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Friday, October 30, 2020

Want to end the Pandemic?

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In a a rationally governed world it could be done, thereby opening up the enormous range of coordinated actions available to policy makers ready to look at hard facts before making hard but firm choices.

TrumpWatch: Connecting Debt with Disease

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Perhaps Trump’s relentless drive to “get this pandemic over with” is primarily driven by his business circumstances.

Remembering Janice Niemi and All She Did For Women

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Judge Niemi knew women needed encouraging because she herself had faced much prejudice when she graduated -- among the first women to do so -- with a J.D. degree from the University of Washington law school. In those days, there were few options open to her.

Tracking the Pro-COVID Vote

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The Covid numbers are quite stable, with a slight majority not ready to die. Texas is way more ready for death than Washington state, the land of wusses. .

A Dog’s Take on The Lewis & Clark and on that Black Dog Depression

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The book is narrated by Meriwether Lewis’ dog, Seaman, a Newfoundland. As such it is a great introduction to this important chapter in American history. And there really was a “Seaman.”

The Job Machine Sputters

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Nationally, economists have been predicting that the recovery from the pandemic recession would hit a wall, and we have hit that wall in Washington.

Apres les Protests: Portland Incumbents Facing Voters With Brooms

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In Portland, at least, there are early warnings to incumbents. Embattled, "embaffled" Mayor Ted Wheeler had seemed a shoo-in, but months of nightly demonstrations and violence that he seems powerless to end have now put Wheeler in a tie with his challenger,

Democrats Face A Hard Call: Stripping Away at Police Unions

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The police unions would fight back furiously, counting on rural legislators in state houses, alarmed homeowners, and Congressional tough-on-crime lawmakers to protect their sweet deals.

Which Trump Books Should you Read?

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It's been my lot to end up reading a number of the more prominent books about the Trump era, so I can give some advice. "Rage" (backed by 17 tape recordings of interviews with Trump) is the number-one enduring read.

Younger Evangelicals Are Cooling on Trump

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“The president’s perceived lack of ‘Christian kindness’ is already hurting him with faithful Americans in general. According to a recent survey of religious voters..., “the perception that Trump lacks basic Christian kindness is the strongest driver of defecting from Trump in 2020.”

WA Gov Debate: Inslee Versus the Fringe

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I doubt most Washingtonians were persuaded that god and guns will protect them from the worst public health crisis in a century.

What Will Gov. Jay Inslee 3.0 Be Like?

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As for what Inslee has in mind for the third term, he's not saying. That's in part because there's no need to in such a lopsided race, and in part because Inslee is not really a policy guy.

A Symbol of Failure

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I wish him recovery and good health, but cannot forgive the ugly way he has divided us, nor his failure to vigorously counter that virus, still sweeping across our country.

Is Seattle’s Brand Damaged?

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One possible idea for Bellevue business leaders would be that all marketing materials should include a reference to "Seattle's premier side, the Eastside."

What’s Wrong With Amy Coney Barrett?

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What’s wrong with Amy Coney Barrett is the man who has nominated her to the Supreme Court and the circumstances under which he chose to forward this nomination.

My Tea with RBG

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What would you have asked Ruth Bader Ginsburg if you unexpectedly found yourself chatting like girlfriends?

City Council Showdown: Mayor’s Budget Veto Overturned

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The good news is that there is now a balanced 2020 budget again. The bad news is that problems still remain.

My Love Affair With RBG

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Justice Ginsburg never failed to credit her mother, saying, "She made reading a delight and counseled me constantly to be independent and fend for myself." Ruth often repeated her mother's advice that getting angry was a waste of your own time. When her mom was bedridden, soon to die of ovarian cancer, "Kiki" (Ruth's childhood nickname) did her homework on her mom's bed.

This Year’s Election: Not Just a Political Argument

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The starting point in dealing with such an adversary is to admit our own powerlessness. The powerlessness of our usual methods and mindset. It’s a starting point, not an end point.

A Thank-You to Bill Gates, Sr., 94: All the Things We Strive To Be.

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If you admire Crosscut.com, as I do, remember that Bill Gates Sr. saved it, made it happen. He made a lot happen, particularly at his heart's desire, the University of Washington.

As Offices Leave Downtown Seattle, Where Will They Head?

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A factor in the exodus from downtown is the move not just to the Eastside but to urban neighborhoods in Seattle, such as the new restaurant row on Beacon Hill. Restaurants and retail are rediscovering neighborhoods, where cars can find parking and a stable customer base can be tapped.

Being the DJ in my Head Should be a Dream Job. Alas…

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Unfortunately, my DJ has hideous taste in music. He loves songs from my pre-pubescent days in the early 1950s. Songs like "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"

The Woodward Revelations: What Took Him So Long?

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Woodward's basic defense is that a book is designed to give more context to incendiary quotes, which takes time, and naturally he needed to find out if Trump was, as usual, lying about what he knew and why he minimized the pandemic.

Trump’s Chumps: The Voters Who Could Be Left in the Lurch If Biden Wins

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What went wrong? Trump went wrong. He built his constituency but then he couldn't build on it.

Out-of-Doors In The High Country Of Eastern Oregon (and Contemplation of the Indoors)

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There are more cars parked at area trailheads than at any time in my memory. So lots of folks hiking and backpacking to what we call “the high lakes.”

Memo: The Iconic Baby & Co Is Closing Its Downtown Store After 44 Years

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The "bitter" piece of this news was coming to terms with the fact that the once-thriving and dynamic neighborhood stopped feeling safe. City officials and landlords gave up trying to reclaim Seattle's original luster.

Amazon’s Real HQ2 2: Threat or Opportunity?

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So, apparently, no more expansion in Seattle, no more dabbling in trying to shift the politics of the city. See ya!

A Progressive Church Tries to Deal with Its Whiteness

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A mentor's advice: “In predominately white congregations people believe God needs them. In predominately black churches, people understand they need God.”

Covid Pushes Arts To Innovation. Will That Happen Here?

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An interesting innovation in Atlanta is to create a new kind of local opera company, built around notable singers who live in Atlanta. This kind of repertory company has the flexibility to put on all kinds of imaginative performances.

Remembering the Days When Elections Were Marked By Collegial, Bipartisan Cooperation

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Regardless of whether the offices on the ballot were partisan or non-partisan, I would meet with the the Republican and Democratic county chairpersons, always collegial and cooperative, to insure we had sufficient bi-partisan volunteers to be on duty election day.