2014’s #10 Most Read: The unspoken realities behind a King County Metro tax proposition

As we count down to the New Year, Crosscut will publish its 10 most read stories of 2014. We kick off this annual tradition with…

Armed and mentally ill

Is there common ground for supporters of gun rights and gun control to stop random, senseless shootings in this country? Perhaps. Hours after the awful shooting at…

Prop 1: What King County Metro hopes you won’t notice

At the same time that King County Metro demands a huge tax increase to simply maintain existing bus service, Snohomish and Pierce counties are actually…

#1 Most-Read of 2013: Martin v. Zimmerman: The media at its worst

This was the most read story on Crosscut during 2013. It originally appeared on July 15. In my KOMO radio commentary of March 23, 2012, I…

Boeing v. Machinists: Time for an Inslee-vention

When Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called the state legislature into special session last Monday, it removed any lingering doubt about how serious other states are…

Somebody tell Mike McGinn: The voters have decided

Here is something you don’t often see in American politics. An incumbent politician with views largely matching his constituents is seeking re-election. Unemployment is low — in…

Martin v. Zimmerman: The media at its worst

In my KOMO radio commentary of March 23, 2012, I said the following about the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman: “Thinking of 17-year…

Understanding Rodney Tom would teach Democrats a lot

When you prevent a popular lawmaker like Ed Murray from being the new Senate Majority Leader, don’t expect bouquets from the Seattle media — especially…

Best of 2012: Why the Republicans keep coming up short for governor

Editors' note: Each day during the holidays, Crosscut will revisit top stories from the last year in a specific category. Today's focus is on election coverage.…

Why the Republicans keep coming up short for governor

It has been 32 years since a Republican in Washington has won a race for governor, stretching back to 1980 when the Democrats were so…

The real meaning of the election: Work it out, folks

In the last three elections the American people voted for change.  On Tuesday, they voted to keep things the way they are. A recap: In…

Remembering George McGovern: A true patriot

Once upon a time, both political parties in America contained liberals, moderates and conservatives.   Two western senators, Barry Goldwater from Arizona and George McGovern from…

Why Paul Ryan is the perfect pick

Most presidential nominees choose a running mate to balance the party ticket. Forty-eight-year old candidate Barack Obama picked Joe Biden, a senator since the early '70s,…

Why same sex marriage has Democratic politicians in look-the-other-way mode

When the liberal base of the Democratic Party gets excited, so do the media.  Witness their reaction when the president told ABC’s Robin Roberts that he favored marriage…