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


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



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


Democracy 2.0

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

03/18/2009 By Valerie Schloredt


Nanny-State Update

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

03/18/2009 By Matthew Halverson


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


What Lies Beneath



Fast-Lane Reform (or) Highway Hogwash?

Tim Eyman claims his latest ballot measure will open empty lanes, cure congestion, and fulfill a state audit’s recommendations. Critics contend it will have the opposite effect—and will set back transit, too.

12/18/2008 By Manny Frishberg


Is Rossi Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

And does Gregoire talk like a man?



Who’s Your Nanny?

Bossiest bureaucracy on the block: not Seattle.



Mr. Clean’s Last Stand

As the first administrator of the EPA, Bill Ruckelshaus banned DDT and got the lead out of gasoline. Now the Republican Party’s most illustrious green faces a tougher task: to save Puget Sound. His cleanup plan hinges on convincing the region’s most

12/13/2008 By Ted Katauskas


Right to Know (or) Right to a Clean Slate?

What’s more important—public access to criminal files, or citizen’s right to clear their names of crimes they’ve been absolved of?

12/13/2008 By Jessica Campbell


Lipstick on a Barracuda

Seattle sisters vs. Sarah Palin: It’s the lyrics, stupid.

12/13/2008 By Matthew Halverson