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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…

Sally Jewell on what’s at stake in Trump’s Interior Department

This story originally appeared on High Country News. Sally Jewell was Interior secretary under President Barack Obama from April 2013 until his term ended in…

The risk taker who fights for affordable housing

A month after Hurricane Katrina, Doris Koo and Enterprise Community Partners were on the ground in New Orleans, trying to secure funding to build affordable…

City will pay to defend Sawant against defamation

Seattle will defend City Councilmember Kshama Sawant in a defamation suit brought by landlord Carl Haglund, sparing her the expense of hiring her own legal…

City Council picks progressive, sixth woman

In a tense vote Friday, the Seattle City Council chose Kirsten Harris-Talley — program director for Progress Alliance and a well-known advocate for racial and…

Liberal Seattle has Republican roots

Former Washington Congressman John Miller died this week. He was a Republican who served a decade of terms in his Seattle-area district. First elected in…

Murakami attempts an upset against González

In the Aug. 1 primary election, there was a clear winner in one of the at-large Seattle City Council races. One-term incumbent Lorena González led…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

How much can really be done on gun control locally?

After one of the deadliest shootings in American history, Washington residents are questioning what if anything can be done locally to prevent similar tragedies from…

A local cautionary tale for shrinking national monuments

Last month, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted a report to President Trump recommending reducing the size of six national monuments, including Utah’s Bears Ears. He…

Nick Licata, 15 others apply for open council seat

The Seattle City Council received 16 applications Monday to fill Councilmember-turned-Mayor Tim Burgess’ open seat. Of the names on the list, the obvious standout is…

What’s next for Seattle’s ‘most dangerous street’?

The Seattle Department of Transportation reports stellar results from one of its most ballyhooed traffic “rechannelization” projects, on Rainier Avenue South in Columbia City and…

How WA farmers are safeguarding migrant workers

SKAGIT VALLEY, Wash. — The squeaky crunch of fresh kale leaves being picked breaks the early morning silence at Ralph’s Greenhouse vegetable farm, about 3…

State, Seattle take the opioid fight to court

Twelve-year-old Matthew Dennis of Kirkland fought leukemia in a Seattle area hospital with opioids being used to manage the pain through a drip IV. He…

Mayor: Control cops’ side jobs. Cops: See you in court.

In a move many in the city describe as long overdue, Mayor Tim Burgess announced Wednesday he intends to reshape how Seattle police officers secure…

King County sues to stop appeal of new youth jail

In May, the City of Seattle passed an ordinance to allow opponents of King County’s new Children and Family Justice Center — simply the Youth…