Welcome to the Kitsap Politics Blog

Steven Gardner writes:

For the last 18 months or so this blog has been a place to discuss the pros and cons of what supporters and opponents called a potentially transformational project for Kitsap County, a NASCAR speedway.

It’s time to talk about something else.


So to all you political types, consider yourself officially “On Notice.”

I’ll explain Stephen Colbert’s presence in a moment. First let me tell you about the blog. This site will now be devoted to politics, focusing primarily on issues that involve or impact Kitsap County. At times we might engage in discussions of national issues. Even those, however, would likely have some impact here.

At the same time, we’re not killing the “Tracking the Speedway” blog completely. Its history will remain. We’re going to change the name and the address, but all the previous content will remain.

For the past five months the conversation about the speedway has been a political one as the NASCAR bill moved through the Legislature. In fact, I’d argue that most the content we had before could even be considered in a political context.

You had good arguments here. Bad ones too. We don’t want to lose all that content or keep it alive on a blog that should no longer exist. So it’s getting a new address and a new name.

Another reason to start this blog is that we’ve had political issues that didn’t fit here because the board was so specific. Those issues either found their places on other blogs, or didn’t get discussed here.

For example, in December we posted a video showing the difference between Randy Neatherlin’s photo on his campaign ad and the one on a Democratic ad. Had we a political blog then, that entry would have ended up on that instead of on “The Bremerton Beat.”

Every reporter on the Local News desk here will be able to add content. There will be overlap between the blogs. In fact, I’m sure we’ll develop an understanding of where to address issues as time goes on. We’ll learn by doing.

So over the next couple weeks, once the Web guys get everything settled with the redesigned Web site, we’ll change the name and the address of this blog. Thank you for your contributions here and keep them coming.

In fact, we haven’t decided on a name yet. We may settle for “Kitsap Politics,” but we welcome your suggestions.

Regarding Mr. Colbert’s presence, the “On Notice” board will be a regular feature here, as it was on “The Bremerton Beat.”

“You’re on notice” means “I’m watching you,” not “You’re dead to me,” which is a different board. Send me your nominations for things or people you’re getting a little suspicious of, or getting a little tired of, or you think isn’t getting the attention it should. Feel free to duplicate other peoples’ nominations. If something gets nominated a lot, it’s more likely to get on the board.

Then again, this isn’t scientific and is subject to the blogmaster’s personal bias and sense of what’s relevant and/or funny. The board will be updated as frequently as once a week.

As for this week’s board, the first seven are all political references, and Tori Spelling is on there for grins. She may be dead to her mother, but she’s only on notice here.

3 thoughts on “Welcome to the Kitsap Politics Blog

  1. “Kitsap Politics” may be the focus, but I would prefer something along the lines of “Kitsap Klatsch” for a name — to indicate that this is an informal “gathering” for conversation about topics chosen by the hosts, rather than a place for politicos to drive us all crazy (or away).

  2. Bob,

    Most of us bloggers are already crazy, so at least we can’t be driven far. ;=)

    The battles are usually brief. The wars are intolerably long. (smile)

    Kathryn Simpson

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