Dick Lilly

Dick Lilly is a former Seattle Times reporter who covered local government from the neighborhoods to City Hall and Seattle Public Schools. He later served as a public information officer and planner for Seattle Public Utilities, with a stint in the mayor’s office as press secretary for Mayor Paul Schell. He has written on politics for Crosscut.com and the Seattle Times as well as Post Alley.

Jenny Durkan’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good,Very Bad Week

Durkan heard this clamor from the streets, the public, and perhaps her own advisors. A week earlier she banned tear gas for 30 days. Nevertheless, that was far from enough to take control of the issue, to stand her up as a leader.

Let’s Insure Employment, not Unemployment

Changing "unemployment" insurance to employment insurance, paying to keep workers on the job can soften the impact of the coming recession.

This Year’s Clinton Emails Slur – Joe Biden’s Son

In the impeachment games, Trump got off and Biden got smeared. Get ready for Emails 2.0.

After Day One: Failure To Move The Needle

While everybody here is pretty much on the mark for the way they and people in the liberal bubble saw and reacted to the marvelous calm decency in...

A Better (And Fairer) Way To Fund Medicare For All.

What employers now pay for their workers’ health insurance should be paid NOT to the government but to the workers as a raise – both the portion already taken out of employee paychecks and the company’s share.

District 3: Sawant is Key to the City Council’s Future

Let’s suppose Sandeep Kaushik’s analysis is pretty close to predictive. It’s not cause for optimism among those who’d like to see the city council move even a little bit toward the center.

Political centrism: Smug, weak and misguided

The political center isn't always where you want to end up. Pundits filling print or online op-ed pages or pontificating on cable news think they’re pretty smart because, unlike elected officials, they have the wisdom to see and urge on us the middle way: compromise and all our problems are solved. Until 1980 or so, that was a workable way to look at governing.

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