Bob Roegner

State of the City

State of the City

Elections are next year, and with the high profile marketing for the event, the speech always sounds more like a “please vote for me” campaign kick-off.

State of the City
Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson

Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson

Sometimes making a law isn’t pretty, and by the time everybody weighs in, that great idea may look completely different.

Welcome to Olympia Mr. Johnson
19 want to join Federal Way City Council

19 want to join Federal Way City Council

The six remaining council members will decide who the new council member will be, and politics will play a role.

19 want to join Federal Way City Council
South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency

South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency

The “old boy’s club” that is our fire department doesn’t appear all that interested in having the taxpayers, who pay the bill, actually understand what is going.

South King Fire and Rescue needs to think of public transparency
Short legislative session turns left

Short legislative session turns left

With a progressive agenda including comprehensive sex education, clean fuel standards and gun violence, Democrats will need to be cautious about overreach.

Short legislative session turns left
Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community

Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community

Ferrell’s pattern of behavior is dividing the community in such a negative manner he needs to rethink his entire style if he hopes to be an effective leader.

Mayor’s style divides Federal Way community
Federal Way in 2030 or beyond

Federal Way in 2030 or beyond

Federal Way needs a community-wide shuttle bus system, interesting shops, better permitting and more.

Federal Way in 2030 or beyond
Federal Way public official awards for 2019

Federal Way public official awards for 2019

The “It’s the Right Thing To Do” Award goes to Mayor Ferrell as he agreed to fly the pride flag.

Federal Way public official awards for 2019
Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves

Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves

Although the new appointee for the vacant 30th District seat must be a Democrat, the alignment opens the door for political mischief.

Intrigue and strategy of replacing Rep. Kristine Reeves
Honor those who went before

Honor those who went before

These officials and many others served with distinction even on the occasions when you disagreed with them.

Honor those who went before
Political quotes and odd comments

Political quotes and odd comments

Ferrell’s tendency for hyperbole got the better of him as he quoted President Ronald Reagan at the Berlin Wall with “tear down this wall.”

Political quotes and odd comments
Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way

Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way

Legislators were seeking information and accountability from City Hall and did not appear happy with some city answers.

Strained relationship between legislators, city of Federal Way
Council punts pride flag back to mayor

Council punts pride flag back to mayor

It’s rare when a public official gets a second chance to do “the right thing.”

Council punts pride flag back to mayor
Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020

Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020

Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell is endorsing Jesse Johnson because it will look good to Democrats.

Possible vacant Federal Way City Council seat in 2020
Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?

Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?

The Federal Way mayor has control of all city facilities and could have used his authority to join other cities and direct the flag be flown.

Pride flag resolution, inclusion or politics?
What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?

What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?

Election revealed some relationships that will provide clues to new potential voting blocks.

What will elections mean to Federal Way mayor-council alignment?
Uneven turnout despite issues

Uneven turnout despite issues

In the short-term, the big news was the defeat of the advisory vote to allow pot stores in the city limits.

Uneven turnout despite issues
Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead

Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead

Planning for 2020 state races has been going on for months, as has the maneuvering for the next city and county races in 2021.

Elections aren’t done, but candidates thinking ahead
Turnout key in off-year election

Turnout key in off-year election

Here are the likely local winners of this November’s election.

Turnout key in off-year election
Edwards and Magruder: Controversial contrasts

Edwards and Magruder: Controversial contrasts

Sharry Edwards’s race for council and Tenya Magruder’s run for school board were noteworthy for their choices that created controversy.

Edwards and Magruder: Controversial contrasts