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Last Build Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:03:01 -0800


Inslee now ‘more concerned’ after meeting with Trump on health care, immigration

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:53:42 -0800

Gov. Jay Inslee met with President Donald Trump for the first time Monday and says he came away more worried than ever about the new administration’s plans for health care and immigration.

Appeals court won’t put Trump’s travel-ban case on hold

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:49:36 -0800

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not give an explanation for its ruling, but said it would extend until next week the deadline for the government’s opening brief in its appeal.

Court denies immediate hearing to release Seattle ‘Dreamer’

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:22:53 -0800

A federal judge in Seattle declined to hold a hearing to consider releasing Daniel Ramirez Medina. The case will continue with oral arguments March 8.

Coalition wants to ‘Trump-proof’ Seattle with income tax

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:29:53 -0800

The Transit Riders Union and other local organizations are launching a campaign called “Trump Proof Seattle” for a city income tax.

Damage to West Point treatment plant could top $25 million

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:40:38 -0800

King County is still investigating, but it appears that a power surge might have knocked out two pumps and led to the massive damage.

Sound Transit uses inflated car values to collect higher tab fees

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0800

Sound Transit says used cars are worth more than they actually are. That’s one reason why some people have been shocked by higher car-tab fees being collected for transit expansion approved by voters last year.

Mayor’s bid to business on homeless is a stretch

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0800

Does Seattle Mayor Ed Murray take business and Seattle’s strong economy for granted? Maybe not. But he shouldn’t assume the golden goose is invulnerable to outside shocks or policy blunders from City Hall.

Town-hall avoiders include Democratic Sens. Murray and Cantwell, too

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:30:00 -0800

While Republicans have made headlines for dodging town-hall meetings, Washington’s Democratic U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have long avoided them too.

Nine tax hikes in one mayoral term? Welcome to Seattle

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:21:30 -0800

Yes, only in Seattle would a mayor propose that many new taxes in his first term. And we would love him for it!

Bill on police use of deadly force stalls in Olympia

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:23:53 -0800

Washington lawmakers have dealt a setback to a bill to make it easier for prosecutors to charge law-enforcement officers who use deadly force. But advocates seeking change say there’s still hope for a compromise.

B.C.’s new Trump tower isn’t getting a polite Canadian welcome

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric visit Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday to open a new Trump International Hotel & Tower, to the dismay of many locals. Also: New Zealand is beckoning U.S. tech workers, and Seattleites are answering. And, Microsoft backs a UW-UBC collaboration.

Sawant, mayor trade barbs over Seattle police role in immigration enforcement

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:58:26 -0800

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Mayor Ed Murray have traded remarks after Sawant called on Murray to use police to block federal immigration raids.

Trending on Google: Yakima, Tri-Cities rank tops in nation for searches on ‘immigration’

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:42:58 -0800

Over the past seven days, the agricultural hub of the state has searched for immigration-related topics more than any other area of the country, according to Google Trends.

Washington state’s sickest regions would take biggest hit if Obamacare is repealed

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:30:00 -0800

Data show that regions in the state with the highest percentage of people with insurance made possible through the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare — are in rural areas that also have the highest rates of death from medical conditions among people under 65.

Podcast: Mayor Ed Murray on the state of the city and a $275m tax boost to aid the homeless

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:52 -0800

When looking at Seattle’s homelessness crisis – including the spread of unauthorized encampments throughout the city – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he had until recently banked on getting federal help. That changed with the Republican wins in November, including the election of President Donald Trump. In his “State of the City” address this week, […]

In a first, Seattle renters could get own voice in City Hall

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:55:39 -0800

A 15-member renters’ commission, which could start meeting as soon as this summer, is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. It would fight for laws to help residents who are increasingly struggling with soaring rents and displacement.

Hundreds protest at U.S. Rep. Reichert’s office, demand town-hall meeting

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:30:42 -0800

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert’s district office in Issaquah on Thursday, demanding he face constituents at a town-hall meeting.

Dakota Access Pipeline protest camp closed; 46 holdouts arrested

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:01:59 -0800

Police closed the North Dakota protest camp Thursday, with 46 protesters arrested. Many demonstrators vowed to continue their resistance in camps being established nearby.

Inslee signs order limiting Washington state’s help in enforcing Trump’s immigration policies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:48:29 -0800

Gov. Jay Inslee announced an executive order aimed at restricting state agencies from helping enforce federal immigration laws.

Senator Patty Murray asks DeVos to clarify remarks about Education staff

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:03:06 -0800

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is expressing concern about Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her comments about employees. In an interview last week, DeVos said some Education Department workers could “try to subvert” its mission and promised to act “swiftly and surely” on that matter. Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., sent a letter to DeVos […]