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9 reasons to build that Canadian wall

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says we should consider building a wall on the Canadian border. Because the only thing better than having a wall…

On “scale” issue, a battle between neighborhoods and City Hall

This is the story of two buildings. Both are unloved by many of their neighbors, both share the same address. Given Seattle’s rapid growth, with…

Sorry, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can take long showers again

It’s an odd thing for Western Washingtonians to see fires in the Olympics and water advisories in their mailboxes. But thanks to low snowpack and…

Mike O’Brien takes a stand against Uber

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien says he has a plan to strengthen the collective bargaining power of drivers who work for companies like Uber, Sidecar…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

Why Jay Inslee should run for President

The 1992 Democratic primary for President had a long-lasting impact on American politics. The nomination of Bill Clinton was a watershed moment, which lives on…

Tribes, fishermen battle salmon-eating sea lions

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 17, 2015, edition of High Country News. Rolling whitecaps thumped against the hull of the CRITFC3 as Bobby Begay piloted…

Parched summer could leave houseboats high and dry

Local lawyer/historian Howard Droker’s well-researched 2003 history of the Emerald City’s floating home community was called Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats. Well, the houseboats themselves may not…

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…

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…

Parched summer could leave houseboats high and dry

Local lawyer/historian Howard Droker’s well-researched 2003 history of the Emerald City’s floating home community was called Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats. Well, the houseboats themselves may not…

Why Jay Inslee should run for President

The 1992 Democratic primary for President had a long-lasting impact on American politics. The nomination of Bill Clinton was a watershed moment, which lives on…

Tribes, fishermen battle salmon-eating sea lions

This story originally appeared in the Aug. 17, 2015, edition of High Country News. Rolling whitecaps thumped against the hull of the CRITFC3 as Bobby Begay piloted…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

Mike O’Brien takes a stand against Uber

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien says he has a plan to strengthen the collective bargaining power of drivers who work for companies like Uber, Sidecar…

On “scale” issue, a battle between neighborhoods and City Hall

This is the story of two buildings. Both are unloved by many of their neighbors, both share the same address. Given Seattle’s rapid growth, with…

Sorry, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can take long showers again

It’s an odd thing for Western Washingtonians to see fires in the Olympics and water advisories in their mailboxes. But thanks to low snowpack and…

9 reasons to build that Canadian wall

Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker says we should consider building a wall on the Canadian border. Because the only thing better than having a wall…