Washington voters have had two cracks at affirmative action, and have rejected it both times. And don't expect affirmative action to survive this SCOTUS term.
In the early 1990s, however, my lobbying became more difficult. Because my targets were no longer politicians, but administrative staff in the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), whose default response to change was "no."
The teachers' union and its PAC spent $3.75 million on campaigns in the 2020 cycle. With a haul of more than half a billion dollars from the Legislature this year alone, that looks like money well spent.
The state sued Grocery Manufacturers, spurning a cost-of-doing-business settlement, and won a $6 million judgment.
From it flowed a cascade of effects that brought about a remarkable and under-appreciated rise of women into elected office in Washington, a political ascendancy unmatched in any other state.
Keep in mind that Libertarians, like Pence, strongly condemned the January 6 insurrection. And the Libertarian Party is registered in all 50 states as a third party.
The “Freedom Convoy” protests began as an action by some truckers – angered that proof of vaccination is required to enter Canada – but was embraced by a variety of anti-vaxxers and right-wing groups.
The battle in Wyoming puts a spotlight on survival struggles of Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Well-intentioned or not, would Inslee's anti-lying bill have been constitutional? Maybe.
Harrell has a difficult tightrope to walk here. He wants to assert his momentum and mandate without being perceived as a bully; he also doesn’t want to concede so much to the Council that he weakens his own power to negotiate. Elected officials are adept at selectively quoting; in their public responses we can be sure that the Councilmembers will choose to highlight Harrell’s concessions to their agendas without mention of what he asked for in return.
While the new mayor could be accused of not delivering many specifics, his speech did offer glimpses into what may be ahead for the city.
He signaled the message from last November’s election, that the “status quo is unacceptable,” that going back to basics is where good governance begins.
Harrell told the voters he would lead with love, and this speech demonstrated that he's dead serious about that. The question yet to be answered is whether that's going to be enough.
His speech outlined his vision: "One Seattle," and named many priorities and goals. As an opening salvo, it's useful for him to broadcast that...
Most notably, after two years of variations on “defund the police” pushed by activists and most on the council, Harrell reassured Seattleites that the city would “enforce criminal laws” including “organized retail theft” while “wholly committed to avoiding the mistakes of the past.”
We saw a cautious guy, talking in the language of government, carefully wafting incense at the city’s interest groups, making fuzzy promises. He missed the moment, for the city is hurting, the town is impatient, and the new Mayor is promising only to be deliberate.
One of the useful leadership and planning tools that I stumbled upon over the years was the concept of “the vital few.” What are the vital few things that an organization, business or institution must do and do well if it is going to accomplish its mission and thrive?
One of the ways to assess a State of the City address is to note the dogs that didn't bark.
With no need to court Republican votes, Democratic transportation leaders wrote a spending plan much more focused on transit and non-driving forms of transportation than previous plans.
The Freedom Convoy aside, resistance to vaccination in the Great White North is far less than in “the states.” As of Wednesday, 90.3 percent (4.5 million) of eligible people aged 5 and older in British Columbia have received at least one shot in the arm, and 84.8 percent have received their second dose.
Social changes have transformed our lives leaving old opposition points (same-sex marriage? women in the military?) no longer at issue.
"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."
The Trump targets are getting support in usual and unusual places.
The Canadian Conservatives are in a dire place. They have gone through six leaders since Prime Minister Stephen Harper was defeated in 2015.
Congress seems paralyzed. What Republicans are doing in state legislatures to undermine voting is countered by the Democrats’ too-sweeping For the People Act. So far, that leaves no room for finding common ground.
Courts don't want to touch the issue. Congress is unlikely to go near the problem. The Supremes waved it off.
There was some talk that Carlyle might face a challenge from the Left in 2022, but given the progressive victories in the Legislature, which Carlyle voted for, it's not clear a challenger would have much to run on.
Democrats need to select the turf that they can win instead of wandering around in a state's political wilderness.
Steeped in D.C. Democratic politics, Biden seems more intent on serving various interest-group causes, if only in speeches and kitchen-sink legislation that can't make it to his desk.
Kristof and his campaign operatives have long contended that he should qualify as a resident based on his deep roots in the state.