Bob Roegner

Election ‘08: Voters swamp leaderless GOP

Nationally, the Democratic blue wave of change proved to be real as it swamped everything Republican in its path.

Nationally, the Democratic blue wave of change proved to be real as it swamped everything Republican in its path.

Commuter rail’s history goes back 20 years in King County

“Why have the Valley cities of Renton, Kent and Auburn had a commuter rail system for several years and we’re just now voting on the extension of rail from SeaTac to Federal Way?”

“Why have the Valley cities of Renton, Kent and Auburn had a commuter rail system for several years and we’re just now voting on the extension of rail from SeaTac to Federal Way?”

Election analysis: Economy will guide voters

Wow! What a dynamic and fast-changing political landscape we came through. Remember it because it’s historical.

Analysis: Incumbents and ‘change’ slogans

Hold on to your seats.

Hold on to your seats.

King County legislative races: Will we see a blue wave?

Absentee ballots go out today and it marks the start of the crucial last three weeks of the election cycle.

Election will decide the future of King County government

The charter amendment to make King County government non-partisan and add the director of elections to the separately elected ranks follows closely on the heels of reducing the King County Council and electing, rather than appointing, the sheriff.

Will a blue wave turn the tide in District 30?

In June, I wrote a column suggesting readers watch certain legislative races to see how conventional political wisdom was holding up against the voters’ actual choices after the primary.

In political chess, the game never ends

Somewhere I read, “All the world’s a stage.”

Charter amendments flirt with controversy

The citizen-based King County Charter Review Commission under the co-leadership of former county council member Lois North, a Republican, and former Gov. Mike Lowry, a Democrat, referred 10 amendments to the King County Council for review — and recommended that they be forwarded to the voters.

Power pursuit shakes up Pierce Co. politics

OK, Pierce County voters: How many of you can explain Ranked Choice Voting or Instant Run-off Voting?

History of Seattle transit tunnel runs deep

Due to the graying color of my hair, an inaccurate assumption is occasionally made that I have been around politics since statehood.

Governor race headlines primary elections

If you like exciting elections, stay tuned for the next couple of months because you’re going to see several.

Cities stay afloat during economic challenge

The economy has slowed way down.

Watch for Dems to flavor Washington state primary

The primary election is next week on Aug. 19. Look for a larger than usual turnout of about 40 percent with a Democratic flavor. This is the elimination round as the top two regardless of party will move forward.

Seize your chance to influence city’s future

If you were suddenly made czar of Federal Way, what would you change?

If you were suddenly made czar of Federal Way, what would you change?

County races will provide plenty of answers

King County Executive isn’t up for election until November of 2009, but with this year’s budget debate serving as a backdrop, the race is already well underway.