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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Et tu, Tom Steyer?

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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...

No Debate Allowed!

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I had a note from a reader last week about an event that had been scheduled for Ballard’s Peddler Brew Pub but which was...

Mayor Finesse: Boston and Seattle find a groove

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Boston and Seattle have a lot in common: politics that pushes to the left, booming economies, smart citizens, and two Irish pols as mayors....

Dancing around Gov. Inslee

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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...

Total Bore: Why Did Seattle’s New Waterfront Tunnel Have To Be So Ugly?

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Has ever so dreary a car tunnel been constructed as the one we just built to replace the Seattle waterfront viaduct? The two-and-a-half-mile tube...

Debate: battlers versus bridgers

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Sen. Cory Booker was the real pro in the first debate, a man born to aspire to the presidency. He put slower-tongued politicians like...

The Great Realignment: Are You Ready For America’s Seventh Version Of Political Parties?

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We live in historic times. Our system is being realigned as a seventh party system firms up. Republicans have chosen long term political suicide by alienating everyone other than their increasingly narrow base. The door is open for the Democrats.

Why Giving Locally on Giving Tuesday Is More Important This Year

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The Trump-led change in the law made tax filing easier for many middle-income filers, but it also suddenly eliminated a major incentive to give to charity.

Election 2020: We’re Still Asking Who Gets to Vote

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Today, we are seeing a growing new wave of voter suppression. States, usually those with a history of voter discrimination, are aggressively purging voter registrations and passing laws imposing new voting restrictions such as requiring voters to show forms of government identification that too often people of color, young people and other underrepresented groups might not possess.

Russia Abruptly Locks Down: Borders Closing, Air Travel Suspended, Public Told to Stay Home

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Putin’s posture during the pandemic had for weeks mimicked that of Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who persisted in brushing off the threat to their countries from a virus that was spreading rapidly elsewhere.

High Stakes: Amid COVID-19, Trump and Xi Escalate Disputes

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“The world should stand with Hong Kong because it belongs to the world, and if Hong Kong burns, the world gets burned too.” -- Ching Kwan Lee, UCLA sociology professor and chairwoman of Society for Hong Kong Studies

The Supreme Court Applies Frontier Justice To Oklahoma; Duwamish Next?

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Along with Justices Ruth Bader-Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Gorsuch argued that the reservations still existed as legal entities as did federal jurisdiction for crimes listed in the updated Major Crimes Act. Seattle, has stymied the Duwamish Tribe, and put itself into this story.

The Power of “San Francisco Democrats” and the West

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The “Left Coast” has been a center of resistance to the Trump administration, on matters ranging from immigrant rights to vehicle fuel efficiency standards. California and Washington have filed or joined in more than 170 lawsuits.

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.

Crisis of Confidence on the Center-Left?

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In Political Centrism: Smug, weak, and misguided, Dick Lilly does a fine job of exposing Howard Schultz-style centrism for the tepid, unsatisfying brew it certainly...

District 3: Sawant is Key to the City Council’s Future

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Let’s suppose Sandeep Kaushik’s analysis is pretty close to predictive. It’s not cause for optimism among those who’d like to see the city council move even a little bit toward the center.

What Would Uncle George Do? My Heroic Great-Uncle And His Message For Today

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Trim the flowery language and substitute “Mexican” and “Central American” for “Italian” and “Portuguese,” and George Scigliano could be speaking to our own overheated times. In his day, Italy was the largest source of immigrants to this country, and Italian immigrant labor was nearly as important to the economy’s functioning as Mexican immigrant labor is today.

Where Have All the Russia Hawks Gone?

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Congressional Republicans could be relied for the past century to attack Kremlin perfidy and Communist propaganda. Now Joe McCarthy, Ronald Reagan and John McCain are rolling in their graves.

Thanks, GOP: More in Washington are Without Health Insurance

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Statewide, Medicaid enrollment continued to fall in 2019, and coverage via individual plans also fell, OFM says, which signals that the uninsured rate probably continued to rise last year.

Revolution or Devolution – The End of America’s Status Quo

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Now comes the coronavirus global pandemic. It’s difficult to imagine a more disruptive political force converging upon a more vulnerable status quo.

Post Alley Zoomcast: Seattle Demonstrates

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Post Alley writers David Brewster, Kevin Schofield, Nick Licata and guest Rev. Kelle Brown talk about protests in Seattle, CHOP and scenarios for outcomes.

The Long Game: Durkan and Inslee Take the Gamble

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There's one big hitch, however. Will Durkan stick around and run for (or be elected to) a second term in 2021? Many are betting that she wants out. If so, does the long game last enough to pay off? Or just long enough to elect a more radical mayor in 2021?

Tarra Simmons: A First for Washington State?

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Will Tarra Simmons become the first former felon elected to office in Washington? Her time behind bars is not the sole focus of Simmons’ quest for office, but it makes her stand out for advocating issues too often not on campaign agendas.

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.

The “Point in Time” homeless count is (mostly) crap.

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After spending three days going through the 2019 "Point in Time" report, I have come to the conclusion that not only is there little reason to believe the claim that homelessness decreased in King County, but there are also good reasons to view much of the data in the report with skepticism.

The Decline and Fall of the American Republic

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Andrew Sullivan has written a long essay examining the harm Trump has done to this country. He finds the best parallel in the collapse of the Roman Republic.

Polls: CASE Tries To Makes A Case For Its City Council Election Narrative

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The Chamber of Commerce's PAC released some selected poll results this week. To no one's surprise, the results support their message of discontent with the status quo in City Hall.

Not Just Trump: NW Republicans’ Other Problematic Candidates

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Republicans have at least three candidates or potential candidates who are deeply controversial and threaten to be embarrassing to the party’s chances to regain a position as serious contender in statewide politics.

Does Bernie Misunderstand Scandinavian ‘Socialism’? No, We Do.

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Sanders needs to grasp how he is crippling his own message by clinging to terminology that older generation voters have identified as poisonous to our freedoms.

My Campaign to Bar Straight, White Males From Voting

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Recent findings strengthen my case. Neurologists have discovered a disorder called NASCAR cortex. “Watching cars circle a racetrack for 3-1/2 hours, while hoping in vain to witness a ghastly accident, severely degrades synaptic communication within the neocortex.