Friday, April 17, 2015

Barers Of Maple Valley Goes To Olympia

I fulfilled a lifelong dream to visit Olympia and watch the state government work.  I arrived  at the Capitol yesterday morning  (top picture) and visited our state senator Mark Mullet.  He spoke about his legislation to annex the controversial Doughnut Hole property into Maple Valley, allowing for a new high school. soon to be built.  The Doughnut Hole was the nickname of  a parcel of unincorporated property within Maple Valley and one of the area's biggest political "footballs".
I watched the State Senate convene (middle picture).  They were honoring organ donors, not exactly the most controversial topic.  They are nearing a completion of the session.
The day was completed with a tour of the capitol building.  Below is the statue of Marcus Whitman, a physician and missionary who settled in would become the Walla Walla area.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lobbying In Olympia

King County Executive Dow Constantine adresses a rally at the  steps of the Washington State Capitol.  Constantine was speaking in favor of ending property tax constraints.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Erin Jones Meets The 5th District Democrats

When most candidates and office holders address the district meeting of the 5th Democrats, they usually speak and head to other meetings, Erin Jones, candidate for the position of  Washington State Superintendent Of Public Instruction, waited to be the last to speak.  After her speech, outlining her vision of  the future of public education in the state, Jones stayed for the entire meeting, which ran towards 10 in the evening.
Jones, a tall woman, tried out for two WNBA teams and played basketball in Mexico City at one point but decided that she really didn't want to make a living as a professional athlete, but as an educator.  She has previously worked for both present Superintendent Randy  Dorn and previous top Educator Terry Bergeson.  She was born in the U.S. but was raised in Europe. She speaks four languages.
 According to Jones, Dorn will not be seeking reelection.  The charismatic Jones was endorsed by the 5th Democrats.  The election for Washington Superintendent Of Public Instruction, a non-partisan race, will be held in 2016.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Veep Season 4

Veep, the HBO comedy about the behind the scenes of a fictional Vice President of the United States is back,  along with her barely competent, but lovable staff.
  I was somewhat disappointed with the season premier.  The VP Selina Meyer, who is played brilliantly by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is now president after resignation of  the sitting president, that was played out at the end of last season.  The transition and the establishment of new characters, took up much of the episode.  The premise, was great though as she learns what she can and cannot do as president.  That is played out by her teleprompter going blank as she begins her joint session of Congress address.  Virginia Podesta had a much more positive review of the episode, click here

Monday, April 13, 2015

Walla Walla Radio Memories 11: Vintage KUJ

It's been awhile since I've posted anything from Joe Drazan's Bygone Walla Walla page.  This KUJ ad was published when Herb Studebaker owned the station. I believe he is the original owner of the station.  The year of this ad was listed as 1957.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hilary Announces Her Candidacy

Hilary Clinton is officially in the race for president.  This will be Clinton's second attempt, after running into unexpected opposition in the last go round by then Illinois Senator Barak Obama. 
Clinton's perception seems to have changed a great deal during her time in and out of public office.  She has worked hard to overcome mistakes that she thought were responsible for hindering her first presidential campaign. 

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

After a day of warm sun,  cold rain alternatively,  a rainbow breaks out over Lake Sammamish where we are housesitting.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Jack Nicklaus makes hole in one

Although I was not a golf fan when I was a kid, two names transcended the sport, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. After many decades of golfing, Nicklaus gets this hole-in-one.