Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Is King County going to fund a rebuild on the Sonics Arena (and build a stadium for a new MLS team?)

I came across this last night:
There have definitely been closed-door meetings involving Seattle city officials about a new basket ball arena in Seattle Center. The idea of also having Memorial Stadium (the ugly thing in the above picture), remodeled, renovated or rebuilt, is a possibility. A Seattle MLS team playing there is one option, and there's been a rumor that Bob Whitsitt would be interested in putting a lacrosse team there as well.
But, no matter how many closed door sessions the city has, it can't actually do what by law it is prevented to do: Seattle can't spend money on Key Arena if it helps the Sonics.

But, King County can. And who recently presented a "vision for Seattle Center?" Ron Sims, the county executive. Yeah, it got the official cold shoulder from the city, but if there are closed door meetings, there might also be closed door reactions.

Sims even put the funding portion of his idea onto paper:
Sims floated legislation in Olympia that would have allowed the county to use hotel-motel and other taxes for a new Sonics arena, plus a redevelopment of Seattle Center and any other "civic amenities" deemed worthy by the county. The legislation would have raised $1 billion for those purposes over 25 years.
In terms of the popularity of sports team subsidies in King County vs. Seattle, remember that the Qwest Field initiative never would have passed without King County. It also might be easier to squeeze through a rebuild of Key Arena to a county-wide electorate if its wrapped around a broader revamping of Seattle Center.

How the Huskies are different from the Sonics (or how professional sports should be) Part 2

Dan Evans on Husky Stadium:
"There's one thing that we are all certain of — we won't build anything more than what we can pay for," Evans said.
David Stern on the Sonics arena:
"there was no heart whatsoever for assisting a Sonics team."

This relates to part one.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

T.J. Johnson's old plan for a City of Olympia blog

I knew I remembered this from back in the day:

TJ Johnson, who will be sworn in tonight, said he compiled the list after hearing residents say they wanted a more receptive council.

"It's the sense that we need to do a much better job of communicating and engaging the public," Johnson said Monday. "That's the spirit in which this is offered, to rebuild trust, to rebuild the partnership with citizens and the city."

Johnson plans to discuss the proposal tonight and ask the council to set the wheels in motion.


- All e-mail communication between council members should take place in a "chat room" accessible to the public via the Internet.

- All written and electronic mail sent or received by council members in their capacity as council members (i.e., not personal e-mail) should be copied to a central repository operated by the office of the city manager.

That sounds a lot like a blog. I don't really remember the details of what happened to T.J.'s plan, but you can assume he never got the blog going.

Council vows to consider efforts to draw in public
Olympia City Council told what to change

City council blogs in Monroe?

Chad Minnick is pushing for a city council blog to replace somewhat private city council email communication:
Establish a City Council blog as an alternative to emails. There really is no need for Council members to email privately. The only reason any Council member would use email at all is because we get together just one night a week and email is one of the quickest and easiest forms of communication the rest of the time. But only a small portion of what is discussed is confidential, and that is just matters having to do with personnel, litigation, and the purchase and sale property. There is no reason Council members can’t communicate during the week on a blog. Ideas can be discussed in the broad light of day where every citizen can read it. I have purchased the domain and will give ownership of it to the City for this use.
He has a few other suggestions that Olympia has already implemented (such as putting the meetings online), but the blog suggestion is interesting. Olympia will of course let you see each and every email council sends and recieves, you just have to drop down to the city hall each month to pick up a copy of a cd.

PDC issues new hands off rules regarding bloggers and campaign finance

For some reason, TVW didn't cover the last Public Disclosure Commission meeting. So, I emailed over the PDC, wondering about last week's meeting where they were supposed to cover their rules interpretation regarding bloggers and the internet.

Lori Anderson wrote back:
from Lori Anderson
to Emmett O'Connell
date Oct 30, 2007 11:13 AM
subject RE: draft Interpretation 07-04

They made one change and approved it. They removed the reference to Interpretation 07-03 in the header section. The interpretation will be on-line later today at (here).

We appreciate your interest.

Lori Anderson
Staff - WA State Public Disclosure Commission
PH (360) 664...
I was going to wait until they had posted their new interpretation, but the afternoon went without anything going up. I think its important to note not actually a rule or WAC, but rather how they see the rules).

Here is a pdf of the draft interpretation that Lori referred to in her email. Here is a great rundown of what that draft document is all about.

And some other links:
The PDC and bloggers
Panel Discussion of Issues Related to Internet Campaign Activity in Washington State
Blogs about politics on radar of state elections officials
State Regulation of Palousitics?
PDC talks about regulating internet activity
PDC contemplating Internet regulations

I'll post up the new interpretation when it goes online.

Great conversation about SJR 1812

The prison labor ballot initiative is debated well over at Olyblog in this comment thread.

Monday, October 29, 2007

The vs. governor's email

So, who is actually reading these emails?

Sent to both Dino Rossi's email form and that of the governor. See what happens now.

UPDATE: Rossi's thanks me for sending my emails as says he looks forward to reading them. Lame.

re: Highclimbers v. Cougars

In one sport, Capital showed those hicks from Mason Co. who actually is the boss.

In the sport that matters to most people, Shelton won.

I doubt this settles their little tiff, but it probably makes everyone in Shelton feel better.

Wished I've voted againt Bill McGregor for Olympia Port Commission

I voted for him because I couldn't think of one thing he'd done wrong in his short time on the commission and because I didn't want to vote for serial candidate Bill Pilkey without a good reason. After seeing this video, I would have voted against him.

I don't necessarily agree with the activists that wanted to show the video during a port commission meeting, but the over the top hand wringing by Van Schoorl and McGregor was too much.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why we should always have Demoburgers

This year we're going to talk about doing away with the burger booth. Its a money thing, some are convinced that we put out way too much effort for what we get back.

But, we should keep it. For hundreds of reasons, but this summarizes them all. From You know you're in Oly when............ over at Olylog:
* There is not a force in the world that can keep you from that yearly Demoburger

Friday, October 26, 2007

Yeah, I don't know, just doesn't sound all that exciting

I mean, an email form isn't all that revolutionary. From Dino's speech yesterday:
Starting today, if you and your neighbors see things that need to change... ""

And I plan to keep this website in place when I'm governor.

If you're frustrated by poor customer service in state government -

Imagine how much better you would be treated by state agencies when everyone knows that you will have a direct line to the governor... and also share your ideas on how to make things better.

And you won't have to register your e-mail address with me. So if state workers want to share their ideas, it can be anonymous.

Today, I know many hard-working state workers feel like they can't be candid and open with their thoughts.

Now you can...
Imagine what a change just that little reform will bring.
The actual governor already has an email form that anyone can fill out.

Email forms for politicians or other powerful people types aren't exactly new, and Dino's framing of his as something special is troubling. He seems to want to have us think that he really is listening to us, but he isn't doing anything new to actually do that.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Highclimbers v. Cougars

I'm not sure how successful the peace delegations from Shelton and Capital high schools were this week.

From the Shelton Journal:

"Just like being 'hicks' and somewhat lower-class than them," says the cheerleader. "And we think that they are rich, snobby people who are stuck up."


"Some kids I know from Capital are snotty. They TOTALLY are."
Read the entire piece here.

If I was to make one suggestion for Shelton. If you are to invade West Olympia, take the water route. I sort of expect that they'd be waiting for you at Mud Bay if you were to go overland.

Land somewhere abouts the Olympia Golf Course and head south. Maybe ask your friends in Tumwater for some help if you get stuck around Evergreen, I hear they never liked Capital anyway.

But, please consider the Deschutes River as a stopping point. We never meant you any harm. I mean, once you've taken the mall, what else is there?

Rossi thinks state workers would face retribution for talking to him

Rich Roesler over at Eye on Olympia notices the same weird language over at Tell Your Uncle Dino. From what he's saying on his new campaign website, it really does seem like Dino Rossi is thinking that the state government would come after any state employee that was associated (even in a small way) with his campaign.

Here's more information on the actual Whistleblower Program, which is run by the State Auditor's Office:
The law requires that whistleblower identities be kept confidential. It makes retaliation unlawful and provides remedies for retaliation. Reports of asserted retaliation are filed with the Washington State Human Rights Commission. The Commission will investigate the claim and take appropriate action. Civil penalties for retaliation may include a fine of up to $3,000 and suspension for 30 days without pay. At a minimum, a letter of reprimand is placed in the retaliator’s personnel file.
Does Dino think the auditor is doing a bad job? not working (also some possible technical issues)

For me, the most interesting part of Rossi's one hour old campaign is his try at transferring the fun loving nature of his Idea Bank to his new campaign.

Guess what everyone, you can email Dino Rossi. About anything! Anything that's on your mind, even if you're a state employee, just type in your concern, hit submit and Dino might even read what you wrote.

Before I get on to the technical fun of this post, I have to point out that the Rossi campaign is implying that by asking Dino something in public, a state employee can face retribution. Are they serious?
I know there are many state employees and others out there who prefer this approach – and I respect their feelings.
This attempt at passing off an email form as some direct connection to the candidate is already lame, but it also looks like the form itself isn't working. I've posted the entire code I pulled at 11:05 this morning below, but this is the interesting part:
<form id="form1" name="form1" method="post" action="">
From what I know about html code, if the "action" part is blank, the form doesn't do anything. You're literally sending your concerns to Dino into thin air. But, I could be wrong, so check out the code below and tell me if I'm wrong.

I hate probably not being right. My buddy with all the smarts just said the form "probably" works, as the form will just submit to itself (the homepage technically is

Anyone else want to chime in on this one?

our man from Mexico sent down to Tacoma

Larry LaRue writes about the technical aspects of Jorge Campillo being sent back to Tacoma. Only on paper, I assume Jorge is back home in Mexico right now.

Rhenda dives into the Olympian comments, does a pretty good job

I'm always impressed by elected officials who not only participate in comment threads, but stick with it, approach it maturely and get something good out of it.

The entire thread
is worth reading (start at the bottom), but here are some highlights.

Here is her eventual response to a line of questioning:
Yes, I have answers for Scott.

"Does this mean you are one of the ones who support the 50-100% tax increases on homes?"


"Does this mean that you support keeping people from dividing their land as they see fit?"

Yes. I support community planning. Cities like Olympia don't just happen. They are built by people who put a lot of effort into deciding what sort of development belongs where. The alternative to planning is not just the sort of sprawl you see in LA--which many people here cite as their nightmare planning scenario--the alternative is chaos that endangers not just our quality of life but our health and safety.

"Does this mean that you support halting most construction on private lands if there is a stream nearby that theoretically could contain a salmon?"

And, what her questioner had to say:

Thank you.
Rhenda took advantage of the comment thread not to engage in a pointless back and forth, but to answer the questions that were posed to her quickly and clearly. Its a good thing to participate in comment threads, its a bad thing to get wrapped around the axle. By jumping in she was able to knock down an untruth (that she's a member of Futurewise) and get another commenter to thank her (bonus points)..

I set up Rhenda's website for her, and she's been writing on her blog semi-regularly since then. No one has come by to comment (as far as I know). This gives me hope that after she's elected, Rhenda might use her blog as a platform for conversation with Olympia citizens.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rhenda Iris Strub is a genius (vote for her)

This is not your average glossy political mailing. It was not expensive -- I printed it at home on top of my dining room table. It may not be fancy or colorful, but it is honest and thrifty, and those are the same values that I will take with me to the Olympia City Council.
For the past week or so I've been getting glossy fliers in the mail from local candidates. Nothing too out of the box, but I can imagine these candidate's campaign committees going through the motions a few months ago, figuring out how much money they have to spend on one last mailer before ballots go out.

Sweating out one trite sentence or another, while over here Rhenda sends out a localized (to Southeast Olympia) and informative piece. Not only is it super relevant to anyone around my neighborhood, but it shows that she knows what she's talking about and actually tells us what she thinks about traffic in SE Oly.

DISCLAMER: Oh yeah, I designed her website.

Thurston County can afford to pay for our ballots to be mailed

A follow up to earlier today, I was poking around trying to find out what the savings were when Thurston County went to vote by mail back in 2005. This is as close to a definitive answer that I could find:

There are obvious advantages to make the switch.

- Cost savings. Wyman estimates the county could save $400,000 in poll-site costs by going to an all-mail election.
So, if 100,000 people voted in Thurston County during each election, it would only cost $41,000 to pay for postage. This is of course assuming the county couldn't get some kind of bulk mail rate, which is sort of obvious that they would.

Why are we even talking about this, why don't they just do it?

Why do we need to pay for stamps to vote anyway?

When Keri and I voted on Sunday night, she wondered why we have to pay for stamps to vote. I repeated my fantasy "If I was running": I'd mail stamps to likely voters before their ballots arrived.

What if we all just dropped our ballots in the mail without stamps. If we all lived in Thurston County (like I do), seems like they'd get delivered anyway and the county would eventually pay for our postage.

While I'm not totally sure that paying for postage is a "poll tax" (actually going somewhere to vote probably costs something too), the political wisdom of asking people to put a stamp on a ballot is distasteful at least. So says Rep. Williams:
Democratic state Rep. Brendan Williams of Olympia agrees with DeMucha, saying the postage requirement is a poll tax. Williams, who has suggested using state money for postage, also said he thinks county auditors might cover postage using the savings from going to vote-by-mail in 36 of the state's 39 counties.
A story in the Puyallup Herald from back in May points to the cost, especially since we're not talking about just once a year in November:

The auditor’s office and school districts are looking at ways to make it a non-issue for voters.

“We’d like to pay return postage,” Cook said, explaining the postage would be part of the election costs.

However the expense may be too great to make it a reality, said Pat McCarthy, Pierce County auditor.

The Puyallup and Sumner School Districts paid $156,000 combined for election costs for the February bond measures.

District officials think the cost of providing postage would be out-weighed by the voter response.

People don’t want to go to the grocery store to buy a book of stamps or go to the post office for a single stamp just to send in a ballot, Cook said.
So what would the postage cost? Assuming we're talking about full postage, if the 2006 election were held in Thurston County this year, we're talking about around 85,000 voters. Let's just say 100,000 for the sake of arguing that free postage would boost turn out. That's $41,000, which doesn't sound like very much.

Statewide, the cost would have been just about $864,000 (not assuming a boost in turnout).

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wew: PDC probably won't regulate bloggers

Here's an important note from WINtegrated Solutions's blog (hat tip to Fuse):
  • The PDC wants to "not interfere with the free flow of political information via the internet, particularly when the information is provided at no or little cost."
  • The PDC recognizes the "internet is unique and evolving and warrants a restrained regulatory approach at this time."
  • Where possible, "state regulation of Internet activity will follow the Federal Election Commission approach" (which does not regulate or require disclosure for uncompensated bloggers, and only requires disclosure on expenditures by people buying ads or paying consultants).
Read the entire post, its a good read.

A lot of the conversation the PDC had earlier this fall about internet regulation seemed to fall around work already done by the Federal Election Commission (movie here).

Curt Pavola asked, but says no, to running against Brian Baird

Curt, or someone trying to be Curt, says he was asked to run against Baird:
I never said I'd run against Baird, or even addressed the issue except to respond to a request to do so...and I said "no."
But thanks for the post anyway. :-)
That was a comment to this post.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Save Our Sounders (Saints)

The arrival of a top-flight mens' soccer side to Seattle should not be at the expense of a top-flight women's side.

Adrian Hanauer, the current owner of the USL-1 Sounders and one of the three investors in the all but official MLS Soccer franchise, has (or did he?) pulled out of the ownership of the W-League Sounders Saints, the womens soccer team in these parts. Without in an influx of revenue, the team that finished in third place nationally this year might not exist in 2008.

Lacking a similar top-flight league as the MLS since the failure of the WUSA, the top womens' soccer league in the United States has been the semi-pro W-League.

The Seattle Women's Soccer Initiative is raising funds for the team:
The Seattle Women’s Soccer Initiative is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing top level women’s Soccer in Seattle by raising grass roots financial support for the semi-pro USL W-League program and development of an amateur feeder program that will provide the best players in the area to face the highest levels of competition available.
Go here to donate.

Although it is sad that investors (Hanauer?) have walked away, it would be great if this effort evolved into a European type Supporters Trust, a fan owned team.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Know anything about SJR 8212?

I was embarrassed when I opened up my ballot tonight that I hadn't heard of SJR 8212, which would open up a larger prison labor program in our state. Here are some links.

Legislative history
Pro and con argument's in voters pamphlet

It is worth noting that the two Republican lawmakers who wrote the against arguments for the voters pamphlet are from the 4th LD, close by where a company took advantage of prison labor:
In December 1995, the Redmond, Washington company laid off 30 workers earning $7 an hour plus benefits and moved to the Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane. There, five free employees supervise some 40 prisoners who earn $6 an hour. Omega Pacific owner Bert Atwater told the Spokane Spokesman Review that he moved to prison because of the rent-free quarters where "the workers are delighted with the pay; [where there are] no workers who don't come in because of rush hour traffic or sick children at home; [and where] workers...don't take vacations. Where would these guys go on vacation anyway?" Atwater was also pleased that he doesn't "have to deal with employee benefits or workers' compensation."
Sarahjane46th over at Washblog writes a defense of 8212, but included this quote that argues against it:
"Although we understand the value for incarcerated people to earn more than 42 cents or $1.10 / hour and we acknowledge the benefits of providing work experience for incarcerated people, we see the prison industries as one of the main cogs in the "Perpetual Prisoner Machine" as described in the book by the same name authored by Joel Dyer. The bottom line is that in the long run, this change support[s] the continuation of mass incarceration in this country."
A few newspaper endorsements in favor of it:
Put inmates to work for their benefit -- and ours
Two ballot measures flashy but necessary

The Olympian's half-hearted endorsement (Inmate labor program needs oversight) makes a great case:
By supporting SJR 8212 voters are trusting that the Department of Corrections will enforce the law to ensure that there is no unfair advantage to companies operating inside prisons. The Supreme Court record showed that 37 of the 58 inmates working for MicroJet were murderers. While some will be released some day, many others will never be released from prison. That shoots a hole in Sen. Hargrove's argument about rehabilitation.

Nonetheless, with proper oversight from Corrections and assigning appropriate inmates to the tasks, this program can work.
Which is why I'm probably voting against it. The constitution of the state makes it illegal to use prison labor because of its built-in pitfalls. Prisoners by their nature aren't employees. They can't quit being prisoners, and they can be treated as slave labor. It's better to just not open up a loop hole for abuse.

But, I'm willing to listen to anyone who can argue otherwise.

Find a new place for Drinking Liberally Olympia

From the guys down at DL:
I want to invite you to a very special Drinking Liberally meeting this coming Monday, the 22nd of October at the Tumwater Valley Bar and Grill, starting at 7:00 pm. We are sorry to report that this will be the last meeting held at the TVB&G. As you may know, the establishment is closing it’s doors on October 27th. It will be a sad day for many of us who have spent many an evening there with great friends, great conversation, great service and hosts, and of course-great food and drinks.

So what happens now? Barry and I have been diligently scouting restaurants, bars and taverns throughout Olympia-Tumwater-Lacey that could potentially host us. Several suggestions have been made. One of the most common is to gather at the Fishbowl Pub in Olympia. While we love “the Fish,” all the wonderful energy there results in so much noise, it is impossible to carry on a conversation as a group. At this point, Plenty’s and the Urban Onion seem to be possibilities.

If you have ideas please pass them along. Some criteria include: 1) Informal atmosphere that serves both food and libations at a reasonable cost; 2) Room to host a group between 8 and 20 with no minimum requirements; 3) Use of the facility must be free; and 4) it must be conducive to occasional energetic progressive oriented conversation!

Keep checking the website for future locations. Over the next couple of months, we will most likely be “trying out” a few different locations, and we will make sure that the website is posted with the most current information. The blog address is:

So please join Barry and your fellow Drinking Liberally members on Monday in raising your glass, and toasting the Tumwater Valley Bar and Grill for being such great hosts to us over the past two years!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Save Our Sounders

Feels strange that the MLS would ever walk away from a 33-year old local brand name, but just in case, make sure to sign the Save Our Sounders petition.

This effort has grown out of the many rumors surrounding the potential for Seattle being granted a Major League Soccer franchise for the 2009 MLS season. And, also the rumors regarding plans for professional soccer for 2008.

It has been speculated that there may be an announcement regarding Major League Soccer at the MLS Cup on November 18th, 2007 at RFK Stadium in Washington DC.

It has also been rumored that either the Sounders identity will move to MLS or that there will be a "Name the Team" campaign to be announced later.

Eric does a great job representing Sounders on MLS talk

MLS Talk:
Eric Gilbertson a fan of the Seattle Sounders since the mid 1970s joins us to discuss the history of the franchise as well as the probable move of the team to MLS in 2008 or 2009. We also review the US-Switzerland game with Jonathan Starling and give Bob Bradley the props he deserves for putting so much faith in young players and those playing their club football outside MLS and the Premier League.
Download here.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Re: The Rebel

Right back at ya, artistdogboy:
had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha*
Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep, 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew.

Also by Peadar Kearney, the Soldiers Song.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Seat of government in Oly; actual government not so much

The Puget Sound Partnership, a new state agency, will be located in Tacoma. The only part of the division of state government that will actually be located in Olympia is the headquarters:
...Governor Chris Gregoire today announced that the Puget Sound Partnership will open an office in the City of Tacoma’s Urban Waters marine research center on Thea Foss Waterway. The satellite office will operate in close proximity to Tacoma’s environmental services division labs and UW-Tacoma research labs.

Satellite? Won't the Tacoma office include the agency's executive director, and some 30 people?

Yes and yes.

But it appears officials are tip-toeing around a provision of the state constitution that requires the headquarters of state agencies to locate in the capitol. That usually means Olympia, but Tumwater and Lacey qualify, too.

Thus, the "headquarters" of the Puget Sound Partnership will likely remain in Olympia. But only on paper. In this case, the satellite will be larger than the mother ship.
Why the location yoga? Historylink:
Some state agencies began simply drifting away from Olympia; as early as 1899 the Board of Health moved to Seattle. After World War II ended in 1945, the trend of agencies leaving Olympia accelerated. By the mid-1950s, 13 agencies had moved their headquarters to Seattle. Once again the matter ended up in front of the Washington Supreme Court. On August 3, 1954, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that state agencies must headquarter in Olympia. “The decision, a new and stunning climax to the century-long fight by Olympians to be the center of state government, was written by Justice Charles T. Donsworth” (The Daily Olympian). In a 33-page decision, the court wrote: “We feel certain it was the intention of the framers of our state constitution and the people ... that the whole of the executive department should be located in the seat of government” (The Daily Olympian).

The case was controversial enough to generate a written dissent. The four dissenting justices argued that the capital question was one for the Legislature, not the court, to decide.
Good legal rundown here.

30 jobs worth suing over? Well, no.

But, what would stop state agencies from leaving northern Thurston County all-together and just keep a one office "headquarters" intact in the state capital? How much of the PSP's work do you think will actually get done in Olympia?

speaking of which, Portland is minor league

All the happy talk about Portland maybe joining Seattle in the MLS in 2010 or 2011 should be tempered with the weird behavior of an Oregonian columnist towards the MLS commissioner.

Listen to the entire mp3 (really large file warning) (hat tip GS-1) to hear some weird thoughts from an actual sports columnist. I mean, he gets paid to think this stuff:

Unless the MLS is the best soccer league in the world (like MLB is the best baseball league and NFL is the best football league), it isn't a "major league." So, in years that the EPL falls below La Liga, then EPL isn't a major league? I dunno.

As MLS expands, raises in profile, more sports writers out themselves in the "I hate soccer irrationally" camp. Weird for a paper that has not only one, but two soccer bloggers to employee a knuckle dragging soccer hater.

Is Soccer Un-American? - Part 1

Seattle Sounders on MLS Talk

MLS Talk Podcast will feature the Seattle Sounders tomorrow. If you are a fan of soccer and don't listen to this podcast, you should. It's just that good.

I have a feeling that this guy will be the interview subject. Just a guess.

Update: Nope, its actually Eric.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Attention bloggers: how to embed TVW content onto your blog

NOPE, this doesn't work anymore. Don't try it.

Earlier today I noticed that TVW is now posting their content in flash, a format that allows folks to embed and share that content. Think Youtube.

Anyway, later today I figured out how to actually embed it. Seems to me that TVW didn't want to make it very easy, but I'm going to show you how.

1. Find the content you're interested in. When you're at the content page, right click (this is for Firefox 2.0.07) and click "View Page Source." Somewhere in there should be a file ending with .flv.

2. Use this code in your blog post. Replace Flash_URL with the complete url of the flash file you found in the above step.

3. If these instructions don't work, use the very helpful instructions here.

TVW has flash, but now you can embed

Here is a recent Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting, embedded in my blog. Oh, happy day. Instructions here.

UPDATE: The above embed uses a freely available flash player, but I just now figured out how to use TVW's own flash play which is much nicer. Email me if you'd like instructions, or just check out the code for the movie below. You should be able to figure it out.

Or just click on the <> image on the player, it will copy the embed code to your computer.

Kyle Taylor Lucas blogging

Kyle Taylor Lucas, who ran against Sen. Tim Sheldon last year, is blogging now.

Nothing local, but she only has four posts up since August on Yahoo 360 account.

I'm going to say that referring to Hugo Chavez as her hero might point to her not running again.

TVW has flash, but you can't embed

It looks like TVW is putting its new media online with a nice flash player. But, for now at least, it looks like you can't embed. Crap.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Poor Lou Guzzo (the governor is allowed to talk to citizens)

He thinks that it was his doing the governor is traveling the state, talking to citizens:

Why is she doing it? I’ll tell you why, because I am partly responsible for her determination to start running for re-election more than a year and a half early. But I am demanding that she and her Democratic Party cohorts stop charging her political tour to the taxpayers and start paying for it out of her private political funds.

It’s quite obvious how the whole thing started. More than a year ago, I began looking for a sponsor for my Idea Bank plan. I have written one book of new ideas in all fields and have thousands more new ideas to offer. Instead of putting the rest of the ideas into more books, I decided to seek a sponsor for the Idea Bank.

Oooooh, so since Gov. Gregoire was actually traveling the state before then, doing the exact same thing she's doing now... then the Idea Bank is actually her idea! Sweet.

The only reason anyone is paying attention to the tour at all this year is because people from the Republican side of things are complaining. Last year, no complaints = no coverage.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Is it too early? Yes, its too early

Another sleazy Rossi front group is a new web project by the Washington State Democrats. Yes, fine, I get the point that the Forward Washington group was a way for Rossi to get his name out there (campaign) before he actually campaigns.

But, constantly pointing it out makes you look snotty, like your tattling.

Civic republicanism and 2008 (The civic core)

I'm going to stop worrying about MLS in Seattle and start worrying about something I haven't thought of for awhile.

Peter Levine points on over to a nice article by Ron Fournier (who helped write Applebee's America) on what he calls the "civic core." Move on over soccer moms, security moms, Reagan Democrats, here comes the engaged:
There is no greater issue than civic engagement.

A democracy is based on the notion that its citizens contribute to their society and solve problems together. In addition, there are numerous studies linking a person's health to the strength of his or friendships and community ties.
But, he points out, other than Chris Dodd, no one has talked about civic type issues this year. And, the national service plan roll-out is a very easy task for Democrats. Not a lot of people will harp on your for doing it, but it seems no one really expects you to follow through on it either.

Bill Richardson sort of rolled out a national service plan. Actually, it was one point in his education plan:
Create a Nation of Service

Teaching the importance of community service should be a focus in our schools. To create incentives for more student participation, in my Administration, the federal government will forgive two years of the cost of tuition and fees at a public university for each year of service.
So, as much as I'd love to see Democrats (and even Republicans) talk more about civic, I don't see them getting past the crow bars that are so much more effective at getting people to support them in a primary.

I'm still rooting for Michael Tomasky and the November 5th Coalition.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

No MLS Seattle yet today

No word yet on the MLS in Seattle (not here, here, here, here or even here).

The wait is giving other sports bloggers in Seattle the chance to chime in:
So why hasn't soccer proliferated? I would argue that it's a matter of institutions, or lack thereof. Iraqis actually like the idea of democracy, but the problem is that they lack the strong institutions to back up their support their interest in a representative democracy. Likewise kids that play soccer play it all throughout their adolescence, but without a professional team, teams to identify with, and available media, kids don't follow up with that interest after they stop playing.

On a personal note though, and just to keep it real -- I hate soccer. I don't trust any sport where the clock goes up, and what the fuck is up with those cards?!? Just have elaborate hand symbols like every other sport.
Good point about the lack of major teams to bring together a community of fans towards a central institution, but whey the last graph? Well, the clock just goes up, get used to it. And, if you can't figure out the cards, come on now. Do you really need that much help?

MLS in Seattle Day? I sure hope so

We'll find out today sometime. For now, a little good luck charm for the workday:

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New to Olympia?

Maybe you'd enjoy some history of the great Evergreen State College.

Or, maybe a bit about the Republican who saved the hippie college.

The best local high school rivalry game is of course the Spaghetti Bowl.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sonics impacting Major League Soccer in Seattle talk?

A post in which I paste a comment I put on another fine blog.

Jeff and others over at Center Holds It are wondering about Seattle, the Major League Soccer... uh... league, Paul Allen and Qwest Field.

I say this:

Also, I think that the “not a new stadium right now” talk has a lot more to do with our current situation with the Sonics than anyone is really willing to admit. No one wants to make getting an MLS team depend on a funding package for an new stadium while Clay Bennett is in town jerking our chains.

A little bit down the road maybe? The legislature put $30 million towards a new hockey arena just south of Seattle, which is closer in cost to an SSS than a new basketball arena.

So, I think we'll eventually get a soccer specific stadium here, its just down the road a bit. Especially if it can be packaged with a regional soccer complex like the Home Depot Center, we'll have a winner.

The man who created Lacey is dead

Bob Blum died. Too bad for Mr. Blume and Lacey will live on. Too bad for us.

Monday, October 08, 2007

After a year of living in Lacey, Jason Hearn is the answer

I don't make referring to letters to the editor in the Olympian a common practice, but this current municipal election is so not exciting to me (oh, where are you Ira when I need you?), so the Hearn/Olsen match up in Lacey is all I have.

And, the letters coming in supporting Hearn are just priceless. Here's the first one, but this one actually points out that based on a year living in Lacey, Hearn is your man for the job:
I have been a Lacey resident for only a little more than a year, and I have come to love it for its distinct differences from other places that I have lived...

I have become acquainted with Hearn through chamber activities. His unwavering volunteerism to his community is to be commended. I want a council member who is willing to listen to the citizens of the city of Lacey and not special interest groups. As a councilman, Hearn will take a balanced approach for growth, transportation and the environment. Hearn deserves Lacey voters’ support.
First of all, the "balanced approach to growth, transportation and environment" sound like "ok, when you write a letter to the editor about me, mention these things."

Second, have you met Russ Olsen? I'm not saying Jason isn't a great guy, but if you haven't met both candidates, how do you make such a strong endorsement especially on such a vague basis?

Third, if you never remember Lacey and Pacific avenues going both ways, don't bother.

So, whatca been up to Fred Moody?

While I still need you to be around, you've been doing some writing for the Seattle Times magazine. Of course, not a publication I get to read very often.

Older, Richer, Bigger: Grand schemes and dying dreams on Bainbridge

A Man, A Fence, An Empire

Images become treasures to grieving parents

David Ishii, Bookseller: In his life and in his store, he chronicles the city's story

Taming The Next Big Thing: Beyond the booms and busts, the story of our selves

Old News: Staying forever young is a losing battle

Never again, New York: Authorship for no fun and no profit

Will Thursday be MLS Seattle Day?

Paul Allen is in the mix.

There are jersey designs even. The above one is my favorite, but I could live with any of them. Even the orange one strangely enough.

And, of course, the leak.

If my emotions are any guide, I'll be with at opening day 2009 with the family in Qwest Field watching the Sounders take the field. Speaking of "Sounders," a naming contest is a bad bad idea. Even my militantly anti-soccer sports fans friends agree, if you're to bring a soccer team to Seattle, you have to call them the Sounders.

One thing I'm seriously considering if MLS happens this week. One, get really serious about Puget's Crew, the South Sound entry for a regional supporters club. The other is to join the Sounders blogosphere by starting a new blog.

Holy big government Lou Guzzo

Lou goes way past government interference in politics:
All political contributions should be banned!

I believe a constitutional amendment is needed to ban donations of any size to persons who run for public office.
Public campaigns? B'ah!

Fairness Doctrine? Too damn weak!

Just force newspapers and everyone else in the media to cover every single candidate.

If I was a conservative in the northwest, I'd be downright embarrassed by this guy. But, I'm not so its just funny.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Washington Idea Bank: Oh crap, what were we doing?

Getting lost along the way of Rossi's faux campaign, the Washington Idea Bank forgot that it was supposed to be about everyone else's ideas, not his.

Now that Rossi is gone from the Idea Bank and the Forward Washington, they finally figured out they were supposed to be post people's ideas on the site, which they did for the first time since early summer a couple of days ago.

But, that's just about keeping up appearances, still not about your ideas or actually doing anything with them. Gone is the feature where you can actually rate the ideas. They're just up there as if anyone actually cares. You can still assume that the best ides will "included in a working document that the Foundation will present to the legislature next January," but I doubt they'll be the ones that the users of the site actually like.

Speaking of Rossi's lame idea website, it, like one its main idea guys, loves big government:

Craig from Longview writes:

The state needs to fully fund the Family Caregiver Support Program so seniors & adults with disabilities can be cared for at home by their loved ones and thus aviod being institutionalized, which would cost taxpayers more in the long run.

susan from port angeles writes:

We really have alot of black ice here in washington. I suggest you hire some one to create a small thing that would resemble the green address markers people put on the side of the road to mark their house numbers. The marker would be colored white in wheather above freezing. At zero and below there would be a chemical reaction in the marker and it would turn to a black and white striped marker. It would be zebra for zero. You would place them on corners that often have accident because of black ice. They could be taller than the markers are now so they could be seen in higher snow. It would give people a reminder in the winter when we have the black ice to just be a bit more cautious. Thanks Susan

John from Vancouver writes:

School levies that are voted on by the electorate should require only a simple majority to pass instead of the 2/3 requirement that is often in place. Too often, a majority of residents of a school district support a levy, but the 2/3 threshold is too high to meet, so the levies fail. A simple majority would allow these levies to pass and new schools to be constructed.

Phill from Tacoma writes:

The state should provide free or reduced university tuition for combat veterans returning from conflicts abroad. This would keep these residents from leaving the state and would spur state-wide help economic growth.

Mark writes:

We need a single state "transportation" tzar. An individual appointed by the governor who serves as the CEO of the state's transportation needs and oversees all the hundreds of committees that are involved in transportation decisions. Each county also has their 'tzar' who report directly to the states CEO. The buck starts and stops with the tzar. Bottom line, we need specific accountability for transportation decisions, intiative and action.

Open comments (not open posts) at Faith and Freedom blog

There is some out of place heartburn over at the Faith and Freedom blog about moderating comments. Strange though how Gary gets the terminology wrong, he's talking about moderating comments, but he says "posts." Oh well, I wish they had open posts at FFB the way the had at washblog and even Sound Politics, that would be interesting.

Moderating comments is a good thing. I don't publish every comment that is sent over here, mostly because there is some just dumb stuff that doesn't add anything.

The most interesting part was the comments that Gary left up on his post about moderating comments:
I have left comments occassionally. It seems as if anytime Christians have a voice, the left wing elitists try to silence it. I think any and every Christian voice needs to be heard, and this blog is a very important venue.
Geese, ok, just moderate your comments already.

Guzzo's a secret liberal

Lou Guzzo, Dino Rossi's idea man, is surprised that he (gasp) agrees with a liberal. Shouldn't be a surprise, Lou's a secret liberal.

Well, not so secret. The guy is really into big-government solutions.

First of all (and just to get this out of the way) he worked for the Lyndon LaRouche of Washington State politics, Democratic governor Dixy Lee Ray. Gov. Ray was so unpopular with Democrats by the end of her first term that it took long time Dem powerhouse Warren Magnuson to usher her out of the race back in 1980 before she could be nominated again.

Anyway, Lou seems to bring that old time liberalism of Ray weirdness into his new job as conservative weirdo.

Take for example:

Corporate U.S. should provide day care for employees’ children -- Not exactly big government, but the nanny-corporate state certainly steps in to take care of my son. Sort of like employee based health care system we have that is working so well right now. Sounds like a gateway drug to the government taking care of the little tyke.

Incentive program needed to bring out the lazy non-voters -- because unlike most conservatives, you don't believe that people should just vote because they want to.

A free bus and trolley system? Try the idea; you’ll like it -- Lou thinks that public transit just isn't enough. It should be free too.

Congress needs to crack down on greedy pro-sport owners -- Its easy for him to argue for a crack down on team owners, but as a conservative could he make the same argument for a crack down on greed energy company owners? Or, insurance company owners?

Friday, October 05, 2007

New wikipedia project: Fan owned teams

Check out the list of fan owned teams and add your own. I know, the Green Bay Packer aren't even up there yet or the few minor league baseball teams owned by their fans. Put them up there if you know what I'm talking about.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Another (well, former) Olympia city councilmember against Baird

Curt Pavola, a former member of the Olympia city council calls out Baird:
My duty as a citizen at this time in history...the most important moment in my life as a free person in a democratic to vote for, advocate for and fund a progressive candidate for Congress who will represent me and work against the political-economic machinery of war.
Like current city council member TJ Johnson before him, Curt toes the line to say that HE'D actually run against Baird, but backs away.

Fan owned Sonics

False info from Save Our Sonics:
Q. Let's buy the teams and have public ownership.

False: The situation in Green Bay is unique in sports. Leagues have rules to prevent it from happening again.

With NBA teams suffering operating losses it is imposible for a team to exist owned by the people in a city. Here, of course, it's even worse because the City of Seattle can't find the money to fix potholes, much less cover the operating losses of an NBA team.

Owners like Howard Shultz recover their losses when they sell the teams and that defeats the purpose of public ownership.

Of course that again assumes that the new owner would consider selling and that isn't apt to happen.

Actually, the Green Bay Packers aren't owned by the city of Green Bay, but rather individual stock owners. And, while every major sports league in the United States ban non-profit or government ownership of teams, only the NFL bans corporate ownership to prevent stock sales of teams.

But, the NBA totally allows stock ownership systems. Both the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

So, what's stopping anyone from filing a corporation with the Secretary of State's office and selling stock to try to buy the Sonics. Nothing at all.

Russ Olsen gets Olympian's nod and Jason Hearn should buy a bike

The Olympian must have thought Russ was a really smart guy for someone who went to North Thurston, so they gave him the nod in his race against secret Christian Jason Hearn.

One thing about the endorsement did puzzle me was Hearn's description of traffic on College St:
...he lives 1.6 miles from the Lacey library and on certain days it can take 17 minutes to get there.
Ok, I looked it up, and Hearn lives in a neighborhood south on College down by Chambers Lake. If he walked to the library it would take him about 30 minutes each way. Well can't do that.

If he bought a bike, it would take him 12 minutes each way (being charitable). Driving up and down College during heavy traffic takes more time than it would to bike the same distance.

College Street is already built out as much as possible, there is no adding lanes to get more cars in there. If Hearn really wants to lessen the time to get from his house to the library, maybe suggesting alternative modes of travel would be a good idea. True, biking up and down College would suck (because of all the traffic), but the road does have pretty wide sidewalks.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Explaining Public Transporting

I've started a new project here called "Public Transporting," in which I used local public transportation agency schedules to try to get from one part of the state to another. My first effort was Ocean Shores to Seattle.

I eventually want to get all the way across the state, but I'm going to work across just Western Washington for now.

This project was inspired by this chapter from "The Roaring Land," in which Archie Binns as a kid travels from outside Shelton to Tacoma by steamboat ferry. It amazed me how they'd catch a ferry just out in the salt, instead of stopping in a town first.

This early mass transportation on the water made me realize how much we've changed from a water focussed region (canoes, fishing, and ferry boats) to a land and road focussed region. Seemed like an interesting topic of study.

The governor isn't allowed to participate in civic engagement

Because, some people might think that she's campaigning.

She's not raising money, she's not asking for votes. She's simply getting out of Olympia and talking to people.

This tour is actually a repeat of a similar tour last year, which strangely didn't get the criticism of this year's tour.

Stefan above cynically points out that the governor is bringing along a pollster, but he fails to point out what that pollster is doing. In each city Gregoire visits, there are random focus groups that are talking about government performance.

What this really gets down to is the role the governor plays in Washington. Is she supposed to just sit in her office and talk to her staff? Or is she supposed to get out around the state and actually talk to citizens?

Here's a somewhat boring episode of TVW's Inside Olympia about last year's tour.

Digital Archie Binns: Steamboat Era from "Roaring Land"

Even though most of Archie Binns is out of copywrite, I haven't been able to find digital copies of anything he's written. I guess that is part of the Archie Binns project.

So, enjoy a good chapter from The Roaring Land:

Not a lot of Open Space for Democracy in Olympia last night

Open Space for Democracy is one of my favorite books of all time, which made me sad that I wasn't able to go last night when Terry Tempest Williams was speaking downtown on climate change. Though, it seems I wouldn't have been too happy if I had gone. I'm not too happy right now.

This is a forum?
After a series of written audience questions directed at the speakers and moderated by KPLU Radio reporter Liam Moriarity, attendees were asked to fill out commitment forms in their programs, pledging to help. The solutions included installing fluorescent light bulbs, buying recycled items and reducing car trips. The forms were collected in the lobby.
Second hand I heard that both Williams and the other speaker talked for a half hour and then combined they took three questions. Not too open forumy to me. Not much like a democracy either, it sounded more like a lecture.

I know the point of the "forum" was to spark action, but 1,000 people out of a city of 40,000 plus (and I'm assuming that some of the folks came from out of town), doesn't sound very cost effective to me.

Bringing big time speakers in seems like more of the role of something like the

If, on the other hand, we're talking about a local government trying to formulate policy, I think we need a different approach. The $25,000 we spent could have gone a lot further to bringing people together.
  • If we spent $25,000 on building a city club (like in Portland, Tacoma or Eugene) that would go a lot further in building democracy here than bringing in high priced talent for a "forum." Or maybe a something a little more active, like an English Civil Society group.
a year for a county of over 1.5 million people. I wonder what we could get for $25,000 is a city of just over $40,000. There is even a bill that has been introduced for this on the state level.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Mariners "phony right wing family values" and sports punks

I couldn't help but think artistdogboy was going a bit over the edge describing his reason why the Mariners suck:
One thing really bugs me about the Seattle Mariners. It’s not the bad trades; bad draft choices, signing of washed up free agents, lack luster starting pitching, bullpen meltdowns, non-production of slugger Richie Sexson or retaining ineffective general managers.

It’s the phony rightwing family values image promoted by Mariner management that permeate every decision and move the club makes.

The annoying happy talk pre game code of conduct announcement you hear when you entering the ballpark is indicative of the problem.
Then again, this kind of makes sense:
What surprises me is most of the attendees at the park go along with it like the bunch of no nothing johnny come lately Seattle baseball fans that they are. They’re more interested, most of the time. in getting the god dam wave started then paying attention to what’s happen on the field of play.
Most of what he's getting at was pointed at strongly by Steven Wells earlier this summer.

We do need more sports punks in the United States. More people that take sports seriously not just as a consumer, but as a fan. Sports have fans, products have consumers.

I do agree that Mariners management is fine with fans sitting back, paying $17 for third level seats and way to much for beer. Eventually, I think we'll get to this step, but maybe first tackling what artistdogboy is talking about.

Walter Neary of Lakewood is still totally cool

If you live in Lakewood and ever have the chance to vote for Walter Neary, I'd suggest it. He turned on the comments on his blog, so you can chat with him if you want.

Here's his first post with comments enabled.

He also left this nice comment here earlier today:
Wow. You remember Cappy, the Capitol Lake monster. We had a lot of fun with that, although he/she never really succeeded as a tool of economic development. I'm not sure we ever did capture any tourists. Cappy was really meant to be an in-joke for people who have seen the lake drained. Really, I think newspapers need more personality if they want to survive.

We did see the Web page posted on several occult sites with Nessie, though, which I thought was a good early warning indicator of how gullible - or maybe the word is trusting - the Internet can be.

To be honest, I was waiting to turn on comments until I had more readers and then just sort of forgot about it. We have a couple people, one of them with a lengthy police record, who write A LOT - if you know what I mean - and I wanted to make sure others were there to put their comments in context.

People have not asked for comments, which might be a bad sign about reader interest. But what the heck. I'll turn 'em on later today and see what happens. You'll see a long screed I wrote last night after an odd council meeting so feel free to post later or to something more relevant to the spirit of Cappy.
So, to review: if you live in Lakewood, vote for Walter and at least chat with him on his nice blog.

Remembering Evergreen haters

That last post reminded me of folks that really really don't like Evergreen, like Hans Zeiger:
Legislators in Washington should offer two choices to Evergreen. Choice A: clean up your act and remain a state institution. Choice B: continue to exalt porn, piercing, and perversion—but lose the state funding status. If you ask me, I would prefer to see Evergreen privatized.

Some variation of the Evergreen story is going on at too many college and university campuses around the country. In a number of cases, taxpayers have been covering their tab without any compelling reason to do so for years. It's time for citizens to demand a major revolution in higher education funding that does away with the use of taxpayer money for moral relativism in its most disgusting forms.
Of course Evergreen's constant presence on best colleges lists and Zeiger's alma mater's lack of presence has more to do with the liberal media than anything else.

Stupid Evergreen State College question

I can be dense sometimes, so I have no idea whether this guy is serious. I hope not:
What is the deal with feminists...
...pronouncing the work harass like "hair-ess" and not "her-ass"? I mean, I thought it was just my mother and now I am watching a show on The Hertory Channel and I am confused.
From the wikipedia List of words of disputed pronunciation:
The debate is whether stress should occur on the first or second syllable. Most dictionaries list both pronunciations. AHD has this usage note: "Educated usage appears to be evenly divided on the pronunciation of harass. In a recent survey 50 percent of the Usage Panel preferred stressing the first syllable, while 50 percent preferred stressing the second. Curiously, the Panelists' comments appear to indicate that each side regards itself as an embattled minority." Even as early as K&K (published 1953) it was noted that the newer pronunciation (1) "appears to be on the increase". According to LPD, (2) is the traditional educated and RP pronunciation, with (1) being introduced to Britain from America in the 1970s (see Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em); a poll among British speakers cited in LPD revealed 68% for (2) against 32% for (1).
So, obviously this guy would prefer the new version of harass, but is surrounded by women that prefer the older, British version.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Public transporting: Ocean Shores to downtown Seattle

You're in Ocean Shores on a Monday morning, its just after 8:30 in the morning and you're going to Seattle.

The 50 Bus of Grays Harbor Transite picks you up at 8:35 a.m. and takes you into Aberdeen.

You get into Aberdeen about an hour later and then wait for the bus into Olympia, which leaves at about 11:00. The Aberdeen Library opens at about 10:30 on Monday, so you can get a quick visit there. Pick up a book or something.

You get into Olympia at 1:00 in the afternoon. You can drop off your book from the Aberdeen library at the Olympia Library and then catch the express to Tacoma at 1:30 at the Olympia transit center.

The Olympia Express gets into Tacoma at 10th and Commerce at 2:40 p.m. Quick turn around in the City of Destiny, so you get on a 2:45 bus into Seattle which drops you off at almost 4 p.m. on the north side of downtown Seattle.

Overall seven hours over three different transportation agencies. Eventually I'll get down to calculating the cost of this trip.

This is my first time doing this sort of thing, so I think there were some kinks in the system. I'm pretty sure I could have saved some time

I'm somewhat curious about how the various schedules of local public transport agencies can work to get you from one place to another in Washington. Specifically I was inspired by the first chapter in Archie Binns' The Roaring Land, and I'll explain that later.

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Why is Fred Finn running for the state legislature in the 35th LD?

Oh, so glad you asked:
It is now time to bring to bear the experience I have gained in government, nonprofit, military and business, for the benefit of all the citizens of the 35th District. I hope to ensure for the next generation the educational and health care opportunities I have had, to safeguard the precious environment that brought us here and to promote a business climate that provides family wage jobs so that all our children and grandchildren may enjoy this wonderful place.
Read the entire thing, its pretty good. Also at the blog of the 35th LD, read about the man he hopes to replace, Bill Eickmeyer.

26.5 percent of state employees would vote for a Republican in 2008

Man Who Runs With Wolves posted up awhile back (forgot to pass it on) about the first Washington Federation of State Employees' presidential survey.

Not surprising is Obama, Clinton and Edwards leading the way. But, just after Kusinich at over 8 percent, all of the Republicans begin to fall into line.

All told, 26.5 percent of WFSE members would vote for a Republican.

How the Huskies are different from the Sonics (or how professional sports should be)

There are two discussions going on in Washington about building new sports facilities.

One, we've all pretty much heard about. The out-of-town owners of the Sonics have asked for $300 million of public money for a new $400 million arena outside of downtown Seattle. Seems like an impossible request, so now they're working on packing up the team to some other location.

The other, we've just now started hearing about it, and unless you pay very close attention, you probably won't. The University of Washington athletic department is starting the drum beat for major renovations of Husky Stadium. The cost may rise to around $600 million.

Here's the irony of the situation. In no way imaginable are the Sonics a public entity, yet they were seeking mostly public money for their venture. The Husky football team can only be considered part of a public entity, yet I'd expect that the renovation of Husky Stadium will be mostly funded through private donations.

While the conversation on funding is only getting started for Husky Stadium, the one list of possible funding sources includes:
Officials aren't ruling out any method of fundraising, including premium seating, ticket surcharges and possibly even selling corporate naming rights to the stadium.
I've also heard the term "passing the hat." Even though the University of Washington is a public entity, what you aren't seeing is an automitic expectation of a request for public funds.

The difference being is that the Huskies have hundreds of well-off boosters who under the right circumstances would be willing to donate money to the cause. While the Sonics would need to find investors, people who'd want a return on their money, to find private money for an arena, the Huskies just need people who are willing to donate, the only expectation is winning.

There are answers though:
Sports Stadium Madness: Why It Started, How to Stop It
Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust: Funding and Investment
...supporter involvement in clubs is good for clubs as well as fans.