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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Mort Kondracke

Morton Kondracke is a retired Washington, DC, journalist (Chicago Sun-Times, The New Republic, McLaughlin Group, FoxNews Special Report, Roll Call, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal) now living on Bainbridge Island. He continues to write regularly for (besides PostAlley) RealClearpolitics.com, mainly to advance the cause of political reform.

Democratic Voters Swing Left, But Moderates Still Have an Edge

Political analyst William Saletan thinks the moderates are winning the nomination, but the liberals have won the decade. He's partly right.

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.

Civic Heavyweights, Unite. You Are In Danger Of Losing Our Democracy.

The threat cries out for intervention by respected figures — acting together to maximize their influence and encouraging concerned citizens to join them in a movement to safeguard democracy.

Dem Debate: Warren Debunked; Looking At Amy And Pete

Warren's failure to answer the medicare cost issue hurts her. Her wealth tax is likewise improbable and likely unconstitutional. Time to look at Amy and Pete.

An Open Letter to John Kasich: Please Challenge Trump

History shows that when an incumbent president gets a serious primary challenge, he often loses the general election.

Dear Amy, Michael, Steve, John and Joe: Talking Points for Moderates

My agenda is different from that of many others in this race. It’s progressive, common-sense, do-able, unifyingly progressive.

Biden Reasserts His Frontrunner Status

Those who thought (as I did) that Joe Biden showed in the first Democratic debate that he had passed his sell-by date, was weak, would fade fast as front-runner—well all of us were proved wrong by his strong performance in the second.

Progressives Might Be Right, But Job #1 Is Beating Trump

Tuesday night could be called “moderate come-back night” and I hope one or more of the pragmatic realists will emerge and convince Democratic primary voters that beating Trump is more important than liberal purity.

Too Far Left? Democrats Risk Losing Non-White Voters

"There is an abundance of evidence," Thomas Edsall writes, "that the more liberal presidential candidates may be pushing into dangerous terrain, taking stands that could prove difficult to defend in the general election."

Democrats Need a Sister Soulja Moment

Before left-liberal candidates run away with the Democratic party and get Donald Trump re-elected, one of the moderate progressives has to have a breakout moment in the second round of presidential debates next week.

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King County, E-book-Lending Capital Of The World

King County Library System is the third-busiest e-book lender in the country (after the Los Angeles Public Library and the Wisconsin Public Library Consortium) and fourth-largest in the world (Toronto is No.1 with more than 6 million checkouts). But the Seattle region tops all libraries in digital checkouts when you add in Seattle Public Libraries, which posted more than 3 million digital checkouts in 2019.

Has Downtown Seattle Become a War Zone?

Add to the crime problem the coming years of "The Seattle Squeeze," caused by massive construction activity, and you have a Downtown Seattle under political strain.

Don’t Get Shot! Will Gray Wolves Be Dropped From The Endangered Species List?

If wolves lose all federal protection, as is now threatened, they still have the state. But Washington state policy looks uncertain.

Urban Asset: What To Do With Underused Churches

Purchasing a church is not easy, as the congregation is normally split between the sell-and-move faction and the nostalgic-stay-put group. It took the congregation of the Christian Science Church about 10 years to make a decision -- the kind of debate and delay that often chases off developers. But what lovely assets these old sanctuaries are!

Are We Going To Save Orcas Or Not? Another Blow to Chinook Salmon

"Fishery managers and NOAA could resolve this by moving Southeast Alaska’s Chinook fishery in or near the Alaskan rivers where their Chinook were born, allowing Chinook from down the coast to migrate back to their home rivers along the coast, and giving Southern Resident killer whales a chance to feed.”