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Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 17:52:46 -0700


Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 15:29:07 -0700

The Legislature adjourned Thursday night without passing a capital budget, costing DNR $15 million that would have been used to remove trees struck by insect blight, disease or drought.

Podcast: How records of 1984 sexual-abuse investigation of Ed Murray came to light

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:34:52 -0700

Another bombshell landed this week in the ongoing story of sexual-abuse allegations against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Public records previously thought destroyed show an Oregon child-welfare investigator concluded in 1984 that Murray had sexually abused his foster son, Jeff Simpson. No criminal charges were ever filed against Murray, but the CPS finding meant he could […]

Port of Seattle commission races: a look at the 15 candidates vying for 3 spots

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Incumbents John Creighton and Stephanie Bowman are looking to retain their seats, while an open spot on the commission has attracted eight candidates.

Blame flies as Washington Legislature adjourns 3rd special session

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:12:55 -0700

Amid disagreements and accusations of game-playing, a two-year capital budget that would have spent more than $4 billion on projects across the state failed to get through.

King County sheriff to lobby for body cameras

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 21:59:30 -0700

King County sheriff John Urquhart says he plans to “push hard” to get county officials to equip his deputies with body cameras.

Washington state Legislature adjourns without capital budget

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:19:33 -0700

Lawmakers couldn’t agree on a water-rights bill, which prevented a vote on a two-year capital budget.

Crisis pregnancy centers must post disclaimers stating ‘Not a health care facility’ under King County rule

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:42:48 -0700

After an emotional public hearing, and a debate about font size, the King County Board of Health imposed a new rule on crisis pregnancy centers, many of which are faith-based, requiring them to post signs saying they’re not health care facilities.

Veterans and Human Services levy sent to November ballot: twice as big, more money for affordable housing

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:51:04 -0700

The Metropolitan King County Council votes to put a larger Veterans and Human Services levy on the November ballot, but it dials back the amount recommended by Executive Dow Constantine.

UW must follow city’s landmarks law, Washington state Supreme Court rules

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 09:57:25 -0700

In a unanimous decision by the state’s highest court, the University of Washington lost its bid to declare itself free of Seattle’s landmarks-preservation law.

Forget Trump — the real meat this election is at the local level

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Aug. 1 is our local primary election. And it’s the local stuff that really affects your daily life. So get out and vote.

Who’s got the most voting clout in Seattle mayoral elections? Not millennials.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Voters 65 and older were a force in the 2013 Seattle mayoral election, compared to younger voters. This year’s primary is Aug. 1.

More than an arts tax: King County Proposition 1 prompts debate about regressive tax system and cultural access

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

King County Proposition 1 — a sales tax to provide more access to culture and science — has provoked some soul-searching among culture and political leaders about Washington’s regressive tax system. According to the campaign’s projections, the tab would be $30 a year for a household with an income of $80,000.

Can ‘older and wiser’ Mike McGinn find the wave of enthusiasm to be elected Seattle mayor again?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Inarguably, former Mayor Mike McGinn has the most relevant experience for the job. Yet he remains a City Hall outsider, with no endorsements from current or former mayors or City Council members. Will he find that wave of enthusiasm that put him over the top in 2009?

Seattle Councilmember M. Lorena González faces cast of underdog challengers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

In her bid for a second term on the Seattle City Council, incumbent M. Lorena González faces six challengers, including a QFC cashier, a homeless man, a South Seattle neighborhood activist, and a quixotic blogger who calls City Hall “a unicorn ranch.”

Negotiations collapse, $4B construction budget unlikely as Washington Legislature enters final day

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:01:12 -0700

The failure of a new capital budget could also affect Washington lawmakers’ long-running quest to comply with the state Supreme Court’s K-12 school-funding order known as the McCleary decision.

Jenny Durkan draws big-time backers, overt opposition in Seattle mayoral bid

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Experience as U.S. attorney and support from political heavyweights has made Jenny Durkan one of the leading candidates in the race for Seattle mayor, while also stirring opposition to her bid.

Trump’s ‘let it fail’ sums up why Republicans are losing on health care

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The party in charge knows what it’s against. But after seven years of demagoguing about health-care reform, it still has no clue what it’s for.

Federal judge: ‘The citizens of Seattle are not going to pay blackmail for constitutional policing’

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 19:59:39 -0700

U.S. District Judge James Robart said he wouldn’t approve police-accountability measures while the city is still negotiating some of the terms with police unions.

Wife of Centralia state senator on military duty to fill in for him temporarily

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 17:17:15 -0700

Sen. John Braun’s wife, Marlo Braun, a registered nurse at Providence Hospital in Centralia, was sworn in by Lewis County District Court Judge Wade Samuelson on the state Senate floor.

West Point treatment plant ill-prepared for growing Seattle region, says post-flood report

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:35:19 -0700

A contractor hired to investigate February’s catastrophic flood at the West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle found inadequate training, lack of redundant treatment capacity and backup systems, and flaws in a new $40 million automated control system.