Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."
Forget all the focus on the one ugly word President Obama used. Pay attention, instead, to the rest of the words in his podcast interview. They offer a remarkable self-portrait of a president in the second half of his second term, both chastened and liberated.
The saying that there's never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law, and no one is available to make an arrest.
There is nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn't matter.
In January, McDonald's, leaning against the winds of fashion, said kale would never replace lettuce on its burgers. In May, however, it said it will test kale in a breakfast meal (breakfast is about 25 percent of McDonald's sales). Kale might or might not cause construction workers to turn at 6 a.m. into a drive-through line, where approximately two-thirds of McDonald's customers place their orders.
The Port of Vancouver is an economic engine. It provides family-wage jobs, is in many ways a good environmental steward and contributes to our community through involvement in the waterfront project. But engines break down, and the Tesoro-Savage oil terminal lease is the second major breakdown in two years, with the first being the failure of the port to close on the BHP Billiton potassium contract when the commodities marked collapsed. It also reveals a pervasive culture of secrecy that erodes the port's credibility and financial stability.
Sunday marked Day 150 of the legislative session. A deal on the 2015-17 operating budget had yet to emerge and the only thing anyone could say for sure is the 2015 session can't go for more than another 200 days. Because after that it will be 2016.