Index of entries from April 2010
April 30, 2010
Once Again - Sell City Light, Endow Parks
by warrenpeterson, 11:33 PM, 58 Comments
Seattle Parks and Recreation Director, Tim Gallagher, has resigned. According to the April 28, 2010 Seattle Times, Gallagher was frustrated over "his failure to convince the mayor that parks need to be funded in a different way to survive." So... [read more]

Eyman auctions off "Invisible" Schrammie and raises $1100 for Initiative 1053
by Tim Eyman, 03:17 PM, 10 Comments
Back on April 14th, I asked if an "Invisible" Schrammie was worth more than a real Schrammie (KOMO TV's loudest liberal, Ken Schram, awards bobbleheads of himself to people who infuriate him). I found out today that it is. I... [read more]

Worth Buying
by Jim Miller, 12:24 PM, 13 Comments
Eric Lacitis's article on one of the installations in the Very Long Baseline Array. Just in case you are not familiar with the VLBA, here's a brief description: The VLBA is a system of ten radio-telescope antennas,each with a dish... [read more]

Rhymes with McSchwinn
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:05 AM, 60 Comments
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilman Mike O'Brien, outside the Wallingford Tully's this morning. Unlike Seattle's former Green Superstar Mayor, Greg Nickels, who hectored us from the back of his chauffeur-driven gas-guzzling limousine to lower our carbon footprints and... [read more]

My Statement on I-1068, Which Would Legalize Marijuana
by pudge, 07:47 AM, 174 Comments
Initiative 1068 would legalize marijuana for all adults in Washington State. Marijuana is a terrible product. Other than the people who use it strictly for medicinal reasons, it has no positive uses. People who use marijuana for other purposes are... [read more]

April 29, 2010
Do You Have a Right to Petition in Secret?
by pudge, 08:34 AM, 75 Comments
Yesterday, in the final U.S. Supreme Court case heard by Justice John Paul Stevens, my good friend Larry Stickney and his group, Protect Marriage Washington, squared off against Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna in Doe #1 v. Reed to... [read more]

Channel 13 Misses The Third Alternative
by Jim Miller, 06:55 AM, 48 Comments
This morning, our local Fox affiliate is running this poll. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is boycotting Arizona over the new immigration law. Will you still travel to Arizona? The poll offers just two choices, yes and no. But as any... [read more]

April 28, 2010
Why can't high-income elites relieve their guilt with their own money, not everyone else's?
by Tim Eyman, 08:16 AM, 56 Comments
Last week, I was a guest on Dave Ross' Seattle radio show on KIRO where we discussed Gates' new income tax initiative -- here's a few excerpts: Eyman: "The Pandora's Box isn't just this proposal. It's a message from the... [read more]

April 27, 2010
UW President Mark Emmert Resigns
by warrenpeterson, 10:09 PM, 21 Comments
After six years as President of the University of Washington, Mark Emmert resigned and will become President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A friend asked me if Emmert is the first person making over $400,000 to flee the... [read more]

U.S. Senate Race - The Thinning Starts
by warrenpeterson, 10:53 AM, 27 Comments
The Republican field narrowed by one with Chris Widener's withdrawal from the race. That still leaves ten announced Republicans with possible number 11, the big elephant in the room, Dino Rossi, still playing coy about his intentions. If Rossi gets... [read more]

Their big rush messed up the soda-pop tax
by Ron Hebron, 08:12 AM, 31 Comments
When you pass the final budget of many pages in a big rush violating your own rules - no time for it - you sometimes get something wrong. The soda-pop tax. Don't you just feel sorry for our legislature? They... [read more]

April 26, 2010
How much tax is enough?
by warrenpeterson, 10:21 PM, 100 Comments
The question that never fails to stymie "raise taxes" liberals is: "What level of taxation do you think is fair - 20%. 40%, 60% - what? In detail, add up all the taxes one pays (federal, state and local) -... [read more]

Good News From SurveyUSA On Senator Murray
by Jim Miller, 09:33 AM, 31 Comments
(Unless you are a "mainstream" journalist, in which case you may find this distressing, or even threatening.) Here's the lead paragraph from the SurveyUSA press release. Like Other Incumbent Democrats Coast-to-Coast, US Senator Patty Murray In Trouble in Washington State:... [read more]

April 25, 2010
Modernize Washington
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:03 PM, 24 Comments
Campaign committee Modernize Washington recently filed two versions (here and here) of a statewide initiative to modernize state liquor laws: getting the state out of the liquor business and allowing licensed distributors and retailers to sell spirits in addition to... [read more]

Big Hat, No Cattle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:57 PM, 7 Comments
Lobbyist Ron Dotzauer has been claiming for weeks that he too is about to file a "liquor privatization" initiative. So far, only bluster. Nothing filed yet. But it's apparently not genuine privatization, but a cynical maneuver designed to confuse voters... [read more]

April 24, 2010
State Income Tax, Maybe, If...
by warrenpeterson, 12:16 PM, 47 Comments
Defeated in court once (1933) and five times resoundingly at the polls, Initiative 1077 proposes another try for a state income tax. Unlike some previous proposals, this one is not revenue neutral but would raise $1 billion a year for... [read more]

April 23, 2010
Kirkland's Town Bird Is The Crane
by Jim Miller, 01:33 PM, 12 Comments
And that hasn't stopped being true just because there is a little recession on. Will there be buyers and renters for all this commercial and residential construction?  I don't know, but I am beginning to wonder, as I see all... [read more]

April 22, 2010
"It is the Holy Grail for progressives. They've wanted it for years. But the problem is that it's just a Pandora's Box. That once you give the state the power to be able to tax everyone based on income, they're going to tax everyone based on income."
by Tim Eyman, 08:53 PM, 79 Comments
Very well said. From yesterday's press conference on Income Tax Initiative I-1077: Bryan Johnson, KOMO TV asks: "Does anyone have to fear soon this (income tax threshold) will creep to above $150,000, and then above $100,000, and then everybody pays?"... [read more]

I-1077 is a Distraction and a Waste of Time and Money
by pudge, 07:42 AM, 101 Comments
Liberals have put up Initiative 1077 to give us a massive new income tax for individuals earning over $200,000. It's nominally an obvious attempt at class warfare, to increase the tax burden on "rich" people while slashing it for everyone... [read more]

This income tax is for you
by Ron Hebron, 07:35 AM, 18 Comments
Initiative 1077 is a tax increase. They claim it to be a reform for fairness. But they - supporters - also say it is an increase. Seattle Times WEA President Mary Lindquist said the tax proposal is "a welcome step"... [read more]

April 20, 2010
Guest Post--A Question for Sen. Oemig
by Matt Manweller, 10:03 PM, 31 Comments
As most readers of SoundPolitics know, Sen. Eric Oemig introduced a bill to impeach President Bush during the 2007 session. Mr. Oemig made it clear that he felt the State Legislature was an appropriate venue to raise this type of... [read more]

April 19, 2010
Legislators are Stupid and Annoying
by pudge, 09:23 AM, 73 Comments
I keep hearing that the health insurance reform bill will take a certain dollar from us if we don't buy insurance, or a percentage of our income, whichever is higher. I can't find this in the original bill. It just... [read more]

McGinn versus traffic relief - 520 bridge
by Ron Hebron, 08:07 AM, 49 Comments
I have an idea. When we are replacing a bridge built 47 years ago let's not increase the capacity for automobile traffic. This will force masses of people to use rail. And at the same time making this change would... [read more]

April 16, 2010
WW I Navy Recruiting Poster
by Jim Miller, 01:40 PM, 18 Comments
Because it's Friday, and because I get a kick out of this poster: Partly, I must admit, because it is so politically incorrect. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. (You can learn about the artist, Howard Chandler Christy, here... [read more]

People want limited government - tea parties
by Ron Hebron, 08:05 AM, 124 Comments
There were tea party gatherings around the state Thursday. In Olympia there were 2,500 to 3,000 at the Capitol. Seattle Times reported "several hundred" gathered at Westlake Park in Seattle. A good crowd in Everett. I was at the Bellevue... [read more]

April 15, 2010
A Graph For Danny Westneat
by Jim Miller, 09:08 AM, 0 Comments
According to talk show host Bryan Suits, Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat does not understand why people will be protesting against taxes today. if you understand the basics of budgets, this Congressional Budget Office graph should be, by itself, enough... [read more]

State can't afford accountability
by Ron Hebron, 08:08 AM, 29 Comments
A million here... $10 million there... But Washington can't afford $11,000 for accountability of how the millions and billions are spent. Well... Washington can afford it, but our elected Legislature lead by Sen. Lisa Brown, Rep. Frank Chopp and Christine... [read more]

April 13, 2010
Tax Day Tea Parties
by Ron Hebron, 08:11 AM, 168 Comments
Thursday April 15 come out and tell elected officials that you don't like raising taxes to pay for irresponsible spending - green buildings that don't save energy, pay increases during the recession and ever-increasing costs for every program with little... [read more]

April 12, 2010
Debt and tax increases for what? Updated
by Ron Hebron, 08:36 PM, 15 Comments
Update 4/14: The legislature reduced the size of the "green schools" funding. What is so essential that our Legislature in desperation was forced, forced to raise many taxes and go farther into debt? - Tax increases that will increase the... [read more]

Two Constitutional Theories
by Jim Miller, 09:15 AM, 81 Comments
A century ago, Tammany Hall leader Tim Campbell asked: "What's the Constitution among friends?" Campbell was expressing, in a commendably clear way, a theory of the Constitution.  It would be difficult, perhaps impossible, to find a law professor who would... [read more]

April 09, 2010
Anti-police riot in Olympia
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:18 PM, 65 Comments
Thirty people under age thirty were arrested in Olympia yesterday for rioting against "police brutality". Margaret Belknap, 22, was arrested on suspicion ofkicking an Olympia police officer in "upper right inside thigh near his groin" and kicking him in the... [read more]

Gregoire and Demos helping Idaho even more
by Ron Hebron, 07:47 AM, 27 Comments
Christine Gregoire and her molasses Democrats finally agreed on their beloved tax increases after 26 days. Though EFF WA sees signs of continued discontent. And who benefits? Idaho. A business-and-occupation tax surcharge would raise the single largest amount of money,... [read more]

April 08, 2010
UPDATE: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Lying or Ignorant?
by pudge, 04:27 PM, 37 Comments
A few days ago, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz incorrectly told her constituents, "We actually have not required in this law that you carry health insurance." She went on to say it's a choice in how you file your taxes,... [read more]

April 07, 2010
Murray and Goldy Mum on Lies About Rossi
by pudge, 05:22 PM, 51 Comments
The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), of which Senator Patty Murray is the fourth ranking member, and HA Seattle, run by our friend Goldy, have been spreading the inane claim that Dino Rossi has been involved in "shady" dealings and... [read more]

You will be able to pay more taxes
by Ron Hebron, 08:12 AM, 42 Comments
You want tax increases? Why make others pay when you are the high-tax fan? Soon you will be able pay more taxes out of your own pocket. Senator Don Benton introduced a bill to allow voluntary paying of taxes. [Apologies... [read more]

Higher Taxes On Mass-Market Beer!?
by Jim Miller, 07:11 AM, 33 Comments
After Christine Gregoire took office in 2005, Washington state Democrats went on a spending spree, treating our tax money as an irresponsible teenager might treat a family credit card.  In Washington state, as in many other states and localities, much... [read more]

April 06, 2010
Guaranteed insurance - what could go wrong?
by Ron Hebron, 08:11 AM, 62 Comments
Under ObamaCare insurance companies will be required to insure everyone and despite pre-existing conditions. What could possibly go wrong? Massachussetts started a health system similar to ObamaCare about 4 years ago. But people game the system. They don't pay for... [read more]

April 04, 2010
Kids In Bipolar Seattle
by Jim Miller, 03:46 PM, 38 Comments
This New York Times article is unintentionally revealing. Jennifer Piper, who has a 20-month-old son, explains: "I think the city is a little bipolar when it comes to kids," she added.  "It hasn't figured it out yet." Mrs. Piper is... [read more]

April 02, 2010
Another Liberal Hates the Rule of Law
by pudge, 08:40 PM, 40 Comments
You've probably seen this, but I can't pass up pointing it out. Many liberals hate the rule of law -- and by this, I mean they despise the notion that we should follow the law, and instead they want us... [read more]

Germans have given up on their religion of green
by Ron Hebron, 06:41 PM, 29 Comments
Germans have given up on their religion of the environment. Even prominent newspaper Der Spiegel says so. Telegraph UK No people on earth are more righteously Green than the Germans. They built the foundations and set the tone of the... [read more]

April 01, 2010
State Legislature Democrats take action against "unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 PM, 37 Comments
The more pointed headline would be "Senate Democrats seek to tax and regulate sofas and armchairs", but too many readers would have dismissed that as an April Fool's hoax. But there you have it. At a press conference this evening... [read more]

Gary Locke's April Fool Joke
by Jim Miller, 04:47 PM, 18 Comments
I had not realized our former governor had such a fine sense of humor.   But this is an awfully good joke, so I supppose I must have misunderestimated Locke. The new comprehensive health-care legislation meets these goals, and will... [read more]

Try Harder, Hugh
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 30 Comments
The UW Law School promised a "debate" on the constitutionality of the Obamacare mandate and the prospects for success of the state attorneys general lawsuit against the mandate. But the only participants invited to "debate" were those who believed the... [read more]

Congress to Pass Bill Forcing Contributions to Democrats
by pudge, 09:09 AM, 20 Comments
A new bill being introduced today. Read it and weep. Is the new power conferred to Congress to mandate our economic activity a slippery slope? You betcha! 111th Congress 2nd Session H.R. ____________ To provide affordable, quality health care for... [read more]

Obeying the law, Boeing? Answer to Congress
by Ron Hebron, 07:51 AM, 34 Comments
Honorable Henry Waxman is irate that US corporations are obeying the law. So he has called them to Congress to answer for their actions. Boeing Co. expects to take a $150 million charge against first-quarter earnings because of recent government... [read more]

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