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I sat down to write you a note about the integral role you fill here at Crosscut, about the $50 match pledged today for new and renewing…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Viral Video: John Oliver’s March Madness

John Oliver’s masterful, 360-degree, in-your-face jam of the NCAA and their money-making machine, March Madness, is an absolute must-watch. It’s a cross between a deeply…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Is Legislature playing games with initiatives?

Should we be shocked, shocked! that politics is being played in Olympia? Not really, but sometimes, the political activity can raise an eyebrow — and…

Officials say Sound Transit needs to go big

The King and Pierce county governments want Sound Transit to be able to ask voters for up to $15 billion for transit expansion in the…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…

Video: The Legislature that shoots together, works together?

CROSSCUT VIDEOpowered by Sens. Pam Roach and Jim Hargrove co-hosted the annual trip to a shooting range, an event that Roach instituted years ago. Even…

Behind the scenes: How Seattle police training met the future

Minutes before Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced her four new assistant chiefs last week, a Seattle police union dropped an unfair-labor complaint it had…

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget

The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will…

Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Opinions on a bill to tweak alternative power requirements for utilities followed the stereotypes Tuesday. Utilities and business lobbyists loved it. Environmentalists hated it. They…

State Auditor ‘puzzled’ by federal probe

Democratic State Auditor Troy Kelley refused to meet with several reporters in his office Monday morning who wanted to discuss a federal investigation that included…