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The Incredible Shrinking Democratic Party

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The internal sniping and bickering has already begun among Democratic ranks but it's their own damn fault. The internal debates following the 2014 midterm elections highlight the ideological schizophrenia that continues to plague the Democratic Party.

The Republican Shutdown and Time Magazine's False Equivalency

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Scherer and Altman leave Time readers with the impression that somehow Nancy Pelosi is equally responsible for the Republican Tea Party crazies in the House who are driving the country into the ground to win concessions from the president they despise.

Why What You Love May Be More Important Than You Think

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Take a gander at what steals too much of your energy. The result will be more beneficial than what is offered in traditional health care as treatment.

House Republicans: 'Yee-Haw! We're Shuttin' Down the Gov'mint!'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

It's hard to believe that "the American people" are so upset about the mild reforms contained in the ACA that they're demanding a government shut down and a default on the national debt to stop it. No wonder Congress' approval rating is the lowest in decades.

GOP Lawmaker Tells Tea Party To Stock Up On Ammunition

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 08.01.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Washington told a group of tea party members and survivalists at a rally to buy thousands of rounds of ammunition to ...

GOP Lawmaker Proposes Bill To Legalize Discrimination

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

Legislation proposed in Washington state this week would allow businesses to deny service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population and...

Former Washington Governor Dies At Age 76

AP | RACHEL LA CORTE | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Booth Gardner was a two-term governor whose biggest political effort came long after he left the Washington state Capitol. Gardner,...

Measure To Lower Mandatory School Age Contains Loopholes

AP | JONATHAN KAMINSKY | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington is one of only two states that don't require kids to start their formal educations before turning 8. A measure gaining t...

What Washington Can Learn From a Kentucky Gun Range

Don McNay | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics
Don McNay

Talking points continue to rule all in Washington. Check out the political talk shows. If Washington stops yelling slogans and assuming that people think as a bloc, they may find that the American people are decision makers -- who may have ideas and solutions that don't boil down into slogans.

Republican Shows His Gangnam Style

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

First, Utah Republicans sang "Call Me Maybe." Now the Republican nominee for Washington governor, Rob McKenna, is getting in on a pop culture craze. ...

The Debate We Never Had

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

When the dust settles after November 6th, we'll return to the status quo ante where big finance and huge corporations continue to define what's possible in Washington.

GOP Candidate's Hometown Questioned

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

A conservative Republican candidate for the Kansas House of Representatives, with a history of running in multiple states, is being questioned on whet...

GOP Hopeful Faces Fire Following 'Shut Up And Speak English' Message

Bellevue Patch | Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics

Gubernatorial candidate and Bellevue resident Rob McKenna issued a statement that one of his staffers apologized after The Stranger's blog "The Slog" ...

Political Animals Looks, Walks, Acts Like the Clintons

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.15.2012 | TV
Jackie K. Cooper

You can admit it or ignore it but the characters in the new USA Network mini-series Political Animals strike awfully close to home -- Bill and Hillary Clinton's home.

Sleaze City: Citizens' Revolt Launched to Ban Corporate Control of DC Elections

Art Levine | Posted 06.02.2012 | DC
Art Levine

The growing movement to undo the nefarious impact of the Citizens United decision allowing unlimited corporate campaign spending finds its counterpart in a citizens' revolt against corporate control of local Washington, D.C. elections.

John Celock

Washington State Voters To Vote On Privatizing Liquor Sales

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

Washington State voters are being asked to consider privatizing the state's alcohol sales system during Tuesday's election. A year after a similar ...

Washington Woes and the Problem of the Parrot

David Coates | Posted 09.28.2011 | Politics
David Coates

If the general American public is left with the view that this debt ceiling crisis was and is a product of Washington "politics-as-usual", as opposed to an unprecedented exception, then the right will already have won, no matter the detail of any compromise that is struck.

Stupid Politics From a Smart Administration

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Democratic Party lost its spine the moment it decided to cash in on corporate political money. If we don't reverse Citizens United and get the money out of our political system, progressive causes don't stand a chance.

It Takes A Movement: Why Politics Is Frozen Solid -- Part 2

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What has still not been really understood by Obam's White House, by most of his supporters and by a media that mostly focuses on who's up and who's down in Washington during any given week is this: It takes a movement.

Party Like It's 1994

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the 90s, the major "bipartisan" policies that Bill Clinton enacted when he faced a hostile Republican Congress were all disastrous for the country. What was needed then -- and now -- was nothing short of a wholesale reaffirmation of the role of government in society.

The New "Greed Is Good"

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cindy Handler

Now, just in time for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the GOP leaders are insisting that, vast evidence to the contrary, we all need to support the inequitable policies that favor rich white men.

Biden: 'Washington Right Now Is broken'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says "Washington right now is broken" and the country is in "deep trouble" unless it attacks ballooning fe...

The Tone of Washington

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

The magnitude of Obama's popular and electoral-vote victory means that we have seen the end, for now, of the politics of illegitimacy.