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 »

    Say What?

    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 »

    It’s a Washington nail biter

    Although there has been a dearth of local race reporting at RedState, we do need local races covered. There are 11 gubernatorial races across the nation currently. Three of them are toss-ups and of those, two are for open seats while only Washington’s is against an incumbent. The race between Republican Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Christine Gregoire is closing out its final weeks. And…it’s | Read More »

    The RGA Goes After Christine Gregoire

    The Republican Governors Association has rapidly become one of the most effective campaign organizations within the Republican Party. They reorganized a couple of years ago and now map out long term strategies and fundraising, instead of spending 100% of their cash cycle to cycle. This year they have set their sights on Christine Gregoire (D-WA). I’ve written about the issue before and it has people | Read More »

    Union Negotiates State Contract While Running TV Ads for Governor

    Interestingly, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on TV, radio and print ads helping Washington State’s Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire get reelected. This is the same Governor that the SEIU is negotiating a new contract with for state workers in that union. Naturally, Gregoire’s Republican opponents are crying conflict of interest, and its hard to deny their charge. | Read More »