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Kenmore mayor steers a city — and Uber most mornings

“You get very good at knowing where the bathrooms are. You know which grocery stores are open all night long. You get to know people.…

As homelessness grows, so does tension at City Hall

Above all else, homelessness and how to address it are driving an increasingly tense set of budget negotiations in the Seattle City Council. Although the…

Burien reacts to flier targeting immigrants

The fallout from a flier that circulated in a Seattle suburb, which purported to point to the addresses of undocumented immigrants who had committed certain…

First a fee increase, is privatization of the parks next?

A proposal to nearly triple the entrance fees at 17 of America’s most popular national parks — including Olympic and Mount Rainier in Washington —…

Group spreads addresses of alleged undocumented immigrants in Burien

The immigrant rights battle brewing in a Seattle suburb for months took a drastic turn this week with the circulation of a flier pointing to…

Got land? Seattle does and assessor says it should house the homeless

King County Assessor John Wilson says there is "entirely" enough underused land in Seattle to shelter 1,000 homeless people a year. "I’ve become more and more…

A legal fight begins over proposed coal export in Longview

Backers of a coal export terminal proposed in Southwest Washington are suing state regulators over their denial of a key permit needed to build the project.…

Coming to Washington ski slopes: Fake snow

This winter, skiers and snowboarders will see something new at Crystal Mountain — a robust $5 million snowmaking system designed to fight warmer winters in…

State GOP says Sound Transit misled the public

Sound Transit deliberately misled the Legislature and voters on last year's $54 billion transit expansions package, GOP Senators say. After two recent hearings, Republicans on the…

Washington’s school-funding nightmare is over — or is it?

No doubt, the justices are sick of this. Who wouldn't be? The Legislature has mostly shirked its constitutional duty to provide ample funding ever since…

A coal mine could be revived in King County

The Pacific Northwest was once a coal mining powerhouse. In the late 1800s, the area around Oregon’s Coos Bay had over 70 coal mines. Later, Washington’s…

Reporter’s notebook: The mayoral candidates

Two mayors ago, Jenny Durkan was a somewhat well-known former-U.S. Attorney with lots of insider connections and Cary Moon was an anti-tunnel activist with a byline…

City Light CEO may lose his bonus for good

For Seattle City Light CEO Larry Weis, his days as the only City of Seattle department head eligible for a bonus — technically, “performance pay”…

Vote smart: The ultimate guide to Election 2017

Election Guide 2017 Mayoral raceCandidates Mayoral raceYou vs. The Candidates BallotAll Races The ballots are in the mail. The candidates are still campaigning. And all…

Will Democrats control WA? Independents may decide

In a half-filled hall on Microsoft’s Redmond campus, two first-time candidates presented voters with a choice: maintain the balance of power in Olympia or undo…

How Trump mainstreamed the “alt-right”

Seattle-based journalist David Neiwert is an expert in the right-wing extremism that has gained notoriety of late. A "constellation of conspiracist, racist, anti-government hate-mongerers" spawned by our…

The prickly race for City Attorney — and why you should pay attention

It's a rare thing for one candidate for office to accuse another of supporting prison labor, but in a debate last month, City Attorney Pete…

Handmaids take the resistance to Olympia

On a crisp, sunny fall day, more than fifty women gathered in front of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia. Their vivid red stood in…

Community leaders want Feds gone on police reform. Feds agree

More than five years after the Department of Justice sued the City of Seattle over what it saw as excessive uses of force by its police…

Accusations fly in King County Sheriff’s race

At a time of ferment about law-enforcement practices and arguments surrounding unjustified police shootings, voters are about to pick a sheriff to lead law enforcement…

New council member wants a tax on big business

When now-mayor Tim Burgess was running for Seattle City Council in 2007, he campaigned on repealing the so-called employee head tax, a per-employee, per-hour tax…

Seattle: lose your ego, get an ambassador

Seattle has an image problem. You certainly hear about it East of the Cascades. On recent trips I’ve heard a litany of complaints. Wenatchee’s skyrocketing…

After massive email leak, the city scrambles

Last summer, a man named Matthew Chapman did what researchers, reporters, lawyers and others do thousands of times a year: He filed a public disclosure…

At-large city council race tests Seattle’s progressive identity

Teresa Mosqueda and Jon Grant, candidates for one of two at-large city council seats, feel right at home in Seattle politics. Both creatures of the…