Hella News Flash

Big up your newsy self. Big things, big things. Can you name all the song references? Answers below the jump.

  • Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: Sam Reed, our erstwhile Secretary of State, has thoughts on electoral reform for this legislative session. The top two? Adjusting current law to require voters to have their ballots into their county elections offices BY election night, not just postmarked, and changing the crazy front-loaded presidential-primary system we’re currently working with. Interesting. We’ll be following these here bills.
  • Zombie: Like a bad penny who just won’t go away, Mr. Tim Eyman, fresh from having his tail handed to him with the No on I-1033 vote, is already gearing up for next year. This time around, Tim’s targeting some already-covered ground, seeking to extend the requirement that 2/3’s of the state legislature must vote to make any changes to tax levels. Sigh. There he goes again.
  • Cash Rules Everything Around Me: Well, once again the budget looks cruddier than something very very cruddy. How bad is it? Well, we’re looking at an approximately $2.7 billion deficit, which means we’re going to be stuck out in the woods of budget hell. It’s the big time. We have to figure out some alternative to all-cuts all the time.

Answers to the music quiz below!

Song references, with video accompaniment:

Bowie – Changes

Traxamillion – Show me what you’re working with

Big Black – Bad Penny

Sixpence None The Richer – There She Goes

Wu Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. (this one was a gimmee)

Bon Iver – Woods

Big Tymers – Still Fly


2 Responses to “Hella News Flash”

  1. 1 isitfriday
    December 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    How about Sam consider getting rid of the modern Poll Tax (postage stamps) for ballots? If he really wants to make our elections “meaningful”, how about making voting easier for everyone!

    In Yakima Co. the auditor spends $17k on the “I voted” stickers which are included in every sent ballot. $17,000.00 would cover postage for over 38k ballots in the county, which is more than 1/3 of the total ballots issued.

    I can’t even imagine what that number is for a county like King or Pierce…how many ballots could they cover postage on if they just replaced stickers with stamps? Even in 2009 the price of a stamp is a real cost associated with participating in the democratic process for some people/families. I hope that the Sec. of State and county auditors take a long look at how they run elections in WA.

    We need reform- but Sam’s national priorities are at the expense of making WA elections better.

  2. 2 Skyzoo
    December 9, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    @ isitfriday – You’re not wrong, that’s for sure.

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