Politics

Politics

Reality check: Our democracy isn’t “rigged”

These words jumped off my computer screen last week: Across numerous countries, including Australia, Britain, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and the United States, the…

Big housing hurdles ahead under Trump and Ben Carson

This story originally appeared on KCTS 9. President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate Dr. Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and a former presidential candidate,…

Social workers fleeing troubled foster care system

Tanya Copenhaver followed in her father’s and grandmother’s footsteps by becoming a social worker for Washington state’s Children’s Administration, a difficult but fulfilling calling she…

Google’s Northwest data centers will be powered by solar and wind

This story was produced by Northwest Public Radio/ EarthFix. Data centers that house YouTube videos and Gmail messages need power constantly. Google announced Tuesday that…

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…

The magic and the madness of foster parenting

This essay originally appeared in The Evergrey, a new daily newsletter that helps Seattleites make the most of their city. Sign up here. I was…

Vancouver’s housing mess: Could it happen here?

Listen up, Seattle: That rushing noise you hear to the north? It’s the sound of capital gushing out of Vancouver’s collapsing housing market. Home sales…

Why Seattle can’t let go of the past

  The media is full of stories bemoaning change in Seattle. Old cafes closing, landmarks demolished, efforts to save legacy businesses like that dive bar…

Understanding why Eastern Washington votes Republican

This article originally appeared on KCTS 9. On this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, Crosscut staff reporter David Kroman talks with me about his recent stories…

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…

In Mexico, Murray joins united front against Trump

MEXICO CITY — Continuing his defiant tone following the presidential election, Mayor Ed Murray insisted that Seattle will continue to press forward on climate change…

The Northwest braces for its own Standing Rock

As the clash between police and protesters over the construction of a pipeline in North Dakota continues, tribal nations and environmentalists are gearing up to fight…

The quest to create a greener guitar

This article originally appeared on KCTS 9 and Earthfix. Steve McMinn ducks into the hollow of an old maple tree and tears a chunk of wood…

Suburban farms no match for hot real-estate market

On a small farm in the Sammamish Valley on the urban fringe just 13 miles northeast of the Space Needle, Hampshire pigs squeal for their breakfast.…

The feds lost an airtight case against the Bundys. Here’s why

This article originally appeared in High Country News.  On Oct. 27, in federal district court, a jury delivered a not-guilty verdict for Ryan and Ammon…

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…

Trump is the new hero in Timber Country

This story originally appeared on OPB/EarthFix. In Riddle, a town of 1,200 people in the southwest corner of Oregon, neighborhoods end where stacks of sprinkler-soaked…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

Clinton organizer wonders if she’ll be deported by Trump

As a Latina woman, Graciela Nuñez is a part of one of the least represented demographics in the field of politics, but that has never…

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…

Science: It’s not just for lab geeks anymore

Asked to imagine a future career in science, most kids will probably envision white lab coats and beakers, or line upon line of computer code.…

How does a cougar end up on Vashon Island?

At first glance, it looks like just another sad missing pet sign, tacked beside the front-porch entrance to the Coffee Roasterie on Vashon Island. It's…

How animals have shaped Seattle. And still do.

Animals have played enormous roles in shaping of modern cities, though few of us stop to think about it. Take Boston, which was developed around…

Search for Pacific Crest Trail hiker takes on new urgency

Despite extensive air and ground searches, a hiker who had completed most of the 2,659 mile Pacific Crest Trail remains missing as winter weather increasingly…