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Friday, May 20, 2005

Pam Roach 

The General explains her better than anyone else ever possibly could.

Sen Roach also likes to show people the gun she carries in her purse. She loves to wave the thing around as a way of announcing her strong supports of the Second Amendment. I wrote her about it awhile back --it was long before I started blogging--and asked her if she's ever shot anyone. She replied that she packs heat so that she won't have to shoot anyone. Now that's the kind of common sense logic that'll eventually propel her to positions of greater responsibility like a leadership position in the US Senate.



Open Thread 

And um, sorry about the lack of non-self promoting posts today and through the weekend.



Welcome Spokanites! 

I would quibble with the characterization of this letter as "vehemently attacking." But other than that, a nice piece.

Stephen Phillips, who writes as Carl Ballard at Washington State Political Report, believes PNP helps the region's progressive blogs make a bigger impact without sacrificing their independent voices. "We felt like we were getting beat on talk radio, beat on the blogs, and we ought to do something," says Phillips, 25, a Vashon Island office worker and volunteer firefighter.


Bah! Forgot the link.



Thursday, May 19, 2005

Back 

Jim West goes back to work. I just hope he can keep the doors closed.



West Seattle IS Cool! 

Josh Feit is absolutely right. I don't think it was ever bad, but I do really like California Ave. It's got Hotwire, it's got a bunch of good Mexican and Indian food. It's got a quick drive to my favorite park in Seattle.

The only problem is that bus access sucks. At least from the South. It's going to get a lot cooler when the monorail goes down it.



Slog 

Now that The Stranger has a blog, I hope they can find the ability to muster up some snark and the ability to mention themselves too much. But seriously, good luck, and keep that loon Sharkansky the hell away from this one.



R.I.P 

Norb Drouhard

His activist wanderlust began around 1986 after the last of their five children had graduated from high school, and after he and his wife, Pat, had divorced and sold their cattle and crop farm near Othello, his son said.

Elements of his Catholic faith that focused on peace also influenced him, his son said. He drew inspiration from the lives of Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi and Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day.

His first walk was the 1987 cross-country Great Peace March for nuclear disarmament. The next year he took part in an equivalent march in Russia. Other walks took him to Central America, the Caribbean, and Africa, where he was part of a group that retraced the slave route. “For him, racism and militarism were linked,” his son said.

Sometimes he’d interrupt his participation or drop out of the walk altogether when he’d land in a place where the people interested him.

He’d settle in for months or even a year, supplemented financially by his Social Security and veteran’s benefit payments. Among other locales, he lived in the hills of Jamaica, in Alabama, in a tent across from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and in apartments in the Far East Russia and Ghana.



Um 

Hell Yeah!



Later, Please 

KIRO-7 reports this morning that Dino "Saur" Rossi is running around saying that he will become Governor "sooner or later."

Memo to Dino: I pick "later." Perhaps somewhere around 2046. Perhaps by then you and your pals will have regained your credibility. Or not.



Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Dear Chirs Vance, 

Looks like you hit "make up vague accusations of fraud" on your "bitching about the election" dart board. It must be a pretty big target, or your aim must be getting pretty good, because you seem to hit it a lot.

Now you said, "If the books don't balance and you can't figure out why, you have to assume fraud took place." Lets ignore the fact that the judge you wanted when you went with Chelan County already called bullshit on that line of argument. Lets ignore the fact that nobody thought the election would be won by the less than 1000 ballots you see as a discrepancy on election day. And let's further ignore the fact that you basically complain about the same thing every week, pretending it's something new.

I bet the problem is you forgot to do the first thing you should do when you're assuming fraud. Look at the person who did better than polling. In a fairly typical poll a month before the election Gregoire was beating Rossi by 10%. So if there was fraud, it was probably the person who could narrow that gap. Don't you think?

Hope that's helpful!

Carl Ballard

...Some edits, and sent.



Audits Page 

There's a web page at the Washington State auditor's office for performance audits. You know, so when the Timmih initiative comes around, we'll have already set something in motion.

Tip of the hat to Goldy.



Staggered 

I didn't realize that the pay raises for union and non-union employees start at different times.



Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Budget 

Gregoire signed the budget. It does 10 things she likes according to a press release:

Number 1: Our Future will be Better
Number 2: Public Schools Improve
Number 3: More People Go to College
Number 4: More Kids Get Health Care
Number 5: Our Economy Will Keep Growing
Number 6: Better Community Services
Number 7: Child Abuse is Targeted
Number 8: Vulnerable People are Protected
Number 9: More Services, Less Middle Management
Number 10: No Special Session

Obviously, she expands on each of those things.



Vancouver Budget 

Columbian Watch has an interesting discussion of the budget and tax raising in general.



7 to 1 

So, I guess for every half dozen or so collumns by Tim Eyman, one from the likes of Andrew Villeneuve is at least fair. Maybe it's because Villeneuve isn't a talentless hack. Just a thought.

Washingtonians are strongly supportive of home rule. That interest is evident in our state's number of local governments, which include 39 counties, 279 cities and about 1,700 special districts.

Eyman has used the statewide initiative process to craft initiatives that pit Seattle and the Puget Sound region against the rest of Washington. Should the people of Aberdeen, Bellingham or Spokane have the opportunity to deny Seattleites the right to tax themselves for the services and infrastructure they want?

Most Washingtonians would probably say no. But that is what happened with the passage of I-695 and I-776. Initiatives like these threaten to take away voters' say over the future of their own communities. And when money is the only thing that separates an initiative from the ballot, Eyman and his multimillion-dollar backer Michael Dunmire can target at will communities or regions with statewide initiatives that destroy funding for local public services.



Monday, May 16, 2005

How Do County Elections Officials View Rossi V. Common Sense? 

Well, as they were all in Ocean Shores for a conference when they were served to appear in court, they decided to have a time of it.

"It felt like graduation," Brummett said. "We lined up alphabetically by county. Some people in the background were humming the Graduation March."



Don't Forget to Vote 

Marysville and Granite Falls voters vote on school bonds tomorrow. Who knows what else.



Wine Importation 

Goldy is right that the US Supreme Court decision on importation of wine is almost definitely a plus for the state. Especially the smaller wineries. Being able to directly export wine to New York and Michigan will be a boon to Washington wineries.

That said, it was probably the wrong decision. I mean, here's what section 2 of the 21st amendment says "The transportation or importation into any state, territory, or possession of the United States for delivery or use therein of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited."



Money Money Money Money Money 

Progressive Majority Washington has the numbers on who's raised how much money in King County.



Well Not Quite 

King County is looking at acquiring some rail land that goes from Snohomish to Renton from BNSF. It cuts across the Eastside, and looks like it would be fun and make riding the loop around Lake Washington a lot easier. So I definitely like it. But Sims is saying it "would become the spine of our system." Well, cool as I think it would be, I'd have to say the Burke-Gillman will still be the spine even if this new one gets built.

The new trail, besides being a potential boon for recreationists, would almost certainly attract tourists, county planners say. The corridor would connect with the Sammamish River Trail, which in turn links to the Burke-Gilman. It would also tie into the Centennial Trail, which now runs from Snohomish to Arlington.When the trails are complete, an uninterrupted route could be possible from Renton to Skagit County.

County planners say it's too early to say what the trail would look like or when it would open.



Sunday, May 15, 2005

Wild Waves 

Looks like a nice fundraiser for Democracy for Washington. I'm copying the whole post.

Join DFW at Wild Waves Water Park in Federal Way on Saturday, June 18.
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wild Waves is giving us a special deal. You can buy tickets valid on that day for $15, less than half the regular price, and $4 for each ticket will be donated to DFW. It's only a 1-day special, and it's a great family event.

To purchase discount tickets, go to:
http://www.sixflagsticketing.com/printngo/Set_Cookies.asp?ParkID=51
and enter the Coupon Code: CFC49



431 out of 434 for “progressive” voting 

OK, granted McMorris is new to the House. She hasn't taken that many votes. But to be tied for last place among progressives: she's a freaking neanderthal.



Cities and Kyoto 

Eli Sanders has a wonderful article on how cities have been taking up the Kyoto accords despite Bush's opposition. And how Greg Nickels is leading the charge.



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