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.

Open Wound: January 6 in Stark Images

It’s not a job, it’s a personal passion, a compulsion to witness – and to capture – the good, the bad, and the beautiful ugly of American politics.

Local Polls and Tossed-Towels: Political Shift Toward Taxing the Very Rich

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. 

The Midterms Are Shaping Up to Be a Bloodbath. It’s Seattle’s Fault.

I am increasingly dreading the upcoming November elections.

The Harrell Administration: Can you Feel the Love?

Harrell told the voters he would lead with love, and this speech demonstrated that he's dead serious about that. The question yet to be answered is whether that's going to be enough. 

Seattle Nice Podcast

PubliCola editor Erica C. Barnett and Post Alley writer and public affairs consultant Sandeep Kaushik, both former writers at the Stranger, dissect the Sawant recall.

Bubble Trouble: How Seattle’s Radical Left Grew and (Predictably) Got Whupped

The electorate wanted change and fresh ideas, as opposed to the performative ideological posturing and lockstep fidelity to the Twitter Left’s dittohead groupthink.

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.