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.

Some Brilliant Journalism about the Black Brilliance Project

Schofield did painstaking work in reconstructing the internal dynamics of the Council’s approach to the hastily developed contract, born in the immediate aftermath of the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests.

Primary Results: Same as It Ever Was

At the top of the marquee, in the mayor’s race, same as it ever was.

Under Abandonment: A Gripping Account of Last Summer’s East Precinct Debacle

Raftery deftly captures the power dynamics and tensions roiling SPD leadership, and between the mayor's office and SPD command staff.

Nash Collection Farm Worker Photos Get Front Page Treatment

The Nash Collection had been locked away in a sub-basement of the Washington State University Library since the early 1990s, with only about 100 low resolution images from the collection posted on the library’s website, until a Seattle couple posted a few of those images on Facebook.

Her Name is Elisia

Photographer Irwin Nash began documenting not just the political struggles of the farm workers but their domestic life as well. Along with agitation in the fields, he photographed weddings, community meetings, visits to the clinic, everyday life. “This was a labor of love,” he says. “It needed to be done.”

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.

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