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A Christmas Surprise

Posted by Warren Peterson on December 18, 2010

Thanks to F.C. for this one.

A downer: shopping in a mall. A bigger downer: eating in a mall’s food court. A saving grace: A Christmas Surprise

Wishing all a Happy Christmas and a Merry New Year.


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Senator Cantwell’s Opponent in 2012

Posted by Warren Peterson on December 12, 2010

Republicans just missed taking out Patty Murray this year. One person calculated that if Rossi had just five percentage points more in King County, he would be the 47th Republican senator come January 2011. Blue King County will no doubt play a pivotal role in Maria Cantwell’s 2012 re-election campaign too. It is not too early to identify potential Republicans who could hold down the Democrat vote in King County and appeal to voters across the state. Nor is it really too early to coalesce around one Republican candidate. There is money to be raised, endorsements to nail down, appearances to be made outside King County and less than nineteen months until the 2012 primary.

Who are possible U. S. Senate winners for the GOP in 2012? First some criteria, as a practical matter, to defeat Cantwell, Republicans need to find a female King County resident with a political base, preferably an elected official. There are great women candidates outside King County like Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, but she would face the Curse of Eastern Washington trying to run statewide. Plus, she is a rising star in the House and from a safe Republican district so why take the risk? There are also some males with statewide campaign experience but except for Rossi, the main ones from the 2010 primary did not receive anything approaching a significant vote. None of them, including Rossi, would stand a chance against Cantwell.

Among the women potentials:

Diane Tebelius – She received forty six percent of the vote in a tough 48th District race for the State House of Representatives against an incumbent Democrat. Battle hardened; she deserves consideration.

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr – Don’t know where she falls on the Conservative – Liberal continuum and being the second Sheriff to seek national office could be a sales problem.

King County Councilmember Jane Hague – A prodigious fundraiser and vote getter, she’d meet the criteria but her handling of a DUI arrest probably killed her electability statewide. She barely survived re-election to her council seat in 2007.

King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert – Maybe the best of the lot when it comes to wining a senate seat in 2012. She has the base, the energy and is just moderate enough to appeal to the all-important independents.

There may be other good candidates out there but if they or one of the above women don’t decide soon to take on Maria, who knows what foolishness could result from Washington’s Top Two Primary? Imagine a Cantwell versus Pam Roach race, a little scary eh?

Sound Politics

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Gregoire on I.C.E.

Posted by Warren Peterson on December 2, 2010

See The Seattle Times, 12/31/2008: “Gregoire favors deportations as way to cut state’s jail costs”.

Two years ago, Governor Gregoire, finally concerned about the budget deficit, suggested deporting prisoners convicted of drug or property crimes to save the state over $9 million dollars biennially. The program is similar to one used in – take a deep breath – Arizona and New York. Needless to say, the Legislature with such defenders of immigrant rights as Senator Margarita Prentice, D-Renton in control, failed to approve the program for Washington State.

See The Seattle Times, 11/28/2010: “State won’t agree to national immigration program”.

By 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will be able to implement a program nationwide called “Secure Communities” to check finger prints of anyone serving jail time against a national immigration data base. Currently, ICE is seeking agreements with state and local governments to install the program now but is meeting resistance from the State of Washington and so called sanctuary cities like San Francisco. Not only has the State Patrol refused any agreement with ICE but the state has also “not granted permission for ICE to work with local jurisdictions to activate the program.” While Gregoire has not taken a public position, the Patrol thinks she is “of the same mind” on the issue.

Opponents of “Secure Communities” object to state and local police agencies getting involved in enforcement of Federal immigration law but as “Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR)” pointed out; these same agencies do cooperate with the Feds when it comes to drugs and firearms. Hypocrisy aside, the concern is that people here illegally would be reluctant to report a crime for fear they might be ensnared in deportation proceedings unrelated to the crime. Apparently, we should allow our immigration laws to be ignored because some other crime, not witnessed by a citizen, may not be reported. Another argument of the pro “undocumented” immigrants is they work hard and pay taxes. Of course they also got here by breaking the law, in many case using forged identity documents. Once described as “doing the work Americans won’t do”, more and more illegals are competing for jobs U.S. citizens are willing to do, just look at the construction industry.

None of this resolves the problems caused by decades of boarder enforcement neglect by the Federal government. It is merely snipping around the edges but it is a start. What to do about illegal aliens, who have been here for many years, have integrated into the community, have children who have known no other country or language must be addressed. Rounding up ten to twelve million illegal aliens is simply not practical but finding out who they are, deporting convicted criminals, securing the borders, providing for some penalty for at least the adults seems reasonable. Unreasonable is coming down on Arizona for acting to protect its citizens while winking at Washington’s politically correct flouting of the law.

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