Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Why Seattle must tame “The Jungle”

For the past 20 years, the area at the base of Beacon Hill known as “The Jungle” has been a haven for homeless encampments, drug…

Sawant’s rent control plan is DOA in Olympia

No one imagined Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's rent control proposal would be wildly popular in the Washington Legislature, but it appears city lobbyists have…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

You’re too full of yourself, says science

We need to talk about your Subaru paint job, Mark. Friend to friend, here in front of the reading public, I need to tell you that…

Inslee’s transportation secretary roadblocked

In a 25-21 vote divided along partisan lines, the state Senate fired Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday by refusing to confirm her, three years…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…

Murray goes big on housing levy

For a developer of low-income housing wanting to add, say, 74 units in uptown or 16 units in Columbia City or 84 units in Mount…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Lunar New Year, Allen Toussaint and answers to your deepest, darkest questions: your weekend list

Ask the Oracle * A new event, Ask the Oracle is a simple, entertaining premise: Arrive at the Sorrento Hotel (where the setting looks not…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Artists search for space from Seattle to Mumbai

The issue of living and work space for artists in Seattle isn’t going away soon, though the artists themselves might very well.  As a Seattle-based…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

An ode to the retiring Beast Mode, Marshawn Lynch

My indelible off-field image of Marshawn Lynch will always be in victory. It was during the largest gathering in our civic history, when an estimated…

Artists search for space from Seattle to Mumbai

The issue of living and work space for artists in Seattle isn’t going away soon, though the artists themselves might very well.  As a Seattle-based…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

The ‘Battle in Seattle’ revisited

I recently wrote a story for another publication in which I passingly referred to WTO and got an editor’s note back. Young and new to…

Inslee’s transportation secretary roadblocked

In a 25-21 vote divided along partisan lines, the state Senate fired Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson on Friday by refusing to confirm her, three years…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

Lunar New Year, Allen Toussaint and answers to your deepest, darkest questions: your weekend list

Ask the Oracle * A new event, Ask the Oracle is a simple, entertaining premise: Arrive at the Sorrento Hotel (where the setting looks not…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Murray goes big on housing levy

For a developer of low-income housing wanting to add, say, 74 units in uptown or 16 units in Columbia City or 84 units in Mount…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Why Seattle must tame “The Jungle”

For the past 20 years, the area at the base of Beacon Hill known as “The Jungle” has been a haven for homeless encampments, drug…