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    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).
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    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
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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.
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    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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February 26, 2012



Tenino and Pacific . . . so are these liberal bastions? Just curious. Personally, I like having a working sewer system. But, that's just me.


I would classify them more as libertarian.

Mike D

Tenino (and surrounding area) is rural conservative country. It's just a few miles north of that crazy rightwing billboard along I-5.


With small towns like this, a lot of people personally know the people involved. There's better opportunities to judge character than in a large city like Seattle, where all most people know about a candidate is their mailing pieces and voters' guide statements.

The other thing is that the issues in local politics often don't have clear ideological lines. It really doesn't matter whether you're an R or D if you can make the sewers work.

Oh, and Tenino is south of Olympia, not east. It's about halfway between Centralia & Oly, just E of I-5, just inside Thurston County.


It's south and east, close to Loser County and east towards the foothills of banjos and incest.


On a RADIO note, Thom Hartmann announced this morning he is moving his show to 12-3 Pacific time. This might be good because Thom can be live from 12-3 and Ed Shultz who is currently not live on KPTK can flip to Thom's old spot and be live from 9-12.
Progressive radio's top superstars, Thom and Ed, never should have been on a the same time. You don't see Rush and Sean competing directly against each other.


Cool...dont care if I miss Ed, and I can catch at least an hour of Thom during planning time...


Thanks, Eric. I'm loving the switch as I love both of them. Tom was saying he narrated a documentary (?) coming out called "Heist." He says it is a good one. Ed is the reliable workhorse for everything hands on. I have a lot of admiration for his on-the-scene energy. Also, he actually gets more guests than anybody else these days. Very interesting people. I'll hear more of him in the morning as my planning time is then.

Pete, Tenino (relatively close to where my parents retired) is east of I-5. Lots of little podunk towns (ex-logging) around that area! I was banished to their farm near Oakville (which is west of I-5) for a year after high school. My brother married a girl from PeEll. Isn't that funny? Not telling when that was.


Ugh, can't mention that end of the county without Rochester. "Lewis County North"


"He occasionally smokes pot from a prescription..."

Wow! In Seattle, we use bongs. Only in Tenino....


Bongs? I always rolled my own. I finally gave that little device away reluctantly. Hadn't used it in twenty-five years. I did have an awfully pretty psychadelic water pipe but never used it. Preferred paper.

Uh-oh, are we changing the subject?

Coiler, don't three counties meet in that little bitty space?


uh huh Independence Valley


Rochester's close to where the three counties meet - technically in Thurston County (like Tenino), though as someone noted it's culturally very much Lewis County, or far northern Alabama, all through there.


I think my folks were in Grays Harbor. Thanks for the info.


Leaving the geography expertise to Pete...yes, Mary, I'm changing the subject to mine. The device you used to roll your joints was called a Rizla roller, an innovative little item still in use today.

Tenino Tom

Tenino is a great little town. Just like other towns we have our share of off beat individuals. The problem now is that this guy has no experience or knowledge and refuses to learn from those that do. That's how mayors end up screwing a city over.


You are right, TT!

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