Index of entries from January 2010
January 31, 2010
And what about taxpayer morale? Or taxpayer money?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:03 PM, 13 Comments
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is postponing by several months his promise to cut 200 senior management jobs in order to "boost employee morale" The city general fund is facing a $40 million deficit. Meanwhile: Last year there were 983 senior... [read more]

Destroying the environment in order to save it
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:24 AM, 33 Comments
"Bellevue considers light rail through treasured wetland"... [read more]

January 30, 2010
Oh dear
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:50 PM, 26 Comments
"GOP caucus bans state Sen. Pam Roach, tells her to get anger counseling"State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, has been banned from the Senate Republican caucus after colleagues told her she has repeatedly mistreated staff and should get counseling to manage... [read more]

ASSOCIATED PRESS ANALYSIS: Eyman, foes need each other in tax fight - ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 09:13 AM, 10 Comments
Analysis: Eyman, foes need each other in tax fight By CURT WOODWARD, Associated Press Writer OLYMPIA, Wash. -- As conservative activist Tim Eyman and his adversaries on the political left clock in for their annual donnybrook, an intriguing facet of... [read more]

January 29, 2010
Health Care Reform in the Other Washington
by warrenpeterson, 05:09 PM, 9 Comments
Like Washington, D.C., in Washington State the executive branch (Governor) and both houses of the legislature are firmly in Democrat hands. The similarity does not end there. Take health care reform as an example. House Republicans have proposed "10 Solutions... [read more]

2 REASONS TO BE AGAINST 2 ANTI-INITIATIVE BILLS: (1) THE SYSTEM IS WORKING (2) OPPONENTS WANT TO STOP IT FROM WORKING -- ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 08:17 AM, 12 Comments
January 29, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to all media outlets -- reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV -- House & Senate members, and the Governor) From: Tim Eyman, Jack... [read more]

January 28, 2010
Intellectual Disability in Legislation
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 26 Comments
House Joint Memorial 4024: Requests that the United States Congress pass a bill that requires the replacement of the terms "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" in the federal health, education, and labor policy statutes; the terms would be replaced with... [read more]

January 27, 2010
Oregon Voters Hike Taxes
by warrenpeterson, 03:22 PM, 50 Comments
By a 54% "yes" vote, Oregon voters approved one measure to raise taxes on the wealthy (defined as income of $125,000 for singles, $250,000 for couples) and another to increase business taxes. Predictions: 1. Oregon's unemployment rate will increase 2.... [read more]

Obama vs the Banks
by warrenpeterson, 01:05 PM, 5 Comments
Maybe I'm becoming paranoid or turning into a conspiracy theorist, but I wonder if any of Obama's friends shorted bank stocks just before he announced his plan to increase regulation and taxes on banks? The market, bank stocks in particular,... [read more]

Crazy Pro-Abortion Legislation in WA Legislature
by pudge, 09:42 AM, 43 Comments
HB 2837 puts additional regulations on some pregnancy centers if they do not offer referrals for abortions. So two clinics that are exactly the same, except that one offers abortion referrals and one doesn't, and the latter is defined as... [read more]

LEGISLATIVE JIHAD AGAINST THE INITIATIVE PROCESS - THURS HEARING IN OLY AT 8 AM - ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 07:57 AM, 2 Comments
January 27, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to all media outlets -- reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV -- House & Senate members, and the Governor) From: Tim Eyman, Jack... [read more]

January 25, 2010
STATE GOP PROVIDES UNPRECEDENTED EARLY ENDORSEMENT FOR INITIATIVE CAMPAIGN - IT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE - ASK EYMAN ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 10:23 AM, 17 Comments
Monday, January 25, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the "Save The 2/3's Vote For Tax Increases Initiative": Tim... [read more]

January 23, 2010
Rethinking Senator Murray's Shoe-in Status
by warrenpeterson, 09:45 PM, 40 Comments
I wrote a post recently essentially agreeing with the conventional wisdom that Senator Patty Murray is unbeatable given the Republicans who have announced or are considering running for her Senate seat. While I thought with a well known, well funded,... [read more]

January 20, 2010
Should We Invite President Obama Out To Campaign For Senator Murray?
by Jim Miller, 02:08 PM, 69 Comments
Or would that be too obvious?... [read more]

January 19, 2010
Woo Hooooooo
by Mrs. Shark, 07:54 PM, 110 Comments
Scott Brown 52, Martha Coakley 47. Even before the votes were counted, Senator Evan Bayh (D) said "if you lose Massachusetts and that's not a wake-up call, there's no hope of waking up." Why we love Mark Steyn (from The... [read more]

The Rich Get Richer
by Jim Miller, 10:42 AM, 8 Comments
If they happen to be public university presidents. The poor economy is finally putting the brakes on the skyrocketing pay of public-university presidents, The Chronicle of Higher Education found in its annual survey of executive pay. The Chronicle, which surveyed... [read more]

"Twisted Thinking of the Week" Award
by pudge, 06:33 AM, 9 Comments
Wow. Forgetting the incorrect claim that John Koster "has offered no long-term solution to the problems of funding ... county services," the main point of the letter -- that refusing to vote for tax increases is a "capitulation of the... [read more]

January 18, 2010
Party Lines
by pudge, 09:52 PM, 65 Comments
A friend of mine said he thought a representative should vote the way his constituents want, thinking that many Senators are not doing their job by voting against health insurance reform that their constituents don't want. To me, however, this... [read more]

January 15, 2010
Free Gov'ment Healthcare.com
by MarkGriswold, 12:34 PM, 40 Comments
A friend inspired me with a comment about the "free" health care plan coming down the pike. (To the tune of the freecreditreport.com "restaurant" and "new car" commercials) They say a man should always vote for the things he wants... [read more]

Mrs. Gregoire: Purveyor of Liquor, Falsehoods
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 30 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire gave an interview to the P-I last week, pouring cold water on recent proposals in the legislature and by the State Auditor to privatize the state liquor stores. It's hardly surprising that Gregoire would fight to protect the... [read more]

The Gun Banners Get Busy
by pudge, 10:20 AM, 26 Comments
Read it and weep, if you love liberty and the Constitution. Or you just like guns. Thankfully, this being an election year in which Democrats are already running for cover, this ban most likely has no chance whatsoever of passing.... [read more]

When all local politics are national
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 AM, 21 Comments
Republican Scott Brown is surging in the polls for next Tuesday's Massachusetts special Senate race to finish the term of the late Ted Kennedy. If elected, now a realistic possibility, Brown would be the final vote needed to save the... [read more]

Nanny Alert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:55 AM, 15 Comments
Seattle Parks and Recreation is proposing a new Code of Conduct which includes prohibitions on smoking and spitting. What will they ban next -- Sneezing? Non-fair trade coffee? Bird poop? On my next walk around Green Lake I plan to... [read more]

January 13, 2010
TEA PARTY AND RELATED EVENTS JAN 13TH & 14TH (WED & THURS)
by Tim Eyman, 03:20 PM, 33 Comments
Ken Morse, one of the key leaders of the Tea Party movement in Washington state (and proud co-sponsor of our 2010 initiative "Save The 2/3's Vote For Tax Increases") wanted everyone to have the opportunity to see this. To: Tea... [read more]

John Koster Announces Run For Congress
by pudge, 01:36 PM, 70 Comments
I am very pleased to report that Snohomish County Councilman John Koster is running for U.S. Congress in Washington's Second Congressional District against current representative Rick Larsen. Koster's a conservative's conservative. He lost to Larsen in 2000 by a thin... [read more]

Matt Shea is a Hero
by pudge, 09:33 AM, 13 Comments
I don't know Rep. Matt Shea (R-4th LD, around Spokane), but I consider him a bit of a hero, actually standing up for rights and liberty when most people, on either side of the aisle, don't. Here's some of his... [read more]

Help For Haiti
by Jim Miller, 06:42 AM, 24 Comments
You can find suggestions on where to help here, here, and here.   Add your own, and any information on what help is needed after the earthquake, in the comments.... [read more]

January 12, 2010
Worth Reading
by Jim Miller, 03:53 PM, 26 Comments
Cliff Mass's long post on the weakness of the University of Washington students in basic mathematics.  He gave a simple math test to his Atmospheric Sciences 101 class last quarter, and got results like these: 43% did not know the... [read more]

GREGOIRE ATTACKS THE INITIATIVE PROCESS, TELLS OUR THOUSANDS OF SUPPORTERS TO "STOP MEDDLING" AND "LEAVE IT TO US" -- ASK EYMAN QUESTIONS ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 12:31 PM, 15 Comments
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for this year's initiative: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire,... [read more]

John Koster to Make "Major Announcement" Wednesday
by pudge, 12:12 PM, 6 Comments
John Koster sent out a message that he will be meeting with organizers of the Second CD petition drive, which has garnered signatures both online and offline, "to make a major announcement in response to their efforts." They will meet... [read more]

Are Republican Opponents Of ObamaCare "Traitors"?
by Jim Miller, 09:45 AM, 25 Comments
That was the argument Seattle talk show host Dave Ross made near the end of his program on December 24th. Before I go any farther I should add that, as I learned yesterday, Ross may have been under great stress... [read more]

January 11, 2010
Governor Gregoire Can Redeem Herself ... A Little Bit
by pudge, 10:32 PM, 15 Comments
Let's be honest here, Governor Gregoire: you are most of the problem. Our deficit problems were caused by you. And you knew it at the time. You said, several times, in previous State of the State addresses, that we needed... [read more]

New Rumor on Paul Allen & Pete Carroll
by warrenpeterson, 05:29 PM, 3 Comments
New rumor: Seahawks owner Paul Allen really wanted to buy the USC football team but there was some problem with NCAA/PAC 10 rules so he took their coach instead.... [read more]

Here's what the 14 co-sponsors of our 2010 initiative have to say - ASK EYMAN QUESTIONS ABOUT IT
by Tim Eyman, 01:48 PM, 2 Comments
Monday, January 11, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for this year's initiative: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire,... [read more]

GOP calling for Reid's resignation as stupid as comments themselves
by MarkGriswold, 12:38 PM, 25 Comments
It's come to light that Harry Reid made, what most people are calling, racist comments during President Obama's bid of the Democratic nomination. GOP leaders are now calling for his resignation. STUPID! Why? First of all, while Reid, in uttering... [read more]

January 09, 2010
Senator Murray Packs Her Bags
by warrenpeterson, 10:32 PM, 20 Comments
The Seattle Times published an article Saturday that reads like it was written by Senator Murray's campaign staff, a fluff piece if there ever was one. It extolled the virtues of another taxpayer-funded trip to China for Murray. Two other... [read more]

Obamacare - Will It Fail to Pass?
by warrenpeterson, 09:00 PM, 20 Comments
President Obama on the campaign trail promised an open, bi-partisan reform of the health care system. Perhaps the "bi" referred to the internal debates, bribes and threats within the Democratic Party. And the "open"? The two health care reform bills,... [read more]

January 08, 2010
Gregoire and the Democrats owe it to the voters to AT LEAST TRY to abide by I-960's policies before they suspend them -- ask Eyman questions about it
by Tim Eyman, 11:36 AM, 34 Comments
Friday, January 8, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for this year's initiative: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire,... [read more]

January 07, 2010
Michael Ramirez Explained The Latest 9th Circuit Court Decision
by Jim Miller, 09:49 AM, 39 Comments
Way back in 2002, when he was still drawing cartoons for the Los Angeles Times. If you missed it for some reason, here's the decision. In a move that could see Washington inmates voting from prison, a federal appeals court... [read more]

January 06, 2010
DESPICABLE: Democrats promise to gut Initiative 960 - citizens have repeatedly voted for 2/3's requirement -- ask Eyman questions about it
by Tim Eyman, 04:27 PM, 26 Comments
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for this year's initiative: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire,... [read more]

TSA at SeaTac airport arrests blogger Yon for no reason
by Ron Hebron, 10:53 AM, 40 Comments
Michael Yon has been providing excellent, independent journalism from Iraq and Afghanistan for the past several years. He doesn't work for anyone. He asks readers to donate to his support. His blog Yon was questioned by the TSA at Sea-Tacoma... [read more]

January 04, 2010
"People Like What's in the Bill"
by pudge, 07:05 PM, 85 Comments
The Big Lie the Democrats and their allies are telling of late is that while people are against the health insurance bill, they like what is in the bill. They cite polls that show people like this, that, and the... [read more]

Campaign kick-off STARTS TODAY for "Save The 2/3's Vote For Tax Increases" -- we'll be pushing this initiative in 2010
by Tim Eyman, 11:12 AM, 18 Comments
Monday, January 4, 2010 To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc'd to the media, house & senate members, and Governor) From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for this year's initiative: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire,... [read more]

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