Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

July 8th, 2024 - 8:26 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Can Dave Reichert get 45%?

Dave Reichert (photo, left, and he sure looks old) probably will be the 2024 GOP nominee for Washington governor. The white-haired septuagenarian is the closest to a respectable Republican there is in Washington politics, and one of the state’s best-known politicians from having served in Cong[...]

July 6th, 2024 - 1:14 am § in Democrats, Politics

Washington AG hopeful accused of inflating resume

It’s not big-deal inflation, nothing on a George Santos scale. But still … Manka Dhingra (photo, left), a state senator, is running for Washington attorney general in the 2024 Democratic primary. The AG post is being vacated by Bob Ferguson, who’s running for governor. Dhingra̵[...]

June 19th, 2024 - 10:41 pm § in Law and Courts

A Washington county wants to send their criminals to you

Some public officials in Mason County, Washington, want to get rid of their petty criminals by sending them to their neighbors. Under a proposed county ordinance, people arrested for crimes like public drunkenness, malicious mischief, and theft would have the charges dropped in exchange for leaving [...]

May 30th, 2024 - 10:17 pm § in Donald Trump, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Semi Bird takes flight on Trump conviction

Misipati Semi Bird (photo, left) wants to be Washington’s next governor. But the Benton County GOP chair and former school board member (profiled here) won’t be, despite an attention-grabbing name that makes you think of a bird with one wing. First he’d have to defeat popular forme[...]

May 21st, 2024 - 7:14 pm § in Economics, Environment

Why Washington’s natural gas law won’t save the planet

New restrictions on natural gas use in Washington State were signed into law by Gov. Jay Inlsee in April 2024 (see story here). Democrats, Republicans, progressives, and the building trades council (a mouthpiece for developers) disagree on what the law means. It’s confusing, because after fail[...]

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 [...]