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November 5, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Midterm elections: The need to return to democracy

Voters have replaced enough Democratic U.S. Senators to give the Republicans a majority and retained the Republican majority in the House [“Republicans making powerful bid for Senate control,” Nation & World, Nov. 4]. One possible explanation is voters were dissatisfied with the president’s style and substance of governing. It’s hard to believe voters…


Comments | More in Election | Topics: Democrats, midterm elections, Milton C. Smith

November 4, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Tom Steyer’s money: It’s not so clean

I find the fact that Tom Steyer can contribute nearly $1.5 million to Democratic causes in Washington state [“Debate climate policy in the open,” Opinion, Oct. 29] as an environmentalist from out of state absurd given the fact that he made the bulk of his fortune, and continues to collect millions of dollars,…


Comments | More in Climate change, Election | Topics: Barry Savage, climate change, Democrats

September 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Campaign finance: How to stop disproportionate influence from out-of-state donors

California billionaire Tom Steyer’s $1 million donation is another disconcerting example of how much money there is in our elections [“California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections,” Politics Northwest, Sept. 22]. As reporter Jim Brunner points out, while Democrats receive large donations from an out-of-state climate activist, Republicans get large…


Comments | More in Campaign finance | Topics: campaign finance, Citizens United, climate change

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

January 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

State of the Union: Improve the economy to address inequality

In his State of the Union speech [“Obama vows to bypass gridlock,” Nation & World, Jan. 28], President Obama is still following the main plank in the Democratic platform: never solve a problem, just treat the symptoms. Of course he’s also following the number two plank: if something isn’t working, do more of…


Comments | More in State of the Union | Topics: Democrats, Gary T. McGavran, President Obama

August 12, 2013 at 6:36 AM

Federal deficit shrinking

Both parties are at fault in Congress In response to Spencer Higley’s letter regarding the federal deficit, in which he says that the reckless spending by our government is due to the Republicans, I’d like to point out that the Democrat-controlled Senate refused to submit a national budget for three years. [“Northwest Voices: Federal deficit…


Comments | More in Economy, Politics | Topics: Congress, Democrats, federal deficit

July 16, 2013 at 6:18 AM

Health-care reform continues

Republican opposition is shameful Syndicated columnist Froma Harrop asks in her first paragraph why, “other than crude political posturing,” would congressional Republicans want President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to fail? [“Column: Keep the health-reform train rolling past the naysayers,” Opinion, July 13.] She follows with 14 paragraphs of commentary. All she needed was her first sentence…


Comments | More in Economy, Health care, Politics | Topics: Affordable Care Act, Democrats, health care

June 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Washington Legislature begins second special session

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen prepares to bang a gavel to officially adjourn the first special legislative session Tuesday, June 11. Washington state lawmakers have been called into a second special session to finish their work on the state budget. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte) Legislature should fund smaller classes Two important things are happening this week. Most of…


Comments | Topics: Democrats, Legislature, politics

March 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Washington state transportation package unveiled

Bicycles and electric cars have impact I disagree with Taiji Tamura regarding not taxing bicyclists [“House Democrats’ transportation package focuses on gas, car-tab taxes,” Northwest Voices, Feb. 24]. I think anyone who purchases an “adult” bicycle should pay a one-time tax at the time of purchase. Why can’t bicyclists contribute? Motorists pay yearly fees and numerous…


Comments | More in bicycling, Transportation | Topics: Democrats, electric cars, transportation package

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