Why Is King County Stiffing The Taxpayers Over The West Seattle Water Taxi?
King County residents may remember that back in the fall of 2007 the County Council approved a special property tax on all residents to support the creation of a Ferry District to fund the Vashon Island passenger ferry and year-round service for the West Seattle Water Taxi. The Ferry District was sort of a pet project of King County Executive Dow Constantine when he sat | Read More »
Random Rants, Seattle Times Edition
Joni Balter Not many people are as self-satisfied and self-important as Joni Balter. She’s recently penned two op-eds, not on any topic with relevance to the real issues facing voters in this election, but something even more important; the race for newspaper endorsements. And of course by this vital yardstick, Dino Rossi may as well concede the race now. I’m not even sure why this | Read More »
Jobs Americans Won’t Do: Campaigning For Patty Murray
As I noted here, the Murray campaign appears to be critically short of foot soldiers. How terribly inconvenient. Fortunately for the Senator, this is another one of those distasteful jobs that Americans won’t do, but illegals are only too willing to take on. And at no cost to the Murray campaign! “Illegals for Democrats” is a project of OneAmerica Votes. Can you guess who tops | Read More »
Tremble, Washington! Evil Right-Wing Plots Are Afoot In LD1
Unsure whether or not their 1st LD candidates can win on merit in what appears to be a very bad year for Democrats (or a very good year for Republicans if you’re a glass-half-full kind of person), the Washington State Democratic Central Committee has chosen to instead muddy the waters with mail pieces intended to paint the Republican candidates, Dennis Richter (Pos. 1) and Heidi | Read More »
Pants on FIRE!
Would Jay Inslee even recognize the truth if it walked up and punched him in the nose? Which is sort of what it did this week when he lied about his reason for missing a ceremony to rename a post office for local Medal of Honor recipient Bud Hawk. Giving credit where credit is due, Inslee was responsible for passing the legislation renaming the post | Read More »
Suzan DelBene, Microsoft, The Seattle Times And Kid Gloves
A lot of hay has been made in California over the course of the past several months about Carly Fiorina’s leadership at HP; a quick Google search turns up article after article about the California Senate race that mention, usually in unflattering terms, the company’s fortunes – or lack thereof – during her tenure as CEO. Contrast this with the treatment Suzan DelBene (D) is | Read More »
Everything Clint Didier Needs To Know About Dino Rossi
Everyone knows by now that Clint Didier, despite having made it very clear during the primary season that he would support the GOP nominee, whomever it might be (and knowing that it could very well be Dino Rossi), has withheld his endorsement from said nominee. Rather than getting wholeheartedly behind Rossi, Didier chose to enumerate three conditions upon which his endorsment would be based. I | Read More »
No. Safe. Dems.
None at all. Congressman Jay Inslee won re-election in 2008 with 68% of the vote. It looks as though he won’t be having such an easy time of it in 2010. A poll of WA-01 released yesterday by James Watkins’ campaign shows Inslee to be more vulnerable than this WA-01 resident had previously had the audacity to hope. You may remember me wondering back in August | Read More »
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 »
Widener and Didier: Tossing Their Hats In The Ring
I may not be a genius, but I don’t think you need to use rocket science to conclude that Chris Widener will make his Senate run official tomorrow morning. Patty Murray is the Senate’s most liberal legislator. Her lifetime ACU rating is 2.92, barely above Jim McDermott’s 2.52. But – get this – in 2008, Murray scored zero. She must be replaced. Look for Clint | Read More »
Chipping Away at Our Freedoms and Offering Nothing in Return
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Western Washington is reeling at the deaths of six law enforcement officers in just under two months: Officer Timothy Brenton, Sergeant Mark Renninger, Officer Ronald Owens, Officer Tina Griswold, Officer Greg Richards, and earlier this week, Deputy Sheriff | 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 »
Patty Murray; Arrogant and Ignorant
Just because Patty Murray represents Washington in the US Senate, it doesn’t mean she should be insulting the residents of the great State of Alabama. As reported in The Daily Weekly: With the Dreamliner finally up in the air, one could almost forget the unending controversy swirling in Boeing’s turbines.First there’s that little move to South Carolina planned to actually build the Dreamliner. But also | Read More »
Death Of A Politician
Like a sort of political Willy Loman, Brian Baird has announced his decision not to seek re-election to the US House of Representatives. Willy sacrificed himself so that Biff could collect on Willy’s life insurance policy; Baird steps out of the way so that another candidate can try to turn near certain defeat in WA-03 into a close race. It remains to be seen if | Read More »
Most Excellent News for WA-03; Brian Baird Announces His Retirement
Yes, even more excellent news. In a stunning development (at least to me!) Brian Baird has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2010. The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving. Hence, I am announcing today that I do not intend to seek reelection to Congress in 2010…This is not an easy decision to be sure, but I | Read More »
Most Excellent News For WA-01
We have a contest; James Watkins, a Redmond entrepreneur, announced today that he is a candidate for Jay Inslee’s Congressional seat. Says Watkins: I’m running against career office-seeker Jay Inslee because we can’t afford him any more. His voting record in Washington, D.C., shows he’s lost touch with our values. We’re at a moment of clarity in our country. We the People are paying attention | 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 »
The Mythological Democrat
You may remember Dr. Matthew Manweller. He’s the Central Washington University Political Science professor who rather shamefully suggested that Republicans ought not “go after” Blue Dog Democrats in 2010. Since I wrote this post castigating Dr. Manweller for taking such a naive stance, he’s pointed me in the direction of two articles which he felt were relevant. The first was an op-ed at The New | Read More »