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


Pot Dispensary Braces for Legal Trouble

Medical marijuana advocate Laura Healy, who opened Shoreline’s Green Hope Patient Network with her husband Mark, braces for legal trouble.

06/29/2011 By Matthew Halverson


Seattle City Council Candidate Crib Sheet

A handicapper’s guide to the Seattle City Council primary (August 16) and general elections (November 8).

06/29/2011 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Barack Obama Awards Fort Lewis Soldier the Medal of Honor

An excerpt from the U.S. Army’s account of the actions of Leroy Arthur Petry, assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while in Afghanistan in 2008. President Obama will award Petry the Medal of Honor on July 12



Mayor McGinn to Media: No House Calls, Please

It’s 10pm. Do you know where Mayor McGinn is? Should you?

06/24/2011 By James Ross Gardner


Would It Work Here? City-sponsored Bike Sharing

Why doesn’t Seattle—which Bicycling magazine calls the fourth most bike-friendly city in the country—have city-sponsored bike-share programs like Denver, Washington, DC, and Montreal?

05/20/2011 By Annie Rose Favreau


Math: They Really Like Me

Your local politicians—Dow Constantine, Tim Burgess, Mike McGinn, Christine Gregoire, Rob McKenna—and their facebook fans.



A View to a Kill

Body cams would turn cops into cinematographers. But everyone’s a critic.

05/20/2011 By James Ross Gardner


Clipboard Caucus

More than 30 proposed initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office, and each will need at least 241,153 voter signatures by early July to qualify for the November ballot. That means you can expect a spring and summer invasion of clipbo



The Quote: Locals Only

Mayor Mike McGinn on Seattle police during his annual State of the City address, February 22, 2011



Close But No Cigar Lounge

Two initiatives, Senate bill 5542 and House bill 1683, propose the return of the smoking room to Washington State. We sit down with supporters, like El Gaucho owner Paul Mackay, and opponents.

03/14/2011 By Jessica Voelker



Are Seattle City Light’s metal streetlight poles a danger to you (and your dog)?



Streetcars Paved with Gold

Local transit mavens make a last-ditch plea to Mayor Mike McGinn and the City Council for faster trolleys, not pricey streetcars, on First Hill.

01/14/2011 By Eric Scigliano


The Year of Constabulary Beating

Seattle police violence by the numbers.



Trolley Folly

If Metro scraps the clean, quiet trolleys Seattle loves, they may not save as much money as they hope.

12/13/2010 By Eric Scigliano