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Clinton’s presidential campaign airs its first TV ads

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

BTrump fires adviser after racially charged Facebook posts

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has fired a campaign aide after racially charged Facebook posts surfaced on the aide’s account.The Trump campaign says longtime aide Sam Nunberg was fired.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Conservatives must demand smaller government, Charles Koch warns

DANA POINT, Calif. — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat this weekend don’t rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Local elections should trump the Donald for our attention this week

We have an excuse for thinking all politics are a joke, thanks to the Summer of Trump.“I read on Facebook a comment somebody made, ‘Are there people who are actually going to vote for him?’ I can’t picture him as our president,” said Paige Johnson, a 38-year-old Everett mom.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

Somers pulling Lovick backers in Snohomish County executive race

EVERETT — Some powerful political players who worked to retain John Lovick as Snohomish County executive last year are now trying to unseat him.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Local News

GOP debates should be must-see TV

I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There’s just one present under the tree, but it’s all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Who will be the new face of the GOP?

WASHINGTON — The question that will be front and center at Thursday's Republican presidential debate is who will lead the party in 2016. As important will be: What kind of party will the GOP nominee end up leading?For Republicans this is a moment for optimism, but it's...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Herald endorsements for the primary

If you haven't done so already, dig out that mail-in ballot for Tuesday's top two primary election, make your choices and mail it or drop it off at one of several drop boxes throughout the county. For a list of ballot drop boxes, go to

Date: 08/02/2015 | Editorials

Walker’s Wisconsin shows what’s wrong with corporate welfare

The continuum of American politics is not a straight line — it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sides bend to a common position on an issue like taxpayer subsidies for big business. To many progressives, such expenditures are...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Primary voters pamphlet covers county from Lynnwood to Stanwood

The local voters pamphlet for the Aug. 4 primary covers candidates in parts of Snohomish County from Lynnwood to Stanwood.

Date: 07/30/2015 | South County Politics

Two seek to oust Noble from Edmonds School Board seat

EDMONDS — The race for the Edmonds School Board has two candidates challenging a 12-year incumbent.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

Paine Field passenger flights resound with Mukilteo voters

When Mukilteo City Council member Emily Vanderwielen decided not to seek re-election, there was no lack of interest by people seeking to take her place with three candidates seeking the job.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Local News

GOP senators appear ready to corral Cruz

Who's afraid of big, bad Ted Cruz?Not Lamar Alexander. The Tennessee Republican went on the Senate floor to accuse his fellow Republican of proposing actions that would "render ourselves lawless" and cause "chaos." Alexander reminded the Texan that...

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Obama looks like a statesman next to hyperbolic critics

It is good to be President Barack Obama these days. In the midst of a visit to Africa, including Kenya, where Republican front-runner Donald Trump has insisted Obama was born, the president seems to have been liberated by events and circumstances to speak his true mind.

Date: 07/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Less than a week before election, only 9.1 percent of ballots returned

EVERETT — Snohomish County voters are certainly not rushing to cast ballots in the Aug. 4 primary.As of Tuesday morning, 38,297 ballots had been returned representing a slim 9.1 percent of the...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Local News

Ballots coming in at expected rate

Early primary-election ballot returns for the Aug. 4 primary election are arriving at the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett at a pace that would lead to a final turnout in the estimated range of 25-26 percent.

Date: 07/28/2015 | South County Politics

Voters mistrust of Clinton is no mystery

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

NAACP to host forum for county executive candidates

Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News

Unions serve as scapegoat for Scott Walker

SAN DIEGO — "First off," Scott Walker proclaimed, "we took on the unions, and we won. We won!"Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his...

Date: 07/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ballot measures aim to simplify North County fire authority

STANWOOD — Efforts to simplify things at the North County Regional Fire Authority this year instead ended up getting a little complicated.

Date: 07/26/2015 | Local News

To pump or dump Trump

Viewpoints: How will Donald Trump affect the GOP in 2016?

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

Trump hasn’t cornered audacity market

Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign — by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What do so many Americans see in Trump?

Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner.That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Commentary

No Ballot? Call the elections office

Voters who don’t have their ballots should contact Snohomish County Elections at 425-388-3444.County elections officials mailed ballots Thursday, July 16, to all registered voters in the county.

Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics

Candidate forum is tonight in Lynnwood

Tonight is the forum in Lynnwood for candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics

New voters can register for primary election through Monday

New Washington voters can register through Monday, July 27, to vote in the Aug. 4 primary election, but they must register in person at the Snohomish County auditor’s office in Everett.

Date: 07/22/2015 | South County Politics

Far from a liability, Trump’s mouth is his best asset

Donald Trump can't help himself. Nor can we.The "worse" he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don't hang on every word. We hang on the edge of our seats waiting for the next word. Whatever will this man say next?

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is the problem Trump or those who support him?

Not long ago Donald Trump addressed a crowd in Arizona, where he retrod his undocumented claims about the Mexican government "sending" its rapists to the U.S. The venue was a convention center with a capacity of 4,100. Afterward he tweeted a photo of the audience with the...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ohio Gov. Kasich is 16th notable GOP candidate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Saying “big ideas change the world,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination Tuesday and set about trying to distinguish himself in a bustling contest with other high achievers.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Nation & World

Snohomish County executive: Five scrap for top job

EVERETT — John Lovick will tell you he's worked hard to increase trust in Snohomish County government during the two years since taking office.Yet as Lovick seeks his first full term as county executive, the former sheriff has weathered growing criticism over his...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Local News

Koon, Emery for council seats

The Herald Editorial Board's endorsements for the Aug. 4 primary conclude with city council races in Lake Stevens and Mukilteo. Voters' top two choices in the primary will move on to the Nov. 3 general election.For Lake Stevens City Council, Position No. 5,...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Editorials

Trump’s winning when he’s the focus of attention

Don't be sure the McCain episode is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump's bizarre presidential campaign. Don't even be sure it's the end of the beginning. Attacking him with censure and shame is like trying to destroy Godzilla with electricity: It might just make him stronger.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP hopeful Scott Walker signs abortion ban bill

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, one week after launching his bid for the 2016 presidential nomination, signed a bill Monday that outlaws non-emergency abortions at or beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Poll: Trump surges to big lead in GOP presidential race

Donald Trump surged into the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, with almost twice the support of his closest rival, just as he ignited a new controversy after making disparaging remarks about Sen. John McCain’s Vietnam War service, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News...

Date: 07/20/2015 | Nation & World

Ballots on their way

Ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election are on their way.Snohomish County elections officials mailed ballots Thursday, July 16, to all registered voters in the county.

Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics

County and Lynnwood candidates to appear at Wednesday forum

Candidates for Snohomish County executive, county council and the Lynnwood City Council will appear at a forum Wednesday in Lynnwood.

Date: 07/20/2015 | South County Politics

Trump basks in McCain takedown, says rivals envious of rise

WASHINGTON — Republicans’ swift condemnation of Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Sen. John McCain’s military service marks a turning point in the party’s cautious approach to the billionaire-turned-presidential candidate.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World

Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials

Silicon Valley leading source of cash, power for politics

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush, Clinton views on Uber offer contrast

The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Paul Allen, Tim Eyman initiatives expected to make ballot

OLYMPIA — Two statewide initiatives are expected to make Washington’s fall ballot.Secretary of State spokesman Dave Ammons said Friday they are Initiative 1401 and Initiative 1366.

Date: 07/18/2015 | Northwest

Snohomish Parks taxing district on primary ballot

SNOHOMISH — Voters here have to decide whether to approve the creation of a metropolitan park taxing district on the Aug. 4 primary election ballot. But it will...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News

GOP needs 47% of Latino vote to win in 2016

WASHINGTON — New research out Friday shows that Republicans will need a larger slice of Latino voters than previously thought if they hope to win the White House in 2016, creating an even tougher hurdle for the eventual nominee.Thanks to changing demographics, the...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Nation & World

Voters to decide Camano, Stanwood fire district measures

STANWOOD — Two local fire departments have measures on the Aug. 4 primary ballot.One is about funding, while the other is about housekeeping.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Local News

Smith, Norton for school board seats

On opposite ends of the county, the Lakewood and Edmonds school districts face many of the same issues that all school districts are facing, including residential growth in their districts, a new controversial testing regimen and looming changes in how the state funds basic education...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Editorials

Primary voters' pamphlets in the mail

Voters’ pamphlets for the Aug. 4 primary election are in the mail.

Date: 07/16/2015 | South County Politics

Franklin, Bader for council

Everett voters will narrow their choices for two city council seats in the Aug. 4 primary election, ballots for which will be mailed today. The top two from each race will advance to the Nov. 3 general election.Position 4: Ron Gipson, with 20 years on the...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Editorials

More and more ‘dynasty’ does seem to fit Bush family

"In the feudal system," The Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is "one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance."The system lives on in modern American politics, forsooth in changed form. No longer is it local lords...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Friday deadline to register as a write-in candidate for primary

Friday, July 17, is the deadline to register as a write-in candidate for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Date: 07/15/2015 | South County Politics

Santorum’s royal ‘we’ won’t double his poll numbers

Polls put Rick Santorum in 11th place out of 15 Republican presidential candidates. Given that next month's debate will accept only the top 10 candidates, that's like being the 11th person in line for a 10-man lifeboat.But in one area, at least, Santorum is second to none:...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named

Donald Trump is the GOP's Voldemort, the Dark Lord and villain of the Harry Potter children's book series. To thinking Republicans who don't want to go through another circle of hell like the 2012 presidential primary, Trump is He Who Must Not Be Named. When a partisan mistakenly utters...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP’s inaction on immigration set stage for Trump

You can count on Donald Trump to spark a conversation. Not necessarily an intelligent one but a conversation. His provocatively offensive anti-Mexican comments have energized a significant segment of the Republican right wing. Some polls now put Trump ahead of other contenders for the...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Issue statements from Edmonds School Board candidates

Edmonds School Board member Gary Noble faces challengers Mark Norton and Mary Murphy on the Aug. 3 primary-election ballot.

Date: 07/14/2015 | South County Politics

2 challenge Bader for Everett City Council position

EVERETT — Two people are challenging incumbent Scott Bader for position 5 on the Everett City Council.Charlene Rawson has been involved in the Port Gardner neighborhood and the city’s Council of Neighborhoods. Joshua Petersen was encouraged to run by the Snohomish County Green Party.

Date: 07/14/2015 | Local News

Bush comment risks a label of Romney Redux

Jeb Bush ought to be running away with the Republican nomination. He isn't, and his persona as a national candidate looks increasingly — how shall I put this? — Romneyesque.Bush is supposed to be the safe, establishment-approved choice, which is where the...

Date: 07/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Lynnwood candidate can't get off ballot

Lynnwood City Council candidate Douglas Jones still is on the Aug. 4 primary-election ballot, even though he says he won’t campaign.

Date: 07/13/2015 | South County Politics

2 candidates challenge incumbent for seat on Everett council

EVERETT — Two candidates — one well-known in nonprofit circles, the other a relative unknown — are challenging incumbent Ron Gipson for Position 4 on the Everett City Council.Gipson is the longest-serving councilman in the city, having held onto his seat...

Date: 07/13/2015 | Local News

Elect Simmonds and Frizzell

There is no shortage of challenges for the Lynnwood City Council as it charts a path into a future that will see continued growth and increasing demands on its roads, parks and public safety services.Fortunately, there's no shortage of people willing to run for public office...

Date: 07/13/2015 | Editorials

Trump knows what GOP wants to hear

It has been amusing to watch the brands — the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta — flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?But there is one entity...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Secretary of state wants to hold earlier presidential primary

OLYMPIA — Washington intends to conduct a presidential primary in 2016, though it is not certain when.Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to hold it in early March rather than late May,...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Finishing Lakewood High School top priority for two board candidates

LAKEWOOD — Two women competing for a seat on the Lakewood School Board see finishing the community's new high school as their top priority and preserving a small-town atmosphere in a fast-growing area as their biggest challenge.The Lakewood School District, located...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Local News

Issue statements from Lynnwood Council Position 5 candidates

Lynnwood City Council Position 5 incumbent Benjamin Goodwin faces challengers Chris Frizzell and Douglas Jones on the Aug. 4 primary-election ballot. Jones, however, has suspended his campaign for the office, but his name still will appear on the ballot because he made the decision too...

Date: 07/08/2015 | South County Politics

Sanders more a man of words than accomplishments

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Clinton could learn from Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don't know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I'm not of the school that believes competition...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Populists are the new New Democrats

Scenes from an insurrection: In Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Enjoy the Trump and Saunders shows while you can

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic populist Bernie Sanders and Republican pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP risks being Trumped

Anxiety-ridden GOP masterminds will eventually find a way to solve the Trump Problem. Until they do, however, the Republican Party threatens to become as much of a laughingstock as what David Letterman used to call "that thing on Donald Trump's head."Suddenly,...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Weakened party ID puts GOP at disadvantage

The Gallup organization reported its latest findings on party identification late last week, and the report contained good news for the Democrats and a flashing yellow for Republicans.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World

Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Issue statements from candidates for Lynnwood Council position #4

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Loren Simmonds faces challengers Maria Ambalada and Shirley Sutton in the Aug. 4 primary election. It is one of two Lynnwood Council positions on the primary ballot. The top two vote getters for each position advance to the Nov. 3 general election. Two...

Date: 07/01/2015 | South County Politics

July 6 deadline for voter registration

Monday, July 6 is the last day before the Aug. 4 primary to register online or by mail or to update an existing registration.

Date: 06/30/2015 | South County Politics

Christie says he’s running for president to ‘change the world’

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a 2016 campaign for president.The Republican governor formally announced his plans in a Tuesday morning event in the gymnasium of his old high school.

Date: 06/30/2015 | Nation & World

Eyman optimistic about getting initiative on November ballots

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman says he’s optimistic about getting enough signatures to qualify his latest measure for the Nov. 3 ballot.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

Incumbent faces off against two challengers for Position 4 on Lynnwood council

LYNNWOOD — After 16 years on the Lynnwood City Council, Loren Simmonds says he still has work to do. He’s asking voters for another four years.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Local News

Washingtonians react

The same-sex marriage ruling resonates here

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Ballot drop boxes open for August primary

Ballot drop boxes in Edmonds, Lynnwood and nine other sites around Snohomish County already are open for the Aug. 4 primary election.

Date: 06/26/2015 | South County Politics

Voter guide information available online

The information that will be in the Snohomish County local voters’ pamphlet is already available online.

Date: 06/25/2015 | South County Politics

Voting’s a summertime thing

Voting and politics may not rank high in terms of your interest, particularly during summer, but please take a moment to register to vote if you haven't already. If you're registered, then watch for your primary ballot when it's mailed July 16.County Elections Manager Garth...

Date: 06/25/2015 | Editorials

Edmonds Mayor Earling leads local candidates in fundraising

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

Date: 06/23/2015 | South County Politics

Introductory statements from Edmonds School Board candidates in primary

Edmonds School Board incumbent Gary Noble faces challengers Mary Murphy and Mark L. Norton on the Aug. 4 primary election ballot. Three other board positions have only one or two candidates and will appear only on the November ballot.

Date: 06/22/2015 | South County Politics

A look at Bush, Clinton on the issues

The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party's base, and Hillary Clinton hasn't.Their formal announcement speeches...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Introductory statements from more Lynnwood Council candidates

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Benjamin Goodwin faces challengers Chris Frizzell and Douglas Jones on the Aug. 4 primary-election ballot. Jones, however, has suspended his campaign for the office, but his name will still appear on the ballot because he made the decision too late to...

Date: 06/19/2015 | South County Politics

Bush's recent words part ways with his past stances

Presidential campaign announcement speeches typically rehash well-worn themes politicians have long championed. They rarely include shockers or attempts to wholly redefine a candidate. Not so for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — his announcement address at Miami Dade College this...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Three Bushes, and reason to respect all

If anyone should be feeling an overwhelming sense of Groundhog Day this presidential election, c'est moi.Frankly, I've been covering Bushes for so long, I feel like I ought to be parachuting out of airplanes. In fact, the arc of my career parallels the so-called Bush...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump’s not bragging; he’s selling Trump

"I'm really rich," Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement."I'm proud of my net worth. I've done an amazing job.""I'm really proud of my success. I really am.""I have the...

Date: 06/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Analysis: Reality TV, politics converge with Trump

WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential field has a CEO, a doctor, three senators and one senator-doctor. On Tuesday, when Donald Trump announced that he planned to join the bunch, it got its first reality TV star.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World

Jeb at his best when he embraces family name

If Jeb Bush is going to run for president as something other than a Bush, it will take a transformation worthy of Rachel Dolezal.And yet the former Florida governor, who once accidentally checked "Hispanic" on a voter registration form, is doing everything but...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Knowing what he knows now, would Jeb! change his last name?

Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb! has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn't everyone else quaking in fear?I can see why Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner who also downplays a familiar surname, might welcome Jeb...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

District Dems endorse two challengers, an incumbent for Lynnwood Council

Democrats in the 32nd Legislative District have endorsed one incumbent and two challengers for places on the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 06/16/2015 | South County Politics

Jeb Bush launches presidential bid; dad, brother not present

MIAMI — Jeb Bush launched a Republican presidential bid months in the making Monday with a vow to get Washington “out of the business of causing problems” and to stay true to his beliefs — easier said than done in a bristling primary contest where his conservative credentials will be sharply...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Nation & World

Bill Clinton’s response not easing skepticism on donations

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

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Barack Obama should use a setback in Congress to seek the best possible trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, pointing to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Democrats’...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Bush still with much to prove in leaderless GOP 2016 race

PARK CITY, Utah — When Jeb Bush finally says on Monday that he’s running for president, he’ll begin the campaign with much to prove.Back in December, the former Florida governor said he was exploring a 2016 run, an announcement that by itself had the power to kick off the campaign.

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Democracy, pluralism thrive in Turkey

The march of authoritarianism around the world has had different names over the past decade: "Neo-Ottomanism," "Putinism," "the Beijing Consensus." The shared premise has been that fragile democratic systems were no match for strong rulers who could...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Fighting ballot box fatigue

Viewpoints: Maybe we'd vote more if we voted less often

Date: 06/14/2015 | Commentary

Clinton distances herself from Obama’s style

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton kicked off the second phase of her presidential campaign here Saturday, and it was clear that, as much as she might broadly embrace President Barack Obama on policy, she will present herself as a different kind of chief executive.It has long...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Introductory statements from candidates for a Lynnwood Council position on primary ballot

Lynnwood City Council incumbent Loren Simmonds faces challengers Maria Ambalada and Shirley Sutton in the Aug. 4 primary election. It is one of two Lynnwood Council positions on the primary ballot. The top two vote getters for each position advance to the Nov. 3 general election. Two...

Date: 06/12/2015 | South County Politics

Bush name may prove more hinderance than help to Jeb

Jeb Bush's last name comes with advantages that are difficult to overstate. In a presidential race, he gets, among other things, instant name recognition and a built-in fundraising apparatus from his father and brother. Those assets alone explain why a man who hasn't won an election in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dubious claims or not, Clinton’s problem is one of appearances

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican who was a reality TV star before entering politics, is unlikely to be listed in any Smartest Member of Congress rankings. Yet even he finds it easy to uncover scandal at the Clinton Foundation.At a House hearing last week, Duffy was in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

County exec candidates to speak to 1st District Democrats Monday

The two Democratic candidates for Snohomish County executive will face questions in a forum at a meeting of the 1st Legislative District Democrats Monday in Bothell.

Date: 06/05/2015 | South County Politics

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