The demographics that may determine City Council primaries

The year was 2004. The nation was flooding theaters to see The Notebook. An obscure web site called TheFacebook.com was launching from a Massachusetts dorm…

Why Puget Sounders likely have more boats than air conditioners

I grew up in North Tacoma, in a neighborhood of pre-war Craftsman houses. No one, regardless of their economic station, had air conditioning. In the…

2014’s #4 Most Read: The truth about Tacoma: 5 things you might not know

'Nuff said. Credit: Tacoma Public Library. In Seattle, a city where most people come from somewhere else, origin stories make for reliable cocktail chatter. The…

2014’s #7 Most Read: Seattle as liberal bastion? Think again.

Editor's Note: As the year ends, we are counting down the most-read stories of 2014. This article, No. 7 on the list, was origingally published…

5 lessons for the future: How I-594 did so well with suburban, rural voters

Last Tuesday’s resounding victory for Washington’s Initiative 594 made it the ballot measure that launched a million think-pieces. The Atlantic called it “a historical rebuke”…

Portrait of a swing district: Pierce County’s 28th fits the bill

Washington has a handful of perennial swing districts, and Pierce County’s 28th Legislative District certainly ranks among them. Constituted entirely of Tacoma suburbs, the 28th has…

Coeds vs. Calvinists: The rumble on the North Sound

One of Washington’s biggest political grudge matches might be less personal than geopolitical. In the Nov. 4 election, the state’s bloodiest fight night could be…

Democrats just can’t get comfortable in the 30th District

For the Democrats, the 30th Legislative District is just one of those districts. Both parties have a few: districts that should by right be relatively safe,…

Political realities of the 35th District: Did someone say ‘complicated’?

Love him or hate him, iconoclastic Democratic State Sen. Tim Sheldon cuts a figure. Mustachioed and fond of suspenders, Sheldon looks in his element in…

The truth about Tacoma: 5 things you might not know

'Nuff said. Credit: Tacoma Public Library. In Seattle, a city where most people come from somewhere else, origin stories make for reliable cocktail chatter. The…

How the Metro Transit vote ran into a deep ditch

It’s become the hot topic in any discussion of transit funding: Whither the King County suburbs? Last month, initial results of King County’s Proposition 1…

GOP: At sea in Bellevue without Rodney Tom?

With Rodney Tom out of the running, the 48th Legislative District is gearing up for a good ol’-fashioned red-on-blue rumble.  That’s bad news for the…

Metro vote analysis: King County’s great city-suburban divide

Proposition 1 votes were hugely polarized between Seattle and King County’s suburban communities.  An abstract released by King County Elections breaks down votes tabulated by…

Seattle parks plan: Why does City Council want to control it?

The other night, activists, volunteers, and parks staff packed into City Council chambers to discuss Seattle’s proposed Metropolitan Parks District.  Beyond the ailing state of…

King County transit measure: Nobody’s favorite, but a favorite to win

“Keep your hand-wringing to yourself.” This was one of the earliest, best pieces of advice I got in political strategy: No matter your personal ambivalence…