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Automatically registering voters

One of the ideas behind the National Voter Registration Act in 1993, also known as "Motor Voter," was that it would allow people to register to vote when they applied for or renewed a driver's licenses. That remains, although it's not automatic because prospective voters...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Editorials

Listen to vets to honor them

On Veterans Day, how should we honor those who served in uniform?We can fly the flag. Certainly, we can thank a veteran. We can also listen to their stories.A relatively new exhibit in Olympia at the Washington State Legislative Building,

Date: 11/11/2015 | Editorials

Get ready for November vote

Three minutes and you're done.That's the message the Secretary of State's office has sent out to 218,000 potential voters in Washington who appear eligible to vote but haven't registered yet, including 21,077 in Snohomish County and another 2,338 in Island County.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Editorials

Move up presidential primary

We're still more than a year away from the 2016 general election and the vote for our next president, yet already we've had two Republican debates. So, yes, the presidential campaign season is too long.For contrast, consider the campaign for the Canadian federal election now...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Editorials

State's top-two primary leaving many without a voice

If you are a Republican wanting to vote in the upcoming general election for Snohomish County offices, don't bother. There are no Republican candidates for whom to vote. That is the sad outcome of an initiative that the voters in our state approved in 2004. With this initiative, the...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton to turn over email server to Justice Dept.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton relented Tuesday to months of demands she relinquish the personal email server she used while secretary of state, directing the device be given to the Justice Department.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Nation & World

Move up presidential primary

You may yet get your opportunity to help nominate Donald Trump or any other candidate among the Republicans and Democrats running for president in 2016.Earlier this spring it appeared the state would skip a presidential primary, instead allowing the state parties to use the...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Editorials

U.S., Cuba to resume ties on July 20

WASHINGTON — After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared Wednesday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.For President...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Generation of heroes: Photos of WWII vets sought for online legacy

World War II veterans I have written about stay with me through the years. I remember their faces, homes and harrowing stories. They should be remembered forever.Arlington's Jared Dickson was part of...

Date: 04/10/2015 | Local News

We do a meaningless poll for free; state does it for $11.5 million

The latest poll at had one thing in common with the state's presidential primary. Neither has any bearing on who will be the next...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Web Monkey

Secretary of State tries to make presidential primary worthwhile

It is Washington's quadrennial quandary.Every four years, the conversation starts anew on how to make this state's presidential primary meaningful in the process of electing the nation's next leader.And should an election even be held if it can't be done?...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Local News

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