Politics

Politics

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…

The local health effects of Washington’s wildfires

This past weekend, the Seattle skyline and crests of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains faded behind a hovering white haze. While the scene was unexpected…

Judge: Step back, be patient on police reform

Those anxious to pass police reform legislation before a new Seattle City Council takes office in January may be in for a disappointment. On Wednesday, U.S. District…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

Guest Opinion: Historic Pioneer Square is under threat

I have been called a socialist. I have been called anti-development. I have been called a NIMBY. Call me what you will for defending my…

Wildfires threaten Methow’s long road to recovery

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 3, 2015 issue of High Country News. Since its publication, fires have again blown up in north-central Washington.…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…

Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…

Can Seattle legally force developers to fund affordable housing?

Last spring, as the clock ran down on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's affordable housing task force, tensions built around proposals to require developers to help…

Pot increasingly linked to fatal car crashes, state reports

Among those involved in fatal car crashes in Washington, the amount of drivers under the influence of marijuana escalated dramatically between 2013 and 2014, according to…

City may push aside history, the poor in Pike Place & Pioneer Square

We know that Seattle’s rapid growth is putting pressure on our architectural heritage with demolitions and façadism. The city is being remade at an unprecedented…

County’s proposed Best Starts for Kids levy, explained

According to neurologists, fully 85 percent of human brain growth is completed during the first three years of life. It’s a recognition that's driving a…

Small nukes: a long-term prospect for Tri-Cities?

The Tri-Cities face a good wait before learning whether the area could be home to a new nuclear enterprise. The designers of the nation’s first…

I-732 is how we make progress on climate

As environmentalists, activists and concerned citizens, we have sat on the sidelines for too long as progress on climate remained stagnant. Another legislative session has…

Inslee, legislators looking for path forward on schools

Gov. Jay Inslee says he and legislative leaders are looking at how they can meet the state Supreme Court's demands for better planning to provide…

City Council looks for HALA answers

Are the recommendations of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda group going to make real improvements in housing options for low-income people? The Seattle…

Honest Elections? Yes, we can have those in Seattle

We need a democracy where people from all walks of life in Seattle can run for and win office, not just the wealthy and friends…

Clock ticking down on City Council’s work

At least four and as many as six new bodies will fill the Seattle City Council bench this January. Although that’s more than four months away,…

Court keeps Tim Eyman initiative on November ballot

Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1366 survived a request for an injunction Friday that would have kept it off November's ballot. I-1366 gives the Washington State Legislature a…

Black Lives Matter protesters were (mostly) right

Two activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement accosted Bernie Sanders on stage when he came to Seattle last Saturday. “We’d like the opportunity to…

‘Honest Elections': Does all this add up?

Looking at the latest campaign finance reform effort to hit the November ballot, Initiative 122 – Honest Elections Seattle, I have to wonder if there…

Court fines state for school funding failures

The Washington Supreme Court is fining the state $100,000 a day until it comes up with solid plans to comply with a 2012 ruling that…

The untold story of Seattle’s racist mayor

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. The legacy of the Civil War is in the…

Wildfires threaten Methow’s long road to recovery

This article originally appeared in the Aug. 3, 2015 issue of High Country News. Since its publication, fires have again blown up in north-central Washington.…

Guest Opinion: Historic Pioneer Square is under threat

I have been called a socialist. I have been called anti-development. I have been called a NIMBY. Call me what you will for defending my…

Seawall could sap funding for bridges and bikes

In city government, money is often a zero-sum game. So with the revelation that the seawall replacement project is both over budget and behind schedule comes the…

Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…

Socialist councilmember Sawant calls for a new tech revolution

With the exception of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the most prominent socialist in American politics. In her years of…

Somalis in Seattle unite, salute their top cop and politician

Iftar is breakfast in the most literal sense: the evening meal that breaks the day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Because it follows…

For Ed Murray’s staff, a revolving door

Most public offices have a revolving door of staff. In Mayor Ed Murray’s, however, that door spins a bit faster. Since Murray took office in…

After the iftar: How an immigrant community’s worst fears came true

Second of two reports When Seattle’s young Somalis gathered to celebrate iftar, the Ramadan evening feast, homeland politics dominated the agenda. When the city’s Oromo…

The local health effects of Washington’s wildfires

This past weekend, the Seattle skyline and crests of the Cascade and Olympic Mountains faded behind a hovering white haze. While the scene was unexpected…

Judge: Step back, be patient on police reform

Those anxious to pass police reform legislation before a new Seattle City Council takes office in January may be in for a disappointment. On Wednesday, U.S. District…