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 »

    Where’s Our Chuck DeVore?

    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. Senate. (In case you have a few spare bucks lying around, Chuck is taking donations now online.) | Read More »

    MythBusters, Olympia Edition

    Following in the footsteps of the popular show, MythBusters, the Seattle Times ran an article today exploding the popular notion that the Washington State Constitution requires the adoption of a balanced budget. I’m not sure which is more disturbing: the fact that our legislators were ignorant of the requirements of our Constitution for so basic a function as budgeting or the fact that intrepid Seattle | Read More »

    Washington RNC Members

    As much information as I could glean in 24 hours. It ain’t much, but it’s all I’ve got.Luke Esser, Bellevue, King CountyJeff Kent, Bellingham (??), Whatcom CountyFredi Simpson, Wenatchee, Chelan CountyLuke EsserState Chairman, WA Republican State CommitteePRESENT-State Chairman, Washington State Republican Party, elected January 27, 2007-Attorney at Law…

    Washington State GOP Post-Election Update

    WSRP Chair, Luke Esser, recently sent an update on the outcome of the election. Washington Republicans fared quite well, actually, considering it was a blue tidal wave year. An excerpt.

    Patty Murray and the Marriage Protection Amendment

    The following is Patty Murrays’ response to a constituent’s request for more information about her position on the Marriage Protection Amendment. Thank you for contacting me regarding the Marriage Protection Amendment. I am glad to know your views on this matter…

    “Bloggers Beware!”

    According to the Seattle Times, “State regulators are wondering whether online political activism amounts to lobbying, which could force Web-based activists to file public reports detailing their finances,” (Can Blogging be Lobbying?) and name their financial backers. As if most bloggers have financial backers. Does my husband count? Do I have to make a disclosure?

    WA-05 Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Today Rodgers won election as the Vice Chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus.Here’s a link to the Seattle Times article (you can skip the first part about Patty Murray if you don’t have a strong stomach).And here’s a Wikipedia article about her.I know this isn’t actually much information to go on. Unfortunately, since she’s from the other side of the state, I don’t know much | Read More »

    WA-01 Jay Inslee

    Jay Inslee(D) is our US Representative in the 1st District. He was originally elected to the House in 1992 from the 4th District, but proved too liberal for his Central Washington constituents and was defeated by Doc Hastings after one term. After moving to the west side, he ran for Governor in 1996 but was defeated in the primaries by Gary Locke. In 1998, he | Read More »

    WA-08 Dave Reichert

    After reading AceinTx’s update on the RMSP, I did a (very little) bit of checking into Dave Reichert’s record.For anyone who doesn’t know, Reichert was a popular King County Sheriff, under whose tenure the Green River Killer was arrested, tried and convicted. Capitalizing on that popularity, in 2004 he ran for Jennifer Dunn’s open seat in the US House and defeated local talk show host, | Read More »

    WA-01 Snohomish County Republicans – 10/19/08 Update

    I’ve now been in contact with the Chair of the SnoCo Republicans. I’m not in a position to say that my previous diary entry on this topic was wrong but I have at least been assured that they are planning for 2009 (city and county races) and beyond and I’ve been invited to the next meeting. In contrast to my first contact, there seems to | Read More »

    WA-01 Overview

    First off, thanks to Moe for suggesting something I can actually do with all this pent up, post-election energy.Second, let me apologize in advance for the sketchy information I’m about to offer. I haven’t been as involved in local politics as I probably should have been. When I have more information on any of the following, I’ll post new diaries.WA-01 includes parts of Snohomish, King | Read More »

    Snohomish County Republicans

    A few days ago, I e-mailed the Snohomish County Republicans in disgust over the sorry state of their website. I was looking for inspiration and an action plan and all I found was pre-election news.After having received no response, this morning I e-mailed a few people on the Executive Committee individually. Here’s what I found out.

    Dave Reichert (WA-08) wins re-election bid.

    Don’t get me wrong: Tuesday was still a shellacking. But I covered this race earlier, and it’s nice to see that he won. Reichert wins re-election in 8th District Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, defeating two-time Democratic challenger Darcy Burner in a close race. With almost 80 percent of the expected vote counted from Tuesday’s election, Reichert’s | Read More »

    Darcy Burner (Challenger, WA-08) caught lying about educational qualifications.

    Translation: “What? People were paying attention?”Even the Seattle Times can’t spin this past an “exaggeration” by Dave Reichert’s challenger: In recent weeks, Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner has touted her Harvard degree in economics when talking about the nation’s financial crisis and her opposition to the bailout package passed by Congress. At two debates this month, she brought up her academic background in her opening | Read More »