Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

September 5th, 2022 - 12:02 am § in Democrats, Politics, Schools & Colleges

College degrees divide Washington’s voters

That’s a loaded question, and the answer offered in this post won’t cover all the bases, and certainly isn’t definitive. This post focuses on a Seattle Times article (read it here) that’s based on the results of an Elway poll of Washington voters and another one funded by a w[...]

September 4th, 2022 - 3:08 pm § in Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

Can Tiffany Smiley get 44% of the U.S. Senate vote?

One of Washington’s U.S. Senate seats is on the November 2022 ballot, and Tiffany Smiley is the GOP nominee. She was more or less anointed in the primary; all the other entries were nobodies, and none got 10% of her votes. She’s a political nobody, too, having never run for any public of[...]

May 14th, 2022 - 11:46 pm § in Democrats, Politics

America, the tribal society

Politics, a WSU professor says, is “not about the facts or any sort of reality, it’s about group identity.” Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, a longtime observer of Washington politics, agrees. He says, “Social or cultural sorting is what drives elections; policy stands, not so muc[...]

April 20th, 2022 - 5:11 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Joe Crackpot for Congress

Rep. Jaime Herrera-Butler (R-WA) probably will be re-elected. Age 41, now serving her 7th term in Congress, Herrera-Butler’s never had a “real” job. She’s a career politician, of the sort wingnuts want to “term limit.” They have another reason for term-limiting he[...]

March 1st, 2022 - 2:40 am § in Economics, Politics

A simple answer to vote suppression

GOP legislatures are scrambling to restrict voting rights. In Arizona, “Republicans have introduced a bill that would … [also] allow the state legislature to reject election results” (see story here). (That’s not all. “The people who took video of police killing George [...]

December 5th, 2021 - 1:48 am § in Politics

Washington redistricting probably won’t change much

Every 10 years, coinciding with the federal population census, Washington redraws its legislative and U.S. House district boundaries — like other states. In Washington, this is done by a 4-member commission (2 Democrats, 2 Republicans) appointed by the legislature. If they don’t agree on[...]

May 13th, 2021 - 12:01 am § in Politics

Washington State outlaws displaying guns in public buildings and at protests

“Openly carrying guns and other weapons are now prohibited at the Washington state Capitol and public protests statewide, under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee,” the Associated Press reported on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. Read story here. “The new law, which &#[...]

April 25th, 2021 - 2:00 pm § in Politics

Is Washington state tax reform finally coming?

Washington’s legislature is fixing to impose a capital gains tax on the “wealthy” to fund early childhood education and childcare programs. The bill has passed both houses, and the governor says he’ll sign it, but differing versions first have to be reconciled. (Read story he[...]

November 16th, 2020 - 2:32 pm § in Health

Businesses and Republicans complain after Washington imposes new Covid restrictions

With Covid-19 infections surging to new highs, and many states’ health facilities overwhelmed, Washington state imposed a new 4-week closure on many businesses and gatherings, and the complaining started immediately. Business owners who’ve gone to the work and expense of implementing Cov[...]

November 3rd, 2020 - 9:27 pm § in Politics

No surprises in Washington races

As of about 10:30 p.m. Seattle time, outcomes are taking shape. Everyone you’d expect to get elected is winning, and everything you’d expect to pass is passing. In the governor’s race, Loren Culp is getting about 40% of the votes, which means he only got the voters who always vote [...]