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August 29, 2008 3:58 PM

Of course it is Palin!

Posted by Lance Dickie

Listen to all the noise coming from the conservative pundits and Republican Party. No, that is not political buzz, but the swooshing surge of rhetoric reversal.
Courting women voters? That was a Hillary thing, going after all those angry, bitter Bella Abzug look-alikes. Indeed they are so steamed about the way their candidate was treated, they might not vote for Obama. Hmmm.

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August 29, 2008 3:22 PM

A little star power for the GOP ticket?

Posted by Kate Riley


My colleague, Bruce Ramsey, below talks about the lure of a woman on the ticket as the reason why GOP presidential candidate John McCain picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Sure, but McCain was also looking for star potential to counter the dazzling appeal of Barack Obama -- and Palin sure has some of that -- even before she burst onto the national stage with today's announcement.

Vogue magazine featured her in a February spread on influential women. Here are the pictures.

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August 29, 2008 3:00 PM

Who is Sarah Palin?

Posted by Kate Riley

This question was emblazoned on a sign in front of a University District coffee shop this morning. Next door at the KUOW Radio station, Times editorial writer and columnist Lynne Varner and several Seattle journalists spent the hour with "Weekday" host Steve Scher dissecting the vice-presidential pick. Was it an extremely cynical choice that assumes a woman will propel Arizona Sen. John McCain into the White House? Or a smart bid meant to unite McCain with the conservative wing of the Republican Party?

Listen to a podcast of the KUOW show here.

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August 29, 2008 10:16 AM

Slick Chick Pick

Posted by Bruce Ramsey


The Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, right, is GOP presidential candidate John McCain's pick for vice president.

Makes me chuckle. All the weeping from the Hillary gals, and then McCain picks a VP nominee named Sarah. Was there ever any move so blatantly political? McCain is saying: 'Want a woman on the ticket? Right here. And the more you Democrats point out that she's only been a state governor for a fly's age, you remind the voters that your guy is also wet behind the ears. At least we didn't put our newborn at the top of the ticket.' McCain is also reasserting his claim to be the Bold, Unconventional Executive rather than the Tired Old Guy. And McCain, from Arizona, picks a governor from Alaska--as far from the Potomac as you can get.

P.S.: Kudos to John Carlson of KVI-AM Radio. Months ago he said on the air that McCain ought to choose Sarah Palin of Alaska. I thought, "THAT's a long shot." Bull's-eye, John.

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August 29, 2008 9:06 AM

Face-to-Facebook

Posted by Kate Riley

Ryan Blethen's column today talks about Facebook and how the cozy nature of the social networking site can have people you would rather keep at arm's length knocking on the door of your inner circle.

Click below for a podcast discussion with Ryan about his column.

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August 28, 2008 8:45 PM

Living up to the hype

Posted by Joni Balter

In the hours leading up to Sen. Barack Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention, it was hard not to wonder if expectations of his oratorical skills would beat him at his own game. That did not happen. Not even close. His speech to 80,000 supporters at Invesco Field was a big, round 10. He hit almost every note he had to - his humble childhood, his plans for America, his preparedness for the highest office.

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August 28, 2008 9:01 AM

Pawlenty of speculation

Posted by Lance Dickie


Associated Press

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.

In April I wrote in this space that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would be Sen. John McCain's choice as a running mate. The announcement is coming tomorrow, and I am sticking with the two-term governor.

Pawlenty survived months of scrutiny to be on a short list with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut Democrat-turned-independent, who was Democrat Al Gore's V.P. choice in 2000.

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August 27, 2008 8:50 PM

Rope-a-dope politics

Posted by Joni Balter

Stand back, Clinton haters. Former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Joe Biden, the Democatic vice presidential nominee, delivered two powerful speeches Wednesday evening that give the impression of a rope-a-dope convention strategy.
For the last few days, the chattering class has been dissing the convention for not hitting the opposition hard enough. That came to a halt with back-to-back speeches that were original, heartfelt and pounded Sen. John McCain deep in the solar plexus.

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August 27, 2008 4:58 PM

In the Obamas' air space

Posted by Joni Balter

This is convention week in Denver and everyone who is anyone in Democratic political circles wants to be in the Obamas' orbit. Gov. Christine Gregoire gathered with Michelle Obama, two other Democratic governors and four average women to talk about problems facing female voters. Gregoire needs Michelle and Barack Obama more than they need her in the upcoming general election. Her re-election effort looks like another squeaky close one.

Click below for a podcast discussion of my column:

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August 27, 2008 1:01 AM

Teaching students of color isn't black and white

Posted by Lynne Varner

Rather, it is many shades of gray. Every aspect of public education, from funding to curriculum to instruction, must be improved upon with an eye toward inclusion. This is the task set forth by HB 2722, passed into law by the state Legislature. An impressive foundation of research and field work comes via The Education Trust. This won't be easy.

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August 26, 2008 1:44 PM

Jim Leach (prefers GOP)

Posted by Lance Dickie

Former U.S. Rep. Jim Leach did not stand a chance against the cute kids, the homespun oratory of their mother or the feisty rhetoric of a fragile icon. His speech Monday night at the Democratic National Convention was destined to get lost, and it did.

The comments by the Iowa Republican grabbed my attention because what he said on national television was the same frustrated plea I hear from GOP voters in private:
How did conservative Republican values get so thoroughly broken and abandoned?

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August 26, 2008 10:28 AM

Dino's Tally Improves

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

Dino Rossi, who, on the day after the election, looked as if he were losing traditionally Republican Clark County (Vancouver) and Spokane County, appears to have won them, according to election returns, here. Also, at the moment, he is (barely) winning Skagit County, and is behind only by a hair in Pierce County. Overall, he is two percentage points behind Christine Gregoire, who has big advantages in the liberal counties: King, San Juan, Jefferson and Thurston,

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August 25, 2008 8:55 PM

Michelle and the kids

Posted by Joni Balter

Forget all that pundit blather about how much the speakers at Monday's Democratic National Convention needed to rip Sen. John McCain and the ever-unpopular incumbent President George Bush. The night was all about positive messages and ensuring that people who are uncomfortable with Michelle Obama and her Fox News image get another look at her.

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August 23, 2008 3:42 PM

Pennsylvania, here they come!

Posted by Joni Balter

Over the next few days and months, you will hear the name of Sen. Joe Biden and the town of Scranton, Pa., in the same sentence about a ga-jillion times. That's because Biden is a Scranton native and his Pennsylvania roots are almost as important as his Delaware roots. Sen. Barack Obama's running mate is on the ticket for a lot of reasons. One is that he helps secure Delaware's delegates, yes, sure, but Pennsylvania's even more so.

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August 22, 2008 10:08 PM

The Dream Ticket

Posted by Lynne Varner

The Democratic presidential ticket appears to be Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware. To avoid a Dewey-like moment, I'll stick with the qualifier appears. It is after midnight in Obama's hometown of Chicago and reports of Biden as the choice is coming from many news outlets but so far not from the presidential candidate himself. But if true, it is a brilliant move for a host of reasons, including the one we pretend not to think about: race.

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August 22, 2008 10:04 AM

Waiting for the text

Posted by Lynne Varner

Barack Obama continues his astounding hold over the country, first by coming out of political nowhere to get within reach of the Democratic presidential nomination and now by reducing the nation to a version of a hospital waiting room. Here we all sit, staring at our phones, awaiting the text message announcing his choice for vice-president. Experience or a symbol of change, just announce it already. Meanwhile hackers are having a field day.

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August 22, 2008 1:00 AM

The real heat of summer

Posted by Lance Dickie

The warmest season of the year started cold, turn hot and lately has been a little moist. My summer truly begins with the first batch of barbecue sauce. As a public service, I have posted the recipe and recommended a road trip.

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August 20, 2008 9:10 AM

The other close race

Posted by Lance Dickie

Questions about the fundamental stewardship of the office of state Commissioner of Public Lands make this an important race for Washington voters in November. Republican incumbent Doug Sutherland had a slim lead in the primary over Democratic challenger Peter Goldmark.
Some attribute the close results to recent news accounts of inappropriate behavior by Sutherland toward a female employee. This race has another dimension that deserves scrutiny by the electorate.

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August 20, 2008 1:00 AM

Thinking About Nature--and Petroleum--at Oil City, WA

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

I had always wanted to go to Oil City, the place where there once was an oil rush in the state of Washington. Last week I did. I was part of a two-family hike through a part of the Olympic National Park ocean strip that began at that spot labeled, "Oil City." It's at the mouth of the Hoh River, the north side, opposite the Hoh Reservation. And from what I was able to see, there was nothing of Oil City left.

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August 19, 2008 11:37 PM

The non-partisan council

Posted by Ryan Blethen

The slight enthusiasm I could muster for Initiative 26 after its backers made their pitch before the editorial board was drained after I saw how it was presented on the ballot.

The initiative, which was put on the ballot by the King County Council, would make the council non-partisan. The argument being that partisanship gets in the way of doing the important but mundane work of making a county run. The initiative's most enthusiastic supporter, Republican councilmember Pete von Reichbauer, said that I-26 would also help bring fresh blood to the council. An interesting argument that I did not fully buy.

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August 19, 2008 10:32 PM

Education chief Bergeson leading, but more people voting against her

Posted by Kate Riley

Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson is comfortably leading the field of six candidates vying for her seat. She's got 41.7 percent of the 633,000 votes reported statewide so far, and her top challenger, union leader Randy Dorn, is well behind with only 30 percent of the vote but still a shoo-in for qualifying to face her in November.

Another way to interpret these early results is that 58 percent of voters are casting their ballots for change after Bergeson's 12 years in office.

Regardless, count this among the fierce races come November.

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August 19, 2008 10:31 PM

Notes on the Primary Election

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

Incumbents get re-elected. That seems to be the storyline of today’s election, based on early returns. This was, of course, a primary election, so it counts only for judicial candidates who win more than 50 percent of the vote. All Supreme Court incumbents did: Charles Johnson, Mary Fairhurst and Debra Stephens.

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August 19, 2008 10:05 PM

Two Ds likely to advance in two Seattle legislative races....

Posted by Kate Riley

... and that's as it should be.

If early returns hold in King County, the top two vote-getters advancing in the open 36th and 46th legislative races will be Democrats. In the 36th, John Burbank and Reuven Carlyle have left the lone Republican challenger in the dust and so have Gerry Pollet and Scott White in the 46th.

Wednesday, the parties will trot out this expected fact as another reason why Washington's new top-two primary is a bad thing. They are trying to build another case to condemn the top-two primary voters overwhelmingly approved in 2004. Voters will have no choices, the parties will lament! How terrible!

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August 19, 2008 9:18 PM

Deja vu: Gregoire and Rossi

Posted by Joni Balter



Associated Press


It's deja vu all over again in the Washington governor's race. Supporters and opponents of Gov. Christine Gregoire and Republican challenger Dino Rossi are flipping through county-by-county primary results on the Secretary of State's website to see if the data says something pithy about November.

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August 19, 2008 9:15 PM

The governorship and Spokane County

Posted by Kate Riley

Ok. Let's be honest. The most interesting race tonight is the one that won't be settled -- the governor's race. No question, Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire and Republican challenger Dino Rossi will cross the top-two threshold and face each other in general election rematch of the most historic squeaker in election history.

Don't forget, in 2004, these candidates were separated by just 133 votes to Gregoire's favor after three recounts. So, the primary will be, as Secretary of State Sam Reed described it, something of a state-sponsored poll.

Much has been made of the Democratizing suburban crescent east of Lake Washington. But while I was waitng for the 900-pound gorilla in Washington's election -- King County -- to drop its first numbers in the primary count, I thought I'd check out how the candidates were faring in a little, isolated blue spot in Eastern Washington.

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August 18, 2008 8:39 PM

A primary straw poll

Posted by blog

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August 18, 2008 9:23 AM

New Nick Anderson animated cartoons

Posted by blog

We are introducing a new feature on the blog, animated cartoons from Nick Anderson of the Houston Chronicle. You will find his animated cartoons here occasionally until we build a spot for them on the Seattle Times online Opinion page.



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August 15, 2008 5:00 PM

Times recommendations for primary

Posted by Kate Riley

Sunday, the Times editorial board is running a summary of its recommendations in select races for the primary. But read it here now.

Longer versions of the original endorsements are posted here.

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August 14, 2008 9:16 AM

Bergeson v. Dorn

Posted by Lynne Varner

The campaign of Randy Dorn, the leading candidate to unseat Superintendent of Public Instruction, Terry Bergeson, responds to campaign finance charges made by the incumbent. This race is one to watch, if only to keep abreast of the evolving facts.

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August 14, 2008 1:01 AM

City Hall's altered state

Posted by Joni Balter

Here I go again in my column today: The Seattle City Council and Mayor Greg Nickels relentlessly hit Seattle residents with a slew of cost increases. First, the council and mayor rally behind a trio of November ballot measures for parks, the Pike Place Market and Sound Transit buses and light rail. Then they get to work on a plan to raise solid waste and water rates by significant amounts over the next few years. Where does it end? Citizens need to get angry and vocal.

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August 13, 2008 12:36 PM

The R-word v. the N-word

Posted by Kate Riley

Some of today's best comedic actors -- Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. -- are starring in a movie that makes fun of egotistical actors. Clever device, actors making fun of actors.

But the movie, Tropic Thunder, also uses a slur repeatedly at the expense of people with developmental disabilities. The movie's repeated use of the word "retard" has stirred protests from disability rights organizations, including the Special Olympics and the American Assocation of People with Disabilities.

As the mother of a child with disabilities, I can't help but wonder why the R-word still does not have the same stigma as the N-word. Can you imagine a movie that uses the N-word in a similar way and the producers defend its use as "satire?" No. Such a movie would not be made.

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August 13, 2008 11:37 AM

Don't expect too much!

Posted by Joni Balter

Much of politics is about expectations. The expectation game for next Tuesday's primary has begun with a clear attempt to lower anticipated results for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi. In the past, Rossi and many other candidates have used polling to gin up enthusiasm for fund-raising and all-around voter support. Now the Rossi camp is busy trying to lower expectations for the Aug. 19 primary with a press release that says, in essence, Democrats are better primary voters than Republicans.

"August 12, 2008
To: Interested Parties
From: Afton Swift, Dino Rossi Campaign Manager
Re: Washington state’s top two primary
With the top two primary a week away, no one quite knows what to expect or who will actually be turning out to vote. Other than the nonpartisan SPI race, the 3-way race for State Treasurer, and a few legislative primaries, there is nothing on the primary ballot this year to drive voter turnout. Secretary of State Sam Reed is projecting a 48% turnout for the primary, although early returns show the number may be lower.
In June our campaign sent out a memo that looks at historical voting trends in the Washington primary. We found in looking at past primaries that there has been a proportionately higher turnout by Democrats than Republicans. In 2004, Dino received only 34% of the total primary vote. In fact, since 1972 no Republican gubernatorial candidate has ever gotten the most votes in a primary, even though two have gone on to win the General Election.
Based on historical data and recent polling data, our campaign does not expect to win in the primary.
You will recall the July 9-10 Moore Information poll had the race at 45-45 for both candidates. In that same survey Christine Gregoire had a nine point lead among voters who have cast ballots in each of the last four elections: so called “perfect” or “four of four” voters. Obviously these are the voters most likely to vote in this primary:''

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August 13, 2008 8:36 AM

Gas pains

Posted by Lance Dickie

We all owe a great big debt of thanks to the oil companies, emerging economies, Wall Street speculators and political enablers who sent gasoline prices blazing past $4 per gallon. Thank you to the petro-bandits who had crude oil selling for $143 a barrel.

They changed things forever. No amount of nickel & dime erosion of prices at the gas pump will erase the hard lesson learned with $100 fill-ups. Consumers know their pocketbooks are vulnerable, and that $5 gasoline is as likely as $3.50 gasoline. The nasty spike in prices exploded the hypothetical and replaced it with grim reality.

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August 13, 2008 1:00 AM

Relax, an apology for slavery doesn't have to cost money

Posted by Lynne Varner

Much of the debate over a national apology for slavery comes down to fears that it would open America up to a strong case for monetary reparations. Well, you can keep my check.

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August 12, 2008 5:13 PM

Judging King County Superior Court judge candidates

Posted by Kate Riley

In Wednesday's paper, The Seattle Times makes its recommendations in six contested King County Superior Court races. Read them today online.

Also, check out votingforjudges.org, an award-winning, impartial Web site with links to information about judicial candidates, including biographies, campaign finance information and other ratings.

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August 11, 2008 5:12 PM

OSPI race: politics as usual or illegal campaigning?

Posted by Lynne Varner

In the race for the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction, Washington's education unions are backing candidate Randy Dorn, a former state lawmaker and current union leader. And they are out to get the incumbent, Terry Bergeson, as payback for her support of the WASL exam. The state Public Disclosure Commission must decide whether a large money dump into the race is an example of union muscle or a violation of campaign finance laws.

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August 11, 2008 4:25 PM

More Seattle Times endorsements

Posted by Kate Riley

In Tuesday's paper, the Seattle Times editorial board is recommending for re-election Democrat Rick Larsen to his 2nd Congressional District seat and Republican Cheryl Pflug to her 5th state Legislative District position.

Monday, the Times endorsed incumbent Democrat Mike Kreidler for state insurance commissioner.

Here are all of the Seattle Times endorsements for the Aug. 19 primary so far.

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August 11, 2008 3:40 PM

Another Country Ditches the Draft

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

Taiwan, which has been one of the world’s more militarized societies—for a good reason—announced that it is shrinking its military head-count by one-third and eliminating the draft by 2013.

Good for Taiwan!

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August 11, 2008 12:00 PM

Looking for a few good Democrats

Posted by Lynne Varner

John Edwards, once the Golden Boy, is forever tarnished by an affair and unresolved questions over a possible love-child. He is the new Gary Hart of politics. The Golden Woman, Hillary Clinton, wants her 1,640 delegates laid out in a roll-call vote at the Democratic Convention. Politics' spurned woman would prefer the spectacle take place during prime-time. To say Barack Obama has a mess on his hands is an understatement. Luckily, it is solveable.

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August 9, 2008 4:13 PM

Ah, Digestive Biscuits

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

British business cannot be as stupid as the shopkeeper in Michael Lewis's anecdote here. But I would have more respect for them if they'd market the product Lewis was looking for: chocolate-dipped digestive biscuits. I've never seen them in America. Plain digestives--yes, mostly in Asian stores. Plain ones are fine. The chocolate ones are a treat.

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August 8, 2008 3:40 PM

A G.O.P. Organ?

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

David Goldstein, who runs the Seattle howling-left blog HorsesAss.org, here portrays the Times editorial page as Republican. He reaches this elephantine conclusion after tabulating our political endorsements. In this, he counts every Republican we endorse as a Republican, but not every Democrat as a Democrat. Secretary of State Sam Reed, a man some conservatives slander as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), is pegged as an unhyphenated Republican, as is Allan Martin, the party’s candidate for the technical job of state treasurer. Democratic State Auditor Brian Sonntag, however, is labeled only half a Democrat because he did an audit of Sound Transit. A full Democrat would presumably have left the agency alone.

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August 8, 2008 3:00 PM

Seattle Times recommends King County's Initiative 26

Posted by Kate Riley

In Sunday's paper, the Seattle Times editorial board is recommending King County voters vote for Initiative 26, a ballot measure that would start the county down the road toward a nonpartisan government. If the measure is approved in the Aug. 19 primary, voters will weigh a county charter amendment in November. The proposal is to make county elective offices nonpartisan.

Read the editoirial now online. And leave your comments here.

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August 8, 2008 1:00 AM

Rethinking health care

Posted by Lance Dickie

A slumping national economy and scary headlines about major job losses are fueling interest in universal health-insurance coverage. Two changes in particular are forcing people to rethink how health insurance is provided.

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August 7, 2008 4:36 PM

Seattle Times endorses Robin Hunt for Appeals Court

Posted by Kate Riley

In Friday's paper, the Seattle Times editorial board is recommending re-election of Robin Hunt to her position on the state Court of Appeals, Division II — Kitsap, Thurston and the Olympic Peninsula. Read the editorial now on line and leave your comments here.

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August 6, 2008 9:21 PM

The Authoritarian Greens

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

I posted a recent blog about a local candidate of the Green Party who proposed a compost pile of restrictive laws, including making it illegal to drive alone in a car. Here, from the New York Times, is a story from Marburg, Germany, where the Green city council has decided to force builders to install solar panels on every new house, and for owners to install them on old houses that get new heating systems or roof repairs.

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August 6, 2008 4:26 PM

Giddyup! Election debates scheduled

Posted by Joni Balter



Associated Press


Caption text here.


Grab your horse's reins and get ready for a spirited fall political season. The Seattle Times editorial page is sponsoring a series of high-profile political debates along with other partners. The hottest of the hot is one in Yakima between the gubernatorial candidates. Both Dino Rossi and Gov. Christine Gregoire have agreed to a debate sponsored by the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Seattle Times and statewide PBS affiliates.

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August 6, 2008 3:19 PM

Carlyle in the 36th; White in the 46th

Posted by Kate Riley

In Thursday's paper, the Seattle Times is running its recommendations for the 36th and 46th district state representative positions. The picks are Reuven Carlyle for state representative in the 36th for the seat vacated by retiring Helen Somers and Scott White to replace the departing Rep. Jim McIntire in the 46th.
Read the editorial now online, and leave your comments here.

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August 6, 2008 1:14 PM

White-haired dude

Posted by Lance Dickie


Associated Press

Paris Hilton

Republican John McCain is chasing after the presidency with a campaign that is so inept that any other year he could be mistaken for the Democrat. Exhibit A was his attempt to lampoon Barack Obama’s crowd-stirring European tour with snippets of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

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August 6, 2008 10:19 AM

Evaluating Washington's judicial candidates

Posted by Kate Riley

Some of the most important races on the ballot are the ones that languish near the bottom. Judicial races tend to be lower profile, partly because judicial candidates are limited in making campaign promises. You don't want a judge, who says, Vote for me, I promise to do everything I can to rule against abortion, or property rights or whatever.

Good judges make decisions based on the law. That's not to say, however, there are not significant and important differences between qualifired candidates. There are several ways to get more information about judicial candidates

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August 6, 2008 1:00 AM

At the Scene of the Scopes Trial

Posted by Bruce Ramsey


Associated Press

Opposing attorneys Clarence Darrow, left, and William Jennings Bryan at the Scopes or "monkey" trial in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925.


My Wednesday column came out of a visit to Dayton, Tenn., the town that held the “monkey trial” of 1925, in which science teacher John Scopes was prosecuted for teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution. I had wanted to visit there since seeing Stanley Kramer’s movie “Inherit the Wind” decades ago. I had read that the movie wasn’t historically accurate, but I wanted to see what they would make of it in Dayton.

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August 5, 2008 4:48 PM

Times endorses Sonntag for auditor

Posted by Kate Riley


In Wednesday's paper, the Times endorses Brian Sonntag for his fourth term as state auditor. But read the endorsement now online, Leave your comments here.

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August 5, 2008 3:26 PM

Summertime and the homework isn't easy

Posted by Lynne Varner

But it is a requirement set by many parents and educators concerned that without summer reading lists and school assignments, students will lose academic ground.

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August 5, 2008 1:51 PM

Dude, where's my scooter?

Posted by Lynne Varner

scoot-guy.jpg
The Seattle City Council's approval of a $38 fine for anyone caught moving someone else's scooter on city streets raises a question: how have we all missed the rash of citizens lifting 250-pound vehicles and carting them sometimes as far as a block away?

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August 5, 2008 10:28 AM

Negativity works

Posted by Joni Balter

What do the American people want in campaign advertising? In the abstract, many voters say they don't like gutter politics. They don't like negative ads that only tell them what is wrong with the other guy - or gal. But the candidates use trash ads because they work. Just ask Sen. John McCain who lobbed a few nasty ads last week and saw the contest between himself and Barack Obama tighten considerably.

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August 3, 2008 2:51 AM

Whom do you endorse?

Posted by blog

The Seattle Times editorial board has made it's recommendations for Tuesday's Washington state primary, the first-ever top-two primary. Here are our suggestions in selected races:

Now, tell us whom you endorse. Take this poll to tell us which candidates you support.

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August 3, 2008 12:00 AM

The bird in the Girdwood cage

Posted by Jim Vesely


Associated Press

Ted Stevens' Girdwood, Alaska, chalet.

Alaskans have been watching their inner-sanctum politicial club unravel under four years of federal investigation. The indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens for what appears to be neglecting to declare contributions to his Girdwood, Alaska, "chalet" could cost the Republicans another seat in November, and it could, if accepted by average Alaskan voters, be a good thing for the state, like spring break-up it could mean a state with a fresh beginning.

James Vesely's Sunday column talks about the Senate and the world that changed around Sen. Stevens. Click below for a podcast with the author.

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August 2, 2008 3:48 PM

Space colonies, carbon rationing and dopamine-producing mousse

Posted by Bruce Ramsey

My Voter’s Pamphlet arrived today, and I find all the candidates for public office—all of them, not just the ones deemed to be serious by corporate media guys like me.

The candidates to unseat Congressmanforlife Jim McDermott begin with the wide-eyed visage of Goodspaceguy Nelson. I remember Goodspaceguy. He used to be a Libertarian—he is still “pro choice on almost everything”—but now the Democrats have him. Well, it is a big-tent party.

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August 1, 2008 4:00 PM

The Fairhurst bandwagon, minus one

Posted by Jim Vesely

Justice Mary Fairhurst, seeking a second term on the Washington Supreme Court, appears to have gathered so many newspaper endorsements you would think there is unanimity about her candidacy. There is not. But the accolades are curious about a race that should be more than a token confirmation of an incumbent.

The Seattle Times editorial board is taking the opposite approach and endorsing litigator Michael Bond. The editorial is being published in The Seattle Times Sunday editions. It's an uphill fight for Bond -- the Fairhurst campaign has much more money and name recognition. But The Times' Editorial Board could not join the bandwagon because of a long list of judicial decisions the Justice made should be carefully considered by voters.

So far, editorial pages at the (Vancouver) Columbian, the Tri-Cities Herald, the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Seattle P-I, the Spokesman-Review and the Olympian, plus others, have all endorsed Fairhurst.

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August 1, 2008 1:10 AM

Journalists and policy

Posted by Kate Riley

Journalists staying out of politics and policy decisions is a sound practice that has served the profession well. What are journalists to do though when the craft they love is being destroyed by bad policy?

Columnist Ryan Blethen argues in his column today that the time is right for journalists to start making a stink about policies like media consolidation that directly affect the newsroom. There is a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that needs support from journalists. The resolution would kill the Federal Communications Commission's new rule that essentially wipes out the media cross-ownership ban.

This is not a political issue. This debate goes to the heart of our democracy. Do we want and need a diverse and vibrant press? Or will journalists settle for a couple media giants owning most of the nations newspapers and broadcast outlets?

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