It’s official: Trump is dragging down state Republicans

Labor Day is upon us, and in the world of politics, that brings a time of reckoning. Historically, this is when campaigns coalesce into a…

Trump may be doing serious damage to Washington GOP

Was last Tuesday one of the worst moments for local Republicans in recent history? When it comes to their party’s long-term chances in Washington state,…

The race for Jim McDermott’s seat: Establishment snoozefest or leftist uprising?

On Monday, long-time District 7 congressman (and noted part-time fishmonger) Jim McDermott announced that he would not seek a 15th term to Congress. The minor…

Best of 2015: Why we likely have more boats than air conditioners in Puget Sound

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. This…

Sawant wins … but socialist revolution dims in Seattle

For supporters of socialist firebrand Kshama Sawant, last Tuesday was a night of triumph. Early ballot returns showed Sawant leading her opponent Pamela Banks by…

How they won: Optimistic message helped most Seattle City Council victors

After last week’s election, one thing is certain: this election meant something. But as always, the specifics depend on who you’re asking. The Seattle Times had…

When you need to know the ‘why’: Crosscut

In my line of work as a political consultant, it's crucial to understand how citizens and policymakers make decisions. When it comes to news, knowing…

The neighborhood numbers shaping Seattle’s council races

Seattle’s very first City Council primary under a new district-based election system is under our belt. Although the ballots are still being counted, early precinct…

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…