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Keeping public records public

You would have thought that for something that has been widely used for more than 25 years, we would have figured out how government officials could keep public, political and personal email and other electronic communication separate.Maybe we're too busy deleting spam.

Date: 08/30/2015 | Editorials

Left allows its president to fight on alone

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Edmonds Mayor Earling leads local candidates in fundraising

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling leads south Snohomish County candidates in fundraising. Earling, who will run unopposed for re-election in the Nov. 3 general election, has reported raising $25,391 and spending $4,282. Most of the contributions come from companies or individuals in real...

Date: 06/23/2015 | South County Politics

Bill Clinton’s response not easing skepticism on donations

It had a familiar ring: "I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former President Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.Indeed, one doesn't ever know. But when a country or a firm gives...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Conflict of arms deals, donations should have been clear to Clinton

Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton's State Department.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Media bias or silliness

Viewpoints: Are journalists' donations a big deal?

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

Clinton should take high road on donations

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.Clinton also, as reported...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Has Clinton’s Citizens United tune changed?

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat: She appears to have unified large swaths of the Democratic Party and its activist base to support the core tenets of the Citizens United decision — the one that...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Super-PAC cash may work against GOP

The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns — and they...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

If money equals free speech, tell us who’s talking

When postal worker Doug Hughes — otherwise known as the gyrocopter dude — landed his gizmo on the West Lawn of the Capitol, he wasn't worried about being shot down, he says.He must be a believer in miracles because he might have been shot down — and...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Loopholes in political spending laws keep voters in the dark

With the 2016 election cycle gearing up, special interests are eyeing ways to advance the candidates of their choice without leaving any fingerprints. Their preferred vehicle is "dark money" donated to organizations — including so-called social welfare groups —...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Commentary

Democratic supporters noticing candidates’ Wall Street friends

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times. On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been promoting standard pro-middle class rhetoric, yet also has...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Menendez’s sleaze enough reason to resign

Bob Menendez doesn't belong in the U.S. Senate.It's not just the New Jersey Democrat's 14-count indictment Wednesday on corruption charges, though that's plenty damning. As bad is the appalling way in which he responded: with a political rally to kick off a campaign against...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democracy requires sunlight

Sunshine Week, March 15-21, is intended to promote discussion and awareness of issues related to public disclosure and freedom of information laws, considered vital tools not only for journalists but for our democracy itself. And...

Date: 03/19/2015 | Editorials

Why would Clinton set herself up for scandal?

Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Neither side should make Clinton's gender an issue

Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as a hit woman, going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Once again, Clinton has some explaining to do

On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.You could almost hear the collective gasp in Washington: Oh, no, here we go again.But then the next evening, Clinton was feted at the EMILY'S List...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why so few challengers for Clinton?

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor and a man who would very much like to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is making his case."We took measurable actions to reduce storm-water runoff and to expand the number of acres...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Will Clinton’s apologists finally tire of making excuses?

As Hillary Clinton took questions from the media about the personal email account she used as secretary of state, I felt a flashback coming on. She said she simply chose to use a personal account with a personal server "for convenience." I felt I had traveled back in time to...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Watergate taught Clinton: hit the delete key

She burned the tapes.Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats may soon wish Clinton had a challenger

The International Association of Fire Fighters attracted 10 possible presidential candidates to the union's conference in Washington this week, including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for the Republicans.But one prominent...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton secrecy only raises more suspicion

The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage. Not the kind that fits in the overhead bin, either. I'm talking steamer trunks.How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official email account, instead...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No excuse not to preserve official emails

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data can be housed on relatively small hard drives rather than in spacious warehouses. Likewise, the time expense of retrieving that data...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In being too cautious, Clinton causes her own stumbles

So it turns out Hillary Clinton will face a serious challenger in the primaries, after all. Her name is Hillary Clinton.This week's revelation that she used only private email to conduct her public business as secretary of state is not a knockout blow to the likely...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton can’t claim poverty any longer

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton addressed the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state comes to the Bay Area at a time when I hear more people, on the left and the right, cringing at the prospect of Clinton's heading the...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Third applicant to fill Edmonds Council vacancy registers intent to run

Three of the 10 applicants for the vacant position on the Edmonds City Council now have registered their intent to run in the coming election.

Date: 02/23/2015 | South County Politics

A few tweaks to election laws

The Legislature is considering a few pieces of legislation regarding elections, some more helpful than others.Senate Bill 5153 would bring some badly needed transparency to campaign donations, creating a new class of political action committee. As

Date: 01/27/2015 | Editorials

SEC ought to look at campaign donations in Chicago

On its face, Chicago's municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. The system is included in the city's budget, it is directly funded by the city, and its various boards of trustees include city officials and mayoral appointees. Yet, when it comes to...

Date: 01/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Governor’s budget leaves election watchdog to beg

When a growing supply of money is being injected into political campaigns from a number of sources, it seems an odd time to continue cutting the budget of the state's official campaign finance watchdog.Created by public initiative, the

Date: 12/28/2014 | Editorials

State’s disclosure commission struggles with budget cut

OLYMPIA — The Washington Public Disclosure Commission is struggling to find the dollars to keep its informative website up to date with modern technology.

Date: 12/26/2014 | Northwest

Clinton papers show White House amid scandals

WASHINGTON — White House aides raised questions about how to structure and describe then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s role in the 1993 attempt to overhaul the health-care system, including whether she would be considered a government employee and whether the group’s work could be kept...

Date: 10/11/2014 | Nation & World

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