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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Aside from the war Mumbo Jumbo

Rick Larsen has been doing good in the House. And now he's kicking off his reelection bid. I hope his web site gets a bit better with age.

...Just to clarify, there isn't necessarily a link between quality web sites and quality candidates. Inslee's web page is by far the worst of the candidates' pages I've linked to on the side there (although some state house candidates have worse pages). But he's my favorite of the people I'm linking to, and one of my favorite people I've ever voted for. Also his ground operation is pretty amazing.



Congrats Chief Dean

It's official Seattle has a new Fire Chief.



Friday, April 16, 2004

Golden Tennis Shoes

You can watch them here if you want.



Baird in Jordan

There are two interesting threads in this article about Brian Baird's trip to Jordan. First is the fact that a year out, Iraq is too dangerous for a US Congressman to go to even if nobody knows who he is. That's getting some good play in a diary on Kos. The other interesting thing is what Baird has to say about what he heard in one of our most important Arab allies.

"We talked to three or four dozen people, in restaurants, shops, on the streets, people from all backgrounds," Baird said. "They were keen to say they like American people and American ideals.

"But everyone we talked to was dead set against our action in Iraq. Not a one I talked to saw us as liberators. This notion that we are being viewed as liberators is profoundly off base."

Everywhere they went, Baird said Jordanians were getting their news from the Al-Jazeera network.

"They all know about Halliburton and Cheney and don't like it," he said. Moreover, "they don't see themselves as oppressed or in need of liberating.

"When I asked them what we should do now that we're in Iraq, nobody had an easy answer," Baird said, adding that while Jordanians are relieved with the demise of Saddam, they are far more antagonized by and suspicious of the U.S. presence in Iraq.



Nethercutt gets $35,000 from the NRSC

Senator George Allen (who's claim to fame is that he was able to take out embattled Senator Chuck Robb 3 years ago, making him slightly less of a jackass than Ollie North) was in Olympia to shill for George Nethercutt. While he was in the state he decided to give him oodles of cash.

U.S. Sen. George Allen, the head of a partisan committee that helps GOP candidates get elected, told reporters at an hourlong meeting that Washington's contest for the Senate seat is among seven "key" races nationwide. The National Republican Senatorial Committee gave $35,000 to Nethercutt's election, the maximum allowed by law, Allen said.

"This is already one of the top races. It's one of the few races where we're giving" the money, said Allen, son of a former National Football League coach. "I wouldn't be here if I didn't think this was an important race, a winnable race."


Although, Murray who hasn't started campaigning in earnest still leads in cash on hand and total raised.

Update to add the link



I'm not Opposed to Initiatives

Hell I've volunteered for signature gathering a few times. But man alive when people like Kemper Freeman decide to throw cash at their pet initiatives, it pisses me off. This says nothing of the merits of the initiative (misguided) or the legality (perfectly legal, I'm sure) of his cash dump.

Also, why is it that the initiatives where people spend big money are usually people asking us to waste our tax dollars. I mean the Seahawks Stadium is the classic example. And now this pave the state initiative.



Thursday, April 15, 2004

I'm not Sure I Approve

But Grant Cogswell is proposing that we destroy the Viaduct and don't do anything.



Wednesday, April 14, 2004

6.1

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state dropped to 6.1 percent in March from February's revised 6.2 percent. Nationally, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.7 percent.



Smith Campaign/Blog Kick Off Tonight

Go send him some love.



Our Electoral College Votes

From Kos
Washington


The Elway Poll. 4/2-5. MoE 5%. No trend lines. (Courtesy of the Polling Report.)
Kerry 46

Bush 41

Nader 2

Undecided 7


It's a bit closer than I'd like but not too bad.



Monday, April 12, 2004

Tim Eyman

Complaining about election ethics problems. I guess if anyone is likely to spot one it'd be him.

Also a contest. I couldn't think of a good metaphor for a guy who stole money from his campaign contributors complaining about unethical elections. So if anyone's got a good one, I'd love to hear it.



Sunday, April 11, 2004

Open Thread

And happy Easter



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