Index of entries from February 2013
February 28, 2013
Supreme Court of WA Overturns Two-Thirds Requirement to Increase Taxes
by pudge, 03:55 PM, 24 Comments
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of Washington said that only a simple majority can be constitutionally required to pass a law, regardless of repeated voter initiatives signalling a clear majority of voters want a two-thirds requirement to increase... [read more]

Sequestration
by pudge, 06:27 AM, 49 Comments
There's this idea out there that the sequester and its effects are the fault of Republicans. No one following along thinks that, but it's the majority opinion. In early 2011, the debt limit was going to be reached within the... [read more]

February 27, 2013
Cost Overruns Past, Present and Future
by warrenpeterson, 11:37 PM, 19 Comments
Engineering errors may cause a $100 million dollar cost increase on the SR 520 bridge project and slide opening well into 2015. Remember the proposed monorail from Ballard to West Seattle? The people voted for it before they voted against... [read more]

February 26, 2013
Michael Ramirez Explains The Sequester Fight
by Jim Miller, 09:35 AM, 0 Comments
Clearly enough so that even Washington's senior senator, Patty Murray, could understand it. If she wanted to. Cross posted at Jim Miller on Politics. (Yes, the second pie is 67 percent wider than the first, rather than having 40 percent... [read more]

FRIGHTENING: Court outlaws local advisory votes -- even expressing an opinion is illegal now
by Tim Eyman, 05:50 AM, 24 Comments
Let me say at the outset that if the voters approve "PROTECT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE ON INITIATIVES" I-517, it will override this frightening court decision. Current state law is vague and unclear as to how to treat local... [read more]

February 21, 2013
Would Obama's Proposed Pre-School Program Work?
by Jim Miller, 12:38 PM, 0 Comments
Would it improve long-term outcomes for kids, especially poor kids? Almost certainly not, says Charles Murray. "Study after study shows that the earlier a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road," said U.S. President Barack... [read more]

February 19, 2013
The Seattle Times Thinks That We Should Choose Elected Officials By The Color Of Their Skin, Not The Content Of Their Character
by Jim Miller, 01:41 PM, 0 Comments
Or at least some elected officials.  In the opinion of our local monopoly newspaper, too few Latinos are being elected to offices in Washington state. Here's an example of what the newspaper sees as a problem: Though Latinos make up... [read more]

February 18, 2013
Senate Democrats Feign Ignorance of Gun Bill
by pudge, 07:33 AM, 57 Comments
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat was shocked, shocked to find that Washington Senate Democrats actually are trying to send cops to inspect your home if you own a gun. The provision of SB 5737 -- sponsored by Democratic Senators Adam... [read more]

February 14, 2013
Felix & Howard Get Paid
by warrenpeterson, 09:52 PM, 123 Comments
"One happy King." So reads the St. Valentine's Day headline in a Seattle Times' sports page article on Felix Hernandez's new seven-year $175 million contract. Twenty-five million per year for pitching in maybe 40 games a season before a million... [read more]

February 13, 2013
Al Gore's choice Al Jazeera calls for death for apostasy against Islam
by Ron Hebron, 05:26 PM, 49 Comments
Albert Gore, Jr. is coming to Seattle Thursday. He has been in the news because he sold his Current TV to Al Jazeera. He says he chose them because they do such a good job on news and his partner... [read more]

February 11, 2013
Hope Backs Universal Background Check Bill
by pudge, 06:42 AM, 53 Comments
State Rep. Mike Hope (R-44) is a co-sponsor of H.B. 1588, which would subject all firearm transfers to background checks, effectively making it illegal for me to sell a gun to my dad or brother unless I pay money to,... [read more]

February 05, 2013
Where the action is on education reform
by Ron Hebron, 08:11 PM, 62 Comments
The Washington Senate, led by Democrats Senators Tom and Sheldon and all the Republicans, is having substantial discussions about improving lower education and raising funding (used to be K-12, now pre-12). While in the House they are talking about raising... [read more]

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