Currents

Should Seattle Use Ranked-Choice Voting?

Seattle's crowded primary on August 3, 2021, once again raises questions about whether our current voting system is long for this city.

08/03/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

Is Seattle Mayor a Bad Job?

Why nobody seems to stick in our city’s top post.

02/25/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Who's Running for Mayor in Seattle?

A complete, updated list.

02/08/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

The Defund SPD Debate Flows Between Streets and Spreadsheets

While Black Lives Matter-inspired protests continue, city hall squabbles over how to defund Seattle’s police force.

07/14/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

Seattle's Progressive City Council vs. Amazon

Kshama Sawant's showdown with Amazon is poised to come to a head in 2020.

01/14/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

A Seattle Voter's Guide to the November 2019 General Election

Before you drop your vote in the mail by November 5, here's a quick look at your ballot.

10/22/2019 By Rosin Saez

Climate (Policy) Change

10 Important Takeaways from Seattle's Green New Deal

Seattle City Council announced an ambitious list of climate goals. Here's what you need to know.

08/21/2019 By Lily Hansen

Snap Judgment

Would You Actually Ride an E-Scooter?

This fall, the city will start accepting permit applications for electric scooter companies.

08/20/2019 By Courtney Cummings

The Silent Treatment

How Does Jenny Durkan Compare to Past Mayors When it Comes to Public Disclosure?

A new executive, a new administration—same transparency problems?

02/26/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Turnover City

5 of Mike O'Brien's Most Memorable Moments

Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien announced that he won't seek reelection, blowing open another council race.

02/15/2019 By Philip Kiefer

In Transit

Lisa Herbold Still Hates the Streetcar

The $285.8 million price tag and $65.3 million shortfall could be her best chance to kill the project.

02/06/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

Sawant Wants to Change Hiring Process for Human Services Director

The council member blocked mayor Jenny Durkan's appointment choice in committee, demanding instead a different way to hire for the role.

02/05/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

Advocates Call for State Protections Against Eviction

A new study published by Washington Community Action Network surveyed more than 800 tenants about their experiences with rental housing.

01/30/2019 By Haley Gray

The Mayor's Cabinet

Durkan Announces Her Pick to Lead Seattle's IT Department

If confirmed, Saad Bashir would bring experience from Ottawa, Canada, as the city's chief information officer.

01/22/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Sanctuary City

Seattle City Council Approves $12 Million in Grants It Rejected on Monday

Earlier this week, a council member's opposition to an ICE reimbursement inadvertently sank a routine bill.

12/19/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Public Transit

Durkan Nominates Sam Zimbabwe as New SDOT Leader

If approved, the transportation director would take the helm as SDOT faces a range of upcoming challenges.

12/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Growing Pains

Here Are the 10 Affordable Housing Developers That Just Got Funding from Durkan

The mayor announced a plan to spend $75 million and create 1,200 new affordable housing units Monday.

12/18/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Growing Pains

5 Things to Know About the University of Washington Master Plan

Here's how UW plans to mitigate growth in the next 10 years.

12/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

KeyArena

Seattle Is Getting a Hockey Team

It's official.

12/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2019

Who Is Running for Seattle City Council?

Catch up on the latest campaigns for the 2019 election.

12/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine