Sometimes politics take second place to business. They have to at Jobster, a Seattle online employment company started last year by Jason...

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Sometimes politics take second place to business. They have to at Jobster, a Seattle online employment company started last year by Jason Goldberg.

Goldberg is a Democrat with a capital D. Before his tech career, he worked in the White House as a senior aide to President Clinton’s chief of staff.

But last week, Jobster named John Connors to its board. Connors, the former Microsoft chief financial officer turned venture capitalist, has become increasingly active in the Republican party, supporting the campaigns of President Bush and gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.

Connors said he won’t have any trouble working with Goldberg.

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“I figure if I spend enough time with him, I might be able to turn him,” he said.

Eyeing Loudeye

So King County Executive Ron Sims reportedly wants to buy Loudeye‘s building on Rainier Avenue South and use it to house a new elections center.

The $23 million deal could be a material gain for Loudeye — its total sales were $16 million last. But it sounds like a longshot for Sims to pull it off.

It also remains to be seen whether the county elections department can properly tally its budget and close the deal without misplacing the purchase order.

Nextel: We had a date

Could CEO social manners be a factor in the Nextel-on-Nextel lawsuit?

Nextel Partners said its CEO tried to arrange a meeting to hash things out with the Nextel Communications CEO in the wake of the latter’s merger deal with Sprint, but he was blown off. “Partners’ CEO had been prepared to fly to Reston, Va., until he learned that the Communications’ CEO would not attend the meetings,” the Partners lawsuit said.

Underlings from both companies went ahead and met, but they couldn’t sort out branding issues related to the merger.

Nextel Partners filed an injunction five days later. Perhaps they should have tried asking Miss Manners to intervene.

Surf before you swim

Apparently we need to spend even more time online before going outdoors and getting some exercise this summer.

The state departments of Ecology and Health are advising Washington residents to log on to a special Web site before hitting the beach to check for reports of bacterial pollution. Conditions at 71 beaches are being monitored by 360 volunteers and reports posted at (

“We want people to enjoy the beach without getting sick,” said Gary Fraser of the state Department of Health. The site’s nifty interactive map provides details about biotoxins, sewage outfalls and contamination affecting shellfish harvesting.

Hmmm. Maybe we’ll just stay inside and surf the Web.

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