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Hundreds rallied in downtown Seattle Tuesday night in advance of a day of debate and decision in the House of Representatives on the impeachment — and removal — of President Donald Trump
“This is a day of accountability and defending our democracy,” WA-07 Representative and member of the body’s judiciary committee Pramila Jayapal said during her part of an expected six hours of debate to proceed the House votes Wednesday. Continue reading
(Image: Jill Hardy/Frye Art Museum)
As the characters are formed and the terrible drama of the Trump impeachment hearings plays out, there is a small corner of First Hill that we might think of quite a bit differently after Wednesday’s witness is sworn in and begins his testimony.
Before she died in 2016, it is said Frieda Sondland visited First Hill’s Frye Museum — only blocks from her home for more than a decade in The Summit building — nearly every day. That love was memorialized in a special gift.
Café Frieda is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM — 6:30 PM on Thursdays when the weekly happy hour starts at 3 PM. You can “relax and enjoy your lunch or dinner with a side of art” and “spend some time in our bright and open environment during your workday or take advantage of Seattle’s sunny months in the courtyard” when you visit the Terry Ave museum.
Café Frieda was made possible, of course, by a generous gift from the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Family Foundation. Continue reading
PLEASE NOTE: TALK & DISCUSSION WILL BE HELD IN GERMAN.
Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte, who is visiting the Goethe Pop Up Seattle from Germany, will discuss his recent publication Gesichter der Macht, a study of the role of the federal president, and the elections in the federal states of Brandenburg, Thuringia, and Saxony. He is joined in conversation by Prof. Niko Switek.
At the center of the talk stands the following question: How does democracy narrate itself? The federal president disposes of an enormous potential for political creative power – apart from formal arrangements and decrees. Especially today, when in terms of elite, cosmopolitan liberalism on the one hand and new radical, national authoritarianism on the other powerful stories of minimal consensus of our democracy must be told. What story will be told this fall in Germany if the elections in Brandenburg, Saxony, and Thuringia will strengthen the AfD?
About the speakers:
Prof. Dr. Karl-Rudolf Korte received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Mainz in 1988 and his Dr. rer. pol. habil. from the Ludwig Maximillian University Munich. Korte has been teaching at the University Duisburg-Essen since 2003. He has been holding the position of director of the NRW School of Governance since 2006. For almost 20 years, he has also been accompanying the televised election shows of ZDF as election researcher. His recent monograph, Gesichter der Macht. Über die Gestaltungspotentiale der Bundespräsidenten. Ein Essay was published in 2019.
Niko Switek currently holds a DAAD Visiting Assistant Professorship for German Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School for International Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Stacey Abrams first set the goal of running for the presidency 25 years ago.
After breaking up with a boyfriend, Abrams, who acknowledges she is “bad at dating,” says she created a spreadsheet laying out her goals, including being Atlanta mayor — the ceiling for black people, she thought at the time — a millionaire, and an author.
In about 1994, one of her friends, a white Republican man from South Carolina who she worked in the Clinton White House through a fellowship asked her the shocking question: “Stacey, when are you running for president?”
“President of what?” she recounted asking in response.
He reassured her that she could do it.
“What shames me to this day is that I did not believe him,” Abrams said at a sold-out Town Hall Seattle event Thursday night at Capitol Hill’s Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
“This moment where this person who was becoming my friend saw possibility in me, I immediately rejected it because there had never been a black man, a black woman, a woman ever to be a viable candidate.”
After that conversation, she went home and updated the spreadsheet to say that she would run for president of the United States. Continue reading
Gov. Inslee on light rail for the opening of Capitol Hill Station in 2016
On Capitol Hill, we’ve seen a lot of the latest Democratic candidate to toss their hat into the ring for the 2020 presidential election. This time, we probably won’t find him canvassing for votes while talking about potatoes and jobs at the Capitol Hill Farmers Market. But we might see him hanging around E Madison’s Bullitt Center, the sun-powered, super green office building he helped cut the ribbon on when it debuted in 2013.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced his bid for the presidency Friday in a Youtube video and a speech at South Seattle photovoltaic installation firm A&R Solar. “I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority,” Inslee says in the video. While Inslee has poor name recognition beyond the Pacific Northwest, his climate change message has attracted powerful backers including billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer who Friday called Inslee a “climate champion.”
Inslee isn’t the only prospective Washington State candidate. Former Starbucks CEO and longtime Madison Park lakefront mansion resident Howard Schultz has been kicking the tires on in independent run for president. Would you consider voting for either of them? Let us know in our 2020 candidate ranking survey:
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With hippie era protest songs and candles, a Presidents Day crowd of hundreds gathered in Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park to protest Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency over immigration at the southern border. A rowdier protest is expected on Broadway later this week.
Monday at Seattle’s gathering part of protests organized in cities across the county, the message was about fighting back, hope, and politics.
“We know that there is no national emergency,” Governor Jay Inslee said in front of the chilled crowd that gathered around the Black Hole Sun statue in the ice-cleared park. “There is only a political emergency because Donald Trump’s abusive, hate filled rhetoric has been rejected by the American people.” Continue reading