The Meaning of Marriage

Despite what gay rights advocates argue, maybe redefinition is just what marriage needs.

04/25/2012 By Kathryn Robinson


Verbatim: State Representative Maureen Walsh Defends Marriage, for All

Maureen Walsh, just before she broke ranks with her party and became one of only two Republican state representatives to vote in support of Washington’s marriage equality bill, signed into law in February 2012.



Would It Work Here? Policing the Police

Robert Gangi founded the Police Reform Organizing Project to expose, address, and correct abusive police practices in NYC. Would a cop watch akin to PROP make a difference in Seattle?

03/23/2012 By Jessie Wesley


Would It Work Here? Online Simulators Let Civilians Control the Budget

Kevin Falcon, British Columbia’s minister of finance, introduced My BC Budget, an online simulator that lets civilians play budget wonks. Would it work here?

03/07/2012 By Jessie Wesley


The Math: Street Charity and the Rules of Engagement

Canvassing, complaints, and codes of conduct, by the numbers.



Would It Work Here? No More Mayors

The office of the mayor has not only been unpopular in recent years, but seemingly ineffective. Is it time for Seattle to retire the head honcho?

12/23/2011 By Stephanie Rubesh


Would It Work Here? A Tax on Unhealthy Food

In Washington State 62 percent of adults are either overweight or obese. And some, like state senator Ed Murray, think it’s time we slapped a tax on unhealthy food. The Washington Food Industry Association doesn’t agree.

11/23/2011 By Stephanie Rubesh


Occupy Seattle Got a Boost from a Nineteenth-Century General

Occupy Seattle takes cues from Robert’s Rules of Order, guidelines for deliberative meetings developed by U.S. Army brigadier general Henry Martyn Robert in the 1870s.

11/23/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Human Trafficking in Seattle

A by-the-numbers report of human trafficking in King County.



Seattle City Council Faces Big Fiscal Challenges

The newly minted Seattle City Council will face an economic crisis like no one could have imagined just a few years ago.

10/14/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Diary of a Deadly Year

In 2010, Yakima County experienced more murders than at any other time in its 145-year history, the highest homicide rate in the state, and one of the highest in the nation. What gives?

10/14/2011 By James Ross Gardner


Seattle City Council Incumbents Defend Their Seats

The 2011 fight for the Seattle City Council is all about dethroning the incumbents: Jean Godden, Tom Rasmussen, Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, and Sally Clark.

09/21/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


The Trouble with Transit

By the numbers: King 
County Metro budget 
shortfalls, cuts to service, and fare hikes.



Andrew Villeneuve Takes On Tim Eyman

Don’t freak out or anything, but the future of our state could hinge on the work of a 24-year-old college student who lives with his parents. Meet Andrew Villeneuve, computer geek, scourge of the right wing, and the only person who leaves Tim Eyman speech

08/19/2011 By James Ross Gardner


How City Council Candidates Separate Donors from Their Dollars

Labor Day weekend is when voters traditionally start paying attention to local elections, but Seattle City Council candidates have been paying for that attention for months. In fact, there’s been a fundraising arms race—one in which alliteration and rhyme

08/19/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Tunnels Under Seattle

Drills made by Japanese company Hitachi Zosen will bore the tunnel replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct section of Highway 99 and dig another one through Capitol Hill as part of the University Link light rail.



FBI Thwarts Seattle Terror Plot

From the U.S. District Court complaint against Tukwila resident Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, arrested with a conspirator on June 22, 2011, for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on a Seattle military entrance processing station.



Elizabeth Campbell’s Fight to Kill Seattle’s Deep-Bore Tunnel

Lawsuit-filing, government-haranguing, Alaskan Way Viaduct–loving activist Elizabeth Campbell is on a quest to kill the deep-bore tunnel.

07/22/2011 By Matthew Halverson


Washington State’s Grass Tax

A by-the-numbers study of the legalization of marijuana in Washington State.



Christian Sinderman Keeps Powerful Pols in Power

Four incumbents in this year’s city council election (Tim Burgess, Bruce Harrell, Tom Rasmussen, and Sally Clark) and one challenger (Maurice Classen) have jumped on the Christian Sinderman consulting train.

07/20/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick