Hello Loyal Readers,
We have a double-stuffed Friday Odds and Ends today, so hold onto your hats, it is going to be a doozy.
Patti Brooks, KGMI’s conservative morning host who played the Sean Hannity to Joe Teehan’s Alan Colmes for many years, is leaving the station. Rumor has it that she is leaving to run for County Council. I’m having a little trouble identifying where she lives, but I believe she would run in the 1st (Kathy Kershner) or the At-Large position (Bill Knutzen) but both of those are held by conservatives, so I’m skeptical. Before anyone asks, yes, I shot off a proposal to Michael O’Shea, the general manager of the Cascade Radio Group, and asked to be Patti’s replacement. It is a long shot, but it is worth a try. So if you are reading this, Michael, bring me on board!
In other news, Sen. Hobbs, who I interviewed last year when he ran for Congress and is somewhat notorious for his fights with the teacher’s unions, was doorbelled recently by a volunteer with the teacher’s union who was passing out an anti-Sen. Hobbs mailer. Awkward! He took it in good cheer, but it goes to show, always check your sheets about who you are doorbelling before you knock.
Meanwhile, in Whatcom County applications for concealed weapons permits are on the rise. Check out this chart of percentage of concealed weapons permits to population compiled by the Bellingham Herald. Acme tops the list, making it the place I would least like to start a tickle fight with a stranger.
In national news, we crossed another milestone recently. In the last three years, there has been a drastic shift in public opinion on social issues. Marriage equality now enjoys a majority of support nation-wide, gun safety measures have overwhelming majorities behind them, sensible immigration reform is seeing numbers in the 2/3rds or better, and now, marijuana legalization. For the first time, a majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana. Not just doing medical, but full-fledged legalization. Support is especially strong (60%) among independents, outpacing Republicans and even Democrats on the issue.
Finally, I hope everyone stays warm and dry this weekend, they are predicting more stormy weather. I hope to have some of my coverage of the student elections at WWU posted this weekend, and next week I should have some tempting tidbits about the port, so stay tuned!