I came across this at Northwest Folklife today and had to share it. If you haven't heard of i1329, it is an initiative that aims to give government full control over political spending. While that may sound like a great idea, it doesn't take a genius to see how this quickly becomes the incumbent protection racket. It's already a problem in Washington, the laws are so complex that you practically can't run for office without spending weeks researching rules and regulations that affect candidates.
I took part in my first PCO Revolution phone bank event yesterday, and wow, these guys are great. (Full disclosure: I run a little tech consulting operation that provides database and mailing support services for many Republican liberty style campaigns, including PCO Revolution.) They are all passionate volunteers working to restore the power to the grassroots by informing regular citizen voters of their duty to run for Precinct Committee Officer.
If there is one thing our Port Commissioners are good at, it is on doing things that benefit themselves. If you'll remember back to March, the port commissioners gave themselves a massive pay raise. Well it doesn't stop there! Now they have given themselves $2.5 million dollars worth of advertising at the Sea-Tac airport! For comparison, in the most expensive commission campaign ever, Bill Bryant spent $365,680.86 to get himself re-elected.
The primary has come and gone now. Thanks to all your dedication and support I received just over 42,000 votes, more than any other liberty candidate on the ballot in this election. Unfortunately, the results were not as good as expected. I came in just 3% short of second place, the cutoff to appear on the general election ballot. Hopefully with your future support, we will move Liberty on to the general election and to victory.
Now that the general election is upon us, I'd like to urge you to vote for the one candidate I think can still bring much needed change to the Port of Seattle. I have meet Mayor Pete Lewis several times over my campaign and I feel he is the only remaining candidate who isn't running provide kickbacks to his employer or to advance his career. Pete knows what we need to change at the port to bring jobs to the Puget Sound region, and he has the political experience to know how to do it. Please join me in voting for Mayor Lewis. Let's bring his experience of running a cost effective, responsive city to the Port of Seattle.
Yesterday a story broke on yet another downgrade in the port's bond rating, this time from stable to negative by Moody’s Investors Service. Investors are losing confidence, can we really keep doing the same things we've been doing for the past 100 years? We need new ideas, and new leadership to ensure our port is competitive in the twenty-first century. That is why I'm running for port commission.
Just over a week ago, I was at the Stranger with my fellow Port of Seattle Commissioner Position 3 candidates and the question of minimum wage came up. Both of my opponents are for increasing the minimum wage to $15, but I am not. It's not because I don't care about the minimum wage workers, actually that couldn't be more from the truth. Today I'm going to explain my views on minimum wage and why I believe it shouldn't be treated as a welfare program.