Revolving Door: America’s Mayors are Quitting

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As new mayors come in, often in defiance of their unpopular predecessor, they must learn on the job and unwind previous programs. The high turnover makes it likely that the new mayor will also depart before creating lasting change.

Your Democracy Vouchers in Action: Seattle Mayor’s Race

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Democracy vouchers were supposed to democratize campaigns and blunt the power of the monied classes, who for many years dominated political fundraising in city races. But it’s possible they’ll help perpetuate the status-quo.

New Threat: The Delta Variant

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Delta has expert COVID-watchers pacing uneasily. Here’s why: it appears to have done the best job yet of stitching together higher transmissibility and greater vaccine evasiveness.

How to fight the Hackers? Subject ’em to Tech Support!

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“Freezings, unexplained terminations and WI-FI disconnections enhance the enemy’s feeling of hopelessness and impotence. We then precipitate paroxysms of rage by randomly posting undecipherable screen messages."

What the latest Polls say about the Mayor’s Race

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It looks like Harrell will survive the August 3 primary election, and a real race is shaping up for the other slot (with Gonzalez the leading candidate). The non-council candidates are too tightly bunched.
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Goodbye, Walker Rock Garden. Another Treasure We Failed to Save

Various schemes were proposed to save the rock garden that the Walkers built, a mosaic landscape of river rock, lava rock, agates, thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, beach glass, and whatever else caught their eyes. The Walkers’ vision was at once exuberant and serene, outsider art without the dark side. But now it is mostly demolished.

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