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September 12, 2014 at 6:35 AM

About Blanca Torres, new editorial board member and columnist

Blanca Torres

Blanca Torres (Photo by Kate Riley / Seattle Times)

Hello, readers! I’m joining the Times as an editorial writer and columnist after nine years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Disclaimer: I’m not a Niners fan and even wrote a column about my dual love of San Francisco and Seattle. With more than a decade of experience as a business reporter, I’m shifting gears toward editorial and opinion writing and am looking forward to questioning, agitating and exposing the region’s top issues, events and people.

My new job is a homecoming of sorts for me. I loved living in the Bay Area and wasn’t chased away by the high cost of living, but chose to return to the Pacific Northwest. I was born and raised in the Tri-Cities and left home to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where I was something of an anomaly. Not only did Vanderbilt attract few students from Washington, but people were shocked to find out a Mexican-American could come from a state other than Texas or California.

My love affair


Comments | Topics: Pasco, san francisco, Seattle Times editorial board

August 25, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Seattle Times recommendations for the November 2014 election

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

This summer and fall, Seattle Times editorial board members are interviewing candidates in select races for state and federal office, and in pro and con campaigns in statewide and local initiatives. We published our recommendations for the August primary, and many of those endorsements are restated below. We are continuing interviews for the remaining races that will be settled by the November ballot.

Also, the editorial board has published a series of questions for state candidates on various topics important to Washington state. Join the conversation and submit your own questions directed to candidates. What would you want them to focus on?

If you have other questions about King County Elections, call 206-296-VOTE or go to

If you have questions about Snohomish County Elections, call 425-388-3444 or go to the Snohomish County Election division website.

For questions about Washington state elections, go to the Secretary of State election website.

Here are our recommendations for selected races in King and Snohomish counties and for ballot measures. Read how these election endorsements are made, explained by Editorial Page Editor Kate Riley before the August primary.


Comments | Topics: election, November 2014 general election, Seattle Times editorial board

August 14, 2014 at 6:16 AM

About Robert J. Vickers, our new Seattle Times editorial writer

Greetings, Seattle! I’m Robert Vickers, and I’m the newest addition to The Seattle Times editorial board. I arrive here having spent several years as a journalist writing about public policy, higher education, legal affairs and politics at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., and The Daytona Beach News-Journal…


Comments | Topics: Robert Vickers, Seattle Times editorial board, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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…


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