A Strong and Restive Bench: Attorney General Bob Ferguson in the Wing

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The emergence of a new front bench of Democrats are mostly prominently attorneys general who brought successful court challenges against Trump.

Trump Scoreboard: Toting Up the Legal Jeopardy

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Has he committed crimes?  Probably.  Will he be indicted for them?  Possibly.  Will we see him in prison?  Don’t hold your breath.

Surprise New Poll: Tight Race for Southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District

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Joe Kent, an ex-Green Beret, eliminated incumbent six-term Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in Washington’s top-two August primary.

Mr. Ambassador: Biden Taps Seattleite Roger Nyhus

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Nyhus helped Biden's campaign in Seattle and is a leader of LBGTQ causes. He has a reputation for knowing what buttons to push.

A Prosecutor’s Book: How Trump Weaponized “Justice”

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“I walked the tightrope for two-and-a-half years. Eventually, the rope snapped.”

After Herrera Beutler: Can a Centrist Democrat win over Southwest Washington?

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Congressional candidate Marie Gluesenkamp Perez knows her positions anger both Democrats and Republicans. Is it a winning formula?

What Does It Mean to Call Someone a Fascist?

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Writing on fascism, Trotsky noted its ultra-nationalist streak and that it stoked (and fed off) the anger and grievances of the middle class while at the same time being pro-corporation and anti-worker.

Phil Knight’s Folly? Why is a Self-Proclaimed Environmentalist Supporting a Timber Industry Candidate for...

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The $1.75 million he has poured into Betsy Johnson’s campaign is a big number, even for the billionaire Nike founder.

Gotta Have a Plan: Are State Republicans Ever Going to Get Their Act Together?

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Victimhood is not a recommended theme for reaching out. 

Do Democrats Have a Chance to Pick Up a Congressional Seat in Eastern Washington?

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The party’s urban leadership may have missed the memo. But hereabouts we know that demographically, things have changed in Eastern Washington.

Roundtable: Reforming Voting in Seattle, Portland, and Alaska

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A theory: "Recent moves to reform voting systems – here and elsewhere – are rooted in large part in growing public anxieties that our democracy, as currently constituted, is failing."

Memo to Trump: Democracies Often Prosecute Former Heads of State

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Has our image of exceptionalism, seeing ourselves as the most democratic and free republic, blinded us from applying the law to our former leaders?

Putting the Labor Back into Labor Day

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Originally, Labor Day was much about celebrating labor organizing. Now, it's more about celebrating the end of summer.

The Great Midterm Motivator: Abortion

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The results so far:  The Democrats have punched above their weight, increasing their vote in five special House races. 

Alaska Elects a Rare Democrat to Congress

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Mary Peltola will be the first indigenous Alaskan to represent the Great Land in Congress. 

Now We Know Who Spent Big to Try to Save Herrera Beutler

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These are professional Republican operatives looking to take the House for the GOP.

Democracy’s Peril: The Top Issue (and yet…)

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Latest poll: Together, pocketbook issues exceed concerns about democracy.

How to Make Governments Better Deliver Services

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Our current system of budgeting public services is ridiculous. It takes too long and it focuses on spending levels not the quality of the deliverables.

Department of Truck-Size Loopholes: Campaign Cash is Gushing in the Legislature

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This is basically pure special-interest money, raised $1,000 at a time from willing donors eager to court influence with powerful committee chairs and leaders in the Legislature.

Warren Magnuson’s Legacy is Instructive: The US Senate in 1970 Versus Now

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Of things accomplished and the nature of political rivalries.

Lessons from Hungary: How to Undermine a Democracy

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Hungary's Orban lays out the insidious steps that toss out democracy and accountability, while remaining popular with the electorate.

Joe Biden, Comeback Kid

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With or without his shades, Joe Biden is feeling good about himself.

Reform the Supreme Court? Heh! A Classic Catch-22

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What are the chances of getting enough votes for any sensible reform?  And if Congress now or after the mid-terms actually coalesced around changing the Court, should we be encouraged or scared?

Trump’s Revenge: Joe Kent Edges Ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler

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Kent has emerged as a right-wing media darling. 

Yawn –Another Attempt at a Third Party. And Yet…

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An exhaustive 2019 study by the political reform group, Unite America, concluded that, though 63 percent of Americans SAY they favor a third party, they don’t vote that way.

Sleepy No More: A Primer on Tuesday’s Primary

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With a lot of “safe” one-party districts, and a wide-open top-two primary shifted to August, many battles pit Democrat against Democrat and Republican vs. Republican.

Why the Office of Secretary of State Should Be Nonpartisan

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Fortunately, Washington state has been spared political havoc.  So far.

Where the Money is Flowing to Local Campaigns

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It's not easy to follow this last-minute money. The money behind Conservatives for a Stronger America is still anonymous, hidden behind the same Massachusetts-based consultant, Charles Gantt.

Grumpier and Trumpier: Canadian Politics and the Distemper of our Times

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The language of Canadian politics is becoming harsher.  Public officials are targeted for abuse. Confrontations are getting more frequent and intense. 

Rise of the Anti-Feminism Backlash

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Some pundits insist the feminist movement is in trouble –  beset by backlash, deserted by the disillusioned younger generation and lacking optimism.