Bob Roegner

Sound Transit coming to town, but facing challenges | Inside Politics

When Sound Transit 3 was passed by voters last fall, it established a high point in the next phase of an ambitious plan to provide… Continue reading

Accountability needed more than ever | Inside Politics

As we look to local elections this year, the chaos in the other Washington reminds us we need accountability more than ever. We just passed… Continue reading

Logo talk becomes mayor’s race debate | Inside Politics

An old joke has it that some people went to a fight and a hockey game broke out! Fights happen a lot at hockey games.… Continue reading

City improvements needed | Inside Politics

The city of Federal Way is almost 30 years old. We are far beyond putting council resolutions on napkins at local restaurants. We should be… Continue reading

Politicians and humor | Inside Politics

I thought former Vice President Joe Biden would be hard to beat for humor. But President Donald Trump has made more interesting comments in three… Continue reading

Alcott made us better | Inside Politics

The Mirror is what its name says: a reflection of the community it serves, for better or worse, be it sports, elections, weather, parades or… Continue reading

Tiny houses: What if? | Inside Politics

What if, three years ago, we had taken the problem of homelessness seriously? How many people living in the woods or sleeping in the doorway… Continue reading

Honda presents alternative to Ferrell | Inside Politics

Councilwoman Susan Honda responded to community speculation last week when she announced she will run for mayor against incumbent Jim Ferrell. Honda believes the city… Continue reading

Stand off on taxes and cops | Inside Politics

At the mayor-council retreat two weeks ago, there was a brief, but telling, exchange between Mayor Jim Ferrell and council member Dini Duclos over how… Continue reading

Could Honda or Jarvis challenge Ferrell? | Inside Politics

Incumbent Mayor Jim Ferrell recently announced he will run for re-election. Ferrell points to building the Performing Arts and Events Center, a downtown park, a… Continue reading

Education lead issue for legislature | Inside Politics

Last week I was in Olympia to watch democracy in action in what is likely to be a long, but important legislative session. Because it… Continue reading

Candidates for office in 2017 | Inside Politics

Three seats on the Federal Way City Council will be up for election this year, and they could be fun to watch! The majority of… Continue reading

Future mayors and the Celski appointment | Inside Politics

In my last column, I made a reference that several local residents might see themselves as a future mayor. Parallel to that, some residents were… Continue reading

Newsmakers of 2017 | Inside Politics

The year 2017 is a local election year where major community issues will be debated and the stage is set for transition to the next… Continue reading

Public Official Awards for 2016 | Inside Politics

Each year I try and note special awards for issues and leaders in the community. Categories change each year, and 2016 was a very special… Continue reading

Federal Way moratorium ploy goes horribly wrong | Inside Politics

The plan seemed simple enough; after all, Industrial Realty Group had opened the door. All Mayor Jim Ferrell and his staff had to do was… Continue reading

2016 political humor | Inside Politics

Every year politicians and community leaders make comments worth sharing, and 2016 was no exception. Since Federal Way Mirror Publisher Rudi Alcott is a mite… Continue reading

Finding the political will to end poverty | Inside Politics

This week we celebrate another Thanksgiving with turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie and football on a high definition big screen television. We give thanks for our… Continue reading

Big Upset, Washington Normal | Inside Politics

A few weeks ago Donald Trump said “the election is rigged.” He also said, “the Electoral College is a disaster for democracy.” Hillary Clinton won… Continue reading

No forgery, but way too cozy | Inside Politics

Two separate complaints were recently filed against Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell’s Chief of Staff, Brian Wilson. The first was an allegation by former Planning… Continue reading