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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…

Are farm-raised salmon a ‘pollutant’?

If an Atlantic salmon swims free in the Pacific, is the fish itself a form of pollution? This little koan has a lot of legal…

The state with a big tax problem? Ours

Washington state’s vibrant and diverse economy doesn’t hint at it. Neither does Seattle’s red-hot construction and tech boom, nor the sheer wealth of some of…

Can we save the orcas with … mud?

If we want more of our iconic but endangered black-and-white Puget Sound orcas, we might want to start by providing more mud. The same is…

Trump could turn back clock on tribal land ownership

During President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure, tribal sovereignty, the power by which tribes govern themselves, was a prime concern. But under the Trump administration, that…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

State immigrant protections no match for Trump

With an executive order from the governor, a lawsuit and a trio of bills, Democratic leaders in Olympia have shaped a response to President Donald…

Is Dave Reichert getting a bit comfy in his district?

Dave Reichert lives in a castle, and its walls are tall. The congressman doesn’t actually live in a castle, of course, but his 8th Congressional…

Inside the high-stakes chess match over school funding

After a long wait, the debate over state education funding got underway in earnest last week, as Democrats grappled with the year’s first major proposal…

License to kill: How Washington may lose its right to wipe out salmon

So you're a salmon heading upstream this fall. It hasn't rained much for months. The water is low. You reach a culvert that takes the…

Judge: Failed salmon restoration has cost billions

It's Groundhog Day. Again. Or maybe not. On May 3, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon trashed the federal government’s plan for managing dams on the…

How economics turned NW coal ports into the walking dead

Those dominoes just keep falling. Not so long ago, it seemed as if every time you turned around, somebody new was proposing to ship fossil…

Have we learned anything from Bertha’s last sinkhole?

Four months after Bertha, the largest tunnel boring machine in the world, caused a 250-cubic-foot sinkhole to open up on Seattle’s waterfront, that same machine…

In corrections scandal, a new problem for Inslee?

In a hearing Wednesday, lawmakers on the Senate Law and Justice Committee turned their attention to why a smaller fix to sentence calculations at Department…

Neighborhoods could yank a lot of chains on new City Council

There have been numerous interpretations  of the recent district elections for Seattle City Council — did the Socialists win? The Chamber of Commerce? Was it a…

The firing of an officer: A turning point for SPD?

When Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced Wednesday she was firing Officer Cynthia Whitlatch, an exhale — either of relief or exasperation — rippled its way through…

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?

It’s not often you see folks who hold statewide elective office embrace the third rail of Washington politics, but state Treasurer Jim McIntire, a Democrat, has…

Legislature back at it, tepidly

Today is the first day of a 30-day special session of Washington Legislature to resolve a long list of disputed 2015-2017 budget issues. That means ...…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

Hatcheries flow on despite the evidence they harm salmon recovery

Second of two parts (Part 1: Fish hatcheries: A 19th century fix that won't die) So, why are hatcheries still an issue? Because, decades after they…