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Divided, police reform advocates push dueling initiatives

After an initiative to change Washington’s law on prosecuting police officers for the use of deadly force fell short of the 250,000 signatures it needed…

Busting the myth of two Washingtons

In the wake of the election, some would tear Washington state asunder. The returns showed a deep red-blue divide between rural and urban areas, as…

Washington dawdles as megaquake looms

Back in the summer of 2015, an article on “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker had just captured national and Northwest attention with its…

Taxing the rich: A solution to Washington’s budget mess?

If only Washington had taxable brothels and gambling. Or oil reserves. Or hordes of flip-flopped tourists descending on our rocky beaches, dollar bills falling out…

Puget Sound really is a political bubble, and it’s getting worse

Gerrymandering. Literally and figuratively, there’s perhaps no uglier word in politics. As a Democratic-leaning political consultant who studies voting patterns, I hear a lot about…

What an Obamacare repeal would mean for Washington

Republicans are taking aim at Obamacare – could Washington save it? With Thanksgiving come and gone, Americans are shopping — not just for holiday gifts,…

Inslee proposes record budget. Republicans recoil.

Adding to education plans previewed Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee has rolled out a new two-year state budget of $46 billion that includes major additions for…

Inslee: Fund schools by taxing polluters, investment earnings

Gauntlet, thrown. Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday unveiled what will likely be the banner proposal of his second term: a funding package designed to fill…

The magic and the madness of foster parenting

This essay originally appeared in The Evergrey, a new daily newsletter that helps Seattleites make the most of their city. Sign up here. I was…

Eyman initiative is starving rural Washington

Down the road from city hall in the eastern Washington town of Lind, construction of a wastewater treatment plant is well under way. The $3.2…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

Seven true-blue ways to survive Trump

Many of us are still trying to process what to do as Donald Trump prepares to take over all branches of the federal government. We…

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…

If Legislature flips, here’s how priorities will change

Dreams of the tables being turned are among the fondest in all of politics. A vote peeled off here, a deal struck over there —…

Reading the Washington results: a smart person’s guide

It’s an Election Night ritual. Washington State political wonks – perennial and fair-weather – gather ‘round the electronic hearths of their laptops and smartphones. They…

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…

Inside the race for the scandal-ridden auditor’s office

In the wake of Troy Kelley’s wretched four-year term as Washington state auditor, both candidates for the position say they want to restore public confidence…

Next lands commissioner will rule one-fourth of Washington

In 1968, Richard A.C. Greene ran for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands on the promise that if he were elected, he would "go out fearlessly…

Will campaign cash corrupt the state Supreme Court?

A late-October bombardment of spending from some of Washington’s richest people, aimed at depriving State Supreme Court Justice Charlie Wiggins of another term, is making…

The last days of Washington’s surreal governor’s race

Interviews with state candidates usually follow a predictable track: Policy is talked. Records are defended. Experience is pointed at, and explained to be the perfect…

Map: Where you can survive on WA’s minimum wage

Many Republicans have characterized Initiative 1433, which would raise the statewide minimum wage by $4 over the next four years, as a decree from the…

The 8 districts that will decide who controls the Legislature

Open your social media feeds this month, and it will look like there is only two people running for election in November. But in Washington,…

Can Washington reduce the high number of maternal deaths?

A woman is more likely to die in childbirth or as a result of it here than in, say, Turkey. Really. In fact, the maternal…