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January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just let his views hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch of moderate Democratic senators and twisting their jittery arms to support his policies, he is taking his case to the public. Their public. Interesting strategy.
Sarah Palin out; her fans’ worst nightmare: Palin has run her course on FOX. She is out as a Fox news contributor.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray is the new Senate budget chairwoman. Slate has a fascinating piece about Murray’s potential impact on budget negotiations.
Closer to home, Don Benton is the star of the local blogs. State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, barely won re-election. You will recall his race went into recount. But none of that is worrying the state senator these days. He’s a busy guy, introducing a lot of legislation, including a parental notification bill now gaining a lot of attention.
Avoid the crowd in the Seattle mayor’s race. How would you like to be a Seattle Port commissioner? The ad (below) has been appearing in a couple of media locales of late. It’s an ad aimed at filling the port commission seat vacated by Gael Tarleton who has gone to the Legislature. To the uninitiated, it looks like an ad for the four port seats that will be up this fall.
But Port Commissioner Tom Albro says the ad is designed to find good people to fill Tarleton’s spot and serve an important community institution. It doesn’t hurt if it raises the profile and awareness of the work the port does.
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January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. NBC and the Wall Street Journal took the opportunity to offer a poll that shows a new majority now favors abortion. The poll is interesting, because poll numbers on this topic have been bopping around in recent years. Take a look.
Joe Biden and 2016. One natural way to amuse oneself during a long day of inaugural festivities is to ask: Is Joe Biden having such a good time that he is running for president in 2016? That’s what roughly half the crowd was wondering this week.
What do you think? Look at that expression.
Guns and Congress: There has been talk that some Democratic members of Congress might be soft or softening on gun legislation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will not duck this difficult issue. Reid did not specifically address the assault weapons ban. He said lawmakers would go deep on the subject. Hard to say what that really means.
Does Rodney Tom match his district? State Sen. Rodney Tom is one of the best-known state lawmakers this session, partly because of his decision to break ranks with his fellow Democrats and join Republicans in forming a leadership arrangement in the Senate, the majority coalition caucus. Democrats are not happy with him. But even critics concede Tom is in sync with his Eastside district on tax increases. PublicCola took a look at voting in the recent election by legislative district and found Tom’s voters agree with him on Tim Eyman’s tax-limitation measures. Sync is sync.
A fee on lobbyists. Once again, state Rep. Jim Moeller of Vancouver is introducing a bill that would slap a fee on lobbyists and politicians — the money would go toward improving the Public Disclosure Commission’s online presence.
The Seattle Times politics team has a new Facebook page, and we are eager for friends and likes.
January 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Nate Silver, 50 states and the Hawks: Nate Silver, The New York Times wonder-math-nerd who predicted the 2012 presidential election outcome in all 50 states, had what turned out to be an unfortunate prediction for Sunday’s football game. He said the Seahawks would win, but, oops, that did not come to pass. His critics will probably mention that once or twice, don’t you think?
Inaugurations, beginnings: Gov.-elect Jay Inslee becomes Gov. Jay Inslee this Wednesday, with a full round of festivities in Olympia. The inauguration is during the day; the inaugural ball is Wednesday night.
In Washington, D.C., President Obama’s inaugural balls are next Monday night. Politico reported on a little problem with one officiant for the swearing-in ceremony. The Rev. Louis Giglio was planning to perform the benediction. He changed his mind, or someone else did, last week because of anti-gay comments he made years ago.
Inslee in, Chris Gregoire out. But her formal portrait will remain. Take a look.
Gun politics: Vice President Joe Biden is coming out with some sort of gun control proposal this week, and yes, he is using the term executive order to describe some of what might happen next.
Todd Akin redux: Another year, another round of rape comments. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia causes another mild furor. And you thought the GOP was going to swear off such comments.
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October 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Business exec ad is a big deal: The Olympian wrote a piece about an “unprecedented”effort by a large number of Northwest business leaders who announced support for approving Referendum 74 — for same-sex marriage — in a Seattle Times newspaper ad. Click here to see the ad. TV ads are up on both sides of this debate. Ballots start going out Wednesday.
That rockin’ kneeslapper debate: You knew this was coming. Vice President Joe Biden’s giggles in last week’s debate are now captured in a radio ad for Romney-Ryan.
Can a TV ad featuring the Biden smirk-fest be far behind? Debates have the strangest takeaway points. Don’t believe me? Ask Big Bird.
Fighting for Ohio: Bruce Springsteen, balladeer of a generation and a “Rust Belt” mindset, joins former President Bill Clinton in Ohio this week to campaign for President Obama.
Debates, chats, ballots: This is Monday of the busiest week of the busiest month in Election 2012. Check out our election calendar. The biggest night of the week is Tuesday, the doubleheader presidential debate from 6 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the final gubernatorial debate of the season, sponsored by The Seattle Times and KING TV from 8 to 9 p.m. We will be live chatting both events on seattletimes.com with University of Washington political science prof, Mark. A. Smith, along with our crack Times politics team and you, the readers. If you know of any debate-watching parties, send a quick email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We just might cover it.
We have live chats Wednesday at noon on Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure, and Thursday at noon, on Initiative 1240, the charter school measure.
October 12, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Happy Friday, Everyone
The debates: So admit it, you watched both debates. You have no known life. I did, too. Who won the vice-presidential debate? And, if you don’t like that question, Who made the case for the Democratic or Republican ticket? The whole idea of a vice-presidential debate, of course, is to figure out which candidate could serve if something happened to the man at the top of the ticket. So who won? Incumbent vice president, Democrat Joe Biden? Or the new kid, the young buck, Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican, with big ideas for the budget? Some pundits say it was draw. Some say Biden dominated. What did you think?
Moving right along, What about the governor’s debate? Who made the case that he is the right guy to lead the state the next four years? Did either man win/lose any converts in their latest go-round? There were no visible gotcha moments. Some say this debate was low-key compared to the earlier debate in Yakima — and compared to the more feisty veep debate.
The ads, oh my gosh, the ads: We could fill the Politics Northwest briefing all day with the latest ad from the many campaigns. Every candidate or campaign — pro or con — for a ballot measure that isn’t up on the air now is missing a big opportunity. Ballots go out next week.
From Brian M. Rosenthal. You knew this was coming: The Jay Inslee campaign, which for months has been touting the former congressman’s relationship with former President Bill Clinton, is up with an ad featuring the Big Dog. The 30-second spot uses footage from a Clinton-Inslee fundraiser in Seattle last month, which raised about $750,000.
The 41st district Senate race: All of a sudden, the seat currently held by state Sen. Steve Litzow, a moderate Republican from Mercer Island, is supposedly in play. Maureen Judge is the Democratic challenger who is trying to make hay out of a procedural vote that took place the night of the budget coup in Olympia.
Here is her ad:
Litzow, who once served on the political action committee board of the National Abortion Rights Action League, has an entirely different approach to this race.
Here’s his ad. You can pretty much hear the birds chirping.
Speaking of the Legislature: With some significant turnover in Olympia — for example, the top Senate Republican budget writer, Joe Zarelli, has left his job — other folks are vying to move up in the world. State Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond wants to be the next Republican budget lead. “I think I have the right background in education and the right background to go do that job.” On the Democratic side, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown is gone; word has it that state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, might take over her job.
October 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM
Wow, what a busy night in politics. The Seattle Times politics team is live-streaming Thursday night’s vice-presidential debate and hosting a live chat with you, the readers, and some of our editors and writers. Join us for a discussion from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. about content and style and debate points. Sure, Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, are only the No. 2 in their operations. But debates are proving to be a big deal this election cycle. Then, take a break and come on back for the second debate.
Five local TV stations are broadcasting the fourth of five Washington gubernatorial debates Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m., a back-and-forth between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna. Join us for a live chat — a discussion and analysis of the debate in real time. The debate will be simulcast on KING, KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ and NWCN.
We invite you to join the discussion about the content and style of the debate and how both candidates are faring. We will be talking throughout the debate with Jeff Philpott from Seattle University, an expert on debate and rhetoric.
Here is an excerpt from his bio on the Seattle U. website
“He has a Masters in Interpersonal Communication (with specializations in relationship dynamics and nonverbal communication) and a Ph.D. in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (with a secondary emphasis in media criticism). His scholarly interests focus on the epistemic and sociological functions of rhetoric, particularly on the role of public narratives in shaping and transforming social knowledge and identity – in other words, how public communication shapes our understanding of the world and ourselves. “
Also moderating and discussing the debate will be Times political editor Richard Wagoner and myself.
July 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM
This post is by staff reporter Theodoric Meyer
Vice President Joseph Biden sharply criticized Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Monday at a fundraiser for Sen. Maria Cantwell in Seattle, calling the presidential hopeful “George Bush on steroids” and lampooning the GOP’s foreign policy as “right out of the Cold War.”
Biden spent much of his speech praising Cantwell, who introduced him to a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Westin hotel downtown. “Joe Biden’s really a progressive rock star,” she said.
Local Republicans didn’t wait for Biden’s arrival to criticize him on Monday afternoon.
“While never knowing what gem might come out of Biden’s mouth makes him a lot of fun,” Kirby Wilbur, the Washington State Republican Party chairman, said in a statement, “he certainly isn’t someone who is going to help Washington with job growth and the economy.”
The crowd at the Westin seemed to enjoy the vice president’s gems, though.
“Be careful,” he said amid chants as he took the stage. “I won’t go home!”
Cantwell is running for a third Senate term against a field that includes Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane.
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