Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tim Burgess Is Running for Mayor by Dominic Holden - Seattle News - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper

This sums it up:
“I like Tim,” Council Member Tom Rasmussen told The Stranger earlier this year. “He does his homework… He would make a good mayor.”


True. Tim Burgess will be painted as "conservative", which he is. In contrast to McGinn, that's likely going to be a positive attribute.

Good luck to you, Tim.
Free advice, not everybody will like all of your policies, but an electable majority will like who you are. Be yourself.

Tim Burgess Is Running for Mayor by Dominic Holden - Seattle News - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper


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Sunday, November 25, 2012

From POLITICO - Kyl: Blame the media for the do-nothing Congress

Jon Kyl is a fucking moron.

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By JUANA SUMMERS | 11/25/2012 10:34 AM EST

Reporters are partially to blame for the dismal job approval ratings of Congress, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) says, attributing some of the gridlock and hyper-partisanship on the Hill to the 24-hour news cycle. 'For one thing, the media now have a lot of time …

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From POLITICO - GOP warns of shutdown over filibuster

The Senate is broken, and here is why:
Republicans say eliminating filibusters - even on a piecemeal basis - will undermine the fundamental underpinnings of the Senate as a body designed to operate on consensus and protect the minority party, making the body run like the House, where the majority rules with an iron fist.


See, they have it all wrong. The Senate was designed to protect the minority of the population by giving each state, regardless of population, two senators.
It wasn't designed to protect a minority of senators.


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By MANU RAJU | 11/25/2012 01:02 PM EST

A partisan war is brewing that could bring the government to a screeching halt as early as January - and no, it's not over the fiscal cliff. It's all about the filibuster. Democrats are threatening to change filibuster rules, in what will surely prompt a f…

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The Seattle Times: McGinn missteps beckon crowd of potential rivals

It's the early list of potential mayoral candidates for Seattle.

Among the possible candidates are: state Sen. Ed Murray; three current or former City Council members, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell and Peter Steinbrueck; former County Executive Ron Sims; commercial real-estate broker Charlie Staadecker; business owner and engineering project manager Albert Shen; Republican Port Commissioner Bill Bryant; and perhaps the most experienced of all, the former mayor of both Bellevue and Bremerton, Cary Bozeman.


The Seattle Times: McGinn missteps beckon crowd of potential rivals

Here is my preliminary ranking, some folks are unfamiliar to me right now.

1. Ed Murray, state Senator,
2. Tim Burgess, current City Council member,
3. Bruce Harrell, current City Council member,
4. Ron Sims, former County Executive
5 (a tie of unknowns to me). Charlie Staadecker, commercial real-estate broker,
5. Albert Shen; business owner and engineering project manager.

Finally, a parade of jackasses in no particular order:
Bill Bryant, Republican Port Commissioner (the court case the Longshoreman's Union has against the city's arena efforts will drag this gasbag into the light of public examination during the discovery phase in a way that might cost him his current job).
Cary Bozeman, the former mayor of both Bellevue and Bremerton (the fact that the Seattle Times gives this person any kind of consideration with occasional news stories, quotes, and opinion pieces, should be a giant red flag right there).
Peter Steinbrueck, former City Council member (see Bill Bryant, see also his NASCAR-like lobbying business. He's an entitled brat and a tool.).

Where does Mike McGinn fit in all this?
One of the top 6 will emerge as the top contender and frontrunner. this will comprise 1/3 of the primary poll (it's Ed Murray's to lose).

McGinn is1/3 of the primary contenders.

The group of jackasses at the end will get enough in-kind contributions parading as "news" from the Seattle Times to AstroTurf one of them to the level of "also ran" status, the final 1/3.

That's what it looks like.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Seattle Times: Some Texans want to divorce U.S.

And all this time I was trying to figure out how to get them to leave. It turns out they want to leave on their own. Win-win.

Sales of bumper stickers reading "Secede" — one for $2, or three for $5 — have increased atTexasSecede.com. In East Texas, a Republican official sent an email newsletter saying it was time for Texas and Vermont to each "go her own way in peace" and sign a free-trade agreement among the states.
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019752225_texascede24.html

Well, yes, it would be peaceful, but, no free trade agreement for you, not right away. You have to earn that kind of relationship. In the meantime, good luck fending off the Mexican drug cartels.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

The Seattle Times: GOP may strengthen firewall in state Senate


"Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch have both signaled in recent days they aren't going to endorse their party's leadership to control the chamber."
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2019741050_apwawashingtonsenate1stldwritethru.html

If Rodney Tom doesn't support the Democratic Caucus in the Washington State Senate then maybe he should go back to being a Republican.

In the end, it might just be better to have a clear competition of ideas between the Democrats in the House and the Rodney Tom supported Republicans.

Put Rodney Tom on an island and make him choose.

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