State Republicans after their convention and the primary.
After serving 12 years as an elected official for the city of Enumclaw, four years as a council member and on the final homestretch of eight years as mayor, I have decided to not seek re-election in 2017.
Here we go round the political bush.
For very different reasons, Donald Trump and Randy Dorn are poised to alter the dynamics of this year's race for governor in Washington.
Donald Trump's unpopularity numbers hover around 60 percent. Hillary Clinton's are between 50 and 55 percent. How did we get into a situation where most voters will be required to elect the least unpopular candidate this November? The answer lies in history and human nature.
With all the attention given the heated contest for the Republican Party presidential nomination, it's easy to forget the battle to become the Democratic nominee isn't over.
The goal of Washington's elections community is civic engagement of our electorate. We work to make voting and participating in the political process accessible, accurate and secure. It has been sad to hear the stories of so many caucus participants who say "never again" after recently enduring caucuses that lasted until after midnight in some cases.
What do voters want to know about the November elections? This was my question to a retired political science teacher friend recently (I will be teaching a Green River College continuing education course on the 2016 elections next week and was looking for ideas). His response was, "What do voters need to know about what the Constitution actually says about the powers of the president and Congress?"
The Seattle City Council disappointed Sonics fans by turning down the proposed arena.
"That government is best which governs least."
Maybe we should test our legislators water over in Olympia.
I bought a new phone.
"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." These words were my mantra over the last seven of my 31 years teaching high school social studies at Sumner. I know a lot about many fields because of my constant reading and thinking, but that isn't enough to have an impact upon cynical and suspicious high school students who won't listen or cooperate if they don't like you.
Native American tribes and the state have gotten themselves in a tangle over the Puget Sound Salmon Plan.
As of last Friday evening, Enumclaw was cut off from Buckley, Bonney Lake and Sumner by the White River Bridge closure. What was once a 10-minute drive has now increased to 45.
Is online dating safe, or has it become more dangerous?
"Friends come and go, but enemies are forever." This was a comment from a small-town mayor who had been involved in politics for almost 20 years. His statement is also true on the national level based upon an editorial from Theunis Bates, managing editor of "The Week," in the March 25, 2016, edition.
After the two escapes from the Western State Hospital, there should be a logo change.
As you may have surmised from my last three columns, I will not be voting for Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee for president come November. Because of that, I decided to attend the Democratic caucus. I know the Democratic primary election will not be used for determining this state's nominee; only the caucus counts. Not very democratic of the Democrats, but, hey, it's politics.
This is Part 3 in the three-part series, "The Road to Voting." Read Part 1 and Part 2 here.