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Last Build Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:19:35 -0700


Seattle’s Pronto bike share shutting down on Friday

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Pronto, Seattle’s beleaguered bike-share system, will close for good on Friday. City crews will begin taking down the stations and removing the bikes on Monday. They will go into storage as officials look for other cities interested in buying the equipment.

Secretary of State Kim Wyman to be treated for colon cancer

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:31:29 -0700

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman says she will undergo treatment for colon cancer over the next several weeks.

Democrats in Olympia have plan to fund schools: $3B in new taxes

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:29:42 -0700

House Democrats in the state Legislature say their budget plan would satisfy the state Supreme Court’s McCleary education-funding order by enacting a new tax on capital gains and restructuring the state’s business taxes.

King, Snohomish counties may be targets in Justice Dept. threat against ‘sanctuary cities’

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:15:09 -0700

King and Snohomish counties are among jurisdictions that could be targeted by the Justice Department because both reject at least some requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold people in jail for possible immigration violations.

Reichert is target of attack ads over GOP health plan

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:34:25 -0700

The Auburn Republican voted for the GOP health-care bill in a House committee earlier this month, and now the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is targeting him for it.

Port Commission leader Tom Albro will not seek re-election

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:30:00 -0700

Tom Albro, who has been with the Port of Seattle since 2010, said he wants to move on to serving the community in new ways, with particular focus on resolving political divides and dealing with economic inequality.

Milo Yiannopoulos at UW: A speech, a shooting and $75,000 in police overtime

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:00:00 -0700

University of Washington police put in 200 hours of overtime at a cost of $20,007 while Seattle police sent 95 officers, who logged nearly 750 hours and $55,335 in overtime costs.

Nurses gain traction in Legislature on bills to address ‘dangerous’ staffing

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Lawmakers have been moving forward with two bills that would address issues of nurse staffing levels, overtime and rest breaks.

Stand against migrant ban a hot issue in Inslee’s inbox

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has received thousands of messages over his opposition to President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions on citizens from several majority-Muslim countries.

Gov. Inslee, Ore. governor vow to fight Trump environmental proposals

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:22:19 -0700

The Democratic governors of Washington and Oregon struck a defiant pose Saturday, vowing to fight proposals they expect soon from President Donald Trump they say would weaken environmental protection.

Trump believes politics is stupid — and it shows

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:40:44 -0700

People have long hungered for an outsider to come in and upend politics as usual. Well, now we know what it looks like to have a political rookie in charge.

Rep. Dave Reichert not saying if he favored GOP health plan

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:52 -0700

While local Democrats crowed about the defeat of the Republican health-care plan, Auburn Republican Dave Reichert refused to say whether he’d have voted for or against it.

Changing to a more accurate car-tab formula would cost $6B in revenue, Sound Transit says

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

Facing pressure from the Legislature over increased car-tab taxes, Sound Transit said it would cost $6 billion to immediately move to a more accurate car-valuation formula to calculate those taxes. But the board told its CEO to keep working with the Legislature on changes.

McGregor hopes to become 1st transgender person on Seattle City Council

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

Mac McGregor, who would be the Seattle City Council’s first transgender member, is one of 10 people running for Position 8. Jon Grant has raised the most money so far.

Podcast: State senator trying to block safe-injection sites says we must ‘stigmatize’ drug use

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:15 -0700

Seattle and King County are moving ahead on a proposal to open two safe-consumption sites for drug users. But if state Sen. Mark Miloscia gets his way, they'll never open.

Sen. Patty Murray will oppose Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Washington Democrat says she will vote against confirming Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court — and filibuster him if necessary.

Mental-health therapists see uptick in patients struggling with post-election anxiety

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:00:00 -0700

With the constant bombardment of information coming out of the Trump administration, local mental-health experts say a hefty number of their existing clients — and as many as 80 percent of potential new clients — are seeking help for postelection distress.

Trump budget to include first payment toward a new Coast Guard icebreaker

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:34:14 -0700

The Trump administration’s budget proposal will include $150 million to start construction of a new U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker. Currently, only two icebreakers are in service, and both are based in Seattle.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes, Rep. Dave Reichert undecided on GOP health-care bill

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:13:18 -0700

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Vancouver, has become the first GOP member of Washington’s delegation to oppose the health-care overhaul. Rep. Dave Reichert says he’s undecided.

Leaving UW, beloved professor’s next act: civic activism, social justice and ‘ethical courage’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700

Communication professor David Domke has taught a popular lecture series at the university and led civil-rights pilgrimages. Now he’s moving to champion causes he values and that are under attack today.