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The Seattle Times covers politics and government in Seattle, the Eastside, Washington state and the Northwest. Topics include lawmaking and policy; the mayor, city and county councils; the state Legislature and Supreme Court; and city, county and state ag

Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700


Can Seattle’s streetcar project be canceled if an independent review finds flaws?

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Millions of dollars have already been spent and Seattle has accepted $50 million in federal funding, money that would almost certainly have to be returned.

Pacific Northwest senators gain reforms for wildfire funding in spending bill

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

A bipartisan effort in the Senate breaks through the congressional gridlock to get a reform of Forest Service firefighting funding in congressional spending bill signed by President Donald Trump.

Owners of more than 32,000 vehicles in Washington state to be charged fee

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:54:40 -0700

By mistake, the state says, people who drove their vehicles from out of state between December 2016 and August 2017 were not charged a $15 fee.

Budget deal proves Congress has figured out Trump: He’s an easy mark

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:01:54 -0700

The $1.3 trillion federal budget deal reads like it could have been written by President Barack Obama. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the spending is like a liberal fantasy. What happened? The art of the deal president got rolled.

Cantwell provision in federal spending bill to boost housing tax credits by $3B

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:22:42 -0700

The Democratic U.S. senator expects the increase to yield 700 additional units of affordable housing in Washington state over four years.

Tim Eyman withdraws referendums seeking vote on Atlantic salmon net-pen ban

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:10:32 -0700

Tim Eyman wrote the Secretary of State’s office Friday withdrawing both referendums, stopping what surely would have been an acrimonious campaign before it even started.

Podcast: New House GOP leader J.T. Wilcox on Trump, Inslee and Seattle’s sway in state politics

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:07 -0700

New state House Republican leader J.T. Wilcox joins The Overcast to talk President Trump, Gov. Inslee and whether Seattle has too much sway in state politics.

Her political dreams shattered after complaint against Seattle official. Decades later, it still haunts.

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Dorinda Henry once had big political ambitions, until she filed a sexual-harassment complaint against her boss, then Seattle City Council member Sherry Harris. Nothing was the same after that.

GET college-tuition holders can switch to new plan, reap reward

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday that will give people invested in the state’s prepaid college-tuition program an incentive to roll their funds over to a new state 529 college investment plan.

How easy is it to #DeleteFacebook? We asked and you told us. Here’s advice from those who have disconnected

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:03:52 -0700

The #deletefacebook movement is gaining attention after it was revealed last week that the social network lost control of the data of 50 million users. How easy is it to leave the ubiquitous network connecting billions of people across the globe?

Washington state prisoner mistakenly released early sues over rearrest

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:26:20 -0700

Orlando Wright was released in 2012, 76 days early, from his eight-year term for robbery. He was one of more than 3,000 inmates released prematurely due to the software glitch.

Seattle’s March For Our Lives organizers demand ‘concrete political change’ to end gun violence

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Saturday's march in Seattle is one of hundreds planned alongside the main event in Washington, D.C., in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida, and after thousands of students walked out of class last week.

Sen. Patty Murray’s bipartisan health care effort left out of spending bill

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:03:22 -0700

A bipartisan effort to include legislation that would help shore up individual health-insurance markets will likely not be included in the proposed spending bill Congress is crafting.

Thousands lose right to vote under states’ ‘incompetence’ laws

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:09:11 -0700

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disabilities ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”

Washington state’s electric-vehicle sales-tax break to end

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:55:43 -0700

The current exemption expires in June 2019 or once 7,500 electric vehicles have been registered with the state — whichever comes first. That number hit 6,843 as of last week, according to the state department of licensing.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs package of bills sparked by #MeToo movement

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:22:16 -0700

Inslee said allegations in recent months against powerful men in politics, business, entertainment and media are “bringing to light how inadequate our laws, rules and culture are when it comes to sexual harassment and assault.”

‘Indivisible’ activists endorse Jason Rittereiser and Kim Schrier in 8th Congressional District race

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:19:31 -0700

Local "Indivisible" activists have endorsed Democrats Jason Rittereiser and Kim Schrier in the pivotal 8th Congressional District race to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Dave Reichert.

Seattle officials to propose law requiring owners to lock up guns

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 12:41:26 -0700

Mayor Jenny Durkan and Councilmember M. Lorena González also want to increase penalties for people who fail to report lost and stolen guns.

Former gubernatorial hopeful Bill Bryant launches PAC to aid candidates for local races

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

The PAC has raised $310,000 in a few months. Bryant, a Republican, says it will fill a gap in local, often nonpartisan, races that are overlooked by the state GOP and business allies.

Getting clearer all the time: City should ban cars from South Lake Union

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

To make a path for the struggling streetcar, Seattle transit planners propose closing more lanes to cars in South Lake Union. I say: Don’t stop there. Close ’em all! Make the Amazon jungle a car-free zone, just as they have in Europe.