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February 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: State of the Union, Pelz told to put on big boy panties, longer wait for divorce

Good morning. State of the Union and the responses. So, what did you think? How did President Obama do? Is he noticeably more relaxed and more in command at the beginning of his second term, as some people say? What did you think of the substance of the speech? Some observers said he was strongest when…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: president obama, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Rand Paul

February 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: State of the Union; vote due on Violence Against Women Act; gun control

Good Morning. The State of the Union address. President Obama will spend part of the week practicing his remarks, which, political junkies surely know, will be delivered Tuesday evening. These speeches often have someone referring to them as the most important of  — what? — the year, a term, a presidency.  Here’s one bit of analysis…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: 40 percent without background checks, gun control, Maria Cantwell

February 8, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: panic alarms in schools; Jewell in line of succession; women in combat

Good morning. Happy Friday to you. Responding to Newtown: What do you think of this idea? State Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, wants to put panic alarms in school administrative offices in case of a threat. The alarms would be directly connected to police. State parks and the state budget: Last summer, Times reporter Javier Panzar revealed…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, State budget, State Legislature | Topics: Gov. Chris Christie, Interior Secretary, Sally Jewell

February 4, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: State party chairmen coming back; helmet law; Obama graying

Good morning. Both Washington state political party chairmen are coming back:  Dwight Pelz has been re-elected to another stint at the helm of the state Democratic party. And the loquacious and quotable Kirby Wilbur, state Republican Party chairman, was elected to another term.  Pelz had a far better showing in the 2012 election. Democrats won…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: digital billboards, Dwight Pelz, helmet law

February 1, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: stopping flash robs, Valentine’s Day with Al Gore, whither Paula Hammond

Good Morning, Happy Friday. This definitely puts a damper on flash mobs:. A Lakewood state senator is trying to get ahead of a weird twist on flash mobs. Flash mobs, as you probably know, are groups of people who gather at a set time and place and begin, say, dancing in a well choreographed manner. Flash…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: al gore, david domke, flash robs

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. State Sen. Rodney Tom A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson…


Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: New Obama in, Palin out, Don Benton everywhere

Good Morning. 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…


Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Port Commission, State Legislature | Topics: assault weapons ban, budget chairwoman, Don Benton

January 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Friday politics: What’s next for Rob McKenna; attitudes about GOP; slow ballot count

Good Morning. Happy Friday. Republican gubernatorial candidateRob McKenna Rob McKenna getting out more. I had a long chat with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna the other day. You may have heard some of this already. McKenna plans to work for a law firm here or in Silicon Valley. He is talking to a half…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: GOP base, GOP brand, Jay Inslee

January 23, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: abortion poll; gun control and Senate; Rodney Tom and his district

Good morning. 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.  In Olympia, meanwhile,…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Joe Biden, parental notification, poll

January 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Monday politics: Inaugural in D.C., conservatives and the gender gap, legislators to watch

Good Morning. Happy MLK and second inaugural day. President Obama will be sworn in (again) to his second term today. Here is a link to the schedule, the ceremonial swearing in, the festivities, all of it. Question: Is there an excitement/enthusiasm gap between this inauguration and Obama’s first one in 2008? You make the call. Update:…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Cathy McMorris Rodgres, Chris Christie, inaugural

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