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Activists mount last stand against Asian trade agreement

The sing-song cadence of activist chants insinuate like a jingle. At the Showbox in Sodo on Friday, it was “hell no, TPP!” chanted to a beat,…

Podcast: Trump’s donors in Washington

This story was originally posted on KCTS9.org. Last week, Crosscut published a story reporting on Trump's financial donors in Washington state. In the story, Crosscut…

State Republicans hit new fundraising lows

Editor's note: The numbers in this article and accompanying charts were drawn from the Federal Election Commission and the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission last week.…

Meet Trump’s top donors in Washington

Donald Trump’s biggest financial supporter in Washington is a Tesla-driving, self-proclaimed leftist and feminist from the suburbs bordering Microsoft. And in a poetic turn, his…

Vacationing to support Hillary: ‘camp-ation’

It’s not exactly a bull market for older white males, which many people would say is just fine. Some, now retired, pine for work. Some…

How the West keeps people of color out of national parks

For those concerned about why people of color stay away from our national parks in droves, here's a thought: It’s not just a history of…

Crowded field comes into focus in 7th Congressional District debate

In the first televised debate for one of Seattle’s biggest political prizes in a generation, six candidates vying to represent the area in the U.S. House of…

Fear of outsiders, racial tensions fueling Trump run, says WSU professor

The U.S. is currently in a new era of racial debate, in which xenophobia and fear of outsiders is having a clear moment. The rhetoric…

Trump is “toxic” at UW, say college Republicans

Only earlier this week, the University of Washington College Republicans were bracing for a contested political convention to determine their party’s standard bearer for the…

Washington among top 10 states for refugees

Seattle received a global visitor on Wednesday, here to talk about a hot topic in the United States and abroad: The world refugee crisis. Kelly…

Video: 5 takeaways from Washington’s big Bern day

After Bernie Sanders' weekend sweep of Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, we examine some of the takeaways from the Democratic caucuses and where the campaigns go…

Liberal fistfight: Behind the fiercest caucus since 2008

When it comes to presidential elections, the “Evergreen State” of Washington might as well take on a different nickname: the Everblue State, perhaps. Since 1988,…

The race for Jim McDermott’s seat: Establishment snoozefest or leftist uprising?

On Monday, long-time District 7 congressman (and noted part-time fishmonger) Jim McDermott announced that he would not seek a 15th term to Congress. The minor…

The most eager response to Jim McDermott’s retirement

Within seconds of Jim McDermott’s retirement announcement, the press releases were rolling in from local politicians, responding to the news. Key similarities emerged. The releases…

Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West

A splinter group of anti-government militants has occupied a building at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon. They include the sons of Cliven…

Best of 2015: Racism and public lands – the case of Coon Lake

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. This article,…

In Seattle, French ambassador talks love of region, “silliness” of other Washington

Formally, as the Ambassador of the Republic of France to the United States, Gérard Araud should be addressed as "Your Excellency." Even though his mother…

In wake of Paris attacks, local faith leaders speak out for Syrian refugees

Faith leaders from the Islamic, Jewish, and Christian traditions all gathered at Seattle’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, to express solidarity with the…

Suzan DelBene joins front lines of Planned Parenthood fight

When members of the U.S. Congress form a "fact-finding" select committee, they often spend their time in other ways. Grandstanding, point scoring, and political theater…

Seattle just changed the way we pay for local political campaigns

Seattle voters just approved a first-of-its kind experiment in campaign finance reform that will overhaul how candidates for local office raise money. Initiative 122, a.k.a.…

Park Service comes around: Racist name must go

The National Park Service, responding to pressure to rectify an historical wrong, announced Thursday that it is recommending that the federal government finally follow the…

Racism and the public lands: the case of Coon Lake

President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of the official name change of Mount McKinley to Denali has reawakened interest in the longtime dispute over whether we…

Remembering the West Coast’s ugly anti-immigrant era

This is part of a series of Crosscut stories discussing race in the Puget Sound region. Led by Donald Trump, the GOP presidential candidates are…

In Austria’s treatment of immigrants, a lesson for Seattle

Oddly enough, about every two decades or so, I have found myself right in the middle of a moment of historic proportions. The first time…

Death-by-inertia for top conservation fund

In Congress, it’s death-by-inertia. Rip an institution down to its studs and allow the clock to run out. Voila! On July 1, the federal Export-Import…