Index of entries from June 2011
June 30, 2011
Cut Spending. Increase Taxes. Do Both?
by warrenpeterson, 10:42 PM, 77 Comments
Commentator, actor and attorney Ben Stein was on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor with Laura Ingraham last Wednesday. Stein, generally considered a conservative, made the case for tax increases as part of any debt reduction plan. Ingraham countered with the, "We... [read more]

Farewell, Sam, and thanks for your service
by MarkGriswold, 06:28 PM, 3 Comments
Secretary of State Sam Reed announced his intentions not to run for a third term next year and, in doing so, enters the coda of a 35-year career as an elected official. I'm not big on career politicians. In fact,... [read more]

June 29, 2011
Seattle Mayor McGinn Probably Doesn't Read The Telegraph Regularly
by Jim Miller, 07:19 PM, 10 Comments
So he probably missed this blog post. In many European minds, America is run by religious fundamentalists and moustache-twirling defence contractors.  So, for the sake of balance, it is good to be reminded that there are some real liberal nutjobs... [read more]

Major new revelations in OneAmerica illegal campaign contribution scandal
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:16 PM, 14 Comments
Last week the PDC ruled that "OneAmerica Votes" (OAV) had committed multiple violations, failing to register and report $150,000+ in funding for campaign efforts in the 2010 election. The PDC imposed a lenient fine, accepting OAV's explanations that it was... [read more]

Ferguson attacks Dunn on criminal justice
by Ron Hebron, 08:40 AM, 3 Comments
In the race for Attorney General of Washington, King County Councilman Bob Ferguson is attacking Reagan Dunn (also King County Councilman). Isn't it always weaker candidate who attacks? Trying to get some attention. And Ferguson is attacking Dunn on law... [read more]

June 27, 2011
JAY INSLEE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR -- CAN'T WAIT FOR THE DEBATES
by Tim Eyman, 08:14 PM, 56 Comments
The Seattle Times reports: Inslee announces run for governor Most people haven't had a chance to watch the congressman in a candidate debate -- here's a YouTube video from 8 months ago with a timely topic of discussion. Inslee versus... [read more]

What If They Switched Questions?
by Jim Miller, 07:03 AM, 19 Comments
Over this weekend, our local reporters were covering two stories that required them to step up their political correctness to maximum levels.  The reporters were delighted by New York state's new gay marriage law, and they were distressed that anyone... [read more]

June 26, 2011
New York Reinforces Marriage Discrimination
by pudge, 05:56 PM, 72 Comments
The Orwellianly named Marriage Equality Act, now the law in the State of New York, further solidifies the state's power to restrict who can get married, and who cannot. Far from granting marriage rights to all people equally, it merely... [read more]

June 25, 2011
A Victory for Love?
by MarkGriswold, 01:24 PM, 0 Comments
Last night New York became the sixth state to "legalize" gay marriage and, not surprisingly, many people across the nation are celebrating the legislation. Fine. Whatever. Regardless of what my religious convictions may be, my libertarian streak leads me to... [read more]

June 23, 2011
"OneAmerica Votes" admits to all alleged PDC violations; PDC Commissioners give OAV the comfy chair
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:54 PM, 20 Comments
The PDC Commissioners today accepted "OneAmerica Votes" (OAV)'s Stipulation to all alleged violations under my complaint. OAV, affiliated with illegal immigration advocates "OneAmerica", illegally raised $156,000 and spent $112,000 on state and federal campaigns last year (exclusively for Democrats and... [read more]

Thank You, Mike Kelly
by pudge, 12:46 PM, 7 Comments
This is a fantastic statement by Rep. Mike Kelly to the Education and Workforce Committee. Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

June 22, 2011
PDC busts "OneAmerica Votes" for multiple campaign finance reporting violations
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:40 PM, 3 Comments
Last November I filed a PDC complaint against OneAmerica Votes (OAV) for failing to report its clearly substantial receipts and expenditures in various political campaigns. OAV first made headlines in October for having "Illegal immigrants canvassing across the state for... [read more]

Monroe's officials unanimously vote to sue their own citizens, rather than listen to them
by Tim Eyman, 07:49 AM, 22 Comments
Instead of following in the footsteps of Mukilteo's officials, who unanimously voted last year to let its citizens vote on an identical red-light camera initiative, Monroe's officials last night unanimously voted to sue their own citizens, rather than listen to... [read more]

June 21, 2011
John Yoo and President Obama
by pudge, 06:58 AM, 29 Comments
Once upon a time, John Yoo, legal scholar and former official of the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, wrote a memo. Well, he wrote several memos. Most of them were uncontroversial. But some of them did not escape... [read more]

June 20, 2011
Which Man Is The Better Lawyer, McKenna Or Inslee?
by Jim Miller, 03:23 PM, 19 Comments
With Rob McKenna officially in the race governor, and Jay Inslee all but officially in the race, we can start comparing the two. And so I thought I would start with the obvious:  Since both men are lawyers, which one... [read more]

June 18, 2011
J'accuse
by warrenpeterson, 10:27 PM, 11 Comments
One of the reasons politics is increasingly unpalatable to the citizenry is the half-truth, manufactured scandal and much ado about nothing attacks leveled by political parties and candidates at their opponents. A recent example is the silly attempt by the... [read more]

June 17, 2011
McKenna and Math
by pudge, 08:40 AM, 26 Comments
So speaking of how Robert Reich can't add, I wonder whether Rob McKenna can. He says we should spend the same amount of money -- as a percentage of our budget -- should be the same now as in 1980.... [read more]

June 16, 2011
Seattle (Especially KING 5) Stinks Almost as Much as Vancouver
by pudge, 01:59 PM, 43 Comments
I am a huge Boston Bruins fan. I haven't missed a game in more than a decade. I spent most of my life in Massachusetts, and love all four of the major sports teams there. But now I've lived in... [read more]

Robert Reich is a Moron
by pudge, 12:09 PM, 44 Comments
"The Truth About the Economy" is a classic video from MoveOn and Robert Reich. In it, Reich -- an "economist" -- complains that since 1980, our wages (excluding the super-rich) have "barely increased" despite a much larger economy. There's a... [read more]

June 15, 2011
Washington among the least-free states
by Ron Hebron, 08:29 PM, 34 Comments
Washington is among the least-free states: #40 of 50. Mercatus Center at George Mason University has been compiling and weighting data for this composite for several years. Their measures have three primary parts: fiscal, regulatory and paternalism. Fiscal is spending... [read more]

June 13, 2011
GREGOIRE'S LEGACY: UNSUSTAINABLE BUDGETS CEMENTED IN 2005
by Tim Eyman, 01:26 PM, 24 Comments
It was March 22, 2005. Gregoire was the newly elected/selected Governor. And she submitted her budget. Here's what she said about it: "I don't like it," she said. "It's not sustainable. It's what's wrong with the budget in the state... [read more]

The High Cost Of "Cash For Clunkers"
by Jim Miller, 08:42 AM, 56 Comments
Last Friday, somewhat to my surprise, I saw a brief (less than 2 minutes) television piece explaining, lucidly, why used car prices are so high. The Obama-Pelosi-Reid "Cash For Clunkers" program is not the only reason for the high prices,... [read more]

June 12, 2011
STATUS REPORT ON INITIATIVES -- THERE ARE 4 IN THE RUNNING FOR 2011
by Tim Eyman, 10:22 PM, 9 Comments
There are 25 days left until the July 8th signature turn-in deadline and here's how the various 2011 initiative campaigns are doing (includes most up-to-date campaign reporting): * Initiative 1130 by the Humane Society of WA DC and the Farm... [read more]

June 11, 2011
Tim Pawlenty, One to Seriously Consider
by warrenpeterson, 04:33 PM, 91 Comments
Read the speech presidential candidate Gov. Tim Pawlenty gave at the University of Chicago on June 7, 2011. He lays out his views on the economy in no uncertain terms. He claims, "I'm willing to tell Americans the hard truth.... [read more]

June 10, 2011
KEMPER FREEMAN SUPPORTS I-1125 -- THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, WE'VE GOT INCREDIBLE MOMENTUM
by Tim Eyman, 10:50 PM, 10 Comments
Last year's 64% vote for Initiative 1053 was extraordinary. Not only did it receive a supermajority level of public support, it was the 4th time voters approved its taxpayer protection policies. Voters clearly said they'd had it with Olympia's insatiable... [read more]

Shoes and trade?
by Ron Hebron, 08:17 AM, 13 Comments
Our two US Senators are keeping their names in the news: this week they are proposing to reduce or eliminate the duty or tax on imported shoes. Seattle Times We know they like exports - Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, Paccar,... [read more]

June 09, 2011
Rob McKenna Running for Governor
by pudge, 10:07 PM, 45 Comments
1, 2, 3, Go! Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.... [read more]

June 03, 2011
WHICH INITIATIVES ARE IN THE RUNNING TO QUALIFY IN 2011?
by Tim Eyman, 10:42 AM, 24 Comments
From: Tim Eyman With the legislative session completed, attention now turns to the people's legislative process: the right to initiative. But getting over the high hurdle of collecting 300,000 voter signatures in a few short months is a huge challenge.... [read more]

A Good Dictionary Is A Useful Tool
by Jim Miller, 08:58 AM, 0 Comments
If you don't know what a common English word means, you can use a dictionary to find out. For example, take the word, allow.  My American Heritage dictionary gives this as the first meaning:  "To let do or happen; permit".... [read more]

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