Yakima

5 lessons for the future: How I-594 did so well with suburban, rural voters

Last Tuesday’s resounding victory for Washington’s Initiative 594 made it the ballot measure that launched a million think-pieces. The Atlantic called it “a historical rebuke”…

E. Washington’s 15th District: Where Hispanic voters may make a difference — someday

This is the state Senate contest where race might have been a factor. But it probably won't be. The Senate face-off is in eastern Yakima County's…

Fourth Congressional District: Is there anybody who isn’t running?

Washington's Fourth Congressional District is not just having a primary election. It will be culling a huge political herd. There are 12 congressional candidates. Eight…

Yakima’s future: Parks or parking lots?

“Intrepid Explorer” was not one of the job requirements for the City of Yakima’s new Economic Development Manager. Nevertheless, shortly after Sean Hawkins was hired…

Legislators are hearing it from public on transportation

It's an all-politics-are-local scenario. A legislative listening tour so far has shown overwhelming support for a Washington transportation package, although the details of what people…

Inslee focuses on Yakima irrigation project

Gov. Jay Inslee put his first bill into motion Thursday, which will try to boost the water supply to the Yakima River Basin. "This is…

McKenna vs. Inslee: A debate with a few twists

There’s no question Republican Rob McKenna was more focused and aggressive than Democrat Jay Inslee in their third gubernatorial debate, which took place Tuesday night…

Why the farmer and the enviro really can be friends on irrigation

Mark Twain once opined that in the American West, “whiskey’s for drinkin; water’s for fightin.” That’s been true in Washington’s Yakima River basin for decades. Plummeting salmon…

Memorable fiascos of Seattle’s 1962 world’s fair

Writing about the 1962 world's fair, it's tempting to focus, as I often have, on Seattle as the little engine that could. Century 21 was…

As numbers of uninsured rise, health cuts concerns mount

Roughly one in seven Washington residents don't have health insurance. The overall number of uninsured already has reached 1 million, according to a report last month…

Cold weather hit the state’s vineyards hard

As Mike Andrews drove through south Central Washington, his sense of alarm grew with the darkness. He was returning from California, where he'd been looking…

Growth in the past decade: winners and losers

Washington state and the greater Seattle region grew fairly vigorously from 2000 to 2010, as they have most decades for over a century, and this…

Best of 2010: Are local courts overstepping by helping bill collectors apply the screws?

(Editor's note: As the year ends, we are presenting some of the best articles from Crosscut's writers. This story was orignally published Oct. 4.) Janelle…

Save money by redrawing Washington’s map

Tough budget times up and down the government pecking order have some (The Seattle Times) calling for a "reset" and Gov. Chris Gregoire talking about…

DREAM Act: Are Republicans afraid to follow their hearts?

Elena, a senior at Yakima's Davis High School, walked into U.S. Representative Doc Hastings' office there Tuesday, asking for him to support a bipartisan bill…