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

Last Build Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:12:51 -0800


Ignore the carnival barker’s words on Inauguration Day

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:08:02 -0800

The best way to handle the circus of Trump’s big speech Friday is to ignore it. Why? Even his spokesperson said he shouldn’t be judged by what comes out of his mouth.

How do you spell fiscal hypocrisy? G-O-P

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:49:49 -0800

After years of hectoring about the budget deficit and even shutting down the government over the principle, what did Republicans do upon taking total control this month? Agree to explode the debt.

Retiring Judge William Downing’s legacy: shifting the debate on gay marriage

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 18:34:32 -0800

Probably the most prescient and correct decision of Judge William Downing’s career was one that got tossed out by a higher court. An appreciation of King County’s most senior judge, who is retiring this week.

Word of the year? It should have been ‘demagoguery’

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:23:07 -0800

The past year was a hell of a lot better than the deplorable national debate portrayed it to be.

Here’s a Trump promise he looks ready to deliver: Drill, baby, drill

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 19:18:36 -0800

Of all the things Trump has promised, the one he’s most likely to actually do is drill, baby, drill. Including maybe off the West Coast.

Praise Obamacare now, before we lose it

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:57:49 -0800

Obamacare saved this Ballard woman’s life from spiraling down into ruin — and there are 1.1 million in this state with pre-existing conditions just like her. Congress wants to repeal that law, but we shouldn’t let them take us back to the dark ages without a fight.

Guns in stadiums? Trumpism making some noise in Olympia

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:03:35 -0800

Politics at the state Capitol in Olympia have mostly been a polite and bipartisan affair. But a slew of bills just filed suggest the right wing, emboldened by Donald Trump’s victory, is feeling its oats.

Baloney in politics works nowadays

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:35:45 -0800

The new rules of politics — that you can shout any baloney you see on the internet, with no consequence other than that you win — were on display this year in a campaign right here in the Seattle area.

This goodbye really hurts: Linc’s Tackle taught Seattle how to fish

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:47:17 -0800

This one hurts: The heart and soul of Seattle’s urban fishing culture for generations, Linc’s Tackle, is closing down. A pioneering immigrant family used the dusty shop to school tens of thousands of Seattleites in how to fish, crab and squid.

Counties in Washington that rely most on Obamacare voted for Trump

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:00:59 -0800

Nine of the 10 counties in this state that have benefited the most from Obamacare also voted for Donald Trump. How much are we obligated to care, then, when tens of thousands of them get thrown off health coverage?

Seattle’s latest growth industry: bemoaning what’s been lost

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 19:52:08 -0800

Growth is so dizzying in Seattle right now that one of the hottest things going is nostalgia for what’s in the way.

Trump victory translates to ‘silver lining and hope’ for watchdog groups

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:26:48 -0800

Talk about a “Trump effect”: Support to groups pledging to watchdog the new administration have gone off the charts since the election.

Seattle’s own ‘click-bait’ news site serves up red meat for liberals

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 21:48:36 -0800

One of the websites that ended up on a widely shared list of fake news purveyors is run out of a house in Seattle.

Trump voters hiding in plain sight in King County

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:15:49 -0800

Even in Seattle, one of the bluest cities in the country, just about everyone’s got a neighbor or two who voted for Donald Trump. Most likely they are in hiding.

Kshama Sawant should’ve blasted Trump when it mattered

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:54:06 -0800

It’s becoming clear that Trump didn’t win the election so much as Democrats lost it, when disenchanted liberals either didn’t show up or voted third party. Exactly as Kshama Sawant urged them to do.

The year the white man roared

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:53:19 -0800

We thought this was going to be another Year of the Woman. Instead, it was the Year the White Man Roared.

Take the annual election quiz — it’s beyond belief

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:51:41 -0700

There’s nothing left to do in this election but weep. Or panic. Before you do either, though, take this quiz about some of the unprecedented insanity that was Election 2016.

Election-year wonder: Seattle Republican could win state race

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:09:04 -0700

We’ve seen a lot of weird things this election season. Among the strangest is that a little-known Seattle Republican on the ballot maybe has a chance to win.

Forget issues, candidates — voting has gone tribal, professor says

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 21:21:08 -0700

A UW professor finds that we’re now so partisan we can’t agree on much of anything, from basic facts to the American way of life.

Misogyny and racism, sure — but not in Seattle congressional race

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:15:07 -0700

Seattle’s polite congressional race saw its first attack ad this week. Then suddenly it turned into thin-skinned progressive infighting at its worst.