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Democrats say they are cracking the school-funding code

You can expect the state Legislature to go into overtime session — maybe into the summer — because the House Democrats and Senate Republicans’ budget proposals…

State is part of the problem on Puget Sound cleanup

President Donald Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But Gov. Jay Inslee himself is proposing a $29…

How resistance overcame hate in Hood River

This story was originally published on The Last Word on Nothing. On the evening of November 29, 1944, in the small town of Hood River,…

Civilians might investigate Seattle cops. Will it backfire?

For years, Lisa Daugaard thought civilians were the best people to investigate police misconduct. She would even show up to election forums and demand candidates…

Work in Seattle? Six months of paid family leave may soon be an option

Attention new parents: By 2020, Seattle could require all businesses in its city limits to offer you six months of paid time off. The proposal…

Disorder in the Court: GOP wants to break up the 9th Circuit

This story originally appeared in High Country News What could have been a bland hearing by the House Judiciary Committee last Thursday was cast in…

Our dishonorable past: KKK’s Western roots date to 1868

The images are haunting. A family dressed in full Ku Klux Klan regalia prepares for a wedding in Sedro-Woolley. A downtown Seattle hall is filled…

Hey Sen. Ericksen, here’s what Trump is paying you

This article originally appeared on Earthfix. Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen was paid $11,438 for his first four weeks working for the Trump administration’s Environmental…

When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

On a recent Civic Cocktail — a monthly interview program on The Seattle Channel — journalists had a chance to ask University of Washington President Ana…

Trump is axing NPR, PBS money

The Trump administration plans to eliminate all funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the federal budget that is expected to be released…

Washington’s legal pot experiment: Can it survive Trump?

In July of 2010, John Novak was weeding a flower bed in front of his house when everything went to pot. A joint task force…

Dreamer stuck in detention, but case stays in federal court

The 24-year-old undocumented Mexican man who was arrested last month despite a belief the government had permitted him to move out of the shadows will remain…

In Washington orchards, hope, anxiety around Trump

In the Yakima Valley, nestled east of the Cascades, the fruit trees are waking up. Signs along State Highway 24 advertise openings for “piscadores,” or…

Tribes could lose big with EPA cuts

This story originally appeared on NWPR/EarthFix. There are nights when a phone call wakes Elizabeth Sanchey out of a dead sleep. At the other end,…

Seattle’s fiercest bike fight is settled — or is it?

After more than two decades of bickering among bicycle and pedestrian advocates and business interests, Seattle appears to have finally settled on a route for…

Want to connect with Seattle? Get journaling

No one wants a “better city” more than Seattleites. Much of our civic discourse is about how to live up to our ideals, to be…

AG Ferguson to Trump: Travel ban is still unconstitutional

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson will continue with his previous lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s travel ban. While Trump may call it new, Ferguson sees…

Another lost year for kids’ health in Olympia

OLYMPIA — In the wake of the lead-poisoning water scandal in Flint, Michigan, and with 10 Washington children a week being diagnosed with dangerously elevated…

Murray’s homeless solution: A big property tax

Speaking in the Downtown Emergency Services Center Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray gave a glimpse into how he and his administration would fight Seattle’s homelessness crisis:…

Activist, attorney Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor

Activist, lawyer and spoken word artist Nikkita Oliver will challenge incumbent Ed Murray in this year's race for Mayor. And although Seattle elections are technically…

Can you hear me now? Legislature may help phone service

A massive new cellular network — with up to 1,200 transmitters in Downtown Seattle alone — could be on the way, possibly with a big…