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Guest Opinion: Transportation bill neuters WA’s climate change response for next 16 years

For several years, negotiations have stalled in the Washington state Senate on a transportation package that would fund necessary investment in Washington’s roads, bridges, ferries…

Guest Opinion: Can Seattle police help South Park?

(Editor’s note: South Park resident Jeff Hayes sent an email to neighbors and several groups, including Crosscut, after a woman’s body was found there Feb.…

Will Woodland Park’s elephants be OK in Oklahoma?

There’s one good reason to send a press release on a Friday: to escape the news cycle and get as little coverage as possible for…

Olympia: Minimum wage, gas tax on the agenda

Bills to increases Washington's minimum wage and to impose mandatory sick leave at many companies are expected to go to full House votes early this…

Democrats stall a Senate transportation package

It was a desperate last-gasp parliamentary trick. No one knew if it would work. In fact, no one knows yet if Democratic Sen. Annette Cleveland's…

How neighbors are replacing blight with thriving local businesses

Editor's Note: This article was produced by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, as part of its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and partners with…

Field Notes from Olympia: What if lawmakers were more like the people they serve?

Observing the state legislature, I am struck by how different most lawmakers are from the constituents they represent. Washington’s senators and representatives are largely white,…

The oil trains and the cities: How safe?

They gathered at dusk at the King Street Station with the words “No Exploding Oil Trains” projected on the station’s clock tower. Some held signs…

Would a new pipeline ease state’s oil train worries?

As the debates over transporting oil by rail increase, Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants the state to study a potential east-west oil pipeline. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced…

Smartypants guide to Civic Cocktail: Ed Murray

Our Civic Cocktail gathering next Wednesday will feature a special guest, Mayor Ed Murray, to talk about his plans for 2015. But expect him to be…

Meet Crosscut’s Community Idea Lab winner

Abi Gibson is a high school senior. The oldest of three sisters, she's a vocal jazz nut and, like a lot of other high schoolers,…

Unanswered questions about oil trains

Two questions popped up Tuesday at a Washington House committee hearing on an oil train safety bill. No one could answer them. The first came…

Some transportation votes close in Senate

Parts of a long-delayed Washington Senate transportation package will likely show up on the chamber's floor in a few days. The question is how many…

Coyotes everywhere: Vashon Island’s experience

A coyote slipped into the darkened field, just as everyone had expected. People at last summer's three-day Vashon Island sheepdog trials had found two sheep…

Later school start times could have big impact

As a push for later high school start times intensifies in Seattle, a trio of Seattle doctors shared evidence Monday night that later school start times…