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Month: June 2009 (Page 2 of 2)

I miss Pat Beehler’s old R. Scott centric banner

When you go to Pat Beehler’s website now, you’ll see this perfectly acceptable banner that not only features the colors of the American flag, but a picture of Pat himself. Totally professional.

But, you know what I miss?


The original banner, that featured the chair of the county Republicans giving his thumbs up endorsement of Beehler, looking like the dude from Steethawk.

The man… the machine… R. Scott.

Who wants a general election challenge (from HA)

Back in the day David Goldstein didn’t like the Top Two primary, though he probably still doesn’t:

Supporters of the top-two primary, like Sec. of State Sam Reed, keep arguing that it offers voters more choice. Well, in the 36th LD, the district highlighted in the article, voters will be given the choice this November between a progressive Democrat and a liberal Democrat.

That quotes makes an interesting contrast to today’s post from Goldstein on challenging sitting Seattle legislative Dems from the left:

The irony is, we all know there’s a fair share of deadwood in the Seattle delegation, along with a handful legislators who simply aren’t as progressive as their constituents on a number of important issues, such as pay day lending, the homebuyers bill of rights, tax restructuring, and more. Indeed, start this conversation at nearly any political gathering, and the same names keep popping up again and again, the usual suspects of Democratic incumbents who deserve a serious, well-financed primary challenge, and who just might not survive should they face one.

A primary challenge is one thing. In the old days of actual party-based primaries a well healed incumbent could slap down an insurgent in September, well before the actual public discussion ever got going. And, with the primary in August now, the debate is even shorter in duration.

Most Democrats from Seattle, once they got past the primary, were able to coast through to November with token opposition from a Republican or maybe a Green. But now, a serious progressive insurgent Dem could challenge a sitting moderate Democrat all the way until November, pushing the discussion harder and actually giving voters in liberal Seattle districts a real choice from within the party.

I’m surprised Goldstein hasn’t seen this utility of the Top Two and is still calling for “primary” challenges, when it is really unlikely that a challenging Dem to totally knock off a sitting legislator in August.

Twittering the who voted in the Library vote last February

Mark Messinger of up Steamboat Island way had a great series of tweets last night on who voted in the library special election last February. Very interesting results?

Olympia city councilmembers Jeff Kingsbury, Joe Hyer, Rhenda Strub, and Thurston County administrator Don Krupp did not. They didn’t vote no, they didn’t turn in a ballot at all.

Councilmemembers (yeah, I guess he’s a mayor) Doug Mah, Karen Messmer, and Joan Machlis, and county commissioners Karen Valenzuela, Cathy Wolfe and Sandra Romero all turned in ballots.

One of my favorite local treasures: StevenL

From the beginning of OlyBlog, he’s been a constant positive force over there. Not in the least because of his ongoing “where was this” sort of local history quiz (like today’s). Here is my contribution to the current discussion on lost neighborhoods and the Capital Apartments. I found a photo from which I took this detail at the state archives:

The three large buildings lining Capitol Way in the center of the detail are the old county courthouse (where my big boss spent some time), old William Winlock Miller High, and the above mentioned Capital Apartments.

Janine Gates journalist, non-profit president and city council candidate

First off, I think Janine Gates if a very worthy council candidate. I happen to support one of her opponents (Jeff Kingsbury), but this post isn’t meant as an attack to dissuade anyone from supporting Janine. Actually, it is a credit to Janine that she is so involved in her community (and writes a very good blog) that she has so many roles to balance.

But, how does Janine balance her roles as candidate, journalist and president of a non-profit that publishes Green Pages, a locally focused environmental journal that covers local government? I’d say the lines are too blurred for comfort.

For example, Janine has been using her journalism blog to post press releases from her campaign. She calls her Little Hollywood blog an “independent journalism” effort, but it isn’t independent if she posts campaign literature there, at least not independent of her own political ambitions. I have to question the rest of her coverage, if its actually independent or if it is colored by her biases and political views.

And, while she serves as president of Green Pages, she is afforded a editorial bully pulpit there that neither of her opponents can claim. Her columns have not shied away from local politics, and her column from the March/April Green Pages could almost be campaign rhetoric. Certainly not table pounding stuff, but still something you might hear during election season from a candidate:

For many, the isthmus issue is indicative of how we will treat each other in the future. Senator Karen Fraser’s bill, the undaunted efforts of community members and Mayor Mah’s new interest in exploring alternatives with the community may mark a new beginning in how we actively discuss such issues.

This issue is a test, perhaps, of how well we can work together on our city’s list of priorities and proceed through complicated conversations about urban density, the continued loss of farmland, our relationship with the county, and the proper collection of impact fees so growth pays for growth.

We must work toward a common vision and ensure that everyone’s concerns and ideas are not only heard, but acknowledged and used by city leaders in creating new and better solutions. There are trust issues, to be sure. It’s a small town and we all wear several hats. We are intertwined in so many ways. Democracy can get kind of messy sometimes, but when common ground is found, we can all feel pretty good about ourselves and move forward.

Let me be clear here. I’ve been thinking about this issue for over a month now and I’m not putting this up lightly.

If not for Jeff Kingsbury, I’d have a hard time choosing between Steve Buxbaum and Janine Gates, and honestly I’d probably be supporting Janine because of her blogging. But, I am troubled by the lines blurring.

Also, this is not a concern troll sort of post. I come to these thoughts honestly.

If she wants to distribute campaign stuff online, there are other venues than polluting her own journalism blog. Olyblog is always a good option, as is OlyForums, and the local twitter community. Janine could also add a specific campaign blog to her current website and avoid all conflict.

In the end, I hope Janine continues her good work, just with stonger fences between her roles.

Ok back to making fun of Pat Beehler

From the Pat Beehler “I’m signing paperwork to run for county commissioner event” this morning.

“I’m so excited”

“I just can’t hide it”

“Can someone pass me a donut, so I can find a reason to be out here this morning and like it?”

Swear to God, I don’t go looking for this stuff. I subscribed to the RSS feed on his website and now they’re even emailing these things to me. And, I was really ready to ignore whatever was written on this morning. Couldn’t help it.

The cross-section of supporters, the youngest in a stroller…

So, you count a kid that was brought to the event as a supporter?

“Pat [Beehler] knows to cue in and clean up the budget issues of our county,” supporter Mike Edwards exclaimed to the early-risers of Monday morning’s tailgate.

I really looked around for what “cue in” means. I did, couldn’t come up with it. Maybe its a pool term? Or maybe its supposed to mean “clue in.”

At exactly the 9th hour on Monday morning, Beehler officiated his candidacy for Thurston County Commissioner District 3.

O.k., beyond just the phrase “At exactly the 9th hour,” there is something else wrong with this sentence. If you can tell me what it is, I’ll give you a Pat Beehler signed donut from this morning’s event. Promise.

Karen Rogers, you’re doing it right

Just in case you were wondering if I was picking on Pat Beehler for being creepy just because I don’t like him, here’s what he should have done. There might be a few too many items in this particular post from Karen Rogers (for Olympia City Council), but this is exactly how this sort of campaigny updatey thing should be done.

I especially like her writing about doorbelling:

Some of the things that I heard this week:

* Like the new parks and want them built as soon as possible.
* Slow traffic down.
* Do something about the traffic congestion.
* Having trouble finding a job.
* We must bring in new industry and new jobs.
* Want someone in office who has the time and energy to do the job.
* We must revitalize downtown.
* Olympia needs a new, integrated plan for downtown.
* The Isthmus rezone is horrible.
* The Isthmus rezone is necessary.

I know Karen has been getting some pretty good advice on her web stuff, and its good to see that she’s not only paying attention but putting it to work.

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