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Republican race even more of a brawl

Heading into New Hampshire, the race for the nomination of the once-genteel Republican Party seems to have entered a kind of Mad Max phase.It is no surprise that Donald Trump is doing his best to create political mayhem. Trump was uncharacteristically subdued Monday night...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton caught in crossfire of class warfare

As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1.5 million.But, of course Trump wouldn't bother to part his lips for less. It costs at least a million just to wake up in the rarified world he...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton seeks to cut into Sanders’ New Hampshire advantage

HENNIKER, N.H. — Trailing rival Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton sought to summon another New Hampshire comeback on Saturday but faced blunt questions about her trustworthiness and explanation of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Palumbo favored for Somers’ former Snohomish Co. Council seat

EVERETT — Guy Palumbo earned Democrats' support Saturday as their top pick to fill Executive Dave Somers' former seat on the Snohomish County Council.But it's up to county council members to make the final selection. State Rep. Hans Dunshee, who finished second to...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Local News

Democrats to nominate 3 for Somers' County Council seat

EVERETT — Hans Dunshee, a 20-year veteran of the state House, is facing spirited competition for an open seat on the Snohomish County Council.A key step in the appointment process comes to a head Saturday, when Democratic Party officers are prepared to pick three...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Local News

Conservatism trumps populism in Iowa vote

The reigning idiocy of the current political season is the incessant tossing around of "establishment," an epithet now descending into meaninglessness. Its most recent abuse is by Donald Trump supporters rationalizing his Iowa defeat with the following consolation: If you...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Cautious Rubio needs to burst out of his bubble

BOW, N.H. — Marco Rubio is in an enviable position among mainstream Republican presidential candidates after his strong finish in Iowa. Yet the man is running scared.The young Floridian is stumping through New Hampshire as if he's campaigning to win the Cautious...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Iowa makes its case for putting trust in voters

Iowa was like a rainstorm that cleared away some of the nasty pollution clogging the air. Those last 10 polls that predicted Donald Trump would finish in first place? Wrong. The conventional wisdom about a high turnout sealing the deal for Trump proved — repeat — wrong. I am...

Date: 02/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, Sanders face off in New Hampshire debate

DURHAM, N.H. — Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders on Thursday night of subjecting her to an "artful smear" while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America's political establishment.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World

Congressman Larsen to speak to Democrats Monday

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen is scheduled to speak Monday at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats.

Date: 02/04/2016 | South County Politics

Proposal to fill Sound Transit seats deemed ‘Seattle-centric’

A column in two takes.Take 1: Sound Transit power playIt’s been tough enough for Sound Transit board members to cobble together ST3, a ballot measure seeking $15 billion for the next phase of expansion.

Date: 02/04/2016 | The Petri Dish

Some spinning Clinton’s Iowa win into a loss

NASHUA, N.H. — Q: When is a win not a win?A: When the winner is Hillary Clinton.The Iowa Democratic Party confirmed in its final tally Tuesday that Clinton had won Monday night's caucuses. She not only beat Bernie Sanders but got more votes than any...

Date: 02/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Rubio's night in Iowa shows outsiders can be beat

WAUKEE, Iowa — The establishment struck back.The headlines will show that Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses, but the more significant message out of Iowa was that Marco Rubio was neck-and-neck with Donald Trump for second place and within a few points of the lead: It...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

A lot of division still amongst all the ‘winners’ in Iowa

The only thing missing from Marco Rubio's victory speech Monday night was the victory: In Iowa's Republican caucus, Rubio finished not first, not second, but third. Was he expecting a bronze medal?Overall, it was a long evening that offered too many declarations of triumph...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

What the race looks like, outside and inside the U.S.

Who will win the Republican and Democratic nominations is still anyone's guess, but the Iowa caucus voters defined three themes that are likely to roll through the rest of this year's campaign: alienation, disruption and resilience.Let me unpack those words. Our political...

Date: 02/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump, Sanders killed politics as usual

Whoever wins Monday in Iowa, and whoever eventually wins the presidential nominations, one thing is already clear: Traditional politics and politicians have failed.That glaring fact is still difficult for the establishments of both parties to grasp. I mean, surely...

Date: 01/31/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP's choice is populism vs. conservatism

It's hard to believe that the United States, having resisted the siren song of socialism during its entire 20th-century heyday (the only major democracy to do so), should suddenly succumb to its charms a generation after its intellectual demise. Indeed, the prospect of socialist Bernie...

Date: 01/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Public’s trust in Clinton suffers from constant drip of doubts

The first question to Hillary Clinton from an audience member during Monday night's Democratic town hall in Iowa must have been a blow from one so young — a potential new voter — this close to the caucuses.The query came from a fellow who asked what her response...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders can’t win presidency for Democrats

I adore Bernie Sanders.I agree with his message of fairness and I share his outrage over inequality and corporate abuses. I think his righteous populism has captured the moment perfectly. I respect the uplifting campaign he has run. I admire his authenticity.And...

Date: 01/28/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Speaking fees distance Clinton from middle class

When Bernie Sanders hits rival Hillary Clinton for taking humongous speaking fees from big banks — notably the $675,000 Goldman Sachs paid her for three speeches while she eyed the Oval Office — he struck Clinton's Achilles heel. Both the former secretary of state and her...

Date: 01/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Anything can happen; even Bloomberg

Just what this presidential campaign needs, another know-it-all billionaire. Whip out your checkbook, Michael Bloomberg, and come on in.News that the former New York mayor is thinking about entering the race is no surprise, when you think about it. It's well-known that he...

Date: 01/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Campaign turning into a New York state of mind

Many Americans used to regard New York City as a bankrupt foreign vessel docked on their Atlantic coastline. Then the place got cleaned up, and after the heroism (and stoicism) of Sept. 11, 2001, much of the hostility was replaced with affection.Perhaps nothing signifies the...

Date: 01/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, Rubio win Des Moines Register endorsements

Just over a week ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Marco Rubio won the party endorsements of the Des Moines Register on Saturday, securing one of the most coveted and hard-fought political prizes of the presidential calendar.Both Clinton, the Democrat, and...

Date: 01/24/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders angrily drags his party far left of center

Jeb Bush must be watching the Democratic primary with unadulterated envy. The Democratic debates have been comparatively civil — and conveniently scheduled to reduce viewership and impact. Bush has to contend with Donald Trump — and Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Candidates won’t admit to long, costly war ahead of us

TAMPA, Fla. — There's a scary disconnect between the somber warnings you hear privately from military leaders about the war against the Islamic State and the glib debating points coming from Republican and Democratic politicians.The politicians fulminate about...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Choice may be heads vs. hearts for Democrats

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Hillary Clinton wrapped herself so tightly in President Obama's mantle at Sunday night's debate that it was a wonder she could walk off the stage.She lauded the Affordable Care Act to the heavens, rejecting the notion that it left too many Americans...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Single-payer plan unrealistic and distracting

If you've successfully landed on the beaches, but your forces are still taking heavy fire, what do you do? Do you concentrate on trying to hold the line and make further advances or do you sit in a circle and design a better landing craft?The problem with Bernie Sanders'...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, media can’t ignore Sanders

If you thought the political landscape couldn't be more unsettled, think again. In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders is surging. Hillary Clinton now faces not a coronation, not a cakewalk, but a contest — one she could lose.Has there...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Haley calls for bipartisanship, while Obama pays lip service

There are two ways to talk up bipartisanship. You can give the notion lip service. You can lament its loss in modern politics. You can lay the blame of partisan rancor on the times and not at your own clay feet. You can say, "It's one of the few regrets of my presidency —...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Obama has little to show for his two terms

President Obama's Tuesday night address to Congress was less about the state of the union than the state of the presidency. And the state of this presidency is spent.The signs of intellectual exhaustion were everywhere. Consider just three. After taking credit for success in...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP senators seek subpoena power to investigate inmate releases

(Updated below with response from the governor's office)

Date: 01/14/2016 | The Petri Dish

Obama urges avoiding a state of disunion

President Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday night wasn't a speech to Congress. It was a sermon to the nation.It wasn't about policy prescriptions, really, or even about Obama's record in office. It was a speech about one man whose name the president never...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Lawmakers to tackle charter schools after Inslee gives address

Tuesday marks the first full day of the 2016 legislative session and Gov. Jay Inslee will grab the spotlight when he delivers his State of the State to a joint session of the House and Senate.

Date: 01/12/2016 | The Petri Dish

Soon enough, Trump could be Democrats’ problem

For Democrats who might be rooting for Donald Trump, thinking he would be easy to beat in November, I have some advice: Be careful what you wish for.In his campaign, or rampage, Trump has done more than take a sledgehammer to the Republican Party. He almost seems to be...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Open border tough line for Democrats to straddle

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump's storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.Democrats already have the luxury of being far...

Date: 01/12/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The left should avoid hopping on birther bandwagon

When you dance with the devil, the choreography can get awkward.Ted Cruz last week made his latest appeal to America's nativist fringe by naming Rep. Steve King of Iowa as a national co-chairman of his presidential campaign. King, called a "courageous...

Date: 01/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Fair or not, Clinton must address double standard

Fair play can sometimes be a raunchy racket.In the midst of Hillary Clinton's promising presidential bid, a blast from the past blew through the back door and rattled the joints of the political edifice of Clinton. Juanita Broaddrick, the Arkansas woman who has claimed that...

Date: 01/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

County Democrats set caucus to narrow council seat field

Snohomish County Democrats are preparing to caucus Feb. 6 to nominate appointees for a vacant County Council seat, as a new name joins the list of hopefuls.

Date: 01/08/2016 | Local News

No honor for intransigence on gun safety

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bill Clinton to fund raise for Hillary Clinton in Seattle

SEATTLE — Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Seattle to fund raise for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.He is expected to attend a reception Friday afternoon for the Democratic front-runner at Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

If 2016 is anything like ’15, buckle up

You probably noticed that 2015 was pretty weird. But hey, it's a brand new year — a fresh start, a blank slate, an unwritten script. In 2016, what could possibly go wrong?Uh, where to begin?My fingers balk at typing the words "President-elect...

Date: 01/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hardest worker on the 2016 presidential campaign trail? It could be Obama

Tribune Washington BureauWASHINGTON — You might think the candidates have the most invested in the 2016 presidential election, but someone else has nearly as much riding on the outcome: President Barack Obama.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

What Congress got done in 2015

Congress and the Washington Legislature have taken their lumps on these pages during the past year. Often, it's been with ample cause. But while both preferred to use deadlines as a cudgel against the other party rather than a motivator, each body did get some work done in 2015.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Editorials

Count on supporters to excuse worst of Clinton vs. Trump

After lamenting Donald Trump's "penchant for sexism" last week, Hillary Clinton announced to supporters that her former-president husband — her "not-so-secret weapon" — will hit the campaign trail for her in January. Characteristically, in all capital...

Date: 12/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Was 2015 a redder, bluer year for America?

The year is almost over, and an election looms. Is the country more divided now than it ever was? Can Americans find common ground on anything? Is there life beyond political squabbles? As 2015 comes to a close, Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk, the RedBlueAmerica columnists, reflect on the...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Commentary

If politicians make the ‘nice’ list, some gift ideas

Getting into the Christmas spirit, we thought we would pick out gifts for some prominent people, so here goes:For Donald Trump, finding something for the man who has or can buy anything is a challenge. Nevertheless, he plainly does not have a copy of the U.S. Constitution,...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Commentary

Why Bernie merits respect, if not a vote

Hardly a week goes by without some demand for an apology populating my inbox. I have never apologized for two reasons: The usual one is that I'm not sorry. The other is that calls for an apology have become an irritating tactic in American political discourse, a kind of bullying.

Date: 12/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats face off on taxes, Wall Street and gun control

MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Democratic presidential candidates presented competing visions for defeating Islamic State terrorists and clashed passionately at a debate here Saturday night over tax policy, the power and wealth of Wall Street, gun control and other domestic issues.

Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World

Sanders regains access to political database

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. —The Bernie Sanders campaign has regained access to the Democratic Party’s crucial voter database after hundreds of thousands of voters protested the party’s decision to cut the campaign off for accessing private files owned by Hillary...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton enjoying Trump’s campaign dominance

Gee, wonder what Hillary Clinton has been up to?If you haven't heard much about her lately, it's because Clinton news has been as scarce as winter weather on the Eastern seaboard. Did somebody say emails? What ever happened to Benghazi? Is she still even running for...

Date: 12/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Cruz isn’t cure for Trump that GOP hopes for

If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party's cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison.With polls showing the Texas senator rising to challenge the bombastic billionaire nationwide — and zooming past him in first-in-the-nation Iowa — the...

Date: 12/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

DelBene to speak to Democrats Monday

U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene will speak to the 1st Legislative District Democratic organization Monday.

Date: 12/11/2015 | South County Politics

Clinton could learn from Trump how to connect with voters

They support activist government. They're not socially conservative. They resent big money in politics. And if you administered a truth serum, they would probably say nice things about Obamacare.These are blue-collar supporters of Donald Trump. Democrats would do well to ask...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Leaders should heed example of WWII vets

Dec. 7, 2015: A date which will live in immaturity.President Obama addressed the nation Sunday night from the Oval Office, a rare use of the sacred symbols of the presidency to reassure Americans about their security while steeling them for a long and complex struggle...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gov. Inslee to be vice chair of Democratic governors group

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is officially taking over as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.Malloy was elected chairman during a meeting in Washington, D.C. on Monday. It’s a one-year term.

Date: 12/07/2015 | Northwest

Would Clinton continue Obama's Mid-East policies?

"Why can't we take out these bastards?" CNN's Jim Acosta bluntly asked President Obama at a Monday press conference at the Group of 20 summit in Turkey. "These bastards," of course, are the Islamic State — at least for Acosta. As Obama called Friday's...

Date: 11/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Time to ground frequent flyers in Congress

House Republican leaders recently did something that should outrage Americans of all parties and creeds: They declared that the people's representatives will be working an average of only two days a week next year.The House will be in session just 111 days in 2016. This...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dem candidates clash on domestic, foreign policy

DES MOINES - A Democratic presidential debate here Saturday that began with a sobering discussion of the escalating terrorist threats from Islamic State militants quickly turned to a sharp ideological clash on domestic issues that included regulating the banking industry and gun...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Uneasiness looms over U.S. voters, poll finds

One year ahead of the presidential election, a pervasive disquiet has shaped voter attitudes, with a majority of Republicans pessimistic about moral values and the increasing diversity of the nation’s population and Democrats uneasy about an economy they see as tilted toward the rich.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Nation & World

Executive-elect: Priority is problem-solving, not politics

EVERETT — As a new leader prepares take the helm of Snohomish County government, he'll be facing some of the same old problems.County Councilman Dave Somers won the county executive's job in Tuesday's election with a pledge to seek solutions.

Date: 11/08/2015 | Local News

Gentle Bern has changed Democratic campaign

I feel the Bern. But it doesn't hurt.We are told Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old "democratic socialist" challenging Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is taking the proverbial gloves off and going after the front-runner more aggressively.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ignoring inequality issues spells end of New Democrats

It was a pitiful whimper from the last of a breed.During last week's House speaker election, almost all Republicans were voting for Paul Ryan and virtually all Democrats for Nancy Pelosi. Then the clerk called on Jim Cooper, a moderate Democrat from Tennessee.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Prayers that Congress lets its speaker lead

The speaker-elect walked down the center aisle Thursday morning, accepting hugs, kisses, handshakes and applause. Then he did something unexpected: He turned left.Paul Ryan, the young Wisconsin Republican who in minutes would accept the speaker's gavel, walked through the...

Date: 11/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For candidates, awkwardness is way to voter’s hearts

"That's awkward."This surely was the response of many viewers watching the chaotic, ill-moderated GOP debate Wednesday night. But maybe its weirdness became the debate's selling point. Advertising experts say that awkwardness is a peculiar attribute...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton allowed Republicans to stumble, fall

Hillary Clinton must have been mindful of the old adage that you never interrupt an enemy when he is making a mistake. She sat in the witness chair with the patience of Job, hour after endless hour, while the House Select Committee on Benghazi did all it could to make her our next...

Date: 10/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Tisdel best choice for Snohomish County Council

With Snohomish County leadership a frequent presence on the front page of The Herald, notably regarding the county's now-stalled courthouse project and the disagreements between the county executive and the county council on the county's financial health, its budget and the hiring and...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Editorials

Lincoln Chafee ends his presidential campaign

WASHINGTON — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Friday he would end his quixotic Democratic presidential campaign after failing to gain traction against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Nation & World

Blame game for terror attacks cuts both ways

Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden,...

Date: 10/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton used debate well to position herself

With the latest poll numbers tallied and political pundits having spoken, a consensus has emerged: Hillary Clinton won the first Democratic debate and, barring a Benghazi pinata exploding with revelations, has cinched the nomination.Reasons cited for Clinton's superior...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats welcome the gun debate to the campaign

WASHINGTON — After 15 years of a virtual gag order on guns in presidential politics, Democrats are talking again.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

One question could make debates worthwhile

There's a question that wasn't asked in Tuesday night's Democratic presidential "debate" — it's never asked — but we'd all be better served should the moderator offer it up. If and when the stage gets small enough, the same challenge could be tossed to the...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Commentary

Debate shows GOP right to be worried

Before all the craziness — before Donald Trump and Ben Carson and the need for two-tiered debates — Republicans' biggest fear about next year's election was having to run against Hillary Clinton. As we saw Tuesday night, they were right to worry.At the Democratic...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama’s passivity on Iran prisoner

The consequences of President Obama's passive foreign policy came close to home last week.My Washington Post colleague Jason Rezaian, the paper's Tehran bureau chief, has been languishing in an Iranian jail for 15 months on bogus charges of espionage. He was put on secret...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In Alabama, Clinton blasts GOP on voting rights

HOOVER, Ala. — Near the heart of the civil rights movement, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton roused black Alabama Democrats on Saturday with a pledge to champion voting rights and accusations that Republicans are dismantling generations of racial progress.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

No debating it; Clinton locks up nomination

I repeat: Unless she's indicted, Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination. I wrote that six weeks ago, amid fevered dreams of a Clinton collapse and a Joe Biden rescue. That those were a mirage is all the more obvious after Tuesday's debate. The reason, then as now, is simple:...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A refreshingly normal debate by Democrats

Who "won" the Democratic debate? The Democratic Party won. All the presidential candidates, from the most flamboyant to the most contained, talked seriously about issues, even straying from liberal orthodoxy.Hillary Clinton's upbeat morning-in-America approach...

Date: 10/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate helped Clinton but not her challengers

Hillary Clinton was a head shorter than her rivals when they lined up on stage for Sheryl Crow's version of the national anthem at Tuesday night's Democratic presidential debate. But after that moment, she towered over them.Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley was preachy...

Date: 10/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The middle ground between the socialist and the capitalist

Barrels of ink and galaxies of pixels have been sacrificed to solving the mystery of the spectacular rise of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.People are angry. We get it. But there's more at work than mere frustration. We are at a philosophical hinge point that feels more...

Date: 10/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The wild card at the Democratic debate could be the guy no one’s talking about

If there’s a chance for a wild card on the stage at Tuesday’s lead-off Democratic debate, the smart money’s on former senator Jim Webb of Virginia.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Nation & World

Don’t count grammar fans among Trump’s supporters

The smart folk at Grammarly — an online grammar checker — examined Facebook posts written by supporters of the 2016 presidential candidates in a savvy bid to garner free press. It helped that the grammar site's findings confirmed the left's most treasured conceit —...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Speculation only thing certain about Biden’s run

Finally, it can be reported: Joe Biden is running for president, unless he isn't. He will announce his decision this weekend, unless he doesn't.Furthermore, Biden is approaching important deadlines for declaring his candidacy, unless those deadlines don't matter. His...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

State Sen. Karen Fraser announces run for lieutenant governor

OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Karen Fraser says she’s running for lieutenant governor.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Voters looking for big, bold solutions from candidates

First came the big crowds, now comes the big money. At this point, anyone who doesn't take Bernie Sanders seriously must not be paying attention.Sanders' campaign announced that it raised an eye-bugging $26 million in the third quarter — essentially matching the $28...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Kevin McCarthy’s gaffe hands Clinton a pass

The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.How do you spell hmmmgrrrungh?What else is there to say about House Republicans' inability to get something...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP must choose: Govern or make noise

The coming months are shaping up to be fateful ones for the national Republican Party. Among GOP voters, Donald Trump continues to lead other presidential contenders, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina. When John Boehner announced he would step down as House speaker and resign...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Commentary

Alabama closes driver’s license offices in black areas

Hillary Clinton joined Democratic officials in Alabama in criticizing a decision by state officials to shutter 31 satellite driver’s-license offices, mostly in areas heavily populated by African-Americans, a move that could make it harder for those residents to get photo IDs needed to...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Despite Warren’s wins, money still trumps populism

Elizabeth Warren, collector of corporate hides, is on the hunt again.Fresh from her triumph Tuesday over the Brookings Institution in which she forced the ouster of a corporate-backed scholar, the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts was at Lutheran Church of the...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As Dems falter, GOP alienates potential voters

Meanwhile, on the Democrats' side:They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they've not been in office for the past seven years.Their leading presidential candidate is 27...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats better hope Trump is the GOP’s pick

Democratic partisans have been rubbing their hands with glee as billionaire Donald Trump's antics have dominated the Republican primary. I hope they're enjoying themselves, because they soon may find themselves in their own world of hurt.While pundits have been shaking their...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Next president fortunate to have Obamacare to build on

The morning of the recent Republican debate, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of uninsured Americans in 2014 had dropped by about 9 million from the year before. This was thanks, of course, to the Affordable Care Act.So it did cross one's mind that at least...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton takes on Trump, spares Sanders in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — An energized Hillary Clinton didn’t sound at all like a presidential candidate losing ground as she delivered a rousing speech here on Saturday to the state Democratic convention, casting herself as a candidate prepared to fight for solutions to a wide array of problems...

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World

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

Because they're happy

Viewpoints: Positive attitude can bring political success

Date: 09/20/2015 | Commentary

Can we trust someone who wants to be president?

Once upon a time in a twinkling city on a hill, little boys and girls were taught that anyone could grow up to become president.The children all believed it and today many, many of them are trying to fulfill the promise. While it has been proved true that anyone really can...

Date: 09/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Despite unforced errors, Clinton still the favorite to win presidency

She keeps putting obstacles in her own path, but Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite to become our next president.The headlines screaming "Clinton's Support Erodes" are true, but only in a relative sense. In the contest for the Democratic nomination,...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ history on working with minorities is complicated

So Barack Obama is "a Rockefeller Republican in blackface." He's "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs" and "a black puppet of corporate plutocrats." Those are the words of Cornel West, an African-American academic whom Bernie Sanders invites to...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders revs up North Carolina crowd during Southern swing

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a North Carolina crowd Sunday night that young people — particularly blacks and other minorities — are being devastated by high unemployment stemming from an inequitable economy and erosion of voting rights engineered by...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World

As Trump, Sanders rise, the major parties fall

Does the 2016 presidential campaign seem chaotic? For good or ill, that's because it is. The rise of Donald Trump on the right and Bernie Sanders on the left is proof that the country's two major political parties have lost their grip on the nominating process. They can...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Commentary

Will the real Hillary Clinton please get real?

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages: Step right up and witness a feat that will astound and amaze you. See Hillary Clinton being warm and funny.It's the season premiere of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in Rockefeller Plaza this week, and...

Date: 09/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Debate needed as we face ‘fog of diplomacy’

Dean Acheson, who is often seen as one of the great American secretaries of state, wrote in the final chapter of his memoir, "Present at the Creation," about what he called "the struggle through illusion to policy."So many things that he and his...

Date: 09/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

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