A Penny Saved
Freshman Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is taking a novel approach to fiscal responsibility. Rather than renting an apartment, a $1,500 a month expense in the D.C. metro area, he’s sleeping on a cot in his office. According to Chaffetz, “I get paid a very handsome salary, no doubt about it, but you know, I’ve got expenses and a future for my kids and my family, | Read More »
A Double Edged Sword
I’ve been watching the Minnesota Senate recount with a depressing sense of déja vu. After all, we had our own recount fiasco here in Washington in 2004, when King County stole the gubernatorial election for Christine Gregoire, which is the long way of saying that I had very little hope from the beginning that this election would turn any other way than with Al Franken | Read More »
Where’s The Mystery?
Blessing or burden? A 16 year old Port Angeles, Washington, girl gave birth to a precious baby boy in the early morning hours of January 29th, alone in the bathroom of her father’s house. After the baby was born, the girl submerged his face in the toilet bowl until he stopped breathing, placed him in a plastic garbage bag and threw him into the trash | Read More »
Budget Cuts You Can Believe In
I find myself in the awkward position of agreeing with Washington State Governor, Christine Gregoire. I know they say there’s a first time for everything, but still, it’s weird. According to the Seattle Times, Gregoire favors deportations as a way to cut state’s jail costs. I agree with that! Her proposal estimates that deporting illegal immigrants — who are serving or would serve time in | Read More »
Britain Whines: “It’s All About Me!”
I don’t want much from the Federal government. In fact, I want a lot less from it than they’re usually trying to provide. One thing I do expect, though, is for the Federal government to provide me with a reasonably safe haven from dangers of the world outside our borders. In my opinion, a government that fails to provide domestic security for its citizens has | Read More »
Chip Saltsman and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
Chip Saltsman stumbled through a series of blunders this week that leaves me wondering if he can be considered a serious contender for Chairman of the Republican National Committee. The first was selecting the CD, We Hate the USA, to distribute to RNC members as a Christmas gift. The song that’s drawing all the negative attention is “Barack, the Magic Negro.” The CD is the | Read More »
AMA: Ethically Challenged
According to Adam Wilson, writing for The Olympian, Dr. Marc Stern, the top physician in the Washington State Department of Corrections, has resigned because of ethical concerns surrounding the use of Department employees to prepare prisoners for execution. Dr. Stern’s decision to resign was reached in part due to the positions of the American Medical Association and the Society of Correctional Physicians, both of which | Read More »
Associated Press SEATTLE — Gov. Chris Gregoire declared a winter storm emergency Wednesday as many Western Washington residents hoped for a traditional rainy Christmas after a week of heavy snow, jammed airports, closed roads and cabin fever. Huh? I admit to being a little confused. Yes, much of the state has had record or near record snowfall but here in Snohomish County (one of the | Read More »
Mike Duncan Should Do The Honorable Thing
Conservative author and Republican strategist, Michael Patrick Leahy, called today for RNC Chairman, Mike Duncan, to withdraw his bid for re-election effective immediately. Leahy made the case that Duncan’s lackluster leadership and failure to embrace new technology as a political tool was a major contributing factor in Republican losses in 2008. I concur. I find it surprising that Duncan is not embarrassed to show his face in public, let | Read More »
Fox News reports: A former student at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work is suing the school and several of his professors for discrimination, saying he was persecuted by the school’s “liberal political machine” for being a conservative. William Felkner, 45, says the New England college and six professors wouldn’t approve his final project on welfare reform because he was on the “wrong” | Read More »
Where’s Our Chuck DeVore?
Chuck DeVore may look like your run of the mill Assemblyman from California, but I assure you, he has the heart of a dragon-slayer. Chuck has chosen to take on the daunting task of defeating Barbara Boxer in 2010 and giving conservative Californians a voice in the U.S. Senate. (In case you have a few spare bucks lying around, Chuck is taking donations now online.) | Read More »
MythBusters, Olympia Edition
Following in the footsteps of the popular show, MythBusters, the Seattle Times ran an article today exploding the popular notion that the Washington State Constitution requires the adoption of a balanced budget. I’m not sure which is more disturbing: the fact that our legislators were ignorant of the requirements of our Constitution for so basic a function as budgeting or the fact that intrepid Seattle | Read More »
Washington RNC Members
As much information as I could glean in 24 hours. It ain’t much, but it’s all I’ve got. Luke Esser, Bellevue, King County Jeff Kent, Bellingham (??), Whatcom County Fredi Simpson, Wenatchee, Chelan County Luke Esser State Chairman, WA Republican State Committee PRESENT -State Chairman, Washington State Republican Party, elected January 27, 2007 -Attorney at Law…
More on Katon Dawson
Katon Dawson has a column today on Politico, GOP Need Courage of Convictions I agree. Throughout the article, Mr. Dawson demonstrates that he can, indeed, “talk the talk” about what is wrong with the Republican Party and what needs to be done to fix it.
Washington State GOP Post-Election Update
WSRP Chair, Luke Esser, recently sent an update on the outcome of the election. Washington Republicans fared quite well, actually, considering it was a blue tidal wave year. An excerpt.
Patty Murray and the Marriage Protection Amendment
The following is Patty Murrays’ response to a constituent’s request for more information about her position on the Marriage Protection Amendment. Thank you for contacting me regarding the Marriage Protection Amendment. I am glad to know your views on this matter…
Vouchers and Charter Schools
Conservative Republicans tout school choice – school vouchers and charter schools – as the means to liberate low and moderate income families from failing public schools. While I don’t disagree that vouchers and charter school offer an excellent short term solution, the question is, will they hurt more than they help?
This Should Do The Trick. Yeah.
I see that RNC Chair Mike Duncan and Co-Chair Jo Ann Davidson are going to be making appearances in Georgia on behalf of Saxby Chambliss. That’s very kind of them and I’m sure Senator Chambliss appreciates their efforts, but who are they kidding? No disrespect intended, but these are not household names.
According to the Seattle Times, “State regulators are wondering whether online political activism amounts to lobbying, which could force Web-based activists to file public reports detailing their finances,” (Can Blogging be Lobbying?) and name their financial backers. As if most bloggers have financial backers. Does my husband count? Do I have to make a disclosure?
A Call to Arms!
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland is standing by Helen Jones-Kelley, even though a review board found she improperly accessed Joe Wurzelbacher’s personal data and used a state e-mail account to raise funds for Barack Obama. And lied about to boot. Columbus Dispatch Article