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Seriously, if you're going to condemn public behavior, you might want to make sure you don't have a rap sheet.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for pieces such as this one. It is so important voters--young and old alike-- know what is going on in local politics. I am pleased you are our messenger.
One night, getting ready to read the news, Susan couldn't get her earpiece to work. She said to the sound engineer, "all I hear is hissing, like an air hose.". Her co-anchor said, under his breath, "That's where she gets her refills".
Though, it is true that a good number of us king county voters know who she is and what she stands for, there are tons of uinformed voters who see her as a friendly media tv face. Thanks again for this informative piece. They have eastern Washington and now they want a piece of king county. Hell no! Vote Dow all the way!
you don't tolerate us so screw you.
Your reporter’s hair is on fire! Here’s what we could do with voices that are counter to King County’s single-party system. Don’t be a freaked-out fear-biter. Listen to her points (harder than bashing a caricature) and engage her in dialogue. Just a thought.
Also, someone should let SeattleAl know that there is no such thing as a non-partisan office or, party affiliation aside, if you advocate or sympathize with an evangelical Christian causes you will have a very hard time getting elected to any position in King county. This is provided you aren't able to shroud your ideological baggage in the anonymity of non-partisanship. Kudos to the Stranger for not letting these fundamentalist assholes hide. I am sure there are plenty of well intentioned and socially palatable bible-thumpers out there, but that doesn't mean I ever want them in a position of power at any level of government, especially not in my hometown.
Sneakiness is shameful no matter what and Hutchison is more concerned with power and oppressive, non-sense politics than doing what the majority of Seattle wants.
Up till now, I only knew of her as a TV newsreader. I know almost nothing else about her.
If she wants to own up to being a Republican, fine. I have no problem with an honest Republican trying to run for KC Council. But I really hate it when someone pretends to be middle-of-the-road, non-partisan, when they are in fact strongly partisan.
I would feel the same way about someone from the far looney-left pretending to be a middle-of-the-road non-partisan.
EXCEPT FOR WHAT YOU LEFT OUT. Based on your page count and my own experience, most people who pick up The Stranger do so for your great coverage of Arts & Culture. Your cultural and arts coverage is often outstanding - there is seldom a month that goes by that I don't go to something amazing that I'd otherwise never hear of.
But this article is WAY short of that standard. You didn't even cover the BASICS.
I find it astonishing that you can trash Hutchison for being a Republican... and yet not manage to point out that she is the CHAIR of a local cultural institution you devote a fair amount of coverage to!
Or, since you had so much fun trashing her for her views on science... how about mentioning her work in support of The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Seattle Public Schools' Inquiry Science Program.
How did I learn about these things? It's called Google.
If you were the kind of reporter that did more than rewrite a press release from Larry Phillips, I'd suggest giving it a try.
OR - HERE'S AN IDEA - maybe they should give the next assignment like this to one of your folks from the Art, Music or Poetry sections!
They at least would care enough to spend 5 minutes on the internet doing a little research before rewriting some campaign flack's hit piece.
Anyway, she grabbed a machine next to mine and started to load her laundry. Meanwhile, I had a stack of 4 quarters on my machine ready to start my next load. I bent down or turned around- I don't remember which- but when I came back to get my quarters, they were gone.
I think I was robbed by Susan Hutchinson. How about that?
Boy----JUST when we thought we were safe.......
Unfortunately, the messenger has absolutely no credibility outside the Stranger inner circle. The fact that this article was written by Erica Barnett will likely result in a net gain of votes for Hutchison.
Please, please, please hand this one over Eli or Dominic.
What The Stranger needs to do is to stop applying a filter to whom people should consider for higher office that would make Lenin proud. Diversity of thought is not a crime in America, even in politics.
I don't have a problem with this move, as long as the credible information has an outlet. ECB just performed that task, that is called journalism. Yes, the Stranger is a liberal paper, and yes so are many of the readers and maybe that makes you angry? Why shouldn't this viewpoint have an outlet? I don't object to any conservative publications right to publish. This notion that journalism is ever neutral is absurd. I understand the intended notion behind that rigorous goal, but it really is unattainable. But good well-researched, accurate journalism can be philosophically transparent and still be competent no matter what that viewpoint is.
Finally, putting ones life in a public context always invites scrutiny. Mistakes made in this light are magnified. I think being forthcoming about this (ie- stealing...naughty Erica) is the only decent recourse. Don't you wish our politicians could emulate? Shoplifting is pretty lame but calling someone a thief at every turn makes you a dick. So stop being a dick.
Guess what, rightards. We don't LIKE you. We don't LIKE your policies. We don't LIKE your politics. And we don't LIKE your candidates.
Hutchison is just another right-wing piece of shit. We're going to beat her like a drum. And you're powerless to change that.
in which she sneered at "activist atheists"
C'mon ECB. Maybe it's time to grow up a bit and not write like a high school newspaper journalist. Just the fucking facts please. If you write a strong article the readers will get what your are saying. You don't need to constantly interject colored commentary. Your readers are not that fucking stupid.
Your shit is amateurish, yo.
They just spice it up with the hypocricy of believing they are open minded and fair.
Barnett is a tool bitch.
compare and contrast.
You're missing the entire point. It has nothing to do with tolerance, but disclosure of truth. If you want to be a Republican, why hide from it? As a moderate with no party affiliation (well, registered Dem due to our state's requirements), I find this news to be appalling.
Wow. Grow up, maybe?
Someone needs to do some research into the "intelligent design" movement.
Honestly, everyone who reads The Stranger is probably already informed. The biggest outreach has to be to the kind of people who don't pick up any paper, or at least not this one. The cover does that very well.
I also think one could draw a parallel to this piece and the right's labeling of Obama as a socialist.
And would everyone shut the fuck up about the wine thing already? If ECB runs for office, feel free to bring it up. If not, go to hell. I used to shoplift candy and donuts in high school. Doesn't prevent me from having an educated opinion on anything else.
In brief, ECB is a thief, and Hutchison is a Republican.
I'm glad that somebody drudged up Hutchinson's history. If they had not, some well-meaning moderates or even liberals might have taken her campaign at face value and voted for her, not knowing that they were promoting creationism and the like.
This article exemplifies what journalism exists for: Giving the people information that those in power would rather not have known.
Erica, want to go out for some wine?
even you gay boys have to agree...
And will you do an in-depth story about the goals of the candidates for bus service, jails, incorporation, land use, the environment, police funding and the chronic revenue shortfalls of county government?
"Only fanatics vote straight party line, and only idiots too lazy to research the issues vote for a candidate based on their party affiliation." It's true, if republicans weren't such open minded guardians of the democratic process lord knows we would blindly be voting for starting illegal wars, torturing people and suppressing civil rights for minorities.
The difference in King County now is that it is going to be harder to find out who those people are.
Of course they're the same. ID simply declines to specify a deity by name. The main ID textbook even included a botched search-and-replace artifact that made it clear that, after losing a court case, they simply went through the book changing instances of "creationists" to "intelligent design proponants" (the botched result read "cdesign proponantsists").
ID is simply Creationism with the serial numbers filed off.
Terry Parkhurst writes: What will matter to the people of unincorporated King County will be Ms. Hutchison's views on land use. Her views on so-called "intelligent design" and all that, will mean nothing; as indeed it should in a race that is officially non-partisan.
It's sensible to take a larger view and ask whether this is a person whose political career you want to help launch. It's also sensible to ask whether a creationist has the sort of ability to analyze data and make decisions that will make him or her a good executive.
Hutchinson is a Republican and I probably won't vote for her because of it. Unfortunately, that really makes me a lazy voter and an unengaged citizen. If I were living up to my responsibility, I really would read all I could about the decision making track records of candidates. I feel guilty that I don't make the time to do it but really, girl, as part of your job you should be a smarter representative of the liberal perspective than you've been in the various articles I've seen you post since I subscribed to Slog in the past two weeks. Your post amounts to, "Hutchinson has chosen not to label herself with a term you can be prejudiced against, so here's your convenient label so you can go back to not really paying attention to the candidate's actual actions."