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Last Build Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 19:14:53 -0700


2 people rescued from island in Green River; 1 hospitalized

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:06:41 -0700

The King County sheriff’s Marine Rescue Unit rescued two people who became trapped on a small island in the Green River, east of Auburn. One of the victims was flown to a Seattle hospital with a life-threatening condition, the sheriff’s office said.

No agreement yet: Washington Legislature goes into second special session

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:16:04 -0700

Washington lawmakers are still wrestling with the state Supreme Court’s K-12 school-funding order, known as the McCleary decision, as well as a new state budget.

Wearing masks, hoods at protests could become crime under new bill

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The ACLU of Washington says GOP state Sen. Jim Honeyford’s proposal is unconstitutional. The First Amendment protects an individual’s right to wear a mask in public, the ACLU says.

Seattle City Council passes historic police-accountability legislation

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:55:37 -0700

“This is breaking new ground nationally and it is a very exciting experiment,” said Samuel Walker, a nationally recognized police-accountability expert and emeritus professor criminal justice at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

New Seattle law says it’s OK to watch, record and comment on police activity

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:38:03 -0700

Seattle police policy already says citizens can record officers going about their business. The new ordinance codifies that policy into the city’s Municipal Code.

King County exec wants to triple levy for veterans, seniors, homeless

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:52:34 -0700

King County Executive Dow Constantine is proposing to triple the size of the Veterans and Human Services Levy to increase affordable housing and add services for seniors.

Reader opinions bubble over on Seattle’s proposed soda tax

Sun, 21 May 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Reader response to my last column supporting Seattle’s proposed tax on soda pop was mixed, though many of you complained about lost freedoms. Here’s the thing: promoting good health is a legitimate government function. And few freedoms in a democracy are absolute.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray looks at the race without him in it, and a future without a job

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:00:00 -0700

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray discussed the race to succeed him, poll results that helped persuade him to abandon his re-election campaign, money troubles, and what he plans to do in his final months in office.

Local homeless programs: performance targets for doing good?

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The vast local network of organizations aimed at sheltering homeless people in Seattle and King County is in the midst of a historic shift, and many programs aren’t meeting their performance goals.

Here’s what you’re paying lawmakers in Olympia to work overtime

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:30:54 -0700

Legislators can take a $120-a-day stipend. The money draws special scrutiny during a special session, which is held because lawmakers couldn’t finish their work on time.

How your lawmaker voted

Sat, 20 May 2017 14:48:05 -0700

Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues in the week ending May 19.

Alaska lawmakers reject transgender man for human-rights post

Sat, 20 May 2017 13:13:47 -0700

One Republican state senator said there’s no problem with being an advocate “until you get on that commission and then what you want to do is you want to look at protecting all rights.”

Trump asked for input on monuments — and he’s sure getting it

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:06:55 -0700

At a rate of more than 100 to 1, comments are flowing into the Department of the Interior denouncing the effort to review, and perhaps undo, up to 22 national monuments. On the chopping block in this state is the Hanford Reach monument along the Columbia River.

Open Seattle mayor’s race draws a long list of candidates

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:43:46 -0700

Seattle’s mayoral race is the hottest ticket in the August primary as 21 candidates filed to try to succeed outgoing Mayor Ed Murray.

One Seattle School Board incumbent seeks re-election amid a crowd of candidates

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:25:07 -0700

If two challengers don’t unseat Betty Patu, she will return to the seven-member board next year as its longest-serving member.

Does the proposed Sodo arena site have a light-rail advantage over KeyArena?

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:11:09 -0700

The presence of Link Light Rail stations in Sodo often is cited as an advantage. But two companies proposing to renovate KeyArena say an upgraded Monorail would negate the Sodo advantage. With that in mind, we decided to run a timing test.

Podcast: Attorney General Bob Ferguson on confronting Trump, chess and his political future

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:38 -0700

Over the past few months, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has thrust himself the national spotlight for his role in blocking President Trump’s travel ban for residents of several Muslim-majority nations. That’s not the only clash he’s had with Trump. Ferguson, a Democrat, has also sued over the administration’s effort to restart federal coal-mining […]

In the Trump era, Washington families take stock of their refugee roots — from Nazi Germany to Afghanistan

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The national debate over refugees has compelled some Americans to consider their own refugee roots — and speak out.

No Trump tidal wave: The college-educated powered Washington’s rise in white voters

Fri, 19 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700

A wave in white, blue-collar voters never materialized in Washington in the 2016 presidential election. But the bump in college-educated whites could have helped Hillary Clinton receive a higher percentage of King County votes than Obama in 2012.

Lawyer for Mayor Ed Murray’s accuser seeking change of venue, citing ‘tainted’ jury pool

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:03:07 -0700

Attorney Lincoln Beauregard contends that Murray and his legal team “have tainted the possibility of hosting a fair trial in King County by spreading a false narrative” that their law firm is anti-gay.