Podcasting Liberally

The podcast emerges from it’s summer hide-away in the San Juan Islands for a special one-on-one edition with Washington State Senator Ed Murray. Goldy kicks off the podcast asking Sen. Murray about his decision not to run as a write-in candidate for Seattle Mayor. The mayoral topic naturally leads to the proposed deep-bore tunnel replacement for the viaduct and other regional and statewide transportation issues. The discussion touches on the status of the SR520 floating bridge replacement, that other tunnel idea, and transit over the bridge.

Sen. Murray then offers his reflections on Referendum 71, and what needs to happen to ensure passage of the referendum that will preserve the “everything but marriage” law. (Please visit Washington Families Standing Together to find out what you can do to help.)

The show is 21:26, and is available here as an MP3:

[Recorded live at the Seattle chapter of Drinking Liberally. Special thanks to Confab creators Gavin and Richard for hosting the Podcasting Liberally site.]


  1. 1

    YLB spews:

    He died early this morning…and they still won’t pay

    He was prudent, and smart, and planned ahead: he bought a long-term care policy, for himself and for his wife. And he made the payments for them, always on time, month after month, year after year.

    She died long before she needed assisted living or a nursing home, so the insurance company won that bet and got to pocket the money. He spent the last year in a nursing home, and died without ever seeing a single dollar from his insurer.


  2. 2

    YLB spews:

    This is just a Dem thing now. Forget the Republicans – led by and answering to extremists and negotiators in bad faith.

    Freaking Medicare Part D was passed in reconciliation.

    If the “socialism” of Medicare Part D could be passed under Republican majority by reconciliation then health insurance reform with a public option can be done as well.

  3. 3

    YLB spews:

    Hey Stupes. Mike Steele is a class act:

    “My mother died of cancer 6 months ago because she could only afford three of her six prescription chemotherapy medications,” she projected. “There are 50 million people in this country who could end up like my mom, suffering or dying because they do not have adequate health care. Everyone in this room and everyone in this country should have access to good health care.”…

    After saying that he believed in a mature, honest discussion and not in shouting, Steele said, “People are coming to these town meetings and they’re like [he then shakes].” He then looked and gestured right at Ms. Duzak and said, “It makes for great TV. You’ll probably make it tonight, enjoy it.” He then turned his back to her, as the crowd clapped.


  4. 5

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @4 Doesn’t this happen every year? Haven’t California’s dry, scrubby hillsides been burning for millions of years? Then stupid humans came and built houses in the fire zones and, strangely, their houses went up in smoke. They should’ve listened to Ma Nature.

  5. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @3 I think we do need to take into account the wants and viewpoints of all our people. We should pass a public option that only Democrats can enroll in, and legislate that Republicans must stay in the private insurance system we have now.

  6. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    From the HuffPo article linked @3: “The RNC chair went on a long rambling speech about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps ….”

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Like Republican trust fund babies do, eh?

    What to make of Michael Steele is a little more difficult. Steele came from modest beginnings, which makes it somewhat curious that his sister married the famous (and rich) boxer Mike Tyson. He earned low grades at Johns Hopkins University, which makes you wonder how he got a scholarship there. He failed the Maryland bar exam, which makes you wonder how he got into Georgetown Law School, and who paid his way there. After law school, he went into, and failed in, business. Perhaps his early interest and involvement in Republican politics greased some rails for him. Perhaps he got some preferential treatment, too. In any case, there isn’t much in his personal history that suggests he got where he is by merit.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    One of the comments under the HuffPo article about Michael Steel says, “repugnant answer to everything [is] you’re on your own.”

    That sums up Republican philosophy: “I’ve got mine, and fuck you.”

    We live in a free country, and you can vote for that kind of government, if you want. Some folks did a few months ago. But many more voted for change. They made it clear, at the polls, they’ve had a bellyful of Republicans’ hatred of government and for their less fortunate neighbors.

    We now have a Democratic president and Democratic supermajorities in both houses of Congress. So what are they waiting for? The people have spoken. Now Democratic politicians twiddle their thumbs.

    Yes, polls show the popularity of elected Dems is sinking, can’t imagine why, can you? Trolls, take comfort from these polls if you wish, but you’re fools if you do. This dissatisfaction won’t turn into votes to restore Republican rule, I guarantee it. In other words, do not ask for whom the bell tolls; it doesn’t toll for thee.

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    Puddybud is shocked SHOCKED spews:

    Here is a “tough” guarantee…

    This dissatisfaction won’t turn into votes to restore Republican rule, I guarantee it.

    Of course you have the whitey house fool.