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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: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:52:41 -0700


Port of Seattle’s Position 3 race pits incumbent Bowman vs. newcomer Abdi

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:52:41 -0700

King County voters will elect three Port commissioners in the Nov. 7 election, and Stephanie Bowman is one of two incumbents seeking re-election.

‘This is for the governor’: Inslee’s office evacuated after woman drops off suitcase, leaves

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:03:30 -0700

The governor’s staff was allowed back in the office after a bomb squad determined the suitcase contained dry noodle mix.

Accuser files new suit against former mayor Ed Murray, adds city of Seattle as defendant

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:54:31 -0700

Delvonn Heckard’s new lawsuit not only accuses former Mayor Ed Murray of repeatedly raping and molesting him as a teenager but also blames the city of Seattle for enabling Murray to use his political office to slander Heckard and other alleged victims.

Sound Transit misled lawmakers on tax plan, Republican-led Senate panel says

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:07:15 -0700

Democrats on the committee did not endorse or even vote on the findings of the investigation, and they didn’t know the report had been prepared before it was released to the public Monday.

Seattle mayoral aide sees conflict of interest in lobbying by political consultants

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:59:59 -0700

Should political consultants be allowed to lobby city officials they helped elect? David Mendoza, an aide to former mayor Ed Murray, wants the practice banned, saying he's seen evidence of possible conflicts of interest.

Sodo group says KeyArena renovation should be public, not private, process

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:58:25 -0700

If the renovation is deemed “public” then such a move would likely delay the KeyArena renovation to the point it misses its targeted October 2020 opening.

The American dream suffers … even in booming, glittering Seattle

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Economic segregation makes it hard for the poor to move up the ladder. That’s just not healthy in a democracy. We have to do something.

Trump victory helped propel Eastside Democrat into high-stakes Senate race

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:00:17 -0700

Manka Dhingra is counting on fellow Democrats’ frustration over state issues and alarm over Trump to propel her to victory in the 45th District. The Eastside race has drawn the kind of attention that usually elects people to Congress, not to a part-time state Legislature.

GOP state Senate candidate targets Seattle ‘extremism’ in her 45th District race

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

As a social moderate and fiscal conservative, Republicans believe Jinyoung Lee Englund can keep the 45th District Senate seat in GOP hands. That likely would maintain a check on Democrats who hold the state House and governor’s office.

Best answer to Seattle affordability may win the race for mayor

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The rising cost of housing is a dominant issue in Seattle’s mayoral election, but political messaging – on trust, results and leadership – could also move voters in the race between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon.

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:50:16 -0700

Here’s how Washington’s senators voted on major issues in the week ending Oct. 20.

Growth, traffic, opioid epidemic dominate campaigns for Snohomish County Council

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Three of the five Snohomish County Council positions are on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Republicans going beyond hypocrisy with the national debt

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:43:43 -0700

National Republicans have shape-shifted completely on what was their fiscal holy grail — at least when they weren’t in charge.

Port of Seattle election preview: Peter Steinbrueck vs. Preeti Shridhar for open Position 4

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:46:22 -0700

While the other two Port races feature an incumbent trying to stave off an election challenger, the Position 4 race is open after commissioner Tom Albro decided not to run again.

No, Seattle doesn’t have the nation’s highest rate of property crime

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:42:06 -0700

Word is out that Seattle has the highest property crime rate in the nation, but not by the reckoning of our FYI Guy. Here's his take.

Washington state’s new parental leave law could change workplace for moms — and dads

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:00:00 -0700

Washington state’s recently passed parental-leave law could help women stay in the workforce. And — by extending paid leave to fathers as well as mothers — proponents hope it will also shift attitudes more broadly about women at work, as similar policies have done in Germany.

Podcast: The arguments for Seattle mayoral rivals Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:26 -0700

“ Support the locally owned, independent journalism that makes this podcast possible by subscribing to The Seattle Times. It’s been a dizzying year in Seattle politics, with the city is set to decide on its fourth mayor in just a few months. 2017 Seattle mayoral race QUIZ: Seattle mayoral matchmaker: Which candidate shares your views? Durkan, […]

Planes vs. trains and a tussle over property taxes in Port of Seattle race

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

In the Nov. 7 election, King County voters face a choice in whether to stay the course on the Port of Seattle by re-electing John Creighton or shaking things up with newcomer Ryan Calkins.

Joe Biden endorses Manka Dhingra in Eastside’s Washington state Senate race

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Washington's high-profile 45th District Senate race between Democrat Manka Dhingra and Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund has drawn the attention of former VP Joe Biden.

U.S. Sen. Cantwell’s amendment to protect ANWR from oil exploration fails

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:20:57 -0700

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is both a prime oil prospect and a northern Alaska stronghold of caribou and hundreds of other wildlife species that conservationists for decades have sought to protect.