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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Kent School Handcuff Stuff 

The NAACP filed a lawsuit against the district yesterday.



Who Cares 

Sam Reed drunk with victory is proposing more crap. He can't stand waiting a couple weeks to find out who'll be the next governor. So instead of doing what the rest of us do (just let the absentees come in) he's decided to propose legislation. And not good legislation. He wants to make only absentee ballots that arrive on or before election day count.

The article has other stuff too. I'm not going to form an opinion about the 30 day rule for a little longer.



Dean Dozen 

Democracy for Washington has a list of how they did in the state. Better than the Featured Dems.



Gregoire Lead Narrows 

As of last evening, Christine Gregoire leads Rossi by a mere 4,001 votes.



Help End Electronic Voting 

Here's a call to action. The Black Box Voting project has filed 3,000 public records requests for electronic voting machine records and needs money to pay for them. Please donate. In addition, Project evote is gearing up for a technical investigation of these machines and needs your encouragement and future support.

We get a paper receipt when we buy a loaf of bread, and not requiring a paper trail when we vote is insanity. Allowing Corporate America to count our votes is even crazier. We need to fix this before the next election.



Friday, November 05, 2004

Gay Marriage 

Here's something I don't understand. The top 4 candidates in the vote totals either supported gay marriage or civil unions (yes Bush was lying, but he said it). Yet this election was a big repudiation of gay marriage. What the hell?

I'm pretty sure the primary for governor was proof that the state wants an income tax. And the victory of I-297 proves we want more nuclear waste.



South Kitsap Burning? 

Reject one little bond issue, and all of a sudden you've got a lot less fire fighters.



City Council Fighting Back? 

I haven't analized the specifics, but the Seattle city council looks like it's fighting the Mayor's budget proposal. Their budget restores the bookmobile. It also has more park stuff without the parking fee hikes. And it passed as a proposal unanimously. So it could theoretically be veto proof.



Linking 

I think you can now link to posts. But the downside is these gigantic titles. So um I guess that's the trade off. But I'll try to do a bit more on the back end.



Replacing McKenna 

I've never understood exactly how these things work. The party picks some people and then it gets narrowed down by the Republicans on the King Conty Council. And they perform a cerimony with chicken entrails and goat's blood. I don't know why, I think it dates back to the territorial days. Anyway Jennifer Dunn's boy Reagan is the most likely candidate.



Found the Tanker

Preliminary tests from the spill samples show it came from a ConocoPhillips tanker.



Thursday, November 04, 2004

Flu Flights

Thank God we don't have that damn socialized medicine. We might not have enough flu vaccine.



Open Thread



Pick Ups

Well all your GOTV efforts and wasted time weren't for naught. We made pick ups in both houses of the state legislature. We've got the senate back! Now if the governor goes our way (and it's looking more and more likely) actually be able to pass good legislation.



What Now?

After some thought, I have some suggestions for those of you who, like me, are now looking forward to the 2006 Midterm Elections.

First, start keeping a watch on Reichert, McMorris and Hastings and note each time that they sell Washington out to their Overlord Tom DeLay. Either post your observations in comments or email Carl or Me - we will keep track. If we do this, we can hand their 2006 opponents some good ammunition.

Second, support Air America. I know that it is just a business, but tell people to listen and tell their advertisers that you support them because they advertise on Air America. A little word-of-mouth goes a long way. The Air America affiliate in Portland is #1 and we can do that here if we try.

Third, take a great big stick to anyone who says that Little bush has a "mandate." Nixon had a mandate in 1972. Little bush had to cheat to squeak out a very narrow win. Over 50 million people voted against this boy idiot and we aren't going anywhere any time soon.




Blogger Regiggering

As you can see the blogger roll and some other things have already been changed. I'd like to do some more things. For instance, I think I'm the only person on blogger who can't figure out how to link to me. If someone who knows why that doesn't work, can you explain it to me?



Map

I like this map of the counties won by each candidate for governor. I'm not sure why. Maybe because when Cantwell won the map was basically just King County.




Bellevue Marathon

Maybe coming for Seafair. A nice summer marathon.



Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Child's Play

I'm just sayin'.



297 suits

Lawsuits will be coming. From the pro nuclear waste side I guess.



Governor

As of now it's:

Christine Gregoire 48.93%
Dino Rossi 48.97%
Ruth Bennett 2.08%


Christine Gregoire 49.31%
Dino Rossi 48.59%

Normally the Libertarian candidate hurts the Republicans more than the Democrats. But I don't think that's the case in this race as Bennett ran almost entirely on gay marriage.



Virtually Nothing Newsworthy

That's how Natasha describes Washington's votes at the King County Dems page (and Pacific Views).

Second, you'll be glad to know that virtually nothing newsworthy is happening during our election here so far. At least, nothing confirmable. The Secretary of State's office, as well as the state Republican and Democratic Parties all agree that things are going well. The worst thing so far is minor complaints called in to Republican party headquarters about poor lighting or difficulty reading ballots.

The press contact for the Secretary of State's office said that the election was in fact "running like clockwork," and that they've been getting compliments on how smoothly things are going.



Eyman

His initiative failed pretty badly this year. Maybe because there was an explicit negative to his proposal as opposed to just saying that things would work out. People didn't want slots in their neighborhoods.

The other initiative he glombed on to is the shrink the King County Council one. It passed, but not as well as it looked like it would. I think he is a vote loser now. At least in King County.

Also with the higher turn out for the Governor's race, it'll be tougher for him to get crazy initiatives onto the ballot for the next 4 years. I don't know for sure, but this could be the death knell of the anti-tax crap.



Featured Dems:

Laurie Dolan Democrat 20128 48.73%

Brad Benson Republican 21175 51.26%

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Brian D. Beecher Democrat 19665 40.71%

Ed Orcutt Republican 28639 59.28%

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Debi Srail Democrat 14788 46.15%

Georganne "Gigi" Talcott Republican 17251 53.84%

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Larry Springer Democrat 19243 51.02%

Jeffrey Possinger Republican 17576 46.60%

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Mary Helen Roberts Democrat 24264 64.27%

Roger S. "Cowboy" Wilson Republican 12599 33.37%






Yesterday

Well I had fun until the results started coming in. I went down to Tacoma. Then they sent me to Fife, and eventually I went back to Seattle. Calling people. Vote, vote, vote. Truly exciting. Just Mike Cooper's people just from their little Seattle office called several thousand.

Then off to the Westin, to celebrate with other Democrats. Cooper had a suite on the 44th floor. So I got to hang out up there with Cooper's staff, an IBEW guy and Cooper's family.

Obviously no internet. Didn't get home until after 1:00.



Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Results Thread Update

Here are the Secretary of State's General Election Results.

And the King County election page is here.

UPDATE: AS of 4:40 a.m., Gregoire leads Rossi by 0.02%, Murray, McKenna, McMorris, Owen, and Reichert win decisively. It gives me no pleasure to say it, but this one was Christine's to blow, and it looks as if she may have done precisely that.



Results Thread

Hopefully I'll have something up. But if I'm still out, here are a couple of links.

King County
Sec. of State (note: this page worked in the primary, so I imagine it will work again, but the link is dead now, before the polls close)



Voting Thread

Share your experiences.



GOTV Thread

Share your experiences reminding people to vote and getting them to the polls.



Open Thread

I'm going to be doing GOTV all day, so I don't know how much updating I'll be able to do after a few threads.



Monday, November 01, 2004

AG Race

Evergreen Politics looks at the race, and apparently knows both Senn and McKenna. The best line is about McKenna running for UW student body president: "Rob is still an inoffensive public face for the alliance of business and the religious right."



Also Leaving the UW

Vance Roley, the interim head of the UW Business School has decided to go to Hawaii.



Spokane Victory Parties

Do some GOTV, and then party with like minded folks.

1. From 5 to 8 at Hamilton Studio, 1427 W Dean Ave (near the Spokane County Courthouse)

2. From 8:01 'till late at the Ridpath Hotel Ballroom, 518 W 1st Ave (on the southside of the street)



Barbara Hedges Strikes Again

The UW announced today that Head Coach Keith Gilbertson has been fired/quit, effective at the end of the season. As we recall, Gilbertson was grabbed as a last-minute replacement for Rick Newheisel, who was fired by former AD Barbara Hedges in a last-minute attempt to cover her ass. The fallout continues.



Floating Parking Lot

I like it as a compromise.

Parking cars over the water will free up land for Mukilteo to build a retail district and a pedestrian promenade.

"This will allow us to keep Mukilteo from being a parking lot," said Councilwoman Cathy Reese.

The $156 million total doesn't include the $18 million Sound Transit plans to spend to build a Sounder commuter rail station at the site, money the agency already has lined up.



Operation Iraq

Hey Eastsiders! If you find yourself with some spare time after the election but before the 10th, a Kirkland group is making packages for the troops. They are trying to get them out before Christmas.

* Addresses: Workshop, 12552 Totem Lake Blvd., Kirkland, WA 98034; The Spirit of Christmas store, 200 Central Way, Kirkland, WA 98033.

* Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, subject to change (store open Saturday).

* Contact: 425-739-9627 or www.thespiritofchristmasusa.com

* Items needed: cash, holiday music CDs, lip balm, eye drops and other toiletries, beef jerky, powdered juice and other nonperishable snacks.

* Donations: cash, credit card or money order gifts may be made online or in person at the above addresses, or mailed to Operation Iraq: The Spirit of Christmas, P.O. Box 646, Kirkland, WA 98033.



Spokane Arch Diocese May Declare Bankruptcy

I don't know if it's a step in settlement talks, or if he's being sincere. But Bishop Skylstad says that they might have to declare bankruptcy because of the sex abuse settlements.

"Another option, which could bring fairness, justice and equity to the victims and enable the diocese to continue its ministry and mission would be to file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States bankruptcy code," he wrote.

Two other dioceses — the Archdiocese of Portland and the Diocese of Tucson, Ariz. — have filed for Chapter 11. The Portland diocese filed in July, the same week a lawsuit was scheduled for trial. In September, the Tucson diocese followed suit, saying it needed court protection because of legal costs from the cases.

The Spokane diocese's mediation takes place in Seattle, just two weeks before the national meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Skylstad is expected to be elected president of the powerful group of church leaders.



President Kerry's Cabinet

Kevin Drum points us to a National Journal article speculating on the possible members of John Kerry's Cabinet. There are three familiar names on the list: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels for Transportation, former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice for HUD, and Governor Gary Locke for either Interior or Education.



Sunday, October 31, 2004

Cowlitz County Will Have a $2.8 Million Gap

It sucks that police, justice, and other vital services will have to be cut.

Initiative 695 drastically reduced car tab fees, which helped pay for law and justice. After voters approved the initiative, the state covered the shortfall until 2002. Now, counties are expected to cover the costs.

Property tax and timber sales revenues and sales taxes that make up 75 percent of the general fund revenue are either declining or are flat, leaving the county unable to pay for normal inflationary costs, Hauge said.

Governments thoroughout the area are struggling with rising costs and flat or even declining revenues. The city of Longview, for example, this month projected it will have to take more than $1 million from its reserves over the next two years to remain solvent.



Spam Your Friends

Patty Murray and Mike Cooper both have applications where you can send an email to someone you know about them.



Report Voter Irregularities

Democracy for Vancouver has the details for if something happens to you.



Voter Empowerment Card

If you're worried about being turned away. Or even if you just like to have piece of mind, the ACLU has a card (.pdf) for you print.



Your Mission

In the next couple days, talk to more potential voters than her:



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