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Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:12:54 -0700


Coming out of retirement to fight Trump on monuments

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:12:54 -0700

People who fought for, and thought they had saved, national monuments years ago in this state are mobilizing to fight all over again. So it goes in the chaotic, exhausting era of Trump.

Gov. Inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:45:39 -0700

Current Washington law doesn’t allow victims to vacate prostitution convictions if other crimes exist on their criminal record, which has proved to be rare in most trafficking cases.

Seattle officials welcome judge’s block of Trump’s sanctuary city crackdown

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:51:11 -0700

Less than a month after Seattle sued President Donald Trump over his “sanctuary cities” executive order, a federal judge in San Francisco has blocked the order. Seattle will now review that ruling, which will inform the city’s next steps in its own suit, Murray said.

Lawyers for Mayor Ed Murray seeking sanctions against attorney for sex-assault accuser

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:55:18 -0700

The mayor’s attorneys contend Lincoln Beauregard has been “wrongly filing documents for an improper use” since filing a lawsuit against Ed Murray on behalf of Beauregard’s client, Delvonn Heckard.

Inslee appoints new leader for troubled Department of Corrections

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:03:04 -0700

The appointment comes as the state Department of Corrections works to recover from its long-running mistaken early release of prisoners and the subsequent discovery of other sentencing problems.

Seattle to review revised plan for Airbnb, other short-term rentals

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 09:47:14 -0700

The Seattle City Council will again consider regulations on short-term rentals, such as those listed on internet platforms like Airbnb.

Subpoena alleges police response to Mayor Ed Murray home a cover-up

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:15:02 -0700

Ed Murray’s spokesman says a subpoena suggesting Seattle police and others are involved in cover-up efforts regarding a June 24 incident at the mayor’s house is “outlandish.”

‘What’s Upstream?’ ad campaign funded by EPA did not break federal lobbying rules, investigation finds

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:38:48 -0700

Congressional Republicans criticized the campaign, citing federal law that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from using money for propaganda or advocacy without congressional approval.

City Council affirms Seattle workers’ right to take May Day off — unpaid

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:43:53 -0700

The Seattle City Council on Monday affirmed that city employees have the right to take an unpaid day off work to attend May Day activities, without retaliation.

Macklemore endorses Nikkita Oliver for Seattle mayor

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:10:15 -0700

Macklemore is supporting Nikkita Oliver for Seattle mayor in a race that also includes incumbent Ed Murray and former Mayor Mike McGinn.

‘Humiliating’: Ex-staffers say Gig Harbor lawmaker prone to ‘screaming fits’

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:26:01 -0700

Yelling, berating and sometimes swearing at staffers have all been part of the workplace behavior of state Rep. Jesse Young, according to some who have worked with him. But Young says he has no anger problems.

Washington state relies on a rotten tax system

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:00 -0700

An income tax would make Washington state and local governments more efficient and fair.

What’s it take to be mayor? Some candidates testing that question

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:00:18 -0700

How involved in the traditional trappings of democracy do you have to be to seek the city’s top political job? Because in the race for Seattle mayor, one rising candidate has voted only about a quarter of the time.

Consultant finds Western State Hospital patients ignored, survey finds staffers fear retaliation

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:29:53 -0700

A consulting firm, hired to identify areas for improvement at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital, found many patients left alone or ignored. A staff survey found other concerns, including a fear of retaliation for reporting problems.

Debate over a Seattle income tax is heating up. How did we get here?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:37:00 -0700

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made news this week when he proposed a city income tax. Here’s a look at Washington’s long history with such proposals, and where things stand today.

Why we’re not allowing comments on some stories about allegations against Mayor Ed Murray

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:55:39 -0700

Many readers have wondered why we have not allowed comments on some stories about the sex-abuse allegations against Seattle's mayor. Here are the reasons.

Governor’s phone call impresses UW prof unsure of Seattle March for Science

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:22:04 -0700

When the well-regarded computer scientist Ed Lazowska said he was going to skip Seattle’s March for Science, he got a call from the governor asking him to change his mind.

Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders demand binding deal for events at proposed Sodo arena

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:23:28 -0700

Chris Hansen has applied for a new vote on vacating part of Occidental Ave. South so his project can proceed. But representatives of the three team owners, among others, say an initial agreement between all parties in April 2016 has yet to be solidified as intended.

Felony DUI bill and gun-safety measure pass Legislature

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:10:42 -0700

Washington lawmakers have approved a series of criminal-justice bills sought by each party, including legislation that would make a fourth DUI a felony and a bill sought by gun-safety advocates.

With deadlock in Olympia, Inslee calls special session

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:49:52 -0700

With Washington lawmakers not yet in negotiations over a new state budget, but progress reported on K-12 school funding, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday called a special session so they can continue their work.