Yeah, it's a copy of that.

Jul 30, 2013 roddy commented on Excuse Me While I Barf, Council Member Burgess.
The city spends over $60/resident for homeless housing. Just curious, but how much does, say, Mercer Island or Bellevue pay per resident?
Jul 25, 2013 roddy commented on Ed Murray's Big Fundraiser.
@12 As someone who founded the campaign for marriage last year I had access to the polling. It was by no means clear that Washington was ready to approve at the ballot box. Given that marriage had failed on the ballot over 30 times before, passing the bill incurred real, and significant risk for the movement if a referendum failed. It took a herculean effort to pull the coalition together, to set the campaign in motion and raise the $12+ million to pass it. Piss all you like on the effort, but as you piss on Murray's leadership in the effort, you splatter on the combined efforts of thousands who worked hard to make marriage equality a reality in Washington.
Jul 25, 2013 roddy commented on Bankrupt Detroit Approves $284 Million in Taxpayer Money Toward New NHL Arena.
Can I have taxpayer financing for my favorite sport, too? I'm an avid sailboat racer. Sailboat racing brings millions of dollars into the local economy and attracts participants from all walks of life. Can I get a taxpayer guaranteed loan for my next Spinnaker?
Jul 23, 2013 roddy commented on Why I'm Not Voting for Ed Murray.
If you take off your tin-foil hat long enough, you might have noticed that the incumbent mayor has managed to alienate nearly every possible ally along the way, including many of you at the Stranger. The only reason I can think of for you to continue to support him is that his vitriolic, bone-headed leadership style makes for good copy.

Blaming Murray for the dysfunctional Senate is like blaming Obama for the dysfunctional Congress. The real culprit for the Senate is Rodney Tom who mislead the voters of his district and his colleagues. Your blaming Murray just lets Tom off the hook.

I must say I'm personally offended at your assertion that Washington merely rode atop a national wave of marriage equality. As a founder of the collation, I can tell you first hand that if it wasn't for Murray's leadership the campaign for marriage would never have been formed. You only need to look south to Oregon and California to see the contrast. No marriage equality down there. The difference? They didn't have someone like Ed Murray to build the coalitions, either amongst their stake holders or within their legislative bodies. True, he didn't do it alone. But it took leadership to put it together. Ed's leadership. The marriage coalition included faith communities (including Catholics!), labor, businesses, and even many Republicans. Waves don't just happen. Waves are built. Do you really think a Mike McGinn could have pulled together that many supporters from all walks of life for something as game-changing as marriage equality?

So, throw all the hissy fits you like. Murray's leadership ability is real. The city faces many challenges and it will take a leader that knows the meaning of governing majority and building coalitions to get things done.

Lastly, Murray has never shown any interest in DC. To suggest that is grossly mischaracterization. But, apparently, you know mischaracterizations.
Jul 13, 2013 roddy commented on Seattle Times Endorses Ed Murray.
@32 I'm an unabashed and avid supporter of Murray, but I don't work for the campaign, for what it is worth. I will admit to being part of the establishment--the part of the establishment that founded the campaign for marriage.
Jul 13, 2013 roddy commented on Seattle Times Endorses Ed Murray.
I don't think it's a strange argument. McGinn has behaved somewhat like GW Bush: you're either with us or you're against us. Thanks to our bodies of water, Seattle is more insular than other cities, but the fact remains, we are part of a regional ecosystem. What we do affects our neighbors, and vice versa. We can't expect to move forward as a region without leadership that respects that basic fact. McGinn has been great a proposing x, y, or z. But leadership is about bringing people along, not throwing out ideas. Murray has a track record of working ideas along, building support, and then pushing hard for passage with a strong constituency--and then leveraging that success to the next one.

The Times is often wrong, but sometimes they are right. They endorsed Obama, too, you know.
Jul 11, 2013 roddy commented on "One Microsoft All the Time".
One Code to rule them all, One Code to find them,
One Code to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Redmond where the Shadows lie.
Jul 10, 2013 roddy commented on McGinn Launches Second TV Ad, Touts Support for Libraries.
Remember when the mayor of Seattle publicly called the sitting governor untrustworthy? Good times!

I know that in the storied halls of the Stranger, McGinn's style or inability to form a governing coalition doesn't matter--only his vaunted policies do. But, should anyone really be surprised when Olympia shits all over Seattle when their sitting mayor publicly calls their sitting governor, and likely his ally on any number of issues, untrustworthy?

I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss the Mayor's interpersonal liabilities as non-substantive.

Here are a few stories that underscore the problem:

Remember when the mayor called the gover…

Remember when the mayor called the gover…

Remember McGinn's first seawall proposal…

Remember the mayor and the city attorney…

Remember when he fucked up 520 negotiati…

Oh, and then there's this (via Wikipedia):

"A poll published by EMC Research in June 2011 showed a job approval rating of 33% and a disapproval rating of 65% in March. The same poll conducted in June showed a job approval of 23% and a disapproval of 73%.[91][92] A SurveyUSA poll released on February 21, 2012, showed 33% approve, 50% disapprove, and 18% unsure.[93]"
Jun 13, 2013 roddy commented on Ed Murray Wins Endorsement from Surprisingly Uncontentious 34th LD Dems.
Can anyone really be surprised? The 34th would have been most affected by McGinn's Surface/Transit option. I suspect West Seattle and Vashon found it wanting. McGinn's supporters (@5?) might think the grapes sour, but Murray's are enjoying the sweetness.
May 9, 2013 roddy commented on No Taxation Without Representation: NYC May Soon Give Lawful Noncitizen Residents the Vote.
Josh Marshall thinks this is, on the whole, a bad idea. Citizenship should mean something, distinct from residency or taxing status. Otherwise, what's the point of it?…

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