Dec 2, 2015
commented on Timeline: Bertha's Two-Year Nightmare Before Christmas
Yeah, I'm bummed at how quickly this publication has gone downhill. When I first moved to Seattle 10+ years ago, I really enjoyed reading it. In the past few years, starting right around McGinn's first run for mayor, everything started to go to shit. Their "reporting" on Bertha is one of the biggest examples of how this once relevant paper has slid into terminal decline. Never mind the rapid fire departure of most of their top talent.
The Stranger is into advocacy journalism. I get that, even if it's not my preferred style. But if you want to be taken seriously, you need to take the time and money to really dig into the relevant issues. Keck is a cheapass and has apparently decided he'd rather make money being the Fox News of the left wing.
Oct 26, 2015
commented on Why Does Equal Rights Washington Want Seattle's LGBT Community to Vote for Pamela Banks?
So, in supporting this contention that Sawant has done "great work" for the LGBT community, you point to a town hall meeting and... well, the minimum wage thing. Because you've always gotta mention that one, no matter how tenuous the connection. Right?
She hasn't done shit for the LGBT community. And since she's not interested in reaching out to anybody who isn't already up her ass, that won't change.
Oct 26, 2015
commented on Here's Why Equal Rights Washington Says It Endorsed Pamela Banks Over Kshama Sawant
People seeking to dismiss the gravity of this endorsement are missing the point. Sawant already has a bit of an image problem when it comes to being out of touch with her constituents. And believe it or not, there are still plenty of gays on the hill. She should've taken the time to listen to their largest political action committee.
Minimum wage is awesome - well done there. But that's a citywide thing that was settled before she was elected the first time around. What about transit issues and the trolley? What about nightlife related crime issues? Rent control is awesome, but that's a macro issue that impacts the entire city. Likewise with municipal broadband. She just can't be bothered when it comes to local issues that don't dovetail perfectly with the image she's seeking to craft.
Realistically, she should be running for an at large position because that's the level her issues are at. But she opportunistically runs for the hill because she knows we're the only place where she has a shot at getting elected. This is pretty shitty of her.