limbaugh Is Their Party's Leader It would seem the White House is grasping at straws, trying to distract from the fact the Obama budget and related agenda... [read more]

March 03, 2009
Mail Ballot Horror Show (XLIII)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:19 PM, 4 Comments
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen tweets:Never got my vote-by-mail ballot for L.A. election, so I will be casting a provisional ballot.Bowen's first instinct is not to doubt election officials, but to doubt the mails: I wouldn't blame the city... [read more]

Tipping Point? - UPDATED
by Eric Earling, 04:03 PM, 38 Comments
Over the weekend I raised the prospect of increased MSM traction for questions being raised about the economic effect of Obama's proposed policies to date. Prior to today, it was largely grumbling from right-leaning sources and on CNBC. Today, Jim... [read more]

Republican Alternatives on the Budget
by Eric Earling, 10:02 AM, 9 Comments
It sure looks as if the state Senate Republicans have done more to put out a realistic plan for balancing the state budget [pdf] than anyone in the majority party is willing to discuss publicly. Summary point in the GOP... [read more]

Democrats Still Hate the Rule of Law
by pudge, 09:51 AM, 46 Comments
The push to give the District of Columbia a vote in Congress is one more example in a long line, of antipathy for the rule of law. The Constitution is clear that all members of the House of Representatives come... [read more]

The Myth of Rush v. GOP
by Eric Earling, 09:24 AM, 59 Comments
Talk about an overblown story. The media feeding frenzy over the now settled contretemps between Rush Limbaugh & Michael Steele is ridiculous. I just watched a supposedly neutral journalist on one of the cable nets gleefully declare this to be... [read more]

March 02, 2009
Can We Be Done with Stem Cell Ads Already?
by Eric Earling, 08:02 PM, 39 Comments
A notable scientific breakthrough: Scientists have developed what appears to be a safer way to create a promising alternative to embryonic stem cells, boosting hopes that such cells could sidestep the moral and political quagmire that has hindered the development... [read more]

Sounds Familiar
by Eric Earling, 05:18 PM, 29 Comments
Some points from Rich Lowry that will sound familiar to regular readers here at SP: 1) Every day the markets continue to slide, it makes it harder on Obama to blame the mess on President Bush and forswear any responsibility... [read more]

Olympia's Budget Train Wreck
by Eric Earling, 04:16 PM, 14 Comments
Do take a couple minutes to read this interesting, in-depth post from Richard Davis on the topic of the almost non-existent news from the state Legislature as they deal with a massive budget shortfall: Among the sadly dwindling team of... [read more]

Cantwell And Murray Ignore The Plain Words Of The Constitution
by Jim Miller, 01:20 PM, 35 Comments
Here's the body of an email I sent to Senator Cantwell and Senator Murray: In January, you took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Last Thursday, you voted for S. 160, which provides a House seat to the District of... [read more]

March 01, 2009
Locals Vying for EPA Job
by Eric Earling, 08:41 PM, 7 Comments
Jerry Cornfield reports on local Democrats vying for the post of Regional EPA Director. Notable names include Snohomish County Councilman Dave Somers, state Senator Phil Rockefeller, and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg. A couple observations from a former political appointee... [read more]

Whither Rush
by Eric Earling, 07:07 PM, 86 Comments
For good or for ill, there is lots of talk regarding Rush Limbaugh and the Republican Party these days. Therein lies a challenge. Limbaugh represents a notable voice in the conservative movement, particularly from a populist perspective. That's all well... [read more]

Democratic Positioning for the Future
by Eric Earling, 03:25 PM, 7 Comments
Here's a gut reaction on where the political dynamics - much like circling sharks - are headed with an eye on the Governor's mansion in 2012: 1) Lisa Brown: by intent or not, steadily becoming the potential candidate of younger... [read more]

"Not one dime"
by Eric Earling, 01:02 PM, 23 Comments
President Obama said in his not quite State of the Union address that Americans earning less than $250,000 would pay "not one dime" in new taxes. Here's his OMB Director admitting Obama's proposed cap & trade problem is a tax... [read more]

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