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On Track

Sound Transit’s $2.4 billion light rail launched on July 18, when 51,000 riders took it for an inaugural spin. Here’s what it took.

08/13/2009

Article

Twelve Things I Learned While Reporting the Election This Summer

What I learned about Seattle politics from tweeting public forums, City Council meetings, legislative district meetings, press conferences, and campaign kickoffs.

07/16/2009 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick

Politics

Desperately Seeking Susan

Just who is Susan Hutchison, the former KIRO TV news coanchor leading the race to fill Ron Sims’s King County executive post? Her campaign runs on fame, game, connections—and a flash of indignation.

07/14/2009 By John Michael Hood

The Election

Nickels Reelection Watch

Michael McGinn is the only challenger posing a threat to mayor Greg Nickels’s rank as greenest candidate in the November election.

06/22/2009 By Karen Quinn

Article

Things That Go Boom

The Seattle City Council banned fireworks sales in the ’90s, but at the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation’s fireworks emporium, open from late May till early July, the fireworks bans don’t apply.

06/22/2009 By Karen Quinn

Article

Buzz Kill Bills

To dig itself out of a $9 billion budget deficit, the state legislature is experimenting with new ways to leech dollars from bars and liquor suppliers.

05/22/2009 By Jessica Voelker

Market Research

Operation Spend

Washington State will receive $787 billion as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Senator Patty Murray says the state will spend nearly $150 million of that booty in the name of defense. Here, Murray’s breakdown of where more than $80 mill

04/23/2009

The Election

Nickels Reelection Watch

Seven separate snowstorms besieged Seattle last December, and despite the fact that icy roads went unsalted, dozens of bus routes were canceled, and snowplows sat idle, Mayor Greg Nickels awarded his agencies a "B" for their performance. Will

04/23/2009

Politics

He Did It His Way

Washington’s lieutenant governor Brad Owen has battled irrelevance and his fellow Democrats’ scorn for years. Now he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

04/22/2009 By Matthew Halverson

Article

Democracy 2.0

Social change pioneer Sarah Schacht helps citizens and government talk. No mass protest messages, please.

03/18/2009 By Valerie Schloredt

Article

Nanny-State Update

Seattle’s salad days of trashing table scraps are coming to an end.

03/18/2009 By Matthew Halverson

Article

Nick vs. Nickels

Is Seattle ready for Mayor Licata? The council’s resident dissident will be a contender—if he runs.

02/11/2009 By L.D. Kirshenbaum

Article

"Fine. Call Me A Dictator."

For 10 years, Frank Chopp has done it his way as Speaker of the House in the Washington Legislature. Now his fellow Democrats are asking whether Chopp’s way is the right way.

01/07/2009 By Matthew Halverson

Article

Wonder Crop (or) Hemp-Hype Crock?

Organic marketers, Hempfest haranguers, and Midwest farmers claim hemp’s a valuable food and fiber. Antidrug campaigners call it a cover crop for marijuana legalization.

01/06/2009 By Manny Frishberg

Article

Maintain Mayberry (or) Bring on the Condos?

Builders say mixed-use developments in the city keep sprawl at bay, but residents fear the threat to neighborhood identities.

01/04/2009 By Francesca Lyman

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Greener Oil (or) Bio Folly?

Washington politicians, energy mavens, and drivers are jumping on the biodiesel bandwagon. But skeptics warn that it steals desperately needed food crops and may actually raise greenhouse emissions.

12/28/2008 By Manny Frishberg

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Open Election (or) Partisan Ploy?

A proposed voting reform is supposed to protect independent voters by banning political parties from county ballots. But opponents fear it will only protect endangered Republican officeholders.

12/28/2008 By Lee Fehrenbacher

Article

Shades of Green

Greg Nickels’s Climate Action Plan brought him global glory as “America’s green mayor.” But is it civic transformation or eco-opportunism? We crunch the carbon counts, probe the mayor’s environmental conversion, and suggest some ways to make Seattle clean

12/27/2008 By Bruce Barcott

Article

Walking Town (or) Pedestrian Peril?

City hall is trying to stop crosswalk carnage and make Seattle safe for pedestrians, but sometimes its strategy seems to be forcing them off the street.

12/27/2008 By Sarah Anderson

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What Lies Beneath

12/20/2008