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Last Build Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:53:45 -0700


See how your city voted on the Proposition 1 sales-tax increase

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:00:00 -0700

In some parts of King County, including Bellevue, Federal Way, Renton and Sammamish, the measure to expand arts, science and cultural programs was opposed by at least 60 percent of primary voters.

Overlooked in all the national insanity: Local women are on the rise like never before

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 19:07:10 -0700

The August primary may have seemed a little sleepy. But a closer look shows it may be signaling a tidal wave of gains in female political power, at least around here.

‘A fitting tribute’: Olympic Wilderness renamed for longtime outdoors advocate, former Gov. Dan Evans

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:05:53 -0700

Washington’s former governor and U.S. senator was honored Friday for a lifetime of bipartisan accomplishment with the renaming of one of his favorite places, now called the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National Park.

Conspiracy monger Alex Jones roams Seattle streets, gets coffee dumped on him

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:50:23 -0700

Alex Jones hasn't received much of a warm welcome as he's roaming downtown Seattle, confronting people and recording his encounters.

Initiative to ban heroin safe-injection sites in King County qualifies for ballot

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:12:40 -0700

King County voters will get a chance to decide whether to ban proposed safe-injection sites for heroin and other drugs. Initiative 27, which would impose such a ban, qualified for the ballot by receiving the required 47,443 valid signatures from registered voters, county officials confirmed Thursday. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed […]

Podcast: Local GOP on Trump and Charlottesville; sizing up Moon versus Durkan for Seattle mayor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:47 -0700

How Washington's members of Congress responding to President Trump's much-condemned equivocation on the racist violence in Charlottesville? And what lies ahead for Seattle's Jenny Durkan vs. Cary Moon mayoral race?

How your neighborhood and others voted in the Seattle mayor’s race — and what it means

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:22:05 -0700

Jenny Durkan won wide swaths of Seattle in the Aug. 1 primary for mayor, precinct-level data shows. Cary Moon carved out some strongholds. We examine the candidates’ results, the voters’ turnout, what it all might mean in the general election.

Seattle candidate accused of defrauding first-in-nation democracy-voucher program

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Five voters contacted by The Seattle Times said they did not contribute to candidate Sheley Secrest in her bid for democracy vouchers, although her campaign reported they did. Secrest strongly denies any wrongdoing. Seattle police are now investigating.

Mayor Murray expresses concern about Confederate monument in Seattle cemetery

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:32:15 -0700

Mayor Ed Murray’s office called the cemetery operator to express concern regarding the monument, which was erected in 1926 in memory of Confederate soldiers.

Seattle’s own monument to the Confederacy was erected on Capitol Hill in 1926 — and it’s still there

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:52 -0700

On a sleepy, urban hilltop in Seattle stands a monument to Confederate soldiers. It's been there for more than 90 years.

Taller buildings weighed for Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Taller buildings would be allowed in Seattle’s Uptown neighborhood, also known as Lower Queen Anne. Across most of Uptown, maximum heights would increase by one or two stories under a plan before the City Council. Closer to South Lake Union, maximums would reach to 160 feet.

The best way to fight neo-Nazis is to … laugh?

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Hate is marching in the streets. Some of the same groups that marched in Charlottesville are growing in the Northwest. A local author has argued the best thing to do to confront it all is to ... show up and mock them.

Durkan, Moon advance in Seattle mayor’s race — without Oliver’s endorsement

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:02:23 -0700

King County Elections certified the results of the Aug. 1 primary. Jenny Durkan finished with 27.9 percent, Cary Moon with 17.6 percent and Nikkita Oliver with 17 percent.

Rep. Jayapal calls on Trump to rid White House of any white-supremacist supporters

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:11:23 -0700

U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is leading dozens of House Democrats in a resolution calling for President Donald Trump to fire any advisers who have encouraged white supremacists.

KeyArena renovation draft MOU on track to be done by Sept. 12, Seattle officials say

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:07:23 -0700

The head of Seattle’s economic development office said city negotiators have held all-day sessions with the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group on finer points of their proposed $564 million renovation.

Seattle rental applicants’ criminal histories virtually off-limits under new law

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:01:08 -0700

Landlords will be forbidden from screening tenants based on criminal records, under an ordinance the Seattle City Council approved Monday.

Trump supporters confronted by counter-protesters during Seattle rally; 3 arrested

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:40:58 -0700

The Patriot Prayer group organized the rally for Westlake Plaza before the nation was stunned by the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. Several hundred anti-fascist and anti-Trump counter-protesters gathered at the park, some of whom marched from Denny Park a few blocks away.

Seattle arena study lacks context, economists say, but spurs discussion

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:59:51 -0700

The recent study said a Sodo arena would generate three times more tax revenue than a renovated KeyArena. But “opportunity cost” was not factored in, which favored the Sodo proposal, and the study omitted up to $72 million in leasehold excise taxes the KeyArena project could pay.

Charge that Bremerton councilwoman disrupted Congress is dismissed

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 09:42:23 -0700

Leslie Daugs was arrested in January after she shouted an obscenity in response to two Trump supporters who she said were “high-fiving and fist-bumping” in support of now-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Seattle Councilman Mike O’Brien clarifies controversial car-camping ordinance

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:54:31 -0700

Released Thursday, the latest draft of the ordinance calls on police to de-prioritize enforcement of parking penalties involving participants in a yet-to-be-established program for homeless vehicle dwellers.