Politics

After Xmas Gift Wish List | Raging Moderate

It’s way past time to congratulate the baby Jesus on the anniversary of his birth. While all those annoying unending ads for the Christmas sales… Continue reading

Happy New Year from Kim Jong-un | Mel Gurtov

Kim Jong-un looked quite cosmopolitan on January 1 as he made his annual New Year’s address to the nation from the comfort of a paneled… Continue reading

PC Culture’s Class Blindspot | Matthew Johnson

In a lecture at the Heartland Festival last year, the Slovenian social philosopher Slavoj Zizek pointed out that proponents of political correctness (PC) often do… Continue reading

Congressman Kilmer: ‘It is time for an end to this government shutdown’

U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer said government workers shouldn’t be treated as pawns and that it’s time to end the shutdown of the federal government. Kilmer,… Continue reading

When Being Liberal Isn’t Liberal Enough | Blair Bess

As the 116th Congress convenes in Washington this week, one of the more interesting spectacles to take place will be the seating of Democratic Socialist… Continue reading

What a Changing Climate Means for Government | Lee H. Hamilton

Looking back at 2018’s weather-related news, it seems clear that this was the year climate change became unavoidable. I don’t mean that the fires in… Continue reading

Trump’s 100th week in office | In cartoons

We made it to 100. Who’da thunk? Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with a look back at Donald J. Trump’s centennial week… Continue reading

2019 Precap | Peter Funt

Wondering if things will change for the better in the New Year? Here’s a handy clip ‘n’ save Precap of news certain to occur during… Continue reading

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization | Lawrence Wittner

Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March… Continue reading

Inslee Revives Old Tax Idea | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — An old idea for boosting tax receipts is getting revived and repurposed for 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee is suggesting a new way of… Continue reading

Should we rethink presidential powers? | Wim Laven

On Dec. 18th it was agreed that Donald Trump’s charitable foundation would be dissolved. The decision was reached as a result of findings that Donald… Continue reading

Are Republicans Finally Smelling the Trumpster Fire? | Dick Polman

Did my ears deceive me? Did I actually hear Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republicans and one of Trump’s infamous abetters, actually warn us that the… Continue reading

Commissioner Gelder given president’s post

Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder was recently elected as First Vice-President of the Washington State Association of Counties for 2018-2019 and will serve as president… Continue reading

The Fix Is In | Blair Bess

“I alone can fix it.” That’s what the current occupant of the Oval Office told cheering delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention. He pointed… Continue reading

Road to Ruin: Trump’s Middle East Retreat | Mel Gurtov

The flight of the generals is now complete with the resignation of General James Mattis — the last of the four generals to depart, and… Continue reading

Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for 2019 Session | The Petri Dish

Know this motorcycle owners, soju drinkers and gun buyers: There are lawmakers trying to make your life a little easier. With the 2019 Session rapidly… Continue reading

Schneider gets nod for Bainbridge’s deputy mayor position

Bainbridge Island City Councilwoman Leslie Schneider was unanimously appointed to serve as deputy mayor at the council’s last meeting. Councilman Joe Deets, outgoing deputy mayor,… Continue reading

Lasting Lessons from the Christmas Truce | Wim Laven

In 1914 violent conflict was raging. There was global suffering of a scale previously unknown, and it was known as the Great War (until 21-plus… Continue reading

A Christmas Miracle? USA stopping a war? | Kary Love

President Trump has “commander in chiefed” an end to the illegal U.S. role in the war in Syria. And there are reports the Commander in… Continue reading

Rep. Hansen retains chair post for upcoming 2019 Legislative Session

State Rep. Drew Hansen has been picked to lead the newly renamed College & Workforce Development committee in the House of Representatives. The committee was… Continue reading