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Sandeep Kaushik

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.

State Election: Status Quo at the Top, but No Big Blue Wave

It was largely a ho hum, status quo result rather than a blue wave election in Washington State, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some significant shifts that occurred under the surface of the topline stasis.

How to Assess Tonight’s Presidential Race Results

I’m probably going to badly embarrass myself by weighing in now, but hey, you only go through an election that feels this consequential once (I hope). So here goes.

Trump As Not-Trump. But It Doesn’t Matter

So, Joe Biden = Ronald Reagan. A uniter, not a divider. Which may be why he’s going to win.

Kamala Wins, But Mike Didn’t Lose

While I thought tonight’s back and forth was pretty close, and both sides got some moments to like about their candidate, it was clear nothing happened to change to change substantively the status quo. But a draw translates to a big win for Biden/Harris.

Biden Didn’t Win, But Trump Lost

Before the debate started, I posted in a Facebook group I participate in, “I would give close to even odds that a fistfight will break out between Trump and Biden. (I hope so!) And better than even odds that the debate will devolve into a race to incoherence.” That is more or less what happened. Disappointing, but not a surprise.

Should The Morrison Hotel Homeless Shelter Be Closed For Good?

In the Covid-19 era, can the traditional model of large shelters such as the Morrison Hotel survive?

New Poll: Washington State Residents Support State, Local Efforts to Contain Virus

Washington State voters see stark differences between the response of state and local government to the pandemic compared to the federal government’s response.

Understanding the Macroeconomic Impacts of the Coming COVID Depression

Lyn Alden Schwartzer provides the clearest explanation I've seen of how the current situation differs from previous economic shocks like the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

Elizabeth Warren’s Wounds: The Candidate Who Made Seattle Swoon

Yes, part of the answer is clearly that many voters have a double, and more critical, standard when it comes to female candidates, particularly ambitious, successful, middle-aged women. But that’s not the whole answer.

Did the Real Joe Biden Just Stand Up?

Biden's short 13 minute victory speech Saturday night in Charleston was not just good. It was great. Biden was forceful. He was confident.

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