Archive for 'Policy'

Universal background checks are all about personal accountability

Washington State’s new universal background check law took effect today. Some gun rights activists will mark the occasion by gathering in Olympia on Dec 13 to hand each other guns, daring the police to arrest them. Police will mark the occasion by not doing so, because (as was said repeatedly during the campaign) I-594 doesn’t make that […]

The Elephant in Metro’s Room

Last Tuesday’s election was not a vote against “transit”; it was a vote against Metro and the status quo. The King County Council, the City of Seattle, FUSE, business communities, labor communities, social justice communities, transit advocates, Seattle Subway, STB, myself, and many, many others asked our neighbors to keep funding Metro near the level […]

Policy > Party

It’s educational and entertaining reading Ta-Nehisi tear Rand Paul apart for his speech at Howard University. Ta-Nehisi has the the racial and metaphysical analysis down cold, others can speculate on the political game theory, though IHMO, Paul merely aiming to appear open-mindedness given his actual closed minded response to the post-speech criticism. Defensiveness is never […]

Equal Protection of the Laws

I remember standing in my dinning room in 1996, reading about DOMA in Carson City’s morning paper, thinking that it wasn’t such a big deal and not understanding why it was controversial. I was 16, focused on school and swimming, lived a very homogenous corner of the US, and didn’t know any out gay people […]

Medical Pot and EBT

When I stepped out of my house around 6am Tuesday, I noticed a news van at the end of my street near the medical marijuana dispensary. Concerned that there has been a robbery, I went to investigate. No robbery fortunately, just KIRO doing a story on a bill in Olympia that would end the ability […]

Voting to Strike

The contract negotiations between Boeing and SPEEA – the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace – is a small battle in a much larger war between the labor and management. That violence is a readily accepted metaphor shows the foolishness of the current fight and the missed opportunity to grow the shared economic pie. […]

City of the Future

The City of the Future I done a bit of traveling over the last few months and it’s given me a chance to compare Seattle to some famous cities. And for all it’s flaws and shortcoming, despite it’s infamous “process” and passive aggressive streak, Seattle at the cutting edge of cities and posed to be […]

Over the Edge

A Republican friend asked me recently what I thought about the upcoming fiscal cliff, pointing out that the CBO estimates the combination of spending cuts and tax increases could reduce GDP by up to 4%. So now conservatives are for government spending? I understand the political posturing and mental back flips, but it erodes my […]

The Steady March of Progress

Today’s wonderful enshrining of equality in Washington State is another step forward in the Unite State’s steady march of progress. Yeah, we started with high ideals and some rotten application, but over the last 236 years, we’ve made progress. Adult male suffrage, the end of slavery, woman’s votes, true religious freedom, and now gay rights, […]

Everything in its Right Place

Seattle’s been fighting over its future recently. Which is good, it needs to happen. Americans need to understand that in the new normal of the Great Recession, Long Slump, and Climate Change, a car dependant life style is a luxury few can truly afford and none should be forced into. We need to encourage growth […]