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 »
Cutthroat Democratic politics in Washington State lands consultant in hot water
While it may not be Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, the unfolding story of a plot hatched by Democratic political consultant Lisa MacLean of Moxie Media and a confederation of labor unions and progressive interest groups to prevent a more conservative Democrat from making it through the August primary lacks neither drama nor intrigue. Incumbent Democratic State Sen. Jean Berkey in Washington’s 38th legislative district (Everett) must | Read More »
Random Rants, Seattle Times Edition
Joni Balter Not many people are as self-satisfied and self-important as Joni Balter. She’s recently penned two op-eds, not on any topic with relevance to the real issues facing voters in this election, but something even more important; the race for newspaper endorsements. And of course by this vital yardstick, Dino Rossi may as well concede the race now. I’m not even sure why this | Read More »
What Better Way to Signal the World You “Get It?” – Hire Washington Insiders!
So, expecting to pick up a number of seats by “newbies,” what do GOP leaders in Washington want to ensure? They want “GOP insiders to staff outsiders,” according to Roll Call. Eric Cantor’s staff added, “There’s a lot of important work to get done right out of the gate, so it’s important that newly elected Republicans have access to experienced, competent staff so that they | Read More »