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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Riposte to Peggy Noonan: Did you Watch the Same Convention I did?

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Much of that convention agenda was directed straight at the people Noonan said the Democrats had been ignoring—those fearing foreclosures, a second wave of COVID, no schools, more shutdowns, job losses, and food shortages. Has Trump shown the slightest interest in such people? Does he have any plan to help them? I haven’t heard it.

The Case for a Humble ‘Custodian’ as President

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Time and trial have given us not just a seasoned politician, but a seasoned human being. I don’t pick up much ego from either Joe or Jill. There’s a job to be done and Joe hopes, with a lot of help, to do it. His age and experience — potential lemons — have been turned into lemonade.

Alaska Thaw… And A Political Earthquake?

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Political life in Alaska has long put it all together:  Pungent personalities, corruption scandals, enduring family feuds, plus a candidate for Vice President impersonated...

Revenge of the “Nasty” Women: We Vote!

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But if 2018 was the Year of the Woman, there are signs that 2020 could be an even bigger year for women and for diversity. Some 243 women -- 169 Democrats and 74 Republicans -- have won primaries and are competing for congressional seats this fall.

Blame Game: An End to Bipartisan Foreign Policy

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For the Democrats at the national conventions, Russia is the target, since it implicates Trump. For the GOP, it's China, since it implicates the Bidens.

Success of US-Brokered Middle East Plan Depends on Dubious Expectations

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“Instead of making peace between Israel and the Palestinians, (Trump) is making peace around the Palestinians.” -- former State Department policy planning director Anne-Marie Slaughter on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday.

Got Hope? Election 2020

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Troubled by discordant Seattle politics and a president working to undermine the Constitution? Then consider looking at the Black Lives Matter protests as an...

How To Save Democracy From President Trump

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The delays in delivering mail-in ballots will make all but certain it will take days or even weeks to declare final voting results—a chaotic period during which Trump may well try to declare the results (if he loses, as polls now indicate he will) invalid.

Republican Surge or Democrats’ Not Needing to Turn Out?

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With statewide Democrats coasting to victory, Democratic voters had less reason to turn out for the primary. That may skew the pundits' reading of the election results.

Tangled Up in the Middle of Seattle’s Policing Debate

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A transformation to a new model of policiing, much to be desired, will entail a costly, generation-long transition. Otherwise it’s like disbanding the fire department while waiting for new building codes to produce fire-safe buildings.

City Council Overrides Durkan COVID Relief Bill Veto then Pivots to New Fiscal Reality

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It’s been an ugly week for the City Council.

Joe Chooses Tough: Kamala Checks The Boxes

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“The two grew close while fighting to take on the banking industry. Through her friendship with Beau, she got to know Joe Biden. From hearing about Kamala from Beau, to seeing her fight for others directly, Joe has long been impressed by how tough Kamala is.”

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.

A Statewide Republican Primary Resurgence?

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Looking at the primary results, there's at least some reason to think that the Republicans are strengthening their holds on the regions not directly visible from atop the Space Needle.

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?

After the Vote: City Council’s Start To “Defunding SPD”

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Omari Salisbury, Marcus Green and Kevin Schofield discuss the origins of the 50% target, the politics that led to this point, and the deep, often acrimonious divisions in City Hall over the wisdom of moving quickly to cut SPD’s budget.

Tuesday’s Primaries: The Berniecrats Go Down

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The Asteroid issue failed to take off for one “Berniecrat” challenging a down-to-earth Washington congressman, as insurgencies from the left continued to fizzle in races for Congress.

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.

A Political Realignment To Sweep Washington’s Third Congressional District

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Washington’s Third Congressional District reflects a political re-alignment that’s occurring nationwide. Those disgruntled mill workers and older Joe Sixpack former Dems in rural areas are now Trump loyalists. The offset is the suburban areas where professional, upper-middle-class Republicans no longer can stomach or vote for Donald Trump.

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.

The Wide Path of Victims of Racism

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The main reason America failed to enact broad social programs like health insurance and family leave is racism. Such steps were defined by Republicans as unfair benefits for racial minorities.

A Citizen’s Lament: Seattle Could Become a City That Failed

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Libraries, public safety, transportation, and schools -- are all failing to get the long-term basics right.

Books: The Trump Family Pathology

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Mary Trump believes her uncle suffered from an undiagnosed learning disability that made it difficult for him to read and absorb facts. Donald relied on his sister Marianne to do his homework and hired Joe Shapiro, a smart kid with a reputation for being good at tests, to take his SATs.

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.

Battle For Seattle: Can Mayor Durkan Survive The Challenges?

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These times of multiple crises make it more difficult to be a mayor, so it falls on Durkan to show toughness and clarity and inventiveness.

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.

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.

Our Corrupt Political Industry And How To Fix It

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US politics is controlled iron-fistedly by a “duopoly”—of, by and for the Republican and Democratic parties, their donors, allied special interests and scores of vendors, pollsters, ad writers, idea suppliers and friendly media outlets.

Real As It Gets: Kristine Reeves On Going From Homeless To Running For Congress

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Will Washington voters send to Congress a former foster child who beat the odds? Kristine Reeves wants to use her personal story to make a difference.

Seattle City Council Finally Crafts a ‘Boss-Tax’ That Can Survive

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One positive step was the emergence of Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, who happens to be the current budget chair and who knows how to consult with business for their views and to get other councilmembers on board.