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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 Mar 2017 08:29:10 -0700


Kids: the collateral damage of the GOP’s health-care bill

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

Almost every kid in our state has medical coverage, a health-care mountaintop that took decades to reach. The Republican health-care bill would bring that crashing back down.

‘Move fast and break things’ is no motto for running a country

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:11:43 -0700

The Trump administration has begun breaking things, apparently on purpose. How we respond might finally lead us to change our terrible, punishing tax code.

GOP’s strange new politics: Going after seniors

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

People 60 and older don’t get picked on much in politics. Seniors have long been a sort of untouchable “third rail.” That just changed with the GOP health bill.

More money for homeless? Seattle consultants said no last fall

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:43:58 -0800

Six months ago, two consultants told the city of Seattle it could shelter most of the homeless without any additional money. So why are we being asked to pony up $275 million?

Fog clears on GOP health plan, and it’s not a pretty sight

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0800

Even our own state’s top Republican, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is obfuscating. It’s a clear sign the long-awaited plan isn’t as terrific as advertised.

Homeless have some news for both the right wing and the left

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:53:38 -0800

Someone finally asked the homeless what they think of Seattle’s homelessness problem. Their answers suggest the issue has been demagogued — though not always by whom you’d expect.

The squeeze is on: Tax bills soar at Seattle’s old apartment buildings

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Property-tax bills are soaring on Seattle’s old-school apartment buildings, where tenants can least afford to pay higher rents. This is how gentrification happens.

Nine tax hikes in one mayoral term? Welcome to Seattle

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:30 -0800

Yes, only in Seattle would a mayor propose that many new taxes in his first term. And we would love him for it!

Bikers and firefighters: At this rate, everyone is going to want anti-bias protection

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:10:34 -0800

As predicted when the police asked to be a protected class, a passel of other groups are lining up in Olympia to also try to get a piece of the state’s powerful anti-discrimination law.

Seattle’s teeny response to tiny houses for the homeless

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:17:05 -0800

Remember that idea to build a thousand tiny houses to temporarily get the homeless off the streets? Well, a year has passed. We only built 28.

For once, Seattle shows how to do resistance right

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:02:50 -0800

Seattle is suddenly national HQ for the Trump resistance. Unlike in some past protest movements around here, this time we’re showing how to do it exactly right. (Hint: no need to smash things.)

Moving to Canada is no election-year joke anymore

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Moving to Canada” was always a joke, meant to convey disgust with an election result. Nobody ever actually did it. Until now, says a Vancouver immigration attorney.

Trump drives two prominent state Republicans to the ACLU

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:07 -0800

The King County prosecutor chose a novel way to show his unease about the Trump presidency. A longtime Republican, he joined the combative ACLU.

UW prez is right to stand up for free speech … even for right-wing nut-jobs

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 19:41:44 -0800

The UW president is being assailed for standing up for the free-speech rights of some right-wingers. But she’s got it right — this would be a terrible time in our history to start backing down from the First Amendment.

Trump’s first week isn’t just angering the left

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:58:51 -0800

America’s new world order isn’t going over so well with at least some traditionally conservative groups. An evangelical Christian group in Kent is thrown into protest against one of President Trump’s early moves.

Trump’s EPA pick bumbles from Washington state onto national stage

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:55:10 -0800

Feuds, disciplinary actions and lawsuits seem to follow Don Benton around. In an incredible tale of failing up, this former Washington state senator is now off to help President Trump oversee the nation’s 15,000-employee environmental agency. What could go wrong?

Hate-crime proposals in Olympia would protect … police

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800

Police are adding a new wrinkle to the debate about their proper role in society: They now want to be a protected class. We debate whether it’s needed or a political stunt.

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.