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



Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:05:15 -0700

 



Coming out of retirement to fight Trump on national monuments

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



What luck: We dithered so long, Bertha’s tunnel now makes more sense

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:09:15 -0700

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We’ve been debating variations of Bertha’s tunnel under downtown for so long — since 2001— that Seattle is a much different city now than when this project was first conceived. Most important: Downtown moved.



Free press? State hits tiny paper with pricey lawsuit after it seeks public records

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:03:05 -0700

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Here’s to the tiny, two-reporter newspaper that’s waging one of the most important but little-discussed fights of our times: The government wants to do its business in secret, and increasingly there’s no press left to stop them.



UW professor: The information war is real, and we’re losing it

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

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A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters. But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our political moment.



Trump believes politics is stupid — and it shows

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:40:44 -0700

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People have long hungered for an outsider to come in and upend politics as usual. Well, now we know what it looks like to have a political rookie in charge.



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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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.