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Archive for July 2004


Today we’ll take a short respite from political stuff to briefly note the general wailing, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth in Puget Sound over the fact that, gasp, for the next couple of days, temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s!

“If you want to cool off, you’d better to go Spokane,” one Seattle radio DJ said Friday morning. Weather forecasters have been trumpeting warnings about this looming heat wave for days.

A slightly different variation on the drama will likely be repeated in about six months, when Puget Sound experiences one of its twice-yearly snowfalls…

A treat for political junkies…

Here’s an online cartoon that’s been circulating widely among politicos for the past week. It lampoons both Bush and Kerry. Make sure you have the volume up — the lyrics, sung to the tune of “This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land” are critical.

Click here

Get this man a creel full of eels…

“You make government feel. You make it real. That’s the deal.”

U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, rallying state workers outside the National Governors’ Association meeting in Seattle Saturday.

L’etat, c’est moi (Part 2)…

“Gov. Locke, we were here when you came. By God, we’re going to be here when you go. In fact, you’re going to leave and nobody’s going to miss you. But if we leave, everyone’s going to miss us. This state wouldn’t run without us.”

-AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, during a state worker rally outside the National Governors’ Association meeting in Seattle. More than 1,000 state workers attended, urging Locke to approve a new contract.

Shopping with the Gov…

“Stay. And of course go to the Nordstrom Annual Sale.”

Gov. Gary Locke, in full booster mode, welcoming the nation’s governors to this past weekend’s National Governors’ Association conference in Seattle.
The governor also took pains to point out that Seattle last summer had something like 80 straight days without rain, and, from a park overlooking the city, urged visiting governors to revel in the beauty of Mt. Rainier. It was barely visible through the haze.

Primary colors…

In two months, Washingtonians will do something they haven’t done since the mid-1930s — vote from among just one party’s candidates in the primary. The courts have thrown out Washington’s “blanket primary,” which allowed people to pick among Democrats, say, for one position and Republicans for another position.

In many counties — although not in Spokane — election officials have decided to use different-colored ballots for each of the three major parties.

But who gets what color? Maybe blue is a more popular color than green, and could confer a slight advantage among indecisive voters.

So the colors were chosen by lot, under the auspices of the Secretary of State’s office, which oversees elections.

The results:

Democrats: red.
Libertarians: blue.
Republicans: green.

Minor-party candidates — like the Greens — automatically advance to the November ballot.

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