Index of entries from September 2010
September 29, 2010
Mike McGinn's War on Cars
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:38 PM, 67 Comments
Recent Seattle Times headlines: "McGinn plan for street parking would exceed NYC rate" "Seattle City Council raises parking lot tax, authorizes citywide taxing district" and that's in addition to McGinn's new $20 car-tab tax. Meanwhile, Mayor McGinn is spending the... [read more]

Was There Really A Big Swing To Murray In Washington State?
by Jim Miller, 01:22 PM, 42 Comments
That's what SurveyUSA said in their press release. In an election for United States Senator from the state of Washington today, 09/22/10, incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi finish effectively even, according to a new SurveyUSA poll... [read more]

September 28, 2010
Conventional wisdom radio
by Ron Hebron, 07:44 AM, 26 Comments
If you want to hear the conventional wisdom on today's events you don't have to turn to ABC, NBC, CBS or CNN. KVI's morning host Bryan Suits provides it every day. He has exclusive access to long conversations with ABC... [read more]

State Liquor Status Quo "Economically ... Doesn't Make Sense"
by pudge, 05:57 AM, 41 Comments
Am I the only one who noticed that in Robert Mak's piece on the liquor privatization initiatives on KING 5, a supporter of the status quo said that the status quo doesn't make economic sense? John Guadnola, Executive Director of... [read more]

September 27, 2010
3d CD: Do you want career politician and card-check supporter Heck?
by Ron Hebron, 03:45 PM, 10 Comments
Do you want to be represented by a career politician who favors ending the secret ballot in union-organizing elections? And can't oppose tax increases? Then vote for Denny Heck in the 3d Congressional District. The Seattle Times likes this combination.... [read more]

The Seattle Times Doesn't Think You Should Know About Coates's Testimony
by Jim Miller, 08:43 AM, 30 Comments
(Assuming their search routine works correctly.) Here are the basics from from a front-page Washington Post story. A veteran Justice Department lawyer accused his agency Friday of being unwilling to pursue racial discrimination cases on behalf of white voters, turning... [read more]

September 26, 2010
Candy Tax
by pudge, 07:26 PM, 23 Comments
In order to avoid the new Candy Tax in Washington State, I am carefully selecting what candies to buy for Halloween. Candy is legally defined as not having any flour, so I am buying up Twix, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and... [read more]

September 24, 2010
The Murray-Rossi Race Is Close
by Jim Miller, 09:52 AM, 76 Comments
Very close. In the latest SurveyUSA poll, Murray leads Rossi by just 2 percent, In an election for United States Senator from the state of Washington today, 09/22/10, incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi finish effectively even,... [read more]

September 23, 2010
Profile In Cowardice
by Jim Miller, 03:47 PM, 35 Comments
Yesterday, I learned that my congressman, Jay Inslee, is refusing to debate his opponent, James Watkins. It isn't hard to understand Inslee's thinking ; he received almost 56 percent of the vote in the August all-party primary, his opponent was... [read more]

My Life as a Liquor Reformer, Part 1
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 22 Comments
The Seattle Times had a good editorial last weekend: "Initiative 1100 best route for Washington state to get out of retail liquor business" Yes it is! My only quibble:Costco wrote I-1100 and collected most of the signatures to put the... [read more]

My Life as a Liquor Reformer, Part 2
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:04 AM, 5 Comments
I submitted a complaint to the PDC this week, alleging that the Association of Washington Cities is distributing materials intended to oppose I-1100 (and that other liquor privatization initiative), in violation of the prohibition on using public funds to support... [read more]

September 22, 2010
Mrs. Gregoire, potato salesman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:30 PM, 12 Comments
AP: "Washington governor plugs spuds in Asia"Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking diners in Asia if they want fries with that. As part of her trade mission to China and Vietnam, the governor has been handing Washington potato products at... [read more]

I-1098, for a State Income Tax, gets huge support from public-employee unions
by Ron Hebron, 08:24 PM, 28 Comments
Do you have the impression that the anti-income-tax people are only high income fat cats? The Seattle Times emphasizes their donations and again. But take a closer look; look past the headlines. The unions are putting more money into the... [read more]

VIDEO: End the Bailouts
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 11:19 AM, 20 Comments
Via Ed Morrissey at Click here to share this video on Facebook. Click here to share my op-ed on Facebook.... [read more]

September 21, 2010
Two Candidates Who Can Use Your Support
by Jim Miller, 05:37 PM, 8 Comments
Jim Geraghty of National Review lists twenty House candidates who can use your support.  Two of them are here in Washington state. John Koster, Washington's 2nd district: This race is a bit of a surprise, but the challenger is running... [read more]

Senator Lugar Passes Freedom To Farm
by Jim Miller, 04:35 PM, 3 Comments
After the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar was able to do what he had wanted to do for years: reduce farm subsidies and farm regulations.... [read more]

VIDEO: Listen to the American People
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 11:58 AM, 21 Comments
Before we departed for the August recess, I challenged my Republican colleagues in Congress to use the power of visual and social media to develop a more dynamic connection with constituents. To accomplish that, as Vice-Chair of the House Republican... [read more]

September 20, 2010
Fake Tea Party Candidate Suzan DelBene
by Jim Miller, 02:28 PM, 25 Comments
DelBene is running against a Republican House incumbent, Dave Reichert.  The 8th district is now a swing district.  It's never been held by a Democrat, but Gore carried it in 2000 (49-47), Kerry carried in 2004 (51-48), and Obama carried... [read more]

September 19, 2010
Columbian newspaper endorses I-1053 (interestingly, they opposed I-960), joining editorial boards at the Seattle Times & the Everett Herald in supporting reinstatement of the 2/3's
by Tim Eyman, 03:17 PM, 11 Comments
From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the "Save The 2/3's Vote For Tax Increases Initiative": Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator... [read more]

September 18, 2010
Political Egos
by warrenpeterson, 05:30 PM, 127 Comments
Once elected to a political office, many politicians are infected by egophoma, a belief they hold office by divine right. There has been an unusually virulent strain in this year's election season. Some are cured by tea. Others are too... [read more]

September 17, 2010
State deficit balloons
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:59 AM, 36 Comments
Discuss:Low tax collections are driving a new state budget deficit of about $520 million through mid-2011, leading to spending cuts of about 6.3 percent from Gov. Chris Gregoire.More reportage and commentary here: Seattle Times: "State budget likely to go from... [read more]

And Sound Politics wins five first-place Sharkansky Awards
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:49 AM, 16 Comments
The Seattle Times reports The Seattle Times won four first-place honors ... in the 2010 C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for distinguished reporting. The annual awards were established in 1977 in honor of Blethen, publisher of The Times from 1915 to... [read more]

September 16, 2010
My Sympathies To Molly Norris
by Jim Miller, 09:01 AM, 0 Comments
Who has had to disappear and change her identity, in order to protect her life. For the record:  I published two of the Danish cartoons, and would do so again.  (One interesting detail about that controversy:  The Danish imams who... [read more]

September 15, 2010
Campaign Coverage On Local TV Stations
by Jim Miller, 11:38 AM, 67 Comments
Here's a non-partisan question for all of you.  (And I do mean all of you.)  What stories have you seen on our local TV stations about the campaign — other than the Rossi-Murray race? I ask that because I haven't... [read more]

September 14, 2010
Danny Westneat Endorses Initiative 1100!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:41 AM, 28 Comments
Okay, he didn't explicitly endorse I-1100 in Sunday's column on liquor privatization initiatives 1100 and 1105. In fact, he said he'd vote against both initiatives. But his own stated criteria for deciding how to vote necessarily implies an endorsement of... [read more]

James Watkins Stages A Near-Perfect Campaign Event
by Jim Miller, 11:31 AM, 14 Comments
The Republican candidate for Congress in Washington's 1st district, James Watkins, combined a motorcycle ride with barbecue and Motown music.  What's not to like in that all-American combination? Here are the riders. You can see more pictures here, and learn... [read more]

Microsoft Will No Longer Help Putin Attack Russian Dissidents
by Jim Miller, 09:08 AM, 6 Comments
The company is apologizing, calling off its Russian lawyers, and even offering retroactive licenses to "advocacy groups". Microsoft announced sweeping changes on Monday to ensure that the authorities in Russia and elsewhere do not use crackdowns on software piracy as... [read more]

September 13, 2010
Tom Tangen Makes The Case Against Patty Murray
by Jim Miller, 10:07 AM, 29 Comments
In a letter published in the Everett Herald.  Here's his first pragraph: Patty Murray's television ads are great.  But after listening to the people in the ads, I realized that she has bought their votes with my tax money. By... [read more]

September 11, 2010
State supreme court clears the way for groundbreaking Nov vote on those obnoxious red-light cameras and speed cameras -- ruling provides 2 benefits
by Tim Eyman, 11:27 AM, 14 Comments
From: Nicholas Sherwood, -- Alex Rion, WA State Campaign for Liberty -- Tim Eyman, initiative co-sponsors of Mukilteo Initiative No. 2 -- Let The People Decide on Red-Light Cameras in Mukilteo Yesterday, the state supreme court rejected the plea... [read more]

September 10, 2010
Virginia Governor's Office: Virginia's liquor monopoly has no social benefits
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 AM, 22 Comments
We're seeing hysterical Chicken-Littleizing about dangers to civilization if liquor privatization Initiative 1100 passes. Allow beer and wine retailers to sell additional beverages? Second-graders will drink vodka at school! Housewives will down Cosmos all day and forget to iron their... [read more]

Last Night's Execution Of Cal Coburn Brown Will Save 5 To 15 Lives
by Jim Miller, 10:09 AM, 20 Comments
Probably. It has been years since he committed his horrendous crimes, so a review of them is in order: [Holly] Washa had left Ogallala, Neb., three years before her murder believing Seattle was a prime spot to pursue a career... [read more]

September 09, 2010
Koster vs. Larsen: Your Turn [UPDATE]
by pudge, 07:51 AM, 53 Comments
UPDATE: we'll be accepting questions through Friday. Get 'em in! The two campaigns for Washington's Second Congressional District, for incumbent Rick Larsen (D) and challenger John Koster (R), have agreed to answer questions posted by you, the readers and voters.... [read more]

Congress closes another factory and sends jobs overseas
by Ron Hebron, 07:42 AM, 24 Comments
Congress caused a factory to close this month and the jobs to go overseas. GE has a factory in Winchester, VA, that makes incandescent light bulbs. Does until the end of September. Then it will close due to an act... [read more]

September 08, 2010
An Initiative 1098 Consequence
by warrenpeterson, 09:25 PM, 48 Comments
If you think Initiative 1098, which would impose an income tax on the top two percent of Washington residents, has no unintended consequences then be sure to read the lead editorial in the September 8, 2010 Seattle Times. Bullying Bartell... [read more]

September 07, 2010
Republicans and Gay Marriage
by warrenpeterson, 09:16 PM, 96 Comments
Thanks to SP for sending me the below thought provoking blog from rottenindenmark: Why the American Left Drags Its Feet on Gay Rights By: Mike Babb One thing I couldn't get over when I first moved here was how politically... [read more]

Speaking of the Liquor Control Board
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:33 PM, 19 Comments
I've filed a complaint with the Executive Ethics Board alleging that the Liquor Control Board, and its Deputy Administrative Director Rick Garza, have been violating RCW 42.52.180, which prohibits the use of public resources to assist political campaigns. I allege... [read more]

September 06, 2010
I-1100 or I-1105?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:59 PM, 24 Comments
The Puget Sound Business Journal has an online poll: "Two Washington initiatives to allow liquor sales in grocery stores: How will you vote?"... [read more]

September 04, 2010
Dismal Science
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:50 PM, 15 Comments
Seattle Times: "State's chief economist: No good news to report"... [read more]

Taxes Going Up, January 1, 2010
by warrenpeterson, 11:21 AM, 44 Comments
It's inevitable; your Federal taxes are going up in 2011. It's not just the failure of Congress to extend the Bush tax cuts but also the first wave of Obamacare. Even if Republicans win the House and Senate in November,... [read more]

September 03, 2010
Koster Beating Larsen in Poll, Debate on "Up Front" (UPDATED)
by pudge, 08:33 PM, 7 Comments
Republican challenger John Koster leads Democratic incumbent Rick Larsen 50-46 in a KING5/SurveyUSA poll of the Second Congressional District. They faced off in a debate that will air on Up Front with Robert Mak this weekend. UPDATE: You can watch... [read more]

Teachers union agrees that Senator Patty didn't save 3,000 teacher jobs
by Ron Hebron, 08:17 PM, 13 Comments
Senator Patty Murray claimed she was saving 3,000 Washington teachers from layoffs by spending billions of borrowed dollars (nationwide; $208 million here). It was discovered and reported here that about 500 teachers received layoff notices in May and most of... [read more]

Judge Hicks allows signature privacy case to proceed, lifts TRO allowing release in the meantime, Sec of State promises to prohibit commercial-use of info
by Tim Eyman, 02:51 PM, 4 Comments
RE: the Secretary of State's policy to release the names, signatures, and home addresses of citizens who sign initiative and referendum petitions and our lawsuit challenging it (Eyman v Reed) Today, the Secretary of State asked the Thurston County Superior... [read more]

September 01, 2010
Senator Murray Is Number 1!
by Jim Miller, 08:08 AM, 36 Comments
While browsing in the back pages of the 2010 Almanac of American Politics, I learned that Washington's senior senator has another achievement that deserves recognition. No, she hasn't won another "no rocket scientist award".  (I think the magazine no longer... [read more]

KING 5's poll on I-1053 gives us reason for optimism (55% "certain" to vote yes)
by Tim Eyman, 08:06 AM, 7 Comments
We're always hesitant to get too excited about polls, especially ones that come out in August. But it's hard to ignore KING 5's poll among likely voters showing 55% saying they are 'certain' to vote yes on I-1053 and only... [read more]

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