For more than eight years KPTK has provided an oasis of sanity in a commercial talk airspace dominated by the rabid right. Over the years it brought Al Franken, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Randi Rhodes, and other powerful wits to local airwaves. While it had no local hosts (save for Ron Reagan’s former Seattle-based syndicated show), it had a regular on-air calendar of political events.
The station’s impending demise is not due to any specific lack of ratings or popularity, but simply to corporate priorities. The station’s owned by the CBS Radio Stations Group. CBS has its own sports talk network in the works, and is “flipping” many of its AM outlets to make room for it.
Christine Gregoire, who recently proposed a same-sex marriage bill, is retiring and the likely Republican candidate for governor will be Rob McKenna. McKenna does not support marriage equality and you may also remember he sued the federal government and President Obama for his health care plan, in the name of the citizens of Washington State.
Jay Inslee is running as the Democratic candidate for governor and he fully supports bringing marriage equality to Washington state. He’s been encouraged by the willingness of legislators on both sides of the aisle to join the effort of passing it in the Legislature, and is hopeful they will succeed.
“Jay is a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allow the federal government to provide benefits to same-sex couples.” (The Olympian)
According to a recent poll by KING 5 News, Attorney General Rob McKenna has a 46-43 percent lead over Rep. Jay Inslee and as of year’s end, he had raised $3.76 million to $3.32 million for Inslee, and had $2.28 million in the bank to $2.03 for his Democratic opponent.
Why am I telling you this? So you can take action and join us in a fundraising brunch for Jay this Sunday, January 22nd 11:30 to 1pm at the home of James and Sue Tupper near Sandpoint by Lake Washington. The snow will be gone by Sunday and we can all drink a glass of champagne to Jay’s candidacy.
We need to fill the coffers and friends are asked to donate at least $250 to attend the event, to help Jay’s candidacy and to make sure we have equal rights for all of Washington’s citizens.
One year ago, Alex Steffen took the stage at Town Hall and called on Seattle to become North America’s first carbon neutral city. A year later, that goal is on its way to becoming official city policy. Steffen returns to talk about cities, Seattle, innovation, the climate, the economy and the state of the future. Environmental journalist Steffen co-founded Worldchanging, a critically-acclaimed sustainability site, with an archive of over 10,000 articles and a large global audience.
Nick Licata pays a visit to Cafe Racer and reminisces about the space when it was headquarters for SANE and some non-profit organizations he had worked with in the past. Nick has a long history of community activism in the Seattle area.
• Our friend David Gedye, who is always leading projects he cooks up with mind blowing results, just sent us an email for his newest project, a collaboration with CNN and Photosynth for an ambitious presidential inauguration project. He writes:
You’ll be interested to know that I’m on my way to Washington DC to help CNN with an ambitious presidential inauguration project that we cooked up a month ago.
The idea is to use Photosynth (the 3D photo technology I’ve been working on for the last few years) to capture the exact moment when the President-Elect becomes the President. We are using about 10 CNN photographers and thousands of people in the crowd, who are being asked to send us their photo of “the moment”.
If all goes well there will be a “synth” on the CNN website a few hours after the inauguration, and if it’s great, they will show it on their big Magic Wall on their TV broadcast sometime during the afternoon or evening of inauguration day. CNN is promoting the project on air already, so if you tune in today you’ll see graphics for “The Moment”, and Photosynth being demonstrated by Tom Foreman.
YES WE CARVE
Pumpkins for Obama. A collection of Americans (and beyond) showing Obama support in a fun, positive, October appropriate way. Download, carve & share YOUR Barack O’Lantern at www.YesWeCarve.com
…And on a possibly related note, Marlow and I are officially opening our Official Bad Art Museum of Art ( or O.B.A.M.A. ) on Saturday, November 15th. Have Fun, Be There! Details here. -JoDavid
It clocked in at around 700 posts and took about 7 hours. As crazy as a task as this may sound, we recognized the great potential to use public comments on media blogs as a stage for presenting plays, stories, improvisation and other acts of text based art. In an age where the blog forum is filled with chaos and random chatter, we saw an opportunity to create and present stories embedded in other organizations websites.
We encourage you to read the entirety of George Washington. We encourage you to reconsider the possibilities and potential for collaborative fiction. But most of all we hope you think about it, enjoy it, and give it a shot sometime. It is one way to get your ideas and your stories out to a larger audience.
I love this call to action. Shall we have a little collaborative fiction? Maybe if the presidential debates don’t happen tonight, some creative minds could enact fantasy debates in the comments of the appropriate political or newspaper blogs….