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Rob Richards
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CommonAction Consulting
CommonAction Consulting

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It’s that time of year again and your ballot will be in your mailbox very soon. People always ask me for a little insight into how I feel about the candidates and issues on the ballot, so here’s my guide to voting in the upcoming election. If there’s…
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In the week prior to what was touted as the biggest storm since the early 1960s, community leaders approached Olympia City Manager Steve Hall to implore him to open a city facility for storm relief. Hall had a different reason to say “No” everyday. “The…
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In many places one of two approaches are taken: Business or Residential. A business first approach might look like hiring an Economic Development Director to go out and recruit a large anchor business – something big like an IBM R&D facility. This…
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I have heard people say that there are two basic emotions: …Love and Fear… and that they don’t coexist. They cancel, or push each other out – love drives out fear, and vice versa. I often hear this in what I think are oversimplified, overly broad terms.…
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I had a little dream the other day. I was sitting in a group of people. There was a chill in the air and the mood was grim. There was pain and sadness, clingy like a damp t-shirt. I was seated. There was an old man directly in front of me. A black man…
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We need public bathrooms in our downtown. Our city council, after years of talking, can’t seem to take action. Why? The Olympia City Council is, AGAIN, talking about public bathrooms Downtown. This is the eleventy-seventh time they’ve talked about it in…
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Shannon Sharpe said everything right here, so I’m gonna shut up and let him tell you:
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Trump’s rise obliterated neoconservatism, and cemented the Alternative Right as the political movement du jour. What exactly is the Alt-Right, who is it, and what does this mean for the future of politics in the U.S.? The “Alt Right” is a term used more…
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A few weeks ago, OPD Chief Ronnie Roberts announced he’s cutting the Downtown Walking Patrol due to budget crisis. I have some beef with this. First, Chief Roberts has been in his job for a few (5?) years now. He’s never not used budget crisis messaging.…
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“Slavery is not an indefinable mass of flesh. It is a particular, specific enslaved woman, whose mind is active as your own; whose range of feeling is as vast as your own; who prefers the way the light falls in one particular spot in the woods. . . . ” He…
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