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Danny Westneat takes an opinionated look at the Puget Sound region's news, people and politics.

Last Build Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:49:46 -0700


Overlooked in all the national insanity: Local women are on the rise like never before

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:07:10 -0700

The August primary may have seemed a little sleepy. But a closer look shows it may be signaling a tidal wave of gains in female political power, at least around here.

The best way to fight neo-Nazis is to … laugh?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Hate is marching in the streets. Some of the same groups that marched in Charlottesville are growing in the Northwest. A local author has argued the best thing to do to confront it all is to ... show up and mock them.

An act of compassion that could make Seattle’s homeless situation worse

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

A city ordinance seeks to aid the homeless by effectively legalizing car-camping all over the city (by zeroing out any parking tickets and penalties for those living in their cars.)

Trump’s new immigration rules: So much for the land of opportunity

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 18:49:07 -0700

The idea of a merit-based points system for immigration sees people as cogs in a money machine. Whatever happened to seeking a better life?

Hoping for a leftist revolution in Tuesday’s vote? Not so fast

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:32:07 -0700

Insiders were supposed to be out, and outsiders in. But voters suddenly got a little moderate. The top two finishers in the primary will advance to the Nov. 7 general election, with issues such as homelessness, housing costs and police reform teed up for debate.

The Obamacare fight was ugly. It’s also what democracy looks like.

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:45:25 -0700

One unsung reason the Republicans failed in their seven-year quest to kill Obama’s signature legacy is that the left went all tea party on them.

Amid gun violence, promises not kept are nothing new to Rainier Valley

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Seattle’s in the grip of a potentially record-setting spree of shootings this year. You wouldn’t know it to listen to the politicians around here.

Trump’s ‘let it fail’ sums up why Republicans are losing on health care

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The party in charge knows what it’s against. But after seven years of demagoguing about health-care reform, it still has no clue what it’s for.

Election shocker: This is the best field of Seattle mayoral candidates in decades

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 20:06:50 -0700

Department of Good Timing: Just as Seattle politics appeared to be imploding, up stepped the best crop of mayoral candidates in 50 years (at least by one rating service’s estimation).

It’s no joke: The right is coming after college next

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The news that Republicans now think college is bad for America reads like a parody. But remember when it seemed crazy that Donald Trump could get elected president?

Last heroic act shows ‘you can’t brand someone for his past’

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:30:55 -0700

A homeless man with a troubled past died a heroic death recently. His story has his Seattle family noting that it’s never too late in any life to do the right thing.

Blue state? Seattle gets rolled in Olympia tax deal

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Democrats just squandered their best chance for progressive tax reform with the big budget deal last week. It’s a perennial puzzler: In such a blue state, how is it that Republicans roll the Democrats every year in Olympia?

It’s not just ‘bad hombres’ getting caught in immigration crackdown. It’s a woman in Tukwila, getting her morning coffee.

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:27:12 -0700

Remember how President Trump said he was going to go after the “bad hombres?” This week, agents arrested a 49-year-old mother of four from the Tukwila McDonald’s parking lot — even though she was carrying a valid work permit.

Real liberals wouldn’t be so defensive about UW minimum-wage research

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Seattle city leaders and others are attacking a study that shows potential problems with the $15 minimum wage, rather than learning from it. This, in a nutshell, is why politics is broken — nobody wants to hear it.

Calling their bluff: A Seattle doctor pegs what the GOP health bill is really about

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:16:33 -0700

Republicans in Congress have a new version of their plan to repeal Obamacare, which they are spinning as the “Better Care Act.” But who will get this legislation’s better care? Hint: People not like you or me.

The fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles cries out for body cameras. But 7 years on, we still don’t have them.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Seattle was one of the first cities in the nation to push for body cameras for police. But we’ll be one of the last to get them.

Seattle mayoral candidate is putting democracy through a stress test

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:40:31 -0700

Money in politics is booed, but we also vote for whoever has the most just about every time. Now one candidate is trying to get elected without the mother’s milk of politics.

UW professor got it right on Trump. So why is he being ignored?

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:00:22 -0700

Professor Christopher Parker was one of the few to foresee Donald Trump’s win — and the likely reasons why. Not that people want to hear about it.

First to lose Obamacare? The sickest county in the state

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:40:50 -0700

Obamacare is starting to crack, starting in our state’s sickest spot, Grays Harbor County. But the plan isn’t to fix it. It’s to make it dramatically worse.

Right-Winger-in-Residence? Seattle debates how to bridge the political divide

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

We mull whether it’s OK to have Republican friends in Seattle anymore, and Kshama Sawant clarifies her no-friend zone. But one Republican steps up with a crazy idea to bring conservatism back into City Hall — literally.