Index of entries from June 2010
June 30, 2010
Patty Murray Is "No Rocket Scientist"
by Jim Miller, 01:12 PM, 33 Comments
We know that because she won that award from the Washingtonian magazine, in 2002 and 2004.  (She lost out in 2006 to a trio of Republicans.) The magazine used what I think is a reasonable way to make this award;... [read more]

Congratulations To Seattle Writer Molly Ringle
by Jim Miller, 08:08 AM, 1 Comments
For winning this year's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.  Here's her opening line: For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity's affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss--a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity's... [read more]

June 29, 2010
Danny Westneat Still Won't Tell Us Who
by Jim Miller, 03:53 PM, 0 Comments
The Seattle Times columnist has written still another column on the failure of our local governments to replace the South Park bridge, that serves a poor community of the same name. But Westneat still won't tell us who is responsible... [read more]

Obama-McCrystal Legacy
by warrenpeterson, 02:53 PM, 17 Comments
The hoopla over the Rolling Stone article on General Stanley McCrystal has just about run its course. After the disparaging remarks about Obama and members of his administration from members of McCrystal's staff and by implication, the General himself, were... [read more]

Senator Patty brags
by Ron Hebron, 08:48 AM, 16 Comments
She brags about being a career politician. I heard a clip on the radio to the effect: Someone else in this race wavered; he had to think about his family... he wavered, but I never wavered!" Sure she never wavered.... [read more]

June 28, 2010
Justice Stevens and Judicial Activism
by pudge, 03:23 PM, 27 Comments
There was a lot of talk today from the Democrats accusing the conservative justices of "judicial activism." What they really mean, of course, is that the justices come up with decisions the Democrats dislike. The Lily Ledbetter case, for example:... [read more]

Gun Rights
by pudge, 07:55 AM, 36 Comments
Not to criticize any justices in particular -- because I understand the culture and processes of the Supreme Court -- but it is shameful of our system that we could only get a single Supreme Court Justice to agree that... [read more]

June 27, 2010
Demos refuse to perform primary responsibility
by Ron Hebron, 06:47 PM, 31 Comments
It's a primary responsibility of Congress to write and pass the budget each year. But the Demo leadership in the House, where budgets must originate, say they will not do it this year. Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced his bold... [read more]

June 25, 2010
For Your Viewing Pleasure
by Jim Miller, 02:17 PM, 11 Comments
Two fine cartoons from Michael Ramirez, here and here. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics.... [read more]

It's Time to Speak Out America!
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 06:49 AM, 95 Comments
The time has come for Washington, D.C. to start listening to the American people. And House Republicans are ready to start the conversation. Recently, House Republicans launched AmericaSpeakingOut.com, a new interactive website where you can help create a new... [read more]

June 24, 2010
Doe v. Reed Decided, Sort Of
by pudge, 03:55 PM, 15 Comments
The Supreme Court held, 8-1 (only Thomas dissenting) that disclosure of referendum petitions, in general, does not violate the First Amendment. The door is left open to further litigation to see if a narrower case may find in their favor.... [read more]

Gregoire doesn't acknowledge WS Ferries problems
by Ron Hebron, 07:22 AM, 30 Comments
KING TV did a series on waste in the WSF system, but Christine Gregoire only heard about it; she didn't have time to watch it. Gregoire doesn't take time to watch the local news. Believe that! Waste: Employees are... [read more]

June 23, 2010
WSRP Platform (Video Version)
by Matt Manweller, 09:38 AM, 23 Comments
I had the honor of chairing the 2010 Washington State Republican Party Platform Committee this year. Wanting to do something different, the committee elected to create a video version of the platform. In the interest of time, the video only... [read more]

June 22, 2010
Jim Miller's Girls
by Jim Miller, 03:32 PM, 0 Comments
For the record:  I had never heard of the book by that title, advertised over on the right, until I saw the ad.  So I can't make any recommendations, positive or negative, on the book.  (But I will admit that... [read more]

Red-light camera debate heats up in Mukilteo
by Tim Eyman, 02:00 PM, 11 Comments
Following a vote in May by the Mukilteo Mayor and City Council to impose red-light cameras and speed cameras in our small town, we filed a local initiative on May 24th to let voters vote on it. It's called Mukilteo... [read more]

June 21, 2010
Good News From Gallup
by Jim Miller, 05:13 PM, 45 Comments
If you are a Republican candidate. An average of 59% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have said they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting this year compared with past elections, the highest average Gallup has found in a midterm... [read more]

June 19, 2010
WS Ferries and political decision by Hammond
by Ron Hebron, 08:22 PM, 26 Comments
King 5 TV has done an excellent investigation into our poorly managed state ferry system. The latest in the series finds a strange political decision: State DOT director Hammond cares a little about taxpayers' dollars, but the unions come first.... [read more]

June 17, 2010
Bill Gates, Sr. vs. Bill Gates, III on taxes
by Ron Hebron, 03:47 PM, 103 Comments
Bill Gates, the younger, says to donate your wealth which minimizes the taxes you pay. Bill Gates, the elder, says to pay more taxes. Pay less taxes vs. pay more taxes. Bill Gates, Sr. * has an initiative to reduce... [read more]

June 16, 2010
Saving Private Murray
by Jim Miller, 04:47 PM, 37 Comments
This year, Washington's senior senator, Patty Murray, is up for re-election, and if the polls are any indication, she will not win easily.  It is likely to be a Republican year and what is usually one of her strengths, her... [read more]

June 15, 2010
Obama and Aliens
by pudge, 06:02 PM, 55 Comments
I was listening to Obama tonight. He said, “Because there’s never been a leak this size at this depth, stopping it has tested the limits of human technology.” I thought, What about alien technology? He continued: “That’s why, just after... [read more]

Larsen Attacks Koster For Not Being As Bad As Larsen
by pudge, 04:02 PM, 13 Comments
In attacking Sarah Palin's endorsment of challenger John Koster (R), incumbent WA-2 Congressman Rick Larsen (D) said, "A Palin endorsement means John Koster is opening his campaign war chest to a potential landslide of out-of-state contributions; contributions that will fund... [read more]

June 14, 2010
Br?an Baird Filed for WA-3 Last Week
by pudge, 10:35 PM, 8 Comments
No, not Brian Baird, Bryan Baird. At the state GOP convention last Friday, people were abuzz with news that the incumbent Democrat might have reneged on his promise to not seek another term, and had filed as an independent. Alas,... [read more]

Democratic Congressman Assaults College Student
by pudge, 08:42 AM, 85 Comments
His name is Bob Etheridge, a Democratic* Congressman from North Carolina. After being asked a simple (though perhaps loaded) question on a sidewalk, the Democratic* Congressman -- in the words of the NRCC -- "lost it" and assaulted the questioner:... [read more]

June 12, 2010
Sarah Palin Endorses John Koster for Congress
by pudge, 06:36 PM, 39 Comments
The title says it all. Sarah Palin endorsed John Koster for Congress today, putting him a step closer toward defeating Rick Larsen in WA-2.... [read more]

June 10, 2010
NCAA Flags USC
by warrenpeterson, 10:17 PM, 13 Comments
The NCAA lowered the boom on the University of Southern California football, men's basketball and women's tennis programs for serious rules violations. Now if they could just gag the USC band, the job would be complete. clear fog blog... [read more]

June 09, 2010
Leftwing Socialists in Portland are Racist
by pudge, 05:29 PM, 63 Comments
I was visiting some friends in Portland, Oregon, and I was told about an incident at the local Red and Black Cafe, in which a police officer was asked to leave because their customers (sorry, "collective members") do not feel... [read more]

Who, What, When, Where, And Why
by Jim Miller, 02:09 PM, 24 Comments
Most news organizations are having to cut back, but I was still surprised to see a local columnist eliminate one of the standard five (or often six) questions. First, some background.  The South Park Bridge, which carries about 20,000 vehicles... [read more]

Anyone Else Having Internet Problems?
by Jim Miller, 11:56 AM, 10 Comments
Here's a description of mine.  And I have heard from a reader who has been having similar problems. If you have been having problems with the Internet, share the details.  Tell us what has been going wrong, who your provider... [read more]

State Republican Convention Dilemma
by pudge, 09:12 AM, 17 Comments
Tomorrow I will be going to the WSRP Convention and at 3 p.m. there's a Consitution and Policy Workshop and a Citizen-Journalism Workshop. The former's description reads: This workshop is tailored to individuals wishing to learn more about constitutional principles.... [read more]

June 08, 2010
Dino leads Senator Patty
by Ron Hebron, 07:33 AM, 75 Comments
Dino has the lead. In The Washington Poll for the week of May 24, the week he entered, Dino Rossi lead Patty Murray by 42% to 39%. He was in the news every day that week. That helps. But he... [read more]

June 06, 2010
Thank you to our WWII soldiers & sailors
by MarkGriswold, 05:36 PM, 10 Comments
Who risked and gave their lives 66 years ago today in Normandy. You purchased our freedoms with your valor.... [read more]

June 04, 2010
View From A Bicycle
by Jim Miller, 01:28 PM, 14 Comments
Here's one of my favorite views along my favorite bicycle route. (For those not familiar with this area:  The picture shows the northern part of Lake Washington, part of Seattle, and, in the distance, some of the the Olympic mountains.)... [read more]

June 03, 2010
Benton Drops Out, Endorses Rossi
by pudge, 06:56 PM, 38 Comments
Republican challenger for U.S. Senate Don Benton dropped out of the race today, endorsing Dino Rossi.... [read more]

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