Index of entries from September 2011
September 27, 2011
WATCH A DEBATE ON INITIATIVE 1125 AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
by Tim Eyman, 12:13 PM, 6 Comments
There was a debate on Initiative 1125 before the Seattle Times editorial board yesterday. You can watch it here. Whaddya think?... [read more]

More Bad News For Our "Mainstream" News Organizations
by Jim Miller, 05:08 AM, 58 Comments
From two very reputable polling organizations, Gallup and Pew. Gallup found that the public has low, but stable, opinions of our "mainstream" news organizations. The majority of Americans still do not have confidence in the mass media to report the... [read more]

September 26, 2011
System Upgraded
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:20 PM, 8 Comments
I moved the blog to a new hosting service today. Most everything seems to be working. One glitch is that the longer entries now show up in their entirety on the main page, (the feature that posts only the short... [read more]

September 22, 2011
GREGOIRE ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER SPECIAL SESSION: THANKS TO 64% OF VOTERS, INITIATIVE 1053'S POLICIES WILL PROTECT US
by Tim Eyman, 08:59 AM, 17 Comments
All politics is local -- last year's Initiative 1053 (2/3 for tax increases, majority legislative approval for fee increases) passed statewide with 64% support, but here's the breakdown by legislative district including the state politicians in each district. Governor... [read more]

September 21, 2011
Teachers on Strike
by pudge, 05:27 AM, 56 Comments
Can someone please explain to me why the Tacoma School District doesn't just fire people who don't show up to work? I am not saying teachers don't have an unalienable right to strike. Of course they do. We all do.... [read more]

September 19, 2011
Questions "Mainstream" Journalists Won't Ask (1)
by Jim Miller, 02:11 PM, 9 Comments
For some time, I have been thinking about how I could improve "mainstream" journalism.  I didn't think that it was enough just to criticize the mistakes, the bias, and the poor reasoning, as I do here from time to... [read more]

Obama Hates Jobs
by pudge, 07:40 AM, 32 Comments
President Obama hates jobs. Well, OK: President Obama hates private sector jobs. Well, OK: President Obama hates not having a maximum of government power over businesses and jobs, and would gladly sacrifice private-sector, non-union, non-government-controlled, jobs for the mere opportunity... [read more]

September 18, 2011
KING 5 STORY: WATCH IT AND THEN OPINE ON INITIATIVE 1125
by Tim Eyman, 04:02 PM, 9 Comments
Here's a 12 minute KING 5 news story on tolling and Initiative 1125. Watch it and then opine.... [read more]

September 15, 2011
GIVEN TODAY'S REVENUE FORECAST, TAXPAYERS CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF THAT INITIATIVE 1053 WILL PROTECT US
by Tim Eyman, 03:14 PM, 29 Comments
Initiative 1053 was approved by voters last November with 64% support. It passed in every legislative district outside Seattle. It was the 4th time voters approved its policies (this year's I-1125 is voters' 5th opportunity). Given today's revenue forecast, taxpayers... [read more]

September 14, 2011
Stop the car tab tax
by Andy MacDonald, 10:28 PM, 8 Comments
Those living in Seattle are probably aware of Proposition 1, the city council's proposal to increase car tabs $60 per vehicle for the next ten years. A new group called Citizens Against Raising Car Tabs (CART) has organized to fight... [read more]

September 12, 2011
Seattle's Mayor and Council Kill Jobs
by warrenpeterson, 11:03 PM, 40 Comments
Mayor McGinn made job growth a key focus of his administration. But the policies of the mayor and the city council may well have the opposite effect. Keeping the customers away: Seattle has raised parking rates significantly and extended the... [read more]

September 10, 2011
Reflections Ten Years Past
by MarkGriswold, 10:06 PM, 18 Comments
Like most people of a certain age I remember it as if it were yesterday. Back then I was working in the travel industry, as a call-center reservations agent for Princess Cruises. I was on the 10am-7pm shift and usually... [read more]

September 09, 2011
Civility For All?
by Jim Miller, 12:12 PM, 12 Comments
Hank Bradley makes a good point in this letter to the editor. And I will give the Seattle Times letters editor a little credit for publishing it.   One of the frustrating things about our newspaper of record, the New... [read more]

September 08, 2011
Time to Trim the GOP Presidential Field
by warrenpeterson, 09:20 PM, 57 Comments
After watching last nights Republican Presidential Debate, I suggest it is time to trim the field before the next debate. So who should go and who should stay? Out Now Michele Bachmann - Peaked in the Iowa straw poll barely... [read more]

September 06, 2011
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Is Unhappy With Our Elected Officials
by Jim Miller, 09:12 AM, 19 Comments
So he is going to stop his donations to candidates, and is urging that others stop, too. Led by Howard Schultz of Starbucks (SBUX, Fortune 500), more than 100 CEOs have signed a pledge to halt all political campaign contributions... [read more]

State GOP Chair Kirby Wilbur: Passionate and Pragmatic
by MarkGriswold, 07:52 AM, 20 Comments
This past January, Kirby Wilbur was swept into the office of Washington State Republican Party Chairman on a wave of Tea Party support. But unlike many tea-partiers, Kirby has been a fixture in Washington State Republican politics for decades. Maybe... [read more]

Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday (Anniversary Edition)
by pudge, 06:05 AM, 6 Comments
We're going on 11 ruined birthdays and counting. To celebrate, a new video of my song, "Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday."... [read more]

September 04, 2011
Howard Schultz's Great Crusade
by warrenpeterson, 04:04 PM, 7 Comments
Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz has stirred the political pot by asking his fellow CEOs to join him in a pledge to withhold campaign contributions until "Congress can strike a long-term debt deal." He challenges "elected leaders to face the nation's... [read more]

September 03, 2011
The $60 Car-tab Fee Ballot Measure
by warrenpeterson, 10:18 PM, 7 Comments
Kudos to the Seattle Times for their September 2, 2011 front page article, "Seattle's $60 car-tab fee: where it could go." It raised a host of red flags starting with the word "could" in the title. That word means the... [read more]

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