Radio Talk Host Kirby Wilbur Announces Challenge for State GOP Chair
As Republicans in Washington State assess the fallout from last Tuesday’s elections, upturning the state party hierarchy is becoming an outlet for a very real sense that opportunities for GOP gains were missed because of a lack of a ground game. By telephone this morning, Kirby Wilbur informed me that he would be running for chair of the State Republican Party, and that he had | Read More »
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 »
King County, WA: Ground Zero. Again.
King County will continue to be ground zero in the U.S. Senate race between Dino Rossi (R) and Sen. Patty Murray (D), with the count of all ballots possibly not being completed until Friday or next week. After counts from around the state have all been posted mid-evening, the Rossi camp trails in the statewide count by 27,464 votes with hundreds of thousands of votes | Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »