Political cover? Bertha’s contractors hire lobbyist & former deputy mayor

The beleaguered design-build contractor for Seattle's deep bore tunnel project, Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), last month quietly retained former Deputy Mayor and tunnel proponent Tim…

Seattle’s tunnel: No boring way it’ll be done on time

The restricted flow of data and information from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has hampered schedule analysis of Seattle's deep bore tunnel project.…

Why is Bertha stuck? WSDOT’s 5 levels of tunnel-drilling hell

The world's largest tunnel machine, Bertha, is stuck 60 feet beneath Downtown Seattle. The tunnel contractor has drilled down, pumped out and pressurized a gap…

Seattle-Gigabit partnership going dark?

For a company touted as the upstart provider of Seattle's next era of high-speed internet service, the faltering Gigabit Squared is having some serious connectivity…

Washington’s political chess master

Talk to Bob Ferguson, and it is rare that the game of chess doesn't come into play. Friends and colleagues say "chess is central" to…

Dispatches from Seattle Startupville

Seattle is nearing the crescendo of its annual frenzy of events for, by and about technology startup companies — officially crowned Seattle Startup Week this year. Last Thursday, 11…

Alan Mulally: Exactly what Microsoft needs

A flurry of speculation that Seattle's Alan Mulally, soon to depart as Ford's turnaround CEO, might be chosen to become Microsoft's next CEO has digital…

A dictator’s dream, Made in America

On June 6, we remembered the tens of thousands who braved ferocious seas, certain violence and an unknowable fate in 1944 to fight totalitarian evil…

Update: McGinn smashes press release record!

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn broke an incumbent record last month: His office sent more press releases in a single month than the previous three incumbent…

Memo to mayoral candidates: Send more press releases!

Incumbent politicians seeking reelection ramp up efforts to earn media attention in order to create "top of mind" awareness with voters. Campaigning directly from office…

Pugel’s video: Should “Mocking the Homeless” be a career limiter?

When should a profoundly career limiting move cease to be career limiting? That question comes with the Seattle Police Department's release via blog post (classy) of…

Parsing Seattle politico-speak: A participatory field guide

Politicians aren't like us. They talk different(ly). With campaign season upon us, and a new Governor and Legislature sparring in an endless Olympiafest, politico 'statements'…

Paper trail: Four key documents that describe the SPD’s new surveillance network

Crosscut reviewed hundreds of pages of documents related to the Seattle Police Department’s federally-funded "port security" surveillance camera and data network project. The documentation included…

Seattle’s new waterfront cameras: The beginning of city-wide surveillance?

Rapid advances in technology are making all kinds of high-tech snooping easier and cheaper. As a result, the Seattle Police department and other local law…

So you want to be mayor? 10 things you should know

Eight candidates are running to be Seattle's next mayor. The bait-and-switch of mayoral races is that primary campaigns often turn on grand visions rather than…
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