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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…

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…

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…

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…

Olympia’s week: Fed probe questions, a possible budget plan

A couple of questions will dominate the coming week in Olympia. Will State Auditor Troy Kelley, returning from an out-of-state on vacation, talk about why…

Gun panel aims for ‘gun violence restraining order’

After mass shootings like those in Newtown, Connecticut; Virginia Tech; and Aurora, Colorado, the question emerges: Where are our failures? Is it in gun control, mental health…

Guest Opinion: Remember Oso by dealing with risks

Harry Truman died for his belief. Warnings that Mount St. Helens could erupt at any time did not faze the owner of a mountain lodge.…

Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commision has released a report recommending penalties against BNSF Railway Company for delays in the reporting of 14 hazardous material…

Field Notes from Olympia: Moeties, closed-door caucus meetings and our open government ideal

The Legislature's two political parties -- with their rituals and totemic animals, donkey and elephant -- act in ways that anthropologists recognize from their study…

Bertha rises to the surface, one piece at a time

When it comes to the tunnel-boring machine Bertha (to quote the Velvet Underground), “the first thing you learn is you always gotta wait.” But after a…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…