May 8, 2014
commented on Mayor Murray Tells State Senator Jamie Pedersen That Seattle Can't Have a Metro-funding "Plan C" and Universal Pre-School
1) we tried the VLF-for-roads-and-transit thing in Seattle and failed, and while this one passed in-city it's still tainted by that past failure and lack of vocal institutional support at the time (ahem, Olympia) so it would be a hard push even with prop 1 getting a nod in the city limits
2) taking back the senate is not looking too good. And even if, they squandered past majorities seeking out mushy halfway fixes like lumping it in with nickel taxes. The Olympia mindset even tainted sound transit by pressing the failed Olympia-pushed Roads and Transit. Legislators' inability to support transit-specific funding (a proven winner, see ST2.1 and MTN versus Streets For All and Prop 1) makes this a cop-out
Plus, if they stonewall activists seeking support and compromise while using children as human shields then what makes you think they're acting in good faith or capable of working on lasting transit funding?
Apr 30, 2014
commented on The Type of Police Reform I Want to See
My witheringly low opinion of you sinks lower each day.
Word to the wise, Ed: you're already screwing up more than Schell at this point and without a fraction of his achievements.
Apr 19, 2014
commented on Governor Inslee Is Weighing The Acceptable Cancer Rate Against Business Concerns
That 70 year exposure rate, when combined with extremely conservative fish consumption rates, sounds like local natives were not considered very well in this whole thing. Even a slight increase in allowable carcinogens would have a huge impact on local tribes when you consider fish consumption rates in their communities. If this is an acceptable or negligible risk to any policy then that policy is thoroughly racist.
Apr 14, 2014
commented on $15 Minimum Wage Movement Files Its Ballot Measure
@5: Houston pols strongly back a $15/hr wage and Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee and Al Green both came out in support of this wage AND the fast food protests. Their mayor (a lesbian) is closely aligned with social democrats (ie soft Marxists) and were it not for state law (which is not pragmatically pro-biz, but harshly conservative and also bans gay marriage, favors creation "science" in school and starves poor districts) the city would have implemented a higher wage years ago. You will also find similar lefty leanings in cities to the west and southwest like San Antonio, whose mayor is the son of a radical leftist Chicana activist.
You probably shouldn't move to Texas. They don't like know-nothing wannabes that can't even do research. Your smug and pouty flounce would entertain at the bars but you'll probably make a lot of enemies out of real Texas-born Texans, which Houston is full of.
Trust a Texan on this one.