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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.

What Does Post-Republican Politics Look Like?

Critics have made the case that the term “centrist” is mushy and undefined, and that the political center doesn’t even exist. They have a point. Politics ultimately is about ideas and specific policy proposals.

How The Once-Powerful State GOP Blew Its Chance To Elect a Governor

Business was always leery of the Republican association with social issues, but the big point of contention was over transportation funding. Republican opposition to gas tax increases and support for Eyman’s initiatives cutting transportation funding dampened business support.

Early Handicapping 2020 Washington State Elections

Until very recently the King County suburbs were the state’s main battleground. Now the swing districts are in Pierce, Mason, Clark, Cowlitz, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. There are ZERO competitive partisan races in King County this year.

It’s Looking More Like We’re Going To Have a Historic Political Realignment This Year

2020 could be a realigning election like 1860, 1896, and 1932: an election that ushers in a new era of one-party dominance.

An Election Now Shaped By Pandemic Politics

Polls are now fluctuating dramatically. Trump’s approval ratings are up. Majorities approve of his handling of the crisis. And yet Biden still leads in head-to-head match ups.

Handicapping State Elections: Blue Tide Rising

Republicans in Washington state are toast in 2020 unless something HUGE happens to change the national trajectory.

An -Ism Primer: We Need to Define Our Political Terms

Very soon America may be forced to choose between neo-fascism and socialism, and we still have a third option, One Nation centrism on the table. But first we need to define what we're talking about.

Why Attack Iran? Likely It’s Trump’s Anti-Obama Obsession

This confrontation with Iran has taken on a life of its own. Iran will make the next move. In a rational world Congress would then to do its job and stop this madness.

Caught In Mega-Trends: Economics And Diversity

Economic angst layered on top racial or ethnic tension -- that mixture has always been toxic. We went through similar turmoil in the 1850s and the 1920-30s. We are once again two nations, divided by race, culture, and education.

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?

Latest Post Alley Posts

Mayor Durkan Snaps And Out Pops a Decisive Mayor

It is extremely unlikely that the council would heed her advice and investigate and punish Sawant, even though few on the council harbor any affection for the boundary-pushing socialist.

We’re Number One! (In Property Crime)

As local leaders consider restructuring their police departments in response to citizen concerns, they will need to consider the impact that those restructurings will have on the ability of the departments to respond to the very high levels of property crime in the region. And those leaders may want to step back and ask how Seattle ended up with such high rates of property crime in the first place.

Godden: Remembering A City Hall Watchdog, Fauci Bobbleheads, and AWOL Pirates

At Seattle City Hall, you could see Mr. Locke seated in a favored seat, usually in the front row of the council chamber, 10 seats from the right side. He habitually signed up to speak at committee meetings. In time, councilmembers could have written his speeches. He would tell us to "stop wasting so dang much money."

Indexer: Empty Roads Coming To An End? Yes, But Slowly

All kinds of trips have increased since the low points of late March and early April. As people have returned to work, transit use has increased. At the same time, the residential line has fallen by more than half, as people gradually emerge from their self-isolation.

One Of My Distant Ancestors Was An Oregon Missionary. Should His Statue Come Down?

Moving the statues around may be a sort of deck chairs on the Titanic exercise if we don’t do a deeper dive into the complex history of this nation. On the other hand, the statues could be an entry point.