Not joking: “Use a reverse mortgage to pay your property taxes”

Sometimes we highlight something here on SGW just because it’s so revealing of a mindset. That’s the case with this opinion article that ran on the environment-focused blog Sightline. In an argument in favor of Seattle’s latest affordable housing levy, the author dismissed concerns about rising property taxes pricing people on fixed incomes out of […]

Nasty anti-Catholic bigotry in Federal Way the ugly side of politics

With the election just around the corner, the hit pieces and attack ads are flying. As distasteful as many find them, they are just a reality of the process. Most pass by without the need for comment. Some are so over-the-top or vile, though, that they must be called out. The disgusting anti-Catholic attack last […]

Metro bus system: cuts to service hours well below predictions

When King County leaders put the Prop. 1 tax measure on the ballot to further fund the Metro bus system this past spring, they went into full-pessimism mode, warning of draconian cuts. That’s a standard tactic when government is trying to convince voters to raise taxes, but it’s rarely effective. It certainly wasn’t with Prop. […]

Branding fight shows why Republicans must showcase real solutions

Labels matter in politics. You can see that in the effort political activists put into trying to damage the other side’s brand. While Democrats once proudly called themselves liberals, now they’re more likely to use “progressive.” The liberal brand had become associated in voters’ minds with excesses, and candidates tried to avoid it. The left […]

I’m voting no on Initiative 517 and Initiative 522

Many have asked me lately what I think of the two initiatives on this year’s ballot. After evaluating both proposals, I am urging a no vote on both of them. Initiative 522 I-522 sounds simple: require foods that contain genetically modified ingredients (for instance, cereal with genetically modified corn) to have a label that indicates […]

Hyper-partisanship not what local government needs

It’s not often that a newspaper reverses an endorsement late in a campaign because of a candidate’s actions, but that’s exactly what The Seattle Times recently did in a Bellevue City Council race. When you watch the video below, you’ll see why. This type of rabid partisanship displayed by Bellevue city council candidate Steve Kasner […]

Does it matter where good ideas come from?

Political activists love symbols and shorthand that they can use to signal to the like-minded that they are supposed to despise something. The left has tried to do that to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group of legislators from around the country that promotes model laws that its members agree on. They have […]