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Washington’s GOP has some lessons for Trump

As Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell thrash around in Washington, D.C., they would do well to call timeout and chat with Republicans in…

The one group that can rein in Trump? His own party

Congress is on a one-week recess. These breaks are intended to allow members of the House and Senate to return home and listen to the…

I’m a Republican, and I’m joining the protests

On Saturday morning over coffee I read a summary of Donald Trump’s executive order regarding refugees and immigrants. Then I read the order itself. And…

Will Washington Republicans sell out to Trump?

By all accounts, there is a battle raging over the direction of Donald Trump’s presidency. On one side is the Republican establishment, led by incoming…

Reality check: Our democracy isn’t “rigged”

These words jumped off my computer screen last week: Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the…

Vance: Trumpism could leave moderate Republicans ‘politically homeless’

I am not old enough to remember Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy and King assassinations. But I do remember the start of the Gulf War…

Commentary: Court will have a big say on Legislature’s school shortcomings

It’s finally over. After 177 days, the longest session in state history, the 2015 Legislature has finally gone home for the year. Or has it?…

Guest Opinion: The sorry, stagnant state of local and national politics

This week we will pass the midway point in the legislature’s first 30 day special session. In Washington, DC, we are approaching the midpoint in…

Can the Legislature get more done in overtime?

I walked onto the State Capitol campus the other day, expecting to see the bee hive of activity normal during the final days of a…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…

Commentary: Will Olympia work through its divisions?

On March 4, the Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat wrote this: "At the national level and to some degree in our state, the legislative bodies have…

Olympia: A bit more red in the color of the Legislature

Sometimes the polls aren’t wrong and elections turn out just as predicted. All the trends indicated that Republicans, benefitting from President Obama’s low approval rating,…

Election 2014: What to expect when the smoke clears

Politics is part art, and part science. Those of us who like to think we can analyze this process look for signs wherever we can…

Republicans could gain a better grip on Legislature

The general election is now roughly one month away and momentum appears to be building behind a national Republican wave. This tide, combined, with low…

Primary tallies spell trouble for Democrats

The counting is over, and the ballots tallied since primary election day have brought more bad news for Washington State Democrats. Pedro Celis, the Republican…
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