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Durkan, Moon: Not so similar after all

The rapid-fire and wonky discussion in the much-anticipated first mayoral debate between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon on Tuesday had been predicted to be the day’s biggest political…

Miss Tuesday’s mayoral debate? Watch it here

Seattle mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon set out to distinguish themselves during Tuesday night's debate on homelessness and affordable housing. Read Crosscut's full…

Autopsy shows police shot 20-year-old in the back

Adding dramatic accusations to a summer of questions about local police shootings, the family of a 20-year-old man shot by deputies in Burien made public…

Yes or no? Safe-injection sites trigger passion

A little more than halfway through the year, Jin-Ah Kim had already lost count of the number of fatal overdoses that have claimed the lives…

Another incident involving a Native woodcarver and Seattle police

Virtually on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Native-American woodcarver John T. Williams’ death by Seattle police — an event that helped spur a…

The Trump effect: How it’s playing out in our local elections

It took Donald Trump to politically unify King County, but it didn’t last. Following last year’s presidential election, speculation ran rampant about whether President Trump…

City takes a ‘therapeutic’ approach to housing discrimination

Last year, the city of Seattle found more than a fifth of landlords seemed to be discriminating against potential renters. Out of 97 apartment building…

How the 3rd-place finisher changed the mayor’s race

Attorney Nikkita Oliver’s campaign for mayor began quietly last winter, developing out of low-key meetings in the wood-floor backroom of the Central District’s 109-year-old Washington…

Family of Charleena Lyles files claim against city, alleging civil rights violation

The family of Charleena Lyles, the African-American woman shot and killed by Seattle police in June, filed a claim on Friday against the city of Seattle, seeking…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

What can Spokane teach Seattle about policing?

As the camera rolls, a handcuffed man threatens an officer from the back of a patrol vehicle. The cop returns the favor, goading the suspect…

You look new. Would you like to be our mayor?

Something seems to be shifting in Seattle's sense of what it wants in a mayor. Yes, the gender thing is the most obvious. In the…

Sanctuary-repeal efforts could go on ballot in Spokane, Burien

Update: On Thursday, Sept. 14, a Superior Court judge ruled against putting Burien's sanctuary status on the November ballot. Earlier this year, Burien's City Council…

Seattle Peoples Party is first U.S. manifestation of global trend

A fiery female activist with serious street cred achieves a surprise mayoral election victory in a progressive city at a time of conservative national leadership,…

Oliver gains ground but odds still long

With the release of 28,000 more Seattle ballots Friday, urban planner Cary Moon held on to her second place position in the mayoral primary and…

Moon gains ground in latest ballot tally

In the latest round of election results Thursday, urban planner Cary Moon strengthened her hold on second place position over attorney Nikkita Oliver, widening her…

Key races in limbo after new primary results

The election night results for Seattle’s primary continue to hold Wednesday after a release of 24,000 more Seattle ballots from King County elections. Former U.S.…

After 89 years, a woman will take charge of City Hall

For the first time in 89 years, Seattle will have a female mayor. It will only be the second time in this progressive city’s history…

Live blog: Seattle Primary Election 2017 results

Coming November 7, here’s what we know so far from the primary election results (updated at 3:57 p.m. on Aug. 2): Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan:…

At City Hall, a massive department is mired in chaos

Last summer, a Seattle police officer called in to say his in-car network was down. No driving or arrest records could be checked. There was no…

City’s highest-paid employee won’t be getting that bonus

Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis won't be getting his bonus this year. The reason, according to the mayor's office, is not because of any…

Records shed new light on police who killed Charleena Lyles

The two Seattle officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles have a combined 11 years of experience. And their personnel files include commendations for their police…

A solution to Seattle’s growth: Charging developers?

After being told to prepare for more density with the passage of the Growth Management Act 25 years ago, many Eastside cities decided that growth…

Seattle police leaders start applying elsewhere

Ever since Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole took a part-time gig advising Ireland's national police, speculation has swirled about her possible departure. O'Toole has thus far…

Judge not ready to sign off on Seattle police reform

When it comes to the mind-numbingly complicated process of making Seattle police more accountable, there is one yawningly wide dark hole: union negotiations. With labor…