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Blog News IX

The Party of Commons has started several new blogs:

Northern Pacific Report:

Commons South:

Southern Northwest Commons:

Common Denominator:

The Political Playwright:

Post-script: Please, see our new site, "Commons Cool Sovereign," which is geared towards young adults interested in politics (can see by clicking on title link, above), and make a contribution to the Party of Commons, P.O. Box 612, Bellevue, WA 98009. Thank you!

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Mark's "New Department" Idea

In a bold new proposal for King County politics, Mark Greene has energized the King County Council, District 9 primary race with his idea of a county Department of Grievances, Solutions and Whistleblowers. As we mentioned in yesterday's essay, Mark first told the Seattle Times editorial board about this idea during his debate with Reagan Dunn (Ms. Tonda chose not to attend).

Yesterday, we listed the divisions in this proposed new department. Now, we will explain exactly how this department would work.

County or parish employees generally, in any state, often feel intimidated about the prospect of going to the brass in their own departments to talk about problems, make grievances or to give their ideas about how something should be done. They also do not feel welcome in human resource or personnel departments, because of the connection between department heads and the central hiring and disciplinary office. As a result of this distance between employees and management, employees wi…

A Draw in the Boardroom

The main candidates for King County Council in District 9, Mark Greene and Reagan Dunn, appeared together in the Seattle Times Editorial Boardroom (candidates being together for board interviews is apparently the usual procedure at the Times). In effect, this was a debate, and it pretty much was a draw. Incidentally, the third candidate in the race, Beverly Tonda, excused herself from attendance to take care of personal business according to the Times. Greene and Dunn were interviewed by Times Editorial Board members, Kate Riley, Lynne Varner and Lance Dickie.

For the first time, Mark Greene unveiled his plan for King County to confront serious problems in an innovative and business-like manner by proposing the creation of a new department: the Department of Grievances, Solutions and Whistleblowers. This department would have close contact with the public and with county employees, and would be divided into seven divisons: (1.) Waste & Inefficiency division (2.) Environmental Comm…

Blog News VIII

Two new blogs by "Commons" chairman, Mark Greene, will be started; one of which will be personally oriented rather than involving Party of Commons's business, although there will be a loose association. The Party of Commons gets virtually no contributions and Mark's hard work in running the party earns him no money whatsoever. Mark is trying to earn a living, independently, outside of party business, but will take a legally sanctioned salary from party business if forthcoming. Mark will start publishing his plays, prose and poetry, and start making his legal and political consultant business more known through the internet and through Party of Commons's websites and blogs. Mark needs business from lawyers, paralegals, or companies who would like to sign him up for a paralegal services contract, either short or long term. Readers who follow the Party of Commons will begin to notice this somewhat minor change, about Mark's job inquiries, immediately.

Regarding …

"Interrogator" Quizzes Chairman

While the chairman was campaigning for Initiative 432 (easy steps for candidates to run for office initiative), a man quizzed him regarding "Commons's" philosophy overall and position on health care. Mark met the challenge by explaining that we're economically progressive and that we're for a national health care plan, universal in nature, but not necessarily a single payer plan. Mark explained that any universal plan would be better than the present system, implying that incremental steps are sometimes necessary to eventually get to the most productive and worthwhile program. Then the man started questioning Mark about the specifics of "Commons's" plan. Mark explained that we don't have a detailed plan, implying that we are not a major party or even a relatively large minor party that has dozens or scores of staff people that can work on researching various issues and writing detailed position papers.

The Party of Commons is a very small part…