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Every once in a while, an election comes along that decides not just the next four years but the next 20. When it comes to transportation, 2008 will be one of those years.
A couple of weeks ago I attended a town hall where a trio of Eastside legislators warned darkly about the huge deficits facing state government… Continue reading
For years now, people who oppose building or expanding roads have insisted that all we need to do is make better use of existing roads. Sure enough, along comes Initiative 985 to do just that. And who’s leading the opposition? The anti-roads coalition.
Do you know many ballot issues you’ll be facing this November? Twelve: Three statewide initiatives, one regional vote on light rail and eight proposed amendments to the King County Charter (or constitution), some of which matter a lot. How should you vote? Glad you asked.
A few weeks ago I surveyed the major contenders being named for Barack Obama’s running mate and concluded that he will likely select a popular governor in a swing state. Why a governor? Because anything associated with Washington, D.C., is toxic. President Bush’s popularity is in the 20s and the popular rating for Congress is 9 percent!
I understand why some people oppose John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and why they disagree with her. But I’m astonished at the brazen hypocrisy of liberals (most of them women) who are seething with anger and hatred towards her. I’ve been around politics for 30 years and I’ve never seen such unhinged hypocrisy in all my life.
Let’s start where everyone agrees. There are far more conservative voices on the radio than liberal voices. Most people digest this morsel of information with… Continue reading
Most people who read this column drive, so here’s an early Christmas present: Log onto seattlegasprices.com and you’ll find the lowest price of gasoline in your community. Just click on the name of your hometown. Right now, it’s selling for $1.59 in Auburn, $1.60 in Covington, $1.62 in Kent, $1.77 in Bellevue, $1.89 in Redmond, and $1.64 in Renton. Five months ago it was more than $4 a gallon. Nice trend.
A few weeks ago I alerted Reporter readers to a startling state Senate proposal that would erase the life terms of nearly half the state’s 292 “Three Strikes, You're Out” inmates, setting more than 80 of them free immediately. The legislation, SB 5292, passed out of committee with the support of Eastside Sen. Rodney Tom.
When the media went looking for an authority on national security after the attempted airline bombing on Christmas Day, they called a US Senator from… Continue reading
It’s not unusual to walk into a Starbucks and see several cops sitting at tables chatting while on break or getting ready to go on shift. Nor is it unusual to see a squad car pulled over by the side of the road, with an officer talking to his partner or jotting down notes. These are the moments in an officer’s workday where he or she can feel safe.
When Jennifer Dunn first ran for public office, many people scoffed. Yes she was attractive, even a bit glamorous. Yes she was articulate. But her… Continue reading