Sandeep Kaushik is a political and public affairs consultant in Seattle. In a previous life, he was a staff writer and political columnist at the Stranger, and did a stint as a Washington State correspondent for Time Magazine and for the Boston Globe, back in the olden days when such positions still existed.
Eight clowns entered and eight clowns exited two hours later. In the interim, there were stretches of boredom punctuated by regular descents into the hyperpolarized subterranean crazy (where so many Republicans live in these MAGA days), and by a few sharp, revealing, and somewhat entertaining exchanges.
The outcomes of the primary races mostly played out as expected. The basic pattern of Seattle municipal politics has held: each race advanced has one finalist rooted more in the left lane, and the other in the more moderate lane.
Because I genuinely believe that collecting art will enrich your life, whatever your circumstances, and because I’m getting paid to write this, I am going to convince you that it’s cool to buy and collect art.
Most observers believed the battle was on, and that capital-gains-tax defenders were facing an uphill battle to preserve the tax. As it turns out, the pro-tax folks would end up winning the battle before it even started -- at least for now.