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Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be…

$12 minimum wage passes House, moves to Senate

Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Ellensburg, unleashed the forces of science on a Washington House minimum-wage bill Tuesday, arguing that it made no economic sense. "All these…

Sawant forum to tackle Capitol Hill’s anti-LGBTQ crime spike

Capitol Hill has long been seen as Seattle’s most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhood. However, a spike in bias-driven crime toward members of the LGBTQ community has many…

Ed Murray’s transportation plan: Is everybody happy?

Using the backdrop of a noisy Market Street in Ballard, Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle's new transportation vision, Move Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation program…

Senate puts transportation into higher gear

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen ruled Monday that the Washington Senate's new internal procedural rule to require a two-thirds majority to pass any new taxes is…

The 8-year-old girl who trades gifts with crows

Eight-year-old Gabi Mann sets a bead storage container on the dining room table, and clicks the lid open. This is her most precious collection. "You…

The Daily Troll: 2 Pasco shooting autopsies. Protests for minority rights at UW. Amazon hires ex-Obama spokesman.


How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

Would a new pipeline ease state’s oil train worries?

As the debates over transporting oil by rail increase, Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants the state to study a potential east-west oil pipeline. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced…

Democrats stall a Senate transportation package

It was a desperate last-gasp parliamentary trick. No one knew if it would work. In fact, no one knows yet if Democratic Sen. Annette Cleveland's…

Field Notes from Olympia: What if lawmakers were more like the people they serve?

Observing the state legislature, I am struck by how different most lawmakers are from the constituents they represent. Washington’s senators and representatives are largely white,…

Unanswered questions about oil trains

Two questions popped up Tuesday at a Washington House committee hearing on an oil train safety bill. No one could answer them. The first came…

The Weekend List: Luscious opera, THEESatisfaction’s latest, free entry at SAM

* Denotes events that are $15 or less Semele The music is Handel. The story is kind of a classic: girl falls in love with…

Some transportation votes close in Senate

Parts of a long-delayed Washington Senate transportation package will likely show up on the chamber's floor in a few days. The question is how many…

Thanks to Amazon, Seattle is awash in fortune-seeking men again

Seattle is booming. Newcomers are swarming to town. A largely male workforce is spending big, driving up rents and real estate prices, but no one…

Guest Opinion: Transportation bill neuters WA’s climate change response for next 16 years

For several years, negotiations have stalled in the Washington state Senate on a transportation package that would fund necessary investment in Washington’s roads, bridges, ferries…

Will Woodland Park’s elephants be OK in Oklahoma?

There’s one good reason to send a press release on a Friday: to escape the news cycle and get as little coverage as possible for…