The New York Times’ Tom Edsall has established himself as one of the very best political analysts in the country, consistently backing his arguments with volumes of poll data and interviews with political scientists. Thomas Edsall In this article, like many he’s recently written, he is arguing that the Democratic left (I’d say, abetted by the media) is pushing the … [Read more...] about The way to beat Trump? Stay clear of extremes
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. If so, the news that activist billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer has jumped into the presidential race is obviously bad news for Jay Inslee. Steyer, who is as fixated on the threat of climate change as Inslee is, … [Read more...] about Et tu, Tom Steyer?
It looks like the presidential campaign of former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is coming to an end. Key advisers are leaving, and the pressure grows to get Hickenlooper to run for the Senate. John Hickenlooper, arts guy The campaign always was a long shot, mostly based on Hickenlooper's attractively quirky personality and creative centrism. His final fling was to … [Read more...] about Hickenlooper Out? – But First An Inspirational Arts Story
Several anti-Trump moderate-to-conservatives followed up on the Democratic Party Debates last month by worrying that the Democrats had let themselves be pushed too far to the left in their first big turn in the national spotlight. One was David Brooks who pleaded with Democrats to give him someone who he could vote for. Meaning, of course, not just him but those like him who … [Read more...] about How to make political change digestible
Invasion of the DADUs The Seattle City Council just passed, 8-0, zoning modifications that will make it much easier to build backyard cottages and parent-in-law units in the main house, all through the city. That puts us among the first to get on the train (after Minneapolis and Oregon) to overturn the once-sacred protections of single-family zoning. Here's a Slate … [Read more...] about The apartments are coming!
A lot of Democrats are lining up for pole positions, assuming Jay Inslee decides not to seek a third term. Here's a good Crosscut survey of the numerous wannabes, mostly for state attorney general. Hilary Franz Let me add a few observations. According to some sources, Inslee has informed the three leading aspirants to the governor's mansion -- A-G Bob Ferguson, King … [Read more...] about Dancing around Gov. Inslee
I was hiking recently with a friend who had turned eighty this spring. I asked how that felt. “I don’t recommend it,” she said. I chuckled. “What’s the alternative?,” “Only one,” she said, “and I don’t recommend it either.” It was the kind of dark humor shared by those in the third third of life. What is this time of life about? What’s our purpose now? Arthur Brooks … [Read more...] about The Work Of Aging: Managing Decline
Fulcrum is a project of Issue One, one of the leading national groups working on saving democracy from ruinous hyper-partisanship. The movement involves hundreds of thousand of citizens and thousands of activists in every state. In 2016, it succeeded in getting redistricting reform passed in OH, MI, MO, CO and Utah, taking the process out of exclusive management by … [Read more...] about Time is ripe for political reform
A recently released city study and comments from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan have stirred up a conversation about whether our public golf courses should be eliminated. The City of Seattle Parks Department commissioned Seattle-based Lund Consulting to prepare a strategic business plan to guide the future of Seattle’s public golf courses. Justifying the report, Mayor Durkan … [Read more...] about Teed Off: What’s Best Use for Seattle’s Public Golf Courses?
Ludovic Morlot Photo: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco Sunday afternoon, Ludovic Morlot concluded eight seasons of imaginative programming and fine music-making with the Seattle Symphony. But perhaps the most notable thing about the moment was not the performance but the lack of tension and uncertainty, the atmosphere of good-will attending the occasion. Seattle has only four … [Read more...] about Transition Without Tears At Benaroya Hall