Politics

On the Trail

Three Plotlines to Follow in Washington State’s Midterm Elections

Local U.S. Senate and House races, as well as the state legislature, are already off and running. Will senator Patty Murray face a real challenge?

05/12/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

The View from "Out Here"

Joe Biden’s Seattle Visit Was So Predictable

A visit to big-tech donors and a couple of speeches praising Patty Murray and Jay Inslee doth not a memorable presidential visit make.

04/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

2022 Legislative Session

A Missing Indigenous People Alert Is Coming to a Highway, or Phone, Near You

A Washington law is the first of its kind in the country to address the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women.

04/04/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Nickname Dropping

Washington Still Isn't the Evergreen State, Officially Speaking

After the close of the 2022 legislative session in Olympia, one of the most common misconceptions about our state persists.

03/14/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Quote Unquote

Amelia Bonow Fights for Abortion Rights with Pills

With the Supreme Court indicating it may reverse Roe v. Wade, one Seattle activist thinks medication by mail can secure women's bodily autonomy.

03/03/2022 By Allison Williams

Group Chat

How Progressive Is Seattle?

An extra-long 2021 election season gave us more time to weigh which side of the left we’re really on.

02/15/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Tax Break

So, What Happened to Washington’s Long-Term Care Tax?

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a pair of bills to delay and amend the collection of funds for the new state program.

02/14/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

File Them Away

The Wackiest Bills at Washington's Legislative Session

A gubernatorial electoral college, zipper merging, a state dinosaur...it's all (technically) up for debate at Washington's legislative session.

01/28/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Exit Interview

Jenny Durkan on Those Missing Texts, CHOP, and Covid

The Emerald City's latest one-term leader reflects on her turbulent four years in office.

12/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Kshama Sawant's Get Out the Vote Campaign Decided the Recall Election

Last-minute ballots helped the socialist Seattle City Council member ward off removal from office.

12/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Power Players

The Most Influential People in Seattle Politics

Pramila Jayapal, Girmay Zahilay, and Jay Inslee are among the local leaders who have shaped Washington State most profoundly.

12/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Into the Void

What Happens If Kshama Sawant Is Recalled?

As the Seattle City Council member faces the prospect of removal from office, Seattle University professor Marco Lowe considers the election's meaning.

12/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Seattle May Be Progressive, But Its Voters Weren't This Election

Despite a late push from the left, the more moderate candidate prevailed in three of the four citywide races in the 2021 election. Why?

11/15/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

The Big Dark

Patty Murray Wants to Stop Turning Back the Clock

The Washington Democrat has teamed up with Florida Republican Marco Rubio and others to back the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act.

11/05/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Reintroducing Bruce Harrell, Seattle's Next Mayor

The former three-term city council member won his race against M. Lorena González after ditching retirement.

11/05/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

The Defund Debate Finally Took Center Stage in Seattle’s Mayoral Race

M. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell sparred over their positions on policing just before Election Day.

11/01/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Vote!

What You Need to Know about the November 2 General Election

Candidates, ballot logistics, and other essential information for voting on Tuesday.

10/28/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

We Have a Culture War…in the Seattle City Attorney’s Race?

The down-ballot contest between Ann Davison and Nicole Thomas-Kennedy has become the talk of this election season.

10/27/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Vote of Confidence

Secretary of State Kim Wyman Delivers an October Surprise

Washington's Republican secretary of state will resign from her post on November 19 before departing for DC to fight election fraud.

10/27/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

City Council Position, At-Large

This Election Race Is (Probably) Going to Be Seattle’s Tightest

The contest between Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver for Seattle City Council Position No. 9 is going to be extremely close, a new poll says.

10/26/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy