Politics

Politics

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Murray goes big on housing levy

For a developer of low-income housing wanting to add, say, 74 units in uptown or 16 units in Columbia City or 84 units in Mount…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Sawant’s rent control plan is DOA in Olympia

No one imagined Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's rent control proposal would be wildly popular in the Washington Legislature, but it appears city lobbyists have…

Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

Senate Democratic leader will offer homeless funding proposal

After widely publicized shootings in a sprawling Seattle encampment and reports of rising homelessness across the state, the leader of the Senate Democrats will propose…

Homeless count offers only a rough sketch of a growing epidemic

Volunteers found 4,505 people without shelter Friday morning in the woods, in tents, and at bus stops throughout King County. That number is undoubtedly low;…

To fight suicide, UW initiative partners with gun rights groups

Amid the hustle and bustle of afternoon meetings at the state Legislature the other day, four people walked across the capitol campus, converging from different…

Should Washington get tougher on oil shipping?

Citing increasing use of what they call risky practices when boats haul oil across Puget Sound, environmentalists are making a bid for a new law…

Fighting homelessness, Murray feels the burden of office

For a moment, in the hours after Tuesday's deadly shooting in a SODO homeless encampment, we caught a glimpse of the burden Mayor Ed Murray…

Seattle goes after a Goliath: Monsanto

The Duwamish river is filled with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a harmful and now-illegal chemical once used in coolant and other industrial strength fluids. On Tuesday,…

A venture capitalist and a socialist are exporting Seattle’s progressivism

Seattle has long exported jets, software, music and Kindles. Now the city is in a new phase of exporting: pushing its progressive politics. We’ve aspired…

Huge influx of labor law complaints met by “small but mighty” Seattle city office

The good news is that people are taking advantage of Seattle's Office of Labor Standards (OLS) — the 9-person subsidiary of the Office of Civil Rights tasked…

Key leader threatens education plan

A Senate Republican committee head has warned that the bipartisan education plan authored by the governor's education task force may be blocked in the State Senate unless major…

Developers target state agency behind climate change fight

Washington’s plan to fight climate change relies heavily on a little-known state agency with a handful of employees that is under attack in the 2016…

Don’t freak, but sinkholes have opened up all over Seattle

When news broke about Bertha’s most recent holdup, it seemed like a new level of crazy. The giant tunnel-borer had created a massive sinkhole! Right…

Greens on the defensive as legislative session gets underway

OLYMPIA – Stung by the defeat last year of their efforts to pass legislation to fight climate change, environmentalists this year are back on their…

Is the Left losing? A talk with Nick Licata

The world needs more radicals. As people get comfortable and small-stakes in their ambitions, radicals reconfigure our conceptions of the possible. In politics, they look at…

Rick Steves knows how to push pot to voters

Rick Steves has changed the way middle America sees the world through his European guidebooks, tours, columns, PBS television and public radio shows. He’s a…

Seattle’s homeless emergency: What do we really know?

Every morning around 7:30, Wayne Wilson walks from his office on the second floor of the Compass Housing Alliance, inside a shaky building in the…

Sawant’s rent control plan is DOA in Olympia

No one imagined Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's rent control proposal would be wildly popular in the Washington Legislature, but it appears city lobbyists have…

A conversation about race, inspired by dance

Choreographer Donald Byrd wants to get Seattle talking about race. To do that, the longtime leader of Spectrum Dance Theater is dedicating its entire 2015-16…

Bills take aim at drinking water protections

Three bills currently working their way through the Washington state legislature would limit the ability to crack down on groundwater pollution, the source of drinking…

Legislature moves toward housing reforms

A package of bills aimed at housing affordability and tenants’ rights reform appears set to move forward in Olympia, a sign of cautious progress in…

Murray goes big on housing levy

For a developer of low-income housing wanting to add, say, 74 units in uptown or 16 units in Columbia City or 84 units in Mount…

Legislators to drug companies: show us your numbers

State legislators aren’t sure how far they will go with any measure to confront drug companies over rising costs for prescription drugs. But the lawmakers…

Healthier flame retardants: Will Legislature finally protect kids, families?

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to ban flame retardants linked to cancer, learning disabilities and other health problems from being used in children’s products…

Corrections head steps down

The embattled head of the state Department of Corrections abruptly resigned Saturday, suggesting that he was trying to satisfy a “need for blood” on the…

A new loophole in gun background checks?

A bill in the state Senate would create a new exception to the state’s background check laws, allowing for the transfer of firearms during nonprofit…