John Gastil

Government BY the people

Fewer than one in four Americans expect Washington to "do what is right" most of the time, according to a July 2007 CBS poll. A...

Taking the initiative

Talk to a political insider about ballot initiatives and you're likely to get a stream of complaints. Skeptical legislators, administrators and...

How you play the recount game

The Washington governor's race will be over in a few days, and the only certainty is that it will be close. Misfiled, uncounted and double-counted...