"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Secret sauce

A phrase in politics that may go national in next cycle, and started here in the Northwest:

Secret sauce.

It came from Washington Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee, using it to argue that the state’s gift for innovation will be the ingredient that helps it toward a better economic future. Or something like that.

We’ve started to see the phrase pop up here and there in political discussion around the country. Since it comes so close to the election, it won’t of course be much remembered in this cycle (other than in Washington).

But come next cycle? Maybe. And how it is used, and the connotations it holds, likely will have a lot to do with whether Inslee wins or loses on Tuesday.

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