Bob Roegner

GOP candidates light up Washington state | Bob Roegner

Last week, the Northwest got a brief moment to bask in the sun of national presidential politics as all four remaining Republican candidates visited our state in advance of the March 3 caucuses.

Want to walk in a mayor’s shoes? | Bob Roegner

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the mayor?

Local election races to watch in 2012 | Bob Roegner

Most of the political attention has been focused on the Republican presidential primary, and it has been truly entertaining. There are still local races to track.

Challenging the deputy mayor’s authority | Bob Roegner

At its last meeting, the Federal Way City Council affirmed what might have appeared as a series of boring adjustments in rules and procedures regarding the deputy mayor’s authority, status in office and how committees work.

Light rail: Political lesson for Federal Way? | Bob Roegner

King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer and State Sen. Tracey Eide demonstrated once again why they are two of the most successful and skilled political problem solvers in the region, as they found a solution to the Sound Transit-Federal Way light rail connection dilemma.

Stormy week in Puget Sound politics | Bob Roegner

Two weeks ago, a winter storm blew through the region and disrupted everything. That is, everything but politics, although there were some winds blowing there as well.

Political maneuvering at City Hall | Bob Roegner

In some cities, the battle to be the leader of the city council can be a nice polite affair, or may be rotated among the council members so that everyone gets a chance.

City Hall takes on Sound Transit | Bob Roegner

City Hall’s ongoing dispute with Sound Transit over delay of the light rail extension to Federal Way has recently become both more public and more unpleasant as hardball tactics have come into play. But two of the city’s initiatives may have resulted in one canceling out the other.

Politics: State, national and Ferrell | Bob Roegner

Last week, we looked at local politics for the coming year. But state and national politics will get most of the attention. And Jim Ferrell? Read on.

Expect a juicy year in politics | Bob Roegner

Remember 2012. It will be one of the most exciting political years in history. The biggest local newsmakers are likely to be Mayor Skip Priest and School Superintendent Rob Neu. But others to watch are School Board President Tony Moore and Federal Way City Council members Jim Ferrell and Linda Kochmar.

2011 public service awards | Bob Roegner

It’s that time of year again when we bestow on our leaders, somewhat tongue in cheek, awards for their public service.

Top political laughs in 2011 | Bob Roegner

Each year, I keep track of political comments and situations readers might find interesting or entertaining. Here are some of my favorites.

Thanks for your solid public service | Bob Roegner

The year saw changes in Federal Way’s city council and school board. Two longtime council members will be leaving as will two school board members who each served one term.

Dilemma behind state sales tax increase | Bob Roegner

Republicans wondered if the governor and the Democrats were crazy by talking about putting a tax increase on the ballot.

City council faces power shift | Bob Roegner

The recent election, which produced two new council members, may have shifted the power relationships in Federal Way City Hall, according to insiders.

Olympic protest touched a generation | Bob Roegner

It was 43 years ago, and yet the iconic image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos standing on the Olympic podium in Mexico City is still seared into our collective consciousness as if it were yesterday.

Election alters city council dynamics | Bob Roegner

Last week, the voters were in an unusual mood. Here in Federal Way, the voters significantly changed the political dynamics on the city council and the mayor-council relationship.

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.

Election predictions in Federal Way | Bob Roegner

Elections for 2012 and 2013 have already started. But before we start speculating on those races, there is a more immediate question: Who is going to win next Tuesday?

Some campaigns are ‘bloodier’ than others | Bob Roegner

The race for a seat on the South King Fire and Rescue board of commissioners started with two of the candidates prominently displaying in campaign literature how much blood they had donated.