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

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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.

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.