"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Seattle council curiousities

It’s been a very quiet time in the races this year for the Seattle City Council. Some perspective on why from the Stranger Slog, this from a short but provocative post today:

Did you know that this is the first Seattle City Council race since 2005 in which not one incumbent stepped aside and left his or her seat open to all comers? It’s true!

And did you know that at this time in 2005, three of the four incumbents trying to win re-election were trailing their challengers in the money race? Yep. (Way unlike this year.)

And, did you know that since 2003, just two incumbents have pulled off the rather impressive feat of holding their seats while facing challengers who out-fundraised them?

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