Bob Roegner

Lydia vs. Mark: The most unusual council race | Inside Politics

The most unusual race of the entire slate of candidates running for any office in Federal Way this year: Lydia Assefa-Dawson versus Mark Green for the City Council.

Races to watch: Fire district and school board | Inside Politics

Next week is the Mirror’s second debate. Though typically low key, the race for the Federal Way school board between Claire Wilson and Angela Griffin, along with the race for the South King Fire and Rescue board of commissioners between Bill Fuller and Roger Flygare are worth watching.

Can public vote on the events center? | Inside Politics

A citizen’s initiative to limit taxpayer subsidy of the Performing Arts and Events Center has restarted the debate about the role of residents’ participation in the decisions of their government. Unfortunately, the disagreements between the two sides have been harsh.

David and Goliath: Can Thumbi defeat Duclos? | Inside Politics

In his quest to unseat Dini Duclos from her hold on Position 7 of the City Council, P.K.Thumbi might feel a little more like Don Quixote tilting at windmills than a political candidate.

Are the Federal Way mayor and council listening? | Inside Politics

The primary fear is loss of power, but the other worry seems to be plain old habit.

The front runner so far in Koppang-Hiller race | Inside Politics

The race to replace departing Councilman Bob Celski has brought together two people who have much in common, but also some differences — Mark Koppang and Julie Hiller.

Clinton led to Ferrell-Hickel key debate | Inside Politics

Apparently receiving the “Key to the City” is the gift that keeps on giving, and after tax credits for the Performing Arts and Events Center, it’s the hottest debate in town.

Major upsets with primary election results | Inside Politics

In the midst of a predictable primary election, there were two major surprises.

2016: Let the back alley knife fight begin | Inside Politics

This year is the warm-up act for 2016, which will be a significant year in politics.

New Federal Way superintendent, new school board? | Inside Politics

New superintendent of schools Tammy Campbell has been getting a crash course in Federal Way’s history, community goals and its multicultural makeup.

Primary races to watch closely | Inside Politics

The Aug. 4 primary election will advance the top two finalists to the November general election.

This column should be about last week’s candidates’ forum. But that will have to wait, because the talk of the town is Mayor Jim Ferrell’s out-of-control rant at one of the City Council candidates during the forum.

Federal Way mayor’s rant takes over candidate forum | Inside Politics

This column should be about last week’s candidates’ forum. But that will have to wait, because the talk of the town is Mayor Jim Ferrell’s out-of-control rant at one of the City Council candidates during the forum.

PAEC at the point of no return? | Inside Politics

Have we reached the point of no return in the construction of the Performing Arts and Events Center?

Did they say that: Humorous mid-year quotes | Inside Politics

It’s that time of year when it’s educational to review some of the more interesting comments from the first six months of the year.

Public service or insiders club? | Inside Politics

Over the past few years there has been a significant amount of discussion, some of it critical, about South King Fire and Rescue.

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.

Questions to ask the candidates | Inside Politics

The field is now set for the elections this fall. But what do you want to know from the candidates? What issues do you care about?

Centerstage breakup and makeup with city of Federal Way | Inside Politics

As Neil Sedaka once crooned, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.” But as Mayor Jim Ferrell has learned this past week, getting back together again isn’t always a picnic either.

Long-term vision sorely needed on light rail route | Inside Politics

Have you seen the elevated light rail system at SeaTac Airport?