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Trump cribs his isolationism from Obama

Foreign policy does not determine American elections. Indeed, of all Western countries, we are the least interested in the subject. The reason is simple: We haven't had to be. Our instinctive isolationism derives from our geographic exceptionalism. As Bismarck once explained (it is...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump outlines ‘unpredictable’ foreign policy

Mr. Trump came to Washington to meet the establishment he has demonized the past 10 months. It was not love at first sight.His campaign left nothing to chance for his coming out as a general-election candidate Wednesday, the day after primary wins in five states made him the...

Date: 04/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Former exec Reardon fined for ‘egregious’ campaign violations

OLYMPIA — Aaron Reardon, the former Snohomish County executive who resigned in 2013 after a series of scandals, was fined $4,200 Thursday for repeatedly violating campaign laws in the 2011 election.

Date: 04/28/2016 | Local News

State’s Republicans are mum on Trump

Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican presidential nomination and Washington is one of his next stops.

Date: 04/28/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump is the rhetorical charlatan Plato warned us about

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle — not so much.Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of "by the people" was closer to our Founding Fathers' intent of only certain...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie will back Clinton, just as she backed Obama

Eight years ago, I spent an election night in a basement gymnasium in Manhattan, watching Hillary Clinton and her campaign advisers take up residence in a parallel universe.It was June 3, 2008, and Barack Obama had just clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, making...

Date: 04/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders campaign lays off ‘hundreds’ of staffers

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The presidential campaign of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that it is shedding “hundreds” of staffers in a move to “right-size” with just a few contests left on the Democratic nominating calendar.

Date: 04/27/2016 | Nation & World

Anti-Trump alliance came too late to give Kasich any hope

John Kasich, at a campaign stop in Rockville, Maryland, on Monday, explained why Republican voters aren't buying what he's selling."I'm trying to peddle hope," said the Ohio governor. "Hope in the short term doesn't get you a lot of attention, because...

Date: 04/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Toned-down Trump a threat to Democrats who pick by race, gender

Both parties sort voters by color and gender. Though there's nothing new about promoting solidarity on the basis of genetics, it can get old really fast.One sees some utility in this brand of politicking, especially for Democrats. The party of Donald Trump has done its...

Date: 04/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Never Trump? Never mind latest ploy by Cruz, Kasich

Don't call it strategy, call it strategery: Ted Cruz and John Kasich are going to cooperate to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. Also, I don't know, maybe a hurricane will dishevel Trump's comb-over and reveal his bald pate, causing such mortification that he quits the race.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Isn’t it obvious by now? Black votes matter

CHARLESTON, S.C. — African-Americans in the South can't get a break when it comes to voting, as history can't deny.After all they've endured through slavery, Jim Crow and the fight for civil rights, their voices are still treated dismissively by tone-deaf politicians...

Date: 04/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Deadline here for presidential primary voter registration

Time is running out if you want to register to vote in next month’s presidential primary.Monday is the last day to register online or by mail for the May 24 election. It is also the deadline to update an existing registration.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Local News

Panel on Planned Parenthood sets low bar for ‘exhibits,’ claims

Marsha Blackburn isn't one to worry about appearances.The Tennessee Republican didn't make any pretense this week of being impartial with the committee she chairs, the House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, commonly known as the Planned Parenthood committee.

Date: 04/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Giving Dunshee’s seat to Lovick would benefit Dems in November

Election politics are certain to be on the minds of Snohomish County Councilmembers when they fill the state House seat vacated this week by Democrat Hans Dunshee.

Date: 04/20/2016 | The Petri Dish

Appointed to County Council, Dunshee resigns from state House

OLYMPIA — Snohomish County Councilman Hans Dunshee has resigned from the state House of Representatives and the process to fill his seat has started.Dunshee submitted his resignation letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, the same day the governor signed the supplemental...

Date: 04/20/2016 | Local News

Sanders calls for U.S. to be harder on Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. has to take a harder stance against Saudi Arabia and its support of the kind of fundamentalist ideology that drives Islamic State and al-Qaida, Bernie Sanders said Sunday.

Date: 04/18/2016 | Nation & World

Hosting Clinton fundraisers, Clooney decries political cash

WASHINGTON — Actor George Clooney would like to get big money out of politics — so he doesn’t have to raise it.

Date: 04/17/2016 | Nation & World

Will the White House become an assisted-living center?

How did we wind up with these old people running for president? In 1960, the first election I voted in, Richard Nixon was 47 and John Kennedy was 43 and now, 56 years later, the candidates are mostly my age. Young people are flocking to Bernie Sanders who, given two terms in...

Date: 04/17/2016 | Commentary

3 Republicans vying for lieutenant governor speak in Everett

EVERETT — The most sought-after statewide office in this year's election is lieutenant governor and on Thursday three Republicans who want the job made their case to party loyalists in Everett. Phillip Yin, of Bellevue;

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

What Bill gained, Hillary seeks to reverse

How far they've come. And I'm not talking about the GOP, whose front-runner representing 37 percent of the Republican electorate has repudiated post-Reagan orthodoxy on trade, entitlement reform, limited government and Pax Americana (and possibly abortion, but who knows?). I'm talking...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Timing of Benghazi panel’s report aimed at Clinton

Is Trey Gowdy planning a July surprise?The chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi went to ground after he and his colleagues grilled Hillary Clinton in October. They haven't had a single hearing since then (and had only three public hearings before that one), though...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Democratic candidates stage debate which will live in acrimony

NEW YORK — Thursday's debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders offered a revealing window into the current state of the Democratic campaign and a look at two candidates who have reached the limit of their patience with each other.What started out many months...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

Ready to be president? Clinton, Sanders dispute each other

NEW YORK — Deepening their increasingly bitter feud, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aggressively challenged each other's judgment to be president in Thursday night's Democratic debate, wrangling over Wall Street banks, the minimum wage and gun control.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Nation & World

Fixing pay gap as easy as selling lemonade in the rain

When life gives you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade.And what if life gives Democrats lemonade? Well, they'll try to sell it to hurrying rush-hour commuters outside. On a cool morning. In a downpour.The Democratic National Committee hatched a clever plan to...

Date: 04/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Voting begins in Washington's May 24 presidential primary

EVERETT — As they battle for delegates in Washington, GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich already may have picked up a vote or two in the state's presidential primary.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Local News

GOP chief looks for comfort in a fortune cookie

Reince Priebus, the beleaguered and balding Republican National Committee chairman, was asked a few days ago about his mane."How much gray hair do you think you're going to have by December?" CNN's Jake Tapper inquired."Gray is fine," the...

Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The nation liked Ike; should GOP draft a military leader?

As Republicans head toward what could be a stalemated convention, they might recall how the party healed itself in 1952 in what was known as the "winter of discontent." The Republicans drafted a military leader, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as their presidential candidate.

Date: 04/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

State senator from Edmonds says she's disappointed with 2016 legislature

Democratic State Sen. Maralyn Chase says that she is disappointed with the performance of the 2016 legislature. 

Date: 04/12/2016 | South County Politics

Sanders backers suppressing their own votes

If the polls hold, scoring tickets to "Hamilton" will be as good as it's going to get for Bernie Sanders in New York. But let us first linger in Wisconsin, where Democrats and independents gave Sanders what looked like a decisive win.It seems that 15 percent of...

Date: 04/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Would Sanders rather make a run for pope?

Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, but close enough, I suppose.Hillary Clinton thought bubble: He's Jewish for crying out...

Date: 04/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Infighting now hurts Democrats later

The Democratic nominee for president will be running against a political novice who is widely despised, or a senator so unpopular that only two of his colleagues support him, or a governor far too moderate for his party's hard-line base, or someone else chosen at a bitterly contested...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Harm comes in believing promises of Sanders, Trump and Cruz

Free trade agreements "have been disastrous" for America, the candidate said, and have sent jobs to Mexico and China. "I will stop it by renegotiating all of the trade agreements that we have."It sounded like just another threat from Donald Trump to...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP pick or not, Trump’s a loser this fall

The voters have spoken: Never Trump.Wisconsin Republicans sent the nation a clear message Tuesday night in the drubbing they dealt the bilious billionaire. Republicans, and Americans, are better than Donald Trump.The message goes well beyond the 13-point primary...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Derailing Trump won’t stop the GOP’s train wreck

Yes, the big Wisconsin story is Ted Cruz's crushing 13-point victory. And yes, it greatly improves his chances of denying Donald Trump a first-ballot convention victory, which may turn out to be Trump's only path to the nomination.Nonetheless, the most stunning result of...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Battle for McAuliffe's Senate seat heats up fast

The race to succeed retiring Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell got underway Thursday with the emergence of two Democratic candidates.

Date: 04/07/2016 | The Petri Dish

After 6 terms, Bothell Sen. McAuliffe says she won’t run again

BOTHELL — Veteran Democratic state Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe of Bothell announced Wednesday she will not seek re-election this year.

Date: 04/07/2016 | Local News

3 questions intended to challenge candidates to be honest

Six years ago Brian Baird walked away from Congress, resettled in Edmonds and refocused on family.But the moderate Democrat didn't stop thinking about the devolution of dialogue in that political...

Date: 04/06/2016 | The Petri Dish

GOP senators’ wait risks a nominee more liberal than Garland

Merrick Garland is an "oppo" researcher's nightmare.Those who oppose President Obama's Supreme Court nominee have been digging for dirt to justify opposition by 52 of the 54 Senate Republicans to granting him a hearing. But about the worst thing anybody has come...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clean energy advances validate U.S. investment

So much of America's future is at stake in the 2016 presidential election. But let's focus for a moment on just one area — energy and the environment — where the Obama administration has made startling progress that could be reversed if either of the GOP front-runners...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

In Trump, Hogan scandals, women are merely anonymous sex objects

If you've been following Hulk Hogan's successful suit against Gawker or Donald Trump's rumble with a gossip writer, you may have come across some missing people. Both stories lean on "love" triangles in which one of the sides, the woman, is of so little consequence she's...

Date: 04/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

No blows in Sanders’ pillow fight with Clinton

The 19th century had the Lincoln-Douglas debates. The 20th century brought Kennedy-Nixon. And now we have just experienced a forensic masterpiece to define our times: the Clinton-Sanders Debate Debate.This particular rhetorical showdown was not a back-and-forth about issues,...

Date: 04/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Ryan for president? Stranger things already happening

The spectacular strangeness of this presidential election may require a new display in Ripley's Odditorium of believe-it-or-nots.Among the exhibits, curators might place the History of Conventional Wisdom, wherein the page titled "Populists Never Win in America"...

Date: 04/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

As bad as Trump's week was, he's far from finished

Not so fast, everybody. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, Wisconsin will not be the end of Donald Trump. It will not even be the beginning of the end. But it might be the end of the beginning.To be sure, Trump had a terrible, horrible, atrocious week. But imagine the...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie’s better off sticking to the high road

Bernie Sanders started his campaign stumping for his ideals without savaging the likely Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. That was an attractive combination.Now that he's done a lot better than anticipated (though way down in delegates), his people are wondering whether...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Why Clinton, Democrats can’t rest easy

If not for a certain Manhattan billionaire, Bernie Sanders' surprising strength and Hillary Clinton's relative weakness would be the big political story of the year.Democrats are fortunate that bloody insurrection is roiling the Republican Party. Clinton — the likely...

Date: 04/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Foreign policy and the Other Final Four

After dozens of contests featuring cliffhangers, buzzer- beaters and a ton of flagrant fouls, we're down to the Final Four: Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump. (If Kasich pulls a miracle, he'll get his own column.) The world wants to know: What are their foreign policies?

Date: 04/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton's plan to fix Obamacare won't fix problems

The Clinton campaign is finally owning up to what most Americans learned the hard way. The Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable. In fact, its costs are "crushing" people who have to buy health insurance. Hillary Clinton vows to fix the problem, but...

Date: 03/31/2016 | Commentary

Sanders backers urge state's superdelegates to support him

Backers of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders aren't just fired up about taking on America's corporate titans.They're now targeting Washington's "superdelegates" with an aggressive online campaign to get them to pledge their delegate vote to Sanders...

Date: 03/30/2016 | Local News

Legislative budget deal reached; session could end Tuesday

State House and Senate negotiators have reached a budget deal in Olympia that could pave the way for an end to a special session as soon as Tuesday night.

Date: 03/28/2016 | The Petri Dish

A landslide victory

Bernie Sanders wins state Democratic caucuses

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Bernie Sanders wins Washington’s Democratic caucuses

OLYMPIA — Bernie Sanders won Washington’s Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday after tens of thousands of people cast their votes at schools, libraries and community centers across the state.

Date: 03/26/2016 | Northwest

Lawmakers talk of overriding governor's package of vetoes

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed 27 bills earlier this month when lawmakers didn't pass a budget in time to avoid special session.He didn't object to any of them but said he wanted to send a...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

On a path to improving lives

Formerly homeless Everett teen believes politics is the answer

Date: 03/25/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Ryan, as a GOP leader, doesn’t have the luxury of neutrality

Before House Speaker Paul Ryan's "Address on the State of American Politics" Wednesday, an aide went to the microphone to instruct the crowd."You don't have to save your applause to the end," said the aide, Caleb Smith. "If he says something you...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Reaction to Belgium shows one candidate with right bearing

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to a small room — 135 attendees, not counting journalists — at Stanford University on Wednesday about the need for the United States' "nimble and far-reaching" response to the Islamic State group, "an...

Date: 03/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Inslee walking a charter school tightrope

Gov. Inslee was hanging out with his pals from the Washington Education Association on Saturday morning when the subject of charter schools came up.Inslee, who had come confident of

Date: 03/24/2016 | The Petri Dish

Clinton says she, not Trump, is the one to defeat IS group

STANFORD, Calif. — Hillary Clinton is doing what Republican rivals now say they took far too long to do: Taking Donald Trump seriously.

Date: 03/23/2016 | Nation & World

Republicans will be asked: What did you do to stop Trump?

Now that Donald Trump has spoken before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group, Americans have learned the following:Trump can read a teleprompter; he finally got someone to write him a decent speech, which he was able to deliver...

Date: 03/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton campaigns in Everett

Presidential candidate pledges pursuit of jobs creation

Date: 03/22/2016 | Local News

Clinton to visit Machinists hall in Everett on Tuesday

EVERETT — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brings her campaign for president to Everett on Tuesday where she will share her blueprint for creating jobs and tackling abusive trade practices of foreign countries.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Local News

Bill Clinton campaigning in Spokane, Vancouver

SPOKANE — Former President Bill Clinton told a crowd in Spokane that his wife, Hillary Clinton, would expand access to college education if she was elected president.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Northwest

Lawmakers may return to Olympia this week to end special session

While there’s no budget deal that would bring about the conclusion of the legislative special session, some lawmakers are anticipating one early this week.

Date: 03/21/2016 | The Petri Dish

Bernie Sanders makes key stops in state

VANCOUVER — More than 7,500 people turned out to a high school in Vancouver, Washington and another 10,300 showed up at an arena in Seattle on Sunday for Bernie Sanders rallies, two of three taking place in the state that day.

Date: 03/20/2016 | Northwest

The center-left holds

Viewpoints: Court pick adds to Obama's moderate legacy

Date: 03/20/2016 | Commentary

Hillary Clinton to visit Everett on Tuesday

EVERETT — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit Everett on Tuesday as part of her campaign for president.The Democratic Party frontrunner’s itinerary also includes stops in Seattle.

Date: 03/18/2016 | Local News

Democrats need proxies for primary by Friday

Democrats who want to participate in the March 26 precinct caucuses but can’t get to their caucus sites because of religion, military service, work schedule, disability or illness still can designate their choices for president.

Date: 03/18/2016 | South County Politics

Senate Republicans hiding behind the ‘Biden rule’

Who knew that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and the rest of the Senate Republicans had turned over the role of writing that body's procedural rules to Vice President Joe Biden?And people lament the lack of bipartisanship in Congress.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Editorials

Give the West its due by rotating the primaries

There's a not-insignificant part of the United States known as the West Coast. It includes such prominent states as California, Oregon and Washington.These states have yet to hold a single presidential primary or caucus. But at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, this...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Donald Trump: Time to rally around me — or expect riots

WASHINGTON — After yet another round of convincing victories for Donald Trump, Republican leaders spent Wednesday wavering between grudging acceptance and deep denial about the businessman’s likely ascent to the GOP presidential nomination. An emboldened Trump warned that if the party tried to...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Nation & World

Exit polls show problems ahead for Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders has clearly tapped a vein of economic populism, but the latest presidential primary exit polls — along with previous primary and caucus results — suggest a Democratic Party electorate unwilling to embrace the kind of leftward shift the Vermont senator proposes.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Nation & World

Loose ends in Olympia: Corrections scandal, state budget

OLYMPIA — Time to catch up on a couple pieces of unfinished business around here.Let’s begin with Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Date: 03/16/2016 | The Petri Dish

Vice President Joe Biden to visit Hutchinson research center

SEATTLE — Vice President Joe Biden will meet with researchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on Monday. The center says the vice president’s visit is part of a listening tour to promote cancer research.

Date: 03/16/2016 | Northwest

The view from the crowd at a Trump rally

BOCA RATON, Fla. — It was a festive afternoon at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater. Families rolled out blankets on the lawn beside a man-made lake. Vendors sold foot-long hot dogs. Organizers tossed T-shirts from the stage.Then, at nightfall, Donald Trump took the stage...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Our concepts of patriotism can exclude many

Recent discussions with fellow Americans of right-wing persuasion have made me think the word "patriotism" ought to be banished like a Guatemalan child at our Southern border. Either that, or people who use it should be required simultaneously to define it. Even...

Date: 03/16/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The Cappys are back

We award lawmakers for their amazing achievements

Date: 03/13/2016 | Local News

What's an anti-Trump Republican to do?

Donald Trump's recent victories in the GOP primaries leave him in commanding position to be the party's presidential nominee. One problem: Many Republicans say they won't back Trump for president — but they're not going to vote for the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton,...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Commentary

Clinton’s, Sander’s ‘Hispandering’ a dangerous precedent

I learned a new word at Wednesday night's Univision Democratic debate — "Hispandering." Univision's Maria Elena Salinas asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whether she was flip-flopping on her erstwhile opposition to "illegal immigrants." (It's...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP can’t, so voters will have to stop Trump

We the people are going to have to save ourselves from Donald Trump, because politicians don't seem up to the task.For the big-haired billionaire it was another week, another romp. In winning three of the four states up for grabs Tuesday, Trump demonstrated once again the...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Anger is legitimate but misdirected

Good countries can sometimes go bad. Donald Trump's supporters implicitly make this argument when they proclaim "Make America Great Again." And so do those who loathe Trump and see in him a dangerous populist response to the anger of frustrated middle-class voters.

Date: 03/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sharing in the pain of state budget inaction

For many of us, childhood paddlings were preceded by a parent's assurance that "this is going to hurt me more than it does you."We weren't always convinced, but there may be some actual shared pain in Gov. Jay Inslee's decision to make good on his threat to veto...

Date: 03/13/2016 | Editorials

Democrats plan 'mock caucus' at Monday 1st Legislative District meeting

Democrats in the 1st Legislative District plan to hold a "mock caucus" at their Monday, March 14 meeting.

Date: 03/11/2016 | South County Politics

Judaism means more than just the Holocaust

Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever. It's a rare sign of the health of our republic that no one seems to much care or even notice. Least of all, Sanders himself. Which prompted Anderson Cooper in a recent Democratic debate to ask...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

More than the math, Clinton's message has to add up

After Hillary Clinton's surprise loss in the Michigan primary Tuesday night raised fresh questions about her appeal, her campaign manager, Robby Mook, arranged a conference call Wednesday with reporters to reveal a new strategy.He would stun and subdue Clinton's doubters...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Some skepticism, please, regarding pollsters and pundits

When the dust settled after Tuesday's Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton expanded her commanding lead over Bernie Sanders by 18 delegates. This was the political bottom line, but it wasn't the story, was it?The story was that by confounding pollster expectations that...

Date: 03/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The governor's strategy of quiescence

Little Marko was on fire.

Date: 03/09/2016 | The Petri Dish

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen won’t seek 6th term

OLYMPIA — Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election,...

Date: 03/08/2016 | Local News

Lieutenant governor expected to say he won't seek re-election

Lieutenant Gov. Brad Owen plans a midday statement Tuesday on his political future. Most figure the punch line will be that he’s not going to run again.

Date: 03/08/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump must not have done the math on Latino vote

How's this for poetic justice? Donald Trump's favorite scapegoats could end up having the satisfaction of blocking him from the White House.Latino voters have the potential to form a "big, beautiful wall" between Trump and his goal. If Trump gets the Republican...

Date: 03/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers turn to ‘big issues’ as end of regular session looms

OLYMPIA — There are deals to make and votes to take as state lawmakers race to wrap up this week.With the 60-day session set to end Thursday, the House and Senate are still seeking agreement on how to pay for last year's wildfires, shore up staffing at state...

Date: 03/07/2016 | Local News

Author Dinesh D'Souza to address GOP fundraiser in Lynnwood

EVERETT — Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza will headline the Snohomish County Republican Party's major fund raising event next month.D'Souza, known for his unrelenting criticism of President Barack Obama...

Date: 03/07/2016 | Local News

Warren on ticket could help Clinton close her ‘empathy gap’

Hillary Clinton has a knack for turning triumph into tedium.On the night of Super Tuesday, after her wins all but guaranteed her the Democratic presidential nomination, she served up a victory speech that was a bowl of mush."We know we've got work to do,...

Date: 03/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

New rancor, tough talk in Clinton-Sanders Democratic debate

FLINT, Mich. — Ratcheting up the rancor, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled aggressively in a Democratic presidential debate Sunday night over trade, Wall Street influence and more, with Clinton accusing him of turning his back on the auto industry and Sanders countering...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Nation & World

New rancor, tough talk in Clinton-Sanders Democratic debate

FLINT, Mich. — Ratcheting up the rancor, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled aggressively in a Democratic presidential debate Sunday night over trade, Wall Street influence and more, with Clinton accusing him of turning his back on the auto industry and Sanders countering...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Nation & World

Decoding Trump’s us-vs.-them rhetoric

Donald Trump plays on racial fears and animosities in an ugly, deliberate and dangerous way. This dance with bigotry goes far beyond his temporary amnesia about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan.Trump speaks as if he considers whiteness the norm and sees people of color as...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Will it be necessary to destroy the party to save it?

So it has come to this: A brokered convention or President Hillary Clinton.These options seem to be what's left to Republicans of conscience, who are, let's face it, rather Romney-come-latelys to the pyre. They're based on the following evidence: It is highly unlikely that...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Expect a nasty and contentious fall campaign

Super Tuesday victories by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put the nation on a path toward an ugly and contentious general election, pitting a pair of major-party presidential candidates saddled with vulnerabilities in a contest that will be decided by a fearful and angry electorate...

Date: 03/06/2016 | Commentary

Democrats just not angry enough to feel the Bern

Why did Bernie Sanders fail?Sanders continues his campaign after his Super Tuesday losses, but he has no real chance of wresting the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton. The socialist insurgent went further than most thought possible, drawing huge crowds,...

Date: 03/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

It’s a popular job: 8 aspire to be lieutenant governor

So far eight candidates, including four state lawmakers, are in the race or, in the case of one person, about to enter.That's not counting

Date: 03/02/2016 | The Petri Dish

Huge promises lead to huge disappointment

Despite what you've heard, Americans don't want politicians who tell it like it is.We want politicians who tell it like it isn't.This election cycle, politicians' promises have gotten bigger, bolder and less tethered to reality than those of previous presidential...

Date: 03/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Big money doesn’t seem to be a problem in Democratic pockets

When you go to the California Democratic Party's convention, and you happen to be the rare registered Republican in the press corps, you have to come prepared with an answer to The Question: Can I vote for Donald Trump in November? (My answer: I don't have to decide now. Trump hasn't...

Date: 03/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

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