Index of entries from November 2011
November 30, 2011
Today on the state government jobs wanted site
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:25 AM, 26 Comments
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November 29, 2011
The unintended unintended consequences of Seattle's Big Dig
by MarkGriswold, 06:32 PM, 16 Comments
The unintended unintended consequences of Seattle's Big Dig I literally waited for forty minutes yesterday at the intersection of the BNSF rail line and Alaskan Way S/S Atlantic St. Now I appreciate that freight needs to move and after having... [read more]

John Carlson Should Have A Word With Congressman Adam Smith
by Jim Miller, 08:19 AM, 17 Comments
Last Tuesday, Carlson's producer, Phil Vandervort, was subbing for Carlson.  Congressman Smith came on the show to talk about the failure of the "super committee" to produce a deficit reduction compromise. Smith quickly realized that Vandervort was not well informed... [read more]

November 28, 2011
Apples and Lemons
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:00 AM, 63 Comments
Yesterday I went out and bought myself a new monitor to use with my MacBook. Compare and contrast my new LG LED monitor with the then state-of-the-art ViewSonic CRT I bought in 1999. ViewSonic G810LG IPS236 V Display Size21"23" Max.... [read more]

November 27, 2011
Lance Dickie's latest column, or why those nearing thirty shouldn't trust anybody over sixty
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 PM, 3 Comments
Sixty-something Seattle Times editorial writer Lance Dickie is trying to convince the twenty-something "Millenial" generation that it's in their best interest to get involved in politics in order to advocate for "single-payer" health care and Social Security. Twenty years from... [read more]

Apple Cup
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:25 AM, 21 Comments
Seattle Times: "Huskies enjoy their well-deserved rewards", trouncing the Cougars 38-21. On the other hand, the #1 Husky in state government might have had mixed feelings about the game, as The Columbian reports:So, what, indeed, did we learn from the... [read more]

November 25, 2011
Yet another local #occupyfail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:55 PM, 67 Comments
Occupy Seattle visited Walmart on FridayMostly, what happens when about 80 Occupy Seattle demonstrators carpool Friday afternoon from Westlake Park to picket in front of the Walmart in Renton is that customers glance at them briefly, and then ignore them.... [read more]

November 23, 2011
Another local #Occupyfail
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:23 PM, 33 Comments
The Seattle Central Community College Board has voted to evict Occupy Seattle from its campus:Board members cited a recent report from Public Health - Seattle & King County that found overcrowded living conditions, dogs defecating and urinating, debris and litter... [read more]

by Tim Eyman, 01:13 PM, 31 Comments
On Monday, Governor Gregoire said: "I am being honest with people of the state of Washington. I am not misleading, misinforming, distorting or anything. I have tried to be as transparent as I possibly can." Methinks she doth protest too... [read more]

November 21, 2011
Mrs. Gregoire proposes yet another tax increase
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:02 PM, 36 Comments
Mrs. Gregoire today proposed a "temporary" "1/2%" increase in the state sales tax (it's actually a 7.7% increase in the state portion of the sales tax, from 6.5% to 7%, and there's no such thing as a "temporary" tax increase).... [read more]

Two for the Occupiers
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:30 PM, 17 Comments
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November 19, 2011
"College Officials Consider Evicting Protesters"
by warrenpeterson, 07:18 PM, 58 Comments
Consider. Consider! Give me a break! "After a health-department inspection of the Occupy Seattle encampment found overcrowded living conditions, unsanitary food preparation and no access to bathrooms during the day, Seattle Central Community College officials are looking at ways to... [read more]

November 18, 2011
It's Easy To Confuse Oregon And Washington
by Jim Miller, 02:28 PM, 22 Comments
If you work for the New York Times. And a map with the article mislabeled, in some editions, the state in the upper left corner of the contiguous United States that is considered solidly Democratic.  It is Washington, not Oregon.... [read more]

Gingrich and Hypocrisy
by pudge, 08:56 AM, 47 Comments
So the left is hammering Gingrich over his "hypocrisy." But I can't figure out what they are talking about. Keep in mind that I do not really like Gingrich as a politician, and while I would vote for him over... [read more]

November 17, 2011
Mayor McGinn apologizes to violent "Occupy Seattle" protester, criticizes police for maintaining law and order
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:47 PM, 33 Comments
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has criticized SPD for maintaining law and order, while apologizing to Dorli Rainey, the 84-year-old protester who caught a whiff of pepper spray while blocking traffic and obstructing police who were trying to restore law and... [read more]

Is Dave Reichert Running for Senate?
by warrenpeterson, 09:14 PM, 8 Comments
I just saw a TV spot sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that is nothing short of a campaign ad for 8th District Republican Congressman Dave Reichert. My political instincts immediately wondered if this was the opening shot of... [read more]

Win Win Options for the Super Committee
by warrenpeterson, 06:37 PM, 16 Comments
Last August, Congress established a twelve member Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and tasked it to propose a debt reduction package of at least $1.5 trillion over ten years. The Super Committee, as it is called, must complete its... [read more]

November 15, 2011
Seattle City Council lauds "Occupy Seattle"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:26 PM, 48 Comments
Last Thursday reported that Occupy Seattle has cost the city $529,000, mostly for police timeLast week, Occupy Seattleites protested at a Chase bank in Capitol Hill and outside a downtown appearance by JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Before the... [read more]

A Cure For Economic Stagnation On The Eastside?
by Jim Miller, 08:16 AM, 15 Comments
Jon Talton has one. First, light rail is now well proved across America, even in low-density, road-warrior cities such as Dallas, Denver, Salt Lake City and Phoenix.  It's more efficient on high-use lines than buses. And the fight over costs... [read more]

November 11, 2011
Winners and Losers with I-1183
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:28 PM, 31 Comments
In addition to the obvious members of the I-1183 coalition (Costco, Trader Joes and other big retailers, restaurants, family wineries) and their campaign team, the other big winners include: * Consumers (also obvious) * Advocates of limited and effective government... [read more]

11/11/11 11:11:11
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:11 AM, 19 Comments
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November 10, 2011
by Tim Eyman, 12:27 PM, 17 Comments
* Initiatives are difficult. This is a 'no duh' observation, but it deserves emphasis. When I-1125 was filed, we were estimating in January what the electorate would think about its combination of policies in November, factoring in the inevitable counterattack... [read more]

November 08, 2011
First Returns: I-1183 winning 60 - 40
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:32 PM, 49 Comments
With 1.1 million votes in (out of 1.7 million forecast), I-1183 is winning in a 60% landslide statewide, with a wide margin in nearly every county. The lead is all but insurmountable -- a loss at this point would need... [read more]

Thinking About Jon Huntsman
by warrenpeterson, 08:41 PM, 55 Comments
Flip flopper Mitt Romney, polling around 25%, seems unable to break from the pack. He briefly fell behind newcomer Rick Perry who himself quickly ran out of steam and now trails Herman Cain. Cain is making a play to be... [read more]

Kudos to Costco and I-1183 campaign team
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:28 PM, 8 Comments
We'll learn over the next few days what the voters had to say on I-1183. But whatever the decision, Costco and their allies and campaign team deserve kudos for a job well done. I was not involved in either this... [read more]

November 07, 2011
Mail Ballot Horror Show (XLVII): A double feature!
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:26 PM, 8 Comments
The reports that King County Elections now knows exactly what caused their initial failure to send ballots to 11,000 voters last month:A computer "hiccup" is the reason that 11,000 voters initially didn't receive their ballots last month, elections officials... [read more]

Sexually Inappropriate
by warrenpeterson, 03:59 PM, 45 Comments
In the light of recent sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain, here are four questions: 1. For men: Have you ever used your eyes, voice, body, body language or written communication in a way that could be interpreted by a... [read more]

Families and Education Levy 2011 (V): No evidence that in-school medical clinics improved educational outcomes [simplified and bumped]
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 AM, 7 Comments
[This is a substantially simplified update of the original entry] The levy campaign claims thatThe 17,410 students who used school-based health clinics funded by the Levy have fewer absences, higher GPAs, and are less likely to drop out of school... [read more]

November 06, 2011
Liars Against 1183
by pudge, 05:02 PM, 16 Comments
Most of the anti-1083 campaign has been based on lies, but the most recent ad about health professionals is just insanely false. It says that "public health experts speak out against 1183, and then it shows those "public health experts"... [read more]

November 03, 2011
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:17 PM, 26 Comments
Former Attorney General Ken Eikenberry supports I-1183, the Costco-backed measure to get the state out of the liquor business, increasing revenue for state and local governments (I will vote for I-1183, but have no involvement with this year's campaign). Eikenberry... [read more]

Families and Education Levy 2011 (IV): $54,000 of levy funds went to political campaign consultants
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:58 PM, 1 Comments
City records show that Families and Education Levy administrators last year paid $54,000 in levy funds (which are supposedly earmarked for child and education programs) to political campaign consultants and self-described "community organizers" for what can only be characterized as... [read more]

SnoCo Exec Reardon Criminally Investigated by WSP [UPDATED]
by pudge, 12:18 PM, 4 Comments
In a bombshell just days before the election, the Washington State Patrol says they have opened a criminal investigation of Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon for misappropriation of funds, due to a Snohomish County Prosecutor's office request. This is likely... [read more]

Do Those "Occupy Seattle" Protesters Know About Jamie Dimon's Campaign Donations?
by Jim Miller, 07:49 AM, 25 Comments
Last night, the Seattle protesters targeted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. I saw several stories on the protest this morning, but none of them asked the demonstrators what they knew about Dimon.  Which is unfortunate, because Dimon has been a... [read more]

November 02, 2011
Families and Education Levy 2011 (III): No evidence that in-school medical clinics improved educational outcomes, Part 1
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:33 PM, 9 Comments
Mayor McGinn spoke at West Seattle High School this morning to campaign for the Families and Education Levy and its school-based health centers. The Mayor was accompanied by medical clinic executives who have contracts to operate the in-school health centers.... [read more]

"...the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce". The third time as ... lunacy?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:28 PM, 28 Comments
Darcy Burner announced today that she is running for Congress again:In a video on her campaign web site, Burner referenced the slogan of the Occupy Wall Street protests, saying "we need to send people to Congress who will fight for... [read more]

November 01, 2011
Families and Education Levy 2011 (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:49 PM, 7 Comments
Yesterday's Seattle Times had an article about the "Families and Education" Levy: "Families levy: doubly good or twice as bad?". I'm quoted:Sharkansky calls the academic gains at levy-supported middle schools "modest" and says of the levy as a whole, "It's... [read more]

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