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January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Nothing can galvanize a capital city quite like an inauguration, and incoming Gov. Jay Inslee’s should be no exception. Join us for live video from TVW and a live chat beginning at 10:15 a.m. for the swearing in and back again at 11:30 a.m. for the inaugural speech.
The longtime Democratic congressman will become Washington state’s 23rd governor later this morning as part of a day of ceremonies that will start with a swearing-in in the Capitol and end with a toast at the inaugural ball.
In between, Inslee is scheduled to deliver a speech to lawmakers and play basketball (yes, seriously).
October 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM
The third and final presidential debate between Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama took place tonight, and we chatted about it in real time. By now, more and more voters have made up their minds. But the race is close — tied, according to some polls. The debates have been more persuasive than many people anticipated. Reread the chat below for commentary from readers and top-notch political reporters and editors.
We fed in tweets from Seattle Times news partner Seattle Globalist, which held a debate-watching party tonight at Liberty Bar on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The Globalist blog describes itself as “a daily ‘hyperglobal’ blog covering the connections between Seattle and the rest of the globe.”
October 17, 2012 at 5:22 AM
Still undecided about Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization, regulation and taxation measure on the November ballot?
Join us today, Wednesday, at noon for a live chat on the initiative and its impacts. What happens to law enforcement in our state if the measure passes, how do thing change? What about young people? Does a yes vote on I-502 make young people more or less likely to think it’s OK to smoke pot? Is it a gateway drug? How have our laws worked until now?
Participating in Wednesday’s live chat and discussion on the ballot measure is John McKay who joined the faculty of Seattle University Law School after he resigned along with eight other United States Attorneys in 2007. He teaches and lectures nationally on terrorism, ethics and leadership. A graduate of the University of Washington, he earned his J.D. at Creighton University. He is an original sponsor and supporter of I-502.
Also with us Wednesday at noon, and taking questions from readers, will be Derek Franklin president of the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention. He has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for over 20 years as a child and family therapist, chemical dependency treatment provider and prevention professional. He is opposed to I-502.
Moderators will be Times reporter Jonathan Martin, who is covering the marijuana initiative, and myself. Please join us for a lively discussion. Feel free to send questions in advance to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 16, 2012 at 10:19 AM
The Seattle Times is live-streaming the presidential and gubernatorial debates. We invite readers to live chat in real time with The Seattle Times politics team, University of Washington political science professor Mark Smith and other readers. The chat will appear right below the debate on our website.
Please join us for a fun, informative night in politics.
From 6 to 7:30 p.m, we discussed the content, style and overall interaction between President Obama and Mitt Romney. They met in a town-hall setting in Hempstead, N.Y., to talk about domestic and foreign policy. Moderator is CNN’s Candy Crowley. Join the conversation on Twitter using the #STdebate hashtag.
We will resume the live chat from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in real time on the final gubernatorial debate in Seattle, co-sponsored by The Seattle Times and KING 5. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee will be in the spotlight again. Panelists include KING’s Robert Mak and Times political reporter Jim Brunner. Join the conversation on Twitter using the #wagov hashtag.
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.
October 4, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Join us Thursday at1 p.m. on the Politics Northwest blog for a live chat on Initiative 1185. If passed by voters, the initiative would continue earlier efforts requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise taxes. This initiative is a son — or cousin — of previous initiatives passed by voters over the years to require a high threshold for tax increases. The measures were proposed by initiative proponent Tim Eyman.
Participating in discussion will be state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who calls himself a leading voice in Olympia for fiscal and policy reforms. Ericksen is currently trying to find bi-partisan support for a constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote to raise taxes. Ericken believes that the threshold is necessary to focus the legislature on the quality and costs of the services the government provides to the public.
Also with us at 1 p.m. will be Doug MacDonald, former secretary of transportation for Washington state from 2001 to 2007. MacDonald is retired and lives in Seattle. He has been a spokesperson against earlier initiatives proposed by Eyman, including measures that would have eliminated restrictions in high-occupancy vehicle lanes on highways in our state. MacDonald fought another initiative that would have banned variable tolling at different times of the day.
The chat is focused on reader questions. Feel free to send those in advance to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Times’ reporter Andrew Garber will participate from Olympia. I will be the moderator.
October 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM
The Seattle Times politics team invites you to join us Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for our live chat on the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. We will be joined this evening by David Domke, political communications expert and chairman of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Also with us for this exciting event will be Times’ political reporter Jim Brunner, Times political editor Richard Wagoner, Elizabeth Wiley, contributor to UW Election Eye blog and myself.
Questions, comments, critiques all welcome and encouraged.
We’re also asking readers and viewers to join a research project led by University of Missouri professors Mitchell S. McKinner and J. Brian Houston examining how viewers throughout the nation respond via Twitter to the candidates and their performances tonight.
Debate tweeters can participate by using the hashtag #STdebate.
The professors are hoping to develop an approach to understand, analyze and interpret Twitter and social media reactions to political events.
Houston and McKinney are hoping that their analysis will give them an idea of key issues and moments during the debate and the relative responses of males and females to each candidate.
October 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM
Good Morning. October first.
That was then: Remember that whole bit about U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate who caused a firestorm when he said that women’s bodies, in cases of “legitimate rape,” somehow reject a pregnancy. Republicans from all over the place, including Mitt Romney, told him to get out of the race — for the good of the party. Akin didn’t budge. A new prediction aired Sunday on CNN says that Akin now might win this thing.
The Washington Post reported last week that some Republicans are coming back to support him.
“Pot mama.” Seattle Weekly has a profile of Alison Holcomb, the woman leading the campaign to legalize marijuana in this state, Initiative 502. Read for yourself, but the piece seems to normalize the idea of legalizing pot with its portrayal of Holcomb, who comes off as the reasonable neighbor next door.
Election month: This will be the busiest, craziest month yet of the 2012 election. There are gubernatorial debates, live chats, presidential and vice-presidential debates, and enough TV ads to overwhelm. The Seattle Times politics team is co-hosting the Oct. 16 gubernatorial debate with KING-TV. We are hosting live chats on Initiative 1240,the charter school measure, Oct. 18, Initiative 1185, the tax limitation measure, this Thursday, Oct. 4. and Initiative 502, pot legalization, on Oct. 17 at noon. We hosted a very lively gay marriage chat earlier this year. We are live chatting the presidential debates. Busy, busy.
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August 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Want to get the inside scoop on the Republican National Convention in Tampa?
What’s it like to be on the scene with Ann Romney, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie and various members of the Washington delegation? What’s it like to watch a carefully-scripted — well, except for that giant storm —- event roll out right in front of you?
Join us Thursday at noon for a live — and lively — chat with our own politics whiz, Times reporter Jim Brunner. Please submit your questions in advance of the chat.
August 1, 2012 at 6:10 AM
Around the Northwest, Seattle is not the only place grappling with the nettlesome question of how to pay for libraries. Multnomah County, including Portland, is discussing a new library taxing district to pay for — you guessed it — library operations. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners meets Thursday to vote on a new taxing district. Voters could be asked in November to raise property taxes to support the district. The issue in Portland is a bit different. Due to some taxing rules, approval of a library district would zap money from other public goodies, for example, the Portland’s Children’s Levy. Read about it here. The argument for the new taxing district, however, is that it would provide more stable funding than the current levy, which is held at a certain rate. In the Portland metro area, the county, not the city, pays for library operations.
Speaking of libraries and taxing, join us at noon today on the Politics Northwest blog for a live chat on the Seattle Library levy. The $123 million seven-year levy is touted as a measure that would restore service hours, rebuild collections and maintain buildings neglected during low budget years. Submit your questions for Marcellus Turner, city librarian, and Chris Leman, levy opponent, to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first year of the new early August primary, as opposed to the mid-August primary. That’s right smack in the middle of summer when many people are thinking about everything but elections. So completed ballots, thus far, are not exactly flooding in. The Spokane Spokesman-Review has an update from that side of the state. Secretary of State Sam Reed projected 46 percent turnout statewide, compared to 43 percent for a normal presidential primary. And he’s sticking to it.
Here is the latest from Reed spokesman Dave Ammons:
Sam isn’t changing the prediction based on scattered reports of sluggish turnout in some counties thus far. We came up with the 46 percent forecast based not on ballot returns, but on the historic average for a presidential year primary (43 percent), and bumping that a bit to reflect the general voter engagement in all of this fall’s election choices. We actually hope it’s higher than 46 percent. To have more than half the voters sitting out the primary isn’t a happy thought for anyone who believes in self-government.
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