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Jul 22 raku commented on Don't Listen to the SECB—Vote for Jess Spear.
32- Here is an article about Jess Spear's background as a scientist. She has worked on socialist projects including Kshama Sawant's campaign, $15 Now, and campaigning for science funding. Why would she work on civic projects for other political parties?

In comparison, before Frank Chopp was elected to the state house, he worked in HR and as an administrator for nonprofits.…
Jul 22 raku commented on Don't Listen to the SECB—Vote for Jess Spear.
Here are the members of the endorsement board not listed here: Christopher Frizzelle, Dominic Holden, Anna Minard, Eli Sanders, Tim Keck (who isn't a staffer, he's the anti-$15 minimum wage owner who makes his money selling ads).

The house of representatives isn't getting "steamrolled" by anyone but Frank Chopp. The house is under complete control by the democrats -- 55 democrats to 43 republicans.

Many democrats have been extremely frustrated with Chopp for blocking any and all remotely progressive measures. Another pot example -- he blocked decriminalization (not even legalization) of marijuana for years even though it was extremely popular. He's not just to the right of states like Oregon and California, he's to the right of Maryland, Ohio, Nebraska, and Mississippi -- other states that decriminalized marijuana.
Jul 19 raku commented on Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Threatened Challenge from Alison Holcomb.
#19: My point is that businesses like Witness have an obscene amount of money flowing in and out and have no positive social value. It's rich people selling rich things to other rich people, and if you design that business to fail if you can't keep your workers as poor as possible, it is not surprising or a loss to society if it fails.

Also, sorry, I was not sober at the time and it was not my best Slog comment.
Jul 19 raku commented on The Saturday Morning News.
Jess Spear was at the rally downtown today in support of Palestine & peace. Frank Chopp was presumably having a power lunch with some business donors (who knows).
Jul 19 raku commented on Council Member Kshama Sawant Responds to Threatened Challenge from Alison Holcomb.
Business hint #1-- if you sell nothing but $12 cocktails and ridiculous meat dishes, it's not the minimum wage's fault you're shortly going out of business.

Business hint #2-- If one drink for one person is more expensive than you're willing to pay for an hour of your worker's time, you're immoral and a terrible businessperson. Not Kshama Sawant's fault.
Jul 18 raku commented on I'm Voting for Jess Spear, No Matter How Bad Her Signs Are.
She's left wing and will be the only left wing representative in the state house. What more do you want? She will likely pass no laws as the only progressive out of 98 house members, but will bring up progressive issues and concerns. She might be able to influence something. And guess what? If we hire another left-wing representative, then we'll have two! Then three!

That's a lot better than Frank Chopp only passing regressive center-right laws and blocking all progressive left-wing legislation.
Jul 16 raku commented on Endorsements for the August Primary Election!.
Fnarf: I agree that really awful, tea party-like legislation has been coming out of the state house for 10+ years. Note that Frank Chopp been house speaker for 12 years. Rural tea partiers do not control the state house. Frank Chopp and his party literally control the state house by a large majority. The awful, conservative legislation they prioritize is literally, specifically, his doing.

Good copy/paste of Frank Chopp's "accomplishments" page. Note nearly everything he's taking credit for which is marginally progressive -- except for Obamacare, which he's incredibly taking credit for -- was done in the 70's or 80's, or even earlier.

I guess decades before Frank Chopp was first elected, he was slightly progressive. I'll concede I wasn't following his career when he was in middle school or later on when he was working in HR somewhere. I'm sure he's counting on people being unable to check his teenage accomplishments.

His later "accomplishments" -- "Not opting out of Medicaid expansion" does not count as progressive or an accomplishment. "Implementing Solid Ground's Home Care Program" does not count as progressive or an accomplishment when he literally closed it completely down and fired 100+ home care workers five years ago.
Jul 16 raku commented on Endorsements for the August Primary Election!.
94: About Jess Spear being a chanting, dumb, hysterical woman who will move the elected body to the right -- you said the exact shit about Kshama Sawant, and you were absolutely wrong, as is typical.

Frank Chopp is absolutely right-wing by Seattle, urban American city, and global standards. We're not talking rural white American standards.

Saying you'll work for "basic education" and "the environment" is not left-wing. That's what everyone who isn't a far-right rural tea partier says.

What "accomplishments" do you find progressive from Frank Chopp? Do you have one, besides not eliminating the ENTIRE state government?

How about some examples of his accomplishments? He tried to eliminate east link to add another deep bore tunnel in Montlake. He tried to replace the viaduct with a giant 50% wider double-decker freeway. He personally delayed the Homeowners Bill of Rights for years. He killed tying climate change considerations to the growth act. He refused to allow WA state to EVER decriminalize marijuana even though it was wildly popular and would have easily passed -- fucking Nebraska and Ohio passed decriminalization. He just passed on the $12 state minimum wage. He loves unending billions of tax dollars on corporate tax breaks.
Jul 16 raku commented on Endorsements for the August Primary Election!.
Does anyone know a good local endorsement list to send to friends and use for downballot elections, now that The Stranger swung to the right?
Jul 16 raku commented on Endorsements for the August Primary Election!.
That's because Spear, who sees Sawant's success on the nine-member Seattle City Council as her model for success in Olympia, seems to believe that electing just one socialist from one Seattle district to the 98-member state House will suddenly cause the rest of the House members to march behind her

What a ridiculous argument. This is some bizarre Seattle Times nonsense logic -- one left-winger won't accomplish everything, so you prefer zero left-wing representatives. Are you seriously satisfied with only far-right and center-right representatives in state government?

It seems pretty clear that Tim Keck is having more and more influence on The Stranger's journalism and editorials. His job is as an ad salesman, and he's proven to be a conservative -- why the hell is he on the endorsements board? (Except to know who to fire if someone steps out of line, of course.)

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