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Jul 22, 2014 OUTspoken commented on Don't Listen to the SECB—Vote for Jess Spear.
Frank Chopp is the most powerful progressive voice in the state. He's our liberal lion. It would be a detriment to our progressive agenda to replace him.

The state Legislature isn't anything like the City Council. You can't elect a single socialist with all of their fiery messaging and expect it to get anywhere. Kshama was able to work her magic because she was in *Seattle* and on a council with eight other democrats. The Legislature operates on building votes, on strategy, on crossing the aisle, and on not alienating voters or other legislatures. Jess Spear has shown she has no comprehension of that work, when she says she won't just wait for some "magical number" of votes to get something passed. Did she skip Civics 101?

That these writers called Frank a lazy incumbent shows how out of touch they are with the workings of state politics--laughably so. He is one of the hardest working elected officials in our state, and it's only because of him that many social programs survived the recession.

It's also a joke to imply in any way that our regressive tax structure was developed under his leadership. Our tax structure is so regressive in part because it's 100 years old. It's creaky and out of date. But don't pin that on Chopp.

Jul 15, 2014 OUTspoken commented on Who Should Win: Democratic House Speaker Frank Chopp or Socialist Challenger Jess Spear?.
If Jess Spear was honestly trying to move a progressive agenda forward, she wouldn't be running against one of the most progressive and powerful voices in the state. Frank Chopp is everything we could ask for--he leads the fight against poverty, he's an ally to queer folks, he's great on labor and the environment. And most of all, he helps leads Democrats in the House to victory year after year. Jess isn't concerned about advancing a progressive agenda, she's concerned about getting more socialists elected, and she knows this is the only district where she'd have a chance. But she's out of bounds in portraying Frank as anything other than our liberal lion. Go get 'em Frank!
Nov 11, 2013 OUTspoken commented on Debunking Richard "I'm Such a Victim" Conlin.
They can't like that gave him "a nice, fair shot" There's not a politician in the state they would have endorsed over Kshama. Not one. She's been their dream candidate for as long as she's been running. They endorsed her over Jamie Pedersen and Frank Chopp. Conlin never stood a chance and they know it.

This isn't about Conlin. He just got in between Kshama and her shot at office.
Nov 11, 2013 OUTspoken commented on Debunking Richard "I'm Such a Victim" Conlin.
You all spent the entire election season ripping Conlin apart. Then when Conlin says you influenced votes, you scoff and say he's playing a victim, while pointing to a nice article you wrote about him *four* years ago. Give me a break.
Aug 23, 2013 OUTspoken commented on A Mad Lib-Type Situation.
#1 wins. Contest over
Nov 29, 2012 OUTspoken commented on SL Letter of the Day: Having Regrets.
Dan, you've received some pretty severe criticism in the past for using the word "shemale." I'm thinking of the glitterbombing incident last year. You said you used the word was in the context of reading the question, and then to correct the question-asker and suggest a better word. But this letter writer didn't bring up the word shemale, you did. Could you explain why, when so many people find the word to be grossly offensive?
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