Rich Smith, The Stranger

Rich Smith

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Seattle, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Rich:

Slog PM: The Cops Just Made Shit Up During CHOP

Let's round up the afternoon, starting with... This is so fucked up: According to a Seattle Times review of a new report from the Office of Police Accountability, after the cops decided to abandon the East Precinct and remove the barricades around 11th and Pine in June of 2020, Seattle Police Department officers took to the scanner and deliberately lied about Proud Boys running around downtown,… → Read More

What Does Sawant's "Apparent" Victory Tell Us?

The rich fucks tried to win dirty, and they lost. → Read More

Seattle City Attorney-Elect Ann Davison Comes Out the Gate Opposing a Pretty Standard Transparency Bill

In her opening volley to the council, Davison's email includes a cascade of non sequiturs, thin claims of victimization, and two false statements. → Read More

Slog PM: Sawant Cuts "Yes" Lead Down to 246 Votes, Detroit Painter Offered His Space to the Parents of Boy Killer, Seattle Was Sad and Then Suddenly Happy

LOL and HOLY SHIT, SAWANT COULD WIN THIS THING, MAYBE: King County Elections tallied up 7,145 more votes in the election to retain or recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, and it's fucking close. The recall campaign currently only leads by 246 votes, with ~1,200 votes left to count. The elections department will count those ballots in its next drop tomorrow at 4 pm. If Sawant takes… → Read More

Sawant Recall Election Night Results: We Don’t Fucking Know What’s Going to Happen, but It Wasn’t a Blowout

If this weren't the first-ever December recall election in King County's history, it would be easier to feel sinisterly optimistic or decidedly pessimistic about Recall Yes leading Recall No by six points and 2,000 votes on election night. But it is, so it's not. One reason for optimism is that Sawant has overcome a 6-point deficit before. In the 2019 general election, she trailed Egan Orion by… → Read More

Fact? Not Exactly. Here's Another Misleading Anti-Sawant Mailer from the Recall Campaign

Let's be honest. No one gives a shit about the recall charges. → Read More

Ballot Drop Update: Harrell Wins, Mohamed Leapfrogs Bowman

Today King County Elections dropped 98,000 ballots countywide, including roughly 40,000 from Seattle. After today's posting, the department estimates something like 125,000 to 150,000 ballots left to count countywide and about 65,000 left in Seattle. As expected, the late ballots leaned left but not far enough left to save the progressives in the Seattle races who needed saving. Here's where the… → Read More

Five Takeaways from the 2021 Seattle Elections

Seattle wants more of the same. → Read More

Congressman Smith Takes Important Step to Effectively End US Support for War in Yemen

Though Biden finally pulled the U.S. out of one country's civil war, our support for Saudi Arabia's attacks on Yemen keeps us fully enmeshed in another. As I wrote last month, U.S. contractors and even Department of Defense personnel still fix the planes that bomb Yemenis and enforce a blockade that starves millions. As in Afghanistan, Yemeni activists say our military interference gives bad… → Read More

Sara Nelson Said Fremont Brewing Didn't Lay Off Anyone During the Pandemic. Unfortunately, That's Not True.

Former Fremont Brewing employees were surprised that Nelson didn't seem to know they'd been laid off. → Read More

Super Scary-Wary Anti-Abolitionist Push Poll Hits the Field, Foreshadowing Contentious Races for Seattle City Council and City Attorney

Gonna be a lot of disingenuous bullshit flying around over the course of the next several weeks. → Read More

Beach Parties, Zoo Tunes, and Queer Bikes: Here's What We're Doing Around Seattle This Weekend

THURSDAY, AUGUST 12: SKATEBOARD WITH SKATE LIKE A GIRLIf the can’t-look-away thrills of the Olympic skateboarding teams have inspired any youngsters in your life, now’s the time to take advantage of Skate Like a Girl’s free clinics, starting this Thursday and continuing through August. Open to all genders and designed for everyone age seven and up, these four-hour sessions will get you up and… → Read More

Here's What We're Doing Around Seattle This Weekend

We're visiting Spider-Man, watching boylesque, and heading to Jimi Hendrix Park for Umoja Fest. → Read More

Reviewing the 2021 Seattle Primary Election: Voters Picked the Candidates They Knew

And primary voters don't appear to be that pissed at the council. → Read More

Who's Making It Through Seattle's Primary Election?

I asked a couple political types and one random person. → Read More

Washington Recommends Masking in Indoor Public Places Regardless of Vaccination Status, in Line With CDC Guidelines

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Jay Inslee said Washington will continue masking up in schools and will also "ask people to consider masking in other conditions consistent with CDC recommendations." Earlier this week the CDC recommended all people living in places with "high and substantial transmission" (which includes us!) should mask up indoors in public places where the… → Read More

Kathy Lambert Supports the African American Community by Sending Money to African Children and by Having Black Friends, She Claims

The level of fragility Lambert displays in this conversation is...actually pretty standard for most conservatives. → Read More

As Election Day Nears, New PACs Line Up for Jessyn Farrell and Colleen Echohawk

Just a little PAC update in the mayoral race. → Read More

Frivolous Shit Like This Is Why King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert Needs to Hang Up the Keys

This is why we can't have King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert doing things like chairing the county's housing committee. During a particularly tedious and weird meeting of her committee yesterday morning, Lambert proposed several bad changes to a package of tenant protections she's finally getting around to considering. One of those bad changes included a provision to add "landlords as a… → Read More

Seattle City Council Expresses Support for Studying Progressive Policy on Psychedelic Drugs

CM Lewis said he'd "almost certainly" bring a bill to make psychedelics the lowest-level enforcement priority for law enforcement at the city level after the task force releases its recommendations this fall. → Read More