Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Jul 17 Goldy commented on Endorsements for the August Primary Election!.
@134 Were I still here, and on the losing side of that vote, I would've been just as harsh on my colleagues right here on Slog as I am over at HA. In fact, probably harsher. I always publicly voiced my dissent when I disagreed with the SECB majority.
Jul 16 Goldy commented on Referendum on the $15 Minimum Wage Will Not Go to the Ballot This Year.
@47 I don't think you're as in touch with E. Washington as you think you are. The last time a minimum wage was on the state ballot, in 1998, it passed in all 39 counties, and by by a 2-to-1 margin statewide. In 2008, Dino Rossi's support for weakening the minimum wage sparked a decisive shift in favor of Chris Gregoire. Polls consistently show that a comfortable majority of Washington voters support raising the state minimum wage.

Yes, a statewide initiative that say, raised the state minimum wage to $12.50 while preempting municipal minimum wage laws might pass. But it's hard to see the restaurant and retail industry getting behind that. And don't really expect an anti-minimum wage initiative to get traction on its own.
Jul 15 Goldy commented on Referendum on the $15 Minimum Wage Will Not Go to the Ballot This Year.
@6 Come to Drinking Liberally tonight, Anna, and I'll make it up to you by buying you drink. Paul will be there. Come hang out with the cool kids.
Jul 15 Goldy commented on Referendum on the $15 Minimum Wage Will Not Go to the Ballot This Year.
@3 That is an awful thing to say. If you had an ounce of compassion you'd encourage collectivism_sucks to wait a few years to hang himself, until the $15 minimum wage is fully implemented.
Jul 15 Goldy commented on Referendum on the $15 Minimum Wage Will Not Go to the Ballot This Year.
Hey, Anna, remember when Slog used to be the outlet with honor of always being the first one to call these things, like when it called the 2012 governor's race for Inslee on election night, while most other outlets waited a week? What changed?
Jul 14 Goldy commented on The Numbers Look Bad for the Group Trying to Undo the $15 Minimum Wage.
I've got the latest numbers from today's batch and this thing is over. At the very least, Forward Seattle would need a 91.5 percent validation rate on the remaining signatures, and possibly higher.

Trust me. I've been tracking these things for years. There will be no $15 minimum wage referendum on the November ballot.
Jul 7 Goldy commented on Timothy Egan's Independents Daze.
@19 That's entirely the point. Take for example Yakima, which is 41 percent hispanic, and yet has never elected a hispanic to its at-large city council. Ranked choice voting would assure that the council more accurately reflects the electorate than the current system in which a bare majority of white voters assure that the council is entirely white.
Jul 5 Goldy commented on Timothy Egan's Independents Daze.
@9 Odd, after reading your comment I re-read my post, and was surprised to find that I did not propose doing away with the states or the senate. I proposed proportional representation for the house, eliminating the electoral college, standardized voting laws, and imposing real campaign finance and disclosure reforms.

I did mention that the senate was antiquated (because it is), as a means of pointing out that Democrats are at a permanent electoral disadvantage in the body due to the vast overrepresentation of rural voters. That Democrats ever win the senate is a miracle. But I didn't propose an alternative because that would be unfathomable outside a constitutional convention.
May 26 Goldy commented on Festival Virgin, Part Three.
@10 Sure HA can get too serious and politicky. But trust me, you don't want me to start covering music.

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