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Last Build Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:48:25 -0700


You’d think the Sierra Club would back carbon-cutting I-732 — but you’d be wrong

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:46:39 -0700

The Sierra Club is grappling with a backlash from Washington state members over a decision to withhold support for Initiative 732, the carbon-tax measure on the November ballot.

Are your friends and relatives divided over Trump and Clinton? Let us know

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:41:49 -0700

Dozens across the political spectrum have contacted The Seattle Times in recent weeks, saying the election has tangled their personal relationships. Are you feeling the heat, too?

The cheering over Trump’s tax brag is truly chilling

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:16:35 -0700

I asked some Trump supporters what they thought of him bragging about possibly not paying any income tax. Not only were they fine with it — it’s a key selling point for why he should be president.

How your U.S. lawmakers voted

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:50:45 -0700

WASHINGTON — Here’s how Washington state’s members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending Sept. 30. The House and Senate are now in recess until the week of Nov. 14. House Corps of Engineers projects By a vote of 399 for and 25 against, the House on Sept. 28 passed a bill […]

Litzow, Wellman focus on education in battle for key state Senate seat

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:20:05 -0700

State Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, faces a strong challenge from a political newcomer, Democrat Lisa Wellman. His work on education reform and funding has attracted opposition from the state teachers union.

Seattle says it will clear The Jungle, tells residents to leave encampment

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:28:25 -0700

Seattle will begin clearing The Jungle, the Sodo homeless encampment where five people were shot earlier this year, on Oct. 11. Residents were notified Friday morning.

Proposal would allow citizenship check to vote in Washington

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:31:20 -0700

Washington’s secretary of state has proposed legislation requiring residents to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency to get state driver’s licenses so elections officials can ensure noncitizens are not trying to vote.

Politics podcast: Gubernatorial tax talk and a Jayapal-Walkinshaw mini-debate on The Overcast

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:20 -0700

Reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman examine where Gov. Jay Inslee and challenger Bill Bryant stand on calls from many Democrats for a Washington state income tax. Then Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw, rival Seattle-area candidates for Congress, attempt to out-progressive each other.

4 tips for surviving the Clinton vs. Trump presidential election

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:03 -0700

Can’t see eye to eye with a loved one or friend this campaign season? Seattle-based sociologist and relationship expert Pepper Schwartz weighs in on how to navigate the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton divide: • The election cycle will eventually end. “The question is if you want your relationship to end with it or not.” Realize that you […]

When politics get personal: Families, friends feud over Clinton vs. Trump

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Some couples, friends and relatives in Washington say the presidential campaign season has tangled intimate relationships unlike any before.

With country ‘at a crossroads,’ suburban women wield election power

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:49:27 -0700

Women voters — particularly those in the suburbs — are considered key to victory in the presidential race. In the Seattle area, these voters have trended more Democratic over the years.

New report details woes at Western State Hospital

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:29:06 -0700

Released Thursday, the 111-page document spells out how staff cuts and poor management have hurt patient care, as well as morale and trust among staff.

Race for Washington lieutenant governor a study in contrasts

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:25:07 -0700

The race for lieutenant governor in Washington state pits a progressive Democratic legislator and law professor against a conservative Republican pastor and talk-show host with no experience in elected office.

Mayor’s group rejects commercial rent control

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:05:36 -0700

A committee convened by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray recommended several steps that could help small businesses find affordable space in the city, but it opposed the idea of commercial rent control floated by some on the City Council.

Our political divide makes dialogue crucial, but difficult

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:01:59 -0700

At a Seattle Town Hall forum with local scholars, some acknowledged polarization driven by rapid social change makes good politics difficult.

Seattle proposes more density for some neighborhoods, releases maps

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:42:34 -0700

Seattle officials Tuesday released draft maps showing how some of the city’s densest residential neighborhoods could become denser under Mayor Ed Murray’s sweeping housing plan.

Who won the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:40:44 -0700

Did either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump shine during the first presidential debate? Who won the debate?

FACT CHECK: The truth behind claims in the Inslee-vs.-Bryant debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 -0700

Education, mental health, highway tolling: In Monday’s debate, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and challenger Bill Bryant traded many accusations. We checked the accuracy of some of those claims.

Inslee, Bryant square off in 2nd gubernatorial debate

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:49:35 -0700

Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent Bill Bryant sparred Monday night over education, taxes and government oversight in their second debate.

New Seattle utilities director confirmed; council considers increasing pay range to $334K

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:34:10 -0700

The Seattle City Council confirmed a new director of Seattle Public Utilities and is considering a change that would allow her to earn up to $334,000 per year.