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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

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Harassed after protests, Evergreen State College employee quits

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:11:38 -0800

Rashida Love, director of the First Peoples Advising Services at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, has resigned. She’s the fifth high-profile Evergreen employee to resign as the public liberal arts college has struggled with unrest and accusations of institutional racism.

This City Hall, brought to you by Amazon

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:50:53 -0800

A review of some of the bids to woo Amazon’s HQ2 to other cities and states shows it’s not all about the money. In some cases democracy itself is a bargaining chip.

Groups say they’ll challenge Seattle’s new neighborhood growth plan

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:09:55 -0800

A coalition of local organizations says it intends to appeal the environmental review of Seattle’s new plan for neighborhood growth, which would upzone 27 neighborhoods across the city while requiring developers to help create low-income housing.

Obamacare enrollment grows in the Puget Sound area, despite questions about its future

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Residents are signing up for the Affordable Care Act even after months of battering in Congress and by the Trump administration. Here’s a look at how some are handling the uncertainty.

Drilling for oil in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is in the GOP tax plan. Can Maria Cantwell block the effort?

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell vows to prevent opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling — a time-sensitive battle as Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski got the drilling language into the GOP’s plan for overhaul of the nation’s tax code.

Sexual abuse, racism, violence — our heroes are sometimes also bad

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Putting people like movie directors, comedians and politicians on a pedestal is dangerous. Best to admire good actions without assuming too much about what lies beneath. That’s one way to stay sane.

Seattle’s income tax on the wealthy is illegal, judge rules

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:31:39 -0800

Seattle’s income tax on wealthy households failed its first legal test on Wednesday.

Proposal to eliminate net neutrality rules alarms Washington’s congressional Democrats

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:03:42 -0800

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposes ending rules requiring internet service providers grant users equal access to online content.

How to drill for oil in Alaska’s wildlife refuge: Sneak it through in tax bill

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

The U.S. Senate is using its tax-cut bill to slink through a measure that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, America’s most spectacular protected habitat.

Renton police recommend Urquhart face criminal charge in ex-deputy’s groping allegation

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:06:28 -0800

Former sheriff’s deputy Brian Barnes has alleged that King County Sheriff John Urquhart grabbed his crotch in the parking lot of a Renton restaurant after a March 2014 dinner meeting. Urquhart has vehemently denied the allegations, calling them politically motivated.

Seattle transportation director Scott Kubly is a finalist for Austin city manager job

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:31:13 -0800

Scott Kubly, who runs the Seattle Department of Transportation, is one of six finalists to be the city manager of Austin, Texas. Kubly’s status at SDOT has been tenuous since the election of Mayor Jenny Durkan, who has not committed to either retaining or replacing him.

Know your Washington state gas tax: Stickers arriving at the pump

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:15:11 -0800

Stickers explaining the 68-cent gasoline tax have started to appear this month.

Seattle council approves $5.6B budget that boosts spending on homelessness, opioid crisis

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:03:17 -0800

Seattle’s 2018 budget will boost homelessness spending and fund a safe- injection site for drug users.

Off-duty work by Seattle police to be placed in civilian hands

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:00:00 -0800

Citing a “critical lack of transparency” in how off-duty work by officers is handled, the Seattle Police Department has drafted a plan calling for the work to be overseen by a civilian-staffed office.

Is uprising the only way out of gross inequality? Maybe so

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Researchers find evidence that, even in early societies, great inequality was followed by big uprisings. That might be on our horizon.

As they condemn Alabama’s Roy Moore, Seattle Democrats wonder: Were they too slow and too quiet about Ed Murray?

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

“Seattle leadership by and large got the Ed Murray response totally wrong,” said one former state lawmaker.

How Washington state might spend the $112.7M from Volkswagen emissions settlement

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:58:09 -0800

The plan would use the money to reduce air pollution from diesel vehicles and boost electric vehicles.

More contrition needed? Ethics panel rejects $1,000 fine for former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:24:22 -0800

Commissioner Richard Burke said there “was a sense that for someone who has had as much experience in public life as Gov. Kitzhaber has had, there needed to be a little more contrition. And the fine was a little bit light.”

How your U.S. lawmaker voted

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:37:59 -0800

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Nov. 17:

Some rocky political theater, but Seattle homeless camp stays in Ballard for now

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 06:00:00 -0800

A site in Wallingford is likely to be next for Nickelsville while Seattle looks to expand beyond six sanctioned homeless camps.