News & Comment

Washington Voters Will Be Asked to Weigh In on New Taxes

The advisory measures are nonbinding, but the architect of the ballot items says they could change the conversation around future taxation.

Late Ballots Could Help Nikkita Oliver, But Maybe Not Sara Nelson

Conventional wisdom says the late voters are the far-left voters. Will that sway the election?

Best of Seattle: 2027

Our predictions about what will be great about the city in 10 years.

Hanging With the Winners and Losers in Tuesday Night’s Mayoral Primary

Durkan went German, McGinn went Vegan, and second place went way up in the air.

Could the State Create a Public-Option Health Care Plan?

A study this year will suss out the idea of creating a plan to compete with private insurers.

Lawmakers to Court: We’ve Complied With School-Funding Order

The people behind the McCleary lawsuit that prompted the order disagree.

Kent Officers, Witnesses Describe Fatal Shooting of Joseph-McDade

As the formal investigation nears its conclusion, a more complete account of the night emerges.

Muslim Advocates Allege Seattle Police Favored ‘Anti-Sharia’ Protesters at June Rally

The counter-protesters have asked for an investigation of SPD’s tactics.

Insurance Commissioner Says Skinny Mandate Could Create Fat Problems In Washington

The regulators say the Senate is ‘playing with fire.’

Petition Seeks Rewrite of State’s New Distracted-Driving Law

Petitioners focus on the law’s impact on eating, drinking, and smoking while driving.

Emails Show Mayor’s Office and Berkeley Economist Coordinated Release of Favorable Minimum Wage Study

The study has been pushed as a counterweight to a more negative UW study.

Inside the Minimum Wage Data War

The UW team studying the $15 minimum wage was supposed to transcend politics. Fat chance.

The City Council Is Showing Cowardly Deference to Murray

Councilmembers need to stop talking around the accusations facing the mayor.

With Joint Committee, Murray Parries Call for Resignation

A mayoral/council joint committee will decide how (and possibly when) Mayor Ed Murray leaves office.

Housed Neighbors Lobby to Keep Tent City 5 in Interbay

Activists are asking the Port and City Council to provide a new location for the authorized encampment in the neighborhood.

Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers Must Now Post ‘This is Not a Health Care Facility’ Sign

A new rule from the King County Board of Health reignites the abortion debate.

Session Ends With Hirst Unresolved, Capital Budget Not Passed

The governor says he is willing to convene yet another special session if an agreement can be reached.

Kent Police Release Statements From Officers Involved in Shooting of Joseph-McDade

The documents came in response to requests from friends and family.