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Guest Opinion: Where should Port draw line on oil?

What is really going on with that Port of Seattle lease with Foss Maritime? Port Commissioners have been getting an earful from environmental leaders upset…

Ed Murray’s transportation plan: Is everybody happy?

Using the backdrop of a noisy Market Street in Ballard, Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle's new transportation vision, Move Seattle. The Seattle Department of Transportation program…

Video: A senator talks about his oil pipeline idea

With a significant increase in crude oil being transported by train, some lawmakers are asking whether it makes sense to build an oil pipeline across…

Senate puts transportation into higher gear

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen ruled Monday that the Washington Senate's new internal procedural rule to require a two-thirds majority to pass any new taxes is…

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,…