Archive for July, 2011
Ballots for the August 16 King County and Seattle primary election were mailed out on Wednesday and will soon arrive in your mailboxes. We’ll be publishing our endorsements article sometime this weekend, with long and detailed explanations for our choices (plus, very possibly, The Greatest Inside Joke About Wacko Perma-Candidates Ever). In the meantime, we’re providing you with a handy sneak preview-cheat sheet of the choices we’ve made. Enjoy!
King County Council, District No. 6: Richard Mitchell.
King County Council, District No. 8: Skip it until November.
Seattle City Council, Position No. 1: Michael Taylor-Judd.
Seattle City Council, Position No. 9: Dian Ferguson.
Seattle School Board
Director, District No. 1: Sharon Peaslee
Director, District No. 2: Kate Martin
Director, District No. 3: Michelle Buetow
Director, District No. 6: Marty McLaren
King County Proposition No. 1: Approve.
City of Seattle Referendum No. 1: Reject with aplomb.
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Local news story of the week: Let’s Move Forward, the campaign asking Seattle voters to approve the deep-bore tunnel by way of a referendum on the August 16 primary ballot, today reported to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission that it has now raised over $312,000. The key revelation in the SEEC report: Two of the top three donors include the same companies who have been awarded a $1.09 billion contract from the state to build the tunnel: Dragados USA and Tutor Perini Corp, both of which each gave $25,000 to LMF.
“Follow the money,” indeed. Further details, analysis, and commentary at Slog.
In these scandal-sodden weeks it’s been tough to write passionately about the fight here over deficit reduction. I look up from some wearisome bulletin on the latest maneuvers of the Gang of Six and here’s Tristane Banon’s mother admitting to consensual, albeit “clearly brutal” sex with Dominic Strauss-Kahn amid the filing cabinets in an OECD [...]
Will Obama ever hold the Republicans accountable for their reckless and destructive actions? No matter how outrageous their demands, he keeps giving them legitimacy, first resisting, then compromising, then praising the result as bipartisanship. He’s forgotten the basic lesson of negotiation–you don’t hand everything over before you start, particularly to people who have utter contempt [...]
What a Riot! July 16, 1877: A wildcat strike of 30 railroad firemen in Martinsburg, WV, protesting wage cutbacks, escalates into two weeks of national worker rebellion against railroad industry and federal government. Riots kill dozens in Midwest and East Coast, strikers briefly seize city governments of Pittsburgh and St. Louis. July 18, 1964: Riots [...]
After three and a half months of bombing and arms supply to various rebel factions, NATO’s failure in its efforts to promote “regime change” in Libya is now glaring. Obviously NATO’s commanders are still hoping that a lucky bomb may kill Gaddafi, but to date the staying power has been with the Libyan leader, whereas [...]
If you think it’s only been recently that The Seattle Times has been jiving its readership in order to promote a sordid political agenda (such as, say, the deep-bore tunnel), think again. The Times has actually been doing so for at least a century now. One noteworthy instance of such sordid media behavior began on [...]
Most people are glad to come to work. They are afraid of unstructured time, and have no initiative to work unless compelled to do so–in fact, they are so afraid of free time, they must fill it up with “fun.” Work is the chief means of self-concealment in society. By working relentlessly at a few [...]