Index of entries from October 2009
October 30, 2009
Mt. Rainier In Autumn
by Jim Miller, 12:24 PM, 18 Comments
During my attempt to circle Mt. Rainier, I took some pretty pictures of the mountain, but this one gives you a better idea of what Rainier looks like — from the northeast — during the autumn. (You can see one... [read more]

Dow Constantine & "Jane Doe" vs. The Seattle Times, Part 3
by MarkGriswold, 09:27 AM, 54 Comments
It seems there is some confusion about whether an "official" complaint was filed by "Jane Doe" regarding Dow Constantine. Part of this confusion lies in what your definition of "official" is. I've recently acquired another court document that delves a... [read more]

Obama's Uniformity of Interests
by pudge, 07:24 AM, 33 Comments
Obama said in his inaugural address that "we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord." People cheered. I didn't. I like conflict and discord. Not incivility, but argument and debate, expressions of disagreement, which often... [read more]

Election Predictions?
by Jim Miller, 07:10 AM, 31 Comments
Make them here.  Any election next Tuesday, anywhere in the United States, is fair game. (I'll give you my predictions, just before I close the post.)... [read more]

October 29, 2009
Constantine's High Opinion of Public Records Requests
by MarkGriswold, 08:45 PM, 18 Comments
"Blah, blah, blah," says Dow. Sounds like a good first line for another Limerick.... [read more]

Dow Constantine's pledge of transparency is pretty transparent
by MarkGriswold, 04:26 PM, 2 Comments
In the below video of the Seattle Times Editorial Board King County Executive candidate's hearing (at 1:02:25) Constantine says "Frankly, I'm an open book. I've lived in this community 48 years. Everything I've done as a public official is a... [read more]

Dow Constantine and "Jane Doe" vs. The Seattle Times, Part 2
by MarkGriswold, 11:55 AM, 53 Comments
In case there was doubt that the temporary restraining order was protecting information other than that related to sexual harassment charges, it seems that the lawyer who filed the order, Tyler Firkins, specializes in filing orders protecting the identities of... [read more]

Dow Constantine Limerick Contest Winner
by MarkGriswold, 08:08 AM, 2 Comments
And the winner is "Behind Door #5" There once was a Vegan Progressive With wandering hands - quite impressive As with most jerks, his hands wandered at work Now his political future's Regressive! Yo Yo it meyo also did a... [read more]

Bending the cost curve - Up! - Obama's health care takeover
by Ron Hebron, 06:52 AM, 9 Comments
The Obama administration analyzed Obama's health care takeover and found it will raise, not lower, costs. The Actuarial section of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did the analysis of H.R. 3200. The whole report is here (pdf). Read Joseph... [read more]

Boeing Gone; Who's to Blame?
by pudge, 06:48 AM, 88 Comments
Remember a couple of years ago, when a bunch of us ridiculed the notion that Forbes named Washington State in the top five best states for business? Some of their criteria was laughable, and their analysis moreso. We knew what... [read more]

October 28, 2009
Dow Constantine and "Jane Doe" vs. The Seattle Times
by MarkGriswold, 08:58 PM, 44 Comments
UPDATE: I'll be on the Kirby Wilbur Show (AM 570) this morning at 7:30 discussing this. Audio file of the segment here. Rumors of Dow Constantine's inappropriate behavior have been swirling around the political cocktail circuit since his days in... [read more]

Censhorship by Attorney General Holder
by Ron Hebron, 05:18 AM, 32 Comments
President Obama doesn't like criticism. Who does? But Obama's Attorney General took the extreme step and actively censored criticism of an Obama policy recently. It's very chilling for the top legal officer in the government to tell you to... [read more]

October 26, 2009
Law & Order & Abortion & Obama
by pudge, 12:04 PM, 88 Comments
I was watching "Law & Order" last week, an episode about an abortion doctor being murdered by a protestor. The twist was that the protestor was trying to prevent the abortion of a specific child, who was in his third-trimester,... [read more]

WA Policy Center Calls Pinocchi-Dow on his lying ways
by MarkGriswold, 10:37 AM, 6 Comments
The Washington Policy Center recently sent Dow Constantine a letter asking him to retract his statements calling them global warming deniers. I sent an email to Dow's campaign but haven't received a response. I just saw the ad on TV... [read more]

KIRO TV Poll on Exec's Race
by MarkGriswold, 07:48 AM, 24 Comments
There's a poll up at Currently the two candidates are in a dead heat, with Hutchison leading 465-460. I just hope the actual election isn't that close. The last thing we need here is another recount.... [read more]

October 25, 2009
The Dow Constantine Limerick Contest
by MarkGriswold, 01:34 PM, 22 Comments
Announcing the Dow Constantine Poetry Contest! Give us your best stuff. Dow supporters welcome too. Here's a picture and one entry to get you started. There once was a nautical dream Which required a political scheme "Without votes for my... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 06:57 AM, 18 Comments
You wouldn't think it was even legal to have fair news stories concerning I-1033 -- it would seem to violate some unwritten code by the news media to constantly bash I-1033. But that wasn't the case today. Sunday's Seattle Times... [read more]

October 23, 2009
Come Wish Admiral Dow Well
by MarkGriswold, 06:25 PM, 14 Comments
Susan Hutchison and "Admiral of the King County Ferry Fleet" Dow Constantine will be facing off in their final debate this Sunday at Emerald Downs. Emerald Downs is located right in the heart of the flood plain and the debate... [read more]

The Seattle Times Slurs The Tea Party Protesters
by Jim Miller, 12:55 PM, 0 Comments
And I reply with an open letter to Ryan Blethen.  (For those unfamiliar with the Seattle Times, Ryan Blethen is the editorial page editor.  It is probably sheer coincidence that the publisher of the newspaper is also named Blethen.)... [read more]

A Musical about Obama?
by MarkGriswold, 09:45 AM, 25 Comments
There are t-shirts, bobble heads and books galore written about our new president. They've even come out with a Chia Obama. But hold on to your hats, kids, because now, for the first time ever, it's... OBAMA THE MUSICAL! Yes,... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 07:07 AM, 13 Comments
With $3.4 million from Washington DC's most powerful government unions (NEA, AFSCME, and ACORN, er, I mean SEIU), opponents of I-1033 are basing their entire campaign on 2 claims: 1) I-1033 is just like a measure from Colorado 2) Voters... [read more]

October 22, 2009
Hate Crimes Law Sucks
by pudge, 03:30 PM, 106 Comments
The Congress passed a law that, when signed by President Obama, will make ia a federal crime to assault someone because of their sexual orientation or "gender identity." The "Human Rights" Campaign said, "We now can begin the important steps... [read more]

Announcing the "Grizzy"
by MarkGriswold, 09:51 AM, 13 Comments
Ken Schram has the Schrammie. The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has the Razzies. Now prepare to meet... the Grizzy! An award given to something so politically stupid it deserves recognition. And the first ever Grizzy award goes to... The Reject... [read more]

Is that Kermit the Frog doing the voice over?
by MarkGriswold, 09:39 AM, 10 Comments
Assessor candidate Bob Rosenberger, who dumped $60,000 into his campaign last week, has decided to spend that money on some TV ads. Good choice. I'm a big believer in the effectiveness of TV advertising. You might want to pick a... [read more]

With Allies like these, who needs enemies?
by MarkGriswold, 09:16 AM, 8 Comments
More news of Constantine's scheming for ferry district votes has surfaced. And kudos to the Seattle Times for reporting on it! The article quotes Republican councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Reagan Dunn saying they were pressured into voting for the ferry... [read more]

October 21, 2009
One Great Comment
by Jim Miller, 10:00 AM, 5 Comments
In yesterday's open election thread. 6. Mark Griswold appears to have an incorrect notion about the scope and impacts from King County Amendment No 4 that he endorsed. He limits the scope to the number of council members that must... [read more]

I-1033's biggest benefit? Eyman says it's voter control over taxes
by Tim Eyman, 07:58 AM, 73 Comments
Initiative 1033 provides many benefits -- it helps taxpayers, helps our economy, and yes, it helps government by instilling desperately needed fiscal discipline. But if forced to name just one: the biggest benefit of I-1033 is voter control over taxes.... [read more]

October 20, 2009
Open Election Thread
by Jim Miller, 05:47 AM, 24 Comments
Use this thread to make (or repeat) arguments for or against any local candidate or measure. Please be civil.  In particular, avoid name calling. And, just for fun, I'm planning to republish two or three of the best comments tomorrow... [read more]

October 19, 2009
Stimulus Strings Will Hobble Budget Options in 2010
by pudge, 01:04 PM, 30 Comments
Amber Gunn from the EFF wrote this piece on the trouble Gregoire and her cohorts in the legislature have gotten us in. Rather than solve our budget problems, they put them by accepting billions in stimulus funds, the acceptance of... [read more]

2009 General Election Recommendations
by warrenpeterson, 10:27 AM, 49 Comments
Cross posted on clearfogblog State of Washington: Initiative 1033 - Tim Eyman's measure to limit property taxes. This is a basic "starve the beast" initiative. The theory is limiting government income will control government spending and excess regulation. While that... [read more]

Great Negative Ad
by Jim Miller, 10:12 AM, 8 Comments
Negative ads are usually more informative than positive ads, and this one, made for an independent group supporting Susan Hutchison in the race for King County executive, is an example of that generalization.  In thirty seconds, the ad eviscerates her... [read more]

Obama Hates Dissent
by pudge, 09:30 AM, 51 Comments
Back before Obama even started publicly running for the presidency, I remember a speech he gave in which he said all Americans should put aside their disagreements and come together. I liked what he had to say, but I couldn't... [read more]

Vince Flynn at Third Place Books Monday night
by Ron Hebron, 06:42 AM, 2 Comments
Best-selling novelist Vince Flynn will be presenting his new book Pursuit of Honor Monday night at 7 PM. At Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park The top level of Lake Forest Park Town Center mall: 17171 Bothell Way... [read more]

October 18, 2009
Not Evil Just Wrong debuts Sunday at 5 PM
by Ron Hebron, 07:27 AM, 35 Comments
Al Gore received a Nobel Prize and an Oscar for claiming in his film "An Inconvenient Truth" that humans cause global warming. Today, because of this film, school children fear that polar bears are drowning and they and their parents... [read more]

October 17, 2009
My Endorsements
by MarkGriswold, 08:13 AM, 26 Comments
Ballots started arriving this past week and I've started receiving calls from folks asking who and what they should vote for. Some folks here might say they're all evil and we shouldn't vote at all and while I empathize with... [read more]

October 16, 2009
NFIB - WA's Patrick Connor has more to say on I-1033
by Tim Eyman, 03:44 PM, 21 Comments
The Washington state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business overwhelmingly endorsed Initiative 1033 today -- 93% of their members supported its endorsement. NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50... [read more]

93% of small businesses support I-1033
by Tim Eyman, 03:34 PM, 9 Comments
NFIB/Washington has officially endorsed Initiative 1033. Results from a special ballot of NFIB members sent out earlier this month showed more than 93 percent in support of I-1033. Just 4 percent were opposed to it, with the remaining undecided. "With... [read more]

Record low temperatures reported in Hades
by MarkGriswold, 03:01 PM, 13 Comments
Seattle Times reporters just returned from a fact finding mission a few thousand miles below the Earth's surface and have confirmed that hell has, indeed, frozen over. "I think it's super." said former Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi. "I can't wait... [read more]

Do your part for Mrs. Gregoire and give someone a bottle of Chivas Regal for Christmas
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 16 Comments
"State liquor board experimenting with seasonal gift stores in area malls" I've been curious how the Liquor Control Board justifies its monopoly on bottle sales of liquor -- when beer and wine are available at every grocery store and... [read more]

The Political Advertising Begins
by MarkGriswold, 09:49 AM, 5 Comments
A little cartoony for my tastes but then again so is Dow.... [read more]

Hutchison-Constantine Debate
by MarkGriswold, 09:16 AM, 23 Comments
The first televised debate in the KCE race took place last night. Susan was all smiles while Dow carried a scowl on his face for most of the evening but overall it seemed business as usual with probably a slight... [read more]

October 15, 2009
by Tim Eyman, 05:09 PM, 29 Comments
Today, I attended Governor Gregoire's big event at 11 am at Paine Field near Boeing announcing the receipt of $1.5 million of federal money for a government program. The event was held in a big airplane manufacturing hangar where everyone... [read more]

What time does the ferry to Auburn sail?
by MarkGriswold, 03:30 PM, 12 Comments
Luckily I don't think anyone will need to be asking that question any time soon because King County Executive candidate Dow Constantine's erstwhile dream of county run passenger ferries sailing across Lake Washington died this past summer. So why do... [read more]

Your chance to reform health care
by MarkGriswold, 02:53 PM, 9 Comments
As politicians in the other Washington continue to debate the future of national health care, voters in the Valley Medical Center Hospital District (King County Public Hospital District #1) will have the chance this coming Election Day to reform at... [read more]

Media Bias at the Seattle Times
by MarkGriswold, 10:19 AM, 13 Comments
I find it curious how the Seattle Times decided to jump on the PDC complaint filed by the King County Democrats against Susan Hutchison yesterday even though an investigation of that complaint hasn't been opened yet but similar coverage of... [read more]

Susan increases her lead
by MarkGriswold, 10:09 AM, 12 Comments
Sorry Dow, I guess voters aren't buying the "Susan Hutchison is an evil right-wing George Bush clone" line. King 5 New Poll... [read more]

Video of Constantine at Rotary
by MarkGriswold, 10:05 AM, 3 Comments
The promised video of Dow Constantine at the Rotary Club of Seattle Skyline is now up on YouTube. The Jason Bennett moment is at the beginning of Part 3. 6:30 into Part 3 he goes into a nice tirade about... [read more]

October 14, 2009
by Tim Eyman, 10:19 PM, 24 Comments
This afternoon, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks ordered Secretary of State Sam Reed to protect the privacy of citizens who sign initiatives and referendum petitions. The judge essentially reinstated the previous 95 year privacy policy. Speaking for 10... [read more]

Our Green President
by MarkGriswold, 09:42 PM, 9 Comments
Chia Obama. A sign of the end times? You tell me.... [read more]

Gregoire Unapologetically Flips Off the Public
by pudge, 01:22 PM, 15 Comments
In Washington State we have a public records law that assumes that, unless there's a really good reason not to, the people have a right to documents created and owned by the government, because those things belong to the public,... [read more]

Dow Gets Angry
by MarkGriswold, 12:26 PM, 24 Comments
Dow Constantine's appearance at Seattle Skyline Rotary yesterday was a sight to behold. In typical Constantine fashion he delivered a well polished speech to the group pointing out some very good things he's done during his decade plus in elected... [read more]

Is Rosenberger trying to buy the assessor's election?
by MarkGriswold, 10:33 AM, 2 Comments
In what appears to be a last act of desperation from the foundering Rosenberger for King County Assessor Campaign, last night, the last night allowed by law, Rosenberger dumped 60 large of his own money into his campaign, bringing his... [read more]

by Jim Miller, 08:15 AM, 17 Comments
That's the latest poll result in the Hutchison-Constantine county executive race. The sample is smaller than I would like, just 523 likely voters, but that is partly because turnout will be, almost certainly, lower than it was last year. Swing... [read more]

October 13, 2009
Why We Need Dori Monson
by Jim Miller, 08:51 AM, 7 Comments
The Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare failed to prevent 22 deaths of children between 2004 and 2008. Jatavius [McKillon] was one of at least 22 Milwaukee County children who died from 2004 to 2008 despite clear warning signs to the... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 06:59 AM, 52 Comments
Governor Gregoire called a special session of the Legislature in November, 2007 and she and the Democrats adopted the 1% limit after the court's rejection of I-747. So Governor, please explain yourself: you signed the 1% cap into law, what's... [read more]

October 12, 2009
How to make almost a trillion $ in new spending appear to improve the deficit
by Ron Hebron, 09:32 AM, 116 Comments
The Congressional Budget Office is part of the smoke and mirrors game this time. Their finding that the Baucus Bill might add spending, but it will improve the budget deficit is nonsense. They know it; everyone knows it. First, there... [read more]

October 11, 2009
How open is your government?
by MarkGriswold, 09:07 PM, 5 Comments
Common Sense Seattle will be asking just that this coming Tuesday at an event at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle (1st and Madison). The panel discussion starts at 4pm and will feature Attorney General Rob McKenna, Auditor Brian Sonntag,... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 05:29 PM, 35 Comments
Washington DC's most powerful government unions are seeking to buy this year's election on I-1033 -- $2.6 million+ reported so far and much more expected. Clearly, Gregoire's promise to raise taxes has provided our opponents with ample motivation -- without... [read more]

October 10, 2009
Environmentalist Pollution
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 PM, 60 Comments
The Sierra Club is carpetbombing Seattle with campaign flyers (again) Yes, they're wasting lots of trees and throwing trash on other people's property. But they're doing it to save the Environment!... [read more]

Dow Constantine at Skyline Rotary
by MarkGriswold, 08:55 AM, 0 Comments
Following a successful event with Susan Hutchison at Skyline Rotary on the 29th, this coming Tuesday we will hear from her opponent, Dow Constantine. Meeting starts promptly at noon and includes lunch. We meet at the Columbia Tower Club. Cost... [read more]

October 09, 2009
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
by warrenpeterson, 03:57 PM, 85 Comments
President Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize to an almost universal "Why?" If Bill Clinton or Hugh Hefner had won the Piece Prize, no one would be surprised. Their qualifications in that arena are legendary. But Obama, nominated for... [read more]

Some of us choose to have adult conversations
by MarkGriswold, 02:23 PM, 3 Comments
That's my response to Nicholas Kristof's completely childish column that appeared in yesterday's Times. I do agree partially with his sentiments that some members of congress should give up their health care benefits. I just think that instead of the... [read more]

More "Not News" News from the Seattle Times
by MarkGriswold, 02:18 PM, 0 Comments
And yes, I grasp the irony of giving further attention to a story that shouldn't have been written in the first place. [read more]

How to get the CBO to say that your new entitlement is free.
by Carter Mackley, 10:15 AM, 18 Comments
Make people buy the benefit themselves, and tax them if they don't Tax the provider (drug and instrument manufacturers) who will pass the costs on to the consumer Include statutory requirements to cut back subsidies to the program if... [read more]

Play "Complete This Sentence"
by pudge, 08:42 AM, 13 Comments
"Barack, Imma let you finish, but ..." Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

Just When You Thought the Madness Was Subsiding
by MarkGriswold, 07:39 AM, 79 Comments
The Nobel Peace Prize started its march toward ridiculousness starting in 1994 with an award going to terrorist Yasser Arafat and while there have been some deserving winners since then, the zany group of Norwegians are looking more and more... [read more]

George Gilder - creativity and wealth
by Ron Hebron, 06:42 AM, 3 Comments
Discovery Institute had a celebration of the life and career of George Gilder yesterday with a live interview by Discovery President George Gilder. George is a senior fellow there: Discovery Institute - George Gilder: He has had a long, distinguished... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 05:51 AM, 29 Comments
After Gregoire recently announced that she's changed her position and now wants higher taxes - whatever increases "lawmakers and interest groups" tell her to enact - the need for Initiative 1033 became even more evident. During a recession, raising taxes... [read more]

October 08, 2009
Looks Like A Great TV Program (Updated)
by Jim Miller, 01:44 PM, 9 Comments
But you won't be able to see "The Power of the Poor" on KCTS tonight, though it will be shown nationally on PBS.   (I've sent KCTS an email asking if they intend to show it, and if so, when.)... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 07:43 AM, 34 Comments
Is there a broad desire for limits on government right now? You bet. The KING 5 SURVEYUSA poll confirms that. They didn't poll I-1033's official title, the one that will appear on voters' ballots in November, instead the people were... [read more]

October 07, 2009
Nixon's Health Plan
by Carter Mackley, 02:16 PM, 12 Comments
Every table in the Sheraton Hotel ballroom in downtown Seattle was filled last night for the Washington Policy Center's Annual Dinner. The keynote speaker was Ben Stein, author, lawyer, economist, actor, and a speechwriter for the Nixon administration. He reminded... [read more]

Citizen Group Encourages Investigation into Constantine Campaign Finance Situation
by MarkGriswold, 08:41 AM, 6 Comments
A group calling themselves Citizens for Fair Reporting held a rally outside the Seattle Times yesterday, encouraging the paper to seek another Pulitzer by digging deeper into the Dow Constantine "treasurergate."... [read more]

Great Straight Line From Mayor Nickels
by Jim Miller, 04:58 AM, 10 Comments
Last week, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels said: I have nothing but joy in my head. I'll leave the punch lines to you. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. (Those not in this area may need to know that Mayor... [read more]

October 06, 2009
by Tim Eyman, 06:01 PM, 15 Comments
Polls, polls, so many polls. On September 22nd, a Rasmussen poll of I-1033's ballot title (This measure would limit growth of certain state, county and city revenue to annual inflation and population growth, not including voter-approved revenue increases. Revenue collected... [read more]

PDC launches formal investigation into Constantine "treasurergate"
by MarkGriswold, 04:28 PM, 5 Comments
I just received a call from Lori Anderson at the PDC who informed me that they will be moving forward with an investigation into Constantine campaign treasurer Jason Bennett's "moonlighting" as the treasurer for Independent Expenditure campaign financier "Citizens to... [read more]

Do we really want him overseeing a multi-billion dollar budget?
by MarkGriswold, 04:05 PM, 6 Comments
Port Commission candidate Rob Holland of ACORN fame is running for a position that will oversee, as he says, $15 billion in revenue. Should we trust his oversight of such a large amount when he apparently has difficulty paying back... [read more]

Jubilee Women's Center: A Worthwhile Group
by MarkGriswold, 09:18 AM, 6 Comments
I had the pleasure of attending the Jubilee Women's Center (a transitional housing program for women) annual benefit breakfast this morning and heard two very moving stories from one current resident and one former resident. One line that especially stuck... [read more]

Open Thread For Positive Endorsements
by Jim Miller, 07:08 AM, 9 Comments
There's one month to go before the election, so I am providing this open thread for positive endorsements.  If you plan to vote for a candidate, tell us why.  And if you can link to the candidate's web site, or... [read more]

October 05, 2009
Hassling Whole Foods
by Carter Mackley, 04:47 PM, 65 Comments
I received a postcard a few days ago that screamed "Why is Whole Foods CEO fighting progressive health care reform?" It was from an organization called Health Care for America Now and it warned me that Whole Foods is looking... [read more]

Public Disclosure for Dummies
by MarkGriswold, 03:30 PM, 6 Comments
I've been sitting on this story for a few weeks now hoping that our "paper of record", the Seattle Times, might investigate it on their own but, as of yet, they've given it only cursory mention and it remains uncovered... [read more]

SnoCo Candidate Forum and Film on Friday
by pudge, 12:55 PM, 0 Comments
Snohomish County Council candidates John Koster (incumbent, District 1) and Steve Dana (District 5) and Superior Court candidate David Hulbert will be at a candidate forum this Friday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Angel of the Winds casino's... [read more]

October 04, 2009
Seattle Times gives the devil (Eyman) his due
by Tim Eyman, 07:46 AM, 46 Comments
A week ago, Stefan emailed me and said I could post at Sound Politics from now until election day. Whaddya think - good idea? Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat's Sunday column looks like a great place to start "AN EYMAN... [read more]

October 03, 2009
Capitalism in Action
by MarkGriswold, 05:09 AM, 27 Comments
Young capitalist Jimmy Winkelmann saw through the irony of thousands of couch potatoes sporting North Face gear, calling them all "sheep", and decided to start his own company, The South Butt, to poke fun at them. Now The North Face... [read more]

October 02, 2009
Steve Dana Hits Dave Somers on Flooding
by pudge, 10:42 PM, 14 Comments
Over on his web site, Snohomish County Council candidate Steve Dana criticizes current councilman Dave Somers over the conversion of farmland to swamp. This is something that's annoyed me for a long time: apart from the lunacy of spending so... [read more]

October 01, 2009
Representative Ericksen's health care town hall
by Carter Mackley, 01:48 PM, 13 Comments
I braved the rain last Tuesday evening (Sept. 29th) to attend the health care town hall in Bellevue hosted by State Representative Doug Ericksen. There were about 35 people in the audience. Ericksen talked freely and with specificity about how... [read more]

ACORN, SEIU, Representative Dunshee, And Representative McCoy
by Jim Miller, 12:56 PM, 0 Comments
Not quite in bed together, but awfully close. (This morning, I learned that people, presumably people in this area, had nominated Joel Connelly, Jim Brunner, Curt Woodward, Rachel La Corte, and Chris Grygiel as Washington state's best "state-based political reporters".... [read more]

When they do it, it's okay, Part 2
by MarkGriswold, 11:15 AM, 33 Comments
Thomas Friedman has written another whopper of a column today. Just remember, creating a facebook poll about killing the president is bad (and before anyone says otherwise, I do think it is bad and should be investigated) but creating a... [read more]

Stupid Criminals Gone Wild
by MarkGriswold, 11:09 AM, 3 Comments
And she only wanted $300! Go big or go home, I always say.... [read more]

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