Index of entries from November 2004
November 30, 2004
November Timeline
by Brian Crouch, 11:59 PM, 0 Comments
The SoundPolitics.com Timeline of Events in the Washington Governor's Race Compiled by Brian Crouch   November 2004 Nov. 2: Election Day. Gregoire leads by 7,000, less than 0.6% votes -- with about 88% counted. Many combat troops ballots were... [read more]

Just Asking
by Jim Miller, 01:57 PM, 37 Comments
Has anyone heard a single Democrat say count every legal vote, or every legitimate vote, when they discussed the count and recount in the Washington governor's race?  Do they ever add an adjective, as former governor Dan Evans just did,... [read more]

King County GOP Reorganization
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:45 PM, 1 Comments
This Saturday, Dec. 4, the King County GOP is electing its leadership for the next two years. You are eligible to vote if you are a Precinct Committee Officer (PCO). If you have to ask what this means, you are... [read more]

Gubernatorial Roundup
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:49 PM, 3 Comments
Dino Rossi has now been certified by the Secretary of State as the Governor-elect. The Everett Herald has joined the chorus calling on Christine Gregoire to concede. "Gregoire should spare state a destructive fight" After a statewide recount, gubernatorial candidate... [read more]

RECOUNT$
by Seth Cooper, 12:40 PM, 2 Comments
If the Democrats were true to their concern that EVERY vote be counted, then why wouldn’t they want ALL the ballots in the state to be manually recounted? Wouldn’t their demand for a manual recount in only select counties show... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:21 PM, 0 Comments
The hippie-dippie credulous dupes at the Shi'ittle Post-Intelligencer are peeing their pants with joy that Iran's mullahs have hoodwinked the Europeasers to buy more time to build an atomic bomb: Iran's agreement with the European Union ought to allow a... [read more]

The Savoring of Life
by Ambra Nykol, 11:51 AM, 7 Comments
As a quick deterrence from the ongoing headache also known as Christine Gregoire's inability to concede and the Democrats' inability to act like adults, let's take a look at some other local news. Perhaps you recall a few weeks ago... [read more]

Puget Sound Pork
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 AM, 2 Comments
Today's Seattle Times reports that our local congressional delegation has pulled in billions of dollars of federal spending, much of it textbook examples of pork barrel idiocy There's $240,000 for an undersea museum in Keyport, Kitsap County, $121,250 for improvements... [read more]

November 29, 2004
State GOP Lawsuit Withdrawn
by Seth Cooper, 02:03 PM, 6 Comments
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez issued an Order of Dismissal today in the case of WA State Republican Party, et al v. Sam Reed, et al. This was the state Republican Party’s lawsuit concerning the hand-counting of optical scan ballots... [read more]

Tonight at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:33 PM, 0 Comments
Reminder: The guest speaker at tonight's dinner meeting of the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is Maggie Fimia, Shoreline City Councilmember and former King County Councilmember. Maggie is a prominent Democrat who sets a laudable example of forging alliances with Republicans.... [read more]

Gregoire's illegitimate recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:30 PM, 19 Comments
As Seth notes below, John Fund asks in today's WSJ Opinion Journal "Will Democrats steal the Washington governorship?" Well they're certainly going to try. I heard on KUOW this morning (can't find any report on line) that Gregoire will definitely... [read more]

Washington as the Florida of 2004
by Seth Cooper, 11:01 AM, 5 Comments
If you haven’t yet read today’s “John Fund on the Trial” column at OpinionJournal, you should do so now. Entitled “Florida Northwest,” Fund’s column describes our state’s gubernatorial re-count mess as “the latest example of why this country needs to... [read more]

Enhancing the vote
by Brian Crouch, 08:59 AM, 4 Comments
The Seattle Times notes that during the recount in King County, in this, the closest election in Washington state history...In many cases, election workers were trying to determine voter intent and then duplicating, or "enhancing," the ballots so they could... [read more]

Concede, Christine
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:51 AM, 2 Comments
Tim Goddard and Hamilton's Pamphlets both have thoughts on why Christine Gregoire should do everybody a favor and concede the race she has already lost twice. And scroll down to my previous post for yet another reason why Gregoire should... [read more]

November 28, 2004
It's Seattle, Stupid
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:54 PM, 2 Comments
Much of the discussion in the gubernatorial count has been about King County's exceptionally large lead for Gregoire. But Gregoire didn't win King County so much as she enjoyed a hyper-landslide in Seattle. Gregoire beat Rossi by more than... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:11 PM, 17 Comments
The following letter to the editor appeared in today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer Quality control has much to do with who finally wins Ask any engineer at Boeing. Dino Rossi is not the winner. It has to do with the science of... [read more]

Optional Driver's License III
by Kevin Leo, 01:37 AM, 12 Comments
On April 14, May 18 and 19th, Shark Blog predicted that the City Council's decision to stop impounding the cars of those with third-degree license suspensions (failure to pay tickets for parking violations, speeding or driving without insurance, or for... [read more]

November 27, 2004
Recount battle
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:04 PM, 38 Comments
The Rossi campaign released the following statement late yesterday in response to the Democrats' shenanigans As you know, Dino won the recount for the governor’s race on Wednesday, but Christine Gregoire is not willing to accept the results. While we’re... [read more]

November 26, 2004
Legal Immigrants Caught
by Ron Hebron, 12:23 PM, 32 Comments
The Seattle Times on November 22 (page one) caught legal immigrants benefiting from a law intended to help only illegal immigrants. (But of course their headline says "immigrants," not "illegal immigrants.") And they want the legals kicked out of the... [read more]

November 25, 2004
Logan: Hand Recount Less Accurate
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:17 AM, 28 Comments
King County Elections Director Dean Logan appears to think poorly of a likely request by failed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire to demand a hand recount. Gregoire lost by 42 votes to Republican Dino Rossi after a machine recount was... [read more]

November 24, 2004
Governor Gregoire T-Shirt
by Andy MacDonald, 09:25 PM, 19 Comments
Show your support for both Gregoire and the party officials who are stumping for her with this snappy t-shirt. (Hit tip, Instapundit)... [read more]

Rossi declares victory
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:44 PM, 19 Comments
This statement was just released by the Rossi campaign Rossi wins 2nd count Governor-Elect ‘honored’to be chosen as state’s next governor Bellevue, WA – Governor-Elect Dino Rossi said today he is “honored” that the people of Washington have chosen him... [read more]

Even Odds
by Jim Miller, 03:26 PM, 33 Comments
That's what I would now give in Washington state's gubernatorial election — assuming there is a complete hand recount of the entire state.   The margin after the first recount, 42 votes, is so small that it is easy to... [read more]

FLASH
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 100 Comments
Double Flash (Wednesday 2pm). Kitsap came in exactly as expected. net gain of 34 for Gregoire, confirming Rossi's 42 vote victory. It's all over. Rossi won. It's time for Gregoire to concede. -- King County reported its results at 12:30.... [read more]

Downtown Seattle Republican TV
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:23 PM, 2 Comments
My Downtown Seattle Republican Club interview with Armen Yousoufian about his Public Disclosure Act lawsuit is now available on streaming video at the Seattle Channel. The program will be broadcast on the Seattle Channel (Comcast 21 in Seattle) this evening... [read more]

November 23, 2004
A Democrat's "Tie"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:19 PM, 47 Comments
What do the Democrats call it when a Republican wins a vote count and is also the presumptive winner of the recount? The Democrats call it a "tie": OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Republican Dino Rossi kept his razor-thin lead in the... [read more]

Seattle Budget Follies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:48 PM, 5 Comments
The fiscally incontinent Seattle City Council has approved the 2005 budget. The council changed little of Mayor Greg Nickels' 2005 proposed budget, except by adding almost $6 million in spending, with most of that going to streets and bridges, libraries... [read more]

Critical Protest
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:25 PM, 8 Comments
King County Executive Ron Sims has joined with the goofy-assed environmental extremists in a lawsuit to quash property rights and the right to self-determination: "Groups file legal challenge against referenda that seek to overturn Critical Areas package" Emphasizing that state... [read more]

Recount Follies
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:16 AM, 49 Comments
* I am continuing yesterday's table with blow-by-blow coverage of the recount reports. Scroll down, or visit this page * King County vote counters have surgically enhanced 710 previously rejected ballots after county officials divined the voter's intent. [Are they... [read more]

Discrimination In Seattle
by Jim Miller, 08:50 AM, 3 Comments
Matt Rosenberg brought this remarkable post by Scott Cummins to my attention.  Like Matt, I found this part especially striking. Consider the Seattle political landscape of today. A Republican working in Seattle city government begs a reporter not to "out"... [read more]

November 22, 2004
Recount Reports Coming in
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:43 AM, 187 Comments
EXTRA FLASH: Wednesday, 2pm. Kitsap has officially reported, confirming the key unofficial numbers. We're done. Dino wins. FLASH: Wednesday, 12:30pm. King reported. Numbers are incorporated below Whitman is now official. Not significantly different from the unofficial numbers reported earlier.... [read more]

In Seattle Magazine
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:30 AM, 1 Comments
If we can toot our own horns for a moment, be sure to look for us in the December 2004 issue of Seattle Magazine, now in fine bookstores and groceries all over greater Seattle. Our co-contributor Matt Rosenberg wrote a... [read more]

Tonight at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 1 Comments
Reminder: Tonight's guest speaker at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club is Armen Yousoufian, speaking about his years long Public Disclosure Act legal battle to extract documents about the Kingdome/Seahawks Stadium fiasco from King County Executive Ron Sims. Yousoufian recently won... [read more]

Radical Idea
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:42 AM, 2 Comments
Only in a Workers' Paradise would it be considered radical for a billion-dollar-a-year business to be left to compete in the marketplace without a taxpayer subsidy: For most of his first year as a Port of Seattle commissioner, Alec Fisken... [read more]

November 21, 2004
"Serious problems in King County Elections Department"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 03:23 PM, 37 Comments
Washington State Republican Party chairman Chris Vance issued a press release earlier today alleging "four glaring examples of problems [calling] into question the way the [King County] Elections Department is run". 1. Ballots clearly marked for Dino Rossi are not... [read more]

Monorail Car Tabs
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:18 AM, 7 Comments
Seattle residents who pay the 1.4% Monorail car tax will get special Monorail license tags, starting with February renewals Monorail officials say: "We thought it would be kind of a fun way of celebrating the project and everyone who is... [read more]

November 20, 2004
Voting Monkey Business
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:06 AM, 14 Comments
One of the episodes in last week's vote count was the Judge Dean Lum's ruling that King County Democrats could obtain from the county a list of provisional voters with non-conforming signatures, contact these voters and submit revised registration documents... [read more]

November 19, 2004
Life After I-884: Part II
by Marsha Michaelis, 01:50 PM, 3 Comments
There are two major sides in the education reform debate: those who believe the answer to almost all deficiencies is “more money,” and those who believe our education delivery system is broken and in need of some serious structural changes.... [read more]

The New Fundamentalists
by Matt Rosenberg, 01:14 PM, 10 Comments
P. Scott Cummins is one of the cooler folks I've met through blogging. He holds a law degree and is a recovering corporate worker bee. Scott lives in the Seattle neighborhood of Magnolia, and takes care of his two daughters... [read more]

Volusia County, Here We Come
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:40 AM, 7 Comments
The WA Secretary of State has just released, instructions to county auditors on conducting the gubernatorial recount. I've posted a copy of the document here All valid write-in votes for Governor must be individually tallied. Optical scan counties may need... [read more]

Dino Rossi: The Blue State Republican
by Seth Cooper, 11:01 AM, 23 Comments
Dino Rossi and his victory in the first ballot count for Governor of Washington State is the subject of Holman W. Jenkins, Jr.’s article “Model for Blue State GOP Success?” The short piece is out with today’s edition of OpinionJournal’s... [read more]

Already, a second recount
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:40 AM, 6 Comments
The recount in the WA governor's race hasn't even started yet and the Democrats are already committed to keep counting votes until they somehow produce enough previously undiscovered ballots to put their lady over the top: State Democratic Party Chairman... [read more]

November 18, 2004
Life after I-884
by Marsha Michaelis, 02:00 PM, 16 Comments
Many legislators seem short on ideas now that voters have put responsibility for education reform squarely back in their laps with last week’s decisive defeat of Initiative 884 (the billion-dollar education tax increase). Post-election commentary about the measure is fixated... [read more]

Constipation Partnership
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:31 PM, 3 Comments
A talking shop known as the Puget Sound Regional Council says that "It's Time for One Economic Strategy for the Puget Sound"Business and government leaders announced today they have joined together to create a unified economic strategy for Puget Sound... [read more]

"Little Loser Girl"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:56 AM, 2 Comments
In light of the gubernatorial recont, today's Seattle Times has an article about a 1990 legislative race that flipped in a recount by five votes, and then flipped again in another recount by two votes. Ann Goos, who won the... [read more]

Downtown Seattle Republican Club
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 3 Comments
Upcoming dinner speakers at the Downtown Seattle Republican Club, Mondays at 5pm at the College Club at Fifth and Madison. Nov. 22: Armen Yousoufian, whose landmark Public Disclosure Act lawsuit against King County Executive Ron Sims for documents relating to... [read more]

A Seattle Dinocrat, and The Environment
by Matt Rosenberg, 09:58 AM, 15 Comments
Just ran into a Seattle Dinocrat in the neighborhood grocery store. We're talking about a voter in "Baghdad Jim" McDermott's congressional district here. A neighbor and friend - real estate agent and former hi-tech guy; like myself a married father... [read more]

Margin of victory
by Andy MacDonald, 01:02 AM, 30 Comments
When I was in high school in Nevada, my friend's mother, Patty Cafferata, was state treasurer. In her first election, she won by a single vote. A recount reproduced the result. Her opponent sued, but the judge threw the case... [read more]

November 17, 2004
Gubernatorial Vote Count Post-Mortem
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:44 PM, 1 Comments
* Congratulations to Dino Rossi and his excellent campaign team! * It was a big day for Sound Politics too, with nearly 35,000 page views today. These came from 5,400 different IP addresses. The winner is Comcast user 67.161.117.128,... [read more]

Wednesday Vote Count
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:29 AM, 248 Comments
FLASH 6:33pm: FINAL - Rossi wins by 261! FLASH 5:44pm: Grays Harbor reported on their website. (Now added to Sec. of State site). FLASH 3:59pm: King County reported a smaller than expected lead to Gregoire. The rows in the... [read more]

November 16, 2004
Final Day of Vote Counting
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:13 PM, 15 Comments
UPDATE: This post is useful as background for understanding Wednesday's vote count, which is being tracked in the more recent post, here Wednesday is the final day of vote counting (until we start the ineluctable recount). Assuming the estimates of... [read more]

End of Day Vote Recap
by Stefan Sharkansky, 06:35 PM, 37 Comments
Rossi ended the day up 33 19(!) votes. This is net of today's reports from pro-Gregoire counties King, Thurston and Whatcom and the Grays Harbor recount. Assuming that any of the underlying data is reliable and barring any more wild... [read more]

Viaduct News
by Andy MacDonald, 04:52 PM, 2 Comments
Taking a short break from the election results (go Rossi!), the legislature is beginning to take a firm position on Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement funding. (Seattle told to fill cash gap for viaduct) There are two remaining options the state... [read more]

Signatures Schmignatures
by Ambra Nykol, 01:51 PM, 49 Comments
This is getting ridiculous. The press on our gubernatorial election is embarrassing. What is this with the "finding" of more ballots? Are they stuck in O'Hare International Airport? Are they hidden in bodily orifices? Are they under someone's toupee? Please... [read more]

Tuesday Vote Count
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:22 AM, 18 Comments
I'll be updating the table below throughout the day as new returns are announced. The table columns are the same as yesterday. See this post for explanation. As I mentioned earlier, these are only estimates and projections based on... [read more]

The 10,000 Magical Mystery Ballots
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 AM, 11 Comments
A report from another friend who's been observing the King County vote count: At the end of the day Friday, November 12, the validation process was not complete at the 1st S facility, and the canvass board was still reviewing... [read more]

November 15, 2004
Vote Count Madness
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:35 PM, 47 Comments
I am officially out of the gubernatorial vote count prediction business. All of our (simple) mathematical scenarios were based on the (overly charitable) assumption that the underlying data was reliable. For example, if a county reported having, say, 11,000 uncounted... [read more]

Monday's gubernatorial score card
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:01 AM, 52 Comments
I'll be updating the table below throughout the day on Monday as new reports come in. There are a few more columns than there were in Friday's table. See the bottom of the post for explanation. Scheduled ballot returns... [read more]

November 14, 2004
King County Vote Count Flash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:42 PM, 2 Comments
My friend the Republican vote count observer reports some very good news for Dino Rossi: We wrapped up in the MBOS [Mail Ballot Operations Satellite] facility at about 2:00 today, with the following survey numbers: Rossi 458, or 42% Gregoire... [read more]

Gubernatorial Vote Count Round-up
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:22 PM, 4 Comments
Sound Politics gets a great mention for our number-crunching of the Washington governor's race in today's Associated Press story "Bloggers obsessively track votes in governor's race". My latest analysis (in this earlier post) predicts a Rossi victory with a 1,700... [read more]

November 13, 2004
Ballot Count Update
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 PM, 1 Comments
A friend who's been working as a Republican observer in the King County ballot counting operation e-mails: I have good news: based on a survey we took today of duplicated provisional ballots, (595 sample size, 348 G, 202 R, 46... [read more]

Help defend Dino
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:26 PM, 3 Comments
Now that the Washington Democrats are turning to selective lawsuits to get around Dino Rossi's lead in the vote count, the rest of us need to fight back to defend a fair electoral process. Here's what you can do. Since... [read more]

Why Rossi has won
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:41 AM, 10 Comments
Here is the weekend recap for the gubernatorial vote count -- and the definitive explanation why Dino Rossi has almost certainly won. The simple answer is that Rossi ended the day with a 1,920 vote lead and it's just not... [read more]

November 12, 2004
GOP Hijacks Seattle Alt. Media, Vol. 2
by Matt Rosenberg, 12:38 PM, 3 Comments
Last week I hypothesized that closeted Republicans actually run Seattle's Left-of-Left, Angry Alternative Weekly, The Stranger. This week I'm sure of it. What else but a Rovian Cointelpro campaign could account for this isolationist bile? Read on........ [read more]

Gubernatorial Vote Count
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:20 AM, 21 Comments
UPDATE: See this later post for up-to-date returns as they come in on Monday, Nov. 15. -- The summary table below was updated throughout the day (Friday, Nov. 12) as new numbers were reported. See the rest of the post... [read more]

November 11, 2004
Seattle Budget Watch
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:17 AM, 4 Comments
The hippie-dippie big spenders on the Seattle Silly Council are falling all over themselves to shell out non-existent money to bail out a fiscally irresponsible entertainment venture: The Seattle City Council yesterday voted to take on $682,800 in debt for... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:38 AM, 2 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that "Arafat's death met with mixed reaction" The P-I reporter spoke with a handful of Palestinians living in Seattle. Ziyad Zaitoun, a civil engineer and Seattle resident since 1975, said he was not an Arafat supporter.... [read more]

Balterdash
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:31 AM, 7 Comments
The Seattle Times Joni Balter tries to explain why Patty Murray was re-elected: Murray is the everywoman, the un-politician. And voters seem pretty comfortable with No-Pretense Patty in part because she is kind of like us. Who is the "us"... [read more]

November 10, 2004
End of day gubernatorial count
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:19 PM, 3 Comments
Rossi ended the day up by 3,492, with a projected victory margin of 4,401. There are an estimated 84,715 uncounted ballots, of which 82,874 are likely to be split between Rossi and Gregoire. 52,326 in pro-Rossi counties, 30,548 in pro-Gregoire... [read more]

Rossi adds to his lead
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:42 AM, 15 Comments
More good news for Governor Dino. 13,000 more votes have come in from Asotin, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Walla Walla and Whatcom counties. Rossi's lead has widened to 2,960. His lead has expanded in all of these counties (except Jefferson), most... [read more]

NASCAR
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:45 AM, 1 Comments
I'm tickled pink and delighted to learn that we might be getting a NASCAR track up in Marysville. It'll be the destination for more than a few father and son outings here in the Sharkansky family. On the other... [read more]

November 09, 2004
Transition Time
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:01 PM, 5 Comments
Here's yet another indication that the Rossi and Gregoire camps have both reached the same conclusion that we have, i.e. that a Rossi victory is a much safer bet than a Gregoire victory. Dino Rossi has announced his transition team,... [read more]

Absentees Boost Rossi Gov. Bid
by Matt Rosenberg, 07:02 PM, 4 Comments
(With a big nod and tip of the hat to Stefan, Brendan, Tim, and other commenters in the item below, I offer this...just one more bloggers's take on how things seem to be swinging Dino's way, and why that's a... [read more]

Rossi is now in the lead
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:08 PM, 10 Comments
Chelan County put Dino Rossi in the lead by 109 votes. His projected victory margin is now 2,572. UPDATE (5:10pm) with Benton County reporting, he's now ahead by 1,718. Projected victory margin is now 2,776 UPDATE (5:22pm) I accept commenter... [read more]

Still calling the governor's race for Dino Rossi
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:07 AM, 13 Comments
Stevens County just reported 2,000 votes, 68% of them for Rossi, up from the 63% that went to him from that county last week. As I wrote yesterday (and Tim Goddard got a similar result), if all of the counties... [read more]

November 08, 2004
Mark Helprin in Lake Forest Park
by Ron Hebron, 10:30 PM, 1 Comments
I heard and met a remarkable man tonight at our neighborhood treasure - Third Place Books. Mark Helprin is one of the best regarded authors in the US now - novel "Winter's Tale" in 1995 and short-story collection "The Pacific... [read more]

Calling the Governor's Race for Rossi
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:41 PM, 19 Comments
Predictions are dangerous, but I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that Dino Rossi will win the governor's race. Here are some interesting pieces of information: Two counties have reported additional absentee vote counts so far today... [read more]

Seattle Neighborhood Coalition
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:10 AM, 4 Comments
One of the more interesting and informative community groups I've discovered here is the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition, which meets for breakfast on the second Saturday of every month. Each month there's a guest speaker (or panel) to shed light on... [read more]

Supreme Justice
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:34 AM, 2 Comments
Justice Richard Sanders was re-elected to the State Supreme Court. Jim Johnson was elected to his first term on the Court, joining Justice Charles Johnson (who is not that Charles Johnson). J. Johnson's election moves the Court in a direction... [read more]

It's in the P-I (III)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:25 AM, 0 Comments
Today's Seattle Post-Intelligencer applauds the California ballot initiative that created a multi-billion dollar boondoggle for narrowly specified research: "Golden investment" California's big move on stem cell research will put new pressure on Washington's universities, biotech companies and Puget Sound's economy.... [read more]

It's in the P-I (II)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:20 AM, 2 Comments
Yesterday's Shi'ittle Post-Intelligencer published this pro-terrorism propaganda in praise of the comatose Yassir Arafat "PLO symbol's legacy is mixed" From the 1960s to the '80s, he kept the struggle alive against attacks from Israel and take-over bids by Arab states,... [read more]

It's in the P-I (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:01 AM, 2 Comments
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer contemplates whether to get out of the business of endorsing candidates Is there a better way than an endorsement for a newspaper's editorial page to promote discourse about candidates and how they might govern? I can think... [read more]

November 07, 2004
The Times' Weird Obsession with Israel
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:53 PM, 1 Comments
Today's Seattle Times dishes up yet another delirious editorial about the Arab-Israeli conflict. "Peace without Arafat" For all the uncertainty and speculation in the Middle East about the future without Yasser Arafat, take heart in an observation by biographer Barry... [read more]

November 06, 2004
Gubernatorial Countdown
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:08 AM, 2 Comments
Christine Gregoire's lead in the gubernatorial race has narrowed to less than 4,000 votes as of Friday 6:30pm. There are still about 360,000 ballots remaining to be counted. Timothy Goddard ran the numbers and calculates that if the uncounted ballots... [read more]

November 05, 2004
Environmental Imperialism
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:07 PM, 3 Comments
I-297, the statewide initiative to add all sorts of insrcutable provisions to "help" clean up the federal radioactive waste dump at Hanford is winning by a landslide -- except in two counties, Benton, where Hanford is located, and in neighborhing... [read more]

A tribute to some heroes
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:26 PM, 3 Comments
As we congratulate the winners of this election, I will also pay tribute to some of the other people whom I got to know this campaign season. Even though they didn't win their respective races, they fought the good fight,... [read more]

It's in the P-I (II) and in the Times
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:34 AM, 6 Comments
Neither of our two favorite editorial boards completely understood the results of the three major educational races on the statewide ballot. The P-I: "Voters send a message" The defeat of Initiative 884 puts the responsibility for education improvements where it... [read more]

It's in the P-I (I)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:49 AM, 1 Comments
Today's editorial in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, "Limiting Libertarians" one of the state's three major parties -- the Republican Party -- might well have been more successful in this general election had the top-two primary been in effect. That's because it... [read more]

Stranger In A Strange Land
by Matt Rosenberg, 10:20 AM, 1 Comments
You're a bunch of pseudo-journo-wonks who write for Seattle's alternative, alternative, Sandinista weekly - The Stranger. It's Election Night 2004. A Tuesday, of course, dammit. Your deadline day. A bunch of you are out on the town, "working" and "drinking"... [read more]

PUBLIC APPEARANCE BY THE AG-ELECT: McKENNA HONORS SLADE
by Seth Cooper, 08:40 AM, 2 Comments
Last night at the Rainier Club, Attorney General-elect Rob McKenna presented former Senator Slade Gorton with the Puget Sound Federalist Society Chapter’s annual award for his distinguished career in service to the conservative and libertarian legal communities in the region.... [read more]

November 04, 2004
Stranger praise
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:47 PM, 0 Comments
Seattle alternative weekly The Stranger includes Sound Politics in today's profile of "Best of the Seattle Blogs", calling us "a well-written--and sometimes well-deserved--scorching of Seattle liberal pieties." Green Lake software developer and "center-right" (read: Bush-loving wacko) Republican Stefan Sharkansky knows... [read more]

Thurston County P.U.D.
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:55 PM, 0 Comments
Congratulations to Alan Corwin, an old family friend, upon his election as Commissioner of the Thurston County Public Utility District.... [read more]

November 03, 2004
Die, Monorail, Die
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:04 PM, 12 Comments
The Moronorail has survived the recall vote. Boy did I call that one wrong. I was certain that I-83 would pass by a large margin. Earlier this year when I was collecting signatures to put I-83 on the ballot I... [read more]

Rossi's Chances
by Jim Miller, 05:18 PM, 5 Comments
The lead in Washington's race for governor went back and forth last night, and may do so again over the next few weeks. I just heard part of an interview on KVI with the Republican secretary of state, Sam Reed,... [read more]

Unearned and undeserved
by Stefan Sharkansky, 05:15 PM, 0 Comments
Today's Seattle Times editorial: "Murray, a victory earned and deserved". At first I thought they were talking about Rep. Ed Murray, re-elected to the state House of Representatives from the 43rd District with a robust 87% of the vote. It... [read more]

Whither Eyman?
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:38 PM, 16 Comments
I-892, the property tax cut/gambling expansion measure that Tim Eyman launched, has failed decisively. The opposition came from Indian tribes who wanted to preserve their tax-free monopoly on slot machines, from social conservatives and others who object to gambling, and... [read more]

Who writes this stuff??
by Marsha Michaelis, 01:36 PM, 7 Comments
This just in from the warm and fuzzy John Kerry: "It was a privilege and a gift to spend two years traveling this country, coming to know so many of you. I wish I could just wrap you in my... [read more]

Congressman Reichert
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:34 PM, 0 Comments
Dave Ross has conceded the 8th District congressional race to Sheriff Dave Reichert. Jennifer Dunn's seat will stay in good hands. Sheriff Reichert is shown here addressing the state Republican victory party last night.... [read more]

WA Gov Race Headed For Recount?
by Matt Rosenberg, 11:00 AM, 7 Comments
SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES Brace yourself for 4 p.m., when, according to Dino Rossi (R) For Governor policy and communications director Mary Lane (to whom I just spoke), King County will release the tally of 100,000 absentee or otherwise uncounted... [read more]

Mixed Results for Education
by Stefan Sharkansky, 02:36 AM, 4 Comments
Some good news, some bad news for the statewide education races. Good news: I-884, the billion dollar a year sales tax increase for an Education Slush Fund, went down in flames. 60.75% against, as I write this. Congratulations to Clyde... [read more]

Dino, Dino, Dino!?
by Matt Rosenberg, 02:28 AM, 6 Comments
Mama Mia! Republican Dino Rossi is pulling ahead (for good?) in the WA Gov. race, 915,212 votes to Democrat Christine Gregoire's 914,351. 99 percent of precincts reporting. This via the Seattle Times site, with numbers from AP. Hoo baby!... [read more]

"Provisional ballots"
by Stefan Sharkansky, 12:35 AM, 1 Comments
I was just talking with some guys who were poll watchers today and they tell me that there were hundreds of "provisional ballots" cast in just the few precincts in Seattle they were watching. Some of these were given out... [read more]

November 02, 2004
Governor is still in play
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:57 PM, 0 Comments
Dino with his family. He's currently trailing by 7,000 votes, less than 0.6% with about 88% counted.... [read more]


by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:49 PM, 2 Comments
Rob McKenna just declared victory. He's up by more than 130,000 votes statewide, and the tally is trending in his direction... [read more]

It's in the P-I
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:50 PM, 0 Comments
P-I headline: "Reed ousts Ruderman for Secretary of State" Only at the P-I can an incumbent oust a challenger! Reed giving his victory speech. The idiotic Louisiana primary Reed sponsored is leading by a big margin.... [read more]

Impromptu Blogfest
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:44 PM, 0 Comments
With Sound Politics contributors Jim Miller and Brian Crouch and Gretchen Crouch.... [read more]

Rob McKenna
by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:11 PM, 5 Comments
He's not ready to claim victory yet, but Rob McKenna has a comfortable lead and will likely be our next Attorney General.... [read more]


by Stefan Sharkansky, 10:06 PM, 0 Comments
It looks like Patty Murray will keep her seat as the 100th most intelligent Senator for another six years.... [read more]

Rocky Mountain High
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:28 PM, 0 Comments
ABC called Colorado, pushing the count to 246 - 195. There are several hundred people here and it gets loud whenever they announce another state for the President... [read more]


by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:57 PM, 5 Comments
The electoral college is now at 237 - 188. ABC News is on the big screen TV. Jim Miller is here, and he says that he enjoys watching Peter Jennings when the Republicans are winning because Jennings lets his grumpiness... [read more]

Big Tent (2)
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:43 PM, 1 Comments
With Pastor Joe Fuiten. He claims to have registered 45,000 new Evangelical voters in WA state. He predicts all 11 marriage initiatives around the country will pass by large margins and may help put Bush over the top. I'm... [read more]

Tim Eyman
by Stefan Sharkansky, 08:15 PM, 5 Comments
Initiative guru Tim Eyman talking to the press about the initiative to reduce the size of the King County Council, which he's confident will pass.... [read more]

Big Tent
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:41 PM, 0 Comments
The Republican Party is a "big tent"... [read more]

Looking good
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:36 PM, 0 Comments
At this wrting the electoral count is Bush 193, Kerry 112. People are pouring into the room and the mood is very, very upbeat... [read more]

Live blogging the WA State Republican Victory Party
by Stefan Sharkansky, 07:12 PM, 1 Comments
I'm here at the state GOP victory party at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. I have an official press pass and the connectivity is terrific. Stay tuned for dispatches.... [read more]

WA election eve poll
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:58 AM, 3 Comments
These are the punchlines from the Survey USA election eve poll (sorry for the all caps): DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON STATE HOLD THE PRESIDENCY & U.S. SENATE BUT REPUBLICANS APPEAR POISED TO WIN THE GOVERNORSHIP & ATTORNEY GENERAL CONTESTS, ACCORDING TO... [read more]

November 01, 2004
It's time for her to go
by Stefan Sharkansky, 11:09 PM, 1 Comments
Just in case you haven't already made up your mind to vote for Dino Rossi for Governor, and are still contemplating a vote for Christine Gregoire, here's yet another reason to vote for Dino and to send Gregoire into exile:... [read more]

Election Night Blogging
by Stefan Sharkansky, 09:25 PM, 1 Comments
I'll be live-blogging from the Washington State Republican election night party, posting here on the Sound Politics blog. Come down to the party if you can -- 7pm - 1am at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Cash bar and hors... [read more]

Rossi Victory Predicted
by Stefan Sharkansky, 04:57 PM, 2 Comments
U.Va. Professor and political prognosticator Larry Sabato predicts a win for Dino Rossi. Like Missouri, we have gone back and forth on this one. We are going to go against the polls, which suggest that Democrat Christine Gregoire will win.... [read more]

My Vote Choices
by Jim Miller, 02:44 PM, 6 Comments
Those who have followed the posts at my main site, Jim Miller on Politics, will know that I will vote tomorrow for George W. Bush for president and for George Nethercutt for the senate. I have said less there about... [read more]

Endorsements: Washington State Legislature
by Stefan Sharkansky, 01:07 PM, 1 Comments
These are my endorsements for state legislative races on Tuesday's ballot. These endorsements reflect only my personal opinions and not necessarily those of other Sound Politics contributors. My rule of thumb for legislative races is to always endorse the Republican,... [read more]

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