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Chris Vance

Former Washington State Republican lawmaker and State Party Chairman. Republican nominee for the US Senate in 2016. Now an independent.

Now Is the Time to Create a New, Third-Way Party

The battle for the soul of the Republican Party has been lost. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is in the midst of a struggle between establishment one-nation centrists and self-described democratic socialists. What to do?

The Party’s Over, Republicans

Sondland has destroyed every Republican line of defense.

Enough Stress Already!

Our system wasn’t designed to tolerate this level of partisan stress.  A system based on checks and balances, and dependent upon compromise, has no answer...

Trump Could Win in 2020, but the GOP Is Losing Suburbs and Sinking Fast

That national Republican suburban collapse is driving politics here too. Since Trump became the face of the GOP, Republicans have lost 12 seats in Olympia, and one seat in Congress, all from suburban districts. That is likely to continue next year.

It’s Time to Modernize Our Broken American Political System

Article V of the Constitution allows the states to call a new convention to suggest amendments to our system. Given that most of the needed reforms will require a constitutional amendment, has the time come to use that power?

The Republican Defense of Trump Is Full of Holes

Trump has abused his public trust and has acted outside the proper performance of his duties. If this isn’t impeachable, nothing is.

Dem Debates: Intensifying the Civil War in the Democratic Party

The liberals gave as good as they got, blasting “corporate” Democrats who only want to make incremental change.

The G.O.P. Is Down and Out in Washington State. This Is Not Good.

A one-party political landscape isn't healthy, no matter which party it is. But our rigid adherence to the two-party system isn’t rational, so no serious alternative party is in the works, at least not yet.

Does Impeachment Make The End Of Our Two-Party System Inevitable?

There are two possible forms the new party system could take. Either dominance by a centrist Democratic party, or the emergence of a third major party that would stand between the newly socialist Democrats and Nationalist/Populist Republicans.

The Constitutional Case for Impeaching Trump Now

House Democrats, you have the power to maintain the relevance of the Constitution. Do your job. Do your duty.

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Now Is the Time to Create a New, Third-Way Party

The battle for the soul of the Republican Party has been lost. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, is in the midst of a struggle between establishment one-nation centrists and self-described democratic socialists. What to do?

I-5 Seattle Mess: Don’t Just Lid It

“The execution of I-5 was a mistake. The challenge before us is to maintain the vital connection I-5 provides, but also heal the damage [on Seattle] its construction inflicted.”

Baby Steps Toward a Regional Approach to Homelessness

The Seattle region has long been, as with Los Angeles, virtually immune to regional governance. Accordingly, these baby steps have been fraught.

At the Grassroots Level, Unlike in DC, Political Reform Is Taking Hold

Steadily growing and idealistically motivated, the movement has the potential of being as important in reforming politics as the Progressive movement was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Impeach Trump: Thank Joe

If not for Vice President Joe Biden, it would be much quieter these days in our nation’s...