Council makes life easier for renters, caps move-in costs

After many months of process, the Seattle City Council voted 8-0 to restrict move-in fees imposed on tenants, and give renters more options in how…

What Ben Carson, Trump could mean for affordable housing

There is hardly a bigger issue for Seattle than the lack of affordable housing and its unfortunate cousin, homelessness. And on no other issue have…

Eyman initiative is starving rural Washington

Down the road from city hall in the eastern Washington town of Lind, construction of a wastewater treatment plant is well under way. The $3.2…

Will Seattle’s drug policy experiments survive Trump?

For all the angst about the future of legal pot under President Donald Trump, there are, at least, business and public opinion arguments for the…

The real reasons Eastern Washington voted for Trump

Dennis Chamberlain knows what I want to ask. Chamberlain is a lean 53-year-old who’s lived in rural parts of the Northwest for most of his…

Trump-style tactics fall flat in Eastern Washington race

In an election season dripping with racism and anti-elitism, one race in the heart Republican Washington could be read as a marker for just how…

‘Overly polite’ 911 call center could cost lives

When cries of slow police response were at their loudest in early 2016, the blame fell largely on the understaffed patrols of the Seattle Police…

Affordable housing, homeless services top new Seattle budget

The Seattle City Council passed the city’s 2017-2018 budget package on Monday with an 8-1 vote. Only socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against, as she…

Sawant campaigned against Clinton. Now she’s on the defensive

For some, Councilmember Kshama Sawant is the firebrand leftist many in Seattle crave as a reaction to Donald Trump. A post-election rally she helped organize…

Support surges for local civil rights, immigration orgs

For all the hand wringing about President-elect Donald Trump, his election has had one silver lining for some of his opponents: support. “We’ve been deluged…

Pramila Jayapal is the anti-Trump

There wasn't much for left-leaning Seattle to cling to. In the first 24 hours after the liberal nightmare became a reality, the Bernie Sanders and…

Data sharing between Seattle police and feds receives new scrutiny after election

As the Seattle Police Department looks to begin rolling out body cameras on officers by the end of this year, a persistent question among skeptics…

City budget funds affordable housing, homeless crisis

The Seattle City Council passed the city’s 2017-2018 budget package on Monday with an 8-1 vote. Only socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant voted against, as she…

Grief, dread in Seattle after Trump victory

It all seemed rather silly Wednesday, following Election Day: the political tensions between some Seattle City Councilmembers and Mayor Ed Murray, the occasional spats between…