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Category: Election
August 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Women politicians and lack of gender parity

Gender parity remains elusive On the 94th anniversary this month of American women gaining full voting rights, how far have we come? At the ballot box, quite far. Female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1964. So it’s worth remembering the long battle leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first…


Comments | More in Election, Politics | Topics: election, politics

August 8, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Congress: Support is so low for incumbents, challengers could do better

The Times recently recapped its congressional endorsements ["Seattle Times editorial board recommendations for 2014 primary," Opinion Northwest, July 16]. In every one of the eight races, the endorsement was for the incumbent. Fairness dictates that the record of the current 113th Congress be included: as the lowest level of legislative accomplishment in the last 40 years, far…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Congress, election, endorsements

July 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Primary election: Dave Reichert an important voice for the environment

As a proud local Republican who volunteers with Washington Trails and Puget Soundkeeper, I am pleased that The Seattle Times has once again endorsed U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn ["Re-elect Dave Reichert in 8th Congressional District," Opinion, July 15]. Reichert continues his strong leadership in environmental policy. Over his time in office he has…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: 8th District, Gene Printz-Kopelson, Primary Election

July 21, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Primary election: Peterson the better pick for District 21 because he collaborates

This is a note to underscore my unqualified support for Strom Peterson for District 21 [“The Times recommends in District 21 races Scott Whelpley, Lillian Ortiz-Self,” Opinion, July 16]. The Times is right to focus on the need to send people to Olympia who can reduce partisanship. However, it is unrealistic to expect someone…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Bob Rinehart, District 21, Lillian Ortiz-Self

July 6, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Include term limits in public financing

Cynicism and disgust are my conclusions after reading that the Seattle City Council decided to defer the ballot measure for public financing, to a time when the public could more easily be swayed to approve it [“Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot,” Politics Northwest, June 30]. (The measure was…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: campaigns, elections, public financing

July 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Endorsements: The Seattle Times should look past bipartisans

The Times endorsed the Republican candidate for the 5th Legislative District, Position 2, because of his so-called “moderation” and “experience” [“Magendanz a clear choice for 5th District,” Opinion, Jule 2]. The endorsement begs the broader question: The extremist Republicans who control the state Senate have caused the state to reach gridlock, not unlike what’s…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: bipartisan, Chad Magendanz, Democrats

February 1, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Minority voting: Washington Voting Rights Act doesn’t go far enough

It is welcome news that the Legislature is considering the Washington Voting Rights Act [“State House Democrats push forward minority voting bill,” Local News, Jan. 25]. Washington has a history of bipartisan efforts of voter inclusion. Vote by mail, creation of the Washington State Redistricting Commission and passage of Initiative 872, which allows a vote for…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Initiative 872, Susan Goding, Washington State Redistricting Commission

November 4, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Elections are determined by big money

Term limits are crucial for representatives and senators Editor, The Times: I wish more articles were written on a consistent basis about the influx of money into our political process [“Funding state elections from near, afar,” page on, Nov. 3]. There is no question that candidates who are more qualified, yet do not have the money power behind…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: elections, term limits

October 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Federal election campaigns need limits

Potential influence gained by large campaign contributions After striking down campaign-donation limits on corporations in the Citizen United case, the U.S. Supreme Court has before it a case that seeks to strike down an overall cap on how much individuals can give to campaigns in McCutcheon vs. Federal Election Commission. Sound judgment and discernment suggest without some…


Comments | More in Election, Federal government | Topics: Campaign limits, federal election, government

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