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Bernie Sanders moves toward a fight over Israel

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders has begun pushing the Democratic Party toward a platform fight over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a departure from his core focus on domestic economic issues that would put pressure on Hillary Clinton to handle a growing divide within her party.

Date: 05/31/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton steps up California efforts

LOS ANGELES — Hillary Clinton’s campaign had once hoped the California primary could be a coronation for the former secretary of State, the last major stop en route to claiming the Democratic presidential nomination.

Date: 05/31/2016 | Nation & World

Hopes of state GOP rest in Snohomish County

In the race for governor, Snohomish County will once again be a critical battleground for votes.The leader of the state Republican Party insists if they can win a majority in the county for the first time since 2004, Washington will elect its first GOP executive since...

Date: 05/29/2016 | Local News

Clinton isn’t crooked; she’s hunkered down

The report on Hillary Clinton's email by the State Department's inspector general last week was devastating — not because of how she handled email but because of how she handled investigators.The report's revelations weren't particularly revelatory: Clinton violated...

Date: 05/29/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Getting through next six months

When your hearing gets fuzzy so you hear the word "peanuts" as "penis," it's time to stop in at the hearing-aid shop, lest one day you go to the ballgame and get arrested for indecent exposure. A reasonable man will do this. A man who prefers to live by what he...

Date: 05/29/2016 | Commentary

Despite odds, Republican Vance convinced he can unseat Murray

EVERETT — Republican Chris Vance is an experienced political hand and knows the monumental challenge he's undertaken to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.But in a campaign...

Date: 05/28/2016 | Local News

Trump says he no longer wants to debate Bernie Sanders

SAN DIEGO — Republican Donald Trump says he’s not interested in debating Democrat Bernie Sanders after all.

Date: 05/27/2016 | Nation & World

Ryan’s choice on Trump could determine GOP’s future

On Tuesday night, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump disparaged New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, probably the most prominent Hispanic Republican officeholder in America, saying at a rally in Albuquerque that she has a bad record and "she's got to do a better...

Date: 05/27/2016 | Opinion Columnists

As the campaign nears end, Sanders talks about his mission

Sen. Bernie Sanders sat down with Los Angeles Times reporter Kate Linthicum for a brief interview Wednesday night before his rally in Lancaster, Calif. This transcript of the questions and answers has been lightly edited for clarity.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

Here’s proof that all politics is personal

The personal nature of politics is on display this week in Washington.Let’s start with Tuesday’s presidential primary, an $11.5 million demonstration of democracy with a very limited impact on deciding who will be the nation’s next leader.

Date: 05/26/2016 | The Petri Dish

In digging up Foster rumors, Trump buries the truth

If Donald Trump prefers combatants who aren't captured, as he once mocked John McCain, he apparently doesn't believe in taking prisoners, either.The exception to the rule is obviously truth. But then, veracity is no hindrance to the conspiracy-minded.Now, Trump...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Donald Trump for president? Are you serious?

So, let me get this straight: Donald Trump now says his ban on Muslims was "just a suggestion." Then, having eschewed big-donor money, he accepts a hundred million bucks from Sheldon Adelson, "proud" of his support. He'll eliminate gun-free zones; his...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Would Trump's taxes crown him 'welfare king'?

A generation after Ronald Reagan denounced the "welfare queen," the Grand Old Party is evidently on the verge of nominating its first welfare king.Four years ago last week, the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, famously wrote off the 47 percent of...

Date: 05/25/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders campaign requests Kentucky vote recanvass

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign requested a recanvass in Kentucky’s presidential primary Tuesday, where he trails Hillary Clinton by less than one-half of 1 percent of the vote.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Delegate math: How Clinton wraps up nomination by June 7

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton is closing in fast on the Democratic presidential nomination.After losing three of four state contests in May, Clinton has maintained a lead over Bernie Sanders of 271 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders picks pro-Palestinian activist for Democratic platform committee

Sen. Bernie Sanders has been given highly unusual say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform this year even if, as expected, he loses the primary contest to Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Nation & World

Candidates should reconsider trade deal

Among the many unfortunate aspects of the 2016 presidential campaign has been the bashing of "trade deals" by candidates across the political spectrum, including those who should know better, like the Democratic front-runner, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/24/2016 | Commentary

Sanders bank plans too vague to succeed

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders had lunch at the Chieftain, a cozy pub near the San Francisco Chronicle. In days gone by, it served as a lunch spot for parched journalists. Earlier, Sanders had addressed a rally in San Jose; he had another scheduled in Vallejo, California, that night. When...

Date: 05/24/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Presidential primary ballots due Tuesday

OLYMPIA — Voting in the state’s presidential primary concludes Tuesday and the results could push Donald Trump closer to becoming the Republican Party presidential nominee.But it won’t put him over the top.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Sanders to have major input on Democratic Party platform

Sen. Bernie Sanders will get highly unusual say over the drafting of the Democratic Party platform this year even if, as expected, he loses the primary contest to Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Nation & World

Lovick favored to fill 44th District seat vacated by Dunshee

EVERETT — A well-known Democratic Party figure could soon be returning to the state Legislature — at least temporarily.John Lovick, ex-Snohomish County executive, sheriff and former state lawmaker, is one of three nominees to fill the state House seat vacated by...

Date: 05/23/2016 | Local News

Lesser of two evils remains a better choice

On rare occasions, Americans coalesce around a common cause, usually following some calamity — a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or, say, during a presidential election.Take today. Or rather, take the past several months during which Americans have begun to face...

Date: 05/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump as fickle on policy as he is with women

Just how gullible does Donald Trump suppose the American voter is?The billionaire showman has been the presumptive Republican presidential nominee for only a couple of weeks, yet his general election strategy is already becoming clear: hope for a mass nationwide outbreak of...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ backers risk President Trump

Bernie Sanders is playing a dangerous game. If he and his campaign continue their scorched-earth attacks against the Democratic Party, they will succeed only in one thing: electing Donald Trump as president.I say this as someone who shares much of Sanders' political...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Opinion Columnists

For best results, don’t waste money on Trump or Clinton

Have some money you want to donate, with the goal of bringing about political change? Whatever you do, don't give it to Hillary Clinton. Or Donald Trump. It isn't that there's anything particularly wrong with either candidate. It's that money donated to presidential general election...

Date: 05/22/2016 | Commentary

Bernie’s apology raises issues of self-pity, white privilege

In a statement on the Nevada rampage by some of his supporters, Bernie Sanders said a remarkable thing. He said, "Our campaign has held giant rallies all across this country, including in high-crime areas, and there have been zero reports of violence."Who lives...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton needs Sanders to fight shrewd Trump

Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson's. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn reflecting stagnation at home and failure...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Bros giving Democrats a taste of GOP’s turmoil

If Donald Trump supporters had booed a Republican senator at a state convention over the weekend, if they threw chairs because they did not like a delegate count, if Trump's goons published a state party vice chairwoman's private phone number — which unleashed a torrent of...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Get Congress back to work — not fundraising

In February, when Rep. David Jolly introduced his quixotic plan to ban members of Congress from soliciting campaign contributions, the Florida Republican had only six co-sponsors.Then, three weeks ago, "60 Minutes" did a sympathetic piece on Jolly's idea, giving...

Date: 05/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton: Trump is 'not qualified' to be President

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Clinton had some of her strongest words yet for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, saying Thursday that he is "not qualified" to be president of the United States.In an interview with CNN, the Democratic front-runner and...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

Liias enters race to become Washington state treasurer

OLYMPIA — State Sen. Marko Liias of Lynnwood wants a statewide job and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will have a Republican opponent this fall.Those are two of the bigger developments Thursday as

Date: 05/19/2016 | Local News

Sanders’ fight now against his adopted party

Let's examine what Bernie Sanders supporters did in his name this past weekend.As the Nevada Democratic convention voted to award a majority of delegates to Hillary Clinton — an accurate reflection of her victory in the state's February caucuses — Sanders backers...

Date: 05/19/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Larry Seaquist drops out of OSPI race to run for state House

TACOMA — Former state lawmaker Larry Seaquist has dropped out of the race for superintendent of public instruction to try to return to the state House. The former Democratic lawmaker from Gig Harbor lost his seat in 2014 to Michele Caldier of Port Orchard.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

Fighting an uphill battle

State's most recent Republican governor was elected in 1980

Date: 05/18/2016 | Local News

Admitting to errors might do Hillary some good

You could say that it all depends on how you define "lie." Or, perhaps, that it's hell to have a public record.Either way, Hillary Clinton's vast resume of, shall we say, inconsistencies, is the dog that caught the car and won't let go. A viral video collection...

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Congresswoman stands ground in face of unpopular quote

Running to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., is not backing down from comments she made in December about the percentage of Muslims in the world who support a holy war. After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Sanchez appeared on...

Date: 05/18/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Superdelegates could close the deal for Clinton, but won’t

Jason Rae learned about the pressures of being a superdelegate in 2008. Back then, he was just a 21-year-old junior in college-the youngest elected member of the Democratic National Committee-and strangers would corner him in public to berate him about his decision to back Barack Obama over Hillary...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Upheaval in Nevada raises concerns over Democratic unity

LAS VEGAS — As Oregon and Kentucky queue up to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, the pall of a divisive state party convention in Nevada hangs over the race.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton says Bill’s job will be ‘fixing the economy’

COVINGTON, Ky. — Hillary Clinton has already made it pretty clear that her husband, former president Bill Clinton, is unlikely to spend his days in the White House picking out the china during her potential administration.

Date: 05/17/2016 | Nation & World

Forced to choose party, many skip presidential primary

EVERETT — As hundreds of thousands of voters cast ballots in the May 24 presidential primary, many are sitting it out because they will not declare allegiance to the Democratic or Republican parties in order...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Local News

There’s much to learn from Trump’s taxes

Besides his usual brazenness, something unsettling lurks behind Donald Trump's latest statement that — unlike every other nominee in modern times — he will not make public his tax returns before the November election. "There's nothing to learn from them," he told...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Commentary

Trump’s minor cons matter because of job he seeks

Donald Trump's opponents in the primaries were right to call him a con artist, a narcissist and a pathological liar. Just ask "John Miller."That's one of the names Trump used with journalists to burnish his status as a bold-faced Manhattan celebrity; he also...

Date: 05/17/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders visits Puerto Rico amid debt crisis

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders warned of a humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico Monday, calling on the U.S. government to support a debt restructure in the territory.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton plans to pin down Donald Trump on policy

WASHINGTON — As Hillary Clinton’s campaign focuses its attacks on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, she faces the challenge of pinning down someone who rapidly shifts positions on issues, sometimes within a single day.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Nation & World

Candidate filing for fall elections begins Monday

EVERETT — Line-ups in this year’s bounty of elections begin taking shape Monday when the formal sign-up period opens for candidates.

Date: 05/16/2016 | Local News

Democrats look to fill vacant House seat

EVERETT — John Lovick is hoping voters will return him to the Legislature this fall.Democratic Party officers, however, may try to get him there a little sooner.

Date: 05/15/2016 | Local News

Ryan, others will bow to Trump’s base

Save us all the faux drama. We already know how this star-crossed courtship is going to end: House Speaker Paul Ryan will decide that Donald Trump isn't such an ogre after all, and they'll live unhappily ever after.Ryan will be unhappy, at least. Trump has stolen his party,...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Newspaper more palatable than Trump’s words

My alimentary canal got a lot of traffic this week."Inside Edition," People magazine, ABC News, CNN, National Public Radio and broadcasters from Japan, Germany, Spain and Britain, among others, all took interest in me making good on my pledge to eat an entire...

Date: 05/15/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Schools superintendent Dorn decides not to run for governor

OLYMPIA — Turns out state schools chief Randy Dorn doesn't want to be governor after all.Dorn said Thursday he won't challenge...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Local News

Trump can thank Palin for birthing his campaign

"I know Russia well. I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago, Miss Universe contest." — Donald Trump "You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska." — Sarah...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

What if Bernie had gone after Clinton’s ‘damn emails’?

Of course I had to ask Sen. Bernie Sanders about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account when he came to a San Francisco Chronicle editorial board meeting Tuesday. When Sanders famously offered that he didn't want to hear about those "damn...

Date: 05/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

3rd party run for governor would force school funding debate

For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington.Trump's effect would derive from his position as the Republican...

Date: 05/11/2016 | The Petri Dish

GOP shows range of responses, and nonresponses, to Trump

There must be 50 ways to leave your leader.Some slip out the back."In this election, I do not support either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida).Some are making new plans."I cannot...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Hecklers and disrupters doing Trump a favor

I hate it when any people, but especially "liberals," disrupt speakers by trying to shout them down. I hate it as much as hearing the nominee of a formerly respectable party call on audiences to rough those disrupters up, or saying he'd like to punch them in the...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Options dwindling, Sanders says race isn’t over

DES MOINES, Iowa — For Bernie and Jane Sanders, the revolution continues, despite the odds.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

No need to debate Trump; he does that all on his own

How do you nail a blob of mercury to the wall? That's a problem the Democratic nominee — likely Hillary Clinton — will have to solve in running against Donald Trump, most of whose positions on major issues are, shall we say, elusive.I say "most"...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie and his supporters can still tout ideas

Bernie Sanders is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee. Though he retains a devoted following, the crowds, the attention and the money are no longer what they were — death for a campaign built on momentum. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, holds a virtually...

Date: 05/10/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders’ next fight: A more liberal Democratic platform

WASHINGTON — With his prospects of becoming the Democratic nominee for president fading, Bernie Sanders is pushing hard for what he thinks is the next best thing: the party platform.

Date: 05/09/2016 | Nation & World

Clinton should rebut Trump’s isolationism

By questioning the fundamentals of America's global role, Donald Trump has given Hillary Clinton a chance to lift her game — by explaining why continued international engagement is in America's interest and the world's.If Clinton can't counter Trump's "America...

Date: 05/09/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Turn out lights; the Grand Old Party’s over

It wasn't precisely an act of moral courage, but House Speaker Paul Ryan's comment that he's not ready to support presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump was at least ... something.Whether it's a start or a finish remains to be revealed, but it would seem that we're...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s choice is to resist or collaborate

The Republican Party this week is like fifth-century Rome must have been after the Visigoths stormed the city's gates. Anarchy and confusion reign, there is the sound of anguished wailing, and political leaders are making an urgent calculation: Resistance or collaboration?

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Most party leaders deaf to Trump’s vulgarities

"I won't use foul language. I'm just not going to do it. ... I'll never do it again, actually." — Donald Trump in February "The guy's a pain in the ass." — Donald Trump at a rally last...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s super delegates risk alienating Sanders’ voters

After 60 years on this planet and 42 years as a voter and an active supporter of the Democratic Party, I am appalled, disgusted and disappointed by the arrogant behavior of our elected Democratic officials and party "elite" in their actions as super delegates. In...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

Late date fades state's primary colors

Republican voters in Washington state were just days away from having more than one candidate in the race when they go to mark their ballots for the state's May 24 presidential primary.Following Tuesday's Indiana primary win by Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suspended his...

Date: 05/08/2016 | Editorials

Sanders wants supporters represented at party convention

LOS ANGELES — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders threatened a floor fight over rules and platform planks at the party’s summer convention on Friday, warning the Democratic National Committee not to stack the convention’s standing committees with supporters of Hillary Clinton.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

State Rep. Elizabeth Scott ends bid to unseat DelBene

MONROE — Republican state Rep. Elizabeth Scott of Monroe has ended her campaign to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene in the 1st Congressional District.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Local News

Eating one’s words as haute queasy cuisine

The tweets and emails started immediately after Donald Trump's victory Tuesday night:"You've got a promise to keep, bub.""Get ready to eat it.""EAT IT!!!"To them, I say: Con gusto.Seven...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

With GOP race over, decision hasn’t gotten any easier

When Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced Tuesday night, after losing Indiana, that he was suspending his presidential primary campaign, it was not a fatal blow to the stop-Trump movement. Many Republicans who oppose Donald Trump — because he's a self-serving, unreliable conservative...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

In Trump, a puzzling hero for GOP voters

What lies behind Donald Trump's nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the "establishment."This is the narrative: GOP...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

At least Trump has spared us from Cruz the Culture Warrior

Days before the Indiana primary, Ted Cruz paraded his two young daughters in matching pink dresses and spoke darkly of "putting little girls alone in a bathroom with grown men."This was a visual that, frankly, we could have done without. Thankfully, Donald Trump...

Date: 05/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Frustration boils over for Sanders’ supporters

With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it’s easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn’t over.

Date: 05/05/2016 | The Petri Dish

Trump’s part in hate crimes against Muslims

My neighborhood of Chevy Chase is a leafy and peaceful slice of Northwest Washington, D.C. But this week, the news here is of a woman assaulted outside the local Starbucks by a Donald Trump supporter, she says, for the sin of being Muslim.Police on Monday released...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Carly stumbled but Cruz is who fell hardest

When Shakespeare wrote the "truth will out," he must have had Ted Cruz in mind.Cruz's truth — or his true self — has been leaking by steady drips ever since he began his candidacy, which was at approximately 12:10 p.m. on Jan. 3, 2013, when Cruz was...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton exploring how to win over Republicans

ATHENS, Ohio — With Donald Trump all but clinching the Republican nomination for president, Hillary Clinton is beginning to explore ways to woo Republicans turned off by the brash billionaire.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

Anti-Trump Republicans have right to be angry, too

Cable news pundits often warn that Republicans have to respect the righteous anger of Donald Trump supporters. They forget the other angry Republican voters — the many folks I saw at California's Republican convention in Burlingame over the weekend who have been loyal...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Fiorina singing a different tune for Cruz now

Carly, we hardly knew ye.A week ago, Carly Fiorina was in a good position to enjoy the sheen of respectability she had acquired. The former Hewlett-Packard chief had run a solid presidential campaign and established herself as an adroit debater who could cut Donald Trump...

Date: 05/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump played to base that Republicans ignored

The Donald Trump rampage — still hard to believe, after nearly a year — is a symptom of something deeper and more profound: the Republican Party's slide into complete incoherence.Rarely has a major party's establishment been so out of touch with its voting base.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP nomination likely to come down to California primary

Donald Trump had to squeeze through a hole in a fence to speak at the California Republican Convention on Friday. He said it felt like "crossing the border." Meanwhile, his supporters swaggered into the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport banquet hall as if they owned the...

Date: 05/03/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump should thank his lucky XY chromosomes

One of the most effective political ads of the season features women repeating the many derogatory statements Donald Trump has made about the fairer sex.No editorial comment is needed when a candidate's own words stand alone to expose his flaws, and thus to...

Date: 05/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Trump appeal

Viewpoints: Two views of GOP frontrunner's base of support

Date: 05/01/2016 | Commentary

Trump playing the ‘man’s card’ intentionally

"I wasn't playing the woman's card," Donald Trump said Thursday when asked about his claim that Hillary Clinton was playing such a card and that if she were a man, she would get only 5 percent of the vote.For once, I agree with Trump: He wasn't playing the...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Regardless of party, primary gives everyone a say

The goal of Washington's elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say "never...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Commentary

Warren would help Clinton woo progressives

Running mates? It's not even May, and already we're talking running mates? Then let me toss Elizabeth Warren's name into the mix.I'm making several assumptions here — in a year when assuming anything is dangerous. First, I believe Ted Cruz's desperate gamble of adding...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Opinion Columnists

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

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