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From “STOP COBI SEWER TAX TAX” to “OBAMA”

At first glace, you might think this sign that spouted up on Madison Avenue might indicate the island’s most prolific sign maker had an election night epiphany, switched parties and decided to be more concise in his roadside rants.

I doubt it.

My guess is that the island’s most prolific sign maker (whose recent right-of-way exclamations include “STOP COBI SEWER TAX TAX,” “NO PARX TAX $~$&,” and “DRILL NOW”) has an imitator, albeit one whose message likely resonates with a larger number of islanders.

Fun Fact: Didja know that Bainbridge Islanders in 2008 spent almost $300,000 on the candidate emblazoned on the above sign? His Republican opponent managed to draw just $40,000.

Inslee on Obama’s shortlist for interior secretary

U.S. Rep. Jay Inlsee of Bainbridge Island was mentioned in a Politico report as one of two picks for the next interior secretary and the only Washingtonian named as a possible Barack Obama appointee.

Politico’s list of possible Obama appointees was compiled with input from sources close to the presidential candidate.

The interior secretary oversees of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the environmental lawyer and son of Robert F. Kennedy, was also mentioned as a potential candidate for the job.

Inslee rumored as possible pick in Obama cabinet

Congressional Quarterly mentioned island Congressman Jay Inslee as a possible choice for interior secretary in Barack Obama’s cabinet, should he win the presidential election next month.

Here’s what CQ had to say about the Bainbridge Democrat:

During six terms representing suburban Seattle, he has become one of the leading liberal voices in the House on energy and natural resources issues. He is a strong advocate for environmental protections on public lands and has opposed controversial proposals to allow more logging in national forests. So for environmental groups he would be an attractive pick. Advancing renewable sources of energy is a top priority of his, and Inslee would mark a clear reversal from Bush administration priorities to aggressively expand oil and gas development, and mining. But he would be a controversial choice who could alienate conservatives and Western energy producers.

What do you think of Inslee, as interior secretary, taking the helm of the National Park Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management?