Well, not too many people around here saw THAT ONE coming. 

Except for several Clinton-hating women of my acquaintance, who (while identifying themselves as leftists) totally bought into the "alt Right" lies and exaggerations about Clinton's past. They, it turned out, were listening to what many "swing state" voters were listening to, as false and/or exaggerated as it was.

What was supposed to have been a clear victory for progressive ideals (or at least for centrist, institutional politics) turned into hopes and prayers for automatic recounts in some of the "swing states."

I could write a whole essay on what happened and why, and might do so as early as tomorrow.

But now what do we do?

As Pramila Jayapal said at her campaign party, "We will have to fight for social justice like never before."

We'll have to keep fighting the forces of reaction and bigotry.

We'll have to keep fighting, no matter what happens in the recounts.

We'll have to bring our message to every county, every district, every economic caste that left-O-center people have traditionally dismissed with snobbish "hick-bashing."

As the state minimum wage measure proved, people in these areas WILL support our ideas, our ideals, when we can prove a direct benefit.


After an unseasonably warm stretch, rain should return Wednesday.

We hit 70 Tuesday. That meant we had six straight over-60-degree days. It's the first time that's happened this late in the year in 120 years. (SeaTimes) 



(old voting machine image: King County Archives) 

Meanwhile locally, after King County elections took its sweet time releasing returns, most every race here turned out as expected.

Jay Inslee and Patty Murray won re-election.

The statewide minimum-wage increase passed handily (including in the rural counties where it'd have the most benefit).

Sound Transit 3 passed.

So did Pramila Jayapal's Congressional run.

So did protections for hotel workers, and court orders removing guns from "troubled" individuals.

And the techie-libertarians and their big bucks failed to pack the state Supreme Court with school-privatizers.

(Slog) (Crosscut) (PI.com) (KUOW)

Because ballots in Washington only have to be postmarked by Election Day, some of the closer races around the state might not be decided for a few days, despite the vast numbers of ballots already collected. (Crosscut) 

Two women (one from Seattle), bearing "FEMEN USA" slogans on their otherwise uncovered upper torsos, were arrested after protesting at the GOP Presidential candidate's Manhattan polling place. (Tribune Media) 



A federal jury found ex-Seattle Police officer Cynthia Whitlatch guilty of violating William Wingate's civil rights during a Capitol Hill protest rally. In the last day of testimony, Wingate's attorneys cited text messages from Whitlatch as new evidence of racial bias on her part. (Slog)


A proposed state regulation would outlaw "sewage dumping in Puget Sound." (Yes, it hasn't been outlawed to date, amazingly.) (AP)


Under a new city rule, developers aren't supposed to let rats run off from buildings being demolished. They're supposed ot kill the rodents instead. (PI.com) 


Seattle U says its "merit aid" program, giving additional financial aid to low-income students who maintain high grades, is "showing promise." (SeaTimes)


A UW study says perhaps 30 percent of the seafood sold in supermarkets and restaurants is "mislabeled," deliberately or otherwise. The good news: some of the substituted species are more "sustainable" than the costlier critters they're billed as.

Meanwhile, the UW campus has three "demonstration farms" to show off "sustainable urban agriculture." Some of its products are fed to dorm residents. (UW Daily)

Activists in the U District want to bring back the locally-long-dormant notion of public restrooms for the homeless and everyone else, with their idea for a "U Loo." (Seattle Globalist) 


Besides Amazon's coming grocery pick-up spot in Ballard, the nearby Fred Meyer will also have a loading station for online shoppers soon. (GeekWire) 


Documentary "Code: Debugging the Gender Gap." (AMC Pacific Place)

TAD CD re-release party, with all original band members and Sub Pop's Jonathan Poneman. (Easy Street Records)

Neko Case. (Tacoma Pantages Theatre)

Descendents, Bully, Broadway Calls. (Neptune, thru Thurs)

Pansy Division, Sashay, Pink Parts. (Funhouse)

Andra Day, Chloe x Halle. (Showbox)

Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith, (Benaroya Hall)

Meerkatz, Comfort Food. (High Dive)

William Fitzsimmons, Laura Burhenn. (Triple Door)

"Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live." (McCaw Hall) 

"French Truly Salon" series presents a multimedia tribute to Moliere. (SIFF Uptown)

"Kitchen Sessions," with The Lady B and Eva Walker. (Bellevue Arts Museum)

Native American history writers Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dina Gilio-Whitaker. (Elliott Bay Book Co.)

"Sacred Breath" series begins with writers Payton Bradley and Sasha LaPoint and storyteller Roger Fernandes. (UW Intellectual House) 


It's time I started a drive to increase this lovely letter's daily readership. Any hotshot marketing ideas from any of you learned readers are more than welcome.


(Richard Evans):

"It is often in the darkest skies that we see the brightest stars."


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