Sausage Links, cougar-hunting edition

Election 2008.

Praise the Lord and release the hounds — because our good state Legislature has enacted a law which makes it legal once again to use dogs to hunt cougars. Now, I didn’t even know cougar hunting was legal in Washington — minus Cougars wearing crimson — but apparently, it is. While the bill was actually passed by the Legislature in February, the Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold a public meeting on Friday to discuss whether the pilot program should continue for another three years.

Meanwhile, Micheal Reitz of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation has compiled a list of some other curious laws enacted by the Washington Legislature this year. My personal favorite: Violators may face up to $1,000 or up to a year in jail for selling raw or unprocessed huckleberries without a permit.

In Tacoma, Pierce County sheriff candidate Robert “The Traveller” Hill is pissing off quite a few people. For one thing, Pierce County wants him off the November ballot because he forged a judge’s signature. Yesterday, the Tacoma City Council kicked him out of a meeting for mocking proceedings during public comment by wearing a telephone headset and asking the council members to speak louder because he could “barely hear them on this connection.” From the News Tribune:

Two weeks ago, Hill removed his clothing at a City Council meeting and sat in the front row of the council chambers in only shorts or underpants and a T-shirt. He was sitting in a way that exposed himself to at least one council member on the dais, City Manager Eric Anderson said.

At this point, [the city’s prosecutor] is not recommending pursuing an indecent exposure charge, though she said a report would be made to document Hill’s behavior.

Game Preserve: Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., wants the B Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to be a national historic landmark. …

Game permit: While Mayor Greg Nickels and almost all City Council members agree that converting parts of Seattle’s Mercer Street to two-way traffic would a good idea, local neighborhoods groups say it isn’t. …

Not permitted: The City of Portland will sue you for advertising with sidewalk chalk.

Big game hunt: Chad Shue at WashBlog explains what it takes for a progressive pundit to get a job in Seattle. …

Natural habitat? While yesterday’s Wall Street Journal story says “Idaho is no longer a lock for Republicans,” the state’s lieutenant governor, a Republican, has raised $1.7 million in his U.S. senate bid — a million bucks more than his Democratic opponent.

Playing possum: The University of Washington is preparing to ask the Legislature for more money, despite the fact that the school raked in $2.68 billion from donors during the past eight years. …

Playing with the cubs: State Republicans reach out to the conservative youth vote — and actually find some. …

Lone wolf: Republican congressional candidate Mike Erickson has spent nearly $1.5 million of his own money in his bid to win Oregon’s 5th Congressional District. …

Big cat: Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Joel Connelly writes about former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his criticism of the GOP’s stance on global warming. …

Big deal: Washington Policy Center Blog reports Washington is seeking to improve government transparency by re-tooling its Web site’s search function. …

PAC hunting: GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi could soon be getting a boost from the Republican Governors Association, who will reportedly spend upwards of $30 million by Nov. 4. …

Releasing the hounds: Erica C. Barnett at The Stranger criticizes The Seattle Times for their soft coverage of yesterday’s big story about sexual harassment and Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland. …

And finally, Chris Mulick at the Tri-City Herald takes a look at the state’s new 2008 Primary Voter’s Guide. He’s sifted through it and picked out some interesting passages, including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christian Pierre Joubert’s support of “amazing dopamine-producing raw vegan chocolate mousses” and Reform Party gubernatorial candidate Will Baker’s conspiracy theory-based plea for voters to “please call 60 Minutes at (212) 975-2006 and please press zero to speak to a live person.” As always, good luck to everyone on the ballot. …

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