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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Sawant’s ricochet problem

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As the civil war among Congressional Democrats heats up and comes to define Democratic politics, the case will be made that AOC & Co....

The way to beat Trump? Stay clear of extremes

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The New York Times’ Tom Edsall has established himself as one of the very best political analysts in the country, consistently backing his...

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...

How to make political change digestible

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Several anti-Trump moderate-to-conservatives followed up on the Democratic Party Debates last month by worrying that the Democrats had let themselves be pushed too far...

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...

Debate 1, Take 2: Ten More Hot Takes about the Night of Kamala

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My 10 hot takes from Night 2 of the first Democratic debate (Night 1's hot takes can be read here): First, wow, what a difference...

Time is ripe for political reform

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Fulcrum is a project of Issue One, one of the leading national groups working on saving democracy from ruinous hyper-partisanship. The movement involves...

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...

Democratic Debates: Who’s Going to Win?

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So, the Democratic debates are nearly upon us, and it looks like a wildly uneven set up between the two nights. The first night...

Pols Take On Press

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Guess Who Won? Republicans and Democrats playing ball together? As unlikely as it seems these days, on June 19 the Democratic and Republican women of...

Seattle’s Troubled Soda Tax: Watch That Siphon

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Earlier this month, the Seattle City Council met in committee to discuss the Sweetened Beverage Tax passed two years ago. At issue is how...

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....

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...

Nick Licata: I Watched Extremism Blow Up The SDS

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Fifty years ago, this June, the Students for a Democratic Society held its last united National Convention. It was torn apart by ideologically driven factions,...

How The Washington Post Sees Seattle

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Today’s front page of The Washington Post (print edition) runs a story with the headline “After war on drugs, Seattle tries 'peace'." It chronicles...

The CHECC Book

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Editor's note: A new group, People for Seattle, has been formed to push for new and more pragmatic members of the Seattle City Council....

Trump’s ‘collusion trap’ and how to avoid it

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Democrats and critics of President Trump have accepted a false premise that has blinded them to his actual wrong doing. By focusing on “collusion”...

Derek Kilmer: leading the moderate brigade

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The media, perpetually mesmerized by ideologues and charisma, have virtually anointed radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the future of the Democratic Party. In fact, it...

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.

Nasty Little Orwell

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Let's stipulate up front that Trump's a bad guy and a disaster as president. But there are more and more stories these days that...

Are Elected Women Better At Playing Ball?

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DC's Field of Bipartisan Dreams Amid the rancor and dysfunction of Congress these days, one bright spot of bipartisan teamwork manages to survive -- the...

From Times to Times

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Ray Rivera, managing editor at the Seattle Times, has just sent around this email to the staff, lamenting the loss of ace investigative reporter...

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...

High on Death

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Willie Nelson famously crooned, "roll me up and smoke me when I die." Maybe the 86-year-old legend should move to Washington state. On May 20,...

Seattle: A Socialist Stronghold?

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I commend this article from The New Republic, which discusses the rise of Democratic Socialism in the nation, particularly the Democratic Socialists of America,...

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...

Bennet: Biden his time

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Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has jumped into the Democratic scrum for the presidency. I foresee the following scenario. Biden sustains his lead for a...

Is Inslee an Outslee?

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Presidential candidate Jay Inslee harmed his case by bad-mouthing Beto O'Rourke's big bold carbon-reduction plan, when it might have been more gracious to welcome...

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...

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.