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

Last Build Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:53:49 -0700


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.

In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 20:30:56 -0700

In some quarters — like with some down at Seattle City Hall — our extreme political polarization is a badge of honor, not something to worry about or fix.

Oregon ACLU puts principle over politics — and gets booed

Wed, 31 May 2017 06:30:00 -0700

How much do liberals love the First Amendment? Enough to join in the fight for an ‘alt-right,’ pro-Trump rally? The Oregon chapter of the ACLU in Portland suddenly finds itself testing how much its supporters really believe in free speech.

Democrats are supposed to be fighting back, but they just keep losing

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:30:44 -0700

Donald Trump may be off to the worst start in presidential history, but recent polls and election results show Democrats are even more unpopular than he is. What’s wrong with the Democrats?

Four months in, ‘Seattle’s only Trump voter’ has his doubts

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s a running joke that Tod Steward is the only Trump voter in Seattle, and it has springboarded him to appearances boosting the president on Canadian radio and TV. But a strain is setting in.

Trump asked for input on monuments — and he’s sure getting it

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:06:55 -0700

At a rate of more than 100 to 1, comments are flowing into the Department of the Interior denouncing the effort to review, and perhaps undo, up to 22 national monuments. On the chopping block in this state is the Hanford Reach monument along the Columbia River.

Revered Seattle theater director no longer an ‘alien’ — but it darn near took an act of Congress

Wed, 17 May 2017 06:30:00 -0700

A federal database wrongly cast Ruben Van Kempen, Roosevelt High’s drama teacher for 37 years, as an “unlawful alien.” It’s the same database Republicans have been clamoring to use to try to purge the voter rolls.

All politics isn’t local — it’s been sucked into the Trump vortex

Fri, 12 May 2017 20:50:31 -0700

All politics used to be local. That was quaint. Then all politics was national. Now all politics has been redirected to just one thing.

Silence on Mayor Ed Murray sent a loud message

Wed, 10 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It’s maybe not fair, and it’s definitely not due process. But what ended Mayor Ed Murray’s campaign for re-election Tuesday is that, on balance, people kind of believed his accusers.

Fight like lives are at stake over Obamacare — because they are

Fri, 05 May 2017 19:54:07 -0700

If Obamacare goes down, and millions lose medical coverage, it will be in large part because its defenders didn’t fight for it like lives were at stake.

Man without a country: Revered theater director has to prove he belongs

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Ruben Van Kempen has been in the U.S. so long — 55 years — that he had stopped thinking of himself as an immigrant. Then last week he got a letter from the government suggesting maybe he shouldn’t be here at all.

Tax the rich? Seattle income tax lets the richest off the hook

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:46:44 -0700

Seattle starts a debate about taxing the rich on Monday. But the proposal as currently envisioned doesn’t tax who, or what, you’re probably thinking of when someone says “Seattle” and “rich.”

Coming out of retirement to fight Trump on national monuments

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:12:54 -0700

People who fought for, and thought they had saved, national monuments years ago in this state are mobilizing to fight all over again. So it goes in the chaotic, exhausting era of Trump.

What’s it take to be mayor? Some candidates testing that question

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:00:18 -0700

How involved in the traditional trappings of democracy do you have to be to seek the city’s top political job? Because in the race for Seattle mayor, one rising candidate has voted only about a quarter of the time.

Seattle’s scratch-and-dent mayoral race

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:15:00 -0700

With Mike McGinn’s reprise entry into the Seattle mayoral race, the prospect of a replay between two dented politicians cries out for some fresh contestants.

Mayor’s challenge: There’s no due process in politics

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:27:47 -0700

Mayor Ed Murray’s challenge, now that he’s facing sexual abuse allegations, is that politics isn’t like the courtroom. Verdicts are often rendered in the political realm long before the facts or legal rulings are in.