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October 16, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Round up: Washington daily newspaper editorial boards so far all reject Initiative 1351, the ‘class-size reduction’ initiative

Updated, 1:57 p.m., Oct. 22 Though a recent poll suggests Washington state voters seem poised to approve Initiative 1351, the state’s newspaper editorial boards are so far all thumbs down. An Elway Poll, released this week, shows 66 percent of participants say they will definitely or probably vote for the initiative. Only 24 percent are…



July 28, 2014 at 6:05 AM

New York Times joins Seattle Times in calling for marijuana legalization

Update, 4:35 p.m., July 29: On Monday, David Firestone, on the New York Times Taking Note blog, gave a nod to The Seattle Times editorial board for calling for marijuana legalization in 2011. He was writing about the timing of editorials in influencing policy issues. The conclusion: We’re glad to have joined The Seattle Times and…


Comments | More in Video | Topics: marijuana legalization, New York Times editorial board, Seattle Times editorial board

June 5, 2014 at 12:10 PM

What was your first minimum wage job? These were ours.

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Seattle has made history with this week’s approval of a $15 minimum wage schedule, phased in over a few years with different schedules for different sized businesses. The world, judging from from this editorial in the Oregonian and this blog in The Guardian,  is either marveling or criticizing the audacity of the action.

The interesting thing about the Seattle minimum-wage debate is that it became a debate about a livable wage. The value underpinning the proposal is that a worker should be able to support themselves independently on the minimum wage.

That prompted an interesting conversation among our Opinion department staff members about our first jobs. None of us stayed in those jobs, using education to advance our careers, but all were useful helping to pay for college or educational travel. Here are our first jobs. What was yours? Please tell us in the comment section.

Frank Blethen, publisher: Grocery bag boy at Bashas Family Grocery  in Arizona for 95 cents an hour. We had to endure


Comments | Topics: Erik Smith, first jobs, Frank Blethen

April 28, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Update: Newspaper editorials lambaste Washington lawmakers for loss of No Child Left Behind waiver

  After U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced he would end Washington state’s waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, newspaper editorial boards across the state expressed exasperation at the failure of lawmakers to save it. The result is state school districts will lose control of around $40 million in federal funds for struggling students. More


April 17, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Seattle Times editorial writers win Sigma Delta Chi award for marijuana editorials

Congratulations to Seattle Times editorial writer Jonathan Martin and retired writer Bruce Ramsey for winning the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Editorial Writing for large newspapers.


Bruce Ramsey

The winning entry comprised a series of editorials about Washington state’s marijuana legalization process that Ramsey and Martin wrote in 2013. Among them was an editorial calling out Washington’s congressional delegation for not taking a lead in efforts to amend federal law to accommodate the experiment unfolding in our state and Colorado. They also implored Attorney General Eric Holder to stand down on possible federal prosecution and urged reforms that would allow federally insured banks to serve marijuana enterprises legal in our state.


Jonathan Martin



April 10, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Three newspapers: Appoint an Eastern Washington justice, Gov. Jay Inslee

Justice Jim Johnson With the retirement of state Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson for health reasons, Gov. Jay Inslee will have the opportunity to appoint a justice to the nine-member panel. The Spokesman-Review and the Yakima Herald-Republic have joined The Seattle Times in encouraging the governor to look East of the Cascades for his choice. Johnson has…


Comments | Topics: Jay Inslee, law, Washington State Supreme Court

August 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Chat rewind: Chelsea Manning, Bradley Manning and transgender rights

A new dimension was added to the criminal case of the soldier sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing  state secrets last week. The soldier charged and convicted as Bradley Manning announced a desire to be known as a woman named Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to…


Comments | More in Live chats | Topics: bradley manning, chelsea manning, lgbt

August 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Washington state wins on Yucca Mountain nuclear site in federal court

Workers at the Yucca Mountain Project, Nev., begin their day at the tunnel’s entrance, in this 2000 AP file photo Big, if belated, news this morning is Washington state’s victory before the Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals in its efforts to get the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to follow the law on a long-term nuclear…


Comments | Topics: Hanford, nuclear waste, washington state

June 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Questions for Mayor Mike McGinn and his challengers? Share them with us

WILLIAM BOWEN / OP ART Sure, it’s summer and the last thing you want to do is think about politics. But it’s time again to do your civic duty. Campaign season is in full swing with a full slate of candidates challenging incumbent Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and incumbents in other races drawing worthy challengers. Last week,…


Comments | Topics: 2013 elections, Bellevue City Council, Bellevue School Board

May 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

NBA in Sacramento: Kings fans’ perspective

Sacramento Kings fans are basking in the victory of their determined mayor and former NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, community leaders and a group of eager buyers. Here’s the Sacramento Bee cartoonist Jack Ohman’s take on Wednesday’s 22-8 decision by the NBA Board of Governors to have the Kings stay put in Sacramento rather than move…


Comments | Topics: Jack Ohman, nba, Sacramento Bee

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