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I-1433 is a first step toward an economy that works for all

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By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 25, 2016) — If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out […]

We needn’t choose. We can have great transit AND fund schools.

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By REP. JOE FITZGIBBON (Aug. 17, 2016) — Last week, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) wrote an op-ed at PubliCola criticizing November’s Sound Transit 3 expansion package. He was dead wrong about Sound Transit expansion and about the financing thereof. Here’s why. Senator Carlyle, who argued that ST3’s property tax expansion “consumes all the oxygen […]

I-1433: Right-wingers use old scare tactics on young workers

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By DAVID GROVES (Aug. 16, 2016) — Today’s edition of The Seattle Times features an opinion column, “Raising minimum wage would drive out youngest workers,” written by Preston Cooper of the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank based in New York. Ironically, it makes a pretty strong case for passage of Initiative 1433, which would raise […]

Our ‘Top 2’ primary election system takes away voter choice

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By JOHN BURBANK (Aug. 10, 2016) — Back in 1932, Washington citizens jettisoned the Republican State Treasurer and voted in a Democrat for the job of minding the state’s public monies. Since then, the people have elected and re-elected Democrats to the Treasurer’s office, over and over again, except for one election in 1952. So […]

White, working-class, angry… about being linked to Trump

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By LEO W. GERARD (Aug. 2, 2016) — As what the press has dubbed, “Hillary Clinton’s Blue Collar Bus Tour,” travels across Pennsylvania and Ohio, I want to tell you about two angry white men I met at the Democratic National Convention last week. The press would have you believe that all of the angry […]

Primary ballot full of big, small choices – make them by voting

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By JOHN BURBANK (July 28, 2016) — We are in the season of party conventions. You may have watched the Republicans in Cleveland last week and you may be watching the Democrats in Philadelphia this week. Maybe you didn’t, and opted to watch “Scandal,” or, if you are a bicyclist, perhaps the Tour de France. […]

Why this McDermott backs Pramila Jayapal

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By MARK McDERMOTT Jim’s brother and no relation to Joe (July 13, 2016) — Forty-four years ago I was a poor, recent college graduate and antiwar activist. I moved from Chicago to Seattle to work on my brother Jim’s campaign for governor. He was opposed to the Vietnam war, and he was fighting for universal […]

Sleazy campaign finance system could be fixed by I-1464

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By JOHN BURBANK (July 13, 2016) — State Sen. Pam Roach (R-Sumner) made it into the political news recently. The FBI has been looking into her campaign fundraising. What is strange is that Sen. Roach has said out loud what everyone walking the halls of the State Capitol knows: there is an intimate connection between […]

America should build bridges — not walls

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By JEFF JOHNSON (July 7, 2016) — Three days ago we celebrated our country’s 240th birthday. It was a day for picnics, family, rest, and reflection. Given the vitriol of the presidential race and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on DAPA (Deferred Action on Parents of Americans), this Fourth of July made me think […]

It’s time to invest in Sound Transit Phase 3—and our future

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By JEFF JOHNSON (July 5, 2016) — Seattle traffic is the sixth worst in the country. The average driver loses 66 hours of his or her life each year due to gridlock. To put this in perspective, one day while parked on I-5, I figured out that 66 hours was the equivalent of reading War […]

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