Index of entries from August 2011
August 31, 2011
Primary Education
by MarkGriswold, 03:32 PM, 11 Comments
So we (I'm hoping everyone who reads SoundPolitics.com, at least) voted in our primary election a couple of weeks ago and most of us probably didn't give a whole lot of thought to the process. After all, we settled all... [read more]

August 29, 2011
Political Bistro
by MarkGriswold, 07:10 PM, 3 Comments
Our latest episode. We dined on "Bouchons de Thon" (Tuna Quiches), "It's a Headsnapper" Chardonnay and some killer Oreo Cookie brownies. We discussed the State's efforts to deny First Amendment rights to the Reality Church of Olympia and McGinn's and... [read more]

August 23, 2011
TIM'S HOBBY: CITY INITIATIVES LETTING VOTERS DECIDE ON RED-LIGHT CAMERAS
by Tim Eyman, 11:21 AM, 44 Comments
Last year in my hometown of Mukilteo (just named the 9th best place to live in the U.S.), the city tried to bring red-light cameras and speed cameras to our community. We were knee-deep in collecting signatures for tougher-to-raise-taxes I-1053... [read more]

August 22, 2011
Hear Washington Policy Center's Environmental Policy Director Tomorrow
by MarkGriswold, 02:26 PM, 0 Comments
Todd Myers, Director of the Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center will be discussing global warming and other "Eco-Fads" at Seattle Skyline Rotary's weekly meeting tomorrow at noon at the Columbia Tower Club (701 5th Ave #7500,... [read more]

Eco-Fads
by Jim Miller, 01:17 PM, 22 Comments
It's not often I recommend a book I haven't seen, much less read, but I'll make an exception for Todd Myers' Eco-Fads. Why the exception? Because I trust Myers, and because a book like this is desperately needed.... [read more]

August 21, 2011
Arguments The Seattle Times Doesn't Want You To See (2)
by Jim Miller, 02:08 PM, 32 Comments
I wasn't planning to do another in this series for at least a week, but this Michael Ramirez cartoon is too funny to pass up. Is it unfair?  Not by the rather rough standards of political cartoons.... [read more]

Obama and Seriousness
by pudge, 11:18 AM, 13 Comments
President Obama attacks Mitt Romney for flip-flopping on his health care plan, even though Obama was vehemently against a health insuance mandate during his campaign, and now is vehemently for it. Obama attacks Republicans for not passing free trade agreements,... [read more]

August 19, 2011
Arguments The Seattle Times Doesn't Want You To See (1)
by Jim Miller, 07:52 AM, 50 Comments
I'll begin this series with, naturally, a Krauthammer column. In Obama's recounting, however, luck is only half the story.  His economic recovery was ruined not just by acts of God and (foreign) men, but by Americans who care nothing for... [read more]

August 18, 2011
Why Hague and Lambert's betrayal is so maddening
by Tim Eyman, 04:17 PM, 14 Comments
Based on decades of experience, citizens have very low expectations when it comes to politicians on tax votes. From Republicans, they remember Bush 41 promising "Read my lips, no new taxes" and from Democrats, they remember Gregoire promising "Now is... [read more]

The Political Bistro
by MarkGriswold, 11:43 AM, 0 Comments
Another episode of The Political Bistro with Kristi Brown and me is available for your listening pleasure. On this episode we enjoy a bottle of Brut from Spain, talk with foreign correspondent, Jennifer Fallows live in Paris, France and discuss... [read more]

The argument for $20 car tabs
by MarkGriswold, 11:41 AM, 16 Comments
Republicans are up in arms over the recent actions of the King County Council (so what else is new?), but this time it's different. Many of us feel betrayed because the recent legislation passed, which raise car tabs by $20,... [read more]

August 17, 2011
Baseball and Politics
by warrenpeterson, 01:12 PM, 3 Comments
To fans of baseball, politics and poetry everywhere, a little light hearted humor appropriate for the season: Light Hearted Humor Well, maybe a small portion of everybody will be offended but they are the uptights who wake up every day... [read more]

August 16, 2011
Yes, Car Tabs Are A Regressive Tax
by Jim Miller, 09:33 AM, 36 Comments
And our news organizations should tell the voters that. But when I did a search at Google News on "car tabs + regressive tax", I got just two hits, a local blogger and commenter Richard Pope, here at Sound Politics.... [read more]

August 15, 2011
King County's $20 car tab tax: Liars, Sell-Out, & Switzerland -- FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE
by Tim Eyman, 08:57 AM, 34 Comments
Attached is a link to the photos and quotes of King County Council members who are liars, sell-out, and Switzerland when it comes to the $20 car tab tax -- FORWARD THIS TO EVERYONE. This needs to be put up... [read more]

August 12, 2011
Congratulations To Attorney General McKenna
by Jim Miller, 12:29 PM, 13 Comments
For this preliminary win. An appeals court ruled Friday that President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring Americans to buy healthcare insurance or face a penalty was unconstitutional, a blow to the White House. The Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit,... [read more]

Hague & Lambert flip-flop for lollipops -- 2 King County Republicans cut a deal with Dow, screwing us out of our $30 car tabs in exchange for earmarked pork -- worse, they've lied about it for months
by Tim Eyman, 10:05 AM, 24 Comments
I emailed this out last night: Look for a Friday press conference with Dow Constantine and Jane Hague and Kathy Lambert. The Council will vote on Monday but their 'flip flop for lollipops' announcement will be before then. On April... [read more]

Two Views On The British Riots
by Jim Miller, 09:38 AM, 10 Comments
Here's mine. And here's one from the Seattle Times, which includes odd paragraphs like this one: Start with introspection about growing poverty and racial and cultural tensions, add a soupçon of revisionist political science, and mix in a technological riff... [read more]

August 10, 2011
WHY I-1125 IS NECESSARY: A SUMMARY
by Tim Eyman, 08:50 PM, 37 Comments
In these tough economic times, the idea of government taking thousands of dollars per year out of working families' already-stretched budgets shows a complete lack of compassion for the challenges they are facing right now. People are hurting, and yet... [read more]

London Calling
by pudge, 06:48 AM, 41 Comments
Would it be inappropriate for me to note that we wouldn't be seeing riots like those in London, here in the U.S.? Try to imagine what would happen here, even in Seattle. On the first night, people would perhaps be... [read more]

August 09, 2011
JUST NOT CREDIBLE: ON KIRO RADIO TODAY, JAY INSLEE CLAIMS HE DIDN'T VOTE FOR I-1098, CLAIMS HE WOULDN'T SIGN A BILL IMPOSING A STATE INCOME TAX
by Tim Eyman, 01:21 PM, 16 Comments
Why? I hope someone asks Jay Inslee why he didn't vote for I-1098 as he claims. Because barring a persuasive justification, it's just not credible that Inslee is telling the truth about voting no on last year's income tax initiative... [read more]

"Tea Party Downgrade"
by pudge, 07:33 AM, 50 Comments
So, let me get this straight: every problem we've faced in the economy since Obama took office is Bush's fault, because it started before Obama took office. But the "Tea Party" has been a small minority in the House for... [read more]

August 08, 2011
President Downgrade
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:49 PM, 82 Comments
(credit: Instapundit)... [read more]

The King County Prosecutor Wouldn't Take The Case
by Jim Miller, 07:33 AM, 4 Comments
Dan Satterberg (or someone in his office) has more common sense than the Renton prosecutor, Shawn Arthur. New information Friday revealed that the Renton Police Department's initial request for a criminal search warrant seeking the name of an animator who... [read more]

August 05, 2011
Because government employees have property rights to their jobs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:00 PM, 33 Comments
State Department of Transportation engineer Corey Wight pled guilty to felony assault earlier this year for raping a 16-year-old prostitute at his Bellevue apartment. Wight was suspended without pay from his WSDOT job for three months, but was allowed to... [read more]

AUGUST 16TH VOTE IS DEJA VU: $6 BILLION TUNNEL COSTS SAME AS 15 SPORTS STADIUMS
by Tim Eyman, 03:51 PM, 15 Comments
In the mid-90's, there was a local Seattle city initiative seeking a public vote on imposing $400 million in taxes to build a sports stadium (I collected 100 signatures for it at Green Lake in Seattle). Voters said no, rejecting... [read more]

Would Cowboys & Aliens Make A Good Political Parable?
by Jim Miller, 02:22 PM, 10 Comments
Note, please, that I am not saying that the makers of the movie intended it as a political parable, just asking whether a reasonable person might take it that way.  (And High Noon should show everyone just how easy it... [read more]

Is The Renton Prosecutor Abusing His Power?
by Jim Miller, 09:32 AM, 23 Comments
Here's the story. The Renton City Prosecutor wants to send a cartoonist to jail for mocking the police department in a series of animated Internet videos. The "South-Park"-style animations parody everything from officers having sex on duty to certain personnel... [read more]

August 04, 2011
There's Hope for Congress Yet
by warrenpeterson, 04:37 PM, 23 Comments
If we went with the "throw the bums out" crowd and replaced all 535 members of Congress (435 in the House, 100 in the Senate) with a new randomly selected bunch, it wouldn't take much time before similar discord erupted.... [read more]

"Deep down inside, in places you don't talk about at parties..."
by MarkGriswold, 04:15 PM, 44 Comments
I went over to the I-90 Lid Park on Mercer Island this afternoon to watch a Seattle, nay, a national tradition, the Blue Angels. The police had, of course, shut I-90 down to traffic but opened it to pedestrians and... [read more]

August 03, 2011
Best Argument For The Big Bore Tunnel Yet
by Jim Miller, 02:59 PM, 21 Comments
From, not surprisingly, Danny Westneat. Who wants the tunnel to help out a truck company. "What we've got, with this maritime industry, no other city has got," says Warren Aakervik, owner of Ballard Oil, who runs his 15 trucks from... [read more]

August 02, 2011
What's Broken?
by pudge, 10:32 PM, 22 Comments
Someone please explain to me what is "broken" about our political system ... especially as opposed to any other time period since George Washington was President. I keep hearing it, but I am not seeing it. People apparently expect me... [read more]

The Political Bistro
by MarkGriswold, 02:39 PM, 9 Comments
Seattle Republican Association board member Kristi Brown and I have started a bi-weekly, half-hour podcast called The Political Bistro (I've been cross-posting my articles at the companion blog for the past several weeks). We just aired our fifth show last... [read more]

The Hypocritic Oath
by MarkGriswold, 02:09 PM, 1 Comments
The left loves to pine away about the sorry state of health care in this country and to some extent they are correct. There is much room for improvement. But they way they always want to go about "making it... [read more]

Cuts? Ha!
by pudge, 05:33 AM, 32 Comments
John Boehner's bill cuts discretionary spending by $917B over 10 years. That's $91.7B a year (I can do maths!) which I think isn't even inflation adjusted, and certainly is cumulative. So it means cutting our deficit from about $1.1T to... [read more]

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