Politics

Politics

WA: More conservative, and more divided, than you think

In a year when election outcomes shocked many people in the polling industry into self-reflection, Seattle pollster Stuart Elway came out feeling pretty good. Elway,…

Seattle resists: Scenes from the ‘sister march’


Inauguration 2017: Dispatches from Seattle — and Trump Country


Parents alarmed by police presence at school walkouts

A recent communication from Seattle’s public schools has met sharp criticism from parents and public officials who found it threatening to their kids. In an…

Behind closed doors, state GOP seeks school solutions

Lawmakers convince. They cajole and coerce, and sometimes even cooperate. This year, though, mostly they've been doing a lot of waiting — as Democratic legislators…

Homeless advocates sue city, state over encampment sweeps

In a complaint filed against the city of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation today, two women with a history of homelessness allege…

The real fight for control of the state lies ahead

The legislative session is getting into high gear, with Republican control of the state Senate playing a big role in how lawmakers and the governor…

Next up for this award-winning choreographer: Police brutality

At a moment in time when so many fear a possible rolling back of progress on social issues, Donald Byrd, nationally respected choreographer and artistic director…

The environmental battles brewing in Olympia

Should the state of Washington raise money for schools by taxing companies that contribute to climate change? That’s what Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating. Wrangling…

Lawmaker wants to head off Seattle’s safe-consumption sites

One King County legislator is working on a plan that could dramatically change the conversation around heroin and addiction treatment in Seattle, by short-circuiting any…

Seattle: A test case in Uber’s fight against unions

Ride-hailing giant Uber is suing Seattle in an attempt to stop the city's rollout of a first-of-its-kind chance for drivers to unionize. The lawsuit argues…

At UW, students get lessons on homelessness

On a chilly Saturday morning, more than a dozen volunteers helped set up a tent city for the homeless in a new spot: the University…

Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers

Here’s something to wrap your brain around: Washington state, one of the nation’s foremost tech hubs, has historically only offered computer science as an elective…

Despite some GOP support, death penalty ban faces tough road

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, with backing from some Republicans as well as by fellow Democrat Gov. Jay Inslee, is embarking on a new push to abolish…

Lawmakers try to curb student debt

Though many universities offer financial aid counseling, student loan borrowers — busy balancing classes, work and extracurricular activities — might never seek out these services…

We speak for the tree: A neighborhood conservation story

Amid all the changes in Seattle, one group of West Seattleites is determined to save a small green patch that characterizes their neighborhood. They call…

Inslee defends his budget, promises to resist Trump

Gov. Jay Inslee today gave a spirited defense of his tax plan for the state, while vowing to resist any major changes by the Trump…

In Obama’s farewell, a hint of something new

The first artifact of the new year, then, will be a tweet by the outgoing President. It is a medium uncharacteristic of Barack Obama but…

Fossil fuel exports in the NW: Down but not out

Environmentalists are celebrating the recent news that Peter Goldmark, Washington State's public lands commissioner, decided against leasing state-owned land in Longview for Millennium Bulk Terminal’s…

Artists ponder how to avoid Seattle’s own ‘Ghost Ship’

In the aftermath of the tragic “Ghost Ship” fire, which swept through a warehouse-turned-underground-arts-space in Oakland, California, killing 36 people, Seattle’s arts community is wondering if…

Day 1 in Olympia, and etiquette is already out the window

An agreement, then a last-minute snub: That’s what Democrats allege took place last week during negotiations over the state’s school funding crisis. Republican legislators skipped…

Immigrants rush to win citizenship before Trump takes power

Early on a December Sunday, hundreds of aspiring U.S. citizens filled a common room at North Seattle College. Some had left their homes in different…

5 things to watch in Olympia this year (besides education funding)

Last Thursday, just before 10:30 in the morning, Washington State Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, uttered what may become the watchword of the coming legislative…