"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)

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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