Bob Roegner

2009 Legislature: Watch that political sausage

Welcome to the 2009 edition of Washington’s citizen government.If you’ve never been to Olympia when the Legislature is in session, you should go. It is… Continue reading

Guilty pleasures: Political drama from a Federal Way neighbor | Bob Roegner

The political stakes in Auburn just went up!Auburn City Council member and potential mayoral candidate Virginia Haugen was found “not guilty” of the charge of… Continue reading

State auditor race opens doors in Federal Way | Bob Roegner

Heads up political fans: another race in 2012 just got a lot more interesting and a lot more local. Recently, State Auditor Brian Sonntag announced that he will not run for re-election next year.

Political rumors and speculation for 2010 | Bob Roegner

What will the future bring? We don’t know for sure, but some things seem more likely than others, and of course, there’s always rumor and… Continue reading

Mayoral candidates: Federal Way’s early lineup | Bob Roegner

There continues to be speculations about who will run for mayor of Federal Way, so I consulted my expert panel of advisors. Listed below is… Continue reading

Who’s your top Federal Way candidate in 2013? | Roegner

The slow developing field of candidates for mayor and city council is now set. And there will be some good races in Federal Way.

Will Federal Way mayor keep his PACC promise? | Inside Politics

What a difference a few months make. Mayor Jim Ferrell was for many years the feared enemy of those who wanted the Performing Arts and Conference Center (PACC) built.

Federal Way plays hardball with light rail

A few years ago, the Mariners public relations theme to sell tickets was “The Mariners are Playing Hardball.”

Numerical surprises in the primary election | Roegner

There were some surprises in the numbers. In politics, if the incumbents attract less than 50 percent during the primary, then they are considered potentially vulnerable, as it serves as a bellweather for funding and support. Above 50 percent, they are considered in good position, and it will be an uphill battle for their opponent.

Federal Way court drama: You be the judge | Bob Roegner

Federal Way made the news again recently: A former employee filed a claim for damages for $500,000 against the city and the municipal court, alleging… Continue reading

The private lives of public officials

The last year has not been easy for the Federal Way school district.

New grading system may be game changer for Federal Way schools | Roegner

Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Rob Neu needed a game changer and may have found one as he recently recommended a controversial grading system be discarded.

Will the King County Assessor change his plea? | Bob Roegner

The news that King County Assessor Scott Noble’s recent hearing on his DUI/vehicular assault charge had been canceled caught the attention of many in the… Continue reading

The happy trails of Federal Way Councilman Martin Moore | Inside Politics

The first half of 2014 has been politically spectacular. A controversial superintendent, Rob Neu, leaving town for another job.

Hits, misses and rumors of WSU eyeing Federal Way branch | Inside Politics

Economic development has been at the forefront of every Puget Sound city’s wish list. The competition among jurisdictions remains intense.

Q&A: Power of a strong mayor | Bob Roegner

My recent two-part column about the change in Federal Way’s form of government resulted in several questions from readers. Under the theory that others might have the same questions, I will share them with you.

For downtown Federal Way, whose compass do we follow? | Roegner

Many cities seek a community definition with the image their downtown presents. But Federal Way has evolved into what it is today, rather than having been planned.

Nero and Weyerhaeuser? | Inside Politics

What had been feared for many months jumped from rumor mill to reality last week as Weyerhaeuser announced it was ending its 40-year relationship with Federal Way and moving to Seattle.

Has City Hall captured Federal Way mayor? | Inside Politics

Jim Ferrell has a chance to be a really good mayor, maybe even better than good. But he appears headed toward the same mistakes for which he criticized his predecessor Mayor Skip Priest.

Council race is full of contrasts | Roegner

The race between appointed incumbent Diana Noble-Gulliford and candidate Martin Moore should be the closest of the three city council races, and provides some interesting contrasts.