This is my general wiki page for projects I'd like to keep here, rather than my blog.

Blogging guidebook for local elected officials in Washington State (including amateur legal considerations)

Cascadian National Soccer Team

Public conversation, not public comment Thinking about a way to evolved Washington State's public comment system to allow conversation between citizens.

Where did Quiemuth die?

List of beats for folks at Olyblog.

Working on an essay for Radio Open Source's summer hiatus project on Emerson's "Heroism." I'm thinking about the moment someone is recognized as a hero. Here are my (short short) notes from the ROS wiki.

Open Baseball League -- If western hemispheres baseball (mostly) were organized along the lines of a typical professional soccer league, with relegation and promotion of teams, this is what it would look like.

Open American Soccer -- same as above, but rather using the current MLS, USL-1 and USL-2 leagues in a promotion/relegation system from 2004 on.

Washblog projects

1. PCO story for Washblog PCO elections in King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap and Thurston counties. I've been thinking a lot about the PCO position since I was elected last year and since we've been fighting for open membership down here in Thurston County (which we recently got on Monday -- Yeah!). One of the things I've been bumping into is the perception of PCO as "elected officials," with special rights and responsibilities.

So, I looked at the PCO results for the above counties and found out that not only are there very few PCO elections only a small percentage (less than 5 percent) are actually contested.

I'm also poking around for some historic PCO results (from the 1950s hopefully) to make a historic comparison.

2. Since the beginning of the year, Dwight Pelz has been presenting the caucus challenge to county and LD orgs. The challenge includes a dramatic increase in the number of caucus attendees for each county, but when you take a close look at the numbers compared to total
registered voters its about a half of a percent. I just found that interesting.

3.
Did the DNC ever reject the joint caucus/primary? Well, no...
My state committeewoman forwarded me a transcript of a DNC rules committee meeting from 2003 when they were discussing Washington's delegate plan. While earlier this year the state Democrats said that the DNC would certainly reject a split delegate plan (caucus/primary) because they rejected it in 2003. What the transcript shows is that the state party rep backed down, and didn't try to force the issue.

4. The background contention by the folks that voted for the caucuses was that they "build the party" by getting activists involved. I don't
disagree with this, but considering the very few people that actually attend caucuses, I think there are some other ways to encourage participation.