The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future has released their 2014 Digital Future Report and it has some interesting information concerning the internet and politics. The section on the the Internet and the political process starts on page 129 of the report and is certainly interesting reading for those of us who use the internet to attempt to influence the political process.

A snippet from the report:

Political power and influence
Users who said. . .
. . . the Internet has become important for political campaigns 71%
. . . by using the Internet public officials will care more about what people think 32%
. . . the Internet helps people to better understand politics 58%
. . . the Internet can give people more say in what government does 32%
. . . by using the Internet people like you can have more political power 34%
. . . Users who said it is safe to say whatever they think about politics while online 31%

To view the complete report click here

 

 

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In a shocking display of partisan politics at last nights meeting of the Oak Harbor City Council the council replaced Mayor Scott Dudley as the representative from Oak Harbor on the Board of Directors at Island Transit.

This was done without any public notification what so ever. The item was added to the agenda by Councilman Severns at the last minute. There was no publication of the agenda that including the agenda item so many of those who are affected by the problems at Island Transit never knew it was going to occur. The normal date for the council to make appointments such as this is the last meeting of the year which will occur on the 16th of December, the next council meeting. It is very obvious that this change in appointment and change in the date of the agenda item was done to stop the public from being notified about an item coming before the council that is of great concern to all residents of the county.  Those the most effected by this change were not given the opportunity to speak to the council or give input before this decision was made.

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Now the celebrations can begin! Rick Hannold prevailed in todays recount. Rick won the District 3 Commissioners seat by 144 votes!

Pox on those that say their votes don’t count…

Dear Island County Citizens,

It’s time to set the record straight regarding the error filled narrative of Island Transit Board of Directors Chairman Bob Clay and the remaining “old guard” Board members Helen Price Johnson and Jim Sundberg.

LIE:

According to the Saturday, November 29th Whidbey News-Times article “Coupeville Council Calls Mayor Dudley Visit Inappropriate” Bob Clay stated the following:

“This month, transit has more than $724,000.00 in available working cash. We are on target with what our recovery plan was.  By the end of 2015 the Board anticipates having an ending working cash balance of $844,000.00 and plans to move $525,000.00 into reserves.  This is a balanced budget.  It’s doable”.

TRUTH:

Yes, they have $724,000.00 but, their typical obligation BEFORE they receive additional funds runs between $800,000.00 and $900,000.00.

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 Transit  Board  members Clay, Price-John son and Sundberg should be replaced and…

Servatius with his demonstrated ego driven narcissistic personality should never be allowed to replace Scott Dudley who has excellent credibility with Rep Dave Hayes and other elected officials in Olympia.
Servatius is an embarrassment to Oak Harbor citizens and he would destroy all progress made  to date with Dudley’s leadership in identifying the causes of and needed actions to solve the operational problems at Island Transit.
The citizens of Island County need Dudley to finish the clean up of Island Transit.
His knowledge and leadership of “Citizens for a Better Island Transit”  must continue.
We deserve a better Transit service and Dudley to  finish the job.

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Ex Commissioner Homola still hasn’t learned why the voters got rid of her a couple years ago.
She’s at it again trying to gather all her friends, like minded shills, WEANies and Agenda 21 no growth land grabbing control freaks for a demonstration at the Commissioners  meeting.

Following is an Email she sent to her clan trying to flood the Commissioners meeting with “her” people to show the current Commissioners how powerful she is and they better respond to her requests for Conservation Futures increased funding:

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Rick Hannold wins the District 3 Commissioners race by 143 votes!

If this does not convince you that your vote and your efforts do not count nothing will.

There will be a recount as there is only .4833% difference between the 2 candidates. But it is suspected that this will not change any of the results due to the excellent job that Sheilah Crider and her staff does for the elections in our county.

Congratulations Rick!

For the full voting results see the Island County Elections page:

http://results.vote.wa.gov/results/current/Island/default.htm

Here is a link to the entire video of the Island Transit Board of Directors meeting held on 11-21-2014 or click the title above to view the embedded video:

 

http://youtu.be/p7FGFapEY98

 

At the 11-21-14 meeting of the board of Island Transit a childish immature display was brought forth by Joel Servatious Oak Harbors alternate member to the board of Island Transit. It seems that Oak Harbor’s alternate member of the board brought it upon himself to seat himself as the regular board member from Oak Harbor even though the permanent representative from Oak Harbor was in attendance and objected to his actions. This is really stunning behaviour by Mr. Servatius, he knows he was chosen as the alternate board member and was to only fill in when the regular board member Mayor Dudley was not present. Mayor Dudley was present at this meeting and Mr. Servatius ignored that fact taking it upon himself to seat himself at the dias. Oak Harbor’s bad acting and actors are now on display at Island Transit Board meetings, thanks to Mr. Servatius.

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The video below was taken at the Senate Transportation Committee meeting held on 11-20-2014 where the findings of the recent audit of Island Transit were discussed with the committee.

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Details of I-594:

(9) “Firearm” means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.

(10) “Gun” has the same meaning as firearm.

http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_483.pdf

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The Lynden Pioneer Museum will remove World War II-era guns from a current exhibit and return them to their owners, to avoid violating the new background-check law, according to the museum’s director.

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Several years ago Oak Harbor Mayor Jim Slowik, a former Transit Board member recommended  Island Transit should consider charging a ridership fee because  it makes sense that Island Transit should charge a fare with costs of fuel and their need of a new office facility that charging fares would  be a way to get an income,
Slowik also said Island Transit should speak with Skagit Transit about their method of charging fares.

Martha Rose, executive director of Island Transit, rejected  the  fare plan saying  the move still doesn’t make sense financially.

Obviously  the  Board  was then and still is,  not  in  charge;  Rose  was  the  final decision maker and  things  were done “her way or no way”

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