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ITEM: A 17-year-old Bremerton man who admitted to slashing 42 government owned tires as a protest of the Iraq war was charged with a class B felony in Kitsap Superior Court. Jason C. Chavez, who told authorities he was a student at a Colorado college, was apprehended after he was seen slashing the tires of 13 vehicles one midnight in front of an Army recruiting center in Silverdale. He said he did it because he hated the military, the government and the war. If sent to Iraq, he said, he would kill everyone fighting on the American side. read more »

 

Would you believe that a state Department of Labor and Industries regulation that took effect June 18 requires that employees who work outside during hot weather be provided with shade canopies or tents that have air conditioners or misting stations? And that employers provide one quart of water per hour per worker and a positive signal informing workers when to take a drink? This “heat stress” regulation isn’t new. L&I proposed it last year but there was such a flap from employers that it wasn’t adopted. read more »

 

I figured Tim Eyman must have almost had a stroke recently when he found his right to launch initiatives defended by the biggest newspaper in the state, the Seattle Times.

Not so. Actually, he told me, editorial writers in the state’s newspapers have been very good about resisting efforts in and out of the Legislature to repeal or cripple the initiative process. Even when the initiative under attack is not endorsed by them. read more »

 

President Carter called it malaise and became a one termer when Ronald Reagan promised the people the dawning of a morning in America instead, but I think it’s the right word for the mood of the populace today, malaise meaning a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being.

And while the Iraqi war is at the top of the list of frustrations, it isn’t the only problem.

The following letter from Richard E. Ryan of Port Angeles is typical of the mail I’ve been receiving. read more »

 

Presumably, your life, liberty and property are once again safe since the Legislature is no longer in session, but don’t bank on it.

With a $2 billion surplus, Democrats firmly in control of both houses and a Democratic govemor who has sworn fealty to the ever-greedy labor unions, there was no question but that they would go on a spending spree. They did, in fact, spend $4 billion more this time than for the last biennium. On what? read more »

 

One of the first things I learned when I started writing politics in 1961 was that naming federal prosecutors is part of the political patronage that goes with being elected president. Those are political plum jobs like postmasters and liquor store managers. Every lawyer who got a federal prosecutorial appointment knew that while he had a four-year term, he served at the pleasure of the president and could be let go at any time without being given a reason. read more »

 

The war between the taxed and the taxers has begun.

Tim Eyman, who led the initiative drives that gave us $30 car tabs and limited property taxes, no sooner filed his Taxpayer Protection Initiative of 2007, making it tougher to raise taxes, then the Legislature struck back with a bill banning payment of signature gatherers per name for initiatives and referendums.

Both propositions are just out of the starting gate, of course. read more »

 

Will wonders never cease? Can it possibly be true in this blue blue state out here on the Left Coast that most of the daily newspapers have forsaken their endorsement of all things Gregoire to proclaim that Queen Christine’s proposed budget for 2007-2009 is too high?

That’s what Jason Mercier of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation says anyway. He’s the budget analyst for the EFF, which is run by my old friend Bob Williams, onetime finance wizard for the House Republicans when he was a state rep in the 1980s. read more »

 

I’m sorry I had to miss former Gov. John Spellman’s 80th birthday party in Seattle, but I spent a nostalgic few hours scanning columns I’ve written about him — over 100 of them.

I’ve known him since he was the first King County Executive in 1969, eager to move up to governor but forced to wait in the wings while fellow Republican Dan Evans agonized whether to go for a third term, and then for a fourth.

Back in those days, Spellman was a tweedy-looking character with an ever-present pipe. read more »

 
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