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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

Donald Trump largely stands back from Republican culture wars

It’s been a busy week for conservative social issues: South Carolina passed a law barring almost all abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, 11 states sued Barack Obama’s administration over its transgender directives and the House is fighting over legislation affecting gays and lesbians.

Date: 05/28/2016 | 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

Over the top: Donald Trump sews up Republican nomination

BISMARCK, N.D. — Triumphantly armed with a majority of his party's delegates, Republican Donald Trump unleashed a broadside attack Thursday on Hillary Clinton's prescriptions for energy, guns, the economy and international affairs, shifting abruptly toward the general election...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Nation & World

Reaganomics band gets back together to advise Trump on tax plan

Donald Trump the real estate developer owes much of his fame to the 1980s. Now Donald Trump the presidential candidate is going back to that decade to call on President Ronald Reagan’s economic team.

Date: 05/26/2016 | Business Wire

Trump reaches the magic number to clinch nomination

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and set the stage for a bitter fall campaign.

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

The GOP’s last desperate hope to find scandal

Everything Rep. Darrell Issa knows about impeachment he learned from Wikipedia.At Tuesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing to consider the impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen, Issa, the California Republican and dogged investigator of the...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Impeaching IRS chief will solve nothing

Pity John Koskinen, who agreed to take one of the worst jobs in America and is now being punished for it.In 2013, President Barack Obama asked Koskinen to take over at the Internal Revenue Service amid budgetary chaos, deteriorating morale and a simmering scandal. House...

Date: 05/26/2016 | Commentary

Anti-Trump protests turn violent outside New Mexico rally

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — In one of the presidential campaign year’s more grisly spectacles, protesters in New Mexico opposing Donald Trump’s candidacy threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and toppled trash cans and barricades.

Date: 05/25/2016 | Nation & World

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

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

Washington’s presidential primary only counts for the GOP

OLYMPIA — More than a million voters have already sent in their ballots for Washington state’s presidential primary, even though the results will only be used to allocate Republican delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention.

Date: 05/23/2016 | Northwest

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

Donald Trump’s campaign investment tops $43 million

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump poured more than $7.5 million of his own money into his presidential campaign in April, bringing his total personal investment to more than $43 million since he declared his candidacy, new campaign finance reports filed late Friday show.

Date: 05/21/2016 | Nation & World

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

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

Cathy McMorris Rodgers backs Trump, isolating Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON — Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, announced her support for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign late Wednesday, leaving House Speaker Paul D. Ryan as the last major GOP leader on Capitol Hill not to back Trump.

Date: 05/19/2016 | Nation & World

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

Trump’s Supreme Court picks include ‘the people that you want’

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

Washington state GOP convention opens in Pasco

SPOKANE — With Donald Trump emerging as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, a little of the drama has been removed from the state GOP convention that opened in Pasco on Wednesday.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

Trump comes to financial rescue for Christie, state GOP

TRENTON, N.J. — Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is helping dig former rival Chris Christie and the New Jersey Republican Party out of big debt they incurred from the George Washington Bridge scandal and the governor’s presidential campaign.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Nation & World

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

Trump ramping up national team to expand battleground states

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is moving quickly to install political operatives in more than a dozen states, targeting Maine and Minnesota among others that traditionally favor Democrats, as the Republican White House contender lays the groundwork for an expanded electoral battlefield.

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

Trump worries GOP, says he’ll win because of his personality

ATLANTA — Donald Trump says he plans to win the White House largely on the strength of his personality, brushing off the need for a heavy investment in what he calls the “overrated” use of data to shape campaign strategy and get out the vote.

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

Trump, Ryan pledge to work together; endorsement may come

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan pledged to work together despite their differences after a meeting Thursday aimed unifying a party torn over Trump's rise to the cusp of the Republican presidential nomination. The speaker stopped short of a full-throated...

Date: 05/12/2016 | Nation & World

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

Defiant Trump brushes off GOP critics on eve of Ryan meeting

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump brushed off his Capitol Hill critics on Wednesday, declaring he doesn’t need House Speaker Paul Ryan or other leery Republican leaders, even as he prepared to sit down with them. His defiant message came amid new signs that he might be right, with GOP voters becoming more...

Date: 05/11/2016 | Nation & World

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

Poll: Two-thirds of Trump backers think Obama is Muslim

CQ-Roll CallWASHINGTON - Two-thirds of voters with a favorable opinion of Donald Trump believe President Barack Obama is a Muslim, and a quarter of them believe that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was murdered, a poll released Tuesday shows.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Will Ted Cruz jump back into GOP presidential race?

WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz returns?The Texas senator told Glenn Beck that he may jump back into the GOP presidential race as discomfort over Donald Trump’s presumed nomination roils the party.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Ryan says he would step down as convention chair if Trump asks

JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that if Donald Trump wants him to step down as a co-chairman of the GOP convention, he will respect his wishes.

Date: 05/10/2016 | Nation & World

Amid alarm, Trump tries to clarify economic proposals

Donald Trump struggled Monday to quash a firefight over a series of confusing and alarming statements he made about his economic policies, which have prompted some leading experts to warn he could crash the U.S. economy.

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

Trump chooses Chris Christie to lead transition to White House

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to endorse Donald Trump back in February brought him plenty of derision at the time. But it’s bringing rewards now that it’s clear he bet on the winner.

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

Walla Walla man runs for legislative seat held by his boss

WALLA WALLA — A lifelong Walla Walla resident is running for the state House of Representatives seat being vacated by his boss.The Tri-City Herald reported that Skyler Rude announced this week that he is running to represent Legislative District 16.

Date: 05/08/2016 | Northwest

Eating the elephant

Viewpoints: How deep will Trump's bite on GOP be felt?

Date: 05/08/2016 | Commentary

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

Donald Trump to speak in Lynden at 3 p.m.

SPOKANE — The dozens of protesters gathered outside the Spokane Convention Center were outnumbered by supporters of Donald Trump who lined up early for the first of the presumptive GOP presidential candidate's two Saturday rallies in Washington state.

Date: 05/07/2016 | Northwest

The policy divide of the moment is Trump vs. Ryan

WASHINGTON — A presidential campaign throws policy differences into stark relief and so it is this time, on immigration, spending, trade, foreign affairs — you name it.

Date: 05/06/2016 | Nation & World

Trump tells W. Virginians not to vote in primary, changes mind

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Well, here’s something that’s probably going to come up at the next meeting between top Republican officials and Donald Trump, their presumptive nominee.

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

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — In an extraordinary rebuke of the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., the nation's highest-ranking GOP official, said Thursday that he could not support Donald Trump until he changes his tone and demonstrates that he...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Trump to hold rallies in Spokane, Lynden on Saturday

SEATTLE — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s Washington state campaign team says he will visit the state Saturday for two public rallies before the state’s primary election May 24.The Seattle Times reported that Trump will hold rallies in Spokane and Lynden.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest

House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president, insisting Thursday that the businessman must do more to unify the GOP.

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

Republican Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

OLYMPIA — The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Washington state said Thursday that he does not support Donald Trump as his party’s presumed presidential nominee, and won’t vote for president in November unless a conservative third-party alternative comes...

Date: 05/05/2016 | Northwest

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

For Donald Trump, victory leads to a swirling day of interviews

"So Kasich got out because it was enough, right? Well, that's alright. That's the smart thing."

Date: 05/05/2016 | Nation & World

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

Kasich ends White House bid; clears Trump’s path

CONCORD, N.H. — The last man standing in Donald Trump’s path to the Republican nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will end his campaign Wednesday, making Trump the party’s presumptive nominee.

Date: 05/04/2016 | Nation & World

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

Trump shifts to new campaign phase, dismisses GOP critics

INDIANAPOLIS — Donald Trump, the GOP presidential nomination virtually in hand, signaled a new phase of his outsider campaign on Wednesday that includes a search for a running mate with experience governing and outreach to one-time competitors in an effort to heal the fractured Republican...

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

Ted Cruz has 3 rallies planned in Washington

OLYMPIA — Republican presidential nominee hopeful Ted Cruz will be in Washington state this week.

Date: 05/03/2016 | Northwest

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

Latino activists promise more Trump protests as tensions heighten

Latino activists said they expect more large protests as Donald Trump moves his presidential campaign into California.

Date: 04/30/2016 | Nation & World

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