A David Letterman Moment in King County, Washington
Okay, wow. When I called Dow Constantine a smarmy politician I was just referring to his apparent level of comfort with lying about Council colleague Kathy Lambert. It appears there’s so much more. Allegations have surfaced that Constantine has been accused of sexually harassing a County employee, as Mark Griswold writes about at Sound Politics. Rumors of Dow Constantine’s inappropriate behavior have been swirling around | Read More »
“why i shouldn’t vote for patty murray”
Volume I I was checking my blog stats and happened to notice that someone had stumbled across my other blog, It’s Only Words, after searching for “why i shouldn’t vote for patty murray.” I figure, Hey! If people are asking, I should make it as easy as possible for them to find out! Yes. I’m just that helpful. Here are a few old posts to | Read More »
Officially a Possibility?
Rumor has it that Chris Widener will announce in the next few days that he’s forming an exploratory committee to determine the feasibility of a run against Patty Murray in 2010. As I outlined here, Chris is the founder of Positively Republican, a group that educates voters about the positive benefits of conservatism for people in every station of life. From the Positively Republican Facebook | Read More »
Calling St. George
Wow, it feels like years ago that I wrote these words rather than a matter of months. 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. | Read More »
MoveOn, Could You Please Just Move Along?
Because, really, you’re not adding anything of value to the debate. Even though Election Day 2010 is still over a year away, MoveOn.org Political Action is running ads targeting Dave Reichert (WA-08) and his “No” vote on H.R. 3200 in the Ways and Means Committee. Congressman Reichert responded with the following statement. Now is the time to come together and debate meaningful solutions to lower | Read More »
Skewing the Results
Because of his deep and abiding respect for his constituents and their opinions on the issues, Congressman Brian Baird (WA-03) has included a poll on his official website posing the question, “Do you believe there is a need to reform our current health care system?” Excellent! Congressman Baird has managed to frame the question in such a way that it appears as though he’s interested | Read More »
Something Or Nothing?
(A new post from the blogger formerly know as paulag1955. I’ve changed my name to be consistent with my Twitter ID.) Since I posted this piece at It’s Only Words about financially supporting conservative candidates and Erick Erickson posted a similar piece here the same day, I’ve seen a few comments based on the idea that if only candidates were “conservative enough” people would support | Read More »
Washington Conservatives Need To Step Up Their Game
Imagine my surprise this morning when I saw this post of Erick’s while I was writing the following. Despite holding a narrow lead in the polls, Susan Hutchison trails Dow Constantine in fundraising in the King County Executive race. The Seattle Times reports that since August 10, Hutchison has raised just $32,000 while Constantine has raised $102,000. So, Conservatives, tell me…what’s the problem? Here’s a | Read More »
So Much For Contacting My Congressman
Here’s a comment from Jay Inslee’s health care townhall meeting in Edmonds, Washington, that doesn’t really have anything to do with health care. Um, so, first of all, I wanted to say thank you to Jay Inslee personally because I always appreciate that you always write people back when they email you. I’m just going to say that this woman has very low standards for | Read More »
Could King County Possibly Be Doing Something Right?
Despite the concerns I voiced here, Sherrill Huff retained her position as Director of Elections for King County. In a move that initially allays some of those concerns, Huff has hired Evelyn Arnold as her Superintendent of Elections. Ms. Arnold is a CPA and has served as the Chelan County Auditor since 1990. Arnold first came to notice in 2005 when she testified at the | Read More »
Lies, Half-Truths and Talking Points, Part I
I attended Congressman Jay Inslee’s health care townhall meeting in Edmonds, Washington, on August 31st. It was my first townhall meeting and probably gave me impossibly high expectations for any future townhalls I might attend. My estimate is that there were over 2,000 very engaged people packing the gym at Edmonds-Woodway High School. At first glance, it appeared that people supporting a government or single-payer | Read More »
What’s The Point?
Congressman Jay Inslee has scheduled two health care townhall meetings with his constituents. Given the cowardly behavior of other legislators across the country, he’s to be commended for doing so on his own initiative. Unfortunately, given his recent statements, it’s unlikely that he’s really interested in hearing what his constituents have to say, unless, of course, they’re likely to vote for him in the next | Read More »
In A Field Cleared of Liberal Competition, Constantine Still Hasn’t Closed The Deal
Susan Hutchison leads Dow Constantine in the King County Executive race, 47% to 44%, not that this information would be available to you if the Seattle Times were your primary source of local news; a search of their website this morning found no mention of the King5/SurveyUSA poll conducted September 1st through 3rd. The Seattle P-I does a bit better; they report the results, but | Read More »
Some Constituents Are More Equal Than Others
Here in the Soviet of Washington, our elected officials skew heavily to the left so those of us who call ourselves conservatives are accustomed to them saying and doing things that make us want to bang our heads on our desks in frustration. Who can forget, for example, Patty Murray’s glowing tribute to Osama bin Laden or Jim McDermott’s trip to Baghdad in the run | Read More »
A Neat Trick, If You Can Pull It Off
How do you think this would go over with your employer? Say, Joe, we have a few concerns about your work lately. We’d like you to drop by the office so we can discuss it. Uh, no, I don’t think so. I heard someone might shout at me. Or worse, make a YouTube video. If someone makes a video, I might be held accountable for | Read More »
Deficit Be Damned, Olympia Democrats Can Still Think Of New Ways To Spend Your Money
Faced with a $6 billion deficit and proposed deep cuts to higher education, Representative Dave Quall (D-Mount Vernon) has proposed legislation that would make state financial aid available to illegal immigrants as an option for financing their college educations. Illegal residents already qualify for in-state tuition. It would seem to me that the prudent course of action regarding illegal immigrants and our State universities, given | Read More »
Olympia Makes A Grab For Your Car…Are Your House And Car Next?
I first blogged about Washington SB6900 here and here, after which it was pointed out to me that this bill was killed during the 2008 legislative session. So at first I felt a little silly about that, but then I noticed that it was getting a lot of attention on local talk radio. After a little further research, I no longer feel silly about blogging | Read More »
Can King County Put An End To Elections Fiascos?
In November of 2008, voters in King County, Washington, approved by a margin of 56 to 44% an amendment to the King County Charter that changes the position of Elections Director from a political appointment to an elected office. The first election for this position will also be King County’s first all-mail ballot; voting deadline is February 3. The move to an elected position was | Read More »
Due to budget cuts, the University of Washington’s Seattle campus will not be accepting any new students, including transfers, for spring enrollment. In keeping with a common tactic in the Evergreen State, UW administrators have applied the budget axe to an item they feel will gin up public support for more funding. Affecting only about 325 students, this seems more like a gesture designed to | Read More »
RNC Winter Meeting, 2009
In one week, the Republican National Committee will be meeting to select their new chairperson. If you have a preference, now is the time to make it known to your state’s committee members. For Washington State, the committee members are: WSRP State Chairman, Luke Esser. Luke is on Twitter @LukeEsser or can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (425) 460-0570 National Committeeman, Jeff Kent. Jeff | Read More »