Election 2020

Mindi Wirth, who heads a group called Parents for Safe Schools that is seeking to overturn a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lynnwood, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

The referendum marks the first time in the U.S. that such a decision will be decided by voters.

Mindi Wirth, who heads a group called Parents for Safe Schools that is seeking to overturn a sex education requirement for public schools, poses for a photo Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lynnwood, Wash. Democrats in the famously liberal state say they want to protect young people from sexual abuse, diseases and infections. But the increasingly outnumbered and aggrieved Republicans have taken issue with the content of the standards as they rally for local control. The resulting referendum on the November ballot marks the first time in the country that such a decision on sex ed will be decided by voters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Commentary: Vote as if your health depends upon it; it does

To protect their health care and coverage, voters must inform themselves and cast their ballots.

Editorial: Reykdal best choice to head state’s schools office

The former teacher and community college board official has led the office during a challenging term.

Comment: For a change, a three-word chant is aimed at Trump

The chorus of “Vote Him Out” was patriotism disguised as rudeness, a call for actual law and order.

Editorial: Larsen’s experience, acumen needed in 2nd District

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has been a leader on Covid, the economy, transportation and military issues.

Editorial: DelBene represents 1st Congressional District well

The Democrat has shown herself as a leader on issues and an ability to work with both parties.

Editorial: Franz’s efforts will assure healthier forestlands

Hiliary Franz, as public lands chief, has led notable gains in forest health and fire prevention.

Editorial: With McCarthy, Auditor’s Office now able watchdog

Pat McCarthy has restored morale and overseen efforts that provide greater access to audit findings.

Federal judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

In Yakima, he issued a nationwide injunction sought by 14 states that sued the Trump administration.

Editorial: Keep Wyman as defender of state’s election system

Kim Wyman, a Republican, has helped expand access to voting and improved election security.

Comment: Reporter, stop covering for Biden when he s

Biden has give contradictory statements on fracking and guns; too often reporters try to explain it away.

Inslee, Culp agree to televised gubernatorial debate Oct. 7

Lieutenant Governor candidates Marko Liias and Denny Heck will debate on TV on Oct. 22.

Comment: Whatever election’s outcome, many might not accept it

Experts are correct to be concerned about how the fallout of this election could trigger political violence.

Comment: Trump isn’t the only one who might shout: ‘Rigged!’

Trump will need to show a free and fair election if he wants to claim a legitimate victory.

Commentary: News media must get election night right

News outlets have to be prepared for electoral uncertainty and the chaos that is likely to result.

Viewpoints: We’re divided by different dreams

Throughout generations, we have revised and reinterpreted what we sought in the American Dream.

Comment: GOP’s consultants — not officials — are the Never Trumpers

A Trumpified Republican Party will manage without those advisers, but will the nation’s democracy?

Commentary: Republicans only plan is to wait for a miracle

It’s not that the GOP doesn’t have a response to our challenges. It’s that its only response is Trump.

More than half of county ballots arrived via drop boxes

More than 56% of voters used a drop box this August. The county auditor expects more use this fall.

A scary thing happened on her way to sign waving in Snohomish

Candidate April Berg suffered a broken back and fractured ribs in a head-on crash on Election Day.

[flipp]