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Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…

Like “Rashomon”, Olympia’s budget truth depends on whom you ask

Olympia's state budget talks are like Rashomon. The 1950 Japanese film has four people telling radically different stories about the same crime — the truth…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Will the Legislature strike back at teacher walkouts?

Tuesday's sharpest feedback about a bill to dock striking teachers' pay and benefits came from who didn't show up at the hearing. The Washington Senate…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

Pot money adds to haze around budget deal

Smoking pot is the easy part. Crunching the tax dollar predictions from that toking is hard. The estimates of state revenues from marijuana are drawing…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

March at Terminal 5 stays festive

Early Monday, some 500 to 600 protesters marched from Spokane Street under the West Seattle Bridge to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of…

Guest Opinion: Transportation spending plan is backward

If Washington legislators are going to ask taxpayers to spend more money on transportation, they should do so responsibly. But both of the state Legislature’s…

Seattle elections: A whole new era

Election season 2015 officially launched last Friday at midnight, the candidate filing deadline. The final slate of City Council hopefuls will be finalized after the…

What motivates the paddle in Seattle protests

Paddles raised to the sky, the fleet came to a halt beside the massive drilling rig, berthed at the Port of Seattle in preparation for…

With snow disappearing, state steps up drought preparations

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared all of Washington to be in a drought, kicking in state-backed remedial measures on a scale never seen before.…

The brave new world of Seattle city council districts

Seattle didn't get any snow to speak of this year, but we're seeing an avalanche now — of City Council candidates. Like a snowboarder shredding a…

GOP senators fear Kelley will game pension system

Three Republican state senators are leery about the possibility that indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley might exploit a loophole to earn pension benefits while he…

Low snowpack pushes search for changes

A bill to help prepare for future Washington droughts is waiting in the wings of the state Legislature. Underlining the urgency of that bill is…

Democrats revise their capital gains tax idea

Plan B for a Washington capital gains tax got the same reception Wednesday as Plan A did earlier. Teachers, school interests, universities, labor and social…

State legislators to get 11 percent in pay hikes

Washington's legislators will receive an 11 percent salary increase over the next two years. The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials voted 10-5…

Why Seattle should root for Tukwila’s arena

The plan to build a privately funded hockey and basketball arena in Tukwila is welcome and could be a big win for the region, especially…

City and Port politics maintain collision course over Shell

Washington is the only state in the country that elects its port commissioners. So when an audience member at Tuesday’s public port commissioner meeting — focused…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

Guest Opinion: Transportation spending plan is backward

If Washington legislators are going to ask taxpayers to spend more money on transportation, they should do so responsibly. But both of the state Legislature’s…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

With snow disappearing, state steps up drought preparations

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared all of Washington to be in a drought, kicking in state-backed remedial measures on a scale never seen before.…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Seattle elections: A whole new era

Election season 2015 officially launched last Friday at midnight, the candidate filing deadline. The final slate of City Council hopefuls will be finalized after the…

What motivates the paddle in Seattle protests

Paddles raised to the sky, the fleet came to a halt beside the massive drilling rig, berthed at the Port of Seattle in preparation for…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Will the Legislature strike back at teacher walkouts?

Tuesday's sharpest feedback about a bill to dock striking teachers' pay and benefits came from who didn't show up at the hearing. The Washington Senate…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Pot money adds to haze around budget deal

Smoking pot is the easy part. Crunching the tax dollar predictions from that toking is hard. The estimates of state revenues from marijuana are drawing…

The brave new world of Seattle city council districts

Seattle didn't get any snow to speak of this year, but we're seeing an avalanche now — of City Council candidates. Like a snowboarder shredding a…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

March at Terminal 5 stays festive

Early Monday, some 500 to 600 protesters marched from Spokane Street under the West Seattle Bridge to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of…

Like “Rashomon”, Olympia’s budget truth depends on whom you ask

Olympia's state budget talks are like Rashomon. The 1950 Japanese film has four people telling radically different stories about the same crime — the truth…

Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…