Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Seattle Mariners end playoff drought, clinch postseason spot with walkoff win

The vic­to­ry brought the longest ongo­ing drought in pro­fes­sion­al sports to an end in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, send­ing the very ready sold-out crowd at T‑Mobile Park into a mas­sive, rau­cous cel­e­bra­tion. Mariners play­ers donned Octo­ber Rise shirts and caps and took a team pho­to out on the field as the dis­play boards in the parks shim­mered with the word “CLINCHED” repeat­ed over and over.

Posted inPolicy Topics

Bellevue residents enthusiastically back range of ideas for increasing housing attainability

These find­ings show that Belle­vue res­i­dents are broad­ly in agree­ment on a num­ber of ideas to tack­le the city and region’s hous­ing cri­sis, from cre­at­ing addi­tion­al home­own­er­ship assis­tance pro­grams to allow­ing the con­struc­tion of Acces­so­ry Dwelling Units (ADUs) such as back­yard cot­tages in every neigh­bor­hood to relax­ing restric­tions like build­ing height lim­its for projects that pre­serve exist­ing mature trees on the prop­er­ty rather than cut­ting them down.

Posted inElections

The threat to American elections: No time for hysteria, but we should all be worried

With a nation’s news media “hol­lowed out” by clos­ings and down­siz­ings, Seat­tle-based Inves­ti­gateWest is swim­ming against a tide as it pur­sues a task vital to the repub­lic: It has tak­en on the job of seek­ing the truth about those seek­ing pow­er in Amer­i­ca, specif­i­cal­ly report­ing on ongo­ing threats to Amer­i­can democracy.

Posted inElections

Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Joe Kent spar in vigorous, heated WA-03 debate

Glue­senkamp Perez, a small busi­ness own­er, skill­ful­ly and effec­tive­ly used her expe­ri­ence as the own­er of an auto repair shop through­out the debate to relate to peo­ple in the audi­ence and invite them to relate to her, while Kent leaned hard into right wing pop­ulist rhetoric in an attempt to make his mil­i­tant, dan­ger­ous ultra MAGA beliefs sound as appeal­ing and main­stream as possible. 

Posted inElections

A close contest in WA-03: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez narrowly trails Joe Kent, NPI poll finds

Only three per­cent­age points sep­a­rat­ed the can­di­dates in the sur­vey’s final head-to-head matchup, with Kent gar­ner­ing 47% and Glue­senkamp Perez 44%. 9% are not sure. Those fig­ures are almost iden­ti­cal to respons­es to the ini­tial head-to-head ques­tion, in which Kent got 48% and Glue­senkamp Perez got 44%.

Posted inElections

Tiffany Smiley’s emails: Heavy on ultra MAGA cliches and feverish pleas for donations

The real rea­son for despair is that Sen­ate Repub­li­can Leader Mitch McConnell is shov­el­ing more than $60 mil­lion into unex­pect­ed­ly dif­fi­cult con­tests to hold onto seats of retir­ing Repub­li­can Sen­a­tors Rob Port­man and Pat Toomey in Ohio and Penn­syl­va­nia. Smi­ley has raised a lot of mon­ey but appears large­ly on her own.