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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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.

What Seattle Should Expect in 2020

In terms of fundamentals, compared to other American cities, upper-middlebrow Seattle in 2020 will remain the same as it was in 2019: white, woke, wealthy, and (sigh) too wet. Plus ça change.

Who’s Right About The Democratic Party: Joe Biden or The New York Times?

Biden's advisors surmised that the real majority in the party consists of non-college-educated whites and minority voters, the vast majority of whom don't tweet, aren't woke, whose attitudes about gender relations weren’t all that affected by #metoo.

Bye bye Kamala, Hello Pete: Why Buttigieg is Rising and Harris is History

Since September, Buttigieg has been doing what all of the Biden-lane candidates, Harris included, should have been doing from the outset but -- an abiding mystery to me -- apparently were too cowed by Twitter to do.

Impeachment: An Acela Corridor Parlor Game for the “Entertainment and Confirmation” Crowd?

House Democrat have no choice but to impeach Trump given what he's done, but they need to do it quickly, so it doesn't undermine what's really important: beating Trump in the November 2020 election.

Impeachment: The Cake Is Baked, So Get on with It

Rehashing in public the testimony, however convincing, previously given in private is unlikely to do much of anything to change the overarching dueling narratives, or rejigger the partisan divide.

Dem Debates: Warren Keeps Winning the Media Nod. But Why?

I still heard Warren being declared a debate "winner" by the talking heads, because she is queen of the Twitter-and-Pronouns educated white progressive wing of the party, and national journalists at papers like the Times and the Post are all card-carrying members of this cohort.

Seattle Primary 2019: Progressive Pragmatists Had a Strong Showing

Yes, Virginia, this is a change election. Contrary to the mistaken hot take analysis coming out of the Seattle Times newsroom, the primary night election results show that this is very much a backlash election against the current City Council status quo.

Populists Versus Pragmatists: Warren Wins

Warren won. She was disciplined, relentless, on message. And it's a simple, easy to digest populist message.

What to Expect from Seattle’s City Council Primaries (and What They’re Really About)

What we are witnessing is a battle for the soul of Seattle progressivism; between populist left activists who currently dominate the Council, and communitarian progressive pragmatists, who used to.

Et tu, Tom Steyer?

How many single-issue climate change activist candidates does it take to run for president? I suspect it's like Highlander; there is only room for one.

Latest Post Alley Posts

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.”