Index of entries from September 2009
September 30, 2009
Tort Reform is okay...for government health care providers.
by MarkGriswold, 02:22 PM, 30 Comments
This story has so many crazy angles to it I don't know where to begin. But I think the money line is, "The Obama administration argues that making government medical officials personally liable for damages would make it harder to... [read more]

Hutchison Speaks to Skyline Rotarians
by MarkGriswold, 01:59 PM, 5 Comments
Susan Hutchison's speech to the Rotary Club of Seattle Skyline Rotary yesterday was both excellent and in depth. She pointed out the shortcomings of current King County government and its seeming unwillingness to make hard choices or address the problems... [read more]

It's Called Illegal Immigration for a Reason
by MarkGriswold, 09:42 AM, 46 Comments
A story in today's Times details the ongoing saga of illegal immigrant Jorge Chehade and a new bill being put forth by Congressman Jim McDermott to help him stay in the US. Let me start off by saying that I... [read more]

When they do it, it's okay
by MarkGriswold, 09:30 AM, 67 Comments
When a Republican congressman truthfully, albeit maybe in the wrong venue, points out that the president is a liar, it's front page news for a week and he can't apologize enough. When a Democratic congressman untruthfully slanders, the Republican party... [read more]

Is this really front page news?
by MarkGriswold, 09:13 AM, 13 Comments
The Seattle Times has an article today on the four executive level candidates in our area and their voting record over the past eight years. They point out that Mallahan has missed 13 elections, McGinn, 4, and Hutchison, 8. Constantine... [read more]

Westneat Calls Out the Reactionaries
by MarkGriswold, 08:52 AM, 2 Comments
Times' Columnist Danny Westneat has a great column about our societal reaction to things like government budget crises, escaped mental patients and flooding. He points out that many of us are getting way out of hand with the language we... [read more]

Washington's Governor Gets Ready To Break Her No Tax Increase Promise — Again
by Jim Miller, 07:34 AM, 30 Comments
In 2004, Christine Gregoire ran for office promising not to increase taxes.  Her official margin, just a little over one hundred votes, was so small that it is almost certain that she would have lost without that pledge. When she... [read more]

September 29, 2009
A highly regulated insurance system - already starting
by Carter Mackley, 12:37 PM, 5 Comments
The Senate Finance committee voted again today to reject the public health option. In a prior post I predicted that the Senate Finance health care proposal, even without the public option, would of necessity devolve into a system where insurers... [read more]

Paul Krugman: "I'm not engaging in hyperbole" but "we're hurtling toward disaster"
by MarkGriswold, 08:34 AM, 193 Comments
Paul Krugman had an amusing piece in yesterday's NYT. The "money" line of what I can only assume was mistakenly put in the editorial section instead of the humor section was "And here's the thing: I'm not engaging in hyperbole."... [read more]

If I go to Nickels' house will he give me money too?
by MarkGriswold, 08:06 AM, 9 Comments
Not that I'm a big fan of Mayor Greg Nickels, but homeless advocacy group SHARE is a little out of line. This year, the mayor's office gave SHARE half of it's budget, $310,000, but apparently that's not enough. Last night... [read more]

Spokane Falls CC Decides that 1st Amendment's actually a good thing
by MarkGriswold, 07:44 AM, 7 Comments
Update on a story covered on this blog this past spring. Spokane Falls Community College has decided to change its policies on student groups distributing fliers and having speakers after it settled with student pro-life activist Beth Sheeran, who'd been... [read more]

And we want these people to run health care?
by MarkGriswold, 07:16 AM, 4 Comments
It appears the state has made a believer out of Jim Powell. I'm going to take a wild guess and say he's going to vote for Susan Hutchison this November. Excellent column, Nicole Brodeur.... [read more]

September 28, 2009
Northwest Terror
by pudge, 09:18 PM, 29 Comments
Well, granted, I am not shaking in my Keen sandals over this, but it seems the elves over at the ELF have been stepping things up. First there was the KRKO radio tower, resulting in millions of dollars of damage.... [read more]

Health Care Town Hall Tomorrow Night
by MarkGriswold, 01:38 PM, 8 Comments
State House Republicans, led by Rep. Doug Ericksen, will be holding a health care solutions town hall tomorrow evening starting at 6pm at Bellevue High School. No RSVP is required. To those on the left that drone on about Republicans... [read more]

A poorly concealed tax on consumers
by Carter Mackley, 10:07 AM, 18 Comments
The Senate Finance health care bill (available here in its plain English summary form), would tax the gross revenue (not net profits) of clinical laboratories and manufacturers of drugs and medical devices. Why would a bill that purports to help... [read more]

King Co. Exec Candidate Hutchison at Skyline Rotary Tomorrow
by MarkGriswold, 07:43 AM, 5 Comments
Come enjoy a great view and a great meal while hearing from King Co. Executive Candidate Susan Hutchison tomorrow at the Rotary Club of Seattle Skyline at the Columbia Tower Club. Meeting begins promptly at noon and lunch costs $20.... [read more]

September 27, 2009
Shorecrest Teacher Brings Politics Into The Classroom
by Jim Miller, 09:17 AM, 37 Comments
By trying to recruit student volunteers. Shoreline City Council candidate Patty Hale side-stepped the law in one of the roles touted on her campaign mailer: substitute teacher. Hale, the leading vote-getter in the August primary for Council Position 3, will... [read more]

Glenn Beck speaks of opportunity in Seattle
by Ron Hebron, 07:34 AM, 48 Comments
Glenn Beck spoke to a crowd of 7,000 Saturday at Seattle's Safeco baseball field, sponsored by Evergreen Freedom Foundation. His message was responsibility and opportunity. I didn't write down quotes, but he continually spoke of being responsible for your... [read more]

AIDS walk just has to get political
by MarkGriswold, 07:27 AM, 15 Comments
I was at the 2009 AIDS Walk yesterday. It was a beautiful, warm and sunshiny day, perfect for runners and walkers to do their part in raising, thus far, close to $400,000. The event kicked off with some nice speeches... [read more]

September 25, 2009
Greek Festival at St. Demitrios this weekend
by MarkGriswold, 09:23 PM, 0 Comments
Every year it seems this great festival sneaks up on me. Two years ago I plain missed it. If you love good and simple Greek "taverna" food like souvlaki and enjoy greek music and dancing you definitely won't want to... [read more]

Rosencrantz Stands Up to NARAL
by MarkGriswold, 02:06 PM, 3 Comments
Seattle City Council candidate Robert Rosencrantz has the audacity to think that, according to NARAL, doctors, nurses and pharmacists should have the right to choose not to perform procedures they aren't comfortable with. In other words, he seems to think... [read more]

Those Zany ELFs are at it again (or would it be ELVES?)
by MarkGriswold, 01:53 PM, 54 Comments
According to the Seattle Times, the Earth Liberation Front appears to have struck again. This time in Maltby. The message, visible from SR-522 says "If you continue to risk killing children, mother earth and her creations, all your holdings are... [read more]

WSJ: "Doubling Down on a Flawed Insurance Model"
by Carter Mackley, 10:00 AM, 9 Comments
"Comprehensive, low-deductible, low-copayment insurance has brought us to where we are today. The administration's plan to expand and lock-in this flawed paradigm will ultimately defeat the goal of making health services more affordable for everyone." That's by three esteemed professors... [read more]

Make it plain
by Carter Mackley, 08:29 AM, 29 Comments
As a contract lawyer who spends a significant amount of time coaxing colleagues to use plain English, I found humor in this week's struggle in the Senate Finance Committee over the sufficiency of reading plain English summaries versus a complete... [read more]

September 24, 2009
Reichert Launching Investigation into AARP's support of HR3200
by MarkGriswold, 11:31 AM, 57 Comments
Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA-8), has launched an investigation into why AARP has so much love for the Health Care bill HR3200. "I just can't understand how the leading voice for America's seniors would support a bill that cuts $156 billion... [read more]

It's not about the environment. It's about the power.
by MarkGriswold, 09:44 AM, 9 Comments
A good article in the Times today about a Bellevue man who's been waiting a year to move into his new home on Coal Creek. The city refuses to issue him an occupancy permit until he, among other things, reduce... [read more]

September 23, 2009
WA Coalition for Open Government honors State Auditor Brian Sonntag
by MarkGriswold, 08:13 PM, 2 Comments
The Washington Coalition for Open Government honored State Auditor, champion of efficient government, thorn in the state legislature's side and all around good guy, with the 2009 James Andersen Award. Also receiving honors were TVW co-founders Stan Marshburn and Denny... [read more]

Senator Cantwell and the Senate Democrats won't let you see the bill - updated
by Ron Hebron, 07:02 PM, 40 Comments
The Democrats on the Senate committee today blocked an amendment that would require the full language of the final health-care takeover bill be available for reading for 72 hours before the vote. "Let's be honest about it, most people don't... [read more]

Possible campaign finance violation not yet investigated by PDC
by MarkGriswold, 12:11 PM, 14 Comments
I have been receiving several emails from folks around the county asking if I know anything about the possible campaign finance violations hinted at in a recent article in the Seattle Times. I wish I did but as of yet... [read more]

Mayoral Candidate Joe Mallahan Loves His Leftist Credentials
by MarkGriswold, 11:05 AM, 2 Comments
That's what I got from his speech yesterday to the Rotary Club of Seattle Skyline. I didn't keep precise count but he must have uttered the ubiquitous liberal buzz words "social justice" at least half a dozen times and he... [read more]

The Seattle Weekly Slams Rosenberger
by MarkGriswold, 10:56 AM, 3 Comments
Good for them. Lloyd Hara is considered the front runner in the race for good reason.... [read more]

Candidate for Port Commission Stumps at ACORN
by MarkGriswold, 10:44 AM, 18 Comments
This video of Rob Holland was taken before the whole undercover reporting on ACORN brouhaha took place but given that ACORN was far from clean even before that incident it does speak volumes that Holland spoke to them, especially when... [read more]

How Do I Violate Thee?
by pudge, 04:37 AM, 105 Comments
Federal government mandates for health insurance violate the Constitution in several ways. The most obvious is the Tenth Amendment: Congress has no authority, implied or expressed, to force everyone to get health insurance. Therefore it cannot do it. And no,... [read more]

September 22, 2009
Rev Perryman says enough! No racism at tea parties
by Ron Hebron, 07:15 PM, 9 Comments
Reverend Wayne Perryman has heard enough of the charges that those who disagree with President 0 are racist. He was a keynote speaker at a Tea Party rally in Vancouver, WA. Was that Tea Party organized by racists? No! he... [read more]

Some Day The Streetcar Riders Will Come
by Jim Miller, 05:32 PM, 6 Comments
If this snippet in the Seattle Times is correct, that's the offical position of the Seattle City Council. The [South Lake Union streetcar] service, which started in December 2007, averages 1,500 riders per weekday, one-quarter of what a crosstown bus... [read more]

Mandate On All Americans
by pudge, 12:05 PM, 36 Comments
Has there ever, in our history, been a mandate on all Americans? "If you are an American/live in this country, you must do this." I am against all mandates on people. It's one thing to say, "if you want to... [read more]

Let's Just Throw More Money At It! Part I
by MarkGriswold, 09:24 AM, 19 Comments
The first installment of what I expect to be a long running series, although I wish it wouldn't be. Washington State's Workers Comp program is spinning out of control and coffers are running dry. So what are some of our... [read more]

Joe Mallahan and a Great View
by MarkGriswold, 08:24 AM, 2 Comments
Still haven't decided who you're going to vote for for Seattle mayor? If you're free for lunch today come join us at the Rotary Club of Seattle Skyline, have a great meal, enjoy a beautiful view from atop the Columbia... [read more]

Tragedy of the Commons - Is there a senator who understands it?
by Carter Mackley, 07:58 AM, 7 Comments
Monday night the handwringing discussion among Finance Committee Democrats was how to we make insurance affordable. Unless someone can convince them on short order that they are asking the wrong question, we are doomed to many more years of ever-increasing... [read more]

September 21, 2009
"ACORN Who?"
by pudge, 03:01 PM, 68 Comments
I have to wonder if someone is being honest when they say that they aren't paying attention to a major scandal centered around an organization they worked for, and with, their entire career -- especially when Congress is cutting off... [read more]

I'm all for Public Disclosure, but this is ridiculous
by MarkGriswold, 11:23 AM, 7 Comments
While perusing the PDC's website this morning I came across a major security breach. For obvious reasons I'm not going to post the information I have and like a good citizen I've reported it to the PDC. In short though,... [read more]

Probable consequences of government-defined benefit
by Carter Mackley, 06:51 AM, 26 Comments
The Baucus bill would, among other things, attempt to create a uniform market in health insurance for individual and small group insurers (not large group insurers though). According to the Heritage Foundation's summary, it would: - establish a federal comprehensive... [read more]

September 19, 2009
Huskies Tied for PAC 10 Lead
by warrenpeterson, 05:59 PM, 18 Comments
Number 3 USC 13, upstart UW 16. One of the all time great Husky football games was played today. In my 35 years of attending Husky games, from the James Gang through lawyer coach Rick the Sleaze to record... [read more]

The Huskies Just Beat Some Team From California
by Jim Miller, 03:11 PM, 0 Comments
So if you would like to make or revise a prediction on their season, go ahead.  The post is still open.... [read more]

September 18, 2009
Glenn Beck Coming September 26
by pudge, 10:52 PM, 32 Comments
Don't forget that Glenn Beck is coming to Safeco Field next week. The EFF is hosting the event. He's been all the rage lately, having helped take down Van Jones and so on. Tickets are still available. Beck is also... [read more]

Vietnam Vet Protests for Peace and Cleans the Streets of Crack Addicts
by MarkGriswold, 02:15 PM, 8 Comments
While researching background for yesterday's story on Councilmember Burgess's anti-aggressive panhandling legislation I learned of one rather interesting victim of aggressive panhandling. Michael Gayler served this country during the Vietnam War as a part of the elite Rangers and the... [read more]

Two Big Book Sales
by Jim Miller, 12:50 PM, 2 Comments
This weekend in Greenwood.  The maximum price — $1 — isn't bad.  I have never been to one of these, so I can't tell you anything about the selection. And next weekend in Sand Point.... [read more]

Insurance purchase mandate constitutional?
by Carter Mackley, 10:58 AM, 25 Comments
My own conclusion is that legislation that compounds and perpetuates the current employer-based insurance system is the wrong way to go. So I am not in favor of a government-imposed requirement to purchase health insurance. In today's WSJ Opinion Journal,... [read more]

Who's Running the Asylum
by MarkGriswold, 08:37 AM, 23 Comments
Washington state has made national news once again and those in the Spokane to Sunnyside areas should be on alert criminally insane murderer and fair goer, Phillip Arnold Paul. Yes, you read that right. Paul and 30 others inmates from... [read more]

September 17, 2009
Two Surprising Votes
by Jim Miller, 03:59 PM, 44 Comments
First, Congressman McDermott voted against the resolution reprimanding Congressman Joe Wilson. Second, Congressman Larsen voted against cutting funds to ACORN. If you have an explanation for either vote, share it with us.... [read more]

Tim Burgess Gets Tough on Crime
by MarkGriswold, 02:17 PM, 3 Comments
Yesterday Seattle City Councilmember and ex-cop Tim Burgess appeared on KUOW's Conversation with Ross Reynolds to float some new ideas for cracking down on what many, including several of his fellow councilmembers, view as a rise in aggressive panhandling. The... [read more]

Urban Imperialism And The Washington State Legislature
by Jim Miller, 02:06 PM, 18 Comments
In July, I met Washington state representative Shelly Short at the Washington Policy Center's annual conference on the environment.  Short has an unenviable position, for a Republican.  She's the ranking minority member on the House Ecology and Parks Committee.  (It... [read more]

About Carter Mackley
by Carter Mackley, 10:48 AM, 13 Comments
I am a business transactions lawyer, not a health care expert, although I do have two years of post-graduate training in health economics as a National Institutes of Health Fellow at U.C. Berkeley. I also have deep personal experience in... [read more]

Consumer-Driven Health Care
by Carter Mackley, 08:05 AM, 23 Comments
This article by David Goldhill in the September Atlantic Monthly hits the health care problem squarely on the head in my view. My favorite line: "The most important single step we can take toward truly reforming our system is to... [read more]

Was the Kent strike worth it?
by Ron Hebron, 06:18 AM, 23 Comments
Was it worth the cost? The Kent teachers caused a huge disruption for the families of the 26,000 students. And there is more to come. The two weeks of lost school now have to be made up by some combination... [read more]

September 16, 2009
Obama, Racism and Hope
by warrenpeterson, 08:43 PM, 43 Comments
Rush Limbaugh, love him or hate him, predicted that electing Barrack Obama President would not improve but actually intensify racial politics in America. Sadly, white liberals like former President Jimmy Carter and girl columnist Maureen Dowd have proved him right... [read more]

ACORN of Everett Holds "Prosperity Forum" Tomorrow [UPDATED]
by pudge, 10:10 AM, 56 Comments
[UPDATED: the event's been canceled, according to The Herald.] On September 17, at 7 p.m., at the Everett Labor Temple at 2810 Lombard in Everett, ACORN is holding a "Prosperity Forum." Scheduled to speak are state legislators John McCoy, Mary... [read more]

September 15, 2009
Kudos To Justin Mayo And The Seattle Times
by Jim Miller, 01:42 PM, 10 Comments
For three useful maps of election results:   Bag tax.  Seattle mayor's race.  King County executive's race. (You'll want to download the PDF versions of each map, if you are even a little bit of an election geek) Incidentally, I... [read more]

September 14, 2009
Seattle Mayoral Debate
by warrenpeterson, 03:46 PM, 11 Comments
On September 10th, the Seattle Chamber of Commerce hosted a debate between the two candidates for Mayor of Seattle, Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn. There were about 375 people in attendance and it was streamed on the net and shown... [read more]

How Does Westneat Know Congressman Wilson Told A "Whopper"?
by Jim Miller, 12:25 PM, 0 Comments
In a rather silly column, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat said these things: Now take Joe Wilson, who shouted out at President Obama.  Unquestionably rude.  My judge critic is right that if everybody lost it like this, there'd be chaos.... [read more]

September 13, 2009
Seahawks Predictions
by Jim Miller, 10:17 AM, 17 Comments
I won't make any because I don't follow the NFL closely enough to have an informed opinion.  But if you do, or if you just want to make a guess, tell us how well the Seahawks will do this season,... [read more]

Huge tea party in Washington, D.C.
by Ron Hebron, 07:39 AM, 164 Comments
The liberal media admit that there were tens of thousands of people. But the starting area filled up before the official starting time, so they started early. Other sources estimate 350,000 to over 1,000,000 in attendance. Photo source. Liberty Belle... [read more]

September 10, 2009
Constantine's Tangled Web: How Many Campaign Violations Can You Find?
by Ron Hebron, 07:42 PM, 30 Comments
Angie Voigt did the digging where the paid media just scratched the surface and found apparently illegal ties to Dow Constantine's campaign. Red County: ... Leafing through campaign finance documents available to the public from the Washington State Public Disclosure... [read more]

Is Brian Baird Vulnerable Next Year?
by Jim Miller, 02:32 PM, 41 Comments
Isaac Wood and Larry Sabato already have a list of vulnerable House Democrats, and our own Brian Baird is on it.  Wood and Sabato think that Baird is likely to retain his seat, but only likely. Insulting some of his... [read more]

Tea Parties Saturday September 12
by Ron Hebron, 07:04 AM, 18 Comments
Tell our government that we need clean government, responsible spending and low taxes that encourage growth. They are watching. Liberty Belle has the complete list of tea party events on Saturday. Olympia: The Tea Party Capitol Surge for Real Health... [read more]

September 09, 2009
Obamacare - Heard It All Before
by warrenpeterson, 11:02 PM, 215 Comments
Nothing new from President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress except some vague promise to test tort reform, meaning he hopes tossing the Republicans a scrap of bi-partisanship will gain their support for Obamacare. Rather than taking command... [read more]

Ex-Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman & Lt. Gov. Brad Owen back Susan Hutchison
by Ron Hebron, 07:47 PM, 16 Comments
An elected Democrat and a long-retired elected Democrat gave their support to Susan Hutchison for King County Executive. The race is officially nonpartisan, but everyone knows the alignment of the candidates. Lt. Governor Owen is pretty conservative for a Democrat,... [read more]

September 07, 2009
Bill Delahunt Sticks His Foot In It
by pudge, 11:52 PM, 51 Comments
This is just funny. Last week Congressman Bill Delahunt -- whose 10th Congressional District in Massachusetts now covers where I grew up -- was on NewsHour talking about Honduras with his colleague, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. He described Honduras as a "banana... [read more]

Kent teachers defy court order and continue illegal strike
by Ron Hebron, 09:17 PM, 71 Comments
Update: Data on class size and funding added at the bottom... The illegal strike in Kent continues with a vote today. In case the teachers didn't believe that their strike was illegal Judge Andrea Darva told them so and last... [read more]

Higher unemployment with Obama's centibillion stimulus
by Ron Hebron, 08:26 AM, 71 Comments
Obama and the Democrats told us that his porky "recovery plan" would reduce the climb in unemployment. To be sure we understood they produced a graphic showing how unemployment would be lower if we accepted his $787 billion in pork... [read more]

September 06, 2009
Job opening right for local candidate
by Andy MacDonald, 09:38 AM, 37 Comments
"Green Jobs Czar" Van Jones has resigned. A certain environmentally-pushy mayor has need of a new job come January. Ideas present themselves.... [read more]

September 05, 2009
Obama Is Gonna Brainwash Your Kids!
by pudge, 10:47 AM, 152 Comments
I don't know what President Obama is going to say to schoolkids this week. I do know, however, that when a parent or politician expresses concerns that Obama might try to indoctrinate them with socialist propaganda, there's good reasons for... [read more]

Jacob Hacker Lies to NewsHour
by pudge, 10:32 AM, 6 Comments
Jacob Hacker, perhaps best known as the man behind the "public option," and a longtime proponent of single-payer care (who famously said that the public option would lead to single payer), was on NewsHour this week. Hacker said that there's... [read more]

September 02, 2009
Feinstein Thinks We're All Stupid
by pudge, 11:08 PM, 111 Comments
Senator Dianne Feinstein was asked on Face the Nation this week about Senator Ted Kennedy's legacy in regards to his assault on Judge Bork's nomination in the 80s, and how things have changed in the nomination process as a result.... [read more]

Strike by Kent teachers
by Ron Hebron, 06:20 PM, 77 Comments
It is illegal for teachers to strike. The teachers of the Kent School District are on strike. Why are they willingly violating the law? Every time a school district has taken the local teacher's union to court over a... [read more]

September 01, 2009
Is The Eastside Getting A Fair Share of Metro Transit Spending?
by Jim Miller, 04:01 PM, 30 Comments
While digging through a pile of old papers, I found an article in the August 20, 2000 issue of the Eastside Journal.  Using 1998 data, the reporters, Tim Larson and Mike Ullman, came to these conclusions: Eastsiders provide about 29... [read more]

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