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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Suzan DelBene to Head Moderate Democrat House Caucus

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DelBene succeeds a Washington neighbor, Rep. Derek Kilmer, (D-6), as chair of the moderate Democratic group.

Georgia Senate Runoff Key to Biden Presidency

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It’s essential, if Joe Biden is to have any chance of being a successful president, that Democrats win Georgia’s two runoff Senate races Jan....

The Obscure Law that Could Throw the Election to Trump

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The best example of the act’s inability to deal with what could become a major constitutional fight is its ambiguity as to the solution when multiple slates of electors are sent from a state. In that case, the House and Senate are expected to vote separately on which slate to accept.

X-Factor: Is Seattle’s Sleeping Giant Stirring?

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Nothing like a roaring recession to focus the mind on economic recovery, and to goad the Seattle-area business community to bestir itself. Let me cite the ways. And the obstacles.

Pramila Jayapal: Gluing the Democratic Bumblebee Together

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She is a force in both Washingtons, having emerged as a leader/negotiator for the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which pushed early for impeachment of President Trump. Of late, however, the path to political power has grown rockier and steeper.

“This Us-and-Them Has to Stop” – Council member Juarez Unloads

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Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez took a moment during the Council's final 2021 budget meeting to deliver a blunt assessment on police reform, the current political culture, and her hope for a path forward.

More Coronavirus Victims: Women in the Workplace

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The economic disaster has a female face -- a non-white female face. To discover the reason for this uneven burden, just look at the hardest hit businesses: restaurants, schools, travel, hospitality, personal care and even parts of the health care system. Those are the job sectors that have been most open to women in general but also to women of color.

Inclusion? Or Intolerance?

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For all the claims of inclusion and tolerance, today’s left, a.k.a. “progressives” can be pretty smug, pretty intolerant and superior.

Why Tossing Trump Didn’t Power a Blue Wave

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(Big opportunity missed: Biden saying "Defund the Police" was a terrible slogan.) Biden's image campaign as healer also risked discounting by cynical voters of how well this hopey-feely thing would work out. (Yeah, sure!)

Why Would Trump Fire his Defense Secretary Now? Believe What he Says

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Every military commander-in-chief must look at all options for how to battle the enemy, even if those options are never pursued. President Trump is no exception. In this instance, as he has often implied if not said, the enemy is the Democratic Party.

Trump Vs. @FoxNews: Never Mis-underestimate the Ratings for Grievance

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The essentials that have fueled conservative media for 90 years – wealthy patrons, skilled demagogues, and manufactured fear -- will remain with us. Fox News rose and prospered with the Clinton and Obama administrations to pick on.

A Short History of the Electoral College, Messy From the Start

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The Non-Interference Policy advises federal prosecutors in each state to consult with the Election Crimes Branch before investigating possible irregularities but only after state votes have been certified. Barr’s authorization enables prosecutors to carry out investigations immediately. The potential for confusion and legal conflict is great, which is the point.

State Election: Status Quo at the Top, but No Big Blue Wave

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It was largely a ho hum, status quo result rather than a blue wave election in Washington State, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t some significant shifts that occurred under the surface of the topline stasis.

Blowing their Hamilton Moment: Republicans Fail a Historic Test

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The harms, as widely noted, are multiple: Jamming the complex transition process and handicapping the new administration. Exposing the country to adversaries while it’s frozen in molt. Discrediting even further the liberal democracy America once exemplified.

Six Reasons Inslee won’t take a job in the Biden Administration

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Those who aspire to cabinet posts don't just sit by the phone. It takes an active and expensive campaign to be in the running, and so far Inslee does not appear to be raising money for this effort or working the phones.

Why the Polls were Wrong: We’re Exhausted by Change

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Trump stressed the fear of change from the Democrats and the street protests. But that cut two ways, since he was a hugely disruptive force himself.

The Election: Some Complications with your Joy?

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Early indications—such as stock market surges—indicate the country approves of his election and is overjoyed at the prospect that an effective COVID vaccine will be available soon. But Biden faces a deeply divided country. His election was based on narrow margins in every battleground state.

How the “Grand Committee on Postponed Questions” Created the Electoral College

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The awkward solution of an Electoral College was created as a way to prevent Congress from having the authority and as a way to get Southern states to agree.

Bully Begone! Our History Of Political Demagogues and how they Fade Away

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The American tradition is that former presidents, and presidential contenders, go to ground after their successor takes office. Barack Obama was photographed on a yacht in Tahiti. But don't expect that from Trump for a New York minute.

Right Women Winning

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Women candidates set new records this election, but are we any closer to political parity?

Georgia Out of Its Mind

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Control of the Senate is riding on these two races. Expect money to shower down on Georgia for the next two months; it will be sixty days of rainy nights.

Dirty Donald Needs to Discover His Inner Tricky Dick. (Fat Chance.)

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Trump's tactics might be better suited to Uzbekistan or Uganda—except that they’re more brazen and desperate than the tricks dictators in such countries have to fix their elections.

Election 2020: Cliff-Hanging, Nail-Biting, Spine-Chilling…

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One observation: Women matter. In Washington state, women voted overwhelmingly for Biden -- 66 percent to 32 percent, while menfolk headed the opposite direction, splitting 48-46 percent in favor of Trump.

Election Lessons from The NW: Left Versus Left-Left

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With Democrats increasingly dominant in the state, conflicts within the governing party are likely to be fought out on the primary and general elections.

Election Takeaways: Let’s Hear It For More Stalemate!

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Overall, I read the election as overwhelmed voters ratifying the American system of checks and balances. Get rid of Trump, but keep the GOP Senate and the Supreme Court.

How to Assess Tonight’s Presidential Race Results

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I’m probably going to badly embarrass myself by weighing in now, but hey, you only go through an election that feels this consequential once (I hope). So here goes.

What is the Actual Legal Impact of Overturning Roe v. Wade?

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In Washington, the loss of Roe will probably have less impact than the hospital mergers that have placed a number of major Seattle and state medical centers under control of Catholic health-care organizations – in which, following church doctrine, abortions are not performed.

Dept. of Dark Arts: Predicting Northwesterners who will get Jobs in a Biden Administration

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An age-old axiom: Anybody who knows anything will divulge nothing, while those who know nothing are willing to say anything. Nonetheless, I persevere.

More Consensus: Time to move to Ranked Choice Voting?

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It induces candidates to build broad coalitions to win elections. They can’t win by just energizing their base. Instead, they must appeal to a wide coalition of voters to win second and third choices.

A New Book Recalls How Rep. Julia Butler Hanson Powered Her Way Through Congress

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Federal dollars for colleagues’ projects would vanish if they forgot Julia Butler Hansen’s birthday. She was around for a very long time. That was an era when the yardstick was whether the girls were as tough as the boys.