When The Hill tries to cover the Seattle Mayoral race from DC, I don't have high expectations. But this was even worse than I expected. thehill.com/policy/equilib…
The central premise is that Seattle progressives are uncompromising and have gone too far somehow.
The evidence is muddled. I guess Durkan deciding to retire reflects poorly on progressives or something: "Now Durkan is retiring after just a single term in office, a remarkably swift end to what had appeared to be a promising political career."
Heaven forbid, Durkan and her political coaliton own her failures as Mayor. No I think progressives being pushy is the problem. #sarcasm theurbanist.org/2020/12/16/jen…
Harrell endorser @Reuvencarlyle piles on: "That far-left movement gives important voice, but they don't move a millimeter on issues. They're not interested in collaboration. They see words like negotiation and collaboration as euphemisms for compromise to corporate interests."
This is a bold claim from a state senator that got the landmark carbon pricing legislation he sponsored passed this year with support from his progressive colleagues. #ClimateAction theurbanist.org/2021/04/13/sta…
Do progressives not understand the value of compromise? That depends which compromise we're asked to make doesn't it? Triangulating isn't automatically the optimal solution just because.
The Hill mentions the 2018 head tax, which was repealed under threat of a Big Business backed repeal campaign. Mayor Durkan's purported compromise deal with Amazon (the halved the size of the tax) turned out to be a farce. theurbanist.org/2018/06/13/hea…
Progressives attempted to compromise. Instead of being rewarded with collaboration, they got attacked. Big Business rejected the idea of corporate taxation at its face. There was no compromise. #HeadTax #TaxTheRich
What The Hill doesn't mention is that @SeattleCouncil brought back and passed a similar tax in 2020 because most of the Business backed candidates fizzled in the 2019 election. #TaxTheRich #JumpstartSeattle theurbanist.org/2020/06/16/mos…
CM @TeresaCMosqueda brought together a broad and diverse coalition behind the plan to use a payroll tax to fund housing, small biz recovery, and Green New Deal programs. #JumpStartSeattle #TaxTheRich
The coalition didn't include Amazon or the chamber of commerce. But after how they responded to the head tax, should we be surprised? Do they have a veto on policymaking by virtue of being a huge corporation? #JumpstartSeattle #TaxTheRich
There was an effort by Durkan, County Exec Constantine, and moderate state legislators like Carlyle to pass a smaller countywide payroll tax to block Seattle's tax. But that effort failed because they couldn't get the votes in the state legislature. theurbanist.org/2020/01/30/con…
Passing Jumpstart saved Seattle from draconian recession cuts and it will be an ongoing revenue source to add social housing. But centrists want to make this election about vague issues of process and tone.
The Hill implies that Jenny Durkan is really good at compromise. People who follow Seattle politics from the ground rather than a helicopter know this isn't true. theurbanist.org/2021/07/21/wil…
But mainstream media endlessly harping on the progressive excesses and runaway crime narratives have certainly muddied the waters. #DefundSPD theurbanist.org/2021/07/29/cen…

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