Queen Christine: It’s All About Me! Me! Me!
Because, really, she is the State of Washington, isn’t she? Washington’s governor, Christine Gregoire, says she will oppose Attorney General Rob McKenna’s plan to to file a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of the State. Says Gregoire, “He did not call and consult me. I don’t know who he represents. He does not represent me (emphasis mine).” The staggering arrogance of that statement | Read More »
The Obama Principle
You may be familiar with the 1969 book, The Peter Principle, in which Dr. Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull promulgated the theory that, “in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” This came to mind when I heard yesterday, via @nwdigest, that a “top Democrat” from Washington is rumored as a potential replacement for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar if | Read More »
I Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up
And I assure you, I have a vivid imagination. State of Washington Department of Corrections has lost an Arkansas felon. Sean Robinson, writing at the Tacoma News Tribune, fills us in on the details. He’s William T. Forbes, one of 14 Arkansas parolees Washington is required to supervise under the terms of an interstate agreement. Forbes is a fugitive – the only wayward parolee in | Read More »
The Buck Doesn’t Stop Here!
I can’t believe when I was pounding away on Christine Gregoire and her Department of Corrections for failing to adequately protect the public from convicted felons (and more here), that I forgot all about the case of Phillip Paul, the insane killer who walked away from a “field trip” to a county fair while in the custody of the Department of Social and Health Services | Read More »
Gregoire’s Political Posturing Over Lakewood Shootings
An unfortunate series of break downs in the criminal justice systems in both Washington and Arkansas culminated in the execution of four Lakewood Police Officers by habitual criminal Maurice Clemmons. Governor Christine Gregoire response was to direct “state Corrections Chief Eldon Vail not to accept any new parolees from Arkansas until matters arising from the Maurice Clemmons case have been addressed and resolved,” in order | 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 »
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 »