Saturday, November 05, 2005

NPI Endorsements 

Sue Rahr and court of appeals.

Lori "Fibby" Sotelo 

As Slog is taking to calling her. There were two reasons (or more) why she lied to the County. First for padding to the press release that she was drafting to accuse the County of misfeasance. They wanted to throw up a smoke screen That's bad but fairly typical Republican sleeze in the county.

More evil was to disenfranchise Democratic voters. They hoped that people would get the you can't vote letters and not vote. Because seriously, who has the time to get that all sorted out? And they hoped the election would be close enough that enough of those voters would elect their favorite ill tempered mom hitting totally incompetent candidate to the Executive.

And yes, a very cursory look at the numbers seems to show that the target of this bullshit search is Democratic areas. I certainly don't have time for a precinct-by-precinct (or even a city-by-city) analysis of the areas where Republicans were disenfranchising voters, but if we take a quick peek at the Dem's base, something emerges pretty quickly.

Of the 1944 voters that the Republicans don't want voting, over half (1057) were from the City of Seattle. Now, I'd expect that if their analysis was spot on it would mean that there would be more voters from Seattle than any other place in the county; at 569,101 people it is by far and away the biggest city in the county. But it is a hair under a third of the 1,777,143 humans living in King County.

I'm sure someone who knows stats better than me and who has more time can pick up the ball. But that seems pretty far out to be random.

Also because I'm nothing if I'm not fair there are some obvious problems with my analysis. First, the Census estimates are from 2003 and 2004, so the percentages are approximate, but still about the same. Also, the Republican sleeze is probably more complex than just Seattle. After all there are plenty of Democrats in the 'burbs.

Naked Ladies 

Looks like the challenge to the Seattle 4-foot rule will be more than likely to go to the voters. I'm not a strip club patron anyway, but I don't understand the harm of the regulation. The sky won't fall with the regulations. I was living in the first city in the country to enact the 4 foot rule and that strip club is still there, still making money. Shit, in a few years with the current situation (the new regulations, but the ban repealed) I'd guess there would be more strip clubs in the city than there are now.

The group, calling itself Seattle Citizens for Free Speech, said it will turn in the signatures to the city of Seattle on Nov. 7 and hold a press conference then.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Geni Hawkins 

Evergreen Politics gets all the good interviews.

Fuck The Republicans 

Fuckity fuck fuck them. Every Irons voter is voting for this.

Furious, Lacey did a quick web search and realized that Sotelo was a leader in the King County Republican Party. He couldn’t understand how she came to think he was illegally registered, since the Watermark, Lacey said, “couldn’t more clearly be a physical residence.” He left Sotelo a phone message telling her as much, but he never heard back.

Then he asked around, and found that many people in his building had received the same letter, informing them that their votes would not be counted until they proved, at a hearing or through a signed affidavit, that they were legally registered.

“A lot of the people that live in the building are over 50 and have voted in dozens of elections and are incredibly pissed,” he said. “Everybody’s pretty pissed.”

It turns out that Lacey and his neighbors were just a few among at least 140 King County voters who were wrongly challenged by Sotelo, who chairs the King County Republican Party’s “Voter Registration Integrity Project.” Sotelo could not be reached for comment on Friday morning, when The Stranger first reported the mistakes on our blog, but Chris Vance, chairman of the state Republican Party later confirmed for The Stranger that a serious mistake had been made.
The serious mistake is trying to disenfranchise Democrats. Seriously this already has more merit as voter fraud than any of the claims made durring the recount. They need to be punnished. First at the polls and then in court.

But Sandeep Kaushik, a spokesman for Sims, said the fiasco, whose scope is still not clear because Republicans have not yet released a list of all their challenged voters, showed an embarrassing degree of amateurishness on the part of the Republicans.

“This is an unfortunate example of what happens when what is a serious issue, people’s right to vote, is hijacked for partisan advantage,” Kaushik said. “This is a concern that we’ve had in King County for some time, ever since this issue came down the pike—that there’s a real possibility that innocent, ordinary people would get caught up in what appears to be a partisan campaign to challenge voters.”

As for Vance’s claim that Republicans had to act because King County hasn’t been doing a good enough job at purging illegal voters, Kaushik said: “King County is doing its job. We’ve done an immense amount of work over the last six months in terms of cleaning up our voter rolls. We’ve removed thousands of registrations that were incorrect registrations. To try to claim that we’re not making any effort to clean our voter rolls or are attempting to allow people to vote multiple times and vote illegally is just flat-out false.”
...And then go recommend N in Seattle's diary.

Knight-Ridder Sale update 

The P-I has more on our previous discussion of the possible sale of Knight Ridder newspapers, 49.5% owner of the Seattle Times & Birdcage Liner.

The P-I article reminds us that K-R also owns The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald and speculates that P-I owner Hearst Corporation is a leading candidate to acquire all of the K-R Newspapers.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

God Love It Though 

We're entering our depressing period. The permadrizzle as I like to call it. It makes frustration with Metro and PSE all the more frustrating.

How CoolAqua is voting 

Just in case you wanted to know.

Open Thread 

I'm still filling in for patriotboy along with others, and work is a bear. So yeah, we'll see about how much writing gets done here for the rest of the week.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Everett City Council 

Go switzerblog's dad go! It takes a certain level of courage to run for something. And city council of one of the important cities in the state is important. And knowing nothing but a family lineage and the rest of the stuff in this post, good luck to Jackie Minchew. Although I'm not sure I understand the Washington State obsession with partial districts. Full districts are fine thankyouverymuch.

Dow Constantine's Birthday 

It's a bad time to have a fundraiser, but Dow Constantine is having a birthday party on his birthday.

Dow's 6th Annual 39th Birthday Party!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Kells Irish Pub

1916 Post Alley, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 98101

5:30-7:30 pm

For more information or to RSVP, email linda@lindamitchell.org

SeaTimes Partner For Sale? 

The P-I reports (here and here) that Knight-Ridder Newspapers, 49% owner of The Seattle Neanderthal Times, may be forced to sell its newspapers or face a hostile takeover from a majority stockholder. Here's a disturbing quote:
[Majority Knight-Ridder shareholder Private Capital Management owns] significant stakes in nine of the nation's largest newspaper companies. It's the largest investor in New York Times Co. next to the Sulzberger family, which controls the company. The investment firm also owns substantial stakes in Gannett Co., Media General Inc., McClatchy Co., Journal Register Co., Lee Enterprises Inc. and Belo Corp.
McClatchy owns the Tacoma News Tribune. Belo owns KING-5, KONG-16, Northwest Cable News, and stations in Spokane and Portland. Any one care to bet which political party Florida-based PCM contributes to?

Best Case (maybe): Hearst buys the K-R interest in the SeaTimes and merges the P-I with the Times, leaving King Frank Blethen with his 26% and a nice retirement on the East Coast. Or on St. Helena.

UPDATE: No surprise here:
[T]op executives of Private Capital Management donated $112,000 in late 2003 and early 2004 to help President Bush and Dick Cheney get re-elected. On Nov. 6 and 7, 2003, in what would appear to be a coordinated effort, six PCM executives each gave the maximum of $2,000 to Bush-Cheney '04.

Then on the same day, April 8, 2004, the head of PCM, Bruce Sherman, and company executive Gregg Powers gave $50,000 each, or $100,000 total, to the Republican National Committee. Company executives gave no money to Democrats during the 2003-04 cycle, according to the data base of Political Money Line.

Aaron Brown Leaves CNN 

Former KING-5 and KIRO-7 anchor Aaron Brown is leaving CNN. Perhaps working for corrupt, lying, Bush-worshipping idiots was becoming too much of a strain. And based on what I have seen in Seattle television, Aaron will probably be joining the Q-13 Morning News on Monday as the Garden Guy.

Some Jackass 

Writes a letter to Jack Thompson at The General's place.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Oh Please Let It Be So 

Washblog thinks Von Reichbauer has given up and may simply be costing and that that's a good shot for Geni Hawkins.

Drinking Liberally 

Come have a ball.

The Methodist Church Hates Queers 

The United Methodist Church leadership has defrocked a Lesbian Minister from Philadelphia. These caring people also dashed the hope that The Reverend Karen Dammann, formerly of Woodland Park and Ellensburg, would be able to return to the Methodist Church:
The nine-member Judicial Council also voided a declaration by Methodists in the Pacific Northwest that there was a ''difference of opinion among faithful Christians regarding sexual orientation and practice." The court said the declaration was a ''historical statement without prescriptive force" and had no bearing on church laws.
As a very young child, I was raised as a Methodist. I left when I realized that their message was little more than a vanilla milkshake was served by a country club with a collection plate.

Wonderful social conscience, guys! Enjoy your trip to irrelevancy.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Not Much Experience 

Goldy has all you need to know and more on why David Irons is a fuck up.

Happy Halloween 

Not Washington State or politics. Or sane. But happy halloween.

Monorail March 

I like to see that even if it's for a doomed cause.

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Progressive Spokane 

Joe's Eve of Civilization has an Act Blue site for the 5th district, Mark Wilson and Washington in general. It's kind of old, but I wanted you to know about him, because it's a good sight.

Open Thread 

Oh King County Journal 

Wow that's pretty sketchy.

I Wouldn't Say Nobody 

From an article in the Seattle Times:

Kessler does expect a push to let King, Pierce and Snohomish counties — which have historically helped subsidize road projects in rural areas — keep all the gas tax and other transportation-tax revenue generated in the three-county area. That would leave other regions to fend for themselves.

"Nobody wants to go this way," Kessler said, "but the more we look at our options, I'm not sure what other options we actually have."

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said dividing the state into regions is "a terrible policy, but the fact is that we have to begin to address the problems of the central Puget Sound or our businesses are going to go somewhere else."

Haugen said, "There's no doubt in my mind there is going to be a push to do this, a huge push."
Well, I guess that it is a bad policy. But so is letting the infrastructure of important parts of the state (our cities) fall apart because rural counties won't ever pay their fair share.

Our tax money should go to making cities better. That means the smaller cities too, and I've said that that's the biggest problem with the gas tax. It would be good Snohomish and Pierce counties as well. And probably Whatcom and Spokane counties if they could separate themselves in the same way.

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