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Saturday, January 21, 2006

McGavick = Slade 

Geov Parrish, brave fellow that he is, attended a Mike McGavick kickoff today to see how he performed. Conclusion: Mike! Sucks!
McGavick . . . was a campaign manager and staff member for Slade Gorton [and] has many of the same people behind him who supported Gorton, and, of course, Gorton himself. []

Does he have the charisma to use those resources well, and to make it a tighter race? []

Short answer: Nope. He doesn’t. Cantwell should win this by 15 points.
If Slimy Slade is behind him, then Mike! is snake enough for me.



Mixed Feelings 

I'd have thought we could find a solution to homeless sex offenders that involved finding them some sort of shelter. And this technology doesn't seem quite ready for prime time. On the other hand, as long as they're homeless, we could do worse than monitor them.



The Dems Caucus 

A couple ladies showed up.

Gregoire, who lugged a Seattle Seahawks helmet in one hand and insisted it wasn’t for self-protection, had a clear message for Democrats who might want to spend too much of the $1.4 billion surplus: “I’m saying: We’ve got to get out of here with fiscal responsibility.”



State Gun Show Loophole 

Let's close it.



Those Clark County Republicans 

Such class acts. Let's scare people with a fake sex offender notice! That way we can cash in on our bad bill that nobody had the chance to look over. Victory!

...Not just Clark County, but I'm keeping the title.



Wal-Mart Watchdogs 

Wal-Mart Watchdogs! Some folks in Clark County are up in arms.

A growing coalition of local community and business groups is concerned about Wal Mart’s business practices. Taxpayers provide huge subsidies to Wal Mart workers because they earn below poverty wages and lack benefits. Suppliers move their manufacturing off-shore because of Wal Mart’s demand for low price points. To remain competitive, local businesses must join Wal Mart’s race to the bottom. Local governments must fund increased transportation infrastructure and public safety costs.

The proposed Salmon Creek Wal Mart Super Center will impact more than the local neighborhood. It will negatively impact the entire region’s economy and quality of life.



Eastside DFA 

2006 kick off should be a hoot.



Friday, January 20, 2006

Truth Squad 

Hey Spokaneites: the Young Democrats are going to counter McGavick on Monday. If you can help them out that would kick some ass.

We need 3 to 5 people (although more is appreciated too!) to be part of our Truth Squad for about an hour. We will give people t-shirts and parachute men painted gold (because McGavick is getting a �golden parachute� with the $4.5 million in stock options he is getting from Safeco Insurance). Tied to the golden parachutes are questions that we want McGavick to answer. We know so little about him, so the public deserves to know how he feels about Medicare, Jobs etc. We want our Truth Squad members to hand out these golden parachutes and try to get McGavick to answer these questions.



Positive 

More Washingtonians approve of Governor Gregoire than disapprove. Of course the poll is well within the MOE, but still, hella rad!



Healthcare 

Looks like a good idea.

The bills set minimum labor standards for companies with more than 5,000 employees, requiring them to spend 9 percent or more of payroll on health benefits - something that would affect only Wal-Mart and possibly a couple of other companies, according to Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle, sponsor of House Bill 2517.

A sister measure, SB 6356, is sponsored by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle.

"Most large employers do provide health care. The idea here is to hold the ones that don't accountable so they are not undermining the structure of those that do," Cody told fellow lawmakers in the crowded House Commerce and Labor Committee meeting.



Clark County Republicans Respond Again 

And again to their credit. I think I'll just leave it at this:

My own view is that I participated in Christ's crucifixion myself--a la Mel Gibson in the Passion of Christ. Even from a theological standpoint, I don't think saying the Jewish Nation crucified Christ is right. It was a bunch of unprincipled politicians who happened to be Jewish who manipulated the Romans into doing it. I didn't select Hutcheson as speaker but I don't have veto authority over the selection. I oppose discrimination against gay people in employment, housing, etc. but I think marriage is a different matter. A lot of people agree with Hutcheson even if I don't.

I head up a local large political party that is really a coalition of people who hold views on the far right and reaching into the center. In a multi-party democracy with proportional representation, the Republicans would be at least two different parties: social conservatives and economic conservatices (more accurately described, I think, as classical liberals). While I hold to fairly traditional Christian views they are more of the Catholic-traditional Anglican variety and my religious views don't motivate my politics much. Economics and to some degree national security motivate my political participation. Don't lump me or even most Republicans in with Hutcheson. But to deny Hutcheson the chance to speak would deny a voice to a significant element of the GOP, let alone the public. Moderates are in the program as well.



60 to 37 

Hell yeah!



Medved Revealed 

For those of you who dislike Michael Medved as much as I do, James Wolcott give us his confirming opinion. My favorite quote:
Medved must think moviegoers are bigger idiots than he is. He couldn't be more wrong. Nobody's a bigger idiot than he is.
Well put.

Although we don't know if Wolcott has ever met John Carlson.



Thursday, January 19, 2006

Downtown Development and Revitalization 

Interesting.



Brian Explains It All 

Congressman Brian Baird explains the Frist insider trading scandal (from Americablog).



Carl Responds 

AKA:

Dear the Clark County Republicans;

Dear Mr. Ballard:

[So formal, Mr. Ballard. I’m more of a semicolon guy with the start of a formal letter, but the colon is fine.]

Sorry you feel that way. I normally wouldn't respond to e-mail like this. [I get that a lot.] I am not at all anti-semitic (I am a strong supporter of Israel and my wife is part Jewish and my best friend belongs to a Conservative Jewish congregation). Neither are there, apart from a few cranks, any anti-semitics in the Republican Party. None certainly are in a leadership position.

[But you do ask them to speak for you. Again, here's what Hutcherson said, "I think it’s going to be controversial to the whole view of the Jewish nation. The truth is that they did push to have Christ crucified. That’s just plain truth… that’s Biblical truth." If you don't believe it's the truth, you should at the very least say so. I hope you didn't pay to have him speak.]

If you want to find anti-semitics [anti-semitics?]check out some Demcratic [Demcratic?] Congressmen like Moran from northern Virginia.

[I do abhor research. I assume there's worse than I could find. He thought that aid to Israel should be tied to their complying with Oslo. He supports Palestinian statehood and wants to go back to the '67 boundaries even in Jerusalem. I certainly don't agree with all of that, but it's hardly in the same league as the Jewish nation killed Jesus.]

I think Hutcheson was speaking about theology and not public policy. [I didn't say he was speaking on policy when he said that the Jewish nation killed Jesus.] I don't think one's theological views necessarily interfere with being responsible participants in discussions of public policy. Certainly they keep their free-speech rights. [I'll look again but I'm pretty sure I never said that there should be state action to stop him from saying horrible things. Nope.]

As for gays, I don't think being against same-sex marriage necessarily equals being a bigot or even anti-gay. [Well, and here's where I did call for state action, that's not just what he's opposed to. Currently there you can't discriminate against people in certain areas based on certain things: Race. Religion. Ethnicity. There's probably others, but enough research. The legislature wants to add sexual orientation and creed. And Hutcherson wants to hurt area businesses if they support that change] If that is the case, then a solid majority of the people in this country are bigots. This is true even in more liberal states like Washington and Oregon.

One of the things I have learned as Chairman is how large the Republican Party is. There are indeed many Republicans who would be uncomfortable with Hutcheson. There are many supportive and some in the middle. But he does express the views of a lot of people today both inside and outside the GOP--even if those people are not as enlightened as you think you are.

[I don't think the "Jewish nation" killed Jesus. I'm not even sure what "Jewish nation" he's referring to frankly. I guess if that makes me enlightened it makes me enlightened. As for the it's OK to fire people, deny renting to them, or deny them a loan because of their sexual orientation or creed, that's pretty much common sense, not enlightened. Not a jackass is my line in the sand.]

Thank you for your expressing your opinion to us.

[You're welcome! Thanks for breaking your imaginary not responding policy for lil' ol' me.]
...sent



Clark County Republicans Respond 

To their credit, I guess. I'll get to the specifics when I get a bit more time.

Dear Mr. Ballard:

Sorry you feel that way. I normally wouldn't respond to e-mail like this. I am not at all anti-semitic (I am a strong supporter of Israel and my wife is part Jewish and my best friend belongs to a Conservative Jewish congregation). Neither are there, apart from a few cranks, any anti-semitics in the Republican Party. None certainly are in a leadership position.

If you want to find anti-semitics check out some Demcratic Congressmen like Moran from northern Virginia.

I think Hutcheson was speaking about theology and not public policy. I don't think one's theological views necessarily interfere with being responsible participants in discussions of public policy. Certainly they keep their free-speech rights.

As for gays, I don't think being against same-sex marriage necessarily equals being a bigot or even anti-gay. If that is the case, then a solid majority of the people in this country are bigots. This is true even in more liberal states like Washington and Oregon.

One of the things I have learned as Chairman is how large the Republican Party is. There are indeed many Republicans who would be uncomfortable with Hutcheson. There are many supportive and some in the middle. But he does express the views of a lot of people today both inside and outside the GOP--even if those people are not as enlightened as you think you are.

Thank you for your expressing your opinion to us.

Brent Boger
County Chairman



The Affable Man Who Thinks You're Going to Hell 

Hmm.



Don't Get SAD 

The Stranger has some advice in handy pull out form.



Open Thread 




Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Dear Dave Reichert; 

Thank you for your reply. It didn't actually answer my question. And it took 5 days. But on the other hand, I'm pretty sure it violated the rules of the House of Representatives. Don't worry, there's as much chance of Doc going after you as there is of you breaking ranks with Republican leadership (less than 3%). The Standards Committee says "the Member’s House Web site may not be advertised on his or her campaign Web site or in materials issued by the campaign." But the email your campaign issued to me had a link to your website. Ethics aint rocket science. First off, don't use the taxpayer funded website for campaigning.

...Ron K says my reading of the rule is wrong. So the letter won't be sent.



Sly Water 

And thus the world spun off its axis for a moment.

Sly Water, hitting shelves this March, is the latest in a string of celebrity-oriented bottled water products to debut recently. Auburn-based Glacia Nova has partnered with Stallone to produce the bottled water from the 10,000-year-old Mount Rainier Carbon Glacier, on the mountain's north face.



Sheldon 

It's my understanding that he no longer caucuses with the Democrats. So why exactly is it that he's still allowed to use the Caucus website? I'm just curious. Of course it's possible that I'm mistaken about him not caucusing since I can't remember where I heard it.



Dear The Clark County Republicans; 

So you've invited Ken Hutcherson to speak at your Lincoln Day Dinner & Auction. He's someone who thinks that the "Jewish nation" wanted "to have Christ crucified." So um, do you (a) agree with him, or (b) just want to promote him because you hate the gays just so much that the thought of them not being fired for being gay is too much for you not to team up with a raging anti-Semite?

...slight editing and sent.



Preston Gates Ellis Abramoff & DeLay 

Hmm.



Merge 

Oly and Tumwater fire departments may merge. Hopefully it won't effect coverage negatively.



Tuesday, January 17, 2006

A Week For This 

What a wimppy campaign. Give me more than a form letter for goodness sake.

Thank you for your email message to Congressman Dave Reichert's campaign
committee. To contact Congressman Reichert's office directly, please
visit his website at www.house.gov/reichert and access the online
e-mail service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
Congressman Reichert's Congressional office directly at 1-877-920-9208.

Sincerely,

Eric Yates
Friends of Dave Reichert
www.davereichertforcongress.com
...If memory serves, the Inslee campaign web page couldn't link to the Apollo Energy stuff on Inslee's official website because that would be using public funds to campaign. I don't suppose a link in an email and a phone number to the Congressional office is a similar sort of thing coming from Reichert's campaign? I honestly have no idea, so I'm throwing the question to someone who might be smarter than me here.

...Here we go.

  • the Member’s House Web site may not be advertised on his or her campaign Web site or in materials issued by the campaign.



  • White Center Homeless Count 

    The One Night Count is coming up (third item). If you'll be up at 2:00, and want to spend it in White Center this is perfect for you.



    Jesse Salomon 

    Running for State Senate up North.



    Hutcherson 

    Clark County Repubs love him. And wow.



    Drinking Liberally 

    Prell will be there, but I won't. So it's the perfect one to head down to.



    Monday, January 16, 2006

    For the Record 

    If anybody feels like giving me $100,000, I'll call them grass roots too.



    Also 

    From Martin Luther King County.



    Homelessness 

    Blatherwatch has a story by some guy named Michael Hood about ending homelessness in Seattle in a decade.



    Oh Them Gaz 

    Ken Hutcherson is at it again.



    Vashon Blog 

    Vashon Blog. There's still plenty of kinks to work out, but so far so good.



    Sunday, January 15, 2006

    MLK Lobby Day 

    In Oly.



    King County Democrats Honors Banquet 

    You can buy tickets.



    Darcy Burner 

    Wonderful interview with Noemie Maxwell over at Washblog.

    When we look at voters in the 8th, we see that they are willing to vote for Democrats. We see that integrity matters to them. We see that fiscal responsibility is important to them. People question the vast debt that we have built up during the Bush administration, regardless of their politics. It is not responsible to create all this debt. It makes no sense that Henry and Quixote (the names of our sons) will have to shoulder this debt when they grow up. We see that environment matters to people in this district. And we see that jobs and education matter. These are all issues that I care about.

    I believe that many of the voters in the 8th will also be able to identify with who I am and the kind of life I have led, that they will understand the kind of background I come from.

    My family's story is one that shows what people can do in this country if they have access to opportunity. Both my parents grew up in homes with dirt floors. My mom was from Nebraska and my father was from Montana and then Rochester, Washington. My father enlisted in the Air Force right after high school and, while he worked in the Air Force, he also worked his way through a college degree through correspondence courses. After he retired from the Air Force, he became a school teacher. He instilled in me an ethic of hard work.

    I grew up poor. But by dint of my parents giving me good values and my willingness to work hard I found a way to earn a good living. This is the kind of opportunity that everyone should have. But this administration clearly wants an aristocracy in this country. The people who are in power want a permanent upper class to which all wealth accrues - while all the rest of us get poorer and poorer.

    All the basic elements of our social safety net are at risk. Someone who gets laid off from Boeing shouldn't as a consequence lose everything. Our social contracts are not being met in this country.



    Vashblog 

    At Bloggerfest Ought-Six, one of the folks from Olyblog talked a bit about hyperlocal blogging. It was interesting. I think it sounds neat, and I'd like to do something like that with Vashon Island. But I'm not willing to do more than a few posts a week more than I'm putting into this because I do enjoy having a social life. So I'm looking for co-bloggers and at this point still sussing out if there's any interest or if it would just be a waste of time. So if you're (a) a lefty, and (b) not anti-fire department (sorry Ivan) and you'd be interested in posting something, drop me a line carlballard vampiressuck com.



    Switzerblog and Goldy 

    Would make a hell of a 1-2 punch as Democratic and Republican chair.



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