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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

What’s Wrong With Amy Coney Barrett?

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What’s wrong with Amy Coney Barrett is the man who has nominated her to the Supreme Court and the circumstances under which he chose to forward this nomination.

Think local to fight Gerrymandering

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By Nick Licata and Roger Scott The Supreme Court recently gave the green light to 29 states (with 46% of the Congressional seats) to...

Ukrainegate – Trump to Corrupt Ukrainian Oligarchy: “I’m In”

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As a correspondent for the Los Angeles Times covering the aftermath of the coup against Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, I was in Kiev on August 24, 1991, when Ukraine declared independence. No one expected the transformation to be overnight. But neither did anyone envision the tortured path the nation has tread for almost three decades.

Why There Won’t Be Another Jim Ellis

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Activists today are too suspicious of the Ellis style of gathering the key power players, mostly white males in those days, and wary of people in power, especially business leaders (which was Ellis's stock in trade).

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.

Durkan Approval Slips: Does She Still Have A Base?

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Durkan has governed as if there really is a Center in Seattle politics. Certainly there used to be: a progressive business/legal community; pragmatic organizations such as the Municipal League; and good negotiating partners in minority communities and labor. Now--not so much.

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.

East Precinct, Seattle’s Unexpected Landmark

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For some demonstrators, the building is their police station. The East Precinct serves a large area in South Seattle. I hate to see that open door boarded up. Like others who’ve raised teenagers here, I’ve been to the precinct in the middle of the night.

Field notes in a time of corona: Liberal Hype or Democratic Hoax?

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You might imagine Trump’s jaw-droppingly fumbling, unfocused response to the pandemic and the stock market’s subsequent crash would convince even diehards that this emperor has no clue. Not in Trump country.

Jenny Durkan’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good,Very Bad Week

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Durkan heard this clamor from the streets, the public, and perhaps her own advisors. A week earlier she banned tear gas for 30 days. Nevertheless, that was far from enough to take control of the issue, to stand her up as a leader.

Rebound Candidates: Will Past Defeat Help Tammy Morales?

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The second time around, she comes armed with the experience she gained in the first race along with the valuable networks she built.

How Ranked Choice Voting can Disrupt Clown-Car Elections

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How to turn a clown race into a process where each vote matters — even with so many candidates? More importantly, in such a crowded field, how do we avoid electing a clown whom a majority of voters really don't want? The state's current election system can't prevent it.

Back in the USSR: Trump’s Putin KGB Playbook

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Images of armed agents in riot gear lobbing tear gas and stun grenades loom large in Trump’s latest campaign ads pressing his message of “law and order” and warning that Americans won’t be safe unless he is re-elected in November.

Election Shows a Trumpified GOP and Democratic Civil War

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The Republican base has been fully Trumpified. They seek out the most conservative candidates and reject anyone who defies Trumpist orthodoxy. There is no real battle now within the GOP.

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.

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.

Early Handicapping 2020 Washington State Elections

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Until very recently the King County suburbs were the state’s main battleground. Now the swing districts are in Pierce, Mason, Clark, Cowlitz, Skagit, Island, and Whatcom counties. There are ZERO competitive partisan races in King County this year.

Come Together: EJ Dionne And A Politics Of Unity

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The two factions of the Democratic Party, need, in the words of the old '60s song, to “come together, right now” or very soon. The damage from four more years of Trump is far too great a price to pay for progressives and moderates being intractable and unwilling to work together.

Fairness: Why We Need To Reform Our Property Tax System

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Our present tax system threatens existing Black homeowners, works in conjunction with lending practices to create barriers to homeownership, and helps accelerate gentrification.

Democratic Voters Swing Left, But Moderates Still Have an Edge

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Political analyst William Saletan thinks the moderates are winning the nomination, but the liberals have won the decade. He's partly right.

Why You Should Care that Mike Bloomberg Will Spend $1 Billion on Failing to...

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Mike Bloomberg is not going to be the next president of the United States. But his late entry into the Democratic nomination contest -- accompanied with an unprecedented television and digital advertising blitz -- may siphon enough votes from Joe Biden to make Sanders the Democratic nominee.

Veepstakes: Is Susan Rice the #2 Biden Needs?

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One vice presidential prospect who didn’t get too much attention early on but remains in contention is Susan Rice – the only one of those in serious consideration who has never run for office. But I don’t see that as a disqualification.

Political centrism: Smug, weak and misguided

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The political center isn't always where you want to end up. Pundits filling print or online op-ed pages or pontificating on cable news think they’re pretty smart because, unlike elected officials, they have the wisdom to see and urge on us the middle way: compromise and all our problems are solved. Until 1980 or so, that was a workable way to look at governing.

Family Values: To Impeach Or Not?

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In 1932 a famous argument took place between the brothers Niebuhr, Reinhold and H. Richard, in the pages of The Christian Century.  The issue at hand was...

A Grassroots Guide to Boosting Local Minimum Wages

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Local and state actions have become necessary because Congress, under the control of either party, has up to now been unwilling or unable to increase the minimum wage.

Coming Wednesday: Will Court Certify Sawant Recall?

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For her part, Sawant argues that the petition does not meet factual and legal sufficiency and should be dismissed in its entirety.

Seattle Primary 2019: Progressive Pragmatists Had a Strong Showing

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Yes, Virginia, this is a change election. Contrary to the mistaken hot take analysis coming out of the Seattle Times newsroom, the primary night election results show that this is very much a backlash election against the current City Council status quo.

The Donald Gets Virus Serious: Cue Belittling Nicknames and Nasty Tweets

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Calling for a Senate investigation, Trump said, “Let’s subpoena all of the records of the low IQ coronavirus’ dealings with Hunter Biden and Burisma. Disgraceful.”

Coming Up: Live Zoomcast with Mort Kondracke And David Domke on Election 2020

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Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, a nonprofit membership library in the Pike Place Market, is launching a digital series of live discussions moderated by Mort...

Democrats Dilemma: Build a Movement or Dump Trump?

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Only 53% of Sanders supporters say they will vote for the Democratic nominee, even if their candidate is defeated.