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Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won’t die

If you found yourself recently in Marblemount, say, or North Bend, it might have been a good idea to visit the cold waters of the Cascade River…

Video: How Democrats’ tax ideas stack up against Gov. Jay Inslee’s

CROSSCUT VIDEO powered by House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for a new carbon pollution tax. In this video report, Democrats unveiled their…

State Legislature has huge budget disagreements to overcome

A capital gains tax? Democrats want it. Republicans hate it. An increased business-and-occupation tax on service firms? Democrats say it's needed. Republicans say it's too…

The #WALeg Week Ahead: Senate unveils budget. Cue tax tussles.

Senate Tries Its Hand at a Budget The Washington Legislature may have been in session since January, but it's not until sometime this week that…

GOP response to House Dems’ budget proposal portends legislative OT

No one in Olympia really believed that the State Legislature would adjourn by its April 26 target. The initial response from Senate Republicans to the…

Video: Honoring March 29, El Salvador’s Day of the Disappeared Child

March 29 may be just another day for most of us, but for the people of El Salvador, this Sunday marks the Day of the Disappeared Child. It…

Officials say Sound Transit needs to go big

The King and Pierce county governments want Sound Transit to be able to ask voters for up to $15 billion for transit expansion in the…

Seattle mayor announces affordable housing ‘stretch goal’

Mayor Ed Murray announced an ambitious goal to add 50,000 housing units in the city of Seattle Thursday. The units would phase in over the…

How warmer waters will affect our swimming creatures

Scientists nicknamed it “the blob” last summer. Since then the mass of water penetrating the North Pacific has become persistent in waters from Alaska to…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Commentary: Missing the point on McCleary

The most important policy debate in Washington State today, arguably in our generation, is the debate raging right now over the McCleary vs State of…

Nuclear power measures face questions

Critics raised questions Wednesday about three nuclear-related bills that the Washington Senate has passed and a House committee is considering. The big topic at the…

Can coders fix the Seattle area’s traffic problems?

Buildings can be razed and replaced. Single-family homes can become multi-story apartment complexes. As Seattle adapts to its status as the fastest growing city in…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

Will Inslee’s plan to reduce property crimes work?

If Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to reduce property crimes with a year of community supervision for many convicts is to work, the money needs to…

Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Opinions on a bill to tweak alternative power requirements for utilities followed the stereotypes Tuesday. Utilities and business lobbyists loved it. Environmentalists hated it. They…

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget

The Washington House Democrats plan to unveil their 2015-2017 operating budget proposal on Friday, which will start to point to how this legislative session will…

Behind the scenes: How Seattle police training met the future

Minutes before Seattle Police Department Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced her four new assistant chiefs last week, a Seattle police union dropped an unfair-labor complaint it had…

Cities, counties want a share of the pot taxes

Some cities and counties believe they should get more of Washington marijuana tax revenue. Many local governments are happy, however, that a merged medical and…

State Auditor ‘puzzled’ by federal probe

Democratic State Auditor Troy Kelley refused to meet with several reporters in his office Monday morning who wanted to discuss a federal investigation that included…

Legislature considers protecting bars from songwriters’ reps

You go to a bar or outdoor concert, and listen to a cover band. Or you sing karaoke at a tavern. In any of those…

Video: The Legislature that shoots together, works together?

CROSSCUT VIDEOpowered by Sens. Pam Roach and Jim Hargrove co-hosted the annual trip to a shooting range, an event that Roach instituted years ago. Even…

Is Legislature playing games with initiatives?

Should we be shocked, shocked! that politics is being played in Olympia? Not really, but sometimes, the political activity can raise an eyebrow — and…