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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:13:09 -0700


Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan seeks to keep her home address under wraps

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan is seeking to keep her home address out of public records, citing threats made against her in her former job as U.S. attorney.

Seattle mayor offers plan to make it easier for people with criminal pasts to find housing

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:45:48 -0700

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has sent the City Council a proposal aimed at helping people with criminal records get into housing. Landlords would be prevented from screening prospective tenants based on convictions more than two years old.

Mindful of Trump, Seattle Pride making politics, race bigger part of conversation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:46:09 -0700

With a change in administration causing anxiety for some LGBTQ Seattlelites, Pride is making inclusivity a priority this year.

KeyArena’s slanted roof closer to being named Seattle historical landmark

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:44:05 -0700

OVG seeks up to $70 million in historical landmark tax credits for its possible renovation of the arena.

Hasegawa, Farrell win backing of Democratic groups in Seattle mayoral race

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:35:06 -0700

Bob Hasegawa and Jessyn Farrell are the Seattle mayoral candidates most popular with the city’s Democratic Party legislative-district organizations.

Will Ed Murray run as a write-in? He’s polling voters this week

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:55:48 -0700

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is polling voters this week as he weighs relaunching his re-election bid as a write-in candidate. The announcement came soon after a pair of independent polls showed many voters would still like to support him.

What you need to know about Supreme Court’s upcoming action on Trump’s travel ban

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:20:34 -0700

Key questions and answers about the legal dispute and the decisions the Supreme Court will make in the coming days

Seattle income tax would cost up to $6 million per year to administer and enforce, analysis shows

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:31:24 -0700

The income tax proposed for Seattle would require 40 to 50 new staff members at a cost of $5 million to $6 million per year, according to a City Council analysis. The tax is projected to raise an estimated $125 million per year.

With government shutdown looming, Olympia heads into a third OT session

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 10:53:23 -0700

With lawmakers gridlocked over on a new budget and education funding, Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday called a third special legislative session. Without a new budget, parts of the state government would shut down on July 1.

Polls put Durkan, McGinn in lead in Seattle mayor’s race — unless Murray jumps back in

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:55:00 -0700

One poll released Wednesday shows Jenny Durkan leading in the race for Seattle mayor, with Bob Hasegawa battling for second place. Another poll has Mike McGinn out ahead of the pack.

Police shooting energizes efforts to change Washington’s deadly-force law

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:05:08 -0700

The death of Charleena Lyles at the hands of Seattle police underscores efforts to change the Washington state’s deadly-force law. An initiative is soon expected, and lawmakers in Olympia are still trying for a legislative fix.

Latest study: Seattle’s wage law lifted restaurant pay without shrinking jobs

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:48:58 -0700

Seattle’s minimum-wage law has led to higher pay for restaurant workers without affecting the overall number of jobs in the industry, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.

Revenue projections for Washington state are slightly up

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:31:48 -0700

With the additional money expected to come in, revenues for the overall 2017-19 state budget are projected to be $41.7 billion, state-revenue forecasters said Tuesday.

Seattle landlords must give voter-registration info to new renters, City Council decides

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 13:08:17 -0700

The new ordinance comes as Seattle has become the fastest-growing big city in the nation and studies show that people on the move vote at lower rates.

Seattle mayor candidates react to shooting with sorrow, concern, calls for change

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:44:09 -0700

Candidates for Seattle mayor are reacting to the fatal shooting by police of Charleena Lyles, calling it “deeply unjust,” “devastating” and “a tragedy on many levels.”

KeyArena financing plan appears far ahead of Sodo group

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Oak View Group already has detailed for the city exactly who would pay for what and how.

Here’s why I-5 is such a mess in Seattle area, and what keeps us moving at all

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

It moves more cars and stalls more cars than any road in Washington. A concrete scar through the heart of Seattle, Interstate 5 is the backbone of the region’s transportation system. With congestion more than twice as bad as it was in 2011, can anything be done to ease the gridlock?

Seattle mayoral candidate is putting democracy through a stress test

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 20:40:31 -0700

Money in politics is booed, but we also vote for whoever has the most just about every time. Now one candidate is trying to get elected without the mother’s milk of politics.

Feds order shutdown of tribal casino in Washington state

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:57:34 -0700

In another blow to the Nooksack tribe, a federal agency ordered the tribe to shut down its casino — immediately. It is the latest rebuke to the tribe by the feds, who consider the tribal council illegitimate amid a long-running disenrollment fight.

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber cleared in influence-peddling case

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:04 -0700

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber insisted he broke no laws, and federal prosecutors backed him up Friday, announcing that no criminal charges will be filed against Kitzhaber or his live-in fiancee over allegations she used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business. Kitzhaber surrendered to political pressure in February […]