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Judge rules income tax illegal but Seattle vows to fight on

In the first legal test of Seattle’s new income tax, the city got slammed. Days after a lengthy court proceeding, King County Superior Court Judge John…

Orcas get more competition for salmon

It’s been a long haul, but West Coast seal and sea lion populations have recovered over the past 40 years. All those extra predators may…

GOP tax bill could turn 7,000 UW grad students’ worlds upside down

The quickest way to slow the creation of troublesome intellectuals might be to tax them. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, which passed…

Seattleites conquer Mount Everest. Well, at least its poop problem

Everyone poops — even climbers on the world’s tallest mountain. All that human waste has caused a lot of problems for local villagers near Mount Everest’s…

Chaotic budget talks come to a close — kind of

When interim-Mayor Tim Burgess signs the city's $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday — allocating funds for everything from homeless services to office improvements in the Municipal…

The JFK assassination files lead back to Seattle

Not unexpectedly, the latest release of government records collected from the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy did little to silence conspiracy…

In a warm-up for the real fight, lawyers argue about city income tax

Seattle’s new income tax has always been headed toward the Washington Supreme Court. But to get there, it had to start somewhere. That somewhere was King…

Election data: Yes, Seattle played it safe

In the midst of a national storm driven by a chaotic presidency, declining institutional trust and increasing anxiety in blue America, Seattle’s voters did a…

A new political group will target the forgotten voters

As things fall apart, to bastardize W.B. Yeats, two veteran lawmakers hope to rekindle the vital center in American politics. Chris Vance, a former Republican…

Christian, bisexual and blocked from ‘dream job’

A former volunteer for Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a Christian organization that provides services to the homeless, is suing the nonprofit over discrimination. Matthew Woods,…

Will Seattle see more homeless when spending changes hit?

Social service providers are worried about how the homeless will fare in the face of fast-approaching changes to how the city funds its efforts to…

Sessions sends warning to Seattle, King County on immigration policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent King County and Seattle officials letters on Wednesday inquiring about whether they are violating the terms of a U.S. Department…

Court says ex-inmate can be a lawyer

Update: On Thursday, November 16, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Tarra Simmons "has the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law"…

Court says Legislature isn’t done on McCleary. So what now?

The state Legislature needs to speed up its compliance with the Washington state Supreme Court's McCleary ruling, the court announced Wednesday in a unanimous 9-0…

Latino candidates triumph after Burien’s nasty campaign

Ask almost anyone in Burien and they will likely tell you about the city's growing pains, which are mostly centered around the issue of immigrant rights. Now…

What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

Weeks of tense fighting end in no extra homeless funding

There was as much as $34 million in new money for homelessness before the Seattle City Council Tuesday, but all of it was rejected. First…

Hungry and disappearing: Is the orcas’ future already here?

Every day this summer, Jeanne Hyde scanned the waters off the west side of San Juan Island, hoping that the killer whales would show up.…

West’s future looks gloomy in new Climate Change report

This story originally appeared on High Country News. The complexity of climate change means it’s hard to trace simple lines from cause to effect in…

Who Durkan chose for her transition — and what it may mean

In the hours following her election, Mayor-elect Jenny Durkan looked to both her decisive victory and that of Teresa Mosqueda’s for Seattle City Council and…

Take-it-or-leave-it contract spotlights police unions’ power

When former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray stood on the steps of City Hall last summer to celebrate the passing of legislation designed to hold cops accountable, the awkward open…

More growth coming to Seattle. Will it mean cheaper housing?

The so-called affordable housing “Grand Bargain” — a deal with developers to add extra density in exchange for affordable housing investments — is about to…

For Durkan, after the party comes the weight of being mayor

Jenny Durkan didn’t stay long at her own victory party. She swept in more than a half-hour after the results showed her 20-point lead, delivered a…

Moon concedes and there may be a new sheriff in town

In the hotly contested race for King County Sheriff, Mitzi Johanknecht’s lead over the controversy-ridden John Urquhart increased slightly on Wednesday. On the Eastside, in…

Democrats poised to have total control of Olympia

A couple weeks ago, state senate candidate Manka Dhingra hit the sidewalks knocking on doors. She ended up talking with a small government Trump Republican.…