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    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
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  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
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  • Streaming Radio Guide
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  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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September 22, 2008



Great program but Kent Jones' segments feel as out of place as they did on her radio show. Her laughs at his jokes are forced and the overall flow is disrupted.


That's great for Rachel. Between her and Keith we have two great hours.

I still wish she'd try to get a little more feminine looking..that picture of her looks like a teenage boy.

Puget Sound

don't worry, the calendar will take care of the teenaged boy look. soon she'll be looking like joe scarborough's middle age brother.

she runs a better show than matthews or olberman. i hope she stays the course.


Something Rachael will never air on her show (she'd more likely say it was from the vast right-wing conspiracy)

Former Republican Sens. John Danforth of Missouri and Warren Rudman of New Hampshire are running the McCain-Palin 2008 Honest and Open Election Committee, and, according to them, they are running scared – scared of all the registration mischief out in the field that may just drop a bomb on Election 2008.

“Our mission is to make sure that everybody who is entitled to vote gets to vote without any intimidation, but also that there is no stuffing at the ballot boxes, no fraudulent voting, and also that the rules are the same for everybody,” announced Danforth at a teleconference with the media on Monday afternoon.

“I mean, one of our concerns is that on Election Day some polling places are kept open for extended periods of time and others are not, and that this is done to help one candidate versus the other,” Danforth added.

Both Rudman and Danforth voiced concern that there is or may be a pattern of registering people who are not entitled to vote, noting that of particular concern is an organization called The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

“We are concerned that ACORN has been connected with Senator [Barack] Obama and that he has ties to it,” said Danforth. “He directed something called Project Vote; he taught classes for future leaders that are identified by ACORN; and he has represented ACORN in court in a lawsuit against the state of Illinois. ACORN’s political action committee has endorsed Senator Obama.”

Danforth expressed alarm that ACORN has been bringing in large numbers of names, many who are not qualified to vote, and the practice may be “gumming” up the system. He added that after the enactment of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, there has been a requirement for statewide computerization of registered voters and that the local overseers may become overwhelmed by the sheer numbers being put forth by ACORN.

Between Danforth and Rudman, they ticked off an inventory of what they perceived as likely trouble spots:

In Ohio in the last election, there were four counties where voter registration exceeded the number of voting-age people in the counties.
In Colorado, ACORN registered some individuals 40 separate times. Danforth noted that the ACORN director in Ohio played this down, saying in effect just because you register somebody 35 times doesn’t mean that they get to vote 35 times. “So, a fairly cavalier attitude,” he concluded.
In Nevada, nearly 1,000 felons were illegally registered to vote in 2004.
In Washington state, felony charges were brought against ACORN workers and some went to jail.
On Sept. 18th in The Washington Post, an article pointed out the danger that Election Day could become a real mess because of the applications turned in for registration of people who are not entitled to vote.
In Michigan, ACORN enrolled 200,000 voters and a spokesman for the secretary of state of Michigan has said that there appears to be a sizable number of duplicate and fraudulent applications.
The Clark County, Nev., registrar claims that there has been rampant fraud, and counts roughly 40 percent of registration applications submitted by ACORN from January through July had been rejected or questioned.
In Pennsylvania, official are investigating ACORN for filing fraudulent voter registrations. One ACORN worker is facing 19 counts of perjury for making false statements.
In Wisconsin, more allegations of fraud. Milwaukee election officials recently turned in 32 more voter registration workers to the district attorney’s office for possible prosecution, bringing the total to 39.
The secretary of state of Ohio is, in effect, disenfranchising many who have relied on printed applications for absentee ballots -- claiming that because appropriate boxes not been checked on the card requesting the ballot that the person shouldn’t get the ballot. “So we are concerned that a lot of people who want to vote absentee in Ohio are not going to be able to do so,” concluded Danforth.
Rudman zeroed in on the case of Michigan where “we believe that the Obama campaign has made really false claims about trying to suppress voters there.”
“Our concern is that if this is a close election ... and if one side believes it has been cheated ... it is going to be harder to heal the wounds that are created at election time,” said Danforth.

“[W]e have extended our hand to the Obama campaign and to the Democratic National Committee, hoping that ways can be found where we can work together toward what should be the common objective for both presidential candidates,” said Danforth.

When asked to comment on whether Florida was going to be a problem child this election cycle, the team would not directly respond.

Apologies about the length, but this is a potentially big-a** story.

Puget Sound

Spot on a good story. Check out the one I just linked.

Hey Ben, still waiting for you to elucidate and educate me on where I am wrong about comparing Lieberman to JFK and FDR of old rather than the Dems of today.

Don't become one of the Skeadaddle-teers.


Robert F. Kennedy Jr would disagree with you:

"There are about 30 scams the Republicans are deliberately using, particularly in the swing states to get Democratic voters off the rolls. These scams originate in the so-called Help America Vote Act, which was passed after the Florida debacle in the year 2000. It was originally suggested by Democrats and Republicans, but it was passed by a Republican Congress with a Republican senate and a Republican president. And instead of reforming what happened in Florida it basically institutionalized all the problems that happened in Florida. And institutionalized a series of impediments that make it very difficult for Democrats to register, for Democrats to vote and then for Democrats to have their votes counted.

One of these requirements under HAVA is called 'the perfect match,' and what that does is little known but it is devastating. A quarter of the voters in Colorado have just been removed from the rolls because of this--[and] just this one scam. And what it does is, they use a computer system to compare your registration application to all [your] other government records in the state. So they'll look at your Social Security records, your Motor Vehicle records, and any time you've had any interaction with the government, and if there is any information on your voter registration that is different than the information on another government record that they find, they remove you from the voting rolls.

Let me tell you about one of other scams people should know about. If you're a newly registered voter--and of course the Democrats have done these gigantic registration drives--12 million people on registration--if you're a new voter, you MUST include your license or some other state I.D. when you come to vote. What that means is that if you're a college kid--and college kids now, they're sending in absentee ballots, they're not going to the voting place, they do everything online or they do everything remotely. They don't dream of going to the precinct house voting on election day and waiting in a long line. So if they send in the absentee ballot, and they don't include a color copy of their [driver's] license, their vote is going to be thrown into a trash can. And none of these people know this, because you had to have to read the law in order to know it."

I wonder what Mr. Danforth would have to say about that?


Excellent response, Ben. I wonder if sputs will read it - even more, I wonder if he'll understand it.

Funny, even if more people voted than were registered, I'd consider it "getting back" all those voters illegally removed from the rolls in Florida 2000! Or those standing in long lines because Ohio removed voting machines from Democratic precincts. Or those sent mailings giving false vote information.

I believe in payback but I don't think our rethug friends do.

Caging, anyone?

If anybody wants to learn the ropes in manipulating elections, just sign on to the Republican party. They'll accept anyone with the heart for larceny.

Smokin' Polls!!

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Poll: Economic fears give Obama lead
Survey gives Democrat a 9-point edge over McCain among likely voters
By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen
The Washington Post
updated 9:52 p.m. PT, Tues., Sept. 23, 2008

Turmoil in the financial industry and growing pessimism about the economy have altered the shape of the presidential race, giving Democratic nominee Barack Obama the first clear lead of the general-election campaign over Republican John McCain, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News national poll.

Just 9 percent of those surveyed rated the economy as good or excellent, the first time that number has been in single digits since the days just before the 1992 election. Just 14 percent said the country is heading in the right direction, equaling the record low on that question in polls dating back to 1973.

More voters trust Obama to deal with the economy, and he currently has a big edge as the candidate who is more in tune with the economic problems Americans now face. He also has a double-digit advantage on handling the current problems on Wall Street, and as a result, there has been a rise in his overall support. The poll found that, among likely voters, Obama now leads McCain by 52 percent to 43 percent. Two weeks ago, in the days immediately following the Republican National Convention, the race was essentially even, with McCain at 49 percent and Obama at 47 percent.

As a point of comparison, neither of the last two Democratic nominees -- John F. Kerry in 2004 or Al Gore in 2000 -- recorded support above 50 percent in a pre-election poll by the Post and ABC News.

Last week's near-meltdown in the financial markets and the subsequent debate in Washington over a proposed government bailout of troubled financial institutions have made the economy even more important in the minds of voters. Fully 50 percent called the economy and jobs the single most important issue that will determine their vote, up from 37 percent two weeks ago. In contrast, just 9 percent cited the Iraq war as their most important issue, its lowest of the campaign.

But voters are cool toward the administration's initial efforts to deal with the current crisis. Forty-seven percent said they approve of the steps taken by the Treasury and the Federal Reserve to stabilize the financial markets, while 42 percent said they disapprove.

Anxiety about the economic situation is widespread. Just over half of the poll respondents -- 52 percent -- believe the economy has moved into a serious long-term decline. Eight in 10 are concerned about the overall direction of the economy, nearly three-quarters worry about the shocks to the stock market, and six in 10 are apprehensive about their own family finances.

Two weeks ago, McCain held a substantial advantage among white voters, including newfound strength with white women. In the face of bad economic news, the two candidates now run about evenly among white women, and Obama has narrowed the overall gap among white voters to five percentage points.

Much of the movement has come among college-educated whites. Whites without college degrees favor McCain by 17 points, while those with college degrees support Obama by 9 points. No Democrat has carried white, college-educated voters in presidential elections dating back to 1980, but they were a key part of Obama's coalition in the primaries.

The political climate is rapidly changing along with the twists and turns on Wall Street, and it remains unclear whether recent shifts in public opinion will fundamentally alter the highly competitive battle between McCain and Obama. About two in 10 voters are either undecided or remain "movable" and open to veering to another candidate. Nevertheless, the close relationship between voters' focus on the economy and their overall support for the Democratic nominee has boosted Obama.

Among white voters, economic anxiety translates into greater support for Obama. He is favored by 54 percent of whites who said they are concerned about the direction of the economy, but by just 10 percent of those who are less worried.

The survey also found that the strong initial public reaction to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate, has cooled somewhat. Overall, her unfavorable rating has gone up by 10 points in the past two weeks, from 28 percent to 38 percent.

She remains broadly popular -- 52 percent of voters view her positively -- but there have been some notable declines. Over the past two weeks, the percentage of independents with favorable views of Palin dropped from 60 percent to 48 percent. Among independent women, the decline was particularly sharp, going from 65 percent to 43 percent. Her favorable rating among whites without college degrees remained largely steady, but among those with college degrees, it dropped nearly 20 percentage points.

The survey also showed some backsliding in enthusiasm among McCain supporters. Overall, most supporters of each presidential candidate said they are enthusiastic about their choice, but 62 percent of Obama supporters said they are "very enthusiastic," compared with 34 percent of McCain's supporters. Coming out of the GOP convention, nearly half of those backing McCain said they did so fervently.

Among Republicans, conservatives and white evangelical Protestants, strong enthusiasm for McCain's candidacy has dropped by double digits.

The survey, conducted Friday through Monday, included telephone interviews with a random national sample of 1,082 adults, including 916 registered voters. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus three percentage points; it is four points for the sample of 780 likely voters.

Overall, Obama and McCain are tied among men in the new poll, while Obama has opened up a sizable lead among women. The candidates divide white voters, 50 percent for McCain to 45 percent for Obama, while Obama has an overwhelming advantage among African Americans, 96 percent to 3 percent.

Independents, key swing voters, now break for Obama, 53 percent to 39 percent, reversing a small lead for McCain after the Republican convention. McCain is the choice of 86 percent of Republicans, while about as many Democrats, 88 percent, back Obama.

In the new poll, voters once again gave Obama higher marks than McCain when it comes to dealing with the economy, 53 percent to 39 percent. Two weeks ago, Obama's edge on the question was a narrow five points, his lowest of the campaign. Among independents, Obama's advantage on the economy -- now 21 points -- is greater than at any point in the campaign.

McCain's advantages on national security issues have also been blunted. Two weeks ago, when those surveyed were asked who they trusted to deal with a major unexpected crisis, McCain led 54 percent to 37 percent. That lead is gone.

Similarly, McCain's once-sizable advantage in dealing with the battle against terrorism has all but disappeared. There were also big shifts toward Obama on handling Iraq and international affairs more broadly.

The first presidential debate, set for Friday evening, is slated to focus on foreign policy and national security, but economic issues seem likely to be included, given the developments on Wall Street. The debate appears poised to draw record levels of attention, as interest in the election has been sky high and continues to grow. Almost all voters are tuned in, and 55 percent are following "very closely," higher than at this time in 2004 and more than double the percentage so engaged in 2000.

A substantial hurdle for Obama is the widespread public skepticism about whether he would make a good commander in chief. On that question, he has made no significant headway in allaying voters' concerns. They remain evenly divided -- 48 percent said he would be effective in that role, 47 percent said he would not. Nearly three-quarters said McCain would manage the military well, and as many said he has the knowledge of world affairs to serve effectively.

Still, the candidates are rated about equally on the question of who is the stronger leader.

In the aftermath of the national conventions and the surprise pick of Palin, McCain had narrowed the gap with Obama on who is more likely to change Washington. In the new survey, Obama has reestablished his credentials on that front. He also now holds a double-digit lead as the more honest and trustworthy candidate, flipping what had been a slight McCain edge two weeks ago.

Obama has also cemented a clear edge among voters prioritizing the economy, a growing group. Among "economy voters," he now leads McCain by nearly 2 to 1. McCain holds advantages among voters prioritizing a range of concerns that rank lower on the issues list, making it harder for him to find ways to drive the agenda of the campaign into favorable territory.

Polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta contributed to this report.

© 2008 The Washington Post Company

Puget Sound

"Funny, even if more people voted than were registered, I'd consider it "getting back" all those voters illegally removed from the rolls in Florida 2000! Or those standing in long lines because Ohio removed voting machines from Democratic precincts. Or those sent mailings giving false vote information.

I believe in payback but I don't think our rethug friends do.

Caging, anyone?

If anybody wants to learn the ropes in manipulating elections, just sign on to the Republican party. They'll accept anyone with the heart for larceny.

Posted by: joanie | September 23, 2008 at 11:17 PM"

Joanie that is Just wrong, on sooooo many levels. So you want to rig an election in one part of the country because you didn't like the results in another. Indefensible. Seriously.

Are you sure that you are a School Teacher? Make the rest of us feel better and tell us that while you work for the school district you just run the copy machines or keep records on the number of tether-balls in the schoolyard. But please, they don't really let you near impressionable kids with that kind of screwball 'you hurt me so it's okay to hurt someone else' logic.

I am sure you didn't want that topspin put on your post. You'll probably want to disavow it. Anyway, still waiting for the Lieberman, JFK, and FDR point you wanted to make.
If you want me to address the above voter issue I will but it wasn't directed to me.


I give three examples of what you agree is to "rig an election" and all you can relate it to is tether ball?

Another example why reasonable discourse is impossible with sputsie.

(And I do it in less than 5000 words.)


Pas aussi Madame vous avez été remis votre âne encore une fois d'une façon polie, intelligente, finie et respectueuse ; elle doit blesser.

[Not so madam you have been handed your ass yet again in a polite, intelligent, dignified and respectful manner; it must hurt.]

Puget Sound

Thank you.

Not only does Joanie miss the boat, she didn't even make it to the freakin Dock.

Look Joanie,
Even if it is true you don't engage in criminal activity elsewhere to justify it. But I don't think you are able to grasp that fine point of law.

At least I saved Sparky a trip to Yakima to speak 'truth to power.' Now THAT was funny.

Hey Duff, what would you have placed the odds that Sparky would have carpooled that roadtrip with Coiler? Kind of like American Express, don't leave home without it.


Sparky s/be thanking you for all that $gas saved.

Puget Sound

I know. No good deed goes unpunished I guess.

Pointing out all those 'facts' such as the Dems have had control the last 4 years, Dem Gov submits budget without the money allocated last 4 years, and that the same Dem Gov been screwing over school district that finally sues her for not fulfilling Constitutionally mandated duties.

I don't think Sparky appreciated it. Wonder if Coiler was cool with it?


Yeah Puts, as I recently mentioned elsewhere we're likely to see our good Governor on Dancing With The Stars next season.

Puget Sound

We'll she probably could get a gig dancing on stage at one of those Tribal Casino's that she is sooooo very fond of. Pair her up with Foghat or other 70's band that tours casinos. How much money was it that she took from them in return for being the ONLY state that doesn't get a share of the tribal revenues?

140 million dollars. That’s what the Indian casinos could have paid Washington State. I wish the State had that $140 million.

The 2007 tribal gaming compact Gregoire signed. did not require the tribes to share their casino profits with WA. In exchange for keeping their profits, Gregoire required the tribes to have fewer slot machines but still granted them thousands of new ones. Just not as many as the Tribes requested. The compact also doesn’t allow off-reservation casinos (ie read that as competition to the Tribes)

Gregoire benefited from 650 thousand in casino contributions to her campaign.


WOW! Applies a whole new meaning to the term 'Ma'am do you have a reservation'....haha OUCH!

Gay Gary

Is this the battle of who can make the longest post?

BTW - why does a photo of KIRO's engineer "Sean" accompany ever story about that Rachel woman?

Puget Sound

very good duff.
wonder how she balances her role getting all that tobacco money from those awful cigarette companies and yet being so cozy with the tribes that sell you smokes sans tax. hmmm, i thought some of those taxes on the cigarettes went to fight the healthcare costs of smoking...wonder how much the tribes kicked in to ensure we don't enforce taxation on people when they leave the reservation with all those tax free smokes. per the law, they are supposed to pay the tax once they leave the reservation. gov locke use to enforce that law with checkpoints outside the reservations.

i'm betting gregoire will be running those 'you don't know dino rossi' ads pretty soon with the subtext of 'he's italian dontcha know!'


Maddow fans crow about how her ratings are bigger the larry king, dan abrams and colmes. They are careful to avoid mentioning that she also kicks Olbermann's ass in the ratings.


Maddow did slip back into third yesterday. Of coarse, one dqay does not make a trend.
The new fall season for entertainment TV has now started. I would not be surprised if she stays down because her fans are a younger, kess mature crowd. With "good" TV on, the kids are less likely to watch that crap and instead watch Heroes or The Muppets, etc.


She rocks!!!! I am disappointed the radio show on AirAmerica is just an audio version of her previous night's show though - sob sob sob

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