The Repeal of DADT: To March or to Sashay into the Future?
On December 22, 2010, President Barack Obama signed a law that repeals the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for gays wishing to serve in the military. DADT was enacted by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and was a considered by many liberals a compassionate turn from the military’s previous ban on gays’ serving in the military. In a somewhat ironic turn of fate, in order | Read More »
The Secret To Amereican Excetionalism
I’m an American. I still believe in American exceptionalism, but perhaps now more than ever, I have come to understand that exceptionalism is not a result of merit … but grace. I came to that conclusion after honestly asking myself: Are we smarter than the Romans, who built a republic thousands of years ahead of us; more brilliant than the Germans, from whom we developed our rocket and space technology; better than the Brits, who were one of the largest empires ever built, or more tenacious than the Russians, who stopped the Germans in WW II? I doubt it.
So, what made America exceptional? Certainly, at the time of the revolution it was not our military or financial prowess. Exceptionalism did not rest in the hands of the Continental Congress, who were as feckless as any deliberative body ever assembled. The case could be made that Washington was exceptional, yet he lost battle after battle, almost to the point of mutiny among his men and top generals.
What, then, was that spark that set this nation apart from all others on earth? Sure, we have an abundance of natural resources: land, warm water ports, and so much more; still, I believe, to accurately define exceptionalism, one must look to the words of the Declaration of independence.
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The Muting of Conservative Voices in Puget Sound Continues. Is There a Remedy?
Seattle once set a gleaming example of how all-politics talk radio could be successful on AM radio. In the span of just one year Washington state’s largest media market has seen the format’s potential to affect state and local politics made impotent, leaving conservative communicators to wonder where the new pathways will develop to balance a crowd of moderate and liberal voices discussing state, local | Read More »
Recovery? What Recovery?
Think about it. The bickering in Washington about whether to extend the Bush tax cuts is deeper than whether or not one class benefits or suffers. The tax cuts signify whether our economy can piece itself back together or remain stagnant. According to the Department of Labor, four hundred and thirty six thousand unemployment claims were filed last week. The unemployment rate has been flirting | Read More »
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Musical Chairs in WA Politics: Baird to Establish Residency in Inslee’s District
Recent developments have set the fires of speculation about Washington State’s 2012 gubernatorial race ablaze. Although not official, current governor Chris Gregoire’s rumored choice not to run for a third term has focused attention to Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-1) as the likely Democratic contender for the open seat. A decision by Inslee to vie for the governor’s office would leave a comfortable Democratic district vulnerable | 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 »
Dino Rossi Concedes Washington Senate Race to Patty Murray
Dino Rossi has conceded the Washington U.S. Senate race to opponent and incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D). Although Rossi continued to pick up votes from many counties from today’s results, those gains were obliterated by a net gain for Murray of more than 25,000 votes in the Democratic stronghold of King County. Those votes also broke harder for Murray than in previous days’ counts, a | Read More »
Is Rossi getting… Rossi’d? Don’t Lose Focus On Washington
The counting of ballots continues in Washington State where Sen. Patty Murray bitterly clings to an extremely narrow lead over challenger Dino Rossi. Both campaigns have declared they feel “confident” that they will become victors. However, if you’re familiar with this state’s fraudulent 2004 gubernatorial election, the Murray campaign has plenty of reasons to be confident. Six years ago Rossi fought a tough campaign against then-Attorney | 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 »
Washington State Waiting Game Should Open Discussion of a Return to Polling Place Voting
Two key races in Washington State appear headed to razor-thin finishes, but official results may not be certified until as far off as next week because of the nearly universal mail-in voting in the Evergreen State. As of the latest reported count, Republican Dino Rossi currently trails incumbent Democratic Sen. Patty Murray by nearly 14,000 votes. Although the margin gives Murray a 0.98 percent edge | Read More »
Patty Murray’s Name Missing from First Lady’s Rally Email to Washington Voters
Most often, it’s the patronizing tone of the emails emanating from both of the national party machines that cause me to hit the delete button as soon as they land in my inbox. For some reason, I took a moment to read one that came tonight from First Lady Michelle Obama and got a chuckle not from its predictably uninspired copywriting, but from what Mrs. | Read More »
WA-08: DelBene Wants Your Vote, But Failed to Cast Her Own in 9 Elections (VIDEO)
Suzan DelBene wants your vote, but in the past six years the former vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile division has been pretty stingy about casting her own ballots. To say DelBene – who is running as a challenger against Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington’s Eight Congressional District – is a political newcomer is a massive understatement. In nine elections within the past | Read More »
Polling’s Rolling to Rossi in the Washington Senate Race
It’s the Friday before Election Day 2010 and polling updates in the Washington U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi continue to stream in. The KING-TV/SurveyUSA poll released Friday morning has the race absolutely deadlocked, 47 percent breaking equally to Murray and Rossi, with six percent of respondents undecided. SurveyUSA polled 678 likely and actual voters between Oct. 24th | Read More »
Boxer and Murray Face Ethics Questions on Use of Gov’t Employees by Campaigns
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is facing an Election Eve crisis concerning ethics complaints over requests made to California teachers to enlist students as volunteers in her close race against Republican challenger Carly Fiorina. The condensed version: Powerful Democratic incumbent Senator leverages influence with public employees, hurdles ethical and legal barriers as only a woman of the people can, and appropriates harnesses public resources in their | Read More »
What’s the connection between Patty Murray and troubled Moxie Media?
As Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission prepares for a Thursday hearing to discuss whether Lisa MacLean – principal of the Seattle-based political consulting firm Moxie Media – orchestrated dirty tricks to eliminate a conservative Democrat in a state legislative race, links between Moxie, MacLean, and Sen. Patty Murray’s campaign are bound to solicit attention. MacLean’s Moxie Media was laying low in the hotly-contested U.S. Senate race | Read More »