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Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Morning News

Posted by on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Charles McCray III didn't write this.

I'd like to echo Rob's thanks to The Stranger for giving us this opportunity. As I've mentioned before, sometimes it's hard to get the news media interested in actual news.

While I admit I never imagined my media criticism would result in an invitation to us to blog here, the McKenna campaign is pleased to be able to speak directly—and without interference—to you, The Stranger's readers. Here are the news stories Rob is reading closely today:

T-Mobile deal: This merger isn't just good for Bellevue, where T-Mobile is based. It's good for consumers throughout Washington and an example of what can happen when we free up business leaders to make decisions unencumbered by too much government regulation and red tape.

Marijuana debate: We wish Republican Michael Baumgartner the best of luck in his race against Senator Maria Cantwell, but we strongly disagree with his decision to the back this fall's marijuana legalization initiative. As Rob has pointed out, this is not a state's rights issue. It's a federal issue.

Gun violence: It's too early to know for sure what was behind this morning's fatal shooting in south Seattle, but it's a reminder to us all that we need to do more to combat violence in our communities—particularly gang violence. Rob has been a leader on this issue in Olympia, and as governor will push to see that his gang violence prevention bill is finally passed by the state legislature.

The public sector and business, working together: Jerry Large has a great column today about how private businesses and state universities can work together to benefit each other—and the economy of Washington State. Must read.

Congratulations to the Seattle Latino community! It's great to see your film festival expanded to a 10-day run. As you know if you watched Tuesday's debate in Yakima, which was organized by the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, Rob is the one candidate in this race who probably wouldn't need subtitles to enjoy all the great films this festival is offering.

The Seattle Times editorial board picks John Koster in the 1st CD: We agree. Good editorial, definitely worth a read with your morning coffee.

Denny Park, revitalized: This is wonderful to see, and something Seattle's founders would no doubt be pleased to learn of if they were around today. It's also an example of something Rob talks about: When government (Seattle's city government in this case) helps businesses do what they do best, everyone benefits. Because without government sensitivity to the needs of companies like Amazon and others who are turning that neighborhood around, there would be no "boom in South Lake Union," and without a boom in South Lake Union there would be no "renaissance" for Denny Park.

Go Mariners: No matter what the sports writers say, Rob's still a fan and wishes them even greater progress in the future.

Oh, and I'm told you usually end these with a video. So here's Rob on Hispanic Heritage month and "Latinos con McKenna":


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Ziggity 1
Hear that gangs? Olympia's coming for you!
Posted by Ziggity on October 4, 2012 at 8:53 AM · Report this
Paul Constant 2
Frankly, I'm a little shocked there's nothing about the debates here, since it's pretty much unanimous in the media that Romney "won," as much as any candidate can win a debate. (Remember, Gore and Kerry both won debates against Bush.) Are you that scared of getting tied to Romney that even his name is poison?
Posted by Paul Constant http:// on October 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM · Report this
So how did you all decide who got the various McKenna campaign roles/personas?

(sorry if this shows up twice - Safari doesn't like the McKenna photo and crashed)
Posted by StuckInUtah on October 4, 2012 at 8:57 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 4
@ 2, I thought Gore lost the debate when he came out from behind his podium and Bush gave him a quick nod. Just another awkward moment for Al.
Posted by Matt from Denver on October 4, 2012 at 9:01 AM · Report this
Well fuck. As if the day isn't depressing enough (glorious weather not withstanding) I'm supposed to put up with this shit all day long?
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on October 4, 2012 at 9:05 AM · Report this
Today's slog is so boring.
Posted by wxPDX on October 4, 2012 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Reading in other comment threads that this is fake. If so, I have to agree with @40 in this thread:

If it is a joke then the joke is not funny enough.
And it is going on for way too long.
Posted by I Got Nuthin' on October 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM · Report this
I'm as up for dogging McKenna for refusing to interact with SLOG as you are, but this isn't an especially effective or inventive way to go about it.
Posted by gator bait on October 4, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Odd he doesn't mention tmobile only exist due to government regulation of the 'free market'
Posted by TheStreets on October 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
Will this morning never end?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 4, 2012 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Shit. The entire rest of the national media has been handed over to Team Romney this morning. Why not give the Slog to our own local loser. Great satire.
Posted by mayberrymachiavelli on October 4, 2012 at 9:15 AM · Report this
chimsquared 12
Dear Stranger: Please don't tell KEXP about this tactic. If I had to listen to this blather during their fund drive I'd gladly empty my fucking wallet to make it stop. Love, Chim.
Posted by chimsquared on October 4, 2012 at 9:21 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 13

ONLY Miss Hathaway all day??!? Fuck this, I'm off to The Liberal Gun Club Forum or Firedoglake.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on October 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM · Report this
Hey McKenna keep your bigoted anti-gay marriage bullshit off of Slog. Go fuck yourself; I look forward to you losing.

Smoke weed every day.
Posted by Swearengen on October 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 15
These are all Seattle Times stories. No other news org - all ST. Does McKenna only read the ST and nothing else? How homogenous. How boring. How uninspiring. Get out of your comfort zone, Chuck.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on October 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
SPG 16
This is a great way to break people of the habit of checking in on Slog.
If it's a joke, it's not funny. If it's real, then it's really annoying.
Posted by SPG on October 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
As a Hispanic, I have always disliked the "Tandering" that political candidates on both sides do on Hispanics, speaking broken Spanish as if they had any idea what they're saying.
Posted by BrownBear on October 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM · Report this
I'm completely confused on how the T-Mobile deal can be because of less government regulation? If there was no regulation T-Mobile would already be a part of AT&T. If there was no regulation neither T-Mobile or MetroPCS would have the wireless spectrum in their possession that this deal is all about.
Posted by arbeck on October 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM · Report this
WTF is this shit?? Go away.
Also, what 14 said.
Posted by Vitriolforbreakfast on October 4, 2012 at 9:43 AM · Report this
Original Andrew 20
Anything you agree with is a states rights issue.

Anything you disagree with is a federal issue (gay rights, mj legalization).

Got it.
Posted by Original Andrew on October 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Come on, can we get another post? What are you doing up there? It's been over an hour since you last posted something. Is this what we should expect in Olympia if you win the election?
Posted by kdb on October 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 22
What O. Andrew said. If something is in line with Republican fascist doctrines, it may be a states rights matter. If not, ban it federally, preferably with a Constitutional amendment. Fuck you with a rabies-encrusted rusty rake.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on October 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM · Report this
biffp 23
John Koster, are you fucking kidding me?
Posted by biffp on October 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
Lose-Lose 24
The Mariners?!?! No mention of Sounders/Timbers on Sunday?Totally fake, or at least out of touch.
Posted by Lose-Lose on October 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM · Report this
You are dealing with a very cranky audience today, McKenna and staff. A bad day for these shenanigans. After Obama's too polite performance last night we come here hoping for some news and snark to make us feel better. Instead of the national news we expect, we get WA news (many of us aren't even from your state) posted by a republican (A republican! Do republicans offer up their news outlets to democrats? NO. No, they don't.) So I'd like to hate you, Rob, but I don't. Instead I am really exasperated with SLOG. Yes, liberals and democrats should take the high road, reach across the aisle, fight respectfully, etc. But we don't need to just hand free advertising platforms over on a platter, for chrissake.
Posted by Marph on October 4, 2012 at 10:41 AM · Report this
bleedingheartlibertarian 26
this is not a state's rights issue. It's a federal issue.

Respectfully, Mr. McCray, this is bullshit.

The referendum is about the law of the State of Washington. Yes, should it pass, it will conflict with federal law....that is largely the point. If the feds wish to micromanage the drugs laws of the several states...let them do it themselves.

Otherwise, why should the State of Washington (or any state) bother to have a criminal code at all, if we are merely to be subservient to the federal criminal code? Let the feds enforce the laws, and let them pay for it.
Posted by bleedingheartlibertarian on October 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM · Report this
Way to troll the Mariners fans with a link to Geoff 'I hate the Mariners almost as much as my life' Baker. If you're ginba talk baseball, how about them A's?
Posted by CbytheSea on October 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 28
We want Big Bird!

Not the bird!
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
Confluence 29
She has the weirdest mouth movements.
Posted by Confluence on October 4, 2012 at 11:46 AM · Report this
thatsnotright 30
Rob, when I watch your videos I love the way you smile so naturally when the teleprompter says (smile). Gramciuous--gracias.

Posted by thatsnotright on October 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
"As Rob has pointed out, this is not a state's rights issue. It's a federal issue."

It must be parody, right? this can't be real? but it seems so real, it's like really real, realer than real. Did someone put acid on my door handles again? Because I can't tell what's real anymore. What's going on? My head feels funny. Please make it stop.
Posted by SpGNo on October 4, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 32
When do we get a SLOG post about the Sounders on Sunday and the glorious playoff?
Posted by Will in Seattle on October 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM · Report this
femwanderluster 33
So, according to you:
Marriage equality is a states issue.
Reproductive rights is a states issue.
Marijuana legalization is a federal issue.

What? That is so ass backwards. Marriage equality and reproductive rights are civil rights issues--human rights issues--which makes them FEDERAL issues.

I think marijuana should be legalized, but it's a plant, not a person. So while I think it should be federally legal, I'm more concerned with the above HUMAN rights concerns.

So much logic fail.
Posted by femwanderluster on October 4, 2012 at 12:49 PM · Report this
Knat 34
@33: That last line is the unofficial slogan of the GOP.
Posted by Knat on October 4, 2012 at 9:21 PM · Report this

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