commented on Kshama Sawant Takes the Lead!
I'm not gloating. It's nice that a socialist won an election, or at least it's nice to think that she'll be a strong progressive. But I'm not that unhappy with Conlin. He didn't do such a bad job. He thoroughly ticked me off ramming down the tunnel, and maybe he didn't work well enough with McGinn. But he was good on density, which is a pet issue of mine. If an establishment council member was going to get challenge, I wish it would have been someone else.
But on the other hand, I miss Judy Nicastro, Heidi Wills, and (yes) Peter Steinbrueck. (He was pretty awesome as a councilmember.) If Sawant can bring a little of that back - hell, if she can do something about affordable housing - then I'll be cool with this.
Plus, it feels awesome to be the city with the elected Socialist.
commented on Sawant Says She Could Still Win
Yo, the time stamps on these recent reader responses (or whatever you call them) are way out of whack. 11:31 a.m., 9:42 a.m....
@46 Bless you and your friends, and bless the city that has accessible drop boxes all over the place (that's what it sounds like) and goes out of its way to make sure citizens can vote almost 'til the last minute. May it never change.
Chef Joe's trying hard, poor guy. He must be sweating bullets.
I wasn't as crazy about the Conlin-Sawant race. I've long thought America could use a little more socialism and redistribution of wealth back to the middle and lower classes, though. I just hope she doesn't disappoint me. I really don't know what to expect from her.
(And notice how I write as if Conlin has already lost, something that's still very much in the air.)
What I really wanted was for McGinn and Proposition 1 in SeaTac and public financing in Seattle to win, and it looks like I'm going to lose all three of them. And I-522 would have been nice. Oh, well. It's an off-year election, you know? And none of the young people that I've talked to voted. At least the idea of $15 minimum wage has been firmly planted.
commented on Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Filed in Idaho
Take it to the lion's den! Man, it's one thing to organize for gay rights in Washington or California, but in Idaho? Home of the psychopathic rednecks? Man, I would love this.