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Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:34:07 -0800


Ruling expected on attempt to block Seattle’s expansion of mother-in-law units

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

A ruling is expected soon on the Queen Anne Community Council’s attempt to block legislation that would allow more and larger mother-in-law apartments and backyard cottages to be built in Seattle.

Portland will tax public companies where CEO pay is 100 times employee average

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:13:20 -0800

The surcharge, called the first of its kind in the U.S., is hailed by backers as a step against income inquality. Critics call it ‘an empty gesture’ and say the city instead should focus on creating more jobs.

Sen. Maria Cantwell urges spill protections after Canada pipeline OK’d

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:32:16 -0800

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is urging stronger measures to protect Washington state from oil spills after Canada’s government approved a pipeline expansion project that would dramatically increase oil tankers through the Salish Sea.

Inslee’s plan for state-worker raises sets up a fight

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

Gov. Jay Inslee will likely include pay raises for state workers, worth 6 percent over the next two years, in his proposed budget. The raises already have Republican lawmakers dubious. It’s the first skirmish in a coming budget battle.

Baloney in politics works nowadays

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:35:45 -0800

The new rules of politics — that you can shout any baloney you see on the internet, with no consequence other than that you win — were on display this year in a campaign right here in the Seattle area.

City wants help naming new park in Yesler Terrace

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:24:30 -0800

Seattle Parks and Recreation wants help naming a new park that’s going to be built as part of the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.

Gov. Jay Inslee to lead Democratic Governors Association in 2018

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:21:48 -0800

Gov. Jay Inslee will chair the Democratic Governors Association in 2018, as the party looks to regain governors’ offices around the country in elections two years from now.

Boxing up 28 years of memories from Rep. Jim McDermott’s office

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 06:30:00 -0800

Newspaper clippings. Campaign buttons. A hat he wore in Ghana. It took 320 hours to list all the items archived from the congressman’s offices.

Wash. state Democrats uncertain they’ll support Mattis as defense chief

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:14:58 -0800

President-elect Donald Trump says retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, who grew up in Pullman, is his top pick for the job.

Dino Rossi chosen to fill vacant 45th District state Senate seat

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:49:15 -0800

The Metropolitan King County Council selected Dino Rossi, a three-time Republican nominee for statewide office, to fill the 45th District Senate seat left open by the death of former Sen. Andy Hill.

Lynne Griffith retiring as head of state ferry system

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:13:59 -0800

Lynne Griffith, the head of the state ferry system, is retiring.

Nicest dump around? New $108M transfer station in Wallingford even has a basketball court

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

It’s still a dump — just not very dumpy. Seattle’s new North Transfer Station is less noisy and less smelly, accepts recyclable items and has amenities that include a green roof and a basketball court.

Seattle women (and others) march against hate

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:37:35 -0800

The Seattle Women March Against Hate gathered on Seattle’s Capitol Hill Saturday to affirm equal rights for everyone in America, saying those rights are threatened by a Donald Trump administration

How your U.S. lawmakers voted

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:14:23 -0800

WASHINGTON — Here’s how Washington state’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Dec. 2. In the week of Dec. 5, the House and Senate will debate a bill to fund government operations when a stopgap budget now in place expires Dec. 9. House Biomedical research, FDA drug approval By a […]

Developer sues Black Diamond council members who oppose his project

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:04:08 -0800

The developer of a big planned community in Black Diamond is suing three City Council members, alleging more than 135 violations of the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.

What Trump means for legal pot, and how Oklahoma leapfrogged Washington on drug-sentencing reform, on The Overcast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:25 -0800

The Overcast, episode 13: Will the Trump administration crack down on legal weed? And how is Oklahoma ahead of Washington state on fighting mass incarceration for drug possession?

State worker claims he was scapegoated in prisoner-release scandal

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

A Washington Department of Corrections worker demoted over the early release of prisoners is seeking damages against the state — and he wants his old job back.

Patty Murray, other Senate Democrats prepare to fight Trump’s nominees

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 -0800

Washington state’s U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says she’s girding to fight Trump administration Cabinet nominees, citing their plans to repeal Obamacare and restrict abortion. But Democrats’ own action limiting filibusters means they’ll have little power to block the nominations.

Richland man stabbed during argument over Trump’s politics

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:17:08 -0800

Not surprisingly, the argument, and ensuing stabbing, took place in a bar, police say.

3 new homeless-encampment sites announced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:35:22 -0800

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday announced the sites of three new, authorized homeless encampments, in Licton Springs and Georgetown and on Myers Way South.