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

Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:13:03 -0800


How to drill for oil in Alaska’s wildlife refuge: Sneak it through in tax bill

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The U.S. Senate is using its tax-cut bill to slink through a measure that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s most spectacular protected habitat.

Why is Trump off the hook in MeToo movement? Because we let him off.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:57:45 -0800

Think of a political campaign as a trial, with the election as the verdict. The reason President Donald Trump is seemingly immune from the sexual-harassment cultural shift is because, like it or not, voters already found him not guilty. Or at least not guilty enough.

Burien, the town Trump cast a spell on, is waking up a very different place

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 19:41:11 -0800

Voters in this 51,000-population suburb of Seattle appear to have settled a bitter yearlong fight about immigration in the most dramatic way possible: By electing the first two Latinos ever to serve on the City Council.

Trump casts big shadow on local elections

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:46:40 -0800

Tuesday’s election was waged over local issues like taxes and traffic. But this year, voters made clear it was also about you-know-who.

Free beer for democracy vouchers? That could have salvaged this election season

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 19:46:04 -0700

Sure, everyone’s salivating already for next year’s Trump referendum of an election. But we’re not done with this one yet — not until we present our annual quiz of the season’s lowest lights.

Candidates to Seattle: It’s not us, it’s definitely you

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Remember when we were the Emerald City, a place to be longed for? Now in many local political campaigns, Seattle has morphed into a hellscape to be both feared and avoided.

Our homeless crisis sure doesn’t feel like an emergency

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:27:07 -0700

A man seen as so insignificant he once languished unnoticed in the King County Jail for months has now been mostly ignored in death. Two years into a self-declared homelessness emergency, shouldn’t we be better than this?

Democracy’s in an emergency, but people are rushing to help

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Six times more challengers have filed to run for Congress in our state than at the same time in the last election. It’s a sign of how broken the system is, but also a sign of hope.

Republicans going beyond hypocrisy with the national debt

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:43:43 -0700

National Republicans have shape-shifted completely on what was their fiscal holy grail — at least when they weren’t in charge.

The drug-injection site idea is dying because we’re all NIMBYs. Here’s how to revive it.

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The plan to help drug users avoid overdosing by letting them shoot up at a supervised site is failing because nobody wants it in their neighborhood (especially if there’s only one). Here’s a way around that.

Subsidy arms race for Amazon? We of all people should know how this turns out

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 20:20:21 -0700

Remember? We went down this same road with a certain other mega-corporation. It didn’t work out so well for us.

Responsible gun owners, it’s up to you

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:19:31 -0700

Nobody listens to me, or any other gun-control advocate, about what to do about our escalating gun-violence crisis. So when will the responsible gun owners speak out?

He knows it’s crazy, but this Seattle guy is pushing a total ban on gas cars

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 22:06:24 -0700

Environmentalists are bogged down in pushing confusing taxing and regulatory schemes to fight climate change. But when it comes to gas-powered cars, argues a Seattle lawyer, why not just ban them?

New rules: Some protests are more equal than others

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Some protests of the government get you called “very fine people.” Others get you called a “son of a b----.” What’s the distinction? We ponder the ground rules of the new era.

GOP’s know-nothing approach to health care is symptom of a bigger disease

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:50:58 -0700

Republicans’ odd and repeated failures to come up with a health-care reform plan, despite controlling all branches of government, might be because the anti-government party doesn’t want to govern.

Punching the Nazi was actually the least dramatic free-speech showdown this week

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Maybe we need a refresher course in the value of free speech, because the concept seems to be fraying.

Just as the Greeks told it: Hubris brought the Seattle mayor down

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:58:27 -0700

In retrospect, a news conference that former Mayor Ed Murray held in June plays like a scene out of a Greek tragedy.

Calling baloney on all that: Our town naysayer was right all along about the stadium swindle

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Powerful people were highly annoyed around here for two decades at the agitations of anti-stadium activist Chris Van Dyk. But recent events have proved him right.

Take it from us: With Amazon, you can get too much of a good thing

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:48:24 -0700

With Amazon building a second headquarters, another North American city is salivating to get what some call the greatest economic growth engine in history. Caution: Here it blew some people right out of the city.

The buck-passer-in-chief bails on the Dreamers

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The DACA recipients I spoke with Tuesday never expected Trump to keep the program. But they thought — they hoped — he might at least have some guidance on what comes next for 800,000 young people who know no other home.