Index of entries from November 2010
November 30, 2010
One Year Since The Lakewood Loss
by Jim Miller, 03:01 PM, 19 Comments
And it is still painful for many of us here, even if we had no direct connection to the four officers. At precisely 8:15 a.m. Monday, four families gathered in a Parkland coffee shop to mark the moment when four... [read more]

November 28, 2010
"You have to come out with all guns a-blazin'," Eyman said. "It's the only thing that ever works."
by Tim Eyman, 09:45 AM, 48 Comments
Eyman's everywhere Fresh off a pair of initiative victories, he's taking his fight to governments around the region By Bill Sheets, Everett Herald writer MUKILTEO -- Tim Eyman grew up in what he once described as "sort of a cowboy... [read more]

November 27, 2010
Cool It! Opens Nation Wide
by Jim Miller, 03:51 PM, 0 Comments
And gets a surprisingly positive review from the New York Times. By the second half, however, [director] Ms. [Ondi] Timoner has found her footing, and the film really digs in.  Debunking claims made by "An Inconvenient Truth" and presenting alternative... [read more]

November 26, 2010
Hauser's Law on Tax Rates and Revenue as Percent of GDP
by Carter Mackley, 10:39 AM, 28 Comments
Anyone who cares about public policy -- actually, anyone who votes -- should know about Hauser's Law. It is the name given to the observation that, over the past six decades, tax revenue as a percentage of GDP has averaged... [read more]

November 24, 2010
Mt. St Helens Through The Ice Grill
by Jim Miller, 10:20 AM, 3 Comments
Yesterday afternoon, Mt. St Helens was looking spectacular. (Click on the picture to see the larger version.) (The time stamp on the picture is one hour off; though it says PST, it is actually still PDT.) At the moment, Mt.... [read more]

November 23, 2010
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:44 AM, 10 Comments
The "uninterruptible power supply" at our co-location service (Hurricane Electric) was interrupted again this morning for the second time in four days. The weather is fine where they are, so there's no excuse. I have other servers there that have... [read more]

Storm Stories
by Jim Miller, 06:38 AM, 31 Comments
Here's a place for them. I stayed in almost all day yesterday, so I don't have any stories of my own. I do have one question, though:  When did the weather forecasters figure out how bad the roads were going... [read more]

November 22, 2010
Global Warming Update (LV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:53 PM, 67 Comments
"State police to Washington drivers: Don't even think about it"Washington State Patrol Trooper Julie Startup has this advice for anyone thinking about taking to the roads tonight: Don't. On a scale of 10, she says road conditions are "11 and... [read more]

Another great moment in public education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:45 AM, 22 Comments
Seattle Times "Truth Needle": "Seattle Public Schools underestimated students' college-readiness" The Seattle School District reported in 2008 that only 17% of its high school graduates met the minimum entrance requirements for the state's four year colleges. The District recently (silently)... [read more]

We're Back
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:56 AM, 16 Comments
The hosting service had a power "incident" over the weekend and the database server was out of commission. Seems to be back to normal now.... [read more]

November 19, 2010
by Tim Eyman, 03:07 PM, 14 Comments
Friday, November 19th, 2010 RE: Eyman v Reed dismissed without prejudice Dear Shawn Newman, Jim Bopp, & Scott Biernek (attorneys handling the case), Thanks very much for your hard work on this. You are heroes. We'll continue to monitor the... [read more]

November 18, 2010
by Tim Eyman, 02:55 PM, 9 Comments
Yesterday, myself of super supporters Cecil Chapman and Gary Reynolds sent a clear message to the Snohomish County Council. Here's my prepared remarks: "In 1937, our state created car tab taxes. Over the next 62 years, car tab taxes went... [read more]

November 17, 2010
Eyman's testimony last night before the Monroe City Council (RE: red-light cameras/speed cameras)
by Tim Eyman, 03:52 PM, 29 Comments
A bunch of us went to last night's Monroe City Council meeting and testified. Here's my prepared remarks: "What's happening in Monroe is exactly what happened recently in Mukilteo, another small town here in Snohomish County. A for-profit Arizona red-light... [read more]

We can kick TSA out of SeaTac - updated
by Ron Hebron, 08:32 AM, 71 Comments
Update at the bottom. Janet Napolitano's Transportation Security Agency has assigned its agents to look at an image of you naked or to feel down your body and not miss one square inch. The feel down is for those who... [read more]

Eyman's prepared testimony in Bellevue on Tuesday on 520 tolls & I-1053 before the UNELECTED transportation commission
by Tim Eyman, 05:58 AM, 3 Comments
Here's my prepared remarks from yesterday (RE: 520 tolls and I-1053): "The most impactful decision that government makes is taking more of the people's money. Government is like a wild stallion wanting to run in a million different directions with... [read more]

November 16, 2010
Hugh Hewitt and Dennis Prager back on the air
by Ron Hebron, 07:09 AM, 20 Comments
Two of my four favorite talk-radio hosts disappeared last year with the repurposing of KOL 1300 to business programming. But starting yesterday they are back: Hugh Hewitt - 3 to 6 pm - and Dennis Prager - 9 am to... [read more]

November 15, 2010
Eyman's testimony today in Seattle before the UNElected Transportation Commission (RE: how voter-approved I-1053 affects proposed 2.5% ferry fare increase)
by Tim Eyman, 10:19 PM, 24 Comments
Here's my testimony earlier today (Monday) before the members of the UNELECTED Transportation Commission: KING 5 Investigators: Broke ferry system paying huge salaries to fortunate few. KING 5 Investigators: Ferry workers boost pay by driving to work KING 5 Investigators:... [read more]

Are There Good Earmarks?
by Jim Miller, 03:28 PM, 22 Comments
Atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass thinks Washington state received one. Consider the coastal radar that will be installed next September on the central Washington coast.  Without earmarks this extraordinarily important device, one that will save lives and greatly enhance our lives,... [read more]

Bombshell: Illegal immigrant campaign group "OneAmerica Votes" illegally concealed finances from public disclosure
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:25 AM, 59 Comments
Recall last months' AP article: "Illegal immigrants canvassing across the state for Democrats". "OneAmerica Votes", the campaign offshoot of Seattle-based "immigrant rights" group "OneAmerica" (formerly "Hate Free Zone") was sending illegal immigrant volunteers out canvassing for Patty Murray. Not mentioned... [read more]

November 14, 2010
Thanksgiving Goose
by Andy MacDonald, 02:02 PM, 39 Comments
Larry Phillips sent me this helpful reminder on Friday (boldface in the original): Dear Mr. MacDonald, In the midst of our Great Recession, we have much to be thankful for this season. At the top of my list of things... [read more]

November 12, 2010
Sheriff Deputies First
by Jim Miller, 01:07 PM, 64 Comments
Those familiar with the standard ploys in budget fights will not be surprised to learn that King County is planning to lay off sheriff deputies, in order to balance its budget. Metropolitan King County Council budget negotiators have completed a... [read more]

November 10, 2010
I Left My Fat in San Francisco
by warrenpeterson, 09:23 AM, 107 Comments
Where else but from the wellspring of "nanny statism", San Francisco, would they pass a law banning toys from McDonald's Happy Meals? They say the toys make the accompanying calorie laden burgers and fries irresistible to children. It seems that... [read more]

November 09, 2010
Kirby Wilbur is running for state GOP chairman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:00 PM, 37 Comments
So reports Jerry Cornfield.... [read more]

Costco argues before Supreme Court for ability to sell imported goods for less
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:42 PM, 14 Comments
The legal question:Can Costco's pursuit of steeply discounted luxury merchandise legally include procuring watches from authorized Omega dealers in Paraguay? More specifically, the dispute centers on whether Costco violated the Copyright Act by selling watches made in Switzerland expressly for... [read more]

Why I'm Running for House Republican Leadership
by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, 01:43 PM, 26 Comments
Over the past two years, I have had the privilege of serving as Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference - the fourth-highest ranking position among House Republicans. This enabled me to bring Eastern Washington's concerns to the Leadership table... [read more]

Who, What, When, Where, And Why (2)
by Jim Miller, 01:25 PM, 14 Comments
Last June, I noted, with some surprise, that Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat had not named any of the public officials who had failed to keep a local bridge operational.   He was sure that someone had failed — but... [read more]

Now they tell us
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 14 Comments
"L&I proposes 12% average hike in workers' comp premiums"Workers' compensation premiums could go up by an average 12 percent next year under a proposal Monday from the state Department of Labor and Industries. Average premiums would increase 6.5 cents per... [read more]

Protect Our Communities
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:14 AM, 35 Comments
KIRO-TVThe Seattle City Attorney's Office has decided not to press charges against Bill Gates Sr. after the community leader apologized for a hit-and-run collision and paid for damages. According to documents obtained by KIRO-TV, the incident happened in August. Investigators... [read more]

November 08, 2010
How to close the state budget deficit? (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:54 PM, 15 Comments
Suggestion #2: Eliminate all non-essential travel Mrs. Gregoire granted herself an exemption from the out-of-state travel freeze last week to fly herself and a senior policy advisor to Davis, CA for the upcoming "Third Annual Governors Global Climate Summit" held... [read more]

Thinking About Mitt Romney
by warrenpeterson, 07:32 PM, 64 Comments
Mitt Romney has the good looks of a President cast in Hollywood. His wife, Ann, would make an attractive first lady and, politically crass as it sounds, her multiple sclerosis would gain sympathy in a campaign. All five sons are... [read more]

How to close the state budget deficit? (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:53 AM, 58 Comments
Suggestion #1: Defund Evergreen State College. Is operating a center for anti-Semitism an essential government service? KIRO Radio today: "Pro-Israel students harassed, leave Evergreen State" Evergreen is budgeted over $70 million this biennium in state funding (including operating and capital... [read more]

November 07, 2010
Radioactive Rabbits
by Jim Miller, 07:07 PM, 18 Comments
It's time for a partial confession. During my life, I have many times spent time in areas with higher-than-normal levels of radiation.  Sometimes I went to these places on my own; sometimes I paid people to take me there.  (Many... [read more]

Pain or remedy?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:41 PM, 23 Comments
Seattle Times: "Election worsens state's budget pain"Voters last Tuesday laid down the law. In addition to shrinking the Democratic majorities, they overwhelmingly rejected Initiative 1098, which would have generated billions of dollars with an income tax on the rich. They... [read more]

November 05, 2010
Give us your tired, your poor, your bad drivers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:56 PM, 44 Comments
Seattle Times: "DOL tightens rules for new driver's licenses"One of only three states where illegal immigrants can still obtain driver's licenses, Washington is moving to tighten the rules.Now they'll require "proof" of residency from driver's license applicants who don't provide... [read more]

November 04, 2010
Global Warming Update (LIV)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:21 PM, 31 Comments
Seattle Times: "Thursday was probably the last warm day for a while" Oh well, I've been enjoying the sunshine and I don't relish Seattle's dreary drizzly late-autumn-winter-early-spring season. But cheer up, there's reason for hope! The Seattle Times also reports... [read more]

Dino rossi concedes Senate race to Patty Murray
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:23 PM, 75 Comments
Darn. But thank you, Dino, for fighting the good fight. God bless you and your beautiful family.... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 05:36 PM, 17 Comments
To: Washington State Transportation Commission 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,... [read more]

"But they told me that beer is safer than alcohol" (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 45 Comments
Back in March Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn was arrested for officer in Orting initially stopped Dorn at about 1:15 a.m. for investigation of speeding and for a defective taillight. But then the officer smelled alcohol. The report... [read more]

Big GOP Win, Yet Feeling Uneasy
by warrenpeterson, 11:04 AM, 31 Comments
I got out of bed the day after the Republican sweep expecting a feeling exhilaration, the joy of victory. Instead, while happy for the wins, apprehension was in the air. The wave, that sweep over 60 more Republicans into the... [read more]

November 03, 2010
The Democrats Actually Won Yesterday
by Jim Miller, 06:20 PM, 20 Comments
So says Rick Anderson of the Seattle Weekly. I think he's serious. If the Democrats did win yesterday, then it was a notably Pyrrhic victory. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. By way of Orbusmax. (Anderson is a pretty... [read more]

"But they told me that beer is safer than alcohol" (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:17 PM, 12 Comments
A driver who ran down seven in Sodo was 'grossly impaired' by beerKing County prosecutors contend Juanita L. Wright, 43, was drunk behind the wheel just before 11 p.m. Thursday when her pickup truck slammed into seven pedestrians in the... [read more]

Initiative 1100 doesn't have a realistic chance at this point
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:55 PM, 40 Comments
I-1100 should have won by a comfortable margin. Polls taken over the summer showed it enjoyed a huge lead. e.g. SurveyUSA on August 24 reported 59% for, 27% against, with strong majorities or pluralities in every identified subgroup. But the... [read more]

The greatest Republican victory since "the greatest Republican victory since Appomattox"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:02 AM, 31 Comments
The quote is how the Chicago Tribune described the election of 1946 (at least according to Wikipedia), when the Republicans picked up 55 House seats, for a total of 246. In 1994 the Republicans gained 54 seats. Yesterday the Republicans... [read more]

Rossi Camp Update On The Rossi-Murray Race
by Jim Miller, 05:24 AM, 65 Comments
Here's an email from his campaign manager, Pat Shortridge: This evening's returns indicate this election is as close as many predicted, in that it is too close to call.   A few points to remember as you examine returns: Historically... [read more]

November 02, 2010
Income Tax Initiative is Under Water
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:46 PM, 13 Comments
losing 35% - 65% at this writing I guess you could say that Bill Gates Sr. is all wet.... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 05:00 PM, 14 Comments
EYMAN/FAGAN'S ELECTION NIGHT STATEMENT (8:05 PM, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2) Jack, Mike, and I are very proud of the heroic activists who provided the Herculean effort and financial resources to get this year's crop of initiatives on the ballot. We respect... [read more]

Election Day Open Thread
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:12 PM, 65 Comments
Discuss.... [read more]

The Shark's Election Predictions Contest! (Now Closed)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:00 PM, 17 Comments
Questions were: 1. Washington U.S. Senate: Rossi or Murray? 2. Winners of WA House seats now held by Inslee, Larsen, Baird, Dicks, Reichert, Smith? 3. Composition of U.S. Senate R vs. D? (count Sanders and Lieberman as Democrats) 4. Composition... [read more]

by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:04 AM, 27 Comments
King County Elections offers this "digital I voted sticker" Huh? There's nothing about colors, bullseye or bizarre font that evokes American democracy, casting a ballot, or anything else. To communicate visually that you participated in this great American civic experience,... [read more]

Attack Of The 50 Foot Pelosi
by Jim Miller, 09:27 AM, 2 Comments
For your viewing enjoyment.  (And some will like the weird Jerry Brown ad that follows it.) Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics .... [read more]

November 01, 2010
"Confirm Your Polling Place"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:19 PM, 18 Comments
The Democratic National Committee paid good money to place this banner ad at the top of the Seattle Times home page Oops, there are no polling places here (it was the local Democrats' good idea to replace them with the... [read more]

"Government liquor monopoly debate extends beyond Washington"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:35 AM, 6 Comments
Jason Mercier at the Washington Policy Center updates on liquor privatization proposals in Virginia and Pennsylvania. In Virginia Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is working to get his proposal through the Legislature. Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett, ahead in the... [read more]

Two new polls showing Rossi, Murray neck and neck
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:42 AM, 36 Comments
This morning's release from Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows Rossi 50, Murray 48. Another poll released today by Fox News shows Rossi 47, Murray 49.... [read more]

Unthinkable, Or Predictable?
by Jim Miller, 06:43 AM, 0 Comments
In yesterday's Seattle Times, political reporter Jim Brunner says that the Republican wave coming toward Washington state may have seemed "unthinkable" two years ago. The Democrats' plight in Washington state may have seemed unthinkable two years ago, when President Obama... [read more]

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