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State election winners: Dems, women and mass transit

Amid the stunning success of Donald Trump, voters in Washington on Tuesday proved again that this corner of the country is a left-leaning stronghold with occasional splashes…

Election live blog: Dispatches from an upside-down evening

Election Day is here! This year, Washington decides who will be governor, secretary of state, superintendent of schools and a whole lot more. The 7th Congressional district…

An unpredictable district may determine state’s balance of power

Though Seattle’s suburbs have often trended Republican in local races, and Democratic in nationwide races, Federal Way — a town of under 100,000 located just…

Seattle’s suburbs: Up for grabs on Election Day

It’s been a dozen years since then-state senator Barack Obama’s “there is not a liberal America and a conservative America” speech to the Democratic National…

Even in a crisis, new homeless strategy raises fears

After living in his Honda Civic for two years, Vincent Spirlin, 23, decided it was time to get some help. He was working at Popeye’s…

Does mayor actually want coverage of major police, homeless announcements?

At 6:30pm on a Friday, Samsung announced it was suspending production of the Galaxy Note 7. It was awful, hugely damaging news for the company,…

Tensions run high in City Council over new tenant protections

In a tense and occasionally personal meeting, the Seattle City Council delayed voting on a bill to regulate the move-in fees landlords can charge tenants.…

City council splinters over homeless camps

Divisions began forming within the Seattle City Council on Wednesday over a controversial ordinance to make parts of the city more open to homeless tent encampments.…

Time for some adult supervision at City Hall

Outside the bubble that has settled over Seattle City Hall, it is easy to come to the conclusion that our city’s government has become untethered…

Winners and losers in mayor’s new budget: podcast

Amid the chants of protesters outside of the city council chambers, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled his 2017 budget this week. It was the first…

Mayor’s business task force opposes rent control

Eleven months ago, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant stood in City Hall with a group of small business owners to announce that she'd found a…

3 key takeaways from Ed Murray’s new budget

As Council Chambers filled Monday with department heads and the mayor’s invitees, the cries of protestors echoed their way up City Hall’s open, concrete steps.…

As nation erupts, Seattle moves toward police reform

As citizens of Charlotte took to the streets and NFL football players took to their knees, a different, quieter battle of police reform has been…

Councilmember asks if Seattle has lost touch with reality

It was supposed to be a good week for Councilmember Debora Juarez. She’d spent the weekend writing a resolution in support of the Standing Rock…

Scheduling law could set national precedent, combat inequality

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to enact legislation that has become known as Secure Scheduling, created in an attempt to provide stability to…

Audio: A mother on saving other families from drug deaths

Penny LeGate is one of the 32 members of the Heroin and Opioid Addition Task Force. In 2012, she lost her 19-year-old daughter Marah Williams…

Murray puts new North Precinct station on hold

Mayor Ed Murray is putting plans for a new North Precinct Station on hold. The decision, announced Thursday night, is a huge victory for Seattle…

City closer to clearing out ‘the Jungle’

The Seattle City Council voted 4-2 Wednesday to advance the mayor’s plan for final closure of the East Duwamish Greenbelt — the vast space beneath…

From Starbucks to City Hall: new worker protections advance in Seattle

This is going to spread to other cities. Such was the impression after Tuesday’s 5-0 Seattle City Council vote to advance so-called secure scheduling legislation,…

Mayor: New taxes may be needed to fight homelessness

Hours after a young man camped near a University District off-ramp was struck by a car and killed, Mayor Ed Murray spoke from the scene. And…

Audio: Looking for solutions to Seattle’s homeless problem

It has been nearly a year since Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine declared a “state of emergency” over homelessness. Murray…

Seattle considers limits — or taxes — on Airbnb rentals

What does Airbnb have to lose with Seattle’s new proposed regulations on rentals? By one estimate, a lot. Last Thursday, the data-centric news website FiveThirtyEight…

Seattle police lose over 2,000 dash-cam recordings

The Seattle Police Department and Seattle Information Technology say that some 2,000 in-car video recordings from July 13 and 14 have gone missing. The problem,…

Seattle steps up defenses against housing discrimination

Growth isn't sustainable. At least, not the kind we're seeing here in Seattle, where a bloated private housing market, inflated by a thriving economy, is…

Why huge cost overruns are so common in Seattle

In the last year, the budget overruns of just four city projects, or run-ups over original estimates, have totaled more than $200 million. That’s quadruple the…