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WA Gov. Race: Fatal Blow
The Stranger (Seattle) ^ | 14 April 2005 | Stefan Sharkansky

Posted on 04/14/2005 7:45:37 PM PDT by Publius

If English bookies were handicapping the Washington election contest, they would be revising the odds in Dino Rossi's favor. After last week, I'd take those odds. Secretary of State Sam Reed, who had been seen as defending King County during most of the five months since the election, is now calling for an investigation and suggesting there's been a cover-up. After discovering 94 uncounted ballots, King County admitted last week that the canvassing board certified the November election on the basis of documents that falsely showed that all ballots were properly accounted for.

And then there's what I might find later this week when I (hopefully) receive some more documents in response to a public records request. These documents could explain away various discrepancies as innocent and irrelevant errors, or, as I suspect, deliver a fatal blow to the validity of the November election.

I've been reporting since January that the number of absentee ballots counted in King County was hundreds more than the number of absentee voters who have been identified as having voted, even though these numbers are supposed to match.

On February 22, I sent Dean Logan, Director of Records, Elections, and Licensing Services Division in King County, a public disclosure request for, among other things, "all documents pertaining to the reconciliation of absentee ballots and absentee voters from the November 2004 election." The only document his office delivered in response to that specific request was a "Mail Ballot Report" they gave me on March 7, which appeared to prove that every absentee ballot that came in the door was either valid and properly counted or invalid and properly set aside. But I noticed that the numbers in the Mail Ballot Report didn't square with other numbers the county published and I immediately suspected it was falsified.

As I argued on my blog last Monday and in this column later in the week, the discovery of the now 94 uncounted ballots was convincing proof that the Mail Ballot Report had to have been falsified. This report, which supposedly accounted for all returned absentee ballots, but somehow omitted any mention of 94 missing ballots, could only be a fake. It turned out that I was right. On April 7, King County admitted the report was based on a fictional ballot accounting that was "so flawed it was virtually meaningless."

Seeing my suspicions confirmed about the 94 ballots leads me to believe that when the rest of my public records request comes through (they're taking their time with it), it will become clear that King County's mistakes will make it impossible for Christine Gregoire to continue claiming she won the election fair and square. Reed even hinted that I'm looking in the right places. He told me he's "dismayed" that King County hasn't given a proper accounting for its ballots. He's also disappointed that every time King County has found a mistake, instead of admitting it, they have "essentially covered it up."

They can't cover it up much longer. State election rules require counties to keep a detailed audit trail with the date that every absentee ballot was returned and whether it was counted as valid or the reason why it was rejected. A spreadsheet with this information would settle this lingering controversy within hours, assuming of course that it proves that all ballots returned and counted really were accounted for.

Indeed, King County seems to be covering up the documentation showing whether or not the absentee ballots were properly accounted for. These documents are of vital public importance to help settle questions about the election one way or another. I'm prepared to go to court to obtain them. I hope that won't be necessary.


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: cheatingrats; corruption; dirtyrats; fraud; gregoire; howtostealanelection; rats; rossi; stealingelections; stuffingtheballotbox; themostcorruptstate; votefraud
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More from Stefan:

I was pleased to get some quotes for the column during a brief phone interview with Sam Reed. He was very gracious and also had some refreshingly tough things to say about the situation in King County. Here are some quotes that didn't make it into The Stranger --

I asked him if he's seen in his years as an election officials any problems like what we're seeing in King County this year. He said that although other counties have made mistakes in their elections at various times "the combination of them in King County is unprecedented", and that "rather than admitting to a mistake they essentially covered it up. This has happened a few times ... it seems to be the organizational culture ... to cover things up". He also emphasized how important it is to account for ballots. This is a basic part of the "Elections 101" training course his office runs for county elections administrators "you have to know how many ballots you have" and that it's "fundamental to good elections management".

Indeed.

1 posted on 04/14/2005 7:45:39 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

good post.

the RNC should pick up this issue, all this constant nonsense from the Dems in the last 5 years about "stolen elections" and "disenfranchised voters" - here is a governors race stolen in plain sight.


2 posted on 04/14/2005 7:49:05 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: GretchenM

Ping FYI


3 posted on 04/14/2005 7:50:50 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: Publius

This is truly uplifting news. The demorats in Washington State are going crazy with their laws as Gregoire signs them all. If Rossi does get a chance in a revote and wins I would hope that all the legislation that has taken place since Gregoire sat on the throne, will be disallowed.


4 posted on 04/14/2005 7:51:52 PM PDT by taxesareforever
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To: Publius

But what about all those emails from Reed's office on the WA Forum threads, wherein a certain FReeper stated Reed appears to be empowered to do nothing more than cash his paycheck?


5 posted on 04/14/2005 7:52:07 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Publius

Way to go, Stefan!


6 posted on 04/14/2005 7:52:09 PM PDT by expatpat
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To: Publius

Thanks for posting this... I will be following this one.


7 posted on 04/14/2005 7:52:28 PM PDT by CurlyBill
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To: Publius

Stefan needs to be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts to keep elections fair and honest in our country.


8 posted on 04/14/2005 7:52:38 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (The South will rise again? Hell, we ever get states' rights firmly back in place, the CSA has risen!)
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To: oceanview

And good point. The RNC SHOULD be helping out here. We all keep getting fund raising notices for us to contribute to support the Republican agenda, but they're already a majority party in D.C. What do they need our $ for now?

But the RNC certainly should intervene in this gubernatorial race. And this corruption should be made known so the whole country is aware of what happened in Washington state.


9 posted on 04/14/2005 7:54:44 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: Squat; SueAngel; Paleo Conservative; sarah_f; tet68; maica

Ping.


10 posted on 04/14/2005 7:54:46 PM PDT by Publius
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To: river rat; djf; Truth29; EGPWS; Seattle Conservative

Ping.


11 posted on 04/14/2005 7:55:18 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Issaquahking; Lancey Howard; cmsgop; Vicki; concerned about politics

Ping.


12 posted on 04/14/2005 7:55:56 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Carry_Okie; Recall; Libertina; mazack; glock rocks; rockrr

Ping.


13 posted on 04/14/2005 7:56:33 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
Bookmarked. Along with probably 45 other WA governor race fraud stories that the MSM are ignoring.

Now, WHY THE HE*L ARE THE FRIGGIN' "national" repubbies also ignoring it?
14 posted on 04/14/2005 7:56:58 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert357; bigfootbob; They'reGone2000; schu; Republican Wildcat

Ping.


15 posted on 04/14/2005 7:57:14 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Baynative; cherry; Route101; Stultis; highlander_UW; filbert

Ping.


16 posted on 04/14/2005 7:57:56 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
Egad - the Stranger? For those unfamiliar with the Seattle press, this is an alternative paper that is usually somewhat to the left of Leon Trotsky. Things are getting more bizarre by the day.

Pub', howya? Chrissy proposed a state income tax yet? Gun control? Upping the gasoline and cigarette taxes? All this and more, my friend...

17 posted on 04/14/2005 7:58:20 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: ride the whirlwind; Hostage; zbigreddogz; Fruit of the Spirit; Chad Fairbanks

Ping.


18 posted on 04/14/2005 7:58:42 PM PDT by Publius
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To: oceanview
After May 2nd, I'm sure you'll start seeing more from the politico's and talking heads. Try to book a hotel within a 125 mile radius of Wenatchee, Washington during the last two weeks of May, can't be done.

The dims started their shrill noise this week trying to defend the indefensible. When the dust settles, Washington for the first time in it's history will have voided a gubernatorial election and removed a governor.

RE-ELECT ROSSI '05
19 posted on 04/14/2005 7:59:22 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Publius
At least the rats didn't starve him to death.

They will probably use that in 2008

20 posted on 04/14/2005 7:59:37 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Billthedrill

Maybe gay folks are learning to shoot straight for a change.


21 posted on 04/14/2005 7:59:49 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

bump


22 posted on 04/14/2005 8:01:47 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: Publius

A couple of good stories in recent days- I had almost lost hope.


23 posted on 04/14/2005 8:03:30 PM PDT by Rockitz (After all these years, it's still rocket science.)
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To: taxesareforever
Unfortunately, we're stuck with them until the next legislative session or we'll have to run citizen's initiatives. All Rossi will be able to do is change agency staff, that'll be a great start, the voters will clean house next cycle because of the RAT's insatiable lust for tax & regulation increases.
24 posted on 04/14/2005 8:05:51 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: Publius
Based upon some of what I've seen, I would hope Rossi would be open to the idea of accepting appointment to the governorship as a remedy if it can be proven with reasonable certainty that he in fact won the previous election. There are ever-increasing numbers of fishy ballots, and there is no reason to believe that they would be pro-Gregoire in any ratio lower than that of valid ballots. If enough thousands of fishy ballots are discovered, I would think Rossi could and should simply be awarded the win.

Otherwise, one thing I'd like to see in future would be an election-law provision stating that if a revote is ever made necessary by an excessive number of fishy ballots, the cost of the revote should be paid for by counties in proportion to the number of fishy votes originating therein. Note that this would give Democrats an incentive to look for fishy votes in Republican counties; if they failed to find many, that in and of itself should be interesting.

25 posted on 04/14/2005 8:05:51 PM PDT by supercat ("Though her life has been sold for corrupt men's gold, she refuses to give up the ghost.")
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To: taxesareforever
If Rossi does get a chance in a revote and wins I would hope that all the legislation that has taken place since Gregoire sat on the throne, will be disallowed.

Judge Bridges has ruled that a revote for governor would violate the state constitution. Relief in this case would consist of voiding the election, declaring the governorship vacant and putting the governorship on the fall general election ballot.

Regrettably, Gregoire's signature on bills stands. She was "legitimately" elected under the law and took the oath of office as governor, so under the law she is the legitimate governor -- until the court says otherwise.

26 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:16 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius

BUMP!


27 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:31 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Publius
This is good news. Let's keep them on the ropes.

I mailed another letter off to the U.S. Attorney General's office practically begging them to investigate this election. I told them that if they needed more info to visit soundpolitics.com

I also heard that KIRO had a phone in poll and 75% of the 53,000 respondents said they wanted a new election.

28 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:32 PM PDT by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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To: Hank Rearden

Hank,

I received one of those from the Sec of State's office:

-----Original Message-----
From: Pharris, Ingrid [mailto:ipharris@secstate.wa.gov]
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 12:19 PM
To: 'scottschu@comcast.net'
Subject: RE: Elections in WA


Dear Mr. Schumacher,

To ask Secretary Reed to "RESCIND his certification, INVESTIGATE the problems" would actually be asking him to do something illegal. According to Chapter 29A.60.250 of the Revised Code of Washington, Secretary Reed was constitutionally mandated to certify the election results in December.

"As soon as the returns have been received from all the counties of the state, but not later than the thirtieth day after the election, the secretary of state shall make a canvass of such of the returns as are not required to be canvassed by the legislature and make out a statement thereof, file it in his or her office, and transmit a certified copy to the governor."

Regardless of any election errors that might occur under a certain county's jurisdiction, the Secretary of State does not have the authority to refuse certification. RCW 29A.60.130 states that "No certificate shall be withheld on account of any defect or informality in the returns of any election." Keep in mind that if Secretary Reed had chosen not to certify the governor's election, not only would he have broken law, but he would have denied the Republicans their right to contest the election.

Please be aware that the Office of the Secretary of State does not have the regulatory authority necessary to investigate discrepancies occurring at the county level. All investigations must be made with the cooperation of the counties. Secretary Reed cannot and will not investigate problems happening in a county without the full cooperation of that county's Executive and Council Members.

Thank you,
Ingrid G. Pharris
Constituent Relations Assistant
Office of the Secretary of State
(360) 902-4151
PO Box 40220
Olympia, WA 98504



29 posted on 04/14/2005 8:09:59 PM PDT by schu
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To: Joann37
" But the RNC certainly should intervene in this gubernatorial race. And this corruption should be made known so the whole country is aware of what happened in Washington state.

The Washington State Republican Party is paying for the election challenge. They have spent or will have spent 2.5 million by the trial in May. We could use donations. www.wsrp.org

30 posted on 04/14/2005 8:11:10 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: supercat

Rossi has said that he does not want the court to appoint him into the governorship because that would open up the whole "selected, not elected" issue. Were that to happen, Rossi has said he would work out a deal with the legislature for a special election for governor -- and then he would resign the governorship to put the special election into effect.


31 posted on 04/14/2005 8:13:15 PM PDT by Publius
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To: Publius
I can't believe we are now into April and this is still going on and this woman is still "acting Governor" what a travesty.
32 posted on 04/14/2005 8:21:22 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: bigfootbob
"The dims started their shrill noise this week trying to defend the indefensible. When the dust settles, Washington for the first time in it's history will have voided a gubernatorial election and removed a governor."

Kudos to Stefan Sharkansky who has determinedly stayed the course on this. I hope Justice comes to pass here soon.

The 'rats' are just that. . .they are first, professional hypocrits. . .and then professional criminals. And they are professional 'noisemakers'. . .

33 posted on 04/14/2005 8:23:59 PM PDT by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: Publius
Judge Bridges has ruled that a revote for governor would violate the state constitution. Relief in this case would consist of voiding the election, declaring the governorship vacant and putting the governorship on the fall general election ballot.

Regrettably, Gregoire's signature on bills stands. She was "legitimately" elected under the law and took the oath of office as governor, so under the law she is the legitimate governor -- until the court says otherwise.

I've wondered about this... and the more I think about it, the more interesting the question becomes. The judge has said that he only has the power to void the election and vacate the office (putting the LT Gov in charge). But if he's vacating the office, he's also implicitly saying that the office was *never* occupied, isn't he?

This would imply that anything signed by that vacated Governor would have to be either co-signed by the Lt Governor (now the legitimate Governor) or would be otherwise implicitly vetoed.

I dunno. But it remains a very interesting legal question.

34 posted on 04/14/2005 8:28:10 PM PDT by Ramius (Hmmm... yeah, that'd be great...)
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To: Publius
Under the possible circumstances that the results were accidental, or possibly even correct (I'm just hypothesizing here) then a revote might violate the constitution.

But fraud terminates any contract. An organized fraud in King County amounts to a coup against state government! An act of war against the people! In that case, I wouldn't trust the judges any further than I could throw them.

There will be a revote.
35 posted on 04/14/2005 8:28:15 PM PDT by djf
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To: Publius
Rossi has said that he does not want the court to appoint him into the governorship because that would open up the whole "selected, not elected" issue. Were that to happen, Rossi has said he would work out a deal with the legislature for a special election for governor -- and then he would resign the governorship to put the special election into effect.

I recognize his concerns. But I would think that there would be some level of fraud where a reasonable person would say that there's no plausible way Gregoire really won. I don't know if THAT level of fraud would ever be shown, but if it were I'd hardly begrudge Dino Rossi for simply accepting the governorship. Hard to say what level of fraud should be required for him to take such action, though.

36 posted on 04/14/2005 8:29:18 PM PDT by supercat ("Though her life has been sold for corrupt men's gold, she refuses to give up the ghost.")
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To: Publius

Maybe I'm not seeing our govt in Washington DC support you
good people the way I think they should but I'm proud to see
the "citizens" stand up. I'm as proud of you as I am the minutemen in Arizona. Just maybe America is becoming strong
again.


37 posted on 04/14/2005 8:29:43 PM PDT by Recall
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To: Echo Talon
"I can't believe we are now into April and this is still going on and this woman is still "acting Governor" what a travesty."

She knew. . .they all knew. . .Washington Demrats, knew. . .

It is a travesty; but then the these Demrats live, cheat. . .steal. . .and die; by the 'Utilitarian' mo. . .

Remember how hard it was to get the Clinton's out of the White House - post term. . .delays. . .rude delays (while the WH was trashed/vandalized. .) .

Can only imagine the exits scenes on this one. . .I hope someone is watching. . .and taking notes. . .they will have to 'debug' the place as well. . .

38 posted on 04/14/2005 8:31:15 PM PDT by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: Publius

sack seattle.


39 posted on 04/14/2005 8:32:14 PM PDT by ezoeni
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To: Publius

It's good to point out the voting fraud, but this will change nothing.


40 posted on 04/14/2005 8:37:07 PM PDT by Poser (Joining Belly Girl in the Pajamahadeen)
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To: Vicki

"I also heard that KIRO had a phone in poll and 75% of the 53,000 respondents said they wanted a new election."

That's somewhat amazing to me because KIRO is NOT one of the 2 conservative talk stations in town!


41 posted on 04/14/2005 8:39:09 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (Seattle Conservative)
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To: Publius
Ya know the thing that tickles me no end?

That Da Shark posted this in the Uber-radical leftie rag, the Strangler!

I can just imagine the screams & howls of latte-laced outrage!
42 posted on 04/14/2005 8:40:35 PM PDT by rockrr (Revote or Revolt! It's up to you Washington!)
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To: bigfootbob

You're right, changing agency staff will be a HUGE first start. I may be wrong (though I'm usually not ;-)
but I believe the Sect'y of State here doesn't have a lot of power, but, the Gov can ask them to investigate elections (which Fraudoire, of course, won't do). With our newly elected Rep SOS, Rossi could ask him to do some further election investigation and make sure more of the grueling details come out (that's if the Feds don't do it).
Also, he could veto some of the runaway bills being passed by this Dim-controlled congress.

I know the Congress was looking to pass a pathetic excuse for performance audits. I'm not sure if the audits have to be governed by a law, or if the Gov can ask for them. The State Auditor (a respectable Dem) has been asking to do performance audits for years.


43 posted on 04/14/2005 8:45:35 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (Seattle Conservative)
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To: rockrr

I read on his column on soundpolitics a few weeks ago that he's been asked to do a weekly column for them. I was a bit surprised about it, but figured, maybe even some of those bean brains are outraged over the election results (ok, so it's probably only 1 or 2 of them - the rest of them probably don't have a clue there even was an election).


44 posted on 04/14/2005 8:48:00 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (Seattle Conservative)
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To: Publius

Thanks for the ping Publius! We can keep hoping and praying!


45 posted on 04/14/2005 8:49:16 PM PDT by Seattle Conservative (Seattle Conservative)
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To: Publius

bump


46 posted on 04/14/2005 8:50:44 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: Publius
Soon the MSM sharks will smell the blood that have been obviously spilled in the political waters. When that happens and the coverup is "uncovered by the media" (months after the Shark has exposed it and many of us have concluded there was a coverup), there is likely to be a real middle of the political spectrum backlash.

Assuming that the judicial system does its part and kicks our temporary governor to the curb, Rossi will win in a landslide in November and a whole lot of democrats will get kicked out of office. I just have to wonder what the mid-level state department managers who Dino said he was going to fire along with their bosses will do in November of a non-major election year. There will not be many parisan jobs for them. Oh, well should be an interesting next few months and summer.

47 posted on 04/14/2005 8:54:15 PM PDT by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: schu

Interesting response. If true, it demonstrates that the office of Secretary of State in Washington State is essentially a rubber stamp.

It is becoming clear that the Secretary of State office is unnecessary unless legislation grants it a real oversight and enforcement role.


48 posted on 04/14/2005 8:58:12 PM PDT by Hostage
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To: Seattle Conservative
Rossi might lay out an agenda he'd like to see the legislature adopt, but I doubt he'd ask Reed to do anything or get creative with his pen. All the damage this legislature has done will be completed by the time Rossi's sworn in in January of 2006.

Once this trial starts, he won't have to. There's Pulitzers to win and as we are starting to see even the most strident MSM goopgobblers see this election for the POS it is.
49 posted on 04/14/2005 8:59:24 PM PDT by bigfootbob
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To: bigfootbob

Any Pulitzer should go to Sharkansky.....THAT's for Sure!


50 posted on 04/14/2005 9:03:04 PM PDT by goodnesswins (Our military......the world's HEROES!)
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