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Category: Legislature
November 6, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Legislature: Supermajorities only protect the minority

Guest columnist Jason Mercier and Chris Cargill’s defense of supermajorities is unpersuasive [“The case for a supermajority vote on tax increases,” Opinion, Nov. 4]. In a democracy where majority rule is the time-honored tradition, supermajorities are justifiable only where they slow voter action on matters in which the velocity of change is important. In…

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September 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Conversation starter: What would you ask state candidates?

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Get ready for the barrage of candidates and campaign information heading toward your doorstep.

Since May, throughout the state, legislative candidates have been doorbelling, speaking at rallies, riding in parades, glad-handing at fairs, meeting with newspaper editorial boards. The Seattle Times editorial board continues to publish its recommendations for voters to consider when they cast their ballots.

But voters themselves can find plenty of opportunity to ask candidates about important topics. The Times editorial board has published its suggestions voters can ask, along with explanations of why they are important.

What would you ask candidates, given the chance? What would you say they need to focus on? Why? Leave your comment in the form below and it might be featured in print and online in the next week.

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August 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Andy Hill’s endorsement: Support his opponent for reproductive rights

Sen. Rodney Tom might be retiring, but his slippery legacy lives on in the form of Andy Hill [“In 45th District, The Times recommends to keep Sen. Hill, Reps. Goodman and Springer,” Opinion, Aug. 12]. Tom’s “Majority Coalition Caucus” started two years ago and was advertised as being bipartisan — but voters quickly learned…

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