Index of entries from October 2010
October 31, 2010
Another way that Initiative 1100 will improve the Liquor Control Board's enforcement of public health and safety laws
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:08 PM, 5 Comments
Initiative 1100 will focus the Liquor Control Board solely on enforcing public health and safety laws, removing two non-essential distractions: (1) the liquor retail business; (2) enforcement of anti-competitive trade restraints. I-1100 repeals nearly all laws, which, federal courts have... [read more]

Real Clear Politics: Rossi and Murray race a "tie"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:08 PM, 19 Comments
RCP's assessment of our U.S. Senate race is a tie at 47.7% each. I'm not sure what RCP's exact formula for averaging polls is, but this one is a simple average of the last 3 polls -- (Survey USA: tie,... [read more]

October 30, 2010
If You Want To Improve Education, Vote Republican
by Jim Miller, 02:53 PM, 38 Comments
You won't be right every time, but you will be right most of the time. To see why I think that, let me bring in someone who would disagree with my conclusion, Seattle Times editorial writer Lynne Varner.  Here's what... [read more]

October 29, 2010
On the out-of-state beer distributors' cynical "public safety" campaign against Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:40 PM, 49 Comments
From the nation's beer distributors: Now wait, if gas stations are selling alcohol to "1 in 4" teens (an unsubstantiated number), then the alcohol they're selling is beer (including Four Loko, legally regulated and sold as "beer"). Beer is no... [read more]

Don't Like All Those Campaign Ads?
by Jim Miller, 12:37 PM, 17 Comments
Then design your own. Here, for example, is an anti-Patty Murray ad I would like to see: Announcer:  In 1992, we gave Patty Murray our credit card.  She's had a lot of fun with it since then. And on the... [read more]

State employee labor unions and trial lawyers try, fail, to conceal campaign donations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:03 AM, 9 Comments
The state Public Disclosure Commission is asking Attorney General Rob McKenna to prosecute liberal consulting firm Moxie Media for allegedly failing to disclose who paid for mailers that attacked (and probably helped defeat) Democratic state Sen. Jean Berkey in the... [read more]

Even Norm Dicks' support is softening?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 13 Comments
Real Clear Politics updated WA-6 yesterday from Safe Dem to Likely Dem. Democrat Norm Dicks has represented the district since 1976. This year's challenger Doug Cloud lost to Dicks in 2008 by 67-33. I haven't seen any public polls on... [read more]

KING-5 SurveyUSA poll results now online
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:56 AM, 9 Comments
KING-5 SurveyUSA's complete poll results, with crosstabs, are now online. Initiatives 1098, 1107, 1053 and Referendum 52, here Initiatives 1082, 1100 and 1105, here WA Senate Rossi v. Murray, here Among respondents who say they already voted: 1098, 1082, 1105... [read more]

Keith Richards Schools Bill Gates, Senior
by Jim Miller, 07:49 AM, 27 Comments
Or would if the elder Gates, who is the spokesman for an income tax initiative here in Washington state, were listening. The Stones are famously tax-averse.  I broach the subject with Keith in Camp X-Ray, as he calls his backstage... [read more]

October 28, 2010
New KING-5 poll results reported this evening
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:30 PM, 20 Comments
UPDATE: 10:30pm: Rossi and Murray tied 47 - 47 KING-5 this evening reports poll results for the statewide ballot initiatives For each initiative: %YES/NO/UNDECIDED I-1053 ahead, details not given I-1098 34/56/10 I-1100 48/40/12 I-1105 trailing by double digits, details not... [read more]

Mail Ballot Horror Show (XLV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:01 PM, 4 Comments
"The union that represents some postal workers had to extend elections and offer replacement ballots after the originals were apparently lost in the mail".... [read more]

The Seattle Times misinforms on Initiative 1100's fiscal impact
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:30 PM, 5 Comments
[See the bottom of the post to vote on today's opinion poll] Today's Seattle Times article on Liquor Board financials and the impact of Initiative 1100 on state revenues is so obtusely written as to be misinformative. The clearest document... [read more]

Danny Westneat's poor understanding of liquor privatization
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:32 AM, 20 Comments
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat claims Initiative 1100 would cause the state to "give away' its liquor business. He believes the state should "sell" the business instead. Westneat's understanding and analysis are seriously flawed. The state is not "giving away"... [read more]

A Small Move In The Rossi-Murray Polls
by Jim Miller, 10:28 AM, 27 Comments
But in the right direction. Republican Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray are separated by a single point in the U.S. Senate race in Washington with less than a week until Election Day. The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone... [read more]

October 27, 2010
State Senator and former Sheriff Dale Brandland supports Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:52 AM, 12 Comments
Watch the video and vote free pollsWho do you trust more on liquor privatization and protecting Washington's communitiesState Senator and former Sheriff Dale Brandland Beer distributors from 42 other states   ... [read more]

Kudos To Bruce Ramsey
by Jim Miller, 10:09 AM, 8 Comments
In an excellent column, the Seattle Times editorial writer destroys those Democratic ads charging Republicans with "shipping jobs overseas". Here's his conclusion: There are plenty of vile ads this year, and the Democrats have no monopoly of them.  But in... [read more]

If You Like Snow
by Jim Miller, 08:44 AM, 4 Comments
You'll love Mt. Rainier this morning. No promises, but there is a good chance that web cam views of Mt. Rainier (and Mt. St. Helens) will be especially beautiful around sunset today.  (You can find links to the web cams... [read more]

October 26, 2010
The Seattle Times Is Unhappy About All That Free Speech Going On Out There
by Jim Miller, 01:52 PM, 20 Comments
In an editorial that will not win them any support from fans of the 1st amendment, our local monopoly newspaper attacks people and organizations making political arguments this election year. Countdown to Election Day: Another week or so and it... [read more]

Why The Liquor Control Board Should Get Out Of The Retail Business And Spend 100% Of Its Time On Licensing And Enforcement (V)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 AM, 20 Comments
Another reason why the WSLCB should exit the retail business and focus on enforcing laws in the private sector: Licensee store managers have stronger incentives to comply with liquor laws than do state store managers. Violations by licensees incur fines,... [read more]

October 25, 2010
Our closing argument: End the tax tug-of-war by passing I-1053
by Tim Eyman, 05:41 PM, 27 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]

Does Early Voting Depress Turnout?
by Jim Miller, 04:57 PM, 19 Comments
That seems paradoxical, but that's what three political scientists found in a study of the 2008 election: Our research, conducted with our colleagues David Canon and Donald Moynihan at the University of Wisconsin, is based on a three-part statistical analysis... [read more]

Why The Liquor Control Board Should Get Out Of The Retail Business And Spend 100% Of Its Time On Licensing And Enforcement (IV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:31 PM, 9 Comments
One argument against Initiative 1100 is the opponent's (inadequately documented and quantified) claim that state stores are better at preventing alcohol sales to minors than private sector retailers.The WSLCB publicizes licensee violations while sweeping state store violations under the rug.... [read more]

Last Day To Register
by Jim Miller, 06:23 AM, 0 Comments
And you have to do it in person, at your county's election office.... [read more]

October 24, 2010
Okay, one more on the "conservative" argument against Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:47 PM, 55 Comments
Crosscut:[Chris] Vance was unequivocal: "God, I hate initiatives," which he said had degenerated into being a way for people like Tim Eyman to make a living. Eyman's not alone. Tens of millions of dollars are pouring into television advertising in... [read more]

Candy Tax Redux
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:17 PM, 16 Comments
One argument we've been hearing against ballot initiatives in general is that ony the Legislature is capable of considering all the issues before formulating and voting on new laws. For a real-world example of the Legislature's prowess, see the so-called... [read more]

October 23, 2010
Koster/Larsen Debate
by pudge, 05:02 PM, 3 Comments
Many people, including myself, were disappointed that the Koster campaign chose to not participate in the KCTS 9 debate last Thursday.* But the next day, the pair debated and TVW has the video online. If most voters watch this debate... [read more]

Illegal immigrants get out the vote for Democrats
by Ron Hebron, 12:36 PM, 46 Comments
Illegal immigrants are getting out the vote for Democrats. Seattle Times When Maria Gianni is knocking on voters' doors, she's not bashful about telling people she is in the country illegally. She knows it's a risk to advertise this fact... [read more]

October 22, 2010
Busting Big Beer's Dangerous Fallacy or Why The Liquor Control Board Should Get Out Of The Retail Business And Spend 100% Of Its Time On Licensing And Enforcement (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:22 PM, 40 Comments
The central message of the beer industry's campaign against liquor privatization Initiative 1100, indeed the central argument for government liquor stores is this: It's acceptably safe for grocery stores to sell unlimited quantities of packaged beer. They even imply that... [read more]

The 1994 House Election In Washington State
by Jim Miller, 01:07 PM, 21 Comments
When both Pew and Gallup polls find double-digit leads for Republicans in the generic ballot for the House of Representatives, those who are trying to guess what might happen in this year's election will turn to more and more extreme... [read more]

October 21, 2010
My final word on the "conservative" argument against Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:51 PM, 68 Comments
At Chris Vance's request, I've given blogtime to what he calls the "conservative" case against liquor privatization initiative I-1100. I discussed his claims in detail here, here and here. His argument on behalf of his client's campaign (87% funded by... [read more]

Praise for President Obama
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:01 PM, 8 Comments
No, really. For all his faults, he had the good judgment to visit one of my favorite local businesses today, Top Pot Doughnuts. (I'm partial to their Bavarian Creams and Raspberry Bismarcks).... [read more]

Chris Vance responds to my questions about his opposition to Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:03 PM, 4 Comments
Chris Vance and I agreed that he would answer questions I pose to him as spokesman for the beer industry's campaign against liquor privatization Initiative 1100. Question 1: What specific evidence shows that the public health and safety impacts from... [read more]

James Watkins Asks Jay Inslee Whether He Is Running For Governor
by Jim Miller, 01:23 PM, 12 Comments
Congressman Inslee ducks, dodges, and squirms — but never answers the question. You can find more videos from the Watkins campaign at his site... [read more]

October 20, 2010
Quiet, early victory torpedoed I-1098's income tax campaign
by Tim Eyman, 10:43 PM, 46 Comments
"Every battle is won before it is ever fought" (Sun Tzu, The Art of War, 6th Century BC) As millions of dollars gets spent trying to defeat I-1098's new state income tax, the seeds of its defeat were planted months... [read more]

Thinking About Pork Barrel Spending
by Jim Miller, 05:43 PM, 11 Comments
Sometimes, it is helpful to begin by thinking about a problem abstractly, and that's what I will try to do here with the problem of pork barrel spending. By pork barrel spending, I mean government spending on programs and projects... [read more]

Good News For Dino Rossi
by Jim Miller, 08:15 AM, 39 Comments
President Obama is coming out to campaign for his opponent, Patty Murray. I had thought of writing Obama and asking him to come out and campaign for her, but I decided that would be too obvious.  It's too bad that... [read more]

October 19, 2010
A road to serfdom
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:23 PM, 59 Comments
From Wall Street Journal columnist Bill McGurn "Washington State's Union Tax" the push for I-1098 is being led and financed by unions. In a day when organized labor claims more members in government than in the private sector, it's not... [read more]

October 18, 2010
Videos From The Dick Muri Campaign
by Jim Miller, 07:01 PM, 24 Comments
I liked the Nancy Pelosi/Adam Smith ad, which you can see here.   You can find all seven parts of the Muri-Smith debate here.  I appreciate it when a candidate is willing to show us what his opponent said, as... [read more]

Not After January, 2011
by Jim Miller, 12:59 PM, 25 Comments
Unless almost all the experts are wrong. I have been planning to write a longish post critiquing the Seattle Times endorsements, which are (mostly) wrong in an interesting way.  But today's endorsement of 1st district congressman Jay Inslee has one... [read more]

Now Adam Smith in trouble?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 18 Comments
Latest Real Clear Politics rankings, which seem to be shifting red in recent days: WA-9 (Smith v Muri) and WA-2 (Larsen v Koster) are toss-up, WA-8 (Reichert v DelBene) and WA-3 (Heck v Herrera) leaning GOP. Reichert has always had... [read more]

Statewide Support for Initiative 1100
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:53 AM, 12 Comments
Newspaper Endorsements Seattle Times Spokesman-Review Tacoma News Tribune Everett Herald The Stranger Yakima Herald The Columbian (Vancouver) Wenatchee World Longview Daily News Centralia Chronicle (subscriber only) Bellevue Reporter Kitsap Sun Vancouver Voice Washington State Wire The pieces in the Wenatchee... [read more]

A Little Credit Where A Little Credit Is Due
by Jim Miller, 07:12 AM, 5 Comments
This morning Q13 had a brief story on the Watkins-Inslee debate this evening.  They even told viewers, though not in these exact words, that Inslee has been evading a debate with Watkins. (Will Q13 cover the debate?  That's probably too... [read more]

ON THE RADIO STARTING TOMORROW: "Gregoire and the Democrat Party in Olympia really screwed us this year"
by Tim Eyman, 06:56 AM, 17 Comments
Our first ever advertisement For years, opponents of our initiatives have had the paid media field to themselves -- with I-695's $30 tabs, we didn't do pro-ads, I-747's 1% cap, nothing, I-900's audits, zip, and I-960's 2/3's, zero. We've never... [read more]

October 17, 2010
Why the Liquor Control Board should get out of the retail business and spend 100% of its time on licensing and enforcement (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:25 PM, 6 Comments
The latest over-the-top TV ad from the beer industry's campaign to defeat I-1100 (and preserve the state liquor monopoly along with beer's shelf space in grocery stores) actually makes a compelling case FOR I-1100 and getting the state out of... [read more]

Inslee Will Debate Watkins, After All
by Jim Miller, 05:06 PM, 5 Comments
But at a place and time that Inslee chose to minimize voter attention and press coverage. When: Monday, October 18, 7 PM.  (Doors open at 6.) Where: American Legion Colin Hyde Post 172 7880 Bucklin Hill Rd NE Bainbridge Island,... [read more]

This is what Obama's Stimulus was for
by Ron Hebron, 07:27 AM, 21 Comments
To get Democrats reelected... Why put together a package of borrowed money to save the economy in 2009, then not spend it? $787 billion became $862 billion*. Why sit on much of it? So Senator Patty Murray could dole it... [read more]

October 16, 2010
Larsen and Koster on KCTS 9
by pudge, 09:07 AM, 18 Comments
Last night KCTS 9 had nice profiles on both John Koster (R) and Rick Larsen (D-inc.), the candidates for Washington's Second Congressional District (whom we collectively interviewed recently here on Sound Politics). The KCTS piece uncritically showed Larsen's dishonest ad... [read more]

October 15, 2010
Why the Liquor Control Board should get out of the retail business and spend 100% of its time on licensing and enforcement (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:53 AM, 48 Comments
Here are a few of the reasons: 1) The Liquor Control Board has a conflict of interest selling liquor while also policing both its own stores and private sector beer/wine retailers. As it turns out, the LCB systematically overstates its... [read more]

October 14, 2010
Debates on C-SPAN
by warrenpeterson, 10:05 PM, 11 Comments
After watching three and a half hours tonight of candidate debates on computer and TV, my eyes have glazed over and my head aches. Starting in Delaware with yesterday's ninety-minute debate between Chris Coons (D) and Christine O'Donnell (R), then... [read more]

Murray Pretends There Is No Deficit
by pudge, 08:30 PM, 22 Comments
Several times in tonight's debate, Senator Patty Murray said that keeping taxes at their current level would make it impossible to fund critical federal programs. But the Democratic Congress, with Murray's votes, has shown no restraint in spending caused by... [read more]

The First Murray-Rossi Debate
by Jim Miller, 01:54 PM, 24 Comments
Tonight at 7 on KCTS, or on the web at KOMO, and, probably, other places.  (The KOMO site is asking for questions from the viewers.) I'll open this post up for comments, shortly before the debate begins.... [read more]

Q & A with "Protect Our Communities"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:37 AM, 12 Comments
I offered Chris Vance, and he agreed, that I would pose some questions for him to answer on behalf of the "Protect Our Communities" campaign against I-1100. I'll post Chris' answers here in the main post. I've also invited Chris... [read more]

Poll Shows Key State House Seats in Dead Heat
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 7 Comments
From the House Republican Organizational Committee (HROC): "House Democrat leaders under fifty percent with less than a month until Election Day"With less than a month until the general election, several members of the Democrat Caucus leadership team are well below... [read more]

Out On Their Ear
by pudge, 07:42 AM, 23 Comments
I really don't understand how people can still be voting for Democrats for the state legislature this year. The Democrats, in full control of the government, increased spending 33 percent during the good times, instead of seriously saving for the... [read more]

October 13, 2010
Almost everything you need to know about the beer industry's campaign to "Protect Our Communities" (from grocery stores selling non-beer alcohol)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:25 PM, 1 Comments
Livingston, et al,"Changing the density of alcohol outlets to reduce alcohol-related problems",Drug and Alcohol Review2007:26(5):557-566On the whole, there is scant modern evidence applicable to the situation in many countries--where there is an abundance of alcohol outlets--of the effects of outlet... [read more]

Rodney Tom Drops By, And We have A Friendly Chat
by Jim Miller, 09:37 AM, 17 Comments
Well, mostly friendly. Yesterday, Washington state senator Rodney Tom knocked on my door, and we had a spirited discussion of his record.  (It would have been even better if I had been expecting his visit.  Instead, I was just about... [read more]

October 12, 2010
The Beer Industry Tries, Fails to Provide Any Research to Support Its Claims That I-1100 "Undermines Community Safety and Health"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:34 PM, 46 Comments
Chris Vance, spokesman for the beer industry funded "Protect Our Communities" campaign against liquor privatization, posted this text of the campaign's "fact" sheet in comments on an earlier post, in an attempt to provide research to support the campaign's claims... [read more]

Bryan And Bruce Should Talk
by Jim Miller, 01:24 PM, 0 Comments
Bryan Suits of KVI and Bruce Ramsey of the Seattle Times, that is. They should talk because Ramsey — as far as I know — shares the peculiar ideas expressed in this editorial.  At least I think they are peculiar;... [read more]

October 11, 2010
Seattle Ambiance
by Jim Miller, 08:30 PM, 23 Comments
In a review of a Pho Bac restaurant, Seattle Weekly writer Jason Sheehan made this argument: Often the sketchier an area is, the more interesting the cuisine. The first time I went to Pho Bac, two guys were smoking crack... [read more]

Can Dino Rossi defeat Senator Murray?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:23 PM, 54 Comments
Jeremy Lott writing for the American Spectator seems to think he can. And so apparently do former President Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and now even President Obama. I don't know the answer to this, but have Lott, Clinton, Obama... [read more]

October 10, 2010
Recomendations for the 2010 General Election
by warrenpeterson, 08:55 PM, 42 Comments
Clear Fog Blog Recommendations for November 2, 2010 Election Ballots will be mailed to every registered voter this week and must be returned post marked by midnight November 2, 2010. All voters should also receive a Voter's Pamphlet which lists... [read more]

October 08, 2010
The day's good news
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:06 PM, 37 Comments
Good news #1 (for law-abiding voters): "Court upholds ban on felons voting"A federal appeals court reversed course Thursday and upheld Washington state's ban on voting by prison inmates in a case that challenged the disproportionate effect it has on minority... [read more]

Krauthammer's Take
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:19 PM, 14 Comments
As Warren noted earlier, a few of us got to interview Charles Krauthammer on Wednesday before the Washington Policy Center dinner where he was the keynote speaker. His answers to some of my questions: I pointed to the experience after... [read more]

The "Conservative" argument against liquor privatization, in its own words
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:47 AM, 64 Comments
As noted earlier, Chris Vance, spokesman for the beer industry funded "Protect Our Communities" campaign against liquor privatization, asked to address Sound Politics readers with what he calls the "conservative" case against I-1100. So, I'm posting exact quotes Chris has... [read more]

October 07, 2010
Protect Our Communities, indeed
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:44 PM, 5 Comments
Tim Ceis, former Deputy Mayor under Greg Nickels, has been charged with a hit and run, for allegedly striking a scooter last May and fleeing the scene of the accident. Witnesses dispute Ceis' claim that he left his business card.... [read more]

Deficit Spending and the Effect of National Mood
by Carter Mackley, 08:09 AM, 9 Comments
If you missed Phil Gramm's Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal Last week it is worth going back to read. Gramm points out that our economic policies during this recession are similar to what was tried during the Great Depression... [read more]

Koster vs. Larsen: Their Turn
by pudge, 07:29 AM, 21 Comments
I offer my great thanks to everyone who asked questions of the candidates for the Second Congressional District last month. I think this has been a great experience, and while we could not use all the questions (there were just... [read more]

October 06, 2010
Dr. Charles Krauthammer Addresses Washington Policy Center Dinner
by warrenpeterson, 11:29 PM, 23 Comments
Dr. Charles Krauthammer spoke Wednesday to over 1,200 people at the annual dinner of the Washington Policy Center, a nonpartisan, free market research think tank. Bloggers who write for Sound Politics were also privileged to meet Dr. Krauthammer at a... [read more]

I'm not buying the "conservative" argument against liquor privatization
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:14 PM, 57 Comments
Former Republican state party chairman Chris Vance is working for "Protect Our Communities", the beer industry funded NO campaign against liquor privatization initiatives I-1100 and 1105. Vance asked to address Sound Politics with what he calls the "conservative" argument against... [read more]

Washington Policy Center: Initiative 1100 best solution for ending state's antiquated liquor monopoly
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:20 PM, 11 Comments
The Washington Policy Center has released its Citizens' Guide to Initiatives 1100 and 1105. Conclusion:While both measures effectively end the state's liquor monopoly, Initiative 1100 offers more market freedom because it would end the prohibition-era distribution requirements and quantity discount... [read more]

YouTube video promotes I-1053 - please forward it far & wide so everyone can watch it
by Tim Eyman, 11:47 AM, 6 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]

October 05, 2010
Budget Suggestions for Seattle City Council
by warrenpeterson, 02:29 PM, 4 Comments
The Seattle City Council web site has a link for citizens to offer budget reductions and/or increases. Not only may you input your ideas but you may also vote on other submitted ideas. You may be surprised at the anti... [read more]

Initiative 1053's gettin' alotta love
by Tim Eyman, 02:23 PM, 4 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]

Now There's A Yard Sign That Makes A Point
by Jim Miller, 06:43 AM, 14 Comments
And a valid point, in my opinion. I saw one of these signs yesterday afternoon, and was delighted.  Most yard signs (street signs?) are bland signs, good only for name recognition.  It's great to see one with a message.  (The... [read more]

October 04, 2010
News Tips On Elections
by Jim Miller, 10:38 AM, 26 Comments
This morning, I was feeling mischievous and so I sent a tip to one of our local TV stations, Q13:... [read more]

October 03, 2010
Pelosi/Reid Congress refuses to do its job
by Ron Hebron, 04:05 PM, 17 Comments
This Congress spends a lot of time fooling with nonsense, while refusing to perform its most essential functions. Thursday Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi passed a law controlling the volume of TV commercials. A big victory for those who don't... [read more]

October 01, 2010
Cato Grades 45 of 50 Governors
by Jim Miller, 07:17 AM, 38 Comments
(Four — the governors of Kansas, New Jersey, Virginia, and Utah — are omitted because they haven't been in office long; Alaska's governor is omitted because Alaska's budget is so different from the other states.) On taxing and spending, the... [read more]

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