The Seattle Times can’t be trusted, so says the Seattle Times.
I know everyone is talking about approving R-74 (I voted for it, too: see the photos of my ballot I posted Thursday night), but I think that the most important race this year is the Washington governor’s race. It will have impact on more Washingtonians lives, and the polls are much closer than they are in the R-74 race (which is tightening, and please do vote yes and don’t take the outcome for granted because of its lead in the polls) and the presidential race (which really isn’t in doubt in Washington).
Whoever wins the WA governor’s race will have the option of opting in our out of the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act, and Rob McKenna has made every intention known that he will opt out, and Jay Inslee has said that he will opt in. The federal government will pay 90% the costs for those who would be newly eligible under the Affordable Care Act after three years (and 100% in the first three years). That is a decision that will affect whether or not about 350,000 Washingtonians have health coverage.
To join the lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, McKenna went against the wishes of the governor, legislature and probably a majority of voters. As governor, he’s not going to be compelled to opt in to Medicaid expansion. That leaves the decision of whether or not people have health insurance in one man’s hands.
I mention this because I hear a lot of people saying that they think McKenna would do a better job of managing the state (whatever that means, he’ll just impose draconian austerity with less compassion in the budget), or that he’s a moderate Republican (he’s not, he’s not much different than Mitt Romney by pandering to the right-wing in the capacity of his office, but using friendly words that don’t immediately put off liberals and moderates). Even the owner of one of my favorite local businesses was financing “Obama, McKenna, R-74” ads on Capitol Hill.
I’m not saying to give money you don’t have to Jay Inslee (as the two presidential candidates are each raising $1B, there is already way too much money in political campaigns), just to spend a few more minutes thinking of the implications of your vote in this crucial race.
Also: Rob McKenna does not support marriage equality and he is beholden to a base that really, really does not want to see any gay weddings anytime soon. And Jay Inslee does.
Today (November 17, for the sake of posterity), my home state of Washington will implement a ban on caffeinated alcoholic drinks. It was a quick reaction to a party last month involving nine Central Washington University students who became ill after consuming the drink known as “Four Loko” at a college party. A federal ban from the FDA is expected as well sooner rather than later.
The previous Wednesday, the Washington (nanny) State Liquor Control Board unanimously approved a 120 day ban on drinks that mix alcohol and caffeine with the intention of making the ban permanent. It was touted and pushed through by the Democratic governor (who I have voted for twice) and the Republican attorney general (who I have not voted for but wants to become the next attorney general). While the ban seems like a knee-jerk reaction to something a bunch of dumb college students that couldn’t hold the liquor they never should have had and an ill-conceived way to make public policy, no one has ever wasted valuable political capital by governing in this manner.
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I’m also an overtipper, although I don’t think it’s necessarily because I’m a music writer (although there is certainly that), but because of the guilt I have that comes with having a family that is notoriously cheap. I remember several times going to dinner with family members and being certain that the tab to our meal came to well into three figures but only leaving a few dollars (like three) behind. “Our service was really good so maybe we should leave $3 instead of just 2.” This was all before I had an income or a conscience, but when I grew up I learned better and tried to erase the enormous guilt complex I grew.
I have worked several years as a fast food manager (starting out as a lowly team member), so while I was never dependent on tips for my income (I don’t think I ever was offered one, let alone accepted one), but I did see how tight the margins restaurants are run on. It isn’t so much a matter of “restaurants can just pay their waitstaff more so I don’t have to do it”, because that just won’t happen.
Yes, by all means, let’s change the system so that waitstaff and bartenders earn higher salaries; I’ll still continue to overtip because good karma is worth more than 15%.
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Ooooh, that is interesting. I’ve wavered a little over my devotion to all that is Jack White after Get Behind Me Satan but he’s still one of the most dynamic live performers I’ve seen and I think he’d hold his own against anyone and prevail against most.
The first time I saw The White Stripes was when White Blood Cells was just coming out and starting to get a lot of attention. They were at the Moore Theater in Seattle and killed. They played for about 90 minutes and didn’t include “Fell in Love with a Girl” in their setlist, yet White had complete control over everyone in the room.
As gifted as Matt Bellamy is, I still would have to vote for Jack White, but I’d love to see it happen!
This is an extraordinarily depressing essay by former Voice editor/professional contrarian Chuck Eddy. It’s like a guy who used to be principal of a high school getting really angry about the outcome of his old school’s student council election.
If 2009 was ”The Year of Too Much Consensus” because of its Pazz and Jop results, what was 2008? In 2008, there were 577 critics voting and TV on the Radio’s Dear Science beat Vampire Weekend by 669 points (and appeared on 49 more ballots). In 2009, Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion beat it’s next closest rival, Phoenix’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by 331 points (and was on only fifteen more ballots, with 696 critics turning in ballots).
Apropos of nothing, but this is where I’m at this evening. More details TK.