Index of entries from May 2011
May 31, 2011
The High Cost Of Affordable Housing In Seattle
by Jim Miller, 02:48 PM, 40 Comments
Those who run the reactionary city across Lake Washington from me decided that they needed more affordable housing.  So they built some?  No, nothing that direct and old fashioned.  So, they issued vouchers, as the federal government now does?  No,... [read more]

Follow-Up On Firing Bill Ptacek
by Jim Miller, 08:35 AM, 4 Comments
You can read Lance Miller's open letter here. And if you are on Facebook (I'm not), you can join his group, "Fire Bill Ptacek Director of King County Library System". (If you write your own letter, be sure to send... [read more]

May 29, 2011
Paying for Bicycle Traffic in Seattle
by warrenpeterson, 10:16 PM, 51 Comments
The Seattle Department of Transportation annually counts bicycle usage in Seattle using volunteers drawn generally from bicycle supporters. The 2010 survey (see below) taken in September shows that from 2009 to 2010 bicycle traffic in downtown Seattle increased 21.44% but... [read more]

May 28, 2011
King County Library Director Ptacek responds on camera decision
by Ron Hebron, 08:31 AM, 32 Comments
King County Library Director Bill Ptacek is removing all cameras from King County libraries after one of them solved a crime. Sound Politics - Seattle Times I wrote to the KCLS Board and received a replay about the thorough investigation... [read more]

May 25, 2011
Director Bill Ptacek Should Be Fired
by Jim Miller, 01:14 PM, 75 Comments
Who?  Bill Ptacek, the director of the King County Library System.  (No, I can't say I had ever heard of him, either, and I live here, and occasionally use the local King County library.) Why should he be fired?  Because... [read more]

May 23, 2011
Senator Cantwell is taking another year off
by Ron Hebron, 07:45 AM, 54 Comments
Senator Maria Cantwell, Harry Reid, Chuck* Schumer and their 50 Demo colleagues (counting Sanders and Lieberman) did not produce a budget last year for FY 2011. What is their job if not to produce the budget? Now they are past... [read more]

May 22, 2011
Porn King of Abbottabad
by pudge, 10:42 PM, 7 Comments
Some asked me when I might follow up on my song "Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday" (for which I won a coveted Schrammie award). Then, driving into work last week, hearing news about the porn cache Bin Laden... [read more]

May 20, 2011
KUOW Has Dropped Cliff Mass
by Jim Miller, 07:32 AM, 50 Comments
Here's his side of the story.  I'll miss his contributions. (This will remind some of us of why NPR dropped Juan Williams.)... [read more]

May 18, 2011
Mt. St. Helens Anniversary
by Jim Miller, 01:21 PM, 8 Comments
It's been 31 years since the big eruption. Whereas geologic processes ordinarily take place with painful slowness, the transformation of St. Helens occurred within minutes, reducing its height from 9,677 feet to 8,363 feet as the largest known debris avalanche... [read more]

Everett Herald exposes fraud and manipulation by red-light camera company -- "They are total sleazeballs" says Eyman
by Tim Eyman, 09:51 AM, 14 Comments
The Everett Herald has done the public a great service: they've exposed American Traffic Solutions "ATS" for the total sleazeballs that they are. The 20+ cities in Washington and ATS have hundreds of millions of dollars in profits on the... [read more]

May 17, 2011
Car Tab Fees Rise in Seattle
by warrenpeterson, 10:17 PM, 11 Comments
The license renewal notice for our 1994 mini van arrived in the mail recently. Remember Tim Eyman's initiative limiting car tabs to $30? It's history. There has been a little fee creep. Would you believe the cost is now $99.75... [read more]

Could There Be A Viaduct Replacement Vote Cycle?
by Jim Miller, 08:00 AM, 20 Comments
The state is about to break ground on a replacement for Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct.   After the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, our local politicians told us that the viaduct is unsafe — and then dithered for years on finding an... [read more]

May 16, 2011
Latest example that politicians can't be trusted on taxes -- join us at Tuesday's 1:30 pm hearing on SB 5958 (extending stadium taxes)
by Tim Eyman, 05:51 PM, 6 Comments
The Legislature's decision in 1995 to override the voters' vote NOT to pay higher taxes for a sports stadium was the worst example of Olympia's arrogance, audacity, and shamelessness in our state's history. The voters said no, but just weeks... [read more]

Toby Nixon Is Running For A Seat On The Kirkland City Council
by Jim Miller, 03:04 PM, 0 Comments
This is good news for two reasons.  Nixon has the knowledge, experience, and values that will let him make a real contribution to Kirkland. And Kirkland needs someone like Nixon on the council.  When I moved back to Kirkland more... [read more]

Thinking About Newt Gingrich
by warrenpeterson, 02:48 PM, 22 Comments
On last Sunday's edition of Meet the Press, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich angered conservative pundits for calling Representative Paul Ryan's Medicare reform "too big a jump." He said, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing... [read more]

Tea party patriot Michael Prell in Seattle Thursday
by Ron Hebron, 07:18 AM, 6 Comments
Michael Prell of Tea Party Patriots will be in Seattle Thursday May 19. Tea Party Patriots is the real tea party nonorganization. Being the national organization of tea parties it might appear to be central leadership but it's not. This... [read more]

May 13, 2011
"Demagoguery 101"
by Jim Miller, 07:48 AM, 56 Comments
Last year, the Seattle Times dropped Charles Krauthammer from their list of columnists.  It isn't hard to understand why; the editorial board did not like reading Krauthammer columns like this one. The El Paso speech is notable not for breaking... [read more]

May 12, 2011
Jay Inslee for Governor? No Change There
by warrenpeterson, 09:54 PM, 12 Comments
First District Congressman Jay Inslee is the odds on favorite to be the 2012 Democrat nominee for governor in Washington State. But for the state and national economic crunch, he would be the odds on favorite to win the office... [read more]

May 11, 2011
If You Have Seen Any Mistakes In My Posts During April, Please Let Me Know
by Jim Miller, 03:37 PM, 0 Comments
My archives for April are here, here, here, and here. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. (I'll be running a similar post after each month from now on, usually a day or two after the end of the month.)... [read more]

May 10, 2011
THIS YEAR'S I-1125 REINFORCES LAST YEAR'S I-1053 -- THE TUG-OF-WAR CONTINUES
by Tim Eyman, 03:57 PM, 10 Comments
The tug-of-war continues. Our state Constitution says that initiatives are "tamper proof" in their first two years. But with I-1053, the Democrats in Olympia are doing everything possible to get around it. Remember what Gregoire said before the session started:... [read more]

What Tough Decision?
by pudge, 07:17 AM, 103 Comments
I keep hearing that President Obama made a tough decision somewhere in the process of giving an order to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden. What was that tough decision, and why was it tough? Let's first set aside the... [read more]

May 09, 2011
Audits save money so cut Auditor's ability to do them
by Ron Hebron, 09:01 PM, 17 Comments
Washington Legislature thinking: Hobble the program that led to added tax revenues of $321 million - $264 M for the state and $57 M for local jurisdictions. The Legislature and Governor are happy beyond belief that an extra cash infusion... [read more]

The Trump Plan
by warrenpeterson, 04:07 PM, 12 Comments
I have it on absolutely no good authority whatsoever that "The Donald" has a plan to solve our economic and foreign policy problems now and for years to come. Through a super secret anonymous source, I have received a copy... [read more]

May 05, 2011
Welcome, Congressman Kucinich
by Jim Miller, 10:27 AM, 30 Comments
You have probably heard that Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich is thinking of moving west. Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may be considering a move.  The eight-term Cleveland congressman is rumored to be interested in moving out of Ohio to seek... [read more]

Use your tax dollars for lobbying for more spending?
by Ron Hebron, 09:00 AM, 11 Comments
When the State budget is in the red - or even when not - should my hard-earned dollars that go for taxes be used to lobby the Legislature for more spending? To provide funding for more lobbying for more spending?... [read more]

May 02, 2011
The Early Stories On Bin Laden's Death Were Often Wrong, In Part
by Jim Miller, 07:15 AM, 106 Comments
Last night, I considered writing a post on his death, but decided not to because, by my usual bed time, the basic facts were still not clear.  (For some examples of the confusion, read through this Hot Air thread.) My... [read more]

May 01, 2011
Bin Laden Death FAQ [UPDATED]
by pudge, 09:36 PM, 117 Comments
Q: Was Osama Bin Laden really killed Sunday? A: Yes. Q: Wait, didn't you say it was last week? A: I originally used an AP report that it was last week. I can't find a retraction of the report, but... [read more]

OUR STATEWIDE INITIATIVE FOR 2011 IS ...
by Tim Eyman, 06:15 PM, 14 Comments
Voters approved Initiative 1053, the Taxpayer Protection Act, last year with a 64% 'yes' vote. It passed in every legislative district outside Seattle (44 of 49 districts overwhelmingly approved it). I-1053's policies were clear and unambiguous. Nonetheless, we've been watching... [read more]

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