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Election data: Yes, Seattle played it safe

In the midst of a national storm driven by a chaotic presidency, declining institutional trust and increasing anxiety in blue America, Seattle’s voters did a…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

The Trump effect: How it’s playing out in our local elections

It took Donald Trump to politically unify King County, but it didn’t last. Following last year’s presidential election, speculation ran rampant about whether President Trump…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

Seattle’s next mayor? It’s anyone’s guess

The Seattle mayor’s race went suddenly from tepid to tumultuous last month, and the next two weeks will likely shake it up further. The official…

Puget Sound really is a political bubble, and it’s getting worse

Gerrymandering. Literally and figuratively, there’s perhaps no uglier word in politics. As a Democratic-leaning political consultant who studies voting patterns, I hear a lot about…

Trump couldn’t woo Washington’s working class

Last week, Donald Trump pulled out an unlikely win. Although Trump will likely lose the popular vote by a record margin for a winning candidate,…

Reading the Washington results: a smart person’s guide

It’s an Election Night ritual. Washington State political wonks – perennial and fair-weather – gather ‘round the electronic hearths of their laptops and smartphones. They…

It’s official: Trump is dragging down state Republicans

Labor Day is upon us, and in the world of politics, that brings a time of reckoning. Historically, this is when campaigns coalesce into a…

Trump may be doing serious damage to Washington GOP

Was last Tuesday one of the worst moments for local Republicans in recent history? When it comes to their party’s long-term chances in Washington state,…

The race for Jim McDermott’s seat: Establishment snoozefest or leftist uprising?

On Monday, long-time District 7 congressman (and noted part-time fishmonger) Jim McDermott announced that he would not seek a 15th term to Congress. The minor…

Best of 2015: Why we likely have more boats than air conditioners in Puget Sound

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. This…

Sawant wins … but socialist revolution dims in Seattle

For supporters of socialist firebrand Kshama Sawant, last Tuesday was a night of triumph. Early ballot returns showed Sawant leading her opponent Pamela Banks by…

How they won: Optimistic message helped most Seattle City Council victors

After last week’s election, one thing is certain: this election meant something. But as always, the specifics depend on who you’re asking. The Seattle Times had…

When you need to know the ‘why’: Crosscut

In my line of work as a political consultant, it's crucial to understand how citizens and policymakers make decisions. When it comes to news, knowing…
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