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National anthem’s words add depth to football player’s protest

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Economic Opportunity Institute | September 7, 2016

I had a good Labor Day weekend. I hope you did too. It was a good respite. Now we should be able to endure the final two months of the presidential campaign. Along with the fall weather, and the days getting shorter, our kids are back at school reading, writing, running, talking, thinking and learning. And, b

Burbank: Anthem’s words add depth to football player’s protest

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| John Burbank | September 7, 2016 | Everett Herald

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 25, 2016

If you work in downtown Seattle, you can’t ignore the construction. Eight years ago construction ground to a halt, with big pits filling up with rain water. Now every street seems to be an obstacle course, as front loaders run amok and traffic cops try to sort out construction from commuting. But we shouldn’t

Better wages would fill in gaps in economy’s growth

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| John Burbank | August 25, 2016 | Everett Herald

Top two primary leaves voters with fewer choices

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Economic Opportunity Institute | August 11, 2016

Back in 1932, Washington citizens jettisoned the Republican state treasurer and voted in a Democrat for the job of minding the state’s public monies. Since then, the people have elected and re-elected Democrats to the treasurer’s office, over and over again, except for one election in 1952. So it made sense t

Top two primary often leaves out one party or the other

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| John Burbank | August 11, 2016 | Everett Herald

You hold a lot of local power with a pen and ballot

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John Burbank | July 28, 2016

We are in the season of party conventions. You may have watched the Republicans in Cleveland last week and you may be watching the Democrats in Philadelphia this week. Maybe you didn’t, and opted to watch “Scandal,” or, if you are a bicyclist, perhaps the Tour de France. For us in Washington, the national con

You hold a lot of local power with a pen and ballot

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| John Burbank | July 28, 2016 | Everett Herald

I-1464 would put campaign cash in voters’ hands

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John Burbank | July 14, 2016

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Sumner, made it into the political news recently. The FBI has been looking into her campaign fundraising. What is strange is that Sen. Roach has said out loud what everyone walking the halls of the state Capitol knows: There is an intimate connection between campaign contributions, lob

I-1464’s would put campaign cash in voters’ hands

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| John Burbank | July 14, 2016 | Everett Herald

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