Archive for February, 2009

28
Feb
09

Less action at the top

And just like that, there’s one less potential mayoral candidate. Joel Connelly over at the PI is reporting that Councilmember Tim Burgess is no longer in the hunt for mayoral gold. I guess that’s what an exploratory committee is for, eh? Explore, examine, and when it’s clear that you don’t have a shot, extinguish.

The mayor’s race puts this song into the Bus’s head:

27
Feb
09

Majority Report

In the pecking order of elected officials here in Washington, one of the tippy top folks is the Senate Majority Leader (and no, it’s not an elected position, per se, but you can’t get it without being elected to the senate, sucker fool!).

Our current Majority Leader (and friend of the Bus) is Lisa Brown (D – Spokane), and yesterday she sat down with members of the media to go over many of the nuances of the budget and legislative process thus far in the session.

It’s long, but if you’re willing to give it a listen, it’s a pretty insightful look at the reasoning behind some of the laws that are coming out of Oly. Here’s the first one, and the rest can be found here.

27
Feb
09

Ye Olde Washington #4

Ah, Bellingham. Close to nature, but with that zesty little bohemian pep in its step. We love the Ham. One of the most notable features about B’Ham is its well preserved downtown. Unfortunately, one building that didn’t make it through unscathed (in fact the opposite of unscathed… what, scathed?) was Beck’s Theater (lated known as the American). Home to a fantabulous organ, this bad boy was once a dominant feature of Cornwall Street in downtown Bellingham, until it was knocked over for a JC Penney’s (remember them?) and a Woolworths.

There's no business like show business. Pic courtesy of PSTOS.

There's no business like show business. Pic courtesy of PSTOS.

27
Feb
09

Legislator of the week – Mike Carrell

Every Friday during session, the Bus gives its Legislator of the Week award. Nominations are culled from our homeskillets in media, politics, and the non-profit worlds.

Mike Carrell: Silver Fox

Mike Carrell: Silver Fox

There are some huge equal rights bills working their way through Olympia this spring, and one of the biggest of them is SB 5952. Currently, Washington’s law against malicious harassment includes hate crimes based on sexual orientation. This bill, sponsored by Joe McDermott (D – West Seattle) would expand the definition of sexual orientation to include gender identity, which is pretty badass and cutting edge.

A lot of bills died in their committees this week, but not SB 5952. It passed out of the Judiciary Committee, helped in large part by a yes vote from the ranking Republican on the committee, Mike Carrell (R-Lakewood).

For his leadership on a key vote, especially on an issue that has not traditionally been embraced by his party, Senator Carrell was nominated to be the Bus’s Legislator of the Week. We concur! Congrats, Mike.

27
Feb
09

And just for the record…

Yes.

Quincy Poindexter does what he does. Damn. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Times.

Quincy Poindexter does what he does. Damn. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Times.

One Washington.

27
Feb
09

Live from the Washington Buzz

Every month (on the last Thursday, to be exact), the Bus posts up at one of our favorite bars (Moe Bar!) for our regular happy hour, the Washington Buzz. In addition to being the pun of the century (or at least the pun of the week?), the Buzz is a chance for Bussers to rub elbows with each other and the world informally, and with a higher than average propensity for beverages.

Well, the Buzz is going on right now. Like RIGHT now. This is a little liveblogging action, and yes, we’re excited. Want to see what a Buzz looks like? Check out the pics below:

Sexy, sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Sexy, sexy, sexy, and sexy.

Sabrina and Paige, reppin' hard

Sabrina and Paige, reppin' hard

More pics after the jump…

Continue reading ‘Live from the Washington Buzz’

27
Feb
09

You, money, dumpster diving

We all know the economy’s hitting harder than… well, something really, really hard. There are a lot of people out there who will try and give you some tips to survive the recession, but you already know most of those. We here at the Bus did some heavy research for you guys.  By “heavy research,” we mean we clicked around a few websites in between Facebook status updates and asked a couple of friends over coffee. Here are some great tips you probably haven’t thought about that will help you put that shiny new money clip to use.

1. Have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not only are they delicious and ridiculously cheap, but every time you make yourself a PB&J, you’re also helping out the environment. No, really! Look!

2. Coupons. Your spare quarters could go towards a newspaper and save the world of print journalism. Those quarters will also usually get you a few pages of coupons that could save you dozens of dollars in one trip to the supermarket. Not willing to cut up one of your last issues of the PI? Try searching online for free coupons.

3. Take advantage of your local library! A lot of us stop going to the library the minute we stop having to write essays, but we’re quick to buy the latest bestselling novels from a bookstore. Instead of shelling out cash for books and movies, see if your neighborhood library branch has what you’re looking for.

4. And speaking of movies, how about catching a matinee instead of a late movie? Become an early bird. A lot of places (restaurants, theaters, nightclubs, etcetera) will often knock a few dollars off your tab for coming a bit earlier than you usually would.

If you’re really wanting to save money, there’s always freeganism.

Now what are you going to do with all of this extra money you’ll have laying around? Exactly.