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December 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Politics: The topic that drew the most comments in 2011

Demonstrators listen to comments from Rev. Jesse Jackson in the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wis., on March 10. (Photo by John Hart / AP)

The legions of regular commenters on seattletimes.com sure found plenty to argue about in 2011, thanks many times to politicians.

Here’s the Top-10 list:

(By the way, you’ll notice there’s often a difference between the headline on the comment thread and the one on the story. That’s because the comments-thread headline keeps the first headline on the story when it’s posted, while the story shows the revised headline after more information is added to the story over time.)

1. Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining (1,439 comments)

2. Debt-ceiling outcome as unclear as ever (1,409)

3. White House releases Obama birth certificate (1,304)

4. Gregoire proposes half-cent sales tax increase (1,216)

5. Congressional officials say congresswoman shot (1,208)

6. Judge rules to release names of Ref. 71 petition signers (1,159)

7. US stock futures tumble after S&P downgrade of US (1.119)

8. Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, May 28 (1,074)

9. Longshoremen storm Longview port, hold guards hostage (1,003)

10. Protest swells at Westlake Park on Saturday (984)

Comments | More in | Topics: 2011 | A look back, comments, GOP

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