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Legislative leaders reach budget deal

Republicans and Democrats have a handshake deal on the broad strokes of the state government’s main 2015-2017 budget. But the details remain a mystery. In…

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Eleven great photos from Seattle Pride 2015

Beyonce and Taylor Swift ballads reverberated between buildings. Batman rollerbladed through parade traffic in a Speedo. Boy Scouts marched in full uniform, in support of…

State pot taxes to be reduced

A bill to make it easier and cheaper to buy legal pot in Washington is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. The big…

Facing El Niño conditions, City Light must buy power when it should be selling

Ali Rodol is a powerbroker in the purest sense of the word – what his business card calls a “power marketer.” He's one of 18…

Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…

City picks new sites for homeless encampments

Mayor Ed Murray on Monday announced seven sites to house new city-approved homeless encampments. In a  press release, Murray’s office portrayed the action as helpful…

Inslee compromises to get transportation projects deal

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped his push for a low-carbon fuel standards Sunday morning in order to get a $15 billion, 16-year transportation projects package. The…

Judge slams door on police reform legislation

On the heels of a friendly agreement between the civilian Community Police Commission and the mayor’s office Monday evening, Judge James Robart of the U.S…

Legislature struggling with transportation deal

The 47 Washington House's minority Republicans might have the votes to stop implementation of a large part of a transportation package financed by an 11.9-cents…

Legislature stumbles on classroom size initiative

The state government has a $2 billion problem, and the Washington Senate foundered on fixing it in efforts that extended into this morning. Meanwhile, the…

The Fabulous Downey Brothers on aliens, band rules and those crazy costumes

I’m convinced that The Fabulous Downey Brothers are secretly the cast for an upcoming sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s title: Dr. Frankenfurter…

Tech industry group praises new state budget, as biotech reels

On January 1, two state tax breaks expired that were decades old, and have been described as fundamental to Washington’s innovation economy. Leaders in the…

Faith and gay rights: An easing of the culture wars?

With the U. S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution’s 14th Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection mean that states cannot ban same-sex…

Inner States: 3 poems for America

Editor's Note: The three poems excerpted here are from Inner States, the as-yet-unpublished collection of 50 poems — one for each of the United States —…

The end of tall buildings in residential neighborhoods?

In 2010, Seattle made a number of tweaks to its residential zoning rules, opening many neighborhoods to four story or higher construction for the first…

The Weekend List: African dance, comedy horror improv and an artistic celebration of the Duwamish River

* Events that are $15 or less DanceGarden: A Celebration of World Music & Dance * Not only does this event showcase contemporary and traditional…

Tech industry group praises new state budget, as biotech reels

On January 1, two state tax breaks expired that were decades old, and have been described as fundamental to Washington’s innovation economy. Leaders in the…

Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature

Washington is one House vote away from beginning to search for a potential manufacturing site for small modular reactors. That site will likely be at…

Legislature stumbles on classroom size initiative

The state government has a $2 billion problem, and the Washington Senate foundered on fixing it in efforts that extended into this morning. Meanwhile, the…

Legislature struggling with transportation deal

The 47 Washington House's minority Republicans might have the votes to stop implementation of a large part of a transportation package financed by an 11.9-cents…

Facing El Niño conditions, City Light must buy power when it should be selling

Ali Rodol is a powerbroker in the purest sense of the word – what his business card calls a “power marketer.” He's one of 18…

Growing up Muslim in the Northwest

For Amina Al-Sadi, America is the only home she’s ever known. As a half-Iraqi, 25-year-old woman, she is dedicated to her Islamic faith, but reminded constantly how…

Judge slams door on police reform legislation

On the heels of a friendly agreement between the civilian Community Police Commission and the mayor’s office Monday evening, Judge James Robart of the U.S…

Energy export decisions loom over the Columbia River

Stand on the cliffs overlooking the wild beauty of the Columbia River, viewed by many as one of the most significant environmental forces in the…

Meet the first ever Crosscut Civic Ambassadors

This year, for the first time, we recruited Crosscut Civic Ambassadors — and boy, were we impressed with the candidates. From an urban planner to a…

City Superheroes: Josh Henderson, bacon jam man

Our biweekly City Superheroes column highlights the powerful figures walking among us — with the help of a (usually local) illustrator. This week’s pairing: chef…

Legislature acts on budget in nick of time

State college students will see tuition decreases over the next two years, but not as much as the Washington Senate Republicans originally wanted. The tuition…