Roundtable: Seattle Politics — ‘Deep Blue but Deeply Divided’

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Among the topics: the fading of Kshama Sawant, "anti-institutional populism," and the absence of an opposition party in local politics.

Good News (and Polling Numbers) for Patty Murray

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The latest trip into the polling field finds a stabilized race, Murray ahead.

Kellyanne Conway’s Self-Serving Versions of TrumpLand

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"Democracy will survive; America will survive; George and I may not." 

Dark Days: Supreme Court Overturns Roe

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in its ruling, takes away a right from all Americans. Five Post Alley contributors react.

Mayor’s Race Update: Art Langlie is a Likely Latecomer

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A prediction: Council winners will be Mosqueda and Brianna Thomas, cementing the current council status quo. Such an outcome would make life very difficult for a Mayor Bruce Harrell. A Mayor Gonzalez would complete the ideological takeover of city hall by the progressive-agenda council.

Three Reasons Public Confidence in the Supreme Court has Plunged

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It is hard to like or respect this Court.

For Your Approval: Does Seattle Need a New Way of Electing Its Leaders?

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Seattle City Councilmembers now have to enact Approval Voting outright or place the issue on the ballot with or without an alternative measure.

Key to Winning Independent Voters: First Know Who They Are

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There is a growing trend of more minority voters becoming independent voters, switching from Democrats. Hispanics have turned away from Biden more than any other racial or ethnic group.

How Washington State Has Done on Gun Control

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This state does have some of the stricter gun laws in the country. Advocates rank Washington as 10th toughest in the nation.

In Tough Primary, Herrera Beutler Pitches Democrats

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With an open August primary, and Democrats not fielding a major challenger in 2022, Herrera Beutler is courting the D’s base. 

Seattle Elections Update, Hogwarts Edition: Sorting Lanes and Contenders

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My numerical evaluations (with 10 the top score) are, respectively, for likely to win the primary and likely to win the general election.

What the Polls Say (and Don’t Say) About Abortion

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“It’s one of those public policy issues that cuts across a whole bunch of dimensions and not in ways that are simple."

The Midterms Are Shaping Up to Be a Bloodbath. It’s Seattle’s Fault.

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I am increasingly dreading the upcoming November elections.

Gun Ownership Rates Do Not Correlate with Gun Violence

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Americans own 120 guns per 100 people. No other nation comes close. But there are many nations with higher homicide rates, including nations with small fractions of America’s rate of gun ownership.

The Most Interesting Governor’s Race in the Country This Year?

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“I don’t see that any of the candidates are talking substance. Not yet. They are still introducing themselves because, really, none of them are well-known to most Oregonians.”

How J.T. Wilcox Hopes to Hatch a Republican Comeback

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New Republican challengers are promising not to undo decades of social progress and to avoid the scary laws other state Republicans have favored.

Playbook: How to Reform Gun Laws

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There is a proven playbook to win, one that can be exported to every state in the union. It starts with hope. 

Inslee’s Big Veto Gamble in Two Major Climate Bills

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To get the votes for two major climate bills on energy, Democrats had to agree to a future gas-tax increase for roads infrastructure. It was an awkward linkage, and Insleee's veto pen blew up the deal.

A Democrat Bloodbath in the Midterms? Post Alley Writers Debate

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Only 27% of Americans believe we are on the right track, according to the Real Clear Politics average of polls.

It was 50 Years Ago Today: When Watergate Became “Watergate”

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And now, of course, we are, 50 years later, riveted by the Stealgate hearings.

Why Progressives Should be Wary of Killing The Filibuster

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Progressives should pause and consider that there will be different outcomes when the Republicans come to control the Senate. In exactly half of the congressional sessions since 1989 to the end of Donald Trump’s term, they were the majority party in the Senate.

All Dressed Up and Ready to House: Why is This Tiny Home Village Just...

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Available temporary  housing? Yes. In South Seattle, where the need is great? Yes. An entirely empty village ready to go? Yes. But it is vacant. Why?

Debate: Does Seattle Have a Crime Problem?

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"Look, if I had a small business, and I was standing behind a counter over there by 3rd and Union or 3rd and Pike, it probably would be a complete shit show. I'd probably be scared too."

2022: Republicans Target Washington State, Hoping for a Rebound

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An internal purge of Republicans in Congress is one national question being fought out in this Washington. So is the battle for control of Congress.

Inside City Hall’s Serious Budget Shortfall

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The multimillion-dollar gap -- viewed in the perspective of an annual budget in the $7 billion range -- is perhaps not horrific. But it still is bound to impact what the city can achieve towards meeting its on-going needs and ambitious social goals.

Does Biden Know He Shouldn’t Run in ’24?

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I expect that Joe Biden will use the shellacking in the 2022 elections as the incentive to announce his non-candidacy in 2024. He's wise to wait.

Bubble Trouble: How Seattle’s Radical Left Grew and (Predictably) Got Whupped

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The electorate wanted change and fresh ideas, as opposed to the performative ideological posturing and lockstep fidelity to the Twitter Left’s dittohead groupthink.

How To Fix our Citizen Governance

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The city-manager system would help at the local level, and an alternate-weekends model would be an improvement for the Legislature.

How the Supreme Court Lost the People’s Confidence

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"If people do lose – or have already lost – confidence in the Supreme Court, the new majority has no one to blame but itself."

Blown away by an unfiltered Mayor Pete

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Simple outcome. I was blown away. Twenty minutes of house party stump speech was even better than I had any reason to guess I would come away with. Answers to questions were even better.