Archive for March 24th, 2009

24
Mar
09

Political facial hair

A couple folks have emailed the Bus asking about the “Great Bushy Beard” title appended to the photo of Michael McGinn below. To put the questions to rest, yes, yes. It is a quote from the movie Hot Fuzz. And yet we wonder if it might not also be something more…

Beards are very au courant, perhaps McGinn is angling for the indie rock vote. Or maybe he’s been giving it a little extra chutzpah, and going for the Hans Dunshee mountain man beard – not a bad way to lock up the enviro vote. Either way, it’s Mike McGinn – the beard candidate.

A great big bushy beard!

24
Mar
09

And finally there’s an official announcement

A great bushy beard

A great bushy beard

It’s been reported since yesterday, when his press release went out, and rumored since, well, a while ago, but today it’s official. Mike McGinn, lawyer, Sierra Club Chair, and founder of the Seattle Great City Initiative, is in the race for Seattle mayor.

The basic pitch? Seattle schools are in trouble, internet-access should be a city utility, and we need better bus service.

Okay. Those all sound like reasonable – or at the very least reasoned – thoughts. And McGinn is coming to the table with the support of a sizable chunk of the environmental community (despite Nickels’ aggressive courtship of that key voting bloc).

So damn. That means today is the first day that there is a legitimate mayoral race in Washington’s largest city. That’s some big time business.

McGinn’s press event was held at Cap Hill pizza stalwart Piecora’s, the site of many a down-home political event. As the Bus departed, to-go pizza in hand, we heard noted area walrus Joel Connelly remarking about the pedigree of Piecora’s-originating events.

“It’s where Dean started,” quoth Connelly, to which the wistful response was “a Dean for Seattle?”

Sure guys, but let’s remember two things as we look ahead to the next seven months of campaigning: the Piecora’s lineage includes other such impactful campaigns as Steve Berens’ run for congress.

Wait. Who? Exactly. This is just step one, and a lot of folks have gotten started in Piecora’s back room. The race just got more interesting, but we’re really curious to see which campaign is actually going to bring the ruckus.

24
Mar
09

A haiku from Olympia

Just in from some of our compatriots fighting the good fight in Oly Oly Oly.

It’s true we love the
Bus, it makes lobbying fun
come back to us soon.
That’s just beautiful. Brings a tear to these eyes.
24
Mar
09

Hella News Flash

newsboy1Boom pow surprise – getcher news flash right here:

  • Schools not getting enough funding? Maybe it’s because of how money is distributed. Representative Ross Hunter and company are throwing around some new potential funding schemes.
  • Score a point for Rep. Marko Liias. The state’s youngest legislator (26!) makes graduating for high school less confusing and more accessible. Good on ya.
  • Gov in your face – Governor Gregoire testifies before a House committee about the Cap and Invest bill. It’s not everyday a Governor goes before a committee. Maybe they should listen when she says the bill should have more teeth…
  • And how are we actually going to balance the budget? Well, we the voters might be getting to vote on a tax increase this fall.



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