Index of entries from January 2011
January 31, 2011
Here's A Win For Attorney General McKenna
by Jim Miller, 12:36 PM, 48 Comments
Among many others. A second federal judge ruled on Monday that it was unconstitutional for Congress to enact a health care law that requires Americans to obtain commercial insurance, evening the score at two-to-two in the lower courts as the... [read more]

January 29, 2011
UPDATED: Target Map
by pudge, 01:00 PM, 42 Comments
I've started a map of targets. I won't bother saying what the point of this is, because no matter what I write, people will, intentionally or otherwise, misconstrue it. I hope the links on each name targeted gives you enough... [read more]

January 28, 2011
Paying Off the National Debt
by warrenpeterson, 06:42 PM, 47 Comments
What the Federal Government needs is a good bill consolidation loan. We could pay off the Chinese and everyone else that has a piece of our collective hide and make one easy payment a month on a 30 year fixed... [read more]

January 26, 2011
School districts managed their money then Gregoire grabbed it
by Ron Hebron, 07:38 AM, 40 Comments
School districts have to maintain a reserve in their budgets for a "rainy day" and to preserve their bond rating when they borrow. They have to fight to maintain this reserve. There have even been strikes when school employee unions... [read more]

January 25, 2011
What's Going On Over at YouTube
by MarkGriswold, 08:09 PM, 7 Comments
I haven't posted for quite awhile (been overseas checking out the real life commies in Greece) but I'm back now. I saw this today and just can't resist sharing it with SP reads. It's a real laugh, regardless of your... [read more]

LIIAS' $30 CAR TAB TAX BILL IGNORES VOTERS' MESSAGE FROM NOVEMBER
by Tim Eyman, 03:44 PM, 4 Comments
What part of "no" didn't you hear in November, Marko? Voters said no to a state income tax, no to 2 cents on a can of pop, King County voters said no to a tiny sales tax increase for always... [read more]

January 24, 2011
Here's A Question For Monday Morning Quarterbacks
by Jim Miller, 10:35 AM, 6 Comments
(Since it is Monday morning, at least in my time zone, and some of you may be able to answer a question that has long puzzled me.) Here's the question:  Do some football teams have an edge against other teams?... [read more]

Shane McClellan Was Telling The Truth
by Jim Miller, 09:43 AM, 0 Comments
Last June, when this story broke, I was careful to say that I did not know whether the Seattle youth was telling the truth about a racist attack by a black man and a Filipino. I have no strong opinion... [read more]

January 23, 2011
Presidential Preference Primary Should Die
by pudge, 10:08 PM, 12 Comments
I disagree with my friend Luke Esser, until recently the chair of the Washington State Republican Party, who said recently that there's something wrong in Olympia if elections are seen as a "frill," in reference to the idea of nixing... [read more]

Announcing the Winner of Our Election Predictions Contest
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:37 PM, 5 Comments
Congratulations to reader Paul West, who won November's Election Predictions Contest . Paul wins a bottle of Sangiovese from Wilridge Winery, a family-owned Washington winery.1. Honorable mention to 2nd and 3rd place finishers Mark Fenton and Janet Suppes. The questions,... [read more]

WE NEED EVERYONE TO SEND ONE EMAIL RIGHT NOW -- TELL OLYMPIA'S LEGISLATORS "DON'T VIOLATE 1053"
by Tim Eyman, 12:07 PM, 13 Comments
As betrayal is being considered by Olympia, imagine getting every politician in the Legislature, plus Gregoire, into a room, locking the door, and forcing them to listen to citizen after citizen after citizen reminding them that Initiative 1053 is the... [read more]

January 22, 2011
Kirby Wilbur elected state GOP chairman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:13 PM, 14 Comments
Kirby Wilbur has been elected chairman of the Washington State Republican Party. Congratulations and good luck, Kirby! And to departing chairman Luke Esser, thank you for your service and good luck in your future endeavors.... [read more]

January 20, 2011
Crazy Pro-Abortion Legislation, Round 2
by pudge, 10:03 PM, 115 Comments
As they did last year, abortion advocates are going after pro-life pregnancy centers with unfair legislation. In brief, the legislation requires certain burdensome disclosure rules for "limited service pregnancy centers," but allows the centers to completely bypass the rules if... [read more]

Baltimore school CEO at Washington Policy Center this morning
by Ron Hebron, 01:03 PM, 4 Comments
Washington Policy Center's Education Breakfast - Update at bottom WPC had a good crowd at the Seattle Westin Hotel this morning for their breakfast featuring Baltimore CEO of schools Dr. Andres A. Alfonso. They spent little time on prelims -... [read more]

Betrayal: Democrats vote to gut I-1053 -- house committee vote re-delegates all authority to impose tolls and ferry fares to Gregoire's unelected, unaccountable Transportation Commission
by Tim Eyman, 08:14 AM, 36 Comments
Democrats spit in the eye of the voters last night by gutting I-1053 a mere 77 days after voters approved it. On Wednesday night, the Democrats on the House Ways & Means Committee were debating how to close the deficit... [read more]

January 18, 2011
Anyone Have A Video Camera And Some Free Time On Thursday?
by Jim Miller, 03:46 PM, 37 Comments
Because we really, really need someone to record this event.  And maybe even ask a question or two — civilly, of course since, as we all know, Bill Ayers has been remarkably civil all of his adult life. Education for... [read more]

Do Journalists Believe In Astrology?
by Jim Miller, 07:05 AM, 22 Comments
Some do, as I was reminded by last Friday's Gang of Four program. The KUOW host, Steve Scher, opened the Weekday program with a brief discussion of the day's top issue (for him, anyway), the controversy over the astrological signs.... [read more]

January 17, 2011
FURTHER FLAWS IN PRIDEMORE'S PAC BILL (SENATE BILL 5021)
by Tim Eyman, 10:56 AM, 1 Comments
We touched on it previously, but it bears further analysis and critique. Pridemore's PAC bill grants criminal prosecutorial power to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at the PDC. Under current law and practice, once the PDC determines there's been an especially bad... [read more]

January 16, 2011
PRIDEMORE'S PAC BILL HAS SERIOUS CONSTITUTIONAL AND PRACTICAL PROBLEMS (SENATE BILL 5021)
by Tim Eyman, 08:22 PM, 4 Comments
Just say "more disclosure" and reporters and editorial writers start salivating like Pavlovian dogs. But like any other legislation, the devil's in the details. So when it comes to Sen. Pridemore's PAC bill (Here's the text of Senate Bill... [read more]

January 14, 2011
VERDICT ON KIRBY WILBUR'S AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY: NOT GUILTY
by Tim Eyman, 09:41 AM, 15 Comments
It only took 4 months, but eventually one member of the press actually looked at the facts. Verdict: not guilty. Don't hold your breath waiting for other press outlets to follow suit.... [read more]

January 13, 2011
Mayor McGinn Creates A Chart
by Jim Miller, 01:11 PM, 34 Comments
Michael Ennis improves it by adding light rail. Wouldn't it be great to see that chart on a local TV station? For more, here's the Ennis post.... [read more]

January 12, 2011
Crackpot threatens Jim McDermott. Joel Connelly bears responsibility
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 58 Comments
A crackpot in California has been arrested for making phone threats to Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott. I hold Seattle PI columnist Joel Connelly personally responsible for his eliminationist rhetoric which can't be ruled out as having contributed to a climate... [read more]

January 11, 2011
OUR NEW INITIATIVE PROTECTS AND EXTENDS I-1053'S 2/3'S FOR TAX HIKES
by Tim Eyman, 04:23 PM, 42 Comments
On Monday (not coincidentally on the same day the new legislative session opened in Olympia), Jack, Mike, and Tim traveled down to the Capitol to file a new initiative (wearing suits and ties -- very respectable). We've done that for... [read more]

What Is Vitriol?
by Jim Miller, 01:32 PM, 18 Comments
(Other than the political word of the week.) The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary says that vitriol is: 1 Any of various sulphates of metallic elements; spec. ferrous sulphate.   Also sulphuric acid.  Usu. with specifying word. LME vitriol of copper,... [read more]

January 10, 2011
Compare and contrast: Seattle Times Editorial Board on two shootings
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 AM, 70 Comments
Recall the Seattle Times's editorial after last year's Fort Hood massacre. Even before the editorial was published, it was reported that shooter Nidal Hasan was a devout Muslim, shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he murdered his victims, and had a friendly... [read more]

January 07, 2011
Seahawks Playoff Game Open Thread
by Jim Miller, 12:54 PM, 24 Comments
The news readers have been telling me that we are all excited about the game tomorrow — while admitting that tickets were still available.  If you are excited, or not, here's a chance to comment on the game. I'll get... [read more]

Congressman Inslee Obstructs
by Jim Miller, 07:01 AM, 103 Comments
Pointlessly.  American voters delivered reasonably clear messages to Congress in last November's election; they want limits put on the national government.  And the voters want Congress to work on the business of the country, not play partisan games.  Democrat Jay... [read more]

January 06, 2011
Gregoire proposes a new government to sidestep I-1053 -- just what we don't need: Son of Sound Transit
by Tim Eyman, 12:54 PM, 17 Comments
I-1053 was approved by 64% of the voters and it is the 4th time it has been approved by them. And thanks to Senator Roach and Attorney General McKenna, we have an AG legal opinion that backs up this clear... [read more]

January 05, 2011
Gregoire advocates lawlessness -- "I'm not gonna let 1053 stand in the way of me moving forward for what I think it right"
by Tim Eyman, 09:37 AM, 42 Comments
At the Associated Press event in Olympia yesterday, Gregoire placed herself firmly in favor of lawlessness and against the will of the people. "I'm not gonna let 1053 stand in the way of me moving forward for what I think... [read more]

January 04, 2011
INITIATIVE 1053 REQUIRES TUITION INCREASES AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS BE SET BY THE LEGISLATURE
by Tim Eyman, 12:15 PM, 11 Comments
A supermajority of voters approved I-1053 in November. The initiative (again) requires that taxes and fees be treated differently: tax hikes will need a 2/3 vote of the Legislature and fee increases need a majority vote. Simple, plain, understandable. And... [read more]

Governor Gregoire Agrees With Me
by Jim Miller, 11:00 AM, 10 Comments
Not on every issue, perhaps not even on most issues, but on one important issue we do agree. In August, I said that the governor should take a voluntary cut in pay and benefits. In December, the governor asked the... [read more]

January 03, 2011
Happy New Year!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:58 PM, 36 Comments
... and welcome back to the post-holiday real world. More snarky goodness once as soon as we catch up. In the meantime, use the comment space here to say what's on your mind.... [read more]

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