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


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


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


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


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


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 […]

A nation built on freedom — and slavery


By JOHN BURBANK (June 30, 2016) — These days, the Fourth of July seems mostly to be about barbecues, beer and fireworks — all for the celebration of freedom. That’s the popular narrative for the birth of our country. But the truth is, the United States had many parents. Democracy was one. Slavery was another, […]

Setting the record straight about Norwegian Air, Open Skies pact


By JOHN D. PORCARI (June 29, 2016) — Expanding global connectivity through aviation only succeeds when the playing field is level and the rules are both universally understood and scrupulously enforced. That was the core principle behind our government’s negotiation of an amended air services agreement with the European Union (EU), known as the U.S.-EU […]

Graduating worker bees: Let’s make both honey and wax


The following is the commencement address delivered June 10 by the student speaker, Kandi Bauman, at the 2016 Masters in Public Administration Hooding Ceremony at The Evergreen State College in Olympia.   By KANDI M. BAUMAN Congratulations, graduates of 2016! At this point in my life and at this point in my career, I am […]

Better pathways to election could help avoid one-candidate races


By JOHN BURBANK (June 15, 2016) — Forty years ago we could point to the sham elections of the Soviet Union and laugh. These were one-party affairs, with one candidate for each position on the ballot. Voting support ranged between 99 and 100 percent. Now fast-forward to the upcoming legislative elections in Washington state in […]

French workers’ struggle against El Khomri law all too familiar


By DAVID GROVES (June 14, 2016) — If you’re wondering what France’s El Khomri law is, and why it has inspired rolling national strikes that have the nation’s garbage and resentment piling up, all you really need to know is this. Its supporters promise these labor reforms will create jobs by giving employers more flexibility. […]




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